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Posts tagged “Notorious B.I.G.

Twisted Tuesday: The White Panda ft. White Town x Dorrough, DOSVEC ft. Gotye x Biggie + Star Slinger ft H-Town

I got alliteration for days, ya got wack for weeks! Don’t fuck with The Funk….

This original White Town song is kinda creepy, but in a good way. Not in a gay way (there are definitely some gender role/sexual orientation issues that need to be cleared up in that one) I just like the quiet creepy dude’s voice over the quaint instrumental. But if you’re feeling a little unsure and insecure (like Andy from The Office) when listening to the lyrics but really like the beat, then The White Panda solves all your problems with a little help from their favorite mashable rap vocals.

White Town – Your Woman (The White Panda Remix ft Dorrough)


I know, I know. If you listen to the radio on a regular basis you probably want to blow your brains out whenever that Gotye joint plays every 30 minutes. And if you’re constantly exploring the blogosphere you’re probably in the same boat based on the amount of revisions shat out of remix artists’ asses on a weekly basis. But in my opinion, DOSVEC does just enough to the beat in this one to keep it super fresh without abandoning what made the original so hypnotizing. And who can say no to Diddy when he says he wants a remix again?

DOSVEC – Somebody Nasty (Gotye x Notorious B.I.G.)


Search for Star Slinger on The Funk and you’ll see we’ve been up on a couple solid joints of his. I found this one on Pigeon and Planes (great blog btw) top 10 of said remix master. On another note, remember how cool R&B groups of 3-5 dudes were in the 90’s and early 2000’s? Can’t we go back to that? Who am I kidding. Dudes’ egos are through the roof these days. And it’s a COT damn shame.

H-Town – They Like It Slow (Star Slinger Refix)

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Throwback Thursday: The Remix Version ft. Ron Isley vs Riot Earp + Mark Morrison & Biggie vs Viceroy

So apparently this type of reggaeish house jam below is considered moombahton? I would like to investigate the origins of something like that. Who was the person to come up with that nomenclature and how many songs did it take before people stopped laughing in their face after referring to it as such? *Sidenote #1: How smart do I sound when I feel like it?* You know, when does that “tipping point” occur? *Sidenote #2: If sociology and/or the way social trends/word of mouth spread, then you need to get your hands on Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point. If there were ever an appropriate time to say it, “epic” read.* I don’t remember what I was talking about, but upon hearing this song, I automatically heard Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day.” Surprisingly, it wasn’t even the instrumental that stood out, it was the “Do I….” from Ron Isley’s “Footsteps In The Dark.”Haha, how awesome is that? I can’t believe Mr. Biggs played such an integral role in more than just my favorite R. Kelly jams of all time.*Sidenote #3: SEE BELOW FOR THEE THROWBACK JAM OF ALL TIME!* And then check out Riot’s joint.

Riot Earp – Should I Care

Ummm, I’m pretty sure nothing really needs to be said for this next one. If I post it, I meant it. The remix does the original justice. Unlike Mark’s ex-girl, I’m not lying to ya.

Mark Morrison – Return of The Mack (Viceroy Remix)

A 2nd entry from Viceroy tonight. I don’t feel like talking about silly remixes anymore. This one, as do the previous two jams, feel like summer. Good times in the Chi.

Notorious B.I.G. – Going Back To Cali (Viceroy Remix)


Terry Urban – Born Ready To Die (Notorious B.I.G. vs Lana Del Rey)

Download Terry Urban – Born Ready to Die (Notorious B.I.G. vs Lana Del Rey)

Oooooh Weee! I’m loving this shit right here. If you’re like me, maybe your taste in hip hop music has gotten slightly more sophisticated since high school. What once got me hype as hell (Archie and J Kwon anyone?) no longer strikes that same chord. Maybe I’m just more lame tame. But in any event, the overemphasized bass and snare is getting way too old. But the wordplay still hits harder than ever, especially since I listen to more lyrical shit these days. And when a mixtape like this comes along that emphasizes that slick wordplay from one of the greatest ever? You know I gotta put my people on.
Alongside Mick Boogie, Terry Urban is the best to put together mash-up mixtapes. Just like previous masterpieces (RE-Living Thing ft Peter Bjorn & John  , 1988 ft Adele and Viva La Hova ft Jay-Z & Coldplay) Terry employs some of the most innovative up and coming producers to chop up the beautiful sounds of Lana Del Ray as the backdrop to the impeccable lyricism from an all time great. Check out my favorite joints off this amazing Biggie/Lana combo.

(click to download @ hulkshare)

FTW ft Method Man (prod. by Terry Urban)….Don’t be fooled by the Lana samples, this is still the hardest shit I’ve heard in a minute

Crack Paradise (prod. by Judah)

Wrong Game (prod. by nVMe)


Mashup Monday: “Black and white music?! Now nigga that’s a mix-tape”

First of all, let me say this; rappers need to do something with the N word. Seriously, I want to be able to write/sing lyrics to songs and not feel the need to censor myself from what is almost definitely the most used word in the hip hop vernacular. Now, if they don’t want to get rid of it altogether then at least make some sort of declaration that it’s okay for a white dude like me to repeat the word when referring to lyrics. I know Chris Rock already told me its okay, but I’d prefer a representative from the hip hop community set the record straight so I don’t feel awkward.

Anyway, that Childish Gambino line from “Bonfire” ironically makes sense of why I like mashups. I really don’t like putting labels on things, especially labels like “white” & “black” to distinguish what each perspective race listens to. But in very general terms, up until this point, most people would call rap/R&B music “black” and rock/indie/alternative/electro as “white.” So in those very general (not to mention extremely stereotypical while completely ignoring all other races) terms, that Gambino line reminds me of the way most of my favorite mashups seamlessly combine the aspects I love from both “black” and “white” music into perfect harmony. The promising thing to think about is how in 20 years or so that Gambino line wouldn’t even make sense. We’re well on our way to creating a beautiful blend that supersedes all labels. This is why music will save the world, btw.

This one features the aforementioned lyrics from Childish Gambino’s “Bonfire” over the beat, and with the hook, for T.I.’s “Bottle Poppin”. I’m not a big fan of the “Bonfire” joint, mainly because the beat is wack. T.I.’s beat on the other hand? Dope. So it was nice to get a fresh perspective of Gambino’s lyrics over music I can stand to listen to. In an unrelated observations, Donald’s verses kinda make T.I.’s version seem a little lazy, imo.

DJ 21azy – Make That Fire Go Pop (Childish Gambino // T.I.) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare

This one comes from same dude above, DJ 21azy. I’m pretty sure that’s pronounced “too lazy” but I’m not sure. It’s definitely written as the number 21, but I think he’s just being clever. I like it. And with this next one, not only does he continue batting 1.000 but he provides a great example of that whole white/black thing I was rambling about earlier.

DJ 21azy – Can I Get Those Colours (Notorious B.I.G. & Skizzy Mars // Grouplove & Xaphoon Jones) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare

I don’t know how I can still stand to listen to these vocals, but it’s a problem similar to the way I’d start vibe-ing HARD if “Turn my Swag on” ever came on in the club/at a party…smh. This definitely has not happened enough since I left college. I really need to hit a dance floor again soon!

Waka Flocka // Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso – Hands Free Calling (DJ Spryte & Benzi Edit) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare

I don’t know that I even really like the Zeds Dead part of this song. Well, I guess they mixed the whole thing, so that doesn’t make sense. To be more specific, I don’t like the hardcore dubstep vibration part at the 1:20 mark. I guess I’m just not a big fan of dubstep? I don’t get it. Because I like some light, simple dubstep sounds. But sometimes that noise just sounds like…horrible noise. Seriously, they always have so much good going for them. Why do they always have to fuck it up with that crazy noise? The beginning? Perfect. Why not just keep it at that? Btw, I am actually a big fan of that Blue Foundation song “ Eyes on Fire.” Shout out L Boogie for putting me on.

Zeds Dead – Eyes on Fire // Jackie Boy (Zeds Dead VIP Remix ft Omar Linx) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare


Omar Linx ft Blue Foundation – Jackie Boy (prod. Zeds Dead)
(right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare

Blue Foundation – Eyes on Fire (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare

I threw this one in just for the hell of it. Definitely fits the theme of the day. Unfortunately, classic rock is not my favorite “white” music, but I can dig it.

KO – Classic Rock vs Dirty Hip Hop (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare


[A]typical Tuesday: Biggie, St. Lucia & The Knocks, Maverick Sabre + Amanda Mair

Sometimes it’s really hard to drag myself away from the hip hop blogs in order to open my ears to other genres. It’s not that I don’t like other types of music, I just like hip hop better. And with the internet there will forever be an insurmountable supply for me to get lost in. So when I do get away, I gotta get that shit efficiently. There just isn’t enough time in the day to be messing around with that hot garbage. So obviously, I hit up the Hype Machine. Seriously, I love whoever built that site. Pure genius. So I got my list of about 10 or so blogs I follow on there (does not include most hip hop blogs I check) and that usually gives me a good little sample of whats going on in the world outside of rap….and that which it overlaps with.

I can’t tell if I kinda like this…..or kinda hate it. Definitely kinda hypnotizing

(MP3): The Notorious B.I.G. – Everyday Struggle (Frogs in Socks BiG Bootleg)

Always gotta check up on The Knocks

(MP3): St. Lucia – The Old House Is Gone (The Knocks Remix)

Kinda sounds like this dude is trying to be the male version of Adele. Definitely got a different voice. Good different. Diggin it.

(MP3): Maverick Sabre – I Need

More good voices. Man, I’m a sucker for that soft female tone.

(MP3): Amanda Mair – Doubt


Mashup Monday: D.veloped (2pac // Beastie Boys) & Brenton Duvall (Notorious B.I.G. // Phil Collins)

Life has always been described as a story as it involves various plots, conflicts, settings, characters, and themes. Some are tragedies, some comedies, and some a combination. But what if you look at life like a mashup. A bunch of different elements all scrambled together to form “your life.” Now, talented mashup artists know how to put together what seem like totally different musical elements, all the while creating a harmonious combination of music in the end. Now if one element is way off, it can ruin the whole mashup. You know when it’s off too, because shit just doesn’t sound/feel right.

Now look at life. You got a lot of different things going on in life. Maybe school or work, family, friends and relationships, hobbies and pastimes, all mixed in with your spiritual and moral self image. Now if these elements don’t fit well together, even just one, you’re finished product isn’t gonna be all that it could be. Especially if something like work, often the most prevalent element in your life since you spend the most time doing it, doesn’t fit, you’re gonna end up with a shitty mashup. I don’t want to look back at the mashup I created and have regrets about the beat I used, or the vocals I added. I just want that shit to be beautiful, and natural, like music.

(MP3): D.veloped – 2 Soul 4 Your Mom (Tupac // Beatie Boys // unknown, but my new favorite, instrumental)

(MP3): Brenton Duvall – Some Other Party in Paradise (Notorious B.I.G. // Phil Collins)


Best of….The Funk’s First Half of 2011: Top 10 Rap Remix/Mashups

My bad for not getting this one up before the weekend festivities, cuz this one’s got some cool ass jams. I don’t know how often people actually come to the funk, or if the regulars make it back through all my posts they’ve missed, so these “Best of the funk” posts are meant to bring everyone back up to speed. Again, in case you didn’t know, I love the remix. The remix can bring to life to a jam that never took a breath or bring back one that was previously deceased. The remix can also shed light upon the dark or bring about new enlightenment upon the confused. But most importantly, the remix can bring two different genres, and therefore groups of people with different tastes, together into one perfectly harmonious physical entity; the peaceful type of harmony that only music can accomplish.

This group of remix/mashups is particularly special because not only does is combine all of my favorite musical elements, it’s also kind of representative of my make up in the musical form. Take that Pac joint for example. Afterall, it’s #1 for a reason. By the kid’s standards these days, Pac was one of the hardest dudes to walk the earth. But you always knew there was more to Pac than just the thug, and that’s because he shared real emotions in his music. That didn’t make him any less “hard” though, it just made him real; a humanizing effect that most of these rappers are scared to reveal because the character they personify is much safer. But I digress. I was actually just talking about these songs having two types of styles or sides to them; one kinda gansgta and one kinda soft and peaceful.

10. Adele ft Childish Gambino – Rolling in the Deep (Jamie xx Remix)

9. The Hood Internet – Go Hahahaha (Das Racist vs Cults)

8. Brenton Duvall ft Tayib Ali – Pretty Little Penthouse

7. Wick-it The Instigator – Follow The One (Big Boi vs The Black Keys)

6. Kid Cudi – Falling Star (R3K)

5. Planet Asia ft Blabbwona & Pep Love – Soundclash (DJ Duke Remix)

4. Adele ft Jay-Z & Biggie – Rolling in the Deep (Voodoo Farm Remix)

3. The Hood Internet – Slow John (Lil Wayne/Rick Ross vs Com Truise)

2. Emancipator ft Nas – Nevergreen (Made U Look)

1. Mother Earth & Young Church – Skinny Pain (2pac vs Birdie)