Common stopped by to visit our boys the LA Leakers and dropped a verse off his new album “The Dreamer, The Believer” which drops November 22, 2011.
“Every now and then a moment happens that you wish you had some kind of super power to pause time. Yesterday Common dropped by Power 106, next thing you know I found myself in a room listening to him kick a verse off his new album.” – Justin Credible
You know it was only a matter of time until we brought some Busta Rhymes out for Way Back Wednesdays. Today we chose Busta’s first single from his third album Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front, “Gimme Some More”. The visuals on this video are so dope and just scream Busta Rhymes. The violin sample comes from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Gimme some more is Busta at his prime, and was also nominated for a Grammy in 2000. Enjoy!
DJ Shadow’s “The Less You Know The Better” drops this Tuesday October 4th but thanks to NPR Music you can listen to the whole album before it drops. I’m actually listening to it as I’m posting this blog. I’m digging it. Shadow’s production on this record, and every record preceding, is super dope. Check out the write up from NPR.
“On his latest album, The Less You Know, The Better, Josh Davis (a.k.a. DJ Shadow) continues to showcase his skills as a left-field hip-hop shaman and sample-loving weaver of gritty, mystic tales of the everyday. Recalling much of his early work, but with a refined slant, the new record has a thoughtfully sequenced beginning, middle and end. Think of The Less You Know, The Better — out Oct. 4 — as an epic film score without the film.
DJ Shadow is a sort of sonic Merlin: He’s known and revered for his buoyant beats, hypnotic loops and dark textural expanses, but he leads listeners to places where a nightlight, and even sunlight, can be glimpsed. Highlights of the new record include collaborations with an impressive array of vocalists, including Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, Posdnuos of De La Soul, Tom Vek and Talib Kweli. But at the end of this star-strewn roller coaster, intensity and mellow introspection await.”
“We do it all for the love” is a timeless quote that we will never get tired of hearing and saying. Coming across mixes like this reassures us of what we’re doing and why. For the love of each other, our lives, our family, our work and our direction. Music has such an impact on our soul and is such an inspiration, we hope you enjoy this weeks Mixtape Monday pick, “Love Movement Volume 1″ mixed by DJ Haylow.
We normally post songs that are from the soul and/or hold a certain meaning, and this weeks song hits home just the same from a different direction. Although Kanye’s “Through the Wire” is about his very traumatic accident and injuries, it is nonetheless a life experience that will definitely put your mind in a place of thankfulness regardless of the severity. This past Monday afternoon, my mom and I were in an accident. I was so shocked and it took a few minutes to register what was happening…and everything happened so fast! Within minutes of the accident and calling 911, the paramedics had me in a neck brace, on a board and on our way to the hospital before I could give my report to the CHP (which they came to the hospital to get shortly after). We were in the hospital for rest of the day and thankfully released with minor injuries. This was a long day of reflecting on how positive & thankful we all need to be in life, period. No matter how bad things seem to be, it could be worse…and it will get better!
Back in January of 2009 our dude Justin Credible blessed us with what I dubbed “an eclectic mix of hip hop and R&B soul”. Souled Out: Session 1, brings you music from Alicia Keyes, Common, Maxwell, Mos Def, India Arie and many many more. This is such a good mix… and I think it’s about time that Justin comes back with Souled Out: Session 2. If you love this mix and want Justin Credible to release a Souled Out 2 please hit him on twitter @J_Credible.
“Happy New Year Ya’ll! I decided to create a smooth mixtape over this Holiday Season. “Souled Out” Is a new series of mixtapes i wanna jump off this year just for us Soul Cat’s to really vibe out too! Fella’s suprise your girl and pop this cd in while your cleaning the apartment this weekend! Yea playa i said “Clean” The cribo. Its nothin but Hip Hop soul& R&B joints …Or like my man Boogs says “An Eclectic MiX of Hip Hop & R&B Soul”!”
Happy Soul Sunday! Today’s pick comes to you from Melanie Fiona. Monday Morning from “WQST presents Melanie Fiona meets the Illadelphonics” is my favorite song from this mixtape. This version of of Monday Morning, in my opinion, blows away the album version. Super duper soulful and you can just feel the emotion that she puts out into this joint.
Melanie FIona – Monday Morning (Illadelphonics Live Remix)
I was struggling on what to post today and being that my counterpart was about 7 years old when this came out, I almost didn’t post it. I remember watching this video all the time on MTV (ya know… when they use to play music videos).
All in the same gang was a single released to promote anti-violence by the West Coast All-Stars in 1990. The group consisted of King Tee, Body & Soul, Def Jef, Michel’le, Tone-Loc, Above the Law, Ice-T, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Eazy-E, J.J. Fad, Young MC, Digital Underground, Oaktown’s 3.5.7 and MC Hammer. The single was nominated for a Grammy in 1991.
Self Destruction was the East Coast anti-violent song headed by the Stop the Violence Movement founded by KRS_One in 1989. This group was constructed of Boogie Down Productions, Stetsasonic, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D and Public Enemy. The movement was started after a young fan was killed during a BDP and Public Enemy show in 1989.
Check out the video for Self Destruction after the jump.
2 great songs with great messages. We need more of this in hip hop. We need more of this in music period.