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Monday, March 31, 2008

Steve Cropper Is So Ghetto

Steve Cropper is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and soul musician who is an inductee into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame. This dude can write a hit! The Beatles favored Cropper's playing and his production on Otis Redding records. In fact, John Lennon and Paul McCartney made tentative plans to record in Memphis to work with the guitarist, but it didn't work out. When you have people of Lennon and McCartney's caliber seeking you out. . . . yea, you must be nice!

Steve Cropper - Crop Dustin'

Jay-Z - So Ghetto

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Twistin My Body From Side 2 Side

You know who it is! WILLIE HUTCH!!!

Willie Hutch - Sunshine Lady

Three Six Mafia feat. Bow Wow, Project Pat - Side 2 Side (Remix)

Sorry For The Absence

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of updates. I took a trip to Vegas, and spent all my time at the blackjack table. . . . and yes, i'm broke now!

Lol, if you want to help me out, donations are gladly accepted on the right hand side of the page.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Money Ain't A Thing

Steve Arrington is an American singer, songwriter, drummer, and minister from Dayton, Ohio. He enjoyed several hits, such as "Just a Touch of Love" and "Weak At The Knees". In the late 80s, Arrington left the music industry and became a minister.

Steve Arrington - Weak At The Knees

Jay-Z feat. Jermaine Dupri - Money Ain't A Thing

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mos' Mathematics

The Fatback Band iss an American funk and disco band formed in New York. They've had a string of Top 10 R&B hits, and it is their 1979 single "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" which is considered by many to be the first rap single.

Fatback Band - Baby I'm A Want You

Mos Def - Mathematics

The Things You Do

So I found this sample, right, and it's pretty much been sampled TO DEATH! So I had to pick my favorite one. . . . so I chose some old school Gina Thompson. Tell me you didn't love this song back in the day!

Bob James - Take Me To The Mardi Gras

Gina Thompson feat. Missy - The Things You Do (Bad Boy Remix)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Bonnie And Shyne

Barrington Levy is a reggae and dancehall recording artist. Levy began performing when he was 12, and hasn't stopped since then. He has enjoyed multiple hit songs not only in Jamaica, but also England. Levy attempted to try his hand in the States, but wasn't as successful.

Barrington Levy - Minibus (On The Telephone)

Shyne feat. Barrington Levy - Bonnie and Shyne


Galt Macdermot is a Canadian pianist, composer and writer of musical theatre. He is famous for being the composer of the musical Hair. It went on to be one of the most popular musicals in history, earning a Grammy in 1969, and eventually becoming a movie in 1979.

Galt Macdermot - Space

Busta Rhymes - Woo Hah? I Got You All In Check

Sky Is The Limit

Just an incredible, inspirational track from Life After Death. I didn't grow up the poorest, but I can definitely identify with some of the stuff Big talked about in all three verses. The hood is a universal phenomenon!

Bobby Caldwell - My Flame

Biggie feat. 112 - Sky's The Limit

Sunday, March 23, 2008

We Don't Care What People Say!

Easily one of my favorite tracks off College Dropout.

Gino Vannelli is an Italian-Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and composer. "I Just Wanna Stop earned Vannelli a Grammy nomination and was a top 5 hit here in the States. To this day, Vannelli still plays to sold out audiences nationwide. Vannelli is also known for being the first white performer to be on Soul Train. . . .

Gino Vanelli - I Just Wanna Stop

Kanye West - We Don't Care

Saturday, March 22, 2008

I'm Gonna Find You, And Make You Want Me. . . .

Enya is an Irish singer and songwriter. She is the country's best selling solo artist, and the second biggest overall artist, right behind my boys U2. The wildest thing I found out about Enya is that, throughout her career, she has performed in 10 different languages. . . . step ya game up!

Enya - Boadicea

Fugees - Ready Or Not

Save Room For My Love

The Classics IV were a pop rock band from Florida. They enjoyed the majority of their success in the 60s, several top 10 hits, such as "Stormy" and "Traces".

Classics IV - Stormy

John Legend - Save Room

Friday, March 21, 2008

I Know I Can

This is why I will forever respect Nas. For somebody of his stature to take the stand and make such a positive record, then turn it into a single for everyone to hear. . . . We need more of our hip hop artists to take such a stand.

The Honey Drippers - Impeach The President

Nas - I Can

Thursday, March 20, 2008

What More Can I Say

Mother Father Sister Brother (or MFSB for short) was a group of about 30 studio musicians who backed up for famous Philadelphia artists such as Billy Paul, The Stylistics, and The Spinners. Their hit, "TSOP", was a number 1 hit for the acclaimed Philadelphia International record label. It is also credited with establishing the disco sound.

MFSB - Something For The People

Jay-Z - What More Can I Say

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

My First Song

Los Angeles Negros is a Chilean band popular during the mid-late 1970s. They formed in 1973, the band released several albums after coming together through a local radio competition. The band's name translates The Black Angels.

Los Angeles Negros - Tu Y Tu Mirar, Yo Y Mi Cancion

Jay-Z - My First Song

I Can't, Won't Let You Leave

Lou Johnson had a ten year career, but only put out 2 albums and 10 singles. . . . Why!? Listening to this song, it's no wonder that he is held in such high regard by almost all of his peers and genuine lovers of old soul music. . . Lou Johnson was amazing!

Lou Johnson - The Last One To Be Loved

Lupe Fiasco - He Say She Say

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

R.I.P. Donda West

If this post talks a little too much, let me apologize in advance. . .

I've been a Kanye fan since before I knew who Kanye was (one of my favorite songs ever is "This Can't Be Life", one of his first productions ever), and I love how I can say I was there in the beginning. Hell, I remember listening to an OLD mixtape (Hovie's Home) and hearing one of his first rhymes ever, a freestyle over LL's "Love You Better" (in fact, click here if you want it) and thinking "damn, this nigga can flow!"

I never hit a lady
But my game
Might abuse em
Buy em boots
Just to tell em
That I Jimmy Choos em
Then take em back
To confuse em

C'mon! You can't deny that genius!

When I first read that his mom died, my heart really sunk. Literally. EVERYONE knows how Kanye felt about his mom. He shouted it out everywhere! If you're like me, then you probably felt like you knew Donda well, too! And that's what makes Kanye so special. . . although he's been elevated to such high levels, you feel like you know him. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and his emotions make him so much like the average joe! Yea, he bitches and moans when he's not acknowledged, but imagine putting in all that work, and your boss doesn't give you your just due. You'd bitch, too!

So why am I such a Kanye stan? Because at the end of the day, I recognize that I, like everyone else, am a little Kanye-esque. I work hard. Give me my respect. I'm gonna speak my mind, whether you like it or not.

And I love my momma. Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much!

Donal Leace - Today Won't Come Again

Kanye West - Hey Mama


Kanye West - Hey Mama (Grammy Version)

If I Shoot You. . . .

. . .I'm brainless, but if you shoot me, you're famous. . .

Labi Siffre is an English poet, songwriter, and singer. He has cited some of the greatest names in jazz as his inspirations, such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. Siffre enjoyed most of his success in the UK, having several top 10 hits in the 70s.

***Go to about 2:03 into the sample, and lemme know what you find. . . . . bet you didn't know about that one! ;o)***

Labi Siffre - I Got The. . .

Jay-Z - Streets Is Watching

Monday, March 17, 2008

Nas And The King Of Pop

More from Illmatic.

And yes, SWV used this same sample. But I figured yall would much rather hear some Nas than SWV. . . . right?

Michael Jackson - Human Nature

Nas - It Ain't Hard To Tell

Touch It

Bandwagons are a funny thing. Right after Kanye used the Daft Punk sample for "Stronger", it seems like the whole world went Daft Punk crazy. They were everywhere! But I have been a Daft Punk fan for a looooooooong time. . . . Ever since I saw the video for "One More Time", with the cartoon aliens having a jam session up in the space station. YouTube it. It's kind of funky.

Daft Punk - Technologic

Busta Rhymes - Touch It

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Back Like That

WIllie Hutch!!!!!!!!!

Lol, you know how much I love Willie Hutch. No homo.

Willie Hutch - Baby Come Home

Ghostface Killah feat. Ne-yo - Back Like That

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Did You Know? VI

That Gym Class Heroes borrowed the line "take a look at my girlfriend" from the song "Breakfast In America" by the rock band Supertramp? Freaky. . . .

Supertramp are a rock band from the U.K. who had numerous top selling albums in the 70s and 80s. However, they weren't too big in the U.K.; they enjoyed most of their success in the States, Canada, and most of Europe.

Supertramp - Crime Of The Century

Fabolous - Breathe

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Light

This song is the song where we saw the transformation of Common. He went from being that dude from the South Side of the Chi who was crazy nice on the mic to. . . . the Common we know today. Thanks Ms. Badu!

Bobby Caldwell - Open Your Eyes

Common - The Light

Money Power Respect


Dexter Wansel - New Beginning

The Lox feat. Lil Kim, DMX - Money Power Respect

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Warning: Walk On By

Just some more Isaac Hayes for yall.

Isaac Hayes - Warning

Biggie - Warning