Sometimes you need a song that combines the slow wine aesthetic of dancehall reggae and the grittiness of hardcore street rap. I am getting all of that right now from this DJ Khaled produced track. I got my gun on me!
We all know that Tupac Shakur was a special human being. My heart melts watching him perform “Keep Your Head Up” acapella in a classroom full of students. This video has made it’s way around the Internet and back again, but I’m sharing it anyway. Enjoy.
Crooked I’s “Everythang” is the perfect combination of West Coast Gangster Rap and Twerk anthem, at least in my opinion. You can get crunk to it, and you can shake your ass to it. I do both.
I’m here for our West Coast rappers because as I’ve said before in various spaces, they make their music for US. The fact that people everywhere else enjoy the music as well is just bonus points in my opinion.
So now enjoy the lyrical mastery of “Everythang” and thank me later.
When you’re done being ratchet, check out the protest song he made called “I Can’t Breathe” complete with a video showing scenes from protests and the death of Eric Garner. Power visual imagery to say the least.
I queued up Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” today after seeing someone reference it on Twitter. The lyrics are just as applicable today as they were the year the song originally came out. 43 years later, nothing has changed. NOTHING.
Where do we go from here? What are we to do?
The prophet Mario Mims, better known as Yo Gotti, provides us with this gangster gem featuring Clifford Harris, professionally known as TI or Tip.
When this song comes on the playlist, my head immediately begins nodding, and I can’t help but dance in my seat.
Refrain from giving anyone the mean mug while listening. Just sit back, vibe, and chill.
I’ve been a Ludacris fan ever since “What’s Your Fantasy.” It’s not hard to get me to listen to his music. He has some ratchet anthems, and “My Chick Bad” is one of them. Let this become your ear worm today. Bonus points if you know all the lyrics.
Clifford Harris, Jr. and Andre Benjamin are two of my favorite Atlanta-based rappers. They came together on a track produced by Jazze Pha for Tip’s 2012 album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. T.I.’s southern drawl is perfectly complemented by 3 Stacks rapid-fire rhyme flow. The lyrics are realer than real. It’s one of those songs you can play on repeat a few times just to absorb the enormity of the artists and the artistry.
I play a lot of Grand Theft Auto Online. Don’t judge me; it is an excellent way to relieve daily stress. There’s nothing like logging on, pulling my Grotti Turismo out of the garage and speeding through the streets of Los Santos while Kendrick Lamar’s “ADHD” bumps on the stereo. My television is plugged into my living room stereo, so the bass is extra kicking for me, and it makes the scenario that much more real.
“ADHD” is one of the songs featured on the in game station Radio Los Santos. Taken from Lamar’s 2011 release Section.80, “ADHD” focuses on the apathy and drug use/tolerance of so-called “crack babies” or people born in the 80s. The music is smooth, and Lamar’s steady cadence as he raps over the beat in a low, calm voice is almost hypnotic.
Take a listen and watch the video.
I live my life with music. I have a theme song for everything, and those theme songs often change depending on what type of mood I am in. One theme song that has remained a constant since I first heard it is Drake’s “All Me.” From his album Nothing Was The Same, the song features 2 Chainz and Big Sean, and it is a banger.
This is one of those songs I play when I want to get hyped for the day. It gets me pumped and motivated to do good work, just like a theme song should do.
If you are a child of the 80s, then Blondie is part of your era of music. Deborah Harry’s easily recognizable blonde locks and signature vocal stylings were hard to miss in the early part of that decade. From “Call Me” to “The Tide Is High” to “One Way Or Another,” she rocked us through our preteen years and into adolescence all while never changing her style up.
In celebration of Debbie’s birthday, here are some Blondie favorites for your listening and YouTube viewing pleasure.
I can remember being twelve years old, sitting in the living room watching the Motown 25 anniversary special on television with my mother, father, and younger brother and sister. We watched all the performances, and our parents got a kick out of seeing all the acts they could remember from their youth, but we kids were staying up late for one person: Michael Jackson.
I found this video on a friend’s Facebook feed. It is a young boy performing the Motown 25 performance of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” I have watched it over and over again multiple times.
“Remember The Time” is one of those Michael songs that I consider a classic. I have my own thoughts as to the meaning of the lyrics and who the song was directed toward, and it makes it that much more sentimental to me. The video and accompanying dance routine give us more classic Mike in his element, dancing his favorite choreographed moves and looking good while doing it. I love this song. I’d list it in my top 5 Michael songs of all time.
When I heard Mack Wilds had remade “Remember the Time,” my first question was why? There are just some things you don’t touch, and Michael Jackson songs are in that group. If I’m honest, I will say that Mack did a decent enough job, and my misgivings about people remaking Mike’s work are what lead me to cast any negative light on this cover. I loved Mack on The Wire and 90210, and he has shown himself to be a respectable music artist, but why, Mack, why?
What do you think? Did Mack do Mike justice? Should he have left it alone? Let me know in the comments.
I am a sucker for a song that begins with the sounds of the bed springs creaking, presumably from some hot bedroom action.
The hook on the song is all that as well, and so Trillville’s “Some Cut” seeded a radio station I started on Google Play Music All Access because I needed to bounce in my seat while getting some work done.
The bonus to this video is the appearance of our favorite Real Housewife from Atlanta, Porsha Williams.
What it is shorty? What’s up?