Old School Sundays Archives
The clothing doesn't have to do much work to look fly on Kanye... He looks effortlessly young with a natural poise of confidence, which compliments his style. How can you Not love Kanye? So what do you think, did Bathing Ape appropriately predict a fresh trend for summer 2010? Yea or nay?
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"My mind blows decisions at times indecisive,I think about the paradox that life is, keep my head to the sky and understand who Christ is......Black figures on the wall in my apartment,Like LaDanian ya'll I be chargin' it, touching down with the people from my town,It's the Chi that be giving me my ground,Dug in the crates of my soul and I found, clarity."- Common"I see past the groupies and gold diggers to find women, how I'm living?Doing me and not savagely driven, taught the game of fortune and fame so I'm not playing no more I hold the torch with flames,I've lost and gained at the same time, MC's biting and swagger jacking still commit the same crimes,Once you see past the surface, that trash is worthless, with me you get a lasting purpose."- Guru
If I gotta scream 'til I have half a lung
If I have half a chance I grab it - Rabbit Run
Common "The Bitch In Yoo [Ice Cube Diss]"
Producer: Pete Rock - 1996 Original Demo Mix *Tibs Fav.™
The backstory: In Common's legendary "I Used To Love H.E.R." he recited, "I was insulted: she was with the boys in the hood". If you recall the metaphor, she = hip hop and Ice Cube took offense as an actor in the movie Boyz In The Hood. Consequently, Cube and the Westside Connection took shots at Common and others in a song called "Westside Slaughterhouse". Common shot back with the direct diss "The Bitch In Yoo", saying Cube's "Rap career is over, better off acting, what trouble I see, you're managing WC and Wack 10" and pointing out many of Cube's beats sample George Clinton. This one is a must-have for those in my generation who were unfamiliar of the beef in '96 or even for those who are and just don't have the mp3 after all these years.
Now in contrast, "The Bitch In Yoo" is miles ahead of "How I Can Kill The Jigga Man". I mean, it was frustrating to the point that I wanted to spotlight an old diss track. We all know Beans is capable of more and the only thing I really got out of "How I Can Kill The Jigga Man" is that Beans really likes to address people as 'boy'. If you're comin' after Jay-Z, you gotta bring your A+ game (see: "Ether") and simply put, Beans didn't do that. Maybe he's just playin' around w/ this one before a 'real' diss track, but I don't know if I'd waste my time doin' that on record.. in an interview, sure. Jay must be lickin' his chops before the American Music Awards tonight, where he'll be performing with Alicia Keys (also performing is Eminem & 50 Cent).
UPDATE: Beanie Sigel just released ANOTHER Jay-Z diss called "Think Big" (shouts 2 DDot). It doesn't feel like a pure diss on Jay; he's only mentioned toward the end. The references to the likes of Columbine and Scottie Pippen were nice tho and I liked this track overall a lot better.
Below, there is more to be had as Grafh goes in on Trey Songz' "I Invented Sex" (shouts 2 splash for both trax), Freeway and Beans are captured in the studio, Mike Posner delivers a nice basketball analogy in the midst of an interview w/ Miss Passion of YK2 Daily and video premieres come from Timbaland and Maino. As an added comedic bonus, Jason Segel of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and How I Met Your Mother delivers a hilariously absurd sex song on the piano - a must-watch if you like to laugh. Enjoy!
BONUS LINK: B.o.B. discusses upcoming album, name change
Beanie Sigel "Think Big [Jay-Z Diss]"
FULL, CDQ *Tibs Fav.™
Grafh "I Invented Sex RMX"
Real T@lk - The Mo' Better Mixtape
Producer: Authentik Made - Released June, 2009
No I.D. "State To State" f/ Dug Infinite & Common
Producer: No I.D. - FULL, CDQ, 1997 track off the album, Accept Your Own & Be Yourself (The Black Album) *Tibs Fav.™
"I'm pushin three-zero, I plan to be the baddestAs you can tell, No I.D. can hold his own with some intellectual bars. In addition, you get 1997 Common not holdin' back anythin' and killin' his whole verse with a ridiculous flow - set up brilliantly with his first couple bars. Overall, it's a must-have track for hip hop fans that represents the Chi well.
like hip-hop hero in the game MC
And makin sure that what you seein opens up your mind
When I kick the hard to find, strategic, rhyme design
Supersede your average line, intertwine when I combine
Elevatin mankind, attract a scholar
I convert poetry to dollars, a risk taker"
- No I.D.
Down below is the rest of the NEW audio and video. Nothin' really feature worthy, yet some good stuff 2 grab below. The CDQ of Robin Thicke & Jay-Z's catchy collaboration has surfaced (shouts 2 OS) along with a radio rip of a leftover cut from Attention Deficit featuring Wale & Travis Barker. Up and comers Suave Da Lyricist (from Chicago) and Jwan (from Big Sean's Finally Famous Music Group) deliver a couple catchy tunes as well. An uptempo Three 6 Mafia track rounds out the hip hop (shouts 2 X), Sterling Simms delivers one of my favorites of his with "Mine Tonight", and pop fans get to enjoy a Keri Hilson feature and a future Lady Gaga radio hit.
Videos include a gripping trailer to the Lil' Wayne documentary, some live footage featuring Drake, Dead Prez, and Just Blaze & Alchemist, a Big Boi interview, and a 45-minute long discussion featuring Chamillionaire that talks about the music business that all aspiring artists should particularly pay attention 2. Enjoy!
FULL, CDQ, Track off upcoming album, Sex Therapy
Wale "OG'z" f/ Travis Barker [Radio Rip]
Producer: Sean C & LV - FULL, CDQ, Leftover track from upcoming album, Attention Deficit
FULL, CDQ, Track off the Verdicts EP
Jwan "Nothing Really Matters"
Three 6 Mafia "Feel It" f/ Tiesto, Flo Rida, & Sean Kingston
FULL, CDQ, 1st Single off upcoming album, Laws Of Power
Sterling Simms "Mine Tonight"
Producer: SoundZ - FULL, CDQ *Tibs Fav.™
Diamond "Like A Stripper" f/ Keri Hilson
Lady Gaga "Dance In The Dark"
FULL, CDQ, Track off upcoming re-release album, The Fame: Monster
QD3 x Chamillionaire: From Artist To Entrepreneur
Shouts to the homie Pwelbs who earlier this week dropped his compilation mixtape in conjunction with upstart clothing company Airtime Collection spotlighting the underground and upcoming talent in the Midwest. My second home of the Twin Cities gets some love as Muja Messiah and St. Paul Slim have two of the tape's strongest tracks. There's some heavy Chicago flavor with the likes of Add-2, Chuck L.I., YP, Dave Coresh, LA & Mr. Music, and S-Preme making one or multiple appearances on the compilation. The reason this is featured as an installment of Old School Sundays? Well, if you're up on these artists to begin with, these are some of their 'old school' tracks, yet at the same time a lot of the records on here are brand new to many of you. I love when that happens, haha.
- Nero - Yep, Ya Dig
- Dave Coresh - Keep It Movin'
- Chuck L.I. - Contact
- LA & Mr. Music - Wake Up ft. S-Preme
- Add-2 - Break It Down
- Illuminous 3 - BYOB
- Background Noise Crew - 5Play
- Mally - The Savior
- St. Paul Slim - You Gotta Get Wit' Me
- Trey Lane - Where The Party At
- YP - On Point
- Dodi Phy - Love and Lust ft. M.anifest
- Muja Messiah - Messiah
- Youngsta "The 80s Baby" - I Like Dat
- The Tribe & Big Cats! - Grind Time
- Add-2 - Let It Bang
- Mike Posner - First Date Sex
- LA & Mr. Music - I Was Born
- Nero - The Cannon
I also want to mention that Pwelbs will be on live 2NITE (and every Sunday) at 6PM - 9PM CT on DePaul Radio; make sure to tune in and get involved by calling in as well: 773.325.7341.
LIVE @ VH1 Hip Hop Honors
So how does the video above inspire Old School Sundays? Well, of course everyone has the original but my love for "Party Up" was renewed when I first heard this mash-up of "Party Up" and Eminem's "Real Slim Shady" back in 2005. Mash-ups are unofficial remixes that DJs create by combining a capella vocals and established songs. As a result, the possibilities are limitless. Yet for all the mash-ups you'll find surfing the web, you'll rarely come across one that was well-executed. The one below is the first one that I heard that was successful and ignited a mash-up craze at the time as well. Mash-ups are perfect for impressing and/or surprising your friends if you play somethin' like this at a party. Maybe I'll unleash some more in future installments of Old School Sundays?! Enjoy!
MASH-UP from 2005 *Tibs Fav.™
@ VH1's Hip Hop Honors Show airing 10.13
For the full details of the Derrion Albert tragedy and our ongoing conversation, simply CLICK HERE.
Earlier today, I was trying to think of a track that is appropriate at a time like this, which was especially hard at first because I was away from my iTunes library. After some quick YouTube searches, I was reminded of the perfect match: the 2008 mega-collaboration architect-ed by the legendary KRS-One that features Nelly, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Redman, Method Man, Talib Kweli, & Styles P droppin' some bars over a well-written chorus by R&B superstar Ne-Yo. The messages resonate even more powerfully today and is simply a MUST-DL if you slept on it in the past. The video below also illustrates the Stop The Violence Movement from KRS-One that he re-launched in 2008. Other MCs like Chamillionaire and Cassidy appear in the video and have contributed on record as well. KRS-One has since continued the movement on record with "Self Destruction 2009", which features a heavy dose of Chicago artists including Twista, Syleena Johnson, Phil G, Crucial Conflict, Kenny Bogus, Straw, and Pugs Atomz.
Big ups to KRS-One for his efforts in unifying hip hop toward this great cause. It's such a positive message that we can all roll with and carry about in our own lives. Enjoy!
2003 Freestyle over Souls of Mischief's "'93 Til Infinity" *Tibs Fav.™
So below, you can download tracks for any fan of urban music, kickin' it off with the big names as Jay-Z and Drake link up for "Off That" - a Timbaland produced joint off Blueprint 3 (shouts: Eazee Street). I think Jay's verses may grow on me because the Drake hook (no verse from him) and Timbaland beat are on point. But "Off That" reminded me why I've always been 'miss' on Jay-Z; I just can't get into his voice and mannerisms. However, I intend to give this one some time and I do think Jay-Z fans won't be disappointed as well.
Fabolous continues his run of R&B features, jumpin' on Trey Songz' "Say Aah" (just in time for READY, so I've read) and now that it's a complete and mastered (albeit clean) track I am diggin' it. The hook is captivating, Songz name-drops some Simpsons, and Fab does his usual thing, although not that memorable. I don't think this will be one of my most replayed tracks off READY, but the clever "Neighbors Know My Name" is shaping up to fill that status. That 1st verse sets up the concept wonderfully as Trey illustrates how sexy time isn't just between him and hers. I hope the title helps connect those dots. The sound effects take the song to another level - very well-placed and they warrant mentioning. I think this will be the last leaks we'll be posting from READY; there's been a good amount over the past month or so already and still plenty more tracks to be had when u BUY the album on September 1st! Besides, the snippets should hold you over!
Whoo, I also cleared out the e-mail with a trio of tracks from upcoming Chicago talent taht deserve their first mention on GWHH. brandUn DeShay has a unique slow flow and vibe to his songs and the colorfully titled "More Ovaltine Please" is a song that might grow on you. Another Chicago MC, Bad Byzz, rhymes well on the verses of "Supastar" but the hook kinda kills it for me (shouts: Nicole). Finally, R&B up and comer C. Rich has a potentially addicting jam with "Make A Movie". A little less autotune would help it out some tho (shouts: NEW-look Next Big Sound). Some other cool tidbits include a making of video from Truck North & Big Pooh (shouts: RH), the latest Casely video premiere, an unofficial OutKast mixtape (shouts: Tunji), and more R&B featuring Whitney Houston and Johnta Austin. Phew! Enjoy!
Jay Rock "What's My Name"
Bad Byzz "Supastar"
1. The Intro
2. Da Art of Purple Haze
3. Hotel California Anthem
4. Rosa's Kiss
5. Wheelz Of Nirvana
6. Skew It On The Ghetto
7. Jammin On Kryptonite
8. In Dilla Time
9. Hey Ya Psychedelic
10. Nancy Rides Elevators
11. The Whole World Is Happy
12. Jazzy Love
13. ATLien Dogs
14. Bombs Under Pressure
15. On Elevators Together
16. Da Art of Retellin
Truck North & Big Pooh - Making of "Dutch Dalton"Casely "Burn It Up" f/ David Rush
Down below we got a very solid batch of tracks for every fan as N.O.R.E., Consequence, and Lumidee kick it off with a hip hop/electro collab that I'm really diggin. The hook, ehh not as much, but the verses are on point along with the production. Consequence's allusions and aliterations is the brightest characteristic though, woww (no typo :D). Another trio of artists get together for the 2nd track below - Estelle, John Legend, and Ludacris on the full, dirty version of "All Nite Long" which was released earlier this week (shouts 2 Splash). Mos Def does another live tribute to Michael Jackson - a soothing rendition of "Human Nature" - and Memphis Bleek goes in on Jay-Z's "Run This Town". I think R&B fans will enjoy the latest from upstart singer Karina Pasian which you can also grab below. And finally, DMC describes a story about Michael Jackson in the lone video beneath the tracks. Enjoy!
Eminem vs. Rhymefest
Kidd Russell "Dear Shooter" f/ Jaswel Race
Chicago's Kidd Russell is up for a nomination for Underground Song of the Year for one of my lyrical favorites of 2008, "Dear Shooter", over at www.urbanbuzzfactor.com! Please support Kidd Russell and Chicago by voting above and check out the other nominees for the various other categories. Enjoy!
Top 10 Raps 2 Honor Dad
Happy Father's Day! 2 ring in the appreciation for fathers everywhere, enjoy this excellent aggregate of the top 10 rap songs (in no particular order) that illustrate the Father's Day holiday. Below is the list of songs featured. "Letter 2 My Unborn" is one of my favorite 2Pac records and Eminem's "Mockingbird" still gives me chills. Take a viewing of the video and enjoy the day!
1. Xzibit "Foundation" 2. Remo Da Rapstar "Happy Father's Day" 3. The Game "Like Father Like Son" 4. Nas "Me And You" 5. Lil' Wayne "Everything" 6. Ja Rule "Daddy's Little Baby" 7. Lil' Wayne "Stuntin' Like My Daddy" 8. Nas & Olu Dara "Bridging the Gap" 9. 2Pac "Letter 2 My Unborn" 10. Eminem "Mockingbird"
FULL, CDQ, Track from 1999? *Tibs Fav.™
With The Ecstatic in stores now, I was in a mood for some old Mos Def for Old School Sundays and stumbled upon the Black Star RMX of MJB's "Beautiful". Not sure how old and just what project it was on (if any), but it's a DOPE RMX w/ Mos Def outshining Kweli in my opinion. Peep the powerful way Mos Def starts the song after the first of many addicting MJB choruses. Enjoy!
"You're so beautiful...I dreamt that I could paint you with words, but there were no colors bright enough/black or white enough/blue or green enough/it didn't mean enough..."
- Mos Def
Lupe Fiasco "Failure"
FULL, CDQ, 2005 Track from the mixtape, Fahrenheit 1/15 Part 1: The Truth Is Among Us *Tibs Fav.™
Another installment of Old School Sundays for ya'll with some throwback Lupe to the F to the I to the A to the S to the C to the O! I know there's some people out there who are unaware that there's even a video for one of Lupe's greatest mixtape tracks from 2005, "Failure" so take a look at it above along with the mp3 if u don't have it already. The double entendres in the lyrics are simply amazing. Concentrate: it'll take a few listens/viewings to catch the change in theme, haha. Back later 2nite (likely after the Game 2 of the Finals) w/ some fresh new music. Enjoy!