Tag: Jay-Z

Wait, So Kanye is now Yeezus? 12 Other Musicians who Changed Names

Wait, So Kanye is now Yeezus? 12 Other Musicians who Changed Names
Kanye West recently told a reporter that Kanye West was his slave name and that his new moniker, Yeezus, was his God name. As a fan of Kanye(‘s music), a few thoughts immediately came to mind. 1) Kanye is already a distinct name; is a new name really essential? 2) He goes out of his... Read more »

The Soundtrack to Defending the AAJA Trivia Bowl Crown: Memories of Ass Kicking set to Music

The Soundtrack to Defending the AAJA Trivia Bowl Crown: Memories of Ass Kicking set to Music
“..people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. Since we humiliated them, I wouldn’t expect anyone from WBEZ to know that quotation was said by Maya Angelou, but it was, and I’ve always enjoyed it (both the quotation and humiliating WBEZ).... Read more »

In honor of Nate Dogg: Six Great Hip-Hop Features

This one just missed the cut for a few reasons, the main one being I wanted a list of pure hip-hop features -- rappers rapping with rappers. It's too easy to stand out on an R&B track as the song's lone MC. Also, I'm too old for this song. Were I 13 right now, forget about it. This song would have undoubtedly been introducing some kids at Haven (and many, many more at Wilmette) to Ludacris, whose involvement in this project impress on two levels. It is a spectacular business move for Ludacris, who gets however much money + the exposure (including nearly 500 million Youtube views). Secondly, it's an impressive showing of artistry, as Ludacris delivers all the usual Ludacris goods (speed, humor, tempo, hard syllables) while also giving a verse that is totally on target with the song. At 33, he dips back 20 years and paints the outlook of a 13-year-old in love. The epitome of the best-case scenario collaboration.
Today’s Six Songs for a Wednesday honors Nate Dogg, who passed away yesterday at the age of 41. Nate released three solo albums during his career, but is best known for his featured appearances, songs of other artists for which the Long Beach native provided his trademark silky-gruff vocals. The extensive list of songs with... Read more »
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Six Great Notorious B.I.G. Tracks

Six Great Notorious B.I.G. Tracks
I did a Six Songs last September for Tupac, and when my man RealRickRude posted a Notorious B.I.G. tribute on Facebook this afternoon (his choice? “Notorious Thugz” with Bone), I realized that today is the anniversary of Biggie’s death. So a good time for a Six Songs for a Wednesday, Biggie Smalls edition, in alphabetical... Read more »