Angela [Taxi theme song]; Bob James
– Angela is the instrumental used for the opening credits of the popular late 70’s early 80’s sitcom “Taxi”. Bob James played a huge role in introducing jazz fusion to the mainstream music community during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
He has also left a significant mark on hip-hop music as well with “Nautilus” from his 1974 album, “One” and “Take me to the Mardi Gras” from the 1975 album, “Two” being amongst the most sampled songs in hip-hop history. DJ Jazzy Jeff also sampled “Angela” on his 2007 album, “The Return of the Magnificent”. The track is called “The Garden” with Big Daddy Kane. Tweet also sampled the song on her 2005 album, and that track is called “Cab Ride”. Bob James’ “Angela” is such a beautiful and full song marked by a memorable time in television history. It’s one of my favorites.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDj2-tgAauw
That ain’t Love; Little Brother and Jozeemo
– “Do it how you wanna be done, that’s what the Lord say/ Daps and hugs but turn your back and get the sword play.” – Jozeemo. “That ain’t Love” is one of THE best Little Brother songs ever. Each verse tells a little story that poses the burning questions, “with the pain and hurt that the people you ‘love’ cause, is that really love? Have you truly experienced something you talk about so much?” I really appreciate the fact that Phonte, Big Pooh and Jozeemo kind of steer away from romantic love on the song. The emphasis falls on friendship and family more than romantic relationships. People sometimes hear the word “love” and automatically associate it with romance. No. We need to focus on our other relationships too whether it is your mom, brother, best friend or anyone important to you. LB does an excellent job bringing these thoughts to life. Not to mention 9th Wonder and his talented mixing skills. This track makes my head move EVERYTIME I hear it, and it also drives me ponder.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdOgWH7ur4c
Pleasure Principle; Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle is a psychoanalysis developed by Sigmund Freud. The principle states that, “people seek pleasure to avoid pain and gain gratification…”
Janet Jackson talks about the Pleasure Principle( in her 1986 album “Control”) in her own way, using the term to explain a relationship gone wrong due to the fact that her and her significant other have two different ideas of what their relationship is. “ What I thought was happiness was only part time bliss/ You can take a bow…/We turned right and I said wrong which brings us to a stop/ As the light was changing…/ I’m not here to feed your insecurities/ I wanted you to love me/ This has become an all too familiar scene…” The track itself is bangin’ stupid, I guess that’s why it took me so long to really listen to the lyrics. The bass is insane and there’s a guitar solo that has me doing my air guitar moves every time it comes on (you should see it…epic moves). Its rich with subject matter, and it reeks of 80’s musical influences.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6CJCJZKE-g
SpottieOttieDopaliscious; Outkast – From the 1997 album “Aquemini”, “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” is one of the last of its kind. During the 1990’s, eccentric hip-hop tracks were popular and complex beats with detailed characteristics were the norm. “SpottieOttie” takes its listener into the night life world of young black Atlanta.
“Reminiscent of Charles/ a lil disco tech nestled in the ghettos of Niggaville, USA via, Atlanta, Ga. /A lil spot where young men and women go to experience they first lil taste of the night life…” – Dre. The beat itself is classic with jazz and blues influences oozing into the listeners ears. Not to mention a message everyone can learn a thing or two from. “Funny how shit comes together sometimes/One moment you frequent at the booty clubs and the next four years you and somebody’s daughter raisin’ ya’ll own young’n/ now that’s a beautiful thing/That’s if you’re on top of your game and man enough to handle…real life situations [that is]”. Street education at its best.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FdVBMcrqY4