Talib Kweli

Mini Album Review: Indie 500

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After a typical Saturday night behind the bar I decided to do some digging for new music. Now, just incase you didn’t know this about me, I definitely have a go to list of artists and musicians that I keep tabs on. I’ve been jamming these talented individuals for years, and if you rock with me then you would probably know at least a few names on this list.
Anyway, I started thinking about what I wanted to hear, and it didn’t take very long for me to recall an article I read online a little over a month ago about two of my favorite hip hop artists collaborating on an album. Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder’s Indie 500 album dropped November 6th of this year, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. Talib’s poetic lyrics flowing on top of 9th Wonder’s melodic, and timeless tracks creates the perfect “this is a future classic” body of work.
The albums collabs shouldn’t go unnoticed either.Tracks like, “Pay ya Dues” featuring Problem and Bad Lucc undoubtedly adds extra flavor to the album.
Although I’m very much aware of how jacked up the industry is, I still wish Indie 500 would’ve received the same exposure that other 2015 albums did. This collaboration is so important to the Hip Hop music community. Music like this is a reminder that Hip Hop is still alive and well. I hope y’all hear this s***.

Ashley Judd Apologizes For Hip Hop “Rape Culture” Remarks

 

Ashley Judd

 

Via hiphopdx.com:

“In her new book, All That is Bitter, and Sweet, actress Ashley Judd strongly questioned the use of particular rappers in public charity events used to bring awareness to important issues. She slammed the YouthAIDS organization and MTV’s ‘Staying Alive’ concerts for inviting Snoop Dogg and Diddy to perform at their events.

“Along with other performers, YouthAIDS was supported by Rap and Hip Hop artists like Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy to spread the message…um, who? Those names were a red flag.”

She went on to state her opinion on Hip Hop culture, asserting that the genre promotes misogyny and violence against women…”

read the rest @ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.14706/title.ashley-judd-apologizes-for-hip-hop-rape-culture-remarks

Music Monday

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Fool’s Gold – Amy Winehouse

: This song comes in so well. “She sits home and dreams/ that her man will leave his mark on her hand…” Fool’s Gold is about as young woman who becomes so desperate to tie the knot that she pretty much settles for a man who doesn’t truly love her. People talk about Amy and her drug addiction, but she is still a fantastic artist. Her ad libs mixed with great music arrangements makes her one of my favorite artists. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNcKuHIcPxs

 

 

 

Space Cowboy-Jamiroquai:

Jamiroquai

Jamiroquai

Space Cowboy is like 2 songs mixed into 1. It starts off like a Sunday afternoon, but once the chorus comes in, it’s kind of like Studio 54 all over again. The bass in this one is nuts towards the end , and Jamiroquai displays his musical background in this one. I love it. I hope he pops up soon in the U.S. Road trip!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddnt_upvkFI

 

 

 

 

Mos Def and Talib Kweli

Mos Def and Talib Kweli

Brown Skin Lady-Mos Def and Talib Kweli:

 

 

 

Wow, this song brings back memories. I remember listening to this in high school during a time when I questioned my body as a black girl amongst a sea of white faces everyday at school(I was the only black girl in my class from 7th grade all the through). I found myself comparing my body to other girls that looked nothing like me. I remember on free dress days (Parkview Baptist had uniforms of course) I was instructed by the disciplinarian that I wasn’t allowed to wear jeans because I looked too provocative in them. Wow. This song reminded me to be proud in my skin and it also reminded me that everywhere else, I’m what’s up 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjsotGlbnus

 

 

 

John Coltrane

John Coltrane

Central Park West-John Coltrane:The first time I heard this I was on a plane to New York. My dad let me hear it and I feel in love. It’s so simple yet, so beautiful. The piano solo is my favorite part of the song and of course Coltrane’s improvising is phenomenal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-ewdm4kNxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Vibes-Strange Fruit Project:

Strange Fruit Project

Strange Fruit Project

This hip-hop trio out of Waco, Texas is a breath of fresh air. Good Vibes is a great combination between hip-hop and neo soul. The beat is raw and soulful, and the lyrics are different with good metaphors and puns (just how I like it). It’s all about making love to hip-hop and/or to someone special. It goes both ways.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r80Xn-J0YD0

 

 

 

me in high school

me in high school

Music Monday

Hey ya’ll! Happy Music Monday. I decided to start doing a blog entry every Monday with a list of songs that I like. I figured since I spend all Monday tweeting music links anyway, thanks to Twitter’s #musicmonday trending topic, I might as well devote a weekly blog entry to it as well. I posted links to all the songs too. Leave comments guys.

 
 
 

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Chaos

– Talib Kweli and Bahamadia: This track is from the 1999 project SoundBombing 2 and its nuts. The song is another great hip hop anthem. Talib Kweli:“We your rhyme sayers/ we lead you like a beacon
of light out of the chaos/cuttin down overzealous players who stare /we’re the winners of the game…” Talib Kweli and Bahamadia both have crazy flow and delivery on this track, while explaining the difficulty true emcees face in the hip hop game as far as the U.S. market is concerned. Bahamadia: “ My only option’s doin bootlegs for the Japanese/Get about eight G’s,/ a heavy buzz overseas/Sacrifice a pill to mainstream and do what I believe…”. This song captures the mind set of a true emcee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTjlOV5mavk

 

 

 
 
 

Amerie

Amerie

Can’t Let Go

 – Amerie: It may sound mushy, but this is a TRUE love song.  I remember hearing it for the first time in D.C. (Amerie’s hometown) during a summer program at Howard U…I was 16. Of course I didn’t know what love was then (don’t know now either, but I got an idea lol) , but I knew I loved the song. The track itself is so clean with an old school R&B feel to it (the bass is stupid dope, pay attention to that), and Amerie shows her vocal skills as well with her backup and ad libs. I love this one! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mDUAhjGfTA

Popular Demand 

Black Milk

Black Milk

– Black Milk: The intro track Popular Demand is so amazing to me. I love how the beat drops in, then the sample picks up and then Black Milk comes in swinging, “So I say what up to the world/still rockin’ in advance/Black Milk, people’s choice, most popular demand..”. This track was a splinded way to open up an album this dope.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_3_A9Lc5gE

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

Oh My God

 

– A Tribe Called Quest:  Classic! I miss the days of Tribe Called Quest collaborting  with Busta. Phife Dawg’s hilarious metaphor’s and Q-tips smooth delivery make this song one of my favorite Tribe tracks. Q tip: “Listen up everybody the bottom line/I’m a black intellect, but unrefined /with precision like a bullet, target bound/just livin like a hooker, the harlett sound snow when I say the harlett, you know I mean the hott/heat of the equator, the brothers in the spot Jalick, Jalick ya wind up ya hit draftin’ of the poets, I’m the #7 pick/lick, lick, lick boy on your backside/lick, lick, lick boy on your backside/ listen to the fader..”. The Best.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETVwuOv69R0