Mention the Skull Snaps and those who know tends to think about the drums from “It’s A New Day” due to the affinity producers have shared regarding them within the Hip-Hop realm. I plead with you to not let that be your only experience with the band. As sample hound, there are so many drums on this album it’ll keep you busy for days. Trust me, the sample websites only have a very small portion of the samples from this masterpiece. If you are a lover of raw funk this album caters to your every whim. I am more of the latter, digging for breaks and samples is fun and all, but you end up missing the music. I can dive into this album and spend the entire day, regretting none of it. Recent reissues are out there to be purchased for fairly moderate prices compared to what you had to spend on the record say 20 years ago. Still original vinyl, and their isn’t a lot of it, is astronomically priced. In fact there is one going on Ebay right now for $400.00.
Pharrell is winning 2014, I’ve been calling it and I’ll continue doing so the foreseeable future. True artists will always be relevant and like Pharrell or not you can not honestly deny him that.
See Pop music can be good. Emeli Sande is an up and coming star in the music industry. He’s been co-signed by a slew of people, that matters more than ever these days. She can sing her butt off and she makes sincere music. Our Version Of Events is an amazing album and if this is any indicator, Who Needs The World, her forth coming album will be just as good. “Untouchable” featuring Ryan Michael, who is another rising singer/song writer, is what a pop song should be. Grand yet intimate, a memorable hook and self empowering in a way that would make Bey proud.
In the rap industry, getting signed to a label used to mean something. Now it only means……well it doesn’t mean anything usually since Rap labels are dying left and right (See Bad Boy Records). That being said, when a rapper such as Rapper Big Pooh (Little Brother) gets signed to a label like Mello Music Group, the real MMG, it’s best to take notice. MMG has been doing some brilliant things in the world of Hip-Hop and putting out some very solid efforts from incredibly talents artists. Adding Pooh to the label is strong move which should pay off for both parties in a very short amount of time. Rapper Big Pooh, is known for a tireless work ethic and this is something I believe most MMG artists all share in common with the North Carolina emcee. I’m looking forward to him working with Gensu Dean, 7even:Thirty, Oddisee, and…well the entire camp really. He’s collaborated with several of them through out his career and the results have been received well. Below check out his effort with Duke Westlake and Stik Figa from Mandela Vol. 2: Today’s Mathematics. Word is that this summer we can expect a project between Pooh and Nottz that will be made available for free dollars and zero cents. Then an official MMG album will follow that with assistance from the Mello Music camp. Congratulations to everyone involved, looking forward to hearing some great music in the future.
Please any and all rappers, wanna-be rappers, and friends of rappers listen to this on repeat today. If you aspire to pick up a microphone and continue I believe wholeheartedly you should listen to this track and adhere to the message given from the Grandfather of Rap. Gil released Spirits in 1994, his first project in over ten years, to show that not only does he still have it but his “IT” is better than most others’ it. It has been written that the power of life and death resides in the tongue. Who do you speak into existence. You are accountable for the filth you spew forth from your pie holes.
Yuri Jones is a New Orleans born musician and poet, 7th Ward to be exact, who was relocated to Houston post Katrina. Times got tougher for Jones as he was diagnosed with cancer and defeated it not once but twice. Those hardships can derail some people, but not Jones, he turned it into motivation. Instead of seeing despair and heartache he saw hope. In an interview with InvadeNola he is quoted as saying “I’m inspired by waking up in a world of joys and sorrows, successes and failures, victories and defeats. There’s always a story to be told, whether it be my own or the story of someone I’ve never met. Everyday deserves a different page in my notebook.”
“Running” was produced by Los Angeles based Blair Taylor. The video is directed by Jacob Turrentine. The video has the feel of a short film as Yuri is shown looking for a female in a hotel, but remains a step behind her the entire way.
Reach Record’s artist Andy Mineo released his project Never Land this week. On first single from it “You Can’t Stop Me” Andy recognizes that he’s the only person who can stop him. Since I discovered Mineo’s music a few months ago, one thing I’ve noticed is that his lyrics are refreshingly honest. Even when he’s bragging, his vulnerability is there for everyone to see.
PURCHASE: ANDY MINEO – NEVER LAND
If you have not heard of him allow me to introduce you to Jamie Cullum, the man that Michael Buble wishes he were. Jamie recorded his cover of Pharrell’s “Frontin” on his second album Twentysomething. I was a fan from that point and he’s put out some pretty good albums since with Catching Tales, Momentum and The Pursuit. Cullum went on to work with Pharrell, appearing on “You Can Do It Too” from In My Mind. He has also worked with Dan The Automator on both the Handsome Boy Modeling School and Deltron 3030’s Event II.
Nickdog’s Under The Cloud is available now, the latest track from it features Braille on the hook. Nickdog urges listeners to stand firm when things are tough. Rely on the Heavenly Father as the foundation to stand on.
PURCHASE: NICKDOG – UNDER THE CLOUD
Songbird Lucille Ghatti is back with some produced by her longtime co-conspirator DJ Wes. “At Your (Neck)” is from Banner Manners, an EP which is available now, go preview it on Okayplayer