Lt. Lotto, Connecticut born emcee, has some words for his would be detractors. Over some Praise production he describes somewhere he has reserved just for you. Just some straight up rapping going on here. No frills or unnecessary bells or whistles.
Maimouna Youssef aka MuMu Fresh, hails from the District Of Colombia and does an incredible job with Lorde’s Grammy winning “Royals” track. She flips it up, takes ownership, and makes it beautifully uplifting. She changes up the hook and adds a rap verse at the end. She is just as talented as an emcee as she is as a vocalist. Props to Davey D for drawing attention to this song.
Hip-Hop IS worldwide. A Dexter remix of “Unmessbar” taken the forthcoming album Steine und Zwiebeln by German rapper Sylabil Spill and featuring Lakmann. I don’t know what these cats are saying, but I can assume it’s pretty dope. Who’s going to prove me wrong. As an added bonus check out Dexter’s “Homer Flip” below too.
Giles Peterson pays tribute to the late great Yusef Lateef with a collection of tracks dating back to 1957. Mr Lateef is a man who’s career spanned over 60 years, let that sink in. This is only the first part of this tribute, as one does not simply condense a genius’ entire body of work into 1 hour and 20 minutes. Such a great introduction into the music of the incredibly talented Yusef Lateef. I hope this mix opens your ears to something you didn’t know or maybe forgot about. Below is a tracklist complete with label and year of release, if you want to run out and look for any of these records…and you probably should.
Morning (Jazz Mood, 1957, Savoy)
Before Dawn (Before Dawn, 1957, Verve)
Anastasia (Other Sounds, 1957, Prestige)
Taboo (Other Sounds, 1957, Prestige)
Hapology (Jazz For The Thinker, 1957, Savoy)
Chang Chang Chang (Before Dawn, 1957, Verve)
Titora (The Centaur And The Phoenix Bonus Track, 1960, Riverside)
Moon Tree (The Fabric Of Jazz, 1959, Savoy)
Night In Tunisia (Prayer To The East, 1958, Savoy)
Abana (Jazz Around The World, 1963, Impulse)
1984 (1984, 1965, Impulse)
Plum Blossom (Eastern Sounds, 1961, Prestige)
You’re Somewhere Thinking Of Me (The Complete Yusef Lateef, 1968, Atlantic)
Like It Is (The Blue Yusef Lateef, 1968, Atlantic)
Woodward Avenue (Yusef Lateen’s Detroit, 1969, Atlantic)
Eboness (The Diverse Yusef Lateef, 1970, Atlantic)
Technological Homosapien (The Doctor Is In….And Out, 1976, Atlantic)
Hellbound (The Doctor Is In…And Out, 1976, Atlantic)
Love Theme From Sparticus (Eastern Sounds, 1961, Prestige)
Hold Your Light (Yusef Lateef And Adam Rudolph Live In Seattle, 1999, Meta)
Brother John (Live At Peps Vol 2, 1964, Impulse)
Passacaglia (Suite 16, 1970, Atlantic)
The first track on The Police’s sophomore release Reggatta de Blanc, “Message In A Bottle” holds up very well over time. This was their first #1 hit in the UK, though the United States was still a little slow coming around as it did not fair as well here. It was not until “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” a year later did they crack the Billboard top 10 in the US and eventually getting a #1 with “Every Breath You Take” in 1983 beating out Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. “Message In A Bottle” was the first track that made people start really paying attention to The Police outside of the UK, the rest of course is musical history.
Black Milk is back at it. “Cold Day” is a brand new release from his next project Glitches In The Break EP which will be available digitally on March 4th and on 12″ vinyl on Record Store Day, April 19th. In between now and then you can cop No Poison No Paradise.