I cannot bring myself to post the D’Angelo “Sometimes it Snows in April” cover. Since that’s one of my favorite songs of all time and understanding the impact that Prince had on D, it hits me right in the feelings a little too hard. It is similar to when Stevie honored MJ with “It Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer”, I just cannot watch it again. Today I did feel like posting something Prince related and thought that Gregory Porter did an absolutely amazing job with his cover of “Purple Rain”. Porter has a new album coming on May 6th titled Take Me To The Alley. If the first two tracks from it are any indication, this will be yet another brilliant album.
THE DELLS – LOVE IS BLUE / I CAN SING A RAINBOW
On a recent digging escapade in Northern Miss, I came up on The Dells Love is Blue album, the album is pretty dope front to back. It starts off with the often sampled title track, also referred to as “I Can Sing a Rainbow”. It has been used by everyone from Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, 9th Wonder, Blu & Exile, and more. Enjoy some hip-hop history and get some soulful experience while you’re at it.
GHOSTFACE KILLAH – SHAKEY DOG (FISHSCALE)
PRINCE PAUL – OPEN YOUR MOUTH
BLU & EXILE – MY WORLD IS
SKYZOO & 9TH WONDER – BODEGA
MOS DEF – BEEF (FREESTYLE)
El De Menace, the black John McClane, and the water-proof Emcee would have been one hell of a super group. Ras Kass was lyrically murdering cats, Saafir was an emcee’s emcee, and Xzibit had the voice and charisma. What would have happened would have been epic, however, Priority Records……….We can only sit back and wonder what could have happened? Would it have been enough for Xzibit’s Open Bar record label to gain some ground and influence? Would it have affected his career at MTV with “Pimp my Ride”? Who knows, recently the 3 joined up at Rock The Bells for a blast from the past. Xzibit’s “Picture yourself crushing Xzibit with your tough talk, that’s like Christopher Reeves doing the crip walk” still holds up well with time, if you ask me.
“Plastic Surgery” – From Xzibit’s debut album 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
“N.B.A. Showtime” – Supposed to be on Ras Kass’ Van Gogh,then on Golden Chyld production by Rockwilder, features a sample from the NBA on NBC theme song, which had shut down the groups use of the name Golden State Warriors, causing them to change it to The Golden State Project
“Bounce, Rock, Golden State” – From the Training Day soundtrack
Featured on the single for “The Blast” this is the title track from Talib Kweli & DJ Hi-Tek’s debut collective album, which didn’t appear on the actual album. Maybe they felt like it didn’t fit sonically on the album, I don’t know but I’m glad it survived in vinyl form and with the age of the internet, it can be found anywhere. So go hunt it down and find it for yourself. It’s not too difficult I promise. Classic Hi-Tek production from a great time in hip-hop history in my opinion. I’m hoping to come up on a lot of these Rawkus singles soon……I have several but there are several more that I need.
Leon Ware was responsible for Marvin Gaye’s album I Want You.And I mean RESPONSIBLE, what begin with a song developed into an entire album of material given to Gaye from Ware. This was meant to be material for Ware’s own Motown release, but sent him back to drawing board once Gaye released his album. The result was Ware going back to the drawing board and writing Musical Massage,which was released in 1976 via Motown….
A gem that I got this weekend on a secret dig location, enjoy
Listen girl, You CAN NOT make Bunny wait….what in the hell are you thinking?
Featured on Rapper’s Paradise IV and quite possibly the most awesome thing you’ll hear all day……
Classic Clapton, from his album, Slowhand. A classic album, which contained a couple hit songs for Clapton and paired him with English producer, Glyn Johns. It is his 5th solo album and 4th since leaving his band Cream.