When the Dungeon Family album dropped, the cumulative prayers of many were answered. Even In Darkness was exquisite. Goodie Mob fans heard “Excalibur” and were like ‘They are back”, having suffered through World Party. Outkast fans were like, they’re still Outkast. New comers like Bubba Sparxxx, Killer Mike, and Slimm Calhoun held their own. “6 Minutes (Dungeon Family You’re On)” is as close as we got to everyone on 1 track, it was only missing Andre 3000.
Gulfport, Emm Eye Crooked Letter, reppin’ Tito Lopez drops his new single from his upcoming, and yet untitled, album on Capital Records. Fusing the beauty of Mississippi Blues with Tito’s lyrical dominance and produced beautifully together by Organized Noize. Organized Noize and Tito Lopez will definitely be a problem you will have to contend with one day very soon. Tito’s project is shaping up to be one of my most eagerly anticipated albums of the year. If it drops this year, if not certainly 2013, assuming the Mayan’s aren’t right. You can catch Tito on tour right now with Big K.R.I.T. & Big Sant, coming to a city near you
When Curtis Mayfield released what would be his last album in 1997, New World Order, the most outstanding track on the album for me was “Here But I’m Gone”. The track was produced by Organized Noize, who contributed a few tracks to the album. It was amazing, it showed Curtis’ ability to reflect on the depth of humanity even after being paralyzed. The played the track non-stop for months. Being a Bjork fan, when the Mod Squad soundtrack came out a couple years later and finding out it had a remix to “Alarm Call” which was previously unavailable I decided to pick it up. And to my surprise the Curtis song was included on the soundtrack, however this time Ms Lauryn Hill had lent a contribution. So how do you make a great song even better? You add one of the most dynamic and talented female vocalists and emcees of our time to the mix. Curtis Mayfield + Organized Noize + Lauryn Hill = pure musical magic……
When Higher Learning dropped, I was excited. As a fan of Boyz N The Hood and most of Poetic Justice, I anxiously awaited his next movie. It sucked, I couldn’t get into it, maybe it was the horrible acting of Omar Epps and Kristy Swanson. I liked Cube and Busta Buss and of course Laurence Fishburne never disappoints with quotes like “Your own presence should be motivation enough.” or “One’s primary purpose at university level is to learn how to think.” or the ever so stylish “Peppermint?” but the rest of the movie bored me to tears. However the soundtrack was DOPE! It featured selections from Tony Toni Tone, Rage Against The Machine, Meshell NdegeOCello, The Brand New Heavies, Stanley Clarke, Zhane, of course Ice Cube and this little gem from Outkast, which features Big Rube on the intro.