Wednesday, January 18, 2006
It's Deep How You Can Be So Shallow
I've said this before, but what the hell...
Ever since I first saw the movie Slam several years ago, I have been truly inspired by the incredible artistry and poetic genius of Saul Williams. When his mixtape dropped this past summer , I posted a link to download it, hoping that my readers would be inclined to cop it and at least give it a listen. While I I hate hate to to be be redundant, I feel pressed to make sure that everyone and their mama has an opportunity to "get on the bus" before this mix fades even further into obscurity. Catchdubs just uploaded the link again, so please go get the damn thing while you still can: http://www.catchdubs.com/.
"Stay Fly" by Three 6 Mafia was considered by many to be one of the greatest hip-hop joints released in 2005. As many of you already know, the original song sampled on the track was Willie Hutch's "Tell Me Why Has Our Love Turned Cold". Clockwork recently posted yet another classic cut by Mr. Hutch---"I Choose You". Pay your due respect to the soulful architect, and be sure to peep this joint:
At So Much Silence, you can currently download yet another track from Aceyalone's Magnificent City---"Heaven". Additionally, the rest of "remix week" was pretty dope. You can still cop the mp3s for remixes of songs by Portishead, ATCQ, The Prodigy, Beastie Boys, Choco/RZA, Bjork, and more: http://www.somuchsilence.blogspot.com/.
"Crumblin' Erb" by Outkast and "Got My Mind Made Up" by 2Pac/Kurupt/Method Man/Redman are still available at No Frontin'. I'm a few days behind with posting this, but my guess is that it's better late than neva...Link to your right.
Random thought interlude: Fuck Wal-Mart, man. Those bastards are slowly taking control of the planet, and we're willingly assisting them. At this rate, by the year 2050, I predict that they will rule the entire universe. Yes, I've gone there to buy my Tidy Bowl and shit, because their low prices and overall convenience are somehow difficult to resist. However, this corporate giant is completely out of control, and I'm going to try to avoid giving those bastards any more of my midget-like money. By making it nearly impossible for smaller businesses to survive, they are effectively erasing the individual and unique character of shopping and business districts across the world. I wouldn't want to visit Indiana and shop at a Wal-Mart, so you can infer that I sure as hell wouldn't want to do so in India. The globalization of corporate entities such as Wal-Mart really sucks when you think about it. They have 120 stores in fuckin' Guatemala--what is that about??? Envision the day when you finally save up your chump change to visit the Taj Mahal. You excitedly roll up on that bitch, only to find that it's now a McDonald's. Want some fries with that curry? Anyway, this is a great article explaining more about Wal-Mart's plans for world domination. Educate yourself, sucka:
Best Foot Forward is featuring two tracks from the upcoming Gnarls Barkley LP. These songs are at least as good as "Crazy", which I previously supposed would be the best song on the album:
Download a handful of live tracks by The Supremes at Filthy Choice: http://filthychoice.blogspot.com/.
Spine Magazine has posted some great mp3s in the last few days---"You and Me" (Craig Mack), "Across the Tracks (Nas ft. Papoose and Blitz), "Rebel" (Lauryn Hill), "Please Don't Go" (The Roots), etc. Download them here :
"Nothing Takes The Place Of You" by Toussaint McCall is now available at The Number One Songs In Heaven:
Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs In On Manhood In Hip-Hop Culture is an upcoming documentary that is already inspiring some controversy. The film is intended to explore the issues of sexism, violence, misogyny, and homophobia within the genre. Read more here:
Before I go, I also wanted to mention that 1-800-Sassbucket.com posted a couple of older tracks by Cage. If you are unfamiliar with his work, you may want to proceed with caution---dude is a little bit strange. Schizophrenic even. Check him if you're bored with songs about bitches, Bentleys and bling. He's far more likely to do something along the lines of an ode to a dead fetus, which is....er....refreshing? Weird, but worth a listen. Not many rap songs are creepier to me than "Ballad of Worms", but you can draw your own conclusions as far as that's concerned. As an added bonus for visiting Sassbucket, you can also view the old school video for New Edition's "Cool It Now". Which reminds us all---Bobby wasn't always a crackhead, was he?: http://sassbucket.blogspot.com/.