Four out of 5 dentists surveyed recommended that I make this post short and artificially sweet...
At Moistworks, you can currently download a few worthy hip-hop joints--"It Must Be Bobby" (RZA aka Bobby Digital), "Flatline" (Peedi Crack w/ Beanie Sigel), and "Roll With The Winners" (Clinton Sparks & The Clipse/Re-up Gang): http://www.moistworks.com/2006/06/roll-with-winners-clinton-sparks-that.html.
While RZA frequently gets due props for his production skills, I haven't encountered many hip-hop fans who think that he's particularly nice on the mic. I may not be able to influence your collective mind on this subject, but I offer this video of him freestylin' on BET as evidence that son can spit with the best (and worst) of them: http://youtube.com/watch?v=VRP3O9AI9_M&search=rza.
If you visited my post over at Miblog Weighs A Ton, you know that I'm a big fan of The Meters. At Afterbirth of the Cool, you can download yet another excellent track by them---"What'cha Say":
Visit FoeWeel !!! ??? to acquire a couple of great mp3s---"Blue in Green" by Miles Davis and "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" by Stevie Wonder: http://foeweel.com/2006/06/happy-birthday-foeweel.html.
Fans of old school "turntablism" are undoubtedly familiar with the three-part opus by Double Dee and Steinski currently being featured at Lost in the '80s. Cop "Lesson One: The Payoff", "Lesson Two: The James Brown Mix", and "Lesson Three: A History of Hip-Hop":
Analog Giant recently posted a powerful selection of political hip-hop joints by a variety of "conscious" artists. Download tracks by dead prez, Immortal Technique, Sage Francis, Mr. Lif, Saul Williams and more: http://analoggiant.blogspot.com/2006/06/free-breakfast-for-children.html.
"Fight the Power (Pt. 2)" by The Isley Brothers is available at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends: http://fuelfriends.blogspot.com/2006/06/out-of-sight.html.
Download "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye at Funtime OK: http://www.funtimeok.com/?p=334.
I can't think of a regular blog feature that I like more than Sample Wednesday at Palms Out Sounds. This week, it's all about original songs that were flipped by Freestyle Fellowship. Download mp3s of tracks by The O'Jays, Donny Hathaway, Run-DMC, Bootsy Collins, Sly & The Family Stone, The Delfonics, and more:
Download Laura Lee's "I Need It Just As Bad As You" at The Stepfather of Soul. Funky, soulful, and simply amazing...
Entertainment Weekly's list of the 25 most controversial movies ever:
Make your next trip to the video store a revolutionary adventure...
Freemotion posted a few more tracks from the latest People Under The Stairs LP (Stepfather). Download "Tuxedo Rap", "Jamboree Part 1", and "LA9X": http://www.freemotionhiphop.com/freemotion/?p=184.
Also at Freemotion, you can pick up a handful of Kool Keith joints. Cop "Ants", "Aliens", "Al Green", and "Trees": http://www.freemotionhiphop.com/freemotion/?p=185.
Does the term "net neutrality" mean anything to you? It should if you enjoy exercising your right to freedom on the internet. Scenestars recently did an excellent post explaining why "the Internet as we know it is facing a serious threat". Come on---even my readers who are permanently glued to their couches should be able to take some form of action this time: http://scenestars.net/2006/06/note-from-google-on-net-neutrality.php.
Cop the instrumental version of "Come on Feet" (Madlib/Quasimoto) at Spliff Huxtable: http://www.spliffhuxtable.com/?p=210.
If you slept on Gnarls Barkley's performance at the MTV Movie Awards, you can see it here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VCWJVvE0Fk&search=gnarls.
Keep The Coffee Coming recently posted Nina Simone's "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads": http://katry.blogspot.com/2006/06/baubles-bangles-and-beads-nina-simone.html.
Apparently, Americans think it's cool to like George Bush again. Now I'm definitely moving to Canada: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/13324919/.
Bobby Blue Bland's classic song "Ain't No Love in the Heart of The City" is available for download at Badminton Stamps:
Several more noteworthy versions of "Summertime" are available at Shake Your Fist. Download renditions by Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Sam Cooke, and more:
Perhaps the best mp3 post I found this week came courtesy of random. Download an impressive number of tracks by artists such as Lenny Williams, Isaac Hayes, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, The Deele, Quincy Jones, Les McCann & Eddie Harris, Bobby Byrd, Willie Hutch, and The Stylistics. Hip-hop fans may appreciate these songs as well, since most of these tracks have been scrambled, sampled, and flipped on famous rap joints: http://wreck-noble.blogspot.com/2006/06/week-29-i-know-you-got-soul-part-one.html.
Before I go, thought I'd let you know that tomorrow, I'll be blazin' blunts and gettin' lifted in honor of the first anniversary of this blog. Truth be told, Souled On was never supposed to last longer than one day. There wasn't an ounce of premeditated thought involved---can you tell??? I got trashed one day, and started something that I evidently haven't finished yet.
Much gratitude to all of the wonderful sites and blogs who have supported Souled On this past year (you know who you are). To my loyal readers, I appreciate each and every one of you---especially those who take the time to occasionally drop me a line or two. If it weren't for you, I'd have been ghost a long time ago.
Okay---enough theatrics. Peace, fam...