Monday, July 31, 2006

More Complex From One Rhyme To The Next

I come bearing a message for the babies---you can't even begin to call yourself a hip-hop fan until you've listened to some Rakim. I'm sure that there are a few miscellaneous heads out there who genuinely dislike his style, but trust me...such individuals are (understandably) few and far between.

The history of hip-hop has seen many rappers come and go, but Rakim represents something far greater than the average---he's a legendary street poet and lyricist in the truest sense of the words. If you don't own any of his records, you should empty out your piggy bank and make every effort to get familiar . If you really open your ears, you'll be astonished at how many of his lines have been hijacked and repeated by other MC's over the years. His rhyme book is a breeding ground for plagiarism, to say the very least...

There are a couple of you who still don't get it, so let me use an analogy. He is to rap what Dave Chappelle was to "The Chappelle Show"---pretty fuckin' essential. Knowledge of this man's work is absolutely fundamental to hip-hop appreciation. That means it's time to unpeel your lips from the window of the short bus, and start pursuing your primary education:

A few joints that you can currently download, courtesy of blogger generosity...
"Follow The Leader" (w/ Eric B)
"Waiting For The World To End"
"Writing Rhymes"

...and a handful of videos for those who learn best by visual means:
"When I Be on the Mic"
"Don't Sweat the Technique"
"Casualties of War"
"In the Ghetto"
"Microphone Fiend"

Speaking of hip-hop's pioneers, Recidivism is currently featuring "Superman's Black in the Building (Mauly T remix)" by Public Enemy and "Real Niggaz Don't Die" by NWA.

You can also cop Public Enemy's classic joint "Rebel Without A Pause" at Mocking Music.

A vintage Black Sheep track ("Black With N.V. (No Vision)") is available at Underneathica.

Two Special Ed joints are up at Soul Sides---"I'm the Magnificent" and "C'mon Let's Move It".

And if that's still not enough old school madness for ya, you could always try breakdancin' with Mr. T.

For my soul fans, who are probably bored with all of this---download "Till I Can't Take It Anymore" by Irma Thomas and "His Hands" by Candi Staton at Living in Stereo.

Funky peoples (in the place to be) should definitely check out this blog---Old School Funk Videos.

I know I've already used an analogy once in this post, but I can't help thinking that George Bush entertaining the American Idols has some obvious things in common with the story of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Maybe that's why 86% of us would like to see his ass get impeached.

Donny Hathaway's incredible cover of The Beatles song "Yesterday" is available at Undercover.

Two Jimi Hendrix tracks are up at Kwaya Na Kisser--versions of "Hey Joe" and "Hound Dog" from the BBC sessions.

Another new joint from Masta Killa---"Iron God Chamber" (w/U-God, RZA, and Method Man)---is available at Straight Bangin'.

Cop the freshest/latest in gangsta accessories and gear--the tampon shooter can be your own personal weapon of mass destruction.

Download "I've Got No Time To Lose" by Carla Thomas via The Stepfather of Soul.

"Everybody Loves the Sunshine" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity is available at 33/45.

Acquire Nina Simone's version of "Wild Is the Wind" at Said the Gramophone.

Freemotion is featuring a few joints by female rapper Psalm One.

Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up" is available by way of One Louder.

Analog Giant is the place to score DJ A-Trak's joint "Knucklehead".

Pharmaceutical reps are greedy bastards, and apparently drug lunches are the norm. I'd hate to think that my doctor chooses my prescriptions based on how much he likes the lasagana.

Pick up a couple of Little Brother joints from their Seperate But Equal mixtape at 33 Jones----"Let It Go (w/ Mos Def) and "Macaroni".

"Fishtales" by Aesop Rock is up at

Some great mp3s were recently posted at Palms Out Sounds. Download tracks by The Roots, Rhymefest, Pharrell, Jay-Z/ Mary J Blige, Pharoahe Monch, and more.

Before I go, I wanted to mention that Souled On reader Chris has started his own mp3 blog on deep house, acid jazz, downtempo, disco, Detroit sounds, etc. Show him some love by paying a visit to Another Night On Earth.

"My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning."---Huey P. Newton


Anonymous said...

Saw you linked to my site, just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the love. Dope site.

lil m said...

yeah... what he said

keep on soulin'

Anonymous said...


seems strange that 87% of the people who go to wan the president impeached considering their shows (think scarbourough, beck, and tucker)

Hope things have cooled off a bit for you- at least if not in the world, then in the temperature.


evan said...

Please, if you are going to hotlink my blog, give me credit by linking to the post. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

^^ Maybe I'm just misunderstanding what a hotlink is, but it looks to me like he did everything on the up and up by linking directly to your post. Wouldn't a hotlink be just a link to the .mp3?

Scholar said...

Ekko---I did link to the post. I never link directly to the mp3s, because I think that's really ignorant.

I'm not sure what you mean, but if you prefer that I don't link Berkeley Place anymore, I won't. No offense was intended. My purpose is only to draw my readers' attention to dope stuff that I come across on the internet. I don't claim credit for any of this stuff.

When I posted the link to your post that featured "Follow the Leader", I started out by saying that the mp3s came courtesy of the generosity of other bloggers.

Scholar said...

Fresh---thanks for stopping by. I feel like a complete idiot for not visiting your site sooner. I should have known about you way before now.

M---I'll keep soulin' as long as you do. Like I said, you've introduced me to some really great stuff.

Firpo---I was pretty surprised at the voting results on MSNBC myself. It makes me think that there may be some hope yet, but I'm probably just delusional...

You're absolutely right about the shows on MSNBC being mainly conservative, but I think Glenn Beck is actually on CNN Headline News. It's strange that you brought him up, though, because I had intended to post a little tirade about him the other day. Personally, he pisses me off in a special kind of way, but he claims to have the third highest rated radio show in the U.S. right now. Frightening...

Anon---gratitude for trying to vouch for my integrity.

evan said...

My mistake, dude. Someone e-mailed me that you'd hotlinked and they (and I) was wrong.

I do appreciate the link to my site and again I'm sorry for my error.

Keep up the good work--I do come by often, and I was kind of surprised when someone told me about the hotlink. I should have checked better.

To make it up to you, I'm blogrolling you. This is a good site.

Anonymous said...


Yes, I think you are right. Beck is on cnn. Oops. Hard to tell them apart these days.

There are very few people on the news these days that don't piss me off in a special kind of way (I even find myself grumbling about npr), but I?d be interested in your rant.

Also curious about what your friend Jesus is making of his supposed henchman, Mel Gibson, these days. I have to confess that I?m basking in schadenfreude.


Scholar said...

Ekko---no hard feelings whatsoever. Thanks for linking Souled On, and as long as it's alright, I'll keep sending readers your way. I really like what you do at Berkeley Place---it's one of my favorite spots.

Firpo---Jesus thinks Mel is an asshole ;)

Jim Hendry said...

RIP Arthur Lee, peoples.

Scholar said...

JT---I'm feelin' the pain from that loss, too. I had to pull out my Love LPs as soon as I heard the news. Lee was truly a musical genius.