Wednesday, October 18, 2006

You Wouldn't Understand If You Stood Under It


Since I'm still putting the finishing touches on my next links post, I thought I might be a good blogger, and hit you up with a few extra-special joints in the meantime:

"If Time Could Stand Still"---Ella Washington
This is a beautiful track by a soul sista with a wonderfully unique voice. If you're diggin' Ms. Washington like I do, you can also check out these resources.

"Moment Of Clarity (Pete Rock remix)"---Jay-Z
I can honestly say that Pete rarely disappoints me. He's an amazing DJ and producer, in addition to being an exceptionally accomplished crate digga. I may be in the minority with this, but Eminem's production on the original joint didn't particularly impress me at all. However, if there are any Stans in the audience who want to argue that Em is a better producer than Pete, I'm always up for a good debate ;)

"Throw Your Hands Up"---Eightball & MJG w/ Outkast
This isn't my favorite Outkast joint or collabo by any stretch of the imagination, but I was bumpin' some grooves earlier, and this song ended up in the mix. I'm one of the few people who isn't hatin' all over Idlewild, but I admit that I miss the days when Big Boi and Andre 3000 sounded like this---just plain durty. No matter how hard I try, I can't snap my neck to "Hollywood Divorce". Call me shallow, but sometimes the head-nod factor can be rather essential...

Word From Your Moms:

"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."---Oscar Wilde

12 comments:

Baked Ziti said...

The Moment of Clarity remix is actually just a mash up of a Pete Rock track from his 2001 Petestrumentals album , with the Jay Z acapella. I doubt that this is an official Pete Rock remix.

The Petestrumentals album is excellent, by the way.. peace and keep up your blog, I check it often. thanx

Scholar said...

Ziti---
Thanx for your comments, but with respect, this was an official Pete Rock release from 2005 on Good Foot Records. He blended the lyrics with a lot of tracks he had already recorded, but it wasn't one of those projects that came out without the producer's knowledge or consent. Here's a link to where you can buy it at UndergroundHipHop.com if you're interested: http://www.undergroundhiphop.com/store/detail.asp?UPC=GFRX01CD

Thanks for stopping by and offering your thoughts. Be easy.

travis said...

So is this a different version than the one that showed up on that Pete Rock Black album mash up? (I'm at work, or I'd listen to it myself). I just assumed it was like Ziti said.

That being said, I have an unhealthy obsession with those black album remixes (minus the Saved by The Bell version)

Scholar said...

Travis + Ziti---

I have to admit this is a little confusing. I'm beginning to question the authenticity myself. Some sites that sell this CD have the producer listed as Quo---others, like Access Hip Hop(http://www.accesshiphop.com/store/?itemid=7334) have Pete listed as the producer.

If anyone knows for sure, drop some knowledge. Some guy on eBay is selling his copy as a CD rarity.

Almost all of the remixes I have (and there are hundreds) are just random mp3s I picked up along the way. I was under the impression that the Silver Album RJD2 remixes were phony, but I thought Pete and 9th Wonder's mixes were official. If not, I definitely stand corrected.

JT said...

Man, anyone who is not down with Pete Rock is a serious dum-dum. Have just about everything he's done, and he's absolutely near the top of the heap. Love 9th Wonder too, but PR is the bee's knees. Great selections, yet again, although you must be weary of hearing me say that! ;)

Anonymous said...

From what I've heard, Quo was the dude who meshed to two together (the Petstrumentals or whatever those are & the Jay acapellas).

Yeah, I think alot of those Jay Remixes are mash ups (The RJD2's, the Jaymosphere, ect...). The Paul Nice one (which I think was offical, new stuff) was very good and no one really mentions it.

Scholar said...

I think I finally figured this out. As far as I can tell, there are two different Pete Rock remixes of the Black Album. One was produced by Quo---it's obviously a blend. The other version seems to be the real deal, but it's an import EP.

Either way, Pete's music sounds nice with Hov's vocals.

JT---the props never get tiresome...believe me. If it weren't for a handful of people like you who keep me inspired, this whole thing would seem pointless.

travis said...

I was anonymous, must have been half asleep when I posted that

fresh said...

I'm pretty sure that import is the same as the Quo-produced album. I remember there was a lot of talk about this on rec.music.hip-hop a couple of years ago, and the consensus at the time was that there was never any official Pete Rock remix. Though if anyone has that import ep I'd love to hear some tracks off of it!

This is the closest I could find to a definitive list of Black Album remixes --> http://www.geocities.com/remixalbums/

Scholar said...

Fresh---you may be right. This is the one I thought was authentic, though:

http://www.juno.co.uk/covers/176919-01-back.htm

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