Sunday, November 26, 2006
Some Of My Friends Be Like A People With Stems
Hope this post finds all of my peoples phat and happy...
As for myself, I've just been relaxin' and blowin' mad smoke...observing the holiday and enjoying the opportunity to take a few days off from my usual routine. It was a pretty strenuous ordeal to move my ass up off of the couch just now, but it was probably about time to alter my listless state of inertia anyway. Now that I'm finally back on my grind, let's go ahead and do this damn thing:
This song is a funky, spaced-out jam that has been harvested repeatedly to provide a foundation for numerous hip-hop tracks. Here are just a few examples:
"Lower Da Boom"---The Artifacts
Tame One and El Da Sensai have both fallen off somewhat since they went solo, which makes me wonder if the babies have any idea how great these two were in the day. This track is right in time with the theme of today's post---all hail the Mary Jane. This is somewhat of a love song for those who like to "romance the plants" every now and again...
"Same Ol' Thing"---A Tribe Called Quest
Although this track offers a somewhat different perspective on marijuana use/abuse, I would argue that this is still a highly dope joint from one of hip-hop's finest crews ;)
"Just To Get A Rep (Video Version)" ---Gang Starr
Guru and DJ Premier also utilized "E.V.A." to craft one of their most beloved and widely-known tracks of all time.
Additionally, "E.V.A." has been sampled on a host of other tracks, including songs by Erick Sermon, Ice T, DJ Spooky, Lord Finesse, Dr. Octagon, and more.
Check out Perrey's impressive discography here.
Finally, I can't leave the building without giving a nod to my loyal soul fans:
"I Miss You"---Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes
Comparatively speaking, the soul ballads I post generally get more play than anything else I upload. Most of you thugs are obviously a little more emotional than you care to admit...This is an undeniable classic that most of you should recognize. It enjoyed some success on the charts in the '70s, and more recently, Kanye sampled it for Jay-Z's joint with Scarface, "This Can't Be Life".
As always---be easy, kids. Blaze these joints and hold 'em in your lungs until we meet again...
Word From Your Moms---
"One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one. One feels one's being, one becomes aware of the enormous apparatus of nothingness---the hum of a hi-fi set, the emptiness of a pointless interruption, one becomes aware of the war between each of us, how the nothingness in each of us seeks to attack the being of others, how our being in turn is attacked by the nothingness in others."---Norman Mailer
Uh, yeah...doesn't weed make you write run-on sentences, too???