Friday, December 15, 2006

Take A Walk On My Side

A handful of hot rocks from the pocket of my baggy-ass jeans:

"Oh Well"---The Clipse

"Posse Kut"---The Clipse

"Wamp Wamp (What It Do) (DJ Illipse Blend)"
The Clipse ft. Slim Thug

If you visit a lot of hip-hop and mp3 blogs, chances are that you've had many opportunities to download tracks from The Clipse's latest LP, Hell Hath No Fury. Since the joints from that album are already in heavy rotation on the internets, I decided to post a few tracks that you actually may not have heard yet.

The first two joints are a couple of gems from The Clipse: Lost Tracks CD, while the "Wamp Wamp" remix is from a mixtape called Beats and Rappers that I picked up a short while ago. On the latter track, DJ Illipse blended the song's lyrics with "I Got 5 On It" by The Luniz---a choice that some of you will disagree with, but it sort of takes me back...ya know? I remember a time when that Luniz joint was everywhere---freestyles, remixes, blends, square dances, church name it. It was overkill to say the least, and I swore if I never heard it again, it would be way too fuckin' soon. I can't explain it, but a couple thousand blunts later, and the shit sounds brand new...

"A Change Is Going To Come"---Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters

Recently, Adam at hahamusic posted Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come", in addition to Aretha Franklin's rendition of the song. Quite a few versions of the track have been released over the years, but this is my hands-down favorite.

Baby Huey's version appeared on his only album, The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend. The LP was released on Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label in 1971, but unfortunately, Huey had passed away months prior to this, following a drug-related heart attack in a Chicago hotel room. Afterwards, The Baby Sitters briefly attempted to continue their career by replacing Huey with a teenage girl named Chaka Khan. The rest, of course, is soul history...

"Everybody Is A Star"---Sly & The Family Stone

Who doesn't like this song, and what's your ailment, son?

Word From Your Moms:

"Be the change you want to see in the world."---Mahatma Gandhi


Adam said...

Wow ... I've never heard this version. And damn, Huey just kills it. Thanks for the history lesson man.

Anonymous said...

great huey song scholar!!
and everybody is a star is just perfect.. i liked the way the roots used it.
looking forward for more gemss:D

Anonymous said...

Nobody has redone A Change as good as Leela James. MaDuke

krypto said...

I cant see why anyone in their right mind would think that leela james tops aretha and baby huey. her voice is nice and everything, but lets just see if anyone is still talking about HER 30 yrs from now.

Scholar said...

Adam---No need for you to thank me---actually your post inspired the whole idea of upping some Huey.

Jzzy---Have I told you lately how much I love The Revolution?

Ma---Thanks for droppin' an opinion. I wish more of my readers would put their two cents in once in a while. I guess Leela's version isn't a favorite of mine because I found the production on that whole album to be somewhat of a snooze. It has that generic neo-soul flavor, which is sort of a rip-off because she's such an amazing vocalist.

Krypto---sounds like somebody needs a blunt...

Anonymous said...

Hey man, cheers from Israel, where a change is bound to come.*

Wonders of the net. I heard Baby Huey's version tonight in a local college station and it grooved me thro & thro. Found the title&artist on the playlist at their website and hit google with a slim hope to find a download. And presto. you came through :-)

Loved it so much I've decided to spread the vibe in my blog in Hebrew, with due credit to you of course. Hope you don't mind.

Here's a link. most of it is in Hebrew but you'll probably recognise your bit (and Huey's).

"There's white people, there's black people, and then there's my people."

[*There's war in the streets
and the war in the middle east.
Instead of war on poverty,
they've got a war on drugs
so the police can bother me.]

Keep on the flame.

Asaf the Mermit

Scholar said...

Asaf---Glad you found your way here---must have been meant to be. Much gratitude for your kindness. I'll def. check out your blog. Peace.

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