I thought about waiting to deliver this love-ly post until Valentine's Day, but somehow that just seemed too
Erich Fromm once said that "love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence". That's profound and everything, but on the flip side, it's also the craziest shit you will ever experience in your lifetime...Can I get an "amen", brothers and sisters?
Despite the insanity inherent in the subject matter, these love songs should only be approached with an open mind and a full heart. Just remember it's not my fault if your boss hears you crying like a little girl in your cubicle...a'ight?
Peace and one love, snitches...Scholar
"The Makings Of You"---Curtis Mayfield (zShare)
"The Makings Of You"---Curtis Mayfield (savefile)
*Sampled on "Righteous Way To Go" by Edgar Allen Floe (produced by 9th Wonder)
"Remember The Rain"---21st Century (zShare)
"Remember The Rain"---21st Century (savefile)
*Sampled on "Getaway" by OC
"Ooh Child"---The Five Stairsteps (zShare)
"Ooh Child"---The Five Stairsteps (savefile)
*Interpolated on "Keep Ya Head Up" by 2Pac
"Maybe Tomorrow"---The Jackson 5 (zShare)
"Maybe Tomorrow"---The Jackson 5 (savefile)
*Sampled on "All That I Got Is You" by Ghostface Killah
"To You, With Love"---The Moments (zShare)
"To You, With Love"---The Moments (savefile)
*Sampled on "Last Donut Of The Night" by J Dilla
"Sunrise"---The Originals (zShare)
"Sunrise"---The Originals (savefile)
*Sampled on "Guess Who's Back?" by Jay-Z/Scarface
"What's Happenin' Baby?"---The Stylistics (zShare)
"What's Happenin' Baby?"---The Stylistics (savefile)
*Sampled on "Beautiful Morning" by Little Brother
"The Love We Share Is Greatest Of Them All"---Tom Brock (zShare)
"The Love We Share Is Greatest Of Them All"---Tom Brock (savefile)
*Sampled on "Say Hello" by Jay-Z
"Stairway To Heaven" ---The O'Jays (zShare)
"Stairway To Heaven"---The O'Jays (savefile)
*Sampled on the intro to Ghostface's Bulletproof Wallets LP
"A Song For You"---Donny Hathaway (zShare)
"A Song For You"---Donny Hathaway (savefile)
*Sampled on "Retrospect for Life" by Common/Lauryn Hill
Who says thugs don't have a sensitive side?
Ghostface's video for "All That I Got Is You"...
...and 2Pac's "Keep Ya Head Up"
Bonus mp3s (zShare):
*From his criminally slept-on Starchild LP
"I Love You So (Live)"---Tekitha
*As you may know, my girl Tekitha stood in for Mary J Blige on GFK's "All That I Got Is You". After falling in love with her voice on the numerous tracks that she cut with the Wu and various members of the Clan fam-a-lam, I'm still fiendin' for a proper release by this powerhouse vocalist. Fortunately, there are lots of miscellaneous tracks and bootlegs floating around to console me while I wait patiently for the improbable.
"BabyLet'sHaveABabyBeforeBushDoSomethin'Crazy"-The Coup w/ Silk E
*I've had this song running through my mind the entire time I was writing this post, which somehow justified its placement with the rest. A tongue-in-cheek (yet somehow beautifully insightful) commentary on the state of love in the post-9/11, tragically bleak years of the Bush administration...
Word From Your Moms:
"The body, she says, is subject to the forces of gravity. But the soul is ruled by levity, pure." ---Saul Bellow
"When love is not madness, it is not love."---Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"The art of love... is largely the art of persistence."---Albert Ellis
"Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity."---Henry Van Dyke