auto tune the news

July 20, 2009

A few posts ago I shared a youtube video of B.O.B jabbing fun at auto-tune.  I was surpirsed to hear his song in The Lost and Damned downloadable Grand Theft Auto IV episode (turn to Beat 102.7).

But now a whole new level of satire has been applied to the ever-abused vocal plug-in:  auto-tune the news.

#6:  Michael Jackson, drugs, Palin

#5:  Lettuce regulation, American blessings

#4:  Spa regulation, Serbians, Sotomayor

#3:  Cuba, Afghan friendship, 2-party woes

#2:  Pirates, drugs, gay marriage

#1:  March Madness, economic woes, pentagon

I love em all.  Great stuff.


new bust

July 15, 2009

Finally got my hands on Busta’s new album.

Busta Rhymes – Back On My B.S.

I know it’s been out for a while and a bunch of these songs have been playing on the radio since like last year, but ehh.

Despite what a lot of the critics say about this album (metacritic: ), I think Busta has successfully accepted and adapated to hip hop’s ever changing style.  A lot of folks rip on Busta for the beats he rhymes over, but honestly, you should listen more for Busta’s fast, rib-stickin’ delivery as it continues to shine in a fresh new way. And lately he’s been ripped for using a slower, softer style, but this album shows his Jamaican roots and his brilliant interplay of fast rhymes.  And “true old school” hip hop heads criticize Bust for not delivering another Woo-Hah!! or the efforts of an emerging Timbaland, but this album displayes Bust’s versatility and his ability to reapply his style to a different generation.

Even when you hear even Arab Money, it should just make you laugh just like his old tracks.  I used to love watching all of Busta’s music videos from the mid to late 90s because they were freakin hiliarious.

Y’all remember Dangerous?  Busta is white?  Fish lens effect?  Busta as Sho Nuff?  Awesome.  I could watch this video over and over.

Busta always got in trouble when he tried to be hard core, so I contest that Busta only truly excels when he portrays his playful, in-your-face, raw, big-mouth persona.  The best way to listen to Busta is not to over-analyze, but just…well…laugh.

But then again, if you don’t find Busta funny, then you might not care.

Anyways…here’s what I mean.

His face…hahaha

chali 2na

July 13, 2009

Chali 2na of Jurassic 5’s new album, Fish Outta Water:

Chali 2na – Fish Outta Water

I’m really diggin Lock … Down with Talib and Don’t Stop with Anthony Hamiliton.

When J5 first came out, they earned a lot of fame with both underground and mainstream crowds.  I was surprised one day to hear a group of asians bump J5 in their Honda Civic…I didn’t know whether to be proud or embarrassed, but hey, it’s all good.

A lot of these tracks have been released before, but I think Chali is the best of the J5 crew.  He has a very unique voice, sorta old school and slightly soulful.  Sorta like a 40 yr old uncle spittin rhymes on the back porch.

If you’re a bit skeptical, check out this music video:

Reflection Eternal Comin Back!

July 10, 2009

Talib Kweli + Hi Tek-Reflection Eternal -Back Again-Vid Premiere

what if dilla produced jay-z’s blueprint?

July 7, 2009

So several djs and mixtape “kings” release mashups using Jay-Z’s vocals like all the time.  Jay-Z and Radiohead.  Jay-Z and Dangermouse.  Jay-Z and Oasis.  Jay-Z and Fela Kuti (Nigerian Gangster).  Jay-Z and Linkin Park.  Jay-Z and Coldplay.

Jay-Z and (insert ANYTHING).  I even heard Jay-Z and The Verve…yeah that Bittersweet Symphony song:

I think the Black Album is one of the most remixed / mashed up rap albums of all time.  And if that’s not the case, then at least Jay is one of the most remixed rap artists of all time (sorry Lil Wayne…I’m strictly talking about efforts not initiated by the artist).

So in tradition of the mash-up, I came across something that showcases the distinct flavor of a true pioneering producer, J Dilla (R.I.P) and the seemingly versatile raps of Jay-Z.  The mash-up belongs to a DJ Jimmy Green and I think he puts forth a good effort in mixing the two contrasting styles together.  On the J Dilla side you have raw, boom blip (as I like to call it), Detroit gritty beats.  On the Jay-Z side you have laid back and variable, but often short rhymes that play off and on beats.

I was intrigued to come across this great mash-up of two totally different styles.  I think it’s solid.  I don’t know how much digging this DJ had to do because a lot of these Dilla beats are familiar, but I do applaud the attempt.

Give this a spin if you love J Dilla.  I think it’ll put a new spin (literally) on some great Dilla beats.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear Jay-Z’s voice on Dilla tracks.

I think some true Dilla heads would be offended that someone would dare to mix such a highly commercialized rapper with an underground legend.  But ehh…I think it works.

P.S.  I read (and disagreed to some degree) an interesting article on Dilla:

Let me know what you think.