Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We've Got The Jazz

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Stay in today and listen to music.

I don't know where you're reading from, but where I'm writing from - we are getting piled under snow. Busses are chaotically cancelled, kids are frolicking on their newfound day off, offices are sparse and the streets are a mess. On such a nasty, cold day, it's going to take a lot of mustered energy for those who are pushing through the weather and carrying on with their business - so why not hook everybody up with some relaxed and smooth old-school hip hop. Like I said yesterday, I'll be re-visiting my old hip-hop music collection this week to remind myself what kind of tunes made me very much of who I am as a listener. These songs, undoubtedly, were two very big ones. From when I was younger, I recall a few different occasions that featured headphones, cold afternoons curled up on the couch, in a zoned-out-half-nap place - with these songs playing. Enjoy! And try to stay warm with these cool tracks.


Brooklyn Masala - Masta Ace: (this song was is.my.jam.) Masta Ace literally strolled with me all over the province in 2004-2006. A simplistic and sweet storyline, addictive instrumental and embedded movie clip/Nas lyrics samples - it might be a girly or 'emo' hip-hop jam to some, but is still so dear to me. The number of times my family looked at me like a strange adopted child when I would rhyme out loud from under my headphones - "...You gotta see how I look on Monday - word." Classic, classic tune.

Jazz (We've Got) - A Tribe Called Quest: Look at young lil' Q-Tip! What a baby. And you hear that thumping kickdrum beat? The clever rhymes? Calm and effortless vocals? Sultry jazz lounge horns? Those, to me, are the best parts about hip-hop. And then "Buggin' Out" comes in? Perfection. Listen to that explosive vintage beat, and the awesomely throwback rhymes that accompany it. "The five foot assassin with the ruffneck business/ I float like gravity, never had a cavity/ Got more rhymes than the Winans' got family/ No need to sweat Arsenio to gain some type of fame/ No shame in my game cause I'll always be the same/"

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