Tag: rap

Before the Beastles got me to properly take a look at the Beastie Boys, this was one of the very few songs of theirs I knew. And what a tune: awesome rhymes, beats and a bitchin’ video to boot!

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Who’d have thought that I’d be all over hip-hop? Well, not really all over, but sort of just a toe in the waters. I mean sure, there’s a bunch of hoes in the lyrics, but this is undeniably smooth with traces of downtempo in its composition. Mmm-bop, smoooooth. It’s clear I know nothing about hip-hop (or anything, for that matter), but I certainly like this!

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Daydreamin' (feat. Jill Scott) by Lupe Fiasco on Grooveshark

Now that I’m able to have a coherent thought about the Beastles, perhaps a more coherent post is in order. I’m not well versed on the Beastie Boys back catalogue, so listening to this entire album just sounds like amazing Beatles songs with equally amazing beats and rhymes over the top. It’s even more amazing how damn well it works, because it sure as hell doesn’t on paper!

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Oh my my my. Good gracious me. This is just the best thing ever. I think that’s more than enough words, so just listen!

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I was listening to some Little People the other day when it suddenly clicked that it reminded of yet another artist: DJ Shadow. Now, for those who are ignorant (like me, for the most part), DJ Shadow is a pretty big deal in the electronic world, having released the album this song is from, Endtroducing….., way back in 1996, establishing hip-hop instrumentals (and, in turn, downtempo) as a proper thing in the music world. Nothing about this track feels dated either, which bodes well for downtempo in general: I imagine I’ll still be listening to all of it when I’m a cantankerous old fart.

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Midnight in a Perfect World by DJ Shadow on Grooveshark

I probably shouldn’t post any more stuff from Parov Stelar, owing to the 50 billion previous posts I’ve done on him. Then again, there’s no hard rule on this, and rules are for saps anyway!

There’s not a heck of a lot to this tune, and it sort of sounds like that ‘cool’ soundtrack to some ‘cool’ dance video. In fact, I’m pretty sure you could slip on the parachute pants and go to town, MC Hammer style, and it’d suit just fine. Having said that, the bass line is too addictive to be legal, so I’m not complaining!

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Let's Roll (feat. Blaktroniks) by Parov Stelar on Grooveshark

Today’s (thankfully final) tune comes from Sarah, and it’s… well… something! It reminded me a little of Parov Stelar and The Lonely Island, so I went off and listened to some of their work after watching this. So thanks for that!

This video has a DeLorean in it, but it sure as hell doesn’t go back in time (a MANDATORY action for this vehicle). The lyrics that start this song was also my question for the entirety of the video, so if you like crazy visuals with some kind of music behind it, then enjoy and then please get help afterwards!

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Today’s track comes from Megan. Today is also the day I realise that this may have been a terrible idea! So I guess this song is kind of romantic? Though it sounds like there’s a panting dog in the background, so who knows what’s going on in there. It reminds me of mid-nineties Peter Andre. Oh, and this guy. I can only assume this song came about in the same way, and probably used for the same reasons!

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Miss Right by Ne-Yo on Grooveshark

Some of my friends post random songs on Facebook, and it is my duty as a human to investigate whether these songs are any good. I’d say a good 90% of the time that the songs are not my particular cup of tea, but one by a British rapper named Plan B was quite good. When I checked out the rest of the album, it was also quite good. It probably helps that he’s not rappin’ about bitches ‘n ho’s! This song, for instance, is about getting his life saved in prison (no, not by Jesus) and feeling bad that someone took the blame for it. He certainly has some of the more quality lyrics that I’ve heard in rap and that’s a breath of fresh air.

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Prayin' by Plan B on Grooveshark

I think I’ve mentioned what draws me to certain rap tunes before: if its fun and doesn’t take it seriously or contain utterly ridiculous lyrics, then I’ll probably like it. Such is the case with this one! Also, how could you possibly say no to an artist called Pigeon John?

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