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Super Short Review – Kanye West ~ My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

22 Nov

Let’s get this straight, I really don’t feel qualified to write this review, but someone has to do it, and I’d hate to ignore such a prolific release.  So, with that out-of-the-way let’s get on with the show.  Continue reading

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Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief – A Review

25 Jan

Let me preface this by saying that I fully support what George Clooney did by putting this telethon together. Haiti needed all the help they could get before the earthquake and now that need is exponentially higher. Please, give what you can to http://www.hopeforhaitinow.org.

That said, this is a music-reviewing blog, and music was played during the telethon. And I am a smartass. So let’s get rolling with the review.

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Travels through J Dilla’s Discography: 1995-1996, Pt. 1

6 Dec

Inspired by a discussion Travis and I were having about jazzy hip-hop and J Dilla, I noticed that I didn’t have nearly as many of Dilla’s tracks as I’d thought–a tragedy, considering he’s commonly referred to as the “greatest producer of all time” and many hip-hop heads claim that “Dilla changed my life”–and decided to correct that problem. So, I’m trying to go through his production discography, listening to as many of these songs as I could track down.

First up: 1995-1996…

Dilla produced six tracks off of The Pharcyde’s classic 1995 album, Labcabincalifornia:

1. “Bullshit”- The opening song on Labcabincalifornia, it’s particularly interesting because of its lack of Dilla’s trademark sharp, crisp snare drum beats throughout. Instead, “Bullshit” finds Dilla bumping the lowest of low bass with some synths layered on top.  4.5/5

2. “Runnin'”- Here, some of the snare comes back, combined with a spiraling piano melody and an incredible layering of rhythms. 5/5

3. “Splattitorium”- A perfect, chilled-out beat for a lax set of rhymes that starts out with an ode to “herbals for verbals.” That made me laugh this morning, good stuff. 5/5 Continue reading

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die-Can I do it?

21 Nov

In 2006, the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die” was released, chronicling, well, exactly what the title says. In the back of my head, I keep hearing this voice challenging me to listen to all of these albums. Now, I’m going to give it a serious go and will write a brief review of each record as I move along through the list. First up tonight was Tupac Shakur’s Me Against the World. Out of all 1001 albums, ranging from Frank Sinatra’s In the Wee Small Hours to Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Natty Dread to Elvis Costello’s This Year’s Model, this is probably an odd starting point. I had a few of reasons for doing so: 1. I was in the mood to listen to some hip-hop, 2. I own Me Against the World on vinyl, and 3. I love Tupac, and to this day, he’s my favorite rapper, so I threw it on the turntable. Continue reading