Here are some music and videos that I'm currently enjoying right now:
Clipse (F/ Pharrell Williams) -- "Mr. Me Too" (Music Video)
Clipse have the streets abuzzin' again. Nice video. Yeah, I know, everybody meet Mr. Me Too.
Joey from Straight Bangin' wrote an excellent concert recap of last Saturday's Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, which featured performances from Rhymefest, Lupe Fiasco, Big Daddy Kane and others. There's even video to watch, too. Joey is da man! Great job.
Jigga rocked New York City over the weekend to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his classic album, "Reasonable Doubt." Roc-A-Fella, y'all.
Busta Rhymes (F/ Stevie Wonder) -- "Been Through the Storm" (Audio)
One of the best Rap/R&B collabos of 2006. I predict that Bussa-Buss and Stevie will nabbed a Grammy for this track next year at the awards ceremony.
Kanye West (F/ Paul Wall, GLC, T.I.) -- "Drive Slow" (Remix) (Music Video)
I didn't know K-Weezy dropped a video for "Drive Slow"? This clip is hot!
Janet Jackson (F/ Nelly) -- "Call On Me" (Audio)
Eh . . . whatever.
Elan -- "Together As One" (Audio)
Eh . . . whatever.
Rhymefest -- "Fever" (Music Video)
Rhymefest is back with another single, which he hopes will remind rap heads that his new album, "Blue Collar," is hitting stores on July 11. This is a nice street-oriented, subway clip, but I don't know if it's going to lure kiddies to the record stores. Props to Rhymefest though -- when was the last time you saw a rapper busting rhymes on the L train in a video? I think it was Fabolous back in 2001 with that song "Holla Back."
Nas -- "Where Y'all At" (Audio)
I like this Nas joint. I think we might hear another "Illmatic" classic from the Chosen One in the fall.
Tha Dogg Pound -- "Sittin' on 23's" (Audio)
I like the gangsta lean (or the swagger jackin') on this joint. This is some real west coast shit. Throw your W's up. Wesssiiiide!
I haven't done this in awhile, so I figured I bring back. I just simply went to my iTunes "Party Shuffle," hit "Refresh" and tah-dah! What you're looking at are the top 15 randomly selected joints out of 700+ songs that are stored in my iTunes.
Okay . . . . moving right along . . . below is a music meme. Play along kiddies.
From the meme genius at Music Memoirs:
First: Pick 5 of your favorite artists.
01. John Coltrane
02. Public Enemy
03. Stevie Wonder
04. Earth, Wind & Fire
05. Busta Rhymes
(My favorite artist currently. Sorry, I couldn't think of anyone else.)
Second: Pick your favorite song off their last album. (if their last album was a greatest hits album . . . go to their last studio album)
01. "Om" -- from John Coltrane's final studio album (before his death) called Om.
(** This is a tough one because John Coltrane is still dropping albums posthumously. I went with "Om" but this album may not be John's final recording. But this is the last album that I have in my extensive John Coltrane record collection. The rest are greatest hits and other recordings.)
02. "Shut 'Em Down" -- from Public Enemy's fourth album, Apocalypse '91 . . . The Enemy Strikes Black
(** "Apocalypse" IS NOT P.E.'s last studio album. I chose their fourth album because any music P.E. did post-"Apocalypse" was either garbage or irrevelant.)
03. "Blue Moon" -- from Stevie Wonder's Grammy-nominated album, A Time to Love
04. "(Don't Let Love) Pass You By" -- from Earth, Wind & Fire's Illumination album
05. "Been Through the Storm" (Featuring Stevie Wonder) -- from Bussa-Buss' The Big Bang album