Sunday, August 10, 2008

R.I.P. Bernie Mac & Isaac Hayes

It is said that the death of famous celebrities come in threes. I don't know how much truth it is to that but I do know that this week, we lost two wonderful and legendary entertainers in Bernie Mac & Isaac Hayes. If you don't know about Bernie Mac, he was a comedian, one of the Original Kings of Comedy (alongside Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, & Steve Harvey) and star of the Bernie Mac show. He star in many movies like Mr. 3000, Ocean's Eleven, How To Be A Player, & Life. Laughs always followed when Bernie Mac spoke because he was just funny as HELL! But seriously, there will never be another comedian quite like Bernie Mac.

1957 - 2008

The next great loss came when Isaac Hayes died yesterday afternoon. Hayes was the Memphis born blues, soul & funk legend. Some know him from his recent acting roles such as Hustle & Flow and others recognize his deep harmonic voice as the voice of "Chef" from South Park. Hayes and his orchestra could compose such great music. Anytime you hear tracks like Jay-Z's "Can I live", Ashanti's "Rain On Me" or Ludacris' "Southern Fried Intro", you are hearing a sample of Hayes timeless music. The popular "Theme Song From Shaft" was also a credit to Isaac Hayes. Black Moses will be missed.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

New Drake/ New Busta Rhymes

This first track comes from Drake. It's called "Still Fly" because the beat uses the same melody as Big Tymer's "Still Fly" (my favorite Big Tymers song). I have to say that Drake makes some hot music. I never would have thought that he was nice since that track he put out with Trey Songs was WHACK (in my opinion). Anybody who can find the full track by Drake called "Think Good Thoughts" featuring Phonte (Tay spazzed on this one) & Elzhi and produced by 9th Wonder (Anita Baker's "Sweet Love" is so well flipped), please feel free to hit me up with it. I really would like to hear the Elzhi verse. That track is thus far my favorite Drake track (even better than "Don't You Have A Man").

Drake -Still Fly

Drake ft. Elzhi & Phonte - Think Good Thoughts (Shortened mixtape vesion) [Prod. By 9th Wonder]

People always talk about their greatest rappers lists best & Emcee's and etc. Sometimes the lists are reasonable and sometimes you want to quote Rick James ("Cocaine is a hell of a drug"). Somebody seriously told me that Gucci Mane was the greatest rapper to bless a mic. Not hatin on Gucci Mane, but seriously, THE BEST. Nah. Well, one man who deserves to be on that list is Busta Rhymes. This is one of the few rappers in the game who can easily stay relevant and still please the various hip hop fans (the clubbers, the thugs, the herbs, the backpackers, the old schoolers, etc.). This track is called "Packin Them Things" and has a really mellow beat. Busta wisely utilizes his crazy/funny flow on this track spittin out all kinds of crazy funny lines. Whether he is being funny or serious, the man knows how to keep the attention of his listeners. He masters a topical flow, delivering potent punchlines, delivery, and Jeezy's favorite "The Adlib" ("THAT'S RIGGGHHHTTTT!!!!). Check out the track.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Legend & DJ Nice Present.... Torae - Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

In case you have never heard of Torae or are hungry for more Torae material not on his debut album (Daily Conversation), DJ Nice & Legend have decided to bring you this mixtape. This features some new or unreleased material from Torae as well as some tracks that feature Torae that you may not know about.

Shout out to Okayplayer for the mixtape. Also shout out to Draftpick, Sean Emcee, & The Beat Medic ( featured on track 14.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Holly Weerd - Edible Phat

Holly Weerd is a group that have been making a lot of noise with their track "(Have You Ever Made Love To A) Weerdo". This mixtape gives you a little more of their style. It features Janelle Monae and production from producers like Madlib, James Poyser & ?uestlove, & 9th Wonder (which was suprising to me. Has every rapper rhymed over a 9th Wonder beat?)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Big Boi & Mary J. Blige Say "Sumthin's Gotta Give"

This is the video for Big Boi's first official single off of his upcoming album Sir Lucious Leftfoot... Son Of Chico Dusty. Personally I liked "Royal Flush" better but this track is a little more radio friendly and delivers a great message. My favorite line is when he says

"The great debators debate about who's the greatest MC/Subject matter don't matter because the verses' empty/No food for thought, Nothing for the brain to digest/So I guess it be about who can jive talk the best."

That's what I've been telling everybody for the longest. Yeah your favorite rapper can brag about how good he/she is but can he/she spit a verse on a certain topic without branching off into... well, themselves? Anyway, check out the video.