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When I Drop Beats I’m The One Man Band Man!

Posted in Hip-Hop,James Taylor,Starbucks,Swizz Beatz by M on November 30, 2007

Starbucks continues its musical necromancy by issuing a new James Taylor compilation!

James Taylor - One Man Band

James Taylor, a One Man Band man? Where have we heard that before…?

That Swizz Beatz/Deerhoof mash-up from a couple months ago made me very happy. And from the filename—“Someone’s swizz-deerhoof mash up we found”—it seems like the remix was an equally unexpected delight for the band itself.

Is it any wonder that James Taylor seems to be crying out for the same treatment? His title is almost identical to Swizz’s—it’s his own personal Bat Signal! We can only hope this mystery remixer will add the Swizz touch to Taylor’s mellow guitar.

Besides, “Your Smiling Face” makes for a killer sample.

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We Don’t Care About The Young Folks

Posted in Hip-Hop,Kanye West,Peter Bjorn & John by M on August 21, 2007

The cover of Peter Bjorn and John's Young Folks, edited to read: I Only Know the Kanye Version

Sad but true.

Do As De La Does

Posted in De La Soul,Hip-Hop,Homeboy Sandman by M on August 19, 2007

Remember last week, when I demonstrated how easy it was for me to be coerced into downloading Gravy Train mp3s?

All it takes is a magic word. Compare someone to an established God of Music, and I’ll come running. Case in point: this flyer.

Homeboy Sandman.  De La Soul would approve!

De La Soul! I’ll do anything they tell me to! Even when they probably don’t even know who this guy is!

So congratulations, Homeboy Sandman! Thanks to your strong, possibly deceptive advertising campaign, I’m off to your web site for what I assume will be smooth, old-school influenced rhymes. Don’t disappoint me!

If You Meet The Buddha On The Grass…

Posted in Cypress Hill,Hip-Hop,Rock The Bells by M on July 30, 2007

Attention Cypress Hill Fans!

Giant inflatable Herb Buddha.

That is all.

A giant inflatable Buddha holding a marijuana leaf at Rock The Bells.  Photo by Slimer525.

More Rock The Bells goodness, courtesy of Slimer525.

Fear of A Dance Planet

Posted in Benassi,Dance,Don Diablo,Ferry Corsten,Hip-Hop,Public Enemy by M on July 27, 2007

Whatever you do, don’t believe the hype!

Chuck D. of Public Enemy giving the audience the finger.  Photo by Ross Gilmore.

If only the hype weren’t true! Public Enemy is going to get a dance remix album!

The remixes of “Bring the Noise” and “Give it Up” will be individually remixed by Ferry Corsten, Benny Benassi and Don Diablo and released by Ultra on August 21st.

You heard that right. In fact, Chuck D himself, back from a distinguished lecture series, throws laurels at the DJs:

Benny Benassi takes his trademark house/Euro sound and incorporates traces of trance to mind-bend the listener into a haze of consciousness.

Easy there, Chuck!

For those of you that may be unfamiliar with these artists, let me remind you:

  • Ferry Corsten: The guy who’s last hip-hop effort—“Junk” with Guru from Gang Starr—was not as strong as it should have been.
  • Benny Benassi: The guy whose “Satisfaction” video singlehandedly saved Home Depot from bankruptcy.
  • Don Diablo: The guy who, as Divided, combined Phil Collins and Furry Porn?

This is completely unnecessary, but at least all of the above producers are interesting musicians. And Benassi’s Stephen Hawking voicebox will make a less embarrassing hype man than Flav. But if they screw this up, I may have to begin my terrible campaign of lamping.

And lamping is a dish best served cold.

Oh-Ah Oh-Ah-Oh-Ah-Oh!

Posted in Hip-Hop,M.I.A. by M on May 7, 2007

Real quick on M.I.A.‘s not-upcoming “Hit That” that’s been floating around the Internet: I’m not feeing it. M.I.A. is having Fun With Sound, and I am all for supporting the sonically adventurous. Pop music cannot evolve if we aren’t willing to get weird.

But “Hit That” isn’t hitting the sweet spot. The borrowed lyrics (you know what I mean) aren’t meaningful, the beats are unexceptionally minimal, and the nonsense chanting just isn’t catchy.

M.I.A. carefully, cleverly places just a little too much dead air within the track’s pauses, but the effect falls flat. She can’t nudge us off our seats if we’re not already on the edge.

As to those that praise “Hit That’s” FEMA name-dropping, there’s no political content here. M.I.A. spends more time with The Chappelle Show, Pro Tools and YouTube. She also threatens: “Don’t wanna be talkin’ ’bout moi,” so maybe that’s a Miss Piggy reference.

Miss Piggy

M.I.A. could even learn some fashion sense from the Muppet.

Requiem for Wreckx-N-Effect

Posted in Hip-Hop,Jay-Z,M.I.A.,Wreckx-N-Effect by M on May 4, 2007

Get over to Status Ain’t Hood NOW NOW NOW!

Tom Breihan knocks one out of the park today with the article On the Continuing Resonance of “Rump Shaker”.

Spurred by the song’s recent appropriation by M.I.A. and Jay Z, Breihan explores a delicious history of early 90s rap-cheese. One highlight of many:

I remember reading somewhere that the group [Wreckx-N-Effect] got into a brawl with A Tribe Called Quest backstage at Showtime at the Apollo; the two crews had a beef that the Nation of Islam eventually got involved in stopping. (If that had happened during the Internet age, I would’ve absolutely blogged the fuck out of it.)

I said the same thing about Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” video!

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Timbaland Behind The Scenes

Posted in Dr. Dre,Hip-Hop,Justin Timberlake,M.I.A.,Missy Elliott,Timbaland by M on April 13, 2007

[NOTE: Our URGH! stealth team has uncovered the following IM conversation, revealing the secret evil of the new Timbaland album. Beware!]

Timbaland Timba
Shock Value is pretty good so far. But I want to make it more challenging.

Timbaland Timba
And by challenging, I mean “bad.”

Timbaland Timba
What can I do? Any ideas?

Justin Timberlake Justified
Add you going “YEAH!” to every track, like you did for “Sexyback”.

Timbaland Timba
Eh…

Justin Timberlake Justified
Add ME going “YEAH!” too! And make people drink every time we say it!

Timbaland Timba
That’s good for starters. But how about this track “Bounce”? Let’s give it some bad lyrics. STUPID lyrics.

Timbaland Timba
I’ll start it off poorly.
LEMME SEE THEM BIG TITTIES!

Missy Elliott Missy
LOL classy!

Timbaland Timba
So Dre?

Dr. Dre Dre
What up, dog?

Timbaland Timba
You have a bad lyric? How about something needlessly racist?

Dr. Dre Dre
Yeah, I got one.

Dr. Dre Dre
BLACK AND CHINESE LIKE SUM YUNG HO.

Missy Elliott Missy
LOL

Dr. Dre Dre
I GOT A BUNGALOW.

Timbaland Timba
Perfect.

Dr. Dre Dre
PANTY ANTHEM.

Timbaland Timba
That’s enough.

Missy Elliott Missy
I know what people don’t want to hear about: my body parts!

Justin Timberlake Justified
Oh no!

Missy Elliott Missy
MMM HMM
BIG OL BUTT!
THICK LEGS
BIG OL JUGS!

Timbaland Timba
YEAH!

M.I.A. M.I.A.
SIDEKICK RINGS
WHASSUP? HOLLA!
TEXT THE ADDRESS
I’LL SEE YOU LATA!
BABY COME DOWN!

Timbaland Timba
Damnit, M.I.A., you’re not on this track!

M.I.A. M.I.A.
COME DOWN COME DOWN COME DOWN!

M.I.A. M.I.A.
RUN DOWN RUN DOWN RUN DOWN!

M.I.A. M.I.A.
RUN-DUCKA RUN-DUCKA RUN-DUCKA
RUN-DUCKA RUN-DUCKA RUN-DUCKA
RUN DOWN!

Justin Timberlake Justified
Damn girl!

Timbaland Timba
M.I.A., get out of here!

M.I.A. M.I.A.
DUN-DUDDA-DUN-DUDDA-DUN-DUDDA-DUN-DUN!
DUN-DUDDA-DUN-DUDDA-DUN-DUDDA-DUN-DUN!
BEAT GOES ON!

Timbaland Timba
That’s it—your song is OFF the album! Now it’s only a bonus track!

Missy Elliott Missy
Why does that girl sing about texting so much, anyway?

Justin Timberlake Justified
Cause she’s Asian.

Missy Elliott Missy
LOL

Dr. Dre Dre
Like Sum Yung Ho!

Timbaland Timba
Back to business: Justin, we need a chorus. Something about bouncing.

Timbaland Timba
Something with an awful mental image.

Missy Elliott Missy
Like crotch rot.

Timbaland Timba
But with bouncing.

Justin Timberlake Justified
OK how about this?

Timbaland Timba
Bounce!

Justin Timberlake Justified
LIKE YOUR ASS HAD THE HICCUPS!

Timbaland Timba
Bounce!

Justin Timberlake Justified
LIKE WE WAS RIDIN IN MY PICK-UP!

Timbaland Timba
YEAH!

Dr. Dre Dre
Damn!

Justin Timberlake Justified
MENAGE A TROIS! MENAGE A TROIS!

Timbaland Timba
OK Justin.

Justin Timberlake Justified
MENAGE A TROIS! MENAGE A TROIS!

Timbaland Timba
Settle down.

Justin Timberlake Justified
Sorry.

Timbaland Timba
Not until you’re older.

Bonus Information: This astute track-by-track review of Shock Value by Byron Crawford. It’s like he read my mind!

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Oh Timbaland!

Posted in Hip-Hop,Timbaland by M on April 12, 2007

OK, I’m six tracks into the new Timbaland album Shock Value, and there’s not a single “freakyfreaky!” or “baby girl uh” to be found. That alone heralds a new direction for Mr. Thomas, last name Crown.

More to come, particularly about the track “Bounce”. “Like your ass had the hiccups!”?!?!?!? Justin, no!

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The Sultans Are Playing Creole!

Posted in Beyonce,Hip-Hop by M on March 20, 2007

I just heard Beyonce‘s non-single “Creole”, which has apparently been around for the better part of a year.

It’s a “Half-Breed” for the new millennium! And it’s terrible!

I never ever liked “Crazy In Love” or “Ring The Alarm”, so call me biased, but “Creole” seriously has no redeeming value. We haven’t heard Beyonce do any intricate singing (like scatting) since her Destiny’s Child days. In “Creole,” skill has gone out the window: it’s all screaming.

Why does her shouting get a pass? We don’t pretend Nelly Furtado is much of a singer; she and Timba don’t ask us to pretend, either. So if Beyonce isn’t going to do any real singing on three subsequent singles, why should we pretend she can still sing? Prove it, woman!

And the worst part? When Beyonce says:

All my red bones get on the floor!

I have only one mental image.

Leon Redbone

It’s spring, people. Yet thanks to Beyonce, I’m now dreaming of a very baritone White Christmas.

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