NAS’ “Bye Baby” is off of his new album, “Life Is Good”. This is my favorite Hip Hop album of the summer as Nas brought Hip Hop back to its roots. In this single, he reverts the old R&B classic “GoodBye Love” from the R&B group, ‘Guy’, into his own creation rapping about his personal journey and his marriage/divorce from singer, Kelis. It’s good to see artists open up and share their life experiences and lessons. The whole world is rooting for Nas right now and we hope that he keeps dropping the hits!
Neil Armstrong sacrificed a lot to accomplish everything he did in the space program. The film clip that I found on BoingBoing.net was originally posted at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine blog. The video shows him escaping his test space craft right before it exploded. I read on boingboing that the video shows ‘a 1968 test run of a lunar landing research vehicle—a practice version of the lunar module that would later carry Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the Moon’. The incident prompted this incredible story and tribute (….)
When I think of ‘chuuuch’ music, the hit rap record ‘Vice Versa’ off of Pastor Troy’s ‘Face Off’ album (2001) is one I can say ‘Amen’ to! Do ya’ll hear those unyielding church bells in the background? This is real ‘Chuuch’ music. The overall sound is hardcore, not watered down. Pastor Troy conveys a deep message suggesting, or better yet, posing the question, ‘What if our belief systems are wrong, and things are really VICE VERSA?’
This concept in a rap song is extremely heartfelt. Whether you like Pastor Troy or not, this sh*t went hard!! No aututones, just hard core hip hop. I thought about Pastor Troy while sitting at my desk waiting for Tropical Storm Issac to pass us by (here in Miami). This post is just my way of saying that I crave music that’s a little hardcore. Not every rapper can be a gangster, or rap about a hard life, but at least they can make sure their music goes hard. Some of it is for entertainment purposes, I know. But this one here went deep.
Nas new album ,”Life Is Good”, is an all around good album that focuses on true Hip Hop. Make sure you buy this album, if you haven’t already, as it is an instant classic. Check out this video of Nas performing live at the Vitamin Water and Fader uncapped last night in Detroit. “With a catalogue spanning some 20 years, Nas has no shortage of songs that provoke a reaction. it was one of his new classics though, “Summer on Smash,” from his “Life Is Good” album that put the crowd in a frenzy when he brought out special guest Miguel.”
According to Rolling Stone, this video will be projected on huge public screens in Geneva, Dubai, and Times Square in New York today in honor of the U.N.’s World Humanitarian Day (August 19th). This year’s theme: “I Was Here”. And Beyonce’s goal with this recording is to reach 1 billion people on the behalf of the United Nation’s campaign. World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 UN staff.
We want rap to be like it use to be, but even back in the day, it was receiving a lot of criticism for one thing or another. In 1994, two great and legendary rappers, Scarface & Ice Cube, came together to address the ‘bad rap’ that rap was getting and recorded “Hand of the Dead Body” (off of Scarface’s notorious, “The Diary” album). This is classic ‘gangsta rap’ with some of the dopest lyrics in rap history. Scarface is like the South’s equivalent of Ice Cube so it seemed natural that they teamed up around this time. After all these years, this record still goes hard. The lyrics of this song are included in this blog post. Stay tuned for more of Lisa Ford’s Throwback IPOD picks.
Highlights from the 3rd annual Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, CA at the Golden Gate Park. (Aug 12-12, 2012). over 80k people per day was in attendance all gathered together for this lifetime experience! The 3-day festival included performances from Metallica • Stevie Wonder • Neil Young & Crazy Horse • Foo Fighters • Jack White, Beck • Skrillex • Sigur Ros • Justice, Norah Jones • Dispatch • The Kills • Regina Spektor , Passion Pit • Andrew Bird • Grandaddy • Big Boi, Bloc Party, • Explosions in the Sky • Santigold • Franz Ferdinand, MSTRKRFT • Rebelution • Die Antwoord • Fitz and The Tantrums, Portugal, The Man • Amadou & Mariam • Wolfgang Gartner, and more!
Three awesome videos of Rick Ross performing “Pirates,” “911,” and “Ice Cold” at his recent album release party at the King Of Diamonds nightclub in Miami. The Bawse has been promoting his new album, “God Forgives, I Don’t” all across the country, but it was good to see him bring it on home.