Tony Toni Toné's, "Let's Get Down", features one of my favorite Hip Hop tracks of all time produced by the West Coast's legendary DJ QUIK. Da Brat's, "Fire It Up" has a similar swag and sound and like this one, is on constant rewind in my IPod. You can dance to 'Let's Get Down', you can have sex to 'Let's Get Down', and you can smoke to it because it's one of those timeless chill ass songs. It takes place during the days when women could be in the videos with clothes on and still be sexy! I wish they would get back together and tour!!!
I consider young Joey Bada$$ one of the leaders of the new school because he's dropping classics straight out the gate and releasing music that his ahead of his time. If you listen to his delivery on hits like this one, "Big Dusty", and "95 til infinity", you'll see that Joey has a deep understanding of hip hop music history with an ear to develop quality songs at the right time of the hip hop cycle...aka publishing songs that's countering a lot of the pop rap garbage. I'm excited to see what he comes out with next. Excellent work Joey Bada$$.
What do I like about T-Pain's new single, "Drinkin Patna"? Everything. You can chill to it. You can drink to it. You can dance to it. You can make love to it. Just when you thought that T-Pain couldn't do it again, he does. This song reminds me of 2007 when all of his BEST songs came out. Love it.
DOM KENNEDY is 'so West Coast' and his laid back flow on this laid back beat proves it. 'After School' is classic Hip Hop and it's one of those songs that make you feel high without smoking a pound of weed. This has been my cruising song since I first listened to the album because it's so hardcore. "After School' is off of Dom's "Get Home Safely" album, which dropped a while ago, so these new visuals for is a special treat for us hip hop heads.
The main thing I love about "Am I Wrong" by the Norwegian duo, NICO & VINZ, is that it was created for Dreamers. The message in this song, 'to believe in yourself', is so strong, it makes the hairs on my arms rise and sends chills down my spine. 'Am I Wrong' has inspired me all year long, when it broke out as a huge success last summer in Norway and the rest of Scandinavia...and when the duo went by the name, 'Envy'. 'Am I Wrong' is by far the song of the year and reminds me of why I love music so much. NICO & VINZ's international success is a pretty meteoric rise.
If you've watched the last episode of "Suits" (USA Network), then I'm sure you recognized a sultry version of Gnarles Barkley's "Crazy" playing in the background of a steamy scene. That was actually singer, Daniela Andrade's, cover of the song, but a lot of people are getting that version mixed up Katie Noonan's cover. Noonan's (the one I posted) is better because she threw a jazzy spin on the hit record, and the blend between her voice and the background music is simply superb. If you're wondering what instrument is playing at the beginning. I'm pretty sure it's a Wurlitzer electric piano. Unless I'm wrong, in which case, it could be a Rhodes. Noonan's version of "Crazy" is fantastic, amazing, beautiful and stunning, and makes me fall in love with the song every time I hear her sing it. Take a listen.
I like this record because Kiesza, the Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and dancer from Calgary, reminds me of two soprano favorites; Teena Marie and Sheena Easton. It's cool how Kiezsa lends her voice to that party rock-style music, although the video doesn't reflect how hard this song goes in the club. However, this dance beat and Kiesza's voice is an excellent combination. Her fetish for New York, 90's hip-hop, breaking, locking, and street jazz moves, is reflected in Hideaway's visuals.
"The Illest" by the FAR EAST MOVEMENT reminds me of that Katy Perry & Juicy J "Dark Horse" song with the deep bass, hip hop-infused rock combination. This song only has 4 million Youtube views versus their other projects that reached 30, 40, 50 million views and beyond. I guess a lot of people aren't feeling it, crediting the bass line as the only thing good about it. FAR EAST MOVEMENT, the hip hop quartet reppin' in Los Angeles, grew insanely popular after their song "Round Round" was featured in the "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" movie, and its subsequent soundtrack, video game and DVD. Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif, and DJ Virman, dropped singles like their mega hit, 'Like a G6' and catapulted into worldwide fame. "The Illest", the lead single from their upcoming 5th studio album, "KTown Riot", is one of the songs I work out and jog to early in the morning. It gets me going, and gimmick or not, these dudes made a hell of a name for themselves.