“Nina Revisited….A Tribute To NINA SIMONE” Stream The Compilation LP via @LisaFordBlog

The Netflix documentary centered around the singer (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”) has an accompanying tribute album, which is available to stream today. HotNewHipHop writes, “After letting us hear two of the Lauryn Hill covers that appear on the album, as well as one from Usher for “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” you can listen to the full album which features covers of Nina Simone classics from Jazmine Sullivan, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Common, Lisa Simone and more.”

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COMMON – “War” (Audio) #ThrowbackThursday via @lisafordblog

One of the best songs Common created, “War”, for some strange reason isn’t featured on his latest album, “Nobody’s Smiling”… which is why it was a must that I posted it on this blog. The production sounds like something wicked from a 60’s or 70’s horror flick laced with Common’s diabolical lyricism. It’s just an all around great record that zooms in on the crisis and violence we are witnessing in Chicago and in America’s inner cities.

In the Outro of “War”, Common states, “The direction was we, we came up with this concept, Nobody Smiling was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago, or that is going on. I like to say “was” cause we gon’ bring it in for wishing that it’s gonna stop. You know and uh, all the violence that was going on – it happens in Chicago but it’s happening around the world in many ways. You know, it may not be to the numbers that’s happening in Chicago but it’s happening in the inner cities all over America so we’s talking about the conditions of what’s happening when I said “Nobody Smiling” but it’s really a call to action.”

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TOP 10 HIP HOP INSTRUMENTALS {Audio} ft. Nas, MF Doom, Biggie, Common, J Dilla, 9th Wonder, etc

Lend your ears to this list of epic hip hop instrumentals, which is in no particular order. Of course, there are way too many to name in one post, as the genre of hip hop music is filled with numerous legends. Featured in this list are Nas, MF Doom, Biggie, Common, J Dilla, 9th Wonder, just to name a few. So I guess I will make this part of a series. The next list will more than likely include tracks from Madlib, Khrysis, and Preemo,

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COMMON Has The DOPEST Song Ever Recorded In HIP HOP #JustSayin’ {LIVE PERFORMANCE}

I’ve been listening to a ton of music the past couple weeks. Of course old-school all day long because it’s simply the best. However, I’m listening to new-school too. As long as it is the dopest out there, I can handle it. So far I like that new Kanye’s, “Mercy” and his remix on Chief Keef’s, “I Don’t Like”. On the old-school tip, I’m listening to cats like Tribe Called Quest’s, “Get A Hold” and rewinding Too Short albums over and over again. After years of bathing in Hip Hop, and the last 2 weeks of Hip Hop bliss, I am still crowning COMMON with the dopest rap song of all time. The concept of personification (and in Common’s case, he personifies Hip Hop music itself) can only be matched by Tupac’s, “Me & My Girlfriend”. But Common’s song reigns #1 because it predicted the future. The lyrics (included in this blog post) describes TODAY’s music even though it was written in 1994 and recorded on Common’s “Ressurection” album. Common wasn’t rapping about a girl, but about rap itself. Unbeatable.

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