Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The link below is Jay Electronica's tribute to the late great Guru from Gangstarr. Peep the beat from Group Home's "Living Proof" by Dj Premier. Nice track. Nice rhymes. RIP Guru.
Jazzmatazz by Jay Electronica Feat Tone Treasure
Monday, November 15, 2010
So, yeah, Jay Electronica's on the Roc now. Here's his track with Jay Z and The Dream. I love this sample Pete Rock used for "Gotta Love". Hit me if you know what record both artists used for these songs.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The performance of 'Four Women' by Kelly Price, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott and Ledisi was the shining gem at the 2010 Black Girls Rock special on BET this month. The song is a remake of Nina Simone's classic, and is featured on the soundtrack for Tyler Perry's new movie, "For Colored Girls". Each woman expressed their part of the song with the right amount of force and subtlety. A classic performance in my eyes! Peep it.... After that, check out the link to the Reflection Eternal version of Miss Simone's song from their 2000 album "Train of Thought".
Reflection Eternal "Four Women" => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qkjtK3O15Q&feature=related
Monday, October 25, 2010
"Wow", is all I can really say. Upon viewing snippets of this film, I was really excited to see what Ye had cooked up. The visuals revealed in the small clips really drew me in leaving me anxious to see what the finished product would translate into. Upon initially watching the full piece of work, I was floored by the landscape that Kanye put down. The colors used were striking. The phoenix costume was outstanding. I admit to having to watching it a second time to really appreciate the entire work. Don't get it twisted. This isn't Thriller. This is a unique musical and visual experience completely different from anything hip hop has ever produced. Its weird. Its beautiful. Its audibly pleasing. Its another moment for Mr. West.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
So, here at Ends on Music, I'm all about expansion into many genres of music. Up until now, I've only posted on hip hop and R&B music since this is the music that is closest to my heart. Don't be fooled though. I dabble in other types of music and I'm always looking to learn more about a band from any leg of music. Watching Jimmy Fallon last week, this band blew me away with this performance. The arrangement blew me away, especially the duel drummers. The band's called Everest and the song is "Let Go". This may require a late pass, but better late than never is what they say.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Nottz is a dope producer, if you did not know. This producer out of VA has worked with Busta Rhymes, Scarface, Skillz and G Unit, just to name a few. He just finished a fire album with Rah Digga called "Classic", in stores now and he's also releasing his own LP in October. He teamed up with Black Milk on this cut off the new album, and it beats. It really, really beats. Enjoy.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Kanye's keeping to his new track every Friday promise. Yesterday's offering was a track called "So Appalled" featuring, Jay Z, RZA, Pusha T, and Cyhi the Prince. Its a pretty cool track. Pusha goes in and hearing RZA over a track with Ye is dope. Check it. And, yes, there is strong language on this one so proceed with caution!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I remember when Aaliyah's album "Aaliyah" came out in 2001. Me being a true hip hop head, I wasn't checking for this cd by any stretch. I liked alot of her work, but I never bought her albums or intended to get one. However, after a trip to a record store in 2001, I remember picking it up on a whim and enjoying it quite a bit upon first listen. I started telling other people about how the production really beat in the car and bragging about "It's Whatever" and the first single "We Need a Resolution". Very shortly after my purchase and my new found admiration for her work, we lost Aaliyah in a horrible accident. Reflecting on my purchase of her album, I tend to think it wasn't a whim on which I bought it, but on some level it was a must that I have it, if for no other reason than to give her respect before her untimely passing. RIP Aaliyah Houton.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Mickey Factz is that dude. He's doing what alot of respectable lyrics should be doing today. Pushing the enevelope with sound but still keeping it gutter. This is a single of his upcoming debut "The Achievement". I'm looking forward to it. Check Youtube for some of his freestyles etc. Peep this.
This is off Kanye's new one. One thing about Kanye, he's always honest with his. Dope lyrics and concept. Enjoy.
Yeah, De La's my favorite rap group of all time. They are hip hop without all the garbage that goes along with stereotype. AND they've been doing it over 20 years on a major label level. No bad albums. Plenty of classics. Great shows. Need I say more? This is their newest one that hit the net last week. Link from http://www.okayplayer.com/.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
This is really really nice. Madlib is a genius. Kweli and Med go at it over this gem of a beat. I picked this up off the http://www.okayplayer.com/ archives. Enjoy.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Keeping in line with the cinematic theme from yesterday's last post, check out the new Roots video for "Fire" featuring John Legend. The music serves as a score for this mini-film. I'm a fan of movies with feels like this one, so I'm really digging this creative video. Check it out.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Along with being a big fan of music, I'm kind of a movie buff, too. I have an affinity for good cinematography. This clip below from the Illz out of Jersey gives me some good music and some great photographic work from director Kristopher Rey-Talley. Let me know what you think. Shouts to Vimeo for the link.
The link below is a track that's surfaced online recently from the one and only, Lauryn Hill. Its a cool little song. We need more of her. I hope this means she'll be putting something out soon! Shout out to http://www.okayplayer.com/ for the link!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Video: Ski Beatz feat. Mos Def – Cream Of The Planet
Ski is really doing his thing right about now. Check the link for his latest featuring Mos Def. 24 Hour Karate School is his recently delayed project which looks like a "must-cop" for me right about now. Dame Dash's Creative Control is looking like what we all thought Rawkus Records was back in the late 90s. At any rate, Mos goes in as usual and Ski's sample evokes emotion. He's got a knack for that (See Reasonable Doubt).
Thursday, July 15, 2010
On June 22, 2010, the Roots gift to us “How I Got Over”. This is album number 11. They give us another nice addition to their discography. The gems include “The Day”, "Fire", “How I Got Over”, “Radio Daize”, and “Web 2.0”. Again, the Roots push the envelope and give us an album that is undeniably hip hop, but one that does stretch out to other genres of music. No, not in a forceful way either. Its subtle and well crafted. Instead of screaming out “Hey, we’re influenced by good music of all genres!”, its, “Hey, this is us and good music from all genres help shape us as a group!”. (Yes, both of those statements should be yelled at the top of the lungs.) This is not a classic Roots album by any stretch, but its definitely a nice addition to their already legendary catalog. Below's a copy of the Pitchfork review of the album. They seem to like it, too.
How I Got Over
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
If you're anything like me, you search the net for another heater by Jay Electronica siting. (He just won't drop an album!!). Anyway, there was a siting today. Found this on http://www.hiphopgame.com/ and its an interesting pairing with Paul Wall, Raekwon, and Yelawolf. I can dig it though.
Note: This clip may contain explicit language.
Paul Wall f/ Raekwon, Jay Electronica & Yelawolf - Live It - HipHopGame.com
Monday, July 12, 2010
I thought about this old song from the "The Show" soundtrack. Its making my Monday more bearable. Classic joint. This was before I knew that Tip did alot of the production for the group. Love that beat! The link's here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcryQAY022k
Friday, July 9, 2010
If you like Bahamdia, this will be interesting to you. I'm a big fan and think she's one of the best out there in the female category. King Britt formerly of Digable Planets crafted the beat. Her latest album, "Good Rap Music" is on iTunes. If anyone's heard this album, let me know what's up.
This is something Pharoahe Monch posted to his Twitter today. I'm sure the rest of the upcoming album is this good. The new album is going to be called "W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)" and is supposed to be out this year. He's really slept on by too many people, so lets get the word out and support one of hip hop's most original emcees. Oh, and Diamond D is on the beat, so that's a bonus.
NOTE: This song contains some explicit language.
Its been a minute since we've gotten a new album from Bilal. Looks like in the near future, we'll have another offering to drool over from this unique artist. The link is a peak at the artwork, a tracklisting, and includes another link with a track by track review of the album. Shouts to http://www.okayplayer.com/ for the heads up.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
They added Primo, A Tribe Called Quest, & L Boogie! Now don't get me wrong, Wu Tank, KRS, and Slick Rick are all great groups and I love all of them, but the game has officially changed with this move. Primo is a nice touch. My favorite producer of all time. ATCQ will be nice to see, especially a healthy Phife. Lauryn tho????? Wow....Let me demonstrate the power of this move. The tour is not coming to Chicago. Nowhere close to it. With Ms. Hill now performing, I could see myself traveling to make a show in CA or NY. I'll stay at a hotel in Compton or Marcey Projects if I have to. That's love, ya'll.
This is a nice lil joint off the new Roots album.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
This clip made my Wednesday. To hear two of the masters talk about their music and the influence that it had on the culture is pretty amazing. I always thought Preem was the man because no one makes a street single like him. Its like he digs his drums and sounds from the concrete and translates them into something our ears can appreciate. Equally impressive, is Pete Rock who is just a genius from the music he creates to the process itself. See TROY and the rest of Mecca and the Soul Brother, for that matter. These two actually performed in Tokyo about a month ago, which offically makes Japan the luckiest place on Earth. Props to Defrag for the video.
Friday, May 7, 2010
As a shorty in the eighties, I always liked music. I think its fair to say that in most African American homes, music is big. My mom had gospel blasting through the radio on any given day, and country music on Saturday afternoon. My dad had Harry Belfonte, Fela, the Beatles, and Sam Cooke spinning on his record player. My sisters and I shared a small record collection, too. A bunch of 45s that I liked to listen to and found immense joy in just going through and categorizing them by the various labels. Of course, music videos were becoming big in the early eighties. Back then, they were from rock and pop records; Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, the Cars, Cindy Lauper, and so many more. Hip hop got big as the decade went on and as I entered junior high, I got more and more into it. By high school, hip hop was all I did. I saved all my money from my lunch and allowance and every Tuesday I was downtown at Tower or Rock Records or Coconuts getting that new heat! Hip hop turned the quiet guy in the back of the class into the know-it-all in the middle of whatever music discussion was going on that day. I say all of that to say that music is one my greatest joys and I could talk about it for hours. This is my spot to do it. I go by the name, Ends or E for short. I hope you enjoy and contribute.