Sunday, September 13, 2009

"15 Years Ago Today...Vol 2"

























BK was represented to the Fullest!!!!!!!

&






























Tragically, Hip-Hop Lost One of Brightest Stars 13 Years ago Today.

Thus, Ironically being another way these two men will forever by linked.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

"Soulful Sundays Vol. 1"

Welcome to the first edition of the title of this post. The idea of course gains inspiration from Kev Nottinhams own edition, so I thought why not provide my own two cents (what if they made a two cents???). I usually go "Off the Wall" with the intro to a post but why do it you when you skip down to the subject of the post. I thought why not explore realms beyond hip-hop and move into the music that makes you "GET DOWN." A lot of times, I don't really listen to hip hop but venture into the R&B and *GASP* Neo-Soul terrority with a mix of junk and funk and soul (Right there I sound Redundant @ Q-Tip). Heck, this is what I just listen to in the after hours because I music during this gots to be cool (On a Tribe Vibe in this post). So, today I offer up two sounds that can be seen as similar in sound (to a degree), but whateva I don't where I am going wiht this sentence, so "Let's Groove This Moment."

The Brand New Heavies - Shelter
CHILLED!!!! The Brand New Heavies are pretty well regarded in the Hip Hop Circles. Their Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol 1 album was the just dope. But for me, My favor-ite album from them is Shleter. The showed the Heavies trenched in the downtempo music that can characterize a great deal of the late 90's,as the album was released in 97' (more so 96-98, because by 99' things had changed from this trend). Anyways, back to this album, the group's lead singer, N'Dea Davenport, had left the group and the she was replaced by Siedah Garrett. Garrett is most well-known for her work with the late and great Michael Jackson on duet of "I Can't Just Stop Loving You" and 1# hit song "Man in the Mirror" which she wrote. Well, Garrett teamed up with the Heavies only for one album and "Shelter" was the result. This album is just smooth with great instrumentation and kinda a airy sound that oozes sultry groove and funk. From the upbeat, after hours opening song of "I Like It" to the sultle bliss of the "Sometimes" and "Feels Like Right" to the empowering "Highest High" the album just is full of good music. It is a testament to the abilities of Garrett and the Heavies to make such a good album out the gate for their collaboration. Such a shame this the only album from this incarnation of the Heavies, but they hit strong with this effort.

Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving
FUTURISITC VIBES!!! Funny that I would do a post on this crew as most people would not admit to liking them. The most frequent comparisons the group has drawn to over thier careers is that of one and only Stevie Wonder. This is truth to the comparisons, but the differences are more intruiging. Jamiroquai are a Acid Jazz based band hailing from England. The group was mande after the Group's lead Singer and founder, Jay Kay, decided to from his own group after being rejected from wait for it... A Brand New Heavies audition. This was *HINDSIGHT IS 20/20 like ABC* obviously a blessing in disguise. Kay rounded up some musicians, notably bassists Stuart Zender, and cut some demos. This lead to a record deal and they delivered with their first album "Emergency on Planet Earth." The environmentally socially conscious themed album was a hit in the UK and they only got better with their second album "The Return of The Space Cowboy." Yet, The group is most well-knwon for the third album,(released in 96') which is the subject of this section in this post. "Travelling Without Moving" was propelled in sales and acclaim by the lead song of the album "Virtual Insanity." The video for the song was just plain innovative with the moving room and Kay dancing around the room (or so it appeared). The video and song broke them into the US market and help their album move 11 million units. The song after the lead song continued it's funky and spacey vibes with the song "Cosmic Girl." Heck the first six songs on the album are just sick culminating in the space jam (see what I did there) "Alright." Other songs such as the title track, "You Are My Love," "Spend A Lifetime," Do You Know Where you Are COming From", and "Funktion" are just as great as the first six songs and close out the album on a funky vibe. The album is so much fun and just give it a try before you bash John for discussing this crew. Heck, it got a review in the Source (when people still read magazines for all the info on the happenings of the world). Man, they had a Tribe like run with their first three albums (literally since their best album is considered their second album, but more people agree their album is truly their best) and then Zender left and yeah..., but this serves as a introductory album to the crew as it was their apex becuase everything builds to this and then everything after this does not hold a candle to this album. Man, do I wish for a reunion of the original lineup of Jamiroquai to do one more show, but I guess that is what Youtube is for, I guess....

*Sidenote: I did a post on two groups that have some connection to the Hip-Hop world and Tribe as Tip worked on the Remix of the Heavies "Somethimes" song (More of an Ummah production) and Jay Dee did a remix to Jamiroquai's "Deeper Underground" and Camp Lo even gave Jamiroquai a shoutout in a magazine interview.*

The Brand New Heavies - Shelter






















1
I Like It

2
Sometimes

3
Shelter

4
Crying Water

5
Day By Day

6
Feels Like Right

7
Highest High

8
You Are The Universe

9
Stay Gone

10
Once Is Twice Enough

11
You Can Do It

12
After Forever

13
Last To Know

14
You've Got A Friend

Talkin 'Bout A Revolution!!!

Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving






















1
Virtual Insanity


2
Cosmic Girl


3
Use The Force


4
Everyday


5
Alright


6
High Times


7
Drifting Along


8
Didjerama


9
Didjital Vibrations


10
Travelling Without Moving


11
You Are My Love


12
Spend A Lifetime


13
Do You Know Where I Coming From
14 Funtion

A Space Odessesy To Get Lost In

Friday, August 14, 2009

"What The ????"





















I Just did a post on the singles released by the Clipse en route to them dropping their third album. You may not notice this by now since it seems my post has been deleted. I guess it's time to go Inspectah Gadget and solve this mystery.

Update: Mystery solved, So I guess that post never happened, so time to move on (OR NOT)...

Saturday, August 1, 2009

"They Reminsce Over You"
























Rest In Peace Baatin!!!

Hope you and J Dilla jam for eternity in the heavens above

Prayers go out to his family and legion of fans and hopefully you find peace in eternity!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Announcement'"























The-day's post is brought you by the good people over at boredom INC. I am still trying deciding on how to proceed (Should I go Random Music Drops of Album Reveiws), bare with me like a long summer day that you will miss in the fall (or switch sentence around with other seasons because who does not like a Madlib (Game and Producer, Stank you very much).

So, here is my open invitiation to those who are interested in guest blogging for a period of time (hopefully you keep it from slipping). If you, or friend, want to jump into the foray that is Lyrics to Go write to PO Box ABC-It's-As-Easy-As-123 or...... you could send an email or leave a comment and I see what I can do for you.

I got some things in the works-like-clock, so continued paitence is needed before I shall, PROCEED and continue to give you what entertains you (you would think).

So, peace to the nation, the people that represent, and those
cats that never bug out to the extreme

Yo, If word is bond
then Q's Perserverance keeps on

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"Woke Up Early On My Born Day, Vol. 2"
















Yes, The Borrowed Quote from Nas means it is that time of the year!!!

John Q's Bornday has come to fruition (What That Means, I can't even tell you)

This means that being *Age withheld for security Purposes and plus Bloggin' can get crazy* means fast appraoching maturity, RIGHT??!!!

To hecks with that, Time to go out and about and have a throwdown Blaring Some Camp Lo, Tribe, Roy Ayers, & Kool and the Gang Out The BOOMIN SYSTEM!!!

So, peace to the nation, the people that represent, and those
cats that never bug out to the extreme

Yo, If word is bond
then Q's Perserverance keeps on

Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Random Music Drop Vol. IV"

I should be more consistent with the blogging such as basically all the other blogs I visit everyday, but with the whole writers block of thinking of ideas to keep cats coming back thing just left me waiting for the right time to strike like a touchdown???!!!!

Anywho. I know teh last paragraph is not even enough sentences to be considered as such but for one ot mention that would mean i actually gave a damn about such a thing while blogging. *John talks over issue with Q*
Q: John, you do care about such things
John: How dyou know
Q: Let's call it a blogger's intution
Unidentified Blogger: HOW CAN JOHN AND Q CONVERSE AT WITH ONE ANOTHER
John and Q: Simple, it all started with a orange basketball, and...um.... *Handles Blogger's Question while stating* RESPECT THE DROP!!!!!!!!

Whew!!! If you got past that bullysh*t excuse I had for not posting, then let's move on. Today's we bringing back the Random Music Drop series because Demand has bee high (Let's see if anyone catches the Comcast refernece). So are you ready because it's about to get "Vocal sample: FUNKY" And When I say funky, I mean I walk with the funk, I talk with the funk
I eat with the funk, I sleep with the funk, I live for the funk, I'll di...did I mention
I'll sleep with the funk (Be stay protected (Thanks Drake for the PSA))????!!!!

Onyx - Shiftee 12"
LOW, DOWN, GRITTY, & GRIMEY!!!! Remember when Onyx was one of the primer players in the Rap game. They came tih the whole "We mad as Heck and they WE HAD IT UP TO HERE (John still does know where "Here" is)"
Attitude. Of course they are more well known as group for the classic song "Slam," but let's focus attetntion on some good tracks released as single's from their first album, since this is the Random Music Drop, and I have a zeal for blogger professionalism. The shiftee song is a good example of what the whole crew was about. This song is also known for the ending which would be sampled by Black Moon on title track of thier classic debut album "Enta Da Stage". Onyx also intrigued me for it seemed they are more well known for Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingers and their respective acting careers for more than anything. Come to think of if, what young urbam teen was not watching Moesha in the late 90s. Awww the late 90s', not quite like the early 90's or the 2-Double O, but you know what the hecks you be right???!!!

Bahamadia - Uknowhowwedu 12"
WHEN IT'S BUMPING IN THE JEEP!!! Speaking of the late 90s.....I don't know where Q wants to go with that sentence so turn to page 5 if you want him to recollect his day or turn page 19 to continue this post. So my day went....progressing on in the post (John Q turned to both pages (evil laughter ensue)), Bahamadia is known for being the female Guru (of Gangstarr fame, of course (AND NO DO NOT BRING UP SOLAR)) with the whole monotone voice (Does not hurt she was down with the GangStart Foundation). She could spit just as well as Guru and so she released Uknowhowwedu in '96 and it got some play (of course it, everything got play back in those days). I also liked how well the track instrumental fit Bahamadia. In fact, the instrumental was produced byDJ Red Handed, and none other than Ski of Camp Lo fame (Seriously, one of these days you are going to take my claim as being one of the more notable producers of the 90s seriously). The track just introduce cats to what Bahamadia was about with her whole Philly vibe. Huh, you know listening to the track it would be fitting to her the Legendary Roots Crew spit a "1-2, 1-2" to the instrumental since they collaborate on Illadelph Halflife (Classic, for the cats who know how they do (Pun gets inten-tion).

The Pharcyde - Passin Me By 12"
FATLIP'S LAST VERSE!!!! That proceeding sentence seems to be all that needs to be said about this song. It is pretty ironic that such a crew that brought a comedic and left-of-field approach to the rap game (like a little less De La Crew from the West) most well known song is pretty depressing, but what can you do as that is the rap game for you (It is sad how true that statement is). I could go into the backstory of the crew or discuss there ups and downs in the rap industry, but save that for the Supa Post (John: Alright, Q, I will). So this song is the attention of this portion of the post and what a great song it is from their classic debut, Bizzare Ride II The Pharcyde. All tracks "In Pete Rock Voice: Rock The House" and all the MCs and producer, J-Swift, came comedically correct (if there is such a term) on the album, and particulary on this song. With the sample of The Jimmy Hendrix Expericence "Are You Experienced" (What you think I just listen to rap, I also can kick "Rock," "Jazz" and "Classical") you knew you were in for something very different. While all the MCs on the track give th track it's justice, Fatlip steals the show with the last verse (A verse that got a Source quoatable of the month might I add, I THIMK (Big Up to Vincent for all the Source Drops)) . His verse hits so close to home, that I just roll over to the other side of the bed???? The B-Side "Pork" is pretty entertaining, but you can tell they were BSing, but check out the 12", and travel to the Pharcyde (Tell the crew I said "What's Up, Fatlip and Crew??!!" when you get there).

Junior M.A.F.I.A. - Gettin Money (Remix) 12"
GET MONEEEEYYY!!! The weird thing about Hip-Hop is how if you are a fan of the backpackers, this means that you can't like the commerical sh*t or else you will be called a sell-out faster than Mic Geronimo's apporach to his second album. Well, this is one of the reason for the dysfunctional family that Hip-Hop is to at present day, yet someone diss hip hop and you gots each others backs!! This preceeding diatribe (John Q is using that Webster (You had to watch one episode) Dictionary) is my explanation for bumping this song. In fact, I bumped this song as much as "Player's Anthem" and could give a damn what some one says becasue
I am recognizing that the voice inside my head, Is urging me to be myself but never follow someone else, Because opinions are like voices, We all have a different kind (cosign @ Q-Tip). This song, and group for a matter of fact, also seemed as extension of Biggie just bragging about the excess of life once you start bring in the dough. Junior M.A.F.I.A. 's did have some gems but was just not strong enough to carry weight as being an extension of "Ready To Die" as AZ's "Doe or Die" helps add to the greatness of "Illmatic" (Oh, Yeah, Another Reason: Illmatic > Ready To Die!!! Any issue to that statement can be lefting a comment addressed to 1234 Hoep John Gives a Damn Drive Anytown, Earth PO Box.....).

Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
THE GREATEST TO EVER DO IT!!!! As Random as this Music Drop was, I could not conclude this post without paying my respects to Michael Jackson. I feel that there really are no words that can do justice to fully encapuslate the greatness of his music catalog, so I see it as fitting that his music as a solo artist and with his brothers in the Jackson 5 can do justice to providing a proper perspective on his career. Also, as much a people joke about his troubled upbringing and tragic early death, the internet nearly crashes when news of his death spreads and radios across the world play his music for what it seems like 25/8 each day. Go's to show that you don't know what you got till it's gone. Out of all the albums Michael Jackson made, his Off The Wall album always grabbed my attention more. Yes, I know Thriller is the better album, but I could get downs and boogie more with Off The Wall. Maybe it is because it have me favorite Michael Jackson song = Rock With You. The album is just musically tight and full of lush harmonies and funky rhythms from the Groovy "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" To the Late night Jam of the album's title tack "Off The Wall". Off The Wall set the groundwork for which Thriller with fly into the Stratosphere from. Musically, he never topped Off The Wall and I compare those two albums to the Debate I have over the Tribe. I know That "The Low End Theory" is the Better album, But I enjoy "Midnight Marauders" more. But really, trying to choose better Off The Wall and Thriller is like trying to pick amongst favorite child, you love all the same and see them as perfect. Michael, you gave the world gifts that will last forever and I hope you truly find peace in life after death. God Bless Those That Have Come To Pass!!!

Onyx - Shiftee 12"























1
Shifftee (Radio Mix) (3:27)
2
Shifftee (Shytizon Remix) (3:28)
3
Shifftee (Spikinspan Remix) (3:28)
4
Shifftee (Acapella) (2:32)
5

Shifftee (Instrumental) (3:26)
6
Shifftee (Instrumental Remix) (3:28)
7
Bichasniguz (LP Mix) (3:54)
8
Bichasniguz (Instrumental) (3:54)

Mediafire Link


Bahamadia - Uknowhowwedu 12"























1
Uknowhowwedu (Album Version) (3:35)
2
Uknowhowwedu (Radio Version) (3:34)
3
Uknowhowwedu (Instrumental) (3:41)
4
Uknowhowwedu (Acappella) (3:35)
5
True Honey Buns (Dat Freak Sh*t) (Album Version) (3:42)
6
True Honey Buns (Dat Freak Sh*t) (Radio Version) (3:42)
7
True Honey Buns (Dat Freak Sh*t) (Instrumental) (3:40)

Mediafire Link

The Pharcyde - Passin Me By 12"























1
Passin' Me By (Video Remix) (5:02)
2
Passin' Me By (Video Instrumental) (5:02)
3
Passin' Me (Acapella) (4:40)
4
Pork (OG Version) (6:03)
5
Pork (Cosby Edit) (6:01)
6
Pork (Instrumental) (4:22)

Mediafire Link

Junior M.A.F.I.A. - Gettin Money (Remix) 12"




















1
Gettin' Money (The Get Money Remix) (Radio Edit) (3:59)
2
Gettin' Money (The Get Money Remix) (Dirty Version) (4:09)
3
Get Money (Original Version) (4:34)
4
White Chalk (Original Version) (4:40)
5
White Chalk (Dirty Version) (4:40)
6
Get Money (Original Instrumental) (4:34)

Mediafire Link

Michael Jackson - Off The Wall























1
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (6:02)
2
Rock With You (3:38)
3
Working Day And Night (5:12)
4
Get On The Floor (4:44)
5
Off The Wall (4:04)
6
Girlfriend (3:04)
7
She's Out Of My Life (3:36)
8
I Can't Help It (4:27)
9
It's The Falling In Love (3:45)
10
Burn This Disco Out (3:38)

Two Links in this Case:

Wikipedia Link (Learn More about The Album)

&

Amazon Link (For the Love of Goodness, Buying the Album is one form of Paying Respects)

So, peace to the nation, the people that represent, and those
cats that never bug out to the extreme

Yo, If the Right
Hope, You get to the Light

and RIP to Steve "AIR" McNair. Him and Eddie George were the role models I found that young African-Amerincans could folllow from.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"They Reminisce Over You"























Rest In Peace Michael Jackson

There will never be another!!!

Prayers go out to his family and million of fans and hopefully you find peace in eternity!!!

(I would continue but I am just breaking down in doing this writing)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

"Treat for the Net"

So I have emerged from hiding in the internet to bring to you what the title of this post is. I saw that DJ Baby Yu did this dope mixtape on Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G. and I could only find the mp3 posted on the net, but not as a download. Well, I figured why not flip it into a download for the masses since it is almsot 120 minutes (DAMNN) and it would you want to listen to it on you music player. So here is it is for the masses and throw down for a nice bloggee, Bloggers know the steelo this blog *At Times* can be unbelievable!!!!









































Tracklisting:

1. Diddy Introduction

2. Bob Marley - Johnny Was

3. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Bob Marley - Hold Your Head

4. The Notorious B.I.G. - Dead Wrong

5. Al Green - I’m Glad You’re Mine

6. The Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets

7. The Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa

8. Supercat feat. The Notorious B.I.G. - Dolly My Baby (Remix)

9. Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man

10. The Notorious B.I.G. - Me And My Bitch (Live)

11. Zapp & Roger - Computer Love

12. Isaac Hayes - Walk On By

13. The Notorious B.I.G. - Warning

14. Edgar Winter - Dying To Live

15. The Notorious B.I.G. & 2 Pac - Runnin’

16. Diana Ross - Missing You

17. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. 112 - Miss U

18. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Method Man - The What

19. Junior M.A.F.I.A. feat. The Notorious B.I.G. - Player’s Anthem (Remix)

20. Minnie Riperton - Memory Lane

21. Junior M.A.F.I.A. feat. The Notorious B.I.G. - Get Money

22. Sylvia Striplin - You Cant Turn Me Away

23. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. R. Kelly - Loving You Tonight

24. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. 112 - Sky’s The Limit

25. Bobby Caldwell - My Flame

26. DeBarge - Stay With Me

27. The Notorious B.I.G. - One More Chance

28. Lou Donaldson - Who’s Making Love

29. Craig Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J & Rampage - Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)

30. Les McCann - Valantra

31. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ten Crack Commandments

32. The Honey Drippers vs. R. Kelly - Impeach The President with My Body

33. The Notorious B.I.G. - Unbelievable

34. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You

35. The Notorious B.I.G. - Kick In The Door

36. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Diddy & Busta Rhymes - Victory

37. Bill Conti - Going The Distance

38. Black Heat - Something Extra

39. Lords Of The Underground - Chief Rocka

40. The Notorious B.I.G. - Machine Gun Funk

41. David Porter - The Masquerade Is Over

42. The Notorious B.I.G. - Who Shot Ya?

43. The Notorious B.I.G. - I Got A Story To Tell

44. Lil’ Kim - Crush On You

45. Jeff Lorber Fusion - Rain Dance

46. The Notorious B.I.G. - Gimme The Loot

47. James Brown - Coldblooded

48. James Brown - Blues & Pants

49. The Notorious B.I.G. - I’m Jus Playin’

50. Betty Wright - Clean Up Woman

51. Mary J. Blige feat. The Notorious B.I.G. - Real Love

52. Total feat. The Notorious B.I.G. - Can’t You See

53. James Brown - The Payback

54. Mtume - Juicy Fruit

55. The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy

56. The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize

57. Herb Alpert - Rise

58. Jay-Z feat. The Notorious B.I.G. - Brooklyn’s Finest

59. Ohio Players - Ecstacy

60. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Luke - Big Booty Hoes

61. Idris Muhammed - Crab Apple

62. Puff Daddy & The Family - It’s All About The Benjamins

63. The Jackson 5 - It’s Great To Be Here

64. Last Poets - When The Revolution Comes

65. The Notorious B.I.G. - Party & Bullshit

66. Deodato - Skatin’

67. The Notorious B.I.G. - Nasty Boy

68. Diana Ross - I’m Coming Out

69. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy & Mase - Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems

70. The Notorious B.I.G. - Going Back To Cali

71. Zapp & Roger - More Bounce To The Ounce

72. Diddy Outro

DJ Baby Yu & Biggie
A Tribute To The Greatest Rapper of All Time - The Mixtape

Friday, May 29, 2009

"John Q's Top 50 Albums"

"Where you been?" I would answer that question with a rhetorical answer. And that's my explaination, so let's keep business as usual up in this piece (EPMDDDDDD).

This post was formulated from Vincent's Thimk (ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO VOYAGE ON THE BLOG-E-VERSE). He posted his top 50 and I found it very interesting and I responded to his post stating that I would at least do my own post. So here we are, blah blah blah...forgot how the song went.

Anyways, lets see what this cat feels is his top 50 list and it, and it BEGINS!!!!!!!!!!!

*Sidenote: This list is not definitive, people (Or is It!!!)!!!
























1. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
I first heard this album when in the teens. I was just floored by everything on this album. This being the first Tribe album I picked up, it is naturally my favorite from the crew. Very few albums on this list (possibly three to four at best) has left such a great impact on my progression into become a reliable and mature person. This album has it all there for anyone's interest that range from such topics as sex, violence, self-respect, and what it is to be a young black man. I first "Award Tour" and was taken back by how fun it sounded, while at the same time self conscious. But, It was "Electric Relaxation" tha truly caught my attention to where I played this song at least 500 times a month (YEP!!). This song is just...throwing game at it's best. This album solidfied it's place as numero uno with the ssong this blog owns it is due to: "Lyrics to Go" is probably my favorite song from the crew and maybe even my favorite song period. How they flipped the Legendary (She deserves Mad Props) Minnie Riperton's "Inside My Love" into this was ingenious and after this song (and album in general), I feel that this is the best hip-hop album I have ever heard. Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, & sometimes Jarobi, reached their zenith with this album (IMO) and I can not see anything else in Hip Hop that has topped it (I did not say at least match a few albums in the list illustrate). So enjoy or hate, hate, hate @ Chappelle Show's Hater's Ball on the John Q's Top 50 albums (Wow, It actually is fitedy! Pat's John on the back and Q on the front???!!!!)

2. Nas - Illmatic
3. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die
4. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
5. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
6. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full
7. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
8. Mobb Deep - The Infamous
9. Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
10. Camp Lo - Uptown Saturday Night
11. Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
12. NWA - Straight Outta Compton
13. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
14. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca & The Soul Brother
15. The Pharycde - Bizzare Ride To The Pharcyde
16. Gang Starr- Daily Operation
17. The Roots - Illadelph Halflife
18. GZA - Liquid Swords
19. Raekwon - Only Built 4 A Cuban Linx...
20. De La Soul - Stakes Is High
21. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
22. LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
23. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
24. EPMD - Strictly Buisness
25. Outkast - Aquemini
26. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
27. Blackstar - Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Blackstar
28. Digable Planets - Blowout Comb
29. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising/De La Soul Is Dead (I know I'm cheatin, but come on)
30. Common - Like Water for Chocolate
31. O.C . - Word...Life
32. Jeru The Damaja - The Sun Rises in the East
33. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
34. Snoop Doggy Dog - Doggystyle
35. Ice Cube - Amerikka's Most Wanted
36. Bush Babees - Gravity
37. A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and The Paths of Rhythm
38. Public Enemy - Fear of A Black Planet
39. Run-DMC - Raising Hell
40. Outkast - Atliens
41. Big Daddy Kane - Long Live The Kane
42. Ultramagnetic - Critical Beatdown
43. Gang Starr - Hard To Earn
44. Tupac - Me Against The World
45. Redman - Whut??? Thee Album
46. Eric B. & Rakim - Follow The Leader
47. Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill
48. The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!
49. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
50. Brand Nubian - One For All

Sunday, April 19, 2009

"15 Years Ago Toady...."
























Perfection was achieved in Hip-Hop!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

"Stretch & Bobbito Vol. I"

I drop by tadoy to drop some treats on the masses (not really, but Q likes the phrase). I guess from the title of post you know where I am going, BUT YOU DON't (or-how-you-doing-do-you???!!!!)

Anyways, I know that last paragraph was not even three sentences but again, I could gives a *Heavy D's "Don't Curse" plays*. So let's see what i got from digging on the internet, besides a preview to that new wolvernie movie *OOOH, OOOH, IT'S LIKE I KEEP GOING*. So let's just get this party started like the bankruptcy proceedings of Dame Dash (Alright, that's enough...until the nxet time).

Oh Yeah, Welcome into the Building *Someone responds: But It's the Internet* *John Q squashes that correction fool* WELCOME TO THE BUILDING:

















STRETCH ARMSTRONG AND BOBBITO!!!!!!!
(As the kids-who-are-now-adults-growing-up-listening-to-this-show would say). There history is forever and no need for backstory cause if you don't know, then you lost (You win someday...but not today).

Now back to our reguarly scheduled program....

Stretch and Bobbito June '95 Show
This is a pretty dope show they had with AZ dropping by to keep a verse or two. AZ's album was just dropping around this time and se he kicks a "One, Two, One, Two" and it's on like DARKNESS. There is a Mobb Deep track that was redone as "Q-U-Hetic" and some Wu people may not have heard of. Throw in a Rakim track most cats may not of heard of and a crazy KRS joint and a dope mix is born (awhhhh). There is also a nice mix of Junior Mafia's "Player's Anthem", so enjoy or get the "F" out the cold.

Side A:
  1. Mobb Deep - The Start of Your Ending
  2. Finsta Bundy - Bomb Shit
  3. Method Man - The Riddler
  4. KRS - One - Ah Yeah (remix)
  5. Mobb Deep - Temperature's Risin'
  6. AZ - Rather Unique
  7. Grand Puba - Little of This
  8. L Swift - How it's Goin' Down
  9. Mic Geronimo - Masta I.C
Side B:
  1. Heltah Skeltah - Let the Madness Begin
  2. Rakim - I Get Visual
  3. Mic Break
  4. Raekwon - Criminology
  5. Mobb Deep - About to Get Hectic
  6. Mad Skills - Skills in '95
  7. Inspectah Deck (Wu tang Clan) - Let Me At Them
  8. Notorious B.I.G - Wickedest
  9. Junior Mafia - Player's Anthem
  10. AZ - Sugar Hill
  11. AZ Freestyle
*Props to Dirty Waters for posting these joints*

Strecth and Bobbtio Lounging with Lowoah
Camp Lo stopped by the place a couple of times and they came throguh representating what they be about. Sonny Cheeba throws rhymes from the Uptown Saturday Night LP *pauses for a moment over the greatness of the album* and so does Geechi Suede, but they do give a little freestyling, so task completed.

Camp Lo Freestyles:

1. Camp Lo Freestyles over Special Ed's "I Got It Made"
2. Camp Lo Freestlyes over Group Home's "Livin Proof"

*Props to Dirty Waters for second freestyle*

Strecth and Bobbtio Chillin with the Bush Babees in '96 and Q-Tip and Mad Skillz in '94 or '95
This is all for today as I got to go back to unemployment (you know they had a parade for this? Wonder whose job it was organize it? GET IT *Dead Silence*). Any, two treats to drop ons yous tudays with a Native Tongue Vibe. First up, Tip and Mad Skillz (now Skillz) come with thier freestyles, although SKillz shines brightest with his opening freestyle (Give him good beats and.... Dreamers can dream as well), but Tip does go in as only Tip can, so very entertaining. The second freestyle comes from the Bush Babees where their classic (YES, CLASSIC) second LP "Gravity" seems to have dropped and they do promotion for it. Y-Tee drops some rhymes from the album and gives notice to 2Pac's untimely passing (jokes about him still living does hurt his legacy *True, True*) and Lee Majors TEARS SH*T UP. I mean just listen to his opening bars and seriously, how did that not make the album. Actually, why were they dropped after this album? Anybody? Oh well, at least they went out on top *Gravity, Gravity...*

Q-Tip and Mad Skillz '94 (or '95) Freestyle

&

Bush Babees '96 Freestyle

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"It's Fantastic"

ManYEEEE, What a vacation (it's not over, the DJ just put eletric slide and I can slide like water does ice??!!!) So, where has John Q been? I don't know and I don't give a damn. All I know is that he said he miss the blogging masses like pancakes loves molassess (you know how it be getting all...)

Anywho, let's get back into the flow of things with a post for that will be great. Today's Guest hail from The "D." You Know, the place where if you even think about disrespect they will jump yous and leave on the corner standing in your birthday suit. Well this or just snatch goofy a*s chain *Says HI to Artist everyone likes to pick on (although, to be real, he brings lot of his issues on himself (Artisit says to officer "I am artisit, sir" and you wonder why SANGERS want to slap you)). Sorry for falling off the wagon, I just going to Blame it on th Ah-Ah-Ah-Alcohol (That video gets award of the year- Ron Howard in Ya crew??!!! Ring the *Super Punch-Out* Bell, it's over* Fool says *It never started* Q *RING THE BELL, SEE THAT'S WHY YOU CAUGHT L'S FROM LEFT AND RIGHT*).

Okay-like-Yesterday, I took care of these issues and no more outburst till the next sentence. SO GUESS WHO DROPPED BY Q's AREA, TODAY (See, what I said previously for explanation). They are a three man crew with a producer that left way before his time, but was still able to leave us with so many musical goods. Who is it I am... aw forget, it if you figure it out by now, you got issues (and this coming from John and Q). Hailing from Conant Garden, Detroit where the Slums are given props:















Slum Village
! (said In children and all the cats in the "D" voices). Their Backstory I will get into because, by now, you know the routine (or do you??? If not just dial "5" to speak a representative of Lyrics to Go and someone will get back to you at a later time). Slum Village was orginally comprised of T3, Baatin Washool Wajeed (full MC Name, for reals), and Jay Dee. Oh Jay Dee, what a vital role you would play to YOUR GROUP'S SUCCESS!!! These three cats went to the same high school and would usually hang out in the basement of, assuming with 99.9 percent confidence, I am not the friend (YESS!!, I want to thank the errrrbody and the you the viewer for watching our show).

OKay, but seriously, they would hang out a Jay Dee's basement and just freestyle to beats Jay would make for fun, you know. Then, they started to get light bulbs above their heads and, what do know, a group was born. I would say there group formed the day they heard Butter from A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory (Never heard of this album, well than I guess... TO HECK WITH YOU). Alright, getting back to the main show, Slum Village formed in 1992, and it took them forever to get noticed. But then a funny thing would happen. Jay Dee would....

Gain notice for the beats he made. To be pacific-like-a ocean-that-leans-west, Jay Dee would come to meet Amp Fiddler, and he would be blown away by the beats Jay would make with such simple material. He started to get Jay involved in the industry and eventually Jay would come to meet a gentlemen who go by the name, Q-Tip (said in Midnight Marauders voice). Tip just dug Jay's beats and Jay took the opportunity to try to push his group to Tip to spread the word about his crew. Tip dug the beats,buttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt did not really dig the lyricist (Funny, this type of criticism, could never stick with this group, could it??!!).

So Tip decided to take Jay under his wing and act like a psuedo-manager for him and invite to join the Tribe..... as producer in a new group with Ali Shaheed Muhammad (said in Midnight Marauders voice) that came to be known as the Ummah. How does this relate to SV (Nicknames are funKneeee), you ask? Simple, just let me get to the answer (I sorry, a cat just *sobs* just gets confused). Jay Dee, under the Ummah tent, would gain recognition (not proper, though (looks a Janet Jackson and her production team direction)) for his otherworldly production and would soon get to work with the likes of the Legendary Roots Crew, Erykah Badu, become best friends with Common, gets cool with D'Angelo, and flip apples like oranges (there is proof to people saying "J Dilla Changed My Life" claims).

Since Jay Dee gets some type of recognition for his talents, His group SV finally gets due with being able to put up an album to display their talents (isn't that all albums, you ask? yes, but a lot albums show a lack of said talent *OOOHH, OOOH*). Actually, SV did make an album of sorts that came to be known as "Fan-tas-tic, Vol. 1" and people went Bat-Sh.. crazy over it (well those who heard it, anyway) and the album caused a storm in the underground scene during the late 90's, only intensifying the demands for a proper release. Vol. 1 would not get a proper release until 2005 (MF a record company, for reals) and SV would attempt to reach the demands of the people with a follow-up to their demo album.

Fantastic, Vol. 2 (without the hyphens, WHYYY???? (Loved Kenan and Kel, but why one soars while the other watches (wow, that sounds cold like the weather in the Northeast of US today)) was released in 2000 (New Millinieum of... wait that was till the next year *sneaks out sentence in shame*). The album was met with praise for the flow of it and after the album... Jay parted ways with the group. They was still cool (which how most break-ups should be) and at least Vol. 2 was the swan song for this incarnation of the group (cause you know Baatin would leave and Elzhi (One of the best rappers you should have heard of by now) would come into the scene and today it remains this way, until.... Baatin would come back to join group on 2-Double-09 and they are thinking of adding Jay's younger brother, Illa J, to bring back those feelings the days when they could just chill and freestyle all day long (What a run-on, but who corrects grammar on blogs??).

Hmm... what an overview and I did not really discuss the album *Hi-Fives John and Q because this not possible without them*
Guy Fawkes: John you forgot about me??!!
John: What, How I am going to forget this Guy??!!
Guy Fawkes: Yeah, Just give me this MF Keyboard (grabs like it's 92 riots)
Guy Fawkes: Cool. John, you told your story, and now, I will tell mine (Mystery of Doom (skit) instrumental plays in background (Is this the only song that plays in background?))
(Why not just condense Guy's lines to one, instead of repeating his name twice, you ask? CAUSE IT'S JOHNS BLOG (Fat Albert and the Junkyard Gang cheer in the Back))


Here is Guy Fawkes' Review Intro:
How do you introduce Slum Village? That question has been bugging me for the last hour or so. They are a group like no other, that harbors influences from countless places. The group was spearheaded by arguably the greatest producer of all time. There aren't enough words to describe what J Dilla bought to Slum Village. Very rarely does a producer overshadow the other members of the group (Primo and Pete Rock are examples). Needless to say, Jay Dee is held in very high regard (partly because of his untimely passing, but also because of the amazing work he's done). Alongside Jay were Baatin and T3, less-known but still cornerstones of the group.
*Ten useless biographical sentences later*
And that's the story of Slum Village. Now it's time for Fantastic Vol.2, hit it!


1. Intro
John's Take
SIMPLE!!! This is all that comes to mind with this intro. I would have much preferred the intro from Vol. 1, but to each his own. You Know what, it amazes me the best lyrics would be found here (I Kid, I Kid). Um...Yeah (Do Like the Phife sample at the end, though).
Guy's Take
For once I can actually applaud the intro. Although it's kind of ignorant for me to assume that Slum Village would make an average rap album intro. I love the last 7 seconds of this track too.

2. Conant Gardens
John's Take
WELCOME TO THE "D"!!! Here we got SV kicking rhymes about where they hail from. The lyrics may hold your attention, or not, but the beat is little banging, so it got that going for it. WHAT the "F" is Baatin on spiting his rhymes. These are the lyrical styles the crew will progress with for the rest of this "FANTASTIC" journey, so please buckle up and keep hands and feet in the vehicle at all times or we will toss you ignorant a*s out. Thank you for corresponding.
Guy's Take
An ode to where the crew grew up. The title is anyway, the lyrics are more reminiscent of braggadocio hip-hop where they effortlessly ride the instrumental while kicking some dope rhymes.

3. I Don't Know (feat. DJ Jazzy Jeff)
John's Take
KICK IT!!! Jay provides a thumping backdrop for the crew to spit over and they spit over it (literally and figuratively). You kinda of the get the feeling they heard the beat and just stream of conscious it. Good to know Dee-Jay-from-Street Fighter (SFIV BANGS) Jazzy Jeff remove himself for waiting for the Fresh Prince to get back in touch with him after he was tossed out the mansion and provide a couple of scratches. Any Jazzy Jeff appearances gets you +1.
Guy's Take
I don't know why I wasted my time with this track. Baatin and T3 took a capable instrumental and turned it into a snoozer. Next!
(Sorta Agree)

4. Jealousy
John's Take
GETTIN THERE!!! Jay Dee provides good arena for the crew, with a phone dialing kinda of feel to the track (the outro only adds to this point) and they stay around the point of this track to provide decent lyrics. They entertain here and there with there insights on jealous fools and Jay's verse is pretty funny. All in all, not bad, but this track really sets you up for....
Guy's Take
Sounds like Jurassic 5 with the choppy flow and the subject matter. This song isn't going to change anyone's life, in fact I can't even imagine anyone remembering this song after hearing it. So, it was a delete for me.

5. Climax (Girl Sh*t)
John's Take
FINALLY!!! This is probably one the best songs Jay ever produced and the crew does a heck of job doing service to the track. The production mixes in Al B. Sure's "Nite and Day" with some Steve Miller Band "Fly Like An Eagle" space loop to give you an airy background to just dream about for the rest of your day (at least to me and Q). Jay lyrics comes straight out about what he is feening (who still uses this word) for with Baatin and T3 following suit. They do entertain with the verses and they actually fit the mood of the track. Trivia, for that a*s: The woman on the hook is Baatin lil sis. Thanks for playing "TRIVIA I DID NOT ASK FOR". I am you Host John H. Q and good night(Children's Story plays for outro to the show)!!!
Guy's Take
A very soft-spoken track, emitting the warmth only an average R&B tinged J Dilla track can bring. This track bears a very striking likeness to The Tribe Best Known As Quest. Although retaining the qualities that make Slum Village such a well-respected group.

6. Hold Tight (feat. Q-Tip)
Johns's Take
AMAZING!!! This is all that comes to mind when the track hits the eardrum. Only fitting that Q-Tip is on the track to accompany a phrase like that. The production, courtesy of Jay Dee, is just banging. How he flips KC and The Sunshine Band into this is beyond belief. What a backdrop provided for the MC's to operate in. They all do justice to the beat, although, I am in agreement with what Guy will hit up on about Q-Tip. Jay and Baatin verses stick out more from T3's, in me opinion, but the point of this song: Hold Tight. One of the funny notes about this song is Tip's verse can be interpreted as his own track #17 from Ready to Die. Just saying.....
*Sidenote: T3 kinda echoes the views I had about Tip's verse by saying:
I think Q-Tip wasn’t feelin' his whole situation at the time and when we went in to make that song that was waaaay unexpected. We went to New York and we was just going get a verse from him and he just surprised everyone with that. And you know man, that was a gift and a curse, more of a curse than a gift, ’cause niggas kept comparing us to Tribe Called Quest. And although we were affiliated and those were our people, our lyrical content was nothing like theirs. We always had a street edge, a metaphysical edge and the nigga-in-between edge. It was nothing like them, but when New York cats heard that, some frowned up real tough on us, and that kind of hurt us in a sense. If they never compared us to Tribe, I felt like things would have been a little smoother. And it was at that time, once Dilla put his heart and soul into Vol. 2, that’s when he decided he couldn’t deal with the whole Slum Village thing no more because he felt like he had too many demons around it.
Guy's Take
Another chill, mellow, laid-back track. Although it's somewhat of an aberration as all of Slum's tracks can be described as chill and mellow. This is one of the better Dilla instrumentals off the whole album, as such I would have preferred less features. Q-Tip's verse is nice, but it starts to trail off from there (said in a diminishing voice).

7. Tell Me (fea.t D'Angelo)
John's Take
FUNKY!!! This track has a eye to direction D'Angelo would take with his second album (BOTH HIS ALBUMS ARE CLASSICS). Jay provide as a funky backdrop for D just to croon over and he does service. Baatin hits up the track like he is spittin game with a cool verse and Jay and T3 bring their own flavor (Pause) to the track. This track is reminiscenet of the track to places back, and people, that be's a good thang (Talking slang like I am chairman of the RNC).
Guy's Take
I could do without the weak hook and the strange interlude-esque conversations at the end of the tracks. Once again this song starts off well, it even holds up well till about the halfway mark when the lyrics crash like a house of cards. This Dilla beat is something else though I tell you... Baatin and T3 should still be counting their blessings.
*JohnQ: Agree's whole-divided-by-half-heartedly

8. What's It All About (feat. Busta Rhymes)
John's Take
RADIO JAM!!! This song has that sort of throwback feeling and take that for what it is. The beat is something that could play in neighborhoods as kids play outside and people have fun in that summer mood. The sample for the track interests Q, but Jay Dee does his thing with bumping beat and the lyrics to do service. Although to be fair, The fact that Busta-bus has easily the best verse out of everyone does not bode well for said crew. Man, what was Baatin on recording his verse. Anyway, all in all, it's a RADIO JAM. Confused, here the song and you will hear (Sips cup of Kool-Aid while petting kitten in Dr. No manner while smiling).
Guy's Take
I wish I had something good to say about Busta's verse, or even as an artist in general (Arab Money? That's what your career has come to?). Alas, I'll leave that topic relatively untouched. Another dope beat, interesting sample for the hook, I was feeling this track all in all.



9. Forth and Back (feat. Kurupt)

John's Take

OKAY, BUT..!!!! This is not as good as the original. F-It, I say they should have left the the one that was recorded on Vol. 1, but things happen and NOOOOO, LEAVE FORTH AND BACK (FROM VOL. 1) ALLOOONE!!! This is not bad but just seems a little subded. Jay's beat is pretty cool but, the MC's do not take full advantage of the song. And seriously, was someone looking for them and they had to some whispering sh.. just so they would not be found out, but Kurupt recorded his verse another day would woul explain why he is the loudest cat (or Dogg, yeah) on the track. Fo reals, they could have done more with this!!!

Guy' Take

Nah, wasn't really feeling this one at all. Even the instrumental was pretty weak here. Next.

10. Untitled/Fantastic
John's Take
BEAUTIFUL SERENTIY THAT'S JUST FANTASTIC!!! What a beat. Jay must have been looking to the clouds one day and witness the beauty of the nature tha surrounded him and decide to makes what surrounded him heard. This beat has a tranquility that can't be touched and it is fitting in title. T3's verse is kinda of a throwaway, but Jay's, and espeically Baatin's, verses holds down fort for the track. These is no real message to the track, which make it great when you think about the lyricist themselves, and eventually leads to an interlude of the ride. How many people still aboard this journey??!!!
Guy's Take
And we're back on track. This song has always mystified me, something so ethereal about this instrumental, and for once I can one up the MC's. They did their thing on this here beat. Possibly the best song on the album, so you already know how I feel about it

11. Fall-N-Love
John's Take
LOVE TO HEED BY!!! This track has always intrigued me. Maybe it's the fact that Jay is on the hook or the fact the T3 brings probablyone of his best verses on this track for the album. Jay;s beat is has space for others to move around with and the message of the track is much needed for today. Preety Chill track, and that's all I got!!!
Guy's Take
I honestly prefer the last minute and a half to the beginning of the track. The musical backdrop is something amazing, and the hook is haunting. I don't know what the last 30 or so seconds were about, I'm sure they tied into this recurring plot at the end of every song, but it really detached from the track's overall value.
*John Q: Interesting Point-like-sunshine-of-view*

12. Get Dis Money
John's Take
COOOLL (Said In Cheetos Cheetah's Voice)!!!! This is one of the best tracks on the album. Jay flips Herbie Hancock's "Come Running To Me" and just creates a backdrop that is just for those days you jusy chilling out. Jay, T3, an Baatin lyrics don't really do justice to the track, but let's be real, the draw of this album is the beats and this beat, just hear and you will know that what I say is to get that money, money, money....
Sidenote: T3 said something interesting things about this track:
We would always hear stuff in progress, like for “Get Dis Money” there’s a lot of little intricate stuff in the background of that song that didn’t happen until the last two weeks before the album had to be turned in. A little singing here, a little sound effects and all that. The drum programming on “Get Dis Money” is a little off. Dilla didn’t like to use a metronome or whatever, so some would be slightly off beat, but on purpose. It’s just the way his ear was, crazy. What’s funny about “Get Dis Money” is that Baatin wrote three verses before we liked one, me and Dilla was being real hard on his rhyme. If you listen to Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Baatin don’t talk about the topic at all. It ended up being like we was doing it on purpose, but originally it was not on purpose. Dilla was more upset than anybody about staying on topic. I think our fans have grown to love that about Baatin, but at the time it was frustrating. He would just talk about anything. The song is about getting money and the pursuit of it, a real simple concept, and Baatin would just start talking bout his family and then go over here and over there…you ain’t know where he’s going! Even with three verses, Dilla still took out a part of his rhyme on the final version, Dilla kind of faded him out on the end of that song.
Guy's Take
Personally, I don't think anyone should ever spit over this instrumental. And when they do spit over this memento, it should be something more than: "Hey, hey/ What you say/ Get dis money"... Comparable to letting Lil' Wayne freestyle over I Used To Love H.E.R. It's not a bad track at all though. Just that you'd expect Slum Village to dig deep and find lyrics and a hook worthy of this instrumental.

13. Raise It Up
John's Take
RAAISSEEE IT UPPPPPP (AKA THE HULK'S WORKOUT SONG)!!!! What a peculiar song in general. For starters, the beat is just somethng you don't hear everyday with Jay flipping a Daft Punk song into this Wilding Out Joint. The verse from the MC's I guess have the MC's deciding to question the perceptions people hold of them. Disturbing hilariously verses from the SV crew over a just weird beat. Seems like something The Incredible Hulk would listen to before going to workout routine. Actaully, the Hulk told me "John, I just get down to this song and I need it before I SMASH UH... SMASH AND YOU KNOW WHAT, I really do not talk like that, but do it to keep up appearance fees, so where the party at and if I see a female I like, betty might need to make room in the reisdency (Hulk also took hard to the message of the Climax track (Go Figure)). The outro for this track leaves something to be desired, Damn why didn't they use that beat, The results could have been more something....
Guy's Take
Not really feeling any of it. Some hypocritical titles here!
*John Q: Isn't that the point the SV crew was trying make or are they just full-blown hypocrites???!!!*

14. Once A Upon A Time (feat. Pete Rock)
John's Take
DOPE!!!! This track is just a dope song to relax to . Jay Dee and Pete Rock hook up the beat that is reminicscent of Pete Rock & CL Smooth's "The Main Ingredient" with it's beach like vibes with the drums that can clap the ears. Nice use of Vocal samples throguhout the track and the MC's, Rock Included, do some service (was it volunteer) to the track. Reall,y one of the better tracks on the album.
Guy's Take
Pete Rock and Dilla together produce this beast of an instrumental. And the good folks over at Slum Village grace this track with some poignant lyricism. Thank you. And for once, the last part of the song isn't completely worthwhile-less.

15. Players
John's Take
MARVEL-AT-THIS-OUS!!! This here, ladies and G's-who-become-Gents, is a classic Slum Village track. SV spit some tough lyrics to cats who they feel need to put in their place and they are serious about what they say. Yet, the production of the track is what elevates to another level. See, the chorus, flipping the The Singer's Unlimited's "Claire", is just that. They never say Players in the song, but Dilla provides the illusion that they do (Guy touches up on this a little more later on). Man, This is the type of track that got Dilla his HOF Plaque in "Rap Producers Hall Of Fame. (True, True)."
Guy's Take
T3 actually did an interview with Fader, where he talked about this song. One of the things he mentioned is that the sample actually says Claire and not Players. But they say Players so much in the song, that's what you believe the sample is really saying. The song itself is amazing. A classic Slum Village cut. Also here's an quote about the motivation for the track:


People don’t know that was a battle song, only niggas in the D know that. We was actually talking ’bout some real niggas. We’re cool today, but it was actually (deceased rapper) Proof's group (5 Elementz). These niggas had just dropped they CD that Dilla did most of the beats for and they was just acting arrogant, walking around real tough and we got kind of offended by it. Once we started talking about it, Waajeed (from Platinum Pied Pipers) was like a hype man, like, “Man, they just put their shit out, where’s yours?” We went over to Dilla’s house and it was one a them nights where everything was clickin'. Two weeks later we came with Vol.1. They kind of inspired us by being so arrogant, so we made “Players” about them. They found out, I don’t know how…somebody told.

16. Eyes Up
John's Take
GROOVY FUNK!!! This is song is alright, but man the MC's could have done more with it on this track. Dilla provides a beat that seems like he took stright out of Blaxploitation flick (LOWOAH) and let's his crew dish rhymes over. It just feel as if there was more for this cats to do with this track, damn I had two quarters and I now I half-dollar-vibe for this track!!!
Guy's Take
After the song that preceded it, you're just expecting so much more than this insignificant babble. It's not a bad song, but Baatin and T3 are capable of so much more. Not bad, but definitely lackluster.

17. 2U4U
John's Take
NICE!!! This is one of those tracks that added to Jay's legend. See the sample he used for this track was D'Angelo's "Jonz In My Bonz" and D did not even realize it was hi own song until a couple of listens. He chops D's joint and creates a bouncy backdrop for him, and th rest of the crew, to so spit game over. I say that the orginal from Vol. 1 was slightly better and that was an instrumental (That came out wrong, this track is pretty good, but just hear the Vol. 1 track and his this and you will see what I am talking about).
Guy's Take
Slum Village's two lesser members ruin another good instrumental. They ain't sayin' nothing!
(Kinda Agree since it goes to the point I was making to the track *You were making a Point to a track, ewwww!!!*)

18. CB4
John's Take
OKAY???!!! Wow!!! You get the feeling that these cats were honry as some muthaf.... while making this track. Jay provides a cool backdrop, but what the heck are they spittin on. OH, you mean interfence in getting a Moinca Lewiniski, you say? Okay, then THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. It seems that this should have been a bouns track and the bonuse track should have been an actual track (Damn, Did I give away the review for the bonus track?).
Guy's Take
No Chris Rock references to be found here. The hook has me scratching my head quite a bit. Are they chanting or what? One of the strangest things I've ever heard on wax. Blow-job interference? Cock-blockers? Very clever.As for the song itself, it's not really anything worth hearing.
*John Q: Funny to read, Guy, Funny to read*

19. Go Ladies
John's Take
GO LADIES, GO LADIES!!! Thanks for surviving the previous track to reach us hear. This is nice ditty to kinda end the album on. Jay Dee provides another one of his otherworldy beats and the instrumental overtakes the MC's, but it's all good. I guess the SV has this as an ode to ladies with each spitting game or touch up on female and her anatomy (YEahsSs). Then we hit the outro (Which should have been used an beat on this track) and we are out, or are we??!!
Guy's Take
There's no rapping to be found here. Some incoherent babbling in the first verse, and it never really gets much better. Another lacking effort over a very capable instrumental.

20. Thelenious (feat. Common)
John's Take
BANG!!! Man, this track hits you coming and continues in it's attack until it decides to leave in the perplexed disposition as to what just happened. The beat is just great with a 70's feeling to it with banging drums and airy bakcdrop for the MC's, and guest, to spit on. Actually, some of the best lines from the album are here with Jay and Common spiting hot fire like DYLON on Chappelle Show (why did you leave us???). All, in all, just a banging track and hope you had fun on this Fantastic Journey, Until the next, Peace Out, Homies.
Guy's Take
Ironically, Slum Village treats listeners to a top-quality send off. Superior to most of the album
and definitely a song you should check out.

Final Thoughts:
John's Take
Slum Village are an engima in Hip-Hop's-It's-Complicated-Universe. They are not the greatest MC's you will hear (or even averageyest at times). Yet, the beats on the album are some of the best you may ever hear. Even with that said, I will say that Fantastic Vols. ! & 2 are classics (meet me in an alley for disagreements about me statement) and credit for this is due mainly to Jay Dee aka J Dilla. Dilla marked his terrority with this, and other albums, he created through his lifetime. Sad that is is 3 years to his passing, but hopefully cats do there best in keeping his memory alive and it is good to see SV doing ther thing not only for themselves, but for Jay and Detroit as a whole. And in the end, this is the aim the crew from the outset of there careers, so at leeast they could obtain that goal.
Guy's Take
It's hard to really pass judgement on this album. Although the lyrical content was terrible (sorry John), the instrumentals were top-notch. This album reminded me of Group Home's Livin Proof'. Then again Slum Village was never known as amazing lyricists and Jay Dee, in fact most hip hop fans would be hard-pressed to name Baatin and T3 as the other members. So I can't say much about this album on a lyrical level, but an instrumental version of this album would be very well worth your time.
*Sidenote: Check-Out Questlove's review of this Album at Okayplayer. It is read, indeed.*

So without further ado, Slum Village's Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 2:






















Mediafire Link (courtesy of Hot Hip Albums)

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Amazon Link (Dig the sounds, Support what you like, cause it goes a long way)

A Little Sum-Something to Go Along With That:

Slum Village - Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol. 1 [Original Samples]:
























Link Location

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Slum Village - Fantastic, Vol. 2 [Original Samples]:
























Link Location (Links Courtesy of L2G (For Vol. 1) and Kevin Nottingham (For Vol. 1 &2). Thanks to Kev for putting up the sets. Drop by his blog, it is Fresh (enough outdated slang)).

Slum Village - B-Sides, Rarities, and Other Ish from the Whole Recording Process Up Til Proper Album Release














Tracklisting:

80 Tracks + Beat Tape = R-YU-HADOKEN-diculous

Click Link to View Full List (Track #56 should be titled "Audiotrack #6")

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Megaupload Link (for the actual set of music)

*Tracks with Bold In Parenthesis are in order they appear off the unreleased projects that accumulated over the years.*

(Courtesy of Lyrics to Go. This took forever to put together with pain-staking thought put into packaging this set. So appreciate this drop and try not to put the link on other website without giving credit where credit is due)

So, peace to the nation, the people that represent, and those
cats that never bug out to the extreme

Yo, If word is Right
Then Hold Tight

(Don't know when I'm going to come back, this post took a lot out of me. Might Drink "G"(still does not what the remotely even means)).

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(R.I.P. Jay Dee AKA J Dilla. We miss you and you, like your music, is forever)