Goin’ Deep In The Urban Jungle w/ Blackalicious and Lyrics Born

Among the many GR8 things hip-hop did, is it gave poetry back to the youth. In life before hip-hop, poetry was either perceived as a beat poet trip, or like, some kind of florid European highbrow affair. Now kids play with words, and they own it. They have a venue to develop and enjoy their language skills  and find their own voices. There are few things cooler than that. Yet I still hear people say once in a while, they don’t like hip-hop. If those words have passed your lips, lemme ‘splain: I’m not mad atcha – but you have either been listening to the wrong sh!t, or as I said recently, you’ve just been listening wrong. I’m not talkin’ about no mainstream radio auto-tuned B$ I’m talkin’ about hip-hop. Here’s a gem from the vaults that says it better than I can. Blackalicious, folks, this track featuring an early, career-launching appearance by Lyrics Born. Check it.

Blackalicious
“Deep In The Jungle” (download mp3)
from “SoleSides Greatest Bumps”
(Quannum Projects)
“Deep In The Jungle” (play)
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Q: Tropicálian Hip-Hop Dub Rock? A: Curumin’s “Sambito (Totaru Shock)”!

Curumin takes the best parts of his native Brazilian styles and splices them with key elements from hip-hop, funk, and dub with a little mod hip-shake in it! It’s like João Gilberto brandishing a sampler in one hand and an electric guitar in the other. Infectious, delightful, and I have to say SOOOO good for the NICE weather we’re FINALLY having out here in Oaksterdam!! <3 ing it.

Curumin
“Sambito (Totaru Shock)” (download mp3)
from “JapanPopShow”
(Quannum Projects)
“Sambito (Totaru Shock)” (play)
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Pigeon John – “Before We’re Gone”

Pigeon John explains in his sentimental and catchy tune, “Before We’re Gone,” that “this aint another love song.” It’s a lie. A good lie. This is a love song. And it’s a good one. On the ever-lovin’ Quannum Projects label. Good stuff. That is all.

Pigeon John
“Before We’re Gone”
(download mp3)
from “Dragon Slayer”
(Quannum Projects)
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Pigeon John has a few things to say “Before We’re Gone”

Pigeon John explains in his sentimental and catchy tune, “Before We’re Gone,” that “this aint another love song.” It’s a lie. A good lie. This is a love song. And it’s a good one. On the ever-lovin’ Quannum Projects label. Good stuff. That is all. <3

Pigeon John
“Before We’re Gone”
(download mp3)
from “Dragon Slayer”
(Quannum Projects)
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Pigeon John – “Before We’re Gone” mp3

Mickey & The Soul Generation – “Chocolate”

Mickey & The Soul Generation – “Chocolate”

If you were in Texas in the 60s, you’d have heard, Mickey & The Soul Generation, this week’s MP3Jackpot winner. Their killer instrumental “Chocolate” is dripping with old soul sound that made the 60’s so much fun. Thanks D.J. Shadow for reintroducing this to the world.

Mickey & The Soul Generation
“Chocolate” (mp3)
from “Iron Leg”
(Quannum Projects)

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Mickey & The Soul Generation – “Chocolate” (mp3)

Mickey & The Soul Generation – “Chocolate” (play)

Mickey and the Soul Generation is another band in a dejected list of bands who wrote solid songs but never gained any commercial success. But thanks to the benevolent work of DJ Shadow, this San Antonio band’s complete recorded discography and 6 live demos were unearthed and reissued so they can entertain a new generation of funk enthusiasts. Get a taste of what this band is all about with “Chocolate,” an instrumental groove-centered track with their funky horn section holding down the harmony.

Mickey & The Soul Generation
“Chocolate” (mp3)
from “Iron Leg”
(Quannum Projects)

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DJ Shadow’s labor of love

Mickey & The Soul Generation – “Chocolate” (play)

Mickey and the Soul Generation is another band in a dejected list of bands who wrote solid songs but never gained any commercial success. But thanks to the benevolent work of DJ Shadow, this San Antonio band’s complete recorded discography and 6 live demos were unearthed and reissued so they can entertain a new generation of funk enthusiasts. Get a taste of what this band is all about with “Chocolate,” an instrumental groove-centered track with their funky horn section holding down the harmony.

Mickey & The Soul Generation
“Chocolate” (mp3)
from “Iron Leg”
(Quannum Projects)

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Latryx – “Say That”

From the consistently brilliant Quannum Projects label, comes this magnificent exposition by Lateef & Lyrics Born – two of the tightest lyricists in hip-hop – collectively known on their collaborations as Latryx. Born of their work together in Solesides, Latyrx’ output is an inevitable dialog between two originals, evolving and exploring intellectual territories to weave tapestries of entertaining verse. This gem from 1997 was a game changer for those in the know, and it’s available for digital purchase now thru the IODAnets. Has my top rating for spring n’ summer fun-tellectual party bumpin’ mix! Enjoy.

Latyrx
“Say That” (download mp3)
from “The Album”
(Quannum Projects)
“Say That” (play)

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Latyrx Makes Lakes O’ Lyrics

Latryx – “Say That” mp3

From the consistently brilliant Quannum Projects label, comes this magnificent exposition by Lateef & Lyrics Born – two of the tightest lyricists in hip-hop – collectively known on their collaborations as Latryx. Born of their work together in Solesides, Latyrx’ output is an inevitable dialog between two originals, evolving and exploring intellectual territories to weave tapestries of entertaining verse. This gem from 1997 was a game changer for those in the know, and it’s available for digital purchase now thru the IODAnets. Has my top rating for spring n’ summer fun-tellectual party bumpin’ mix! Enjoy.

Latyrx
“Say That” (mp3)
from “The Album”
(Quannum Projects)

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VURSATYL – “Mr. Gusto”

Just cause you rap in the hallways of your Community College doesn’t mean you an MC. Take a listen to “Mr Gusto” by VURSATYL of Lifesavas. Think you can spit your lyrics with as much flavor? I will save you the brain cell. The answer is: hell no.

VURSATYL (Lifesavas)
“Mr. Gusto” (mp3)
from “The Style Junkie Chronicles 7″ Series”
(Quannum Projects)
“Mr. Gusto” (play)

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