I Don't Know | About 'Otis'

Maybe I'm crazy (9 out of 10 doctors would agree) but for some reason today Slum Villages' 'I Don't Know' popped into my head. 

As soon as I began to sing along and recite the James Brown adlibs chopped into the beat I said, "HELL NAW!!!" For some that don't understand, I'm comparing Jay-Z and Kanye Wests' 'Otis' and Slum Villages' 'I Don't Know'. 'Otis' contains vocal samples of 'Try A Little Tenderness' by Otis Redding;

(click the image to play the song at lifeandtimes.com)

'I Don't Know' contains vocal samples of 'Make It Funky prts. 1&2', 'Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine' and damn near EVERY adlib/callout by James Brown to his band. Now I actually enjoy 'Otis', but the point I'm making is this: if Dilla hadn't given us the classic that is 'I Don't Know' there wouldn't be a beat for Kanye to try to one up in 2011. As I said, call me crazy, but that's just my perspective.



Traneing in on the Traneumentary

Saturday morning I awoke in search of some ideas for my new project. Within my search I stumbled upon something with John Coletrane's name titled, 'Traneumentary.' New to my eyes and ears, I just decided to click and go further down the rabbit hole. What I found was HEAVY. Mister Joseph Vella is the creator/producer of the project which started back in January 2007. I'll let him explain what Traneumentary is:

"The Traneumentary is an audio podcast series celebrating the artistry and recordings of John Coltrane. The series includes episodes with Jimmy Cobb, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Steve Kuhn, Dave Liebman, Terence Blanchard, Joe Lovano, Geri Allen, Jason Moran, Dr Billy Taylor, Anton Fig, Karrin Allyson, Michael Cuscuna, Lewis Porter, Ashley Kahn, Dave Schroeder, Lenny Pickett and many others."

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Now if y'all know me you know I'm a Trane STAN and an even bigger documentary FREAK. Needless to say, the combonation made my eyes bleed. Check it out when you have the time. Just open iTunes (click here for the podcast), subscribe to the podcast and enjoy.


#TheBlackOpera "Timeline" (Cinematic Tribute) | Video

The Black Opera is back at it again with another dope video. This time it's what they call a Cinematic Tribute to one of my favorite films. More than a tribute to the film though, it's also a testament, an affirmation if you will. Click the 'play' button and enjoy.

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Goodbye ft. Dipp [prod. by J Haze]

peace people. Today I would like to share my newest single from the A Smart Black Boy EP

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Goodbye is produced by fellow Atlanta native, J Haze
In my quest for different sounds on this EP, I contacted J Haze and as SOON as I heard the beat I immediately knew that this was something I wanted to rhyme over. The music is different for me but I enjoy that challenge and I also would like to show other sides of my work to you as well.  So take a listen and enjoy some new tunes from me. Oh and as always, leave your thoughts in the comment section and share it with your friends if you dig it.



Sade | Love Is Found (Video)

 She said, "my eyes already like you..."



Spoken Words By Cee-Lo | Still Standing

In April 1998 I was 13 and I just got some extra money from my mom to buy the new Goodie Mob LP

I walked (well, I RAN) into Media Play and to my surprise I bought the very last copy that was on the display. From the look of the packaging down to the sound of the LP, I was in utter amazement. On the inside of the LP Khujo Goodie had what he liked to call a 'Slumtionary' which outlined certain slang used in Atlanta and throughout the LP. The cover had the Goodie Mob logo changed a bit with a man hung in the 'O'. A leafless tree covered the CD itself:

(I think I remember Cee-Lo in a Rap City interview getting a tattoo of this tree.)
In my eyes, this tree symbolized strength in any season: it is still standing no matter what happens. Fast forward to today, July 2011 on the Marta headed to work. The title track Still Standing is playing and I am reminded how much I enjoyed Cee-Lo Goodie's verse. 

Still Standing is another classic in the Goodie Mob catalog. It is also a corner stone in my music collection; I do not go one year without listening to it since I bought it. Back to Cee-Lo's verse: it is the best verse on the LP to me. Check it out below and while you're at it, go cop your version of Still Standing

Each and every element that exists in this universe is manifested from a thought first 
Through the inner mind's eye of the unseen power in the sky 
Gave birth to Mother Earth and all it's worth to you and I 
This most loved invention, my consciousness is an extension of Him, yet I'm flesh and bone with a mind of my own 
To dig deeper than the surface, whether I learn from your upcomings or your downfalls we all have individual purpose
It's amazing, how the streets do the majority of raising of children who end up dead before hearing what you said 
And it's sad, so all I can write about is what I had 
Interpretations of life good and bad with a pen and pad, It seems like abortion, when I just write a small portion 
It's either crumpled up or torn without lettin the thought be born 
Young minded, and blinded in those days; I didn't want to have a thought that I couldn't raise, nurture, and care for be there for, help prepare for, the times ahead
When someone doesn't agree with what is said, 
And if they did, don't get all arrogant cause that's my kid just be thankful that it's good and somebody overstood 
Now, the listener in here want the same flow but I gotta let it grow 
Clever enough to let it go, if I don't wanna rap no mo' 
And I'll make sure that no one ever forgets It's immortalized forever, on wax CD's and cassettes 
And when someone goes to the store and purchases it for ten the life cycle starts all over again 
And I was granted this music as my soul-mate, to procreate and give back what I was given, a life worth livin 
And I, am Still Standing, unscathed Pain is for suckers to feel MC's are running out of things to say, and radio stations running out of songs to play, shit! We Still Standing, unscathed, and pain is for suckers to feel, huh And MC's running out of things to say...



Naira | Visible Spectrum (Video)

Naira keeps dropping gems. 
today is no different as she hits us with the video to her song 

Visible Spectrum

Visible Spectrum is a song from Naira's Colour of Love project that she did last year with J. Haze. 

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Small Eyez | Shurikens (prod. Sal Dali)

the homie Small Eyez just released his a joint from his NWORDS project. 
I've only had it on repeat for an hrand I think you should do the same. 

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oh, for more info on all things Small Eyez hit up http://www.smalleyez.com/