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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g2Isz-1NIY

this is one of the best beats ever -- seagulls in memphis??

The BoyBoy Big HOO$ (deej), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 02:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Listening to the Pandora "I Got It Made" channel. No obscure tracks, but all good.

a modest crowd, not jammed (Eazy), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 02:34 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtIGCGu9L90

i used to watch this video all the time on MTV

ksh, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 02:38 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6VVCX6JA8Y

O.G.

in one word = garg (herb albert), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 03:22 (thirteen years ago) link

that's great too, meant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwB5ddAVpNs

in one word = garg (herb albert), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 03:22 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzyaaMUCpWs

tmi finney (samosa gibreel), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 03:48 (thirteen years ago) link

turns out the oc album is secretly just as good as lifestylz ov da poor and dangerous

tmi finney (samosa gibreel), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 03:49 (thirteen years ago) link

enjoyed that on utube just the other day

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 03:55 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYSMXG4M6NI

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 04:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, I thought you guys actually meant old.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 04:09 (thirteen years ago) link

naw we meant what you meant by old

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 04:12 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1m-gHa-kgU

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 04:30 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXBckFyiMyU

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 04:31 (thirteen years ago) link

69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll

Phoenix in Flight (Cattle Grind), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 04:35 (thirteen years ago) link

The Alkaholik's... great group

Ervin "Death Grip" Michaels (res), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 05:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Coincidentally am listening to the O.C. - Word... Life album this morning. Never thought to call it "old" but then I suppose I am old myself so n/m.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 10:45 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi2Zdy6wp3g

meisenfek, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 10:47 (thirteen years ago) link

sens unik - "le repas"

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 11:00 (thirteen years ago) link

stetsasonic - "all that jazz"

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 11:01 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGucD4k1exo

meisenfek, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 11:02 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YybgC9V5Yaw

meisenfek, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 11:06 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vldvtc56q28

meisenfek, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 11:18 (thirteen years ago) link

this shit is so monochromatic

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 14:35 (thirteen years ago) link

spearhead - "red beans and rice"

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 14:39 (thirteen years ago) link

i recently discovered how awesome Schoolly d is

Kyrgyham (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 14:41 (thirteen years ago) link

all day last sunday:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fg2NRCB9Sc

Wishes he picked a cooler name. Fat. (will), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 14:43 (thirteen years ago) link

great thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QdgC6w0gL4

no one could do it better

solid yet bouncy (herb albert), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 14:44 (thirteen years ago) link

lol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IEuJkYRggA

watch out you don't get any on you @ 1:34

Wishes he picked a cooler name. Fat. (will), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 14:57 (thirteen years ago) link

I like my pockets fat and not flat.

I Smell Xasthur Williams (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 15:49 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah, schoolly d - "psk/gucci time" is all-time classic, especially played at 45rpm

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 15:49 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxpwfm6G1ZM

meisenfek, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:21 (thirteen years ago) link

damn, that was the rong one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4anAKdiIf8Q

meisenfek, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:23 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCn7nVOV4wM

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 06:33 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk6YhfpXUSs&feature

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 06:34 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZVMT_itVC4

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 06:45 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj31LWPjFoc

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 06:46 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBgvwO-i6ls

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 06:47 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNnoUyYDDhA

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 06:58 (thirteen years ago) link

HA! <3 for bringing back the treacherous3

meisenfek, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 10:13 (thirteen years ago) link

http://vote08.freedomblogging.com/files/2008/08/time-machine.jpg

meisenfek, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 10:16 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lhJ5o53G9I

meisenfek, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 10:33 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKvl1kzbp-k

solid yet bouncy (herb albert), Thursday, 15 April 2010 18:45 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOHvOhADAic

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 15 April 2010 23:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Brutha Lynch Hung
Black Moon - enta da stage

Phoenix in Flight (Cattle Grind), Thursday, 15 April 2010 23:45 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrSgpusp7PA&NR=1

solid yet bouncy (herb albert), Monday, 19 April 2010 14:53 (thirteen years ago) link

quarterbackin is one of e40s best, and the quik remix is really fun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGUVJvNGcTQ

four square ups... no punches thrown (Spottie), Friday, 24 February 2023 00:08 (nine months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89ED2DNja90

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Appreciate

corrs unplugged, Friday, 24 February 2023 13:24 (nine months ago) link

^^satisfying as hell

there's no dogg pound topic!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bajNCewcAXE

tha dogg pound feat tray dee — "reality" (1995)

thought about polling this album but since snoop got the rights to death row, none of it's on streaming!

up and down. SO FAST! stay together.💙 (Austin), Saturday, 25 February 2023 21:22 (nine months ago) link

Let's Play House is a fav

waiting for a czar to fall (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 February 2023 21:36 (nine months ago) link

And "Dogg Pound Gangstaz"

waiting for a czar to fall (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 February 2023 21:36 (nine months ago) link

about 90% of the album is still damn good. "respect", "smooth", and "so much style" were always my favorites.

up and down. SO FAST! stay together.💙 (Austin), Saturday, 25 February 2023 21:46 (nine months ago) link

this beat is so dreamy.

pete rock+large professor — "the rap wrld" (1996)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQs_HJ7szXQ

in retrospect large professor was pretty trash on the mic.

.austinuos, plug forth. (Austin), Thursday, 9 March 2023 18:09 (eight months ago) link

*"the rap world"

also yeah, that's a grap luva cameo.

.austinuos, plug forth. (Austin), Thursday, 9 March 2023 18:10 (eight months ago) link

aaw I like those verses

good vibes

corrs unplugged, Friday, 10 March 2023 09:07 (eight months ago) link

he didn't want to ill
he just wanted to chill
and keep his hand around a hundred dollar bill

(+do some of best production of the era, whatever)

(speaking of...)

LONGPOSTING

this post was inspired by voodoo chili's shout for "in these streets." thank you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq95c8x0jOE

the grouch — "over/evaluation" (1998)

growing up the way i did where i did, i figured most music fans of similar preference had a similar path. all across the world, we all knew about the same records and you chose what you chose and all paths would have a similar outline or arc. the theme of that —"everyone will always understand the context of everything i do, physically and emotionally, because their experience exactly and explicitly mirrors my own"— was my basic upbringing. but on my own, i applied it to music fandom with specific value because, well hi i'm posting here.

it's a fundamental flaw in the way i was raised and i've spent my entire life sorting it out. besides the obvious mental health issues it raises, it manifests in the weirdest, most idiosyncratic ways sometimes. in regards to music, it caused me to hear things and understand them as "this is objectively good and emotive music for _______ reasons" and when i encountered people who simply didn't like it and maybe casually passed it off as "yeah whatever" or "not my thing" i took them as actually making vicious insults because they were feeling the same emotive things i felt, but chose to exclude me. almost like damn, "devs made these npcs pricks. this game is gonna be hard af." the implication also being that i was breaching "unauthorized" territory by mentioning things such as "i like independent hiphop."

but i digress. (this will not be the first time you hear this. i apologize.)

that recent pitchfork 90s list made me think about all this stuff for the first time in several years. i was so dysfunctional back then with regards to how i thought about everything around music and i can't help but think my "i like independent hiphop" phase was the genesis of all that. it bred insularity. in one of my favorite songs of the 90s, it's the grouch's entire fucking thesis. and he usually had two or three tracks like this on all of his albums. and those albums were usually 60+ minute affairs, originally released on cassette only, once a year. like his crew living legends you could find the them pretty easily in larger city record shops all up and down the west coast, as long as they did consignment or dealt with one-stop distributors. this track is the closer on his fourth album, fuck the dumb (did i mention anything about insularity in the scene?).

even though outhouse did eventually do vinyl and cds, it was music that was best served by cassette. my car, like most back then, had a cassette player and an am/fm radio and i mean fuck the radio. so the lopey mpc/asr beats and small budget aesthetic were the soundtrack to about 75% of my late high school and early college drive time. i always liked certain songs in that context a lot, but whenever i'd try to put them into a mixtape or (cringe) dj set at the club, instant vibe kill. another thing i internalized and figured i was just wrong about.

but ever since that list, i've had this running thought in my head: i was like the perfect age range for "the 90s pop experience™©" and i had a completely stupid path lol. how did i fuck that up so badly?! for a further video game-esque analogy: i feel like i got so far into an obscure sidequest that i forgot how to get back into the main area for a little while. but goddammit, i figured that sidequest the fuck out. seriously, how did i skip nirvana completely at the time (and even now, i don't like that music) but end up unconditionally loving stuff that they were a clear influence on. something something sound of the era, "music of their youth resonates with dementia patients", etc.

but i digress.

my black and white attitude about music at the time lead me to believe that some things, simply for aesthetic reasons, and even those that i had previously liked, were all bad. "over/evaluation" has many strikes against it. everyone in living legends pretty much did their own beats and wrote their own raps and yeah: it was DIY. the grouch was always my favorite. he had the best beats. like a lot of 90s producer/mcs, his raps were not the most impressive. he was also my favorite in legends because he seemed the most personable. ultimately considering when and where these guys were doing their thing, it all ended up a little self-indulgent. i mean, it's a good "perseverance!" vibe he's conveying in the song, but like any 90s rapper worth anything, he has to mention his genitals within the first verse. and that's probably the most interesting thing he talks about in the entire song. sigh.

so it went for most living legends stuff. they had some larger distribution for a while in the early 2000s and murs (who pretty much made his own name by doing outside collabs) was affiliated with them, so that raised their notoriety for a bit. i tried to revisit whole albums recently and it's mostly pretty boring music. the catalogues are kind of in piecemeal; only one mystik journeymen album is on streaming. they didn't have much to say, were simply proficient at productions, and i get the impression that a lot of them were heavy hallucinogen users or at least 24/7 weed smokers (independent hiphop: difficult mode).

but every once in a while, one of them would capture something quite earnest and remarkable. even this song, with the grouch babbling about his dick and not much else, has a really strong sense to it and i just _like_ the narrator. he's chill. i'm chill. i put it on after a very long drought recently and it was a hair raising moment. this is a really good song —and yeah, the beat is doing a lot of that work— BUT EVEN NOW, go `head and talk about yer dick bro. it's a vibe and i get it! tell me more about doing the dishes lol. idk, it just works here. good summation of indie and self-released music in general: not all great, but worthwhile if you're into it and may occasionally hit on something.

those guys kept going and they're still around. haven't checked them out in the last 20 years. i dunno, i guess i always had the sense back then that i didn't do drugs, i had never been to college, and i didn't know what anything they were talking about was like so i had no business listening to that music in the first place. i thought for sure that there was no way anyone who didn't already like that stuff could take it seriously. it was still an important musical step (+lesson) and i have to think that at least the grouch, much like his east coast counterparts, had impeccably good taste in his samples.

(that's also a donald byrd sample in "over/evaluation" btw)

anyway, thanks for reading if you have. this is probably my "POO" living legends track. i still don't know the main sample, but it has that wonderful time-stretched sp1200 glaze and that's what i'm here for. anyone else ever hear living legends? the folks who introduced them to me were an odd lot; libertarian hiphop types. i also got connected to the sacramento indie hiphop scene of the time through collabs and stuff on legends tapes. there were some weirdoes in that scene.

/LONGPOSTING

''can be prusuaded to show gayness'' (Austin), Saturday, 11 March 2023 20:42 (eight months ago) link

epilogue:
i beyond am relieved to find that my old reviews of fuck the dumb and making perfect sense seem to have not survived internet erosion.

''can be prusuaded to show gayness'' (Austin), Saturday, 11 March 2023 21:17 (eight months ago) link

i beyond

yep, leave the idiot typos for the short post. sure thing!

''can be prusuaded to show gayness'' (Austin), Saturday, 11 March 2023 21:19 (eight months ago) link

good track austin, thanks

you might relate to this booming post by tim f on the 77 tracks thread

People on ILM talk a lot about subjectivity, but usually in a high-handed and (TBH) narrowly-conceived way that doesn't really go far enough. It's not merely that people like different things for different reasons. It's also that every interaction we have with music is shaped by every single experience we have ever had that led us to that interaction, that we could have taken a small number of different steps in our life that might lead us to raise up Wet Leg and cast down Dry Cleaning rather than the reverse, and that would still be us, just a marginally different version of us; the terms in which we engage in the act of doing one or the other are really just a roadmap to our current state of being that no one else can precisely follow.

Realising this should prompt a certain humility in our taste, not just in the face of all the people who might feel differently, but perhaps more importantly in recognition of all the different versions of ourselves that also might have done so. And the act of critiquing music, increasingly for me at least, is less about asking "what is it in this music that allows me to enjoy it" and more about asking "what is it in this version of me, right now, that allows me to enjoy this music?"

corrs unplugged, Monday, 13 March 2023 08:38 (eight months ago) link

definitely love that! thank you.

here's some other mid-90s west coast indie from seattle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiDP0eGKi4Y

these dudes were more native tongues inspired and the beats are prrrreeeetttty fuckin dope across the board (thx for the jaco sample). free on bandcamp!

''can be prusuaded to show gayness'' (Austin), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:14 (eight months ago) link

sorry that's the do the math compilation on the tribal music label. 1996.

''can be prusuaded to show gayness'' (Austin), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:16 (eight months ago) link

(fav tracks are the ghetto children ones: "equillibrium" + "who listening" especially)

''can be prusuaded to show gayness'' (Austin), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:18 (eight months ago) link

ctrl+f found no instance of VONTEL. stumbled on this lost g-funk gem from phoenix AZ, album is full of dj battlecat beats and a few troutman features

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpAB16lVE04

https://www.passionweiss.com/2015/08/19/vontel-vision-of-a-dream-battlecat-g-funk/

anza808, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 03:28 (eight months ago) link

not at all random but I caught the Pharcyde (minus Bootie Brown) yesterday, very joyful, and wow what a jam Runnin' is - those kicks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwHuEDCM7xs

In Dilla Time, Dan Charnas recounts the story of the attempted subterfuge of Dilla’s first major beat placement. As crafted by the young producer, “Runnin’” feels wholly different from anything else from its era, mainly thanks to its unconventional kick drums, which hit in unexpected places and don’t repeat in a discernible pattern. But Fatlip didn’t think they sounded right. So during the session for the song, when the rest of his Pharcyde cohorts were out of the studio, he moved the kicks to fall in predictable places. When group member Tre returned, he was incensed. He and Fatlip came to blows over it. “All this over a beat?” Dilla thought to himself. But when the dust settled, Tre’s viewpoint won out. “We’re not changing it,” he told Dilla. “That’s your signature.”

https://www.theringer.com/2022/2/1/22911750/40-best-j-dilla-beats-common-jay-dee-de-la-soul-tribe-donuts

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 10:44 (eight months ago) link

never heard that vonte before! i love battlecat. listened to the whole album last night.

four square ups... no punches thrown (Spottie), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 19:46 (eight months ago) link

Yeah! Surprisingly above average MC and solid production. Love the Chaka interpolation on Don't Nobody.

That article above speculated on some "funded by drug money" lore and digging into the label Fo Life's discog it seems not at all shocking. Their only other full length release, "Stressin" by Bookie is chockfull of Battlecat beats, features Kurupt, E-40, Kool G Rap and Vontel himself. And is mastered by...Bernie Grundman!? lol. unfortunately not streaming but can be heard in full here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBTp1T7XgiI

anza808, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 20:51 (eight months ago) link

been missing bankroll fresh lately. guy could write a song. rip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5CIhUyJLmw

deadmauZedong (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 22 March 2023 22:17 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

a long time ago somebody told me one of my beats sounded like nujabes and i never took the cue to check him out. rectifying that...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orZdl3KqgzU

nujabes feat shing02 - "luv(sic) pt 2" (mid 2000s)

...and yeah, they were absolutely right. sadboi jazz chords+stiff drums is what i wanted to hear, so that's the kind of beats i made. granted, nothing near as stellar as this. shing02 is passable on the mic, but with a beat that dope he could've been rapping ABCs and it would've worked.

elsewhere, nujabes gets tf down-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XJFSTYryv4

nujabes - "world's end rhapsody" (2005)

not really relevant to the main topic here; essentially a re-edit of a northern soul 45. but much too hot of a jam not to post.

my beard exists more than i do. (Austin), Monday, 1 May 2023 20:52 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV11KxIF6hM

Chill Rob G - Rob's World (unreleased)

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 15 June 2023 11:15 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

I'd somehow never heard this epic before. Produced by--and featuring!--Stevie Wonder!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bglEOTeBtqM

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 8 August 2023 15:32 (three months ago) link

This article references plenty of random old rap

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/08/magazine/hip-hop-deaths.html

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 August 2023 17:16 (three months ago) link

pretty insensitive way to frame this article, man

ludicrously capacious bag (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 8 August 2023 17:28 (three months ago) link

Prob not random enough but i'm liking EPMD's Strictly Business a whole lot lately.

Deflatormouse, Tuesday, 8 August 2023 20:37 (three months ago) link

loving that e bros

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 9 August 2023 11:42 (three months ago) link

Prob not random enough but i'm liking EPMD's Strictly Business a whole lot lately.

― Deflatormouse, Tuesday, August 8, 2023 3:37 PM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

greatest rap group ever imo

this is SOOOOOOOOO FUCKING HYPE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy9Fun9CuZ4

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 14:51 (three months ago) link

^^ straight up classic

ludicrously capacious bag (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 15:06 (three months ago) link

the C stands for Cool Breeze
known as the champ
Freddy Calhoun
the coolest cutter at camp

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 15:09 (three months ago) link

been listening to a lot of jungle bros. hadn't really dove into their catalog before, beyond the first album. 'done by the forces of nature' is excellent, but i recently listened to their "lost" album 'j beez wit da remedy' for the first time, and it blew my mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO1pg39-AHw

ludicrously capacious bag (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 15:11 (three months ago) link

oh dang yeah that's awesome I wish I could hear that stuff for the first time again

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 15:12 (three months ago) link

there's the original (supposedly even weirder) version of Remedy that they did with Bill Laswell called Crazy Wisdom Masters which is floating around out there

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 15:13 (three months ago) link

I haven't heard it but I think Laswell put it up on bandcamp for a couple days before it was removed

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 15:13 (three months ago) link

oh shit i need to dig those up, this is crazy

ludicrously capacious bag (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 15:25 (three months ago) link

i found an article about it being available on laswell's bandcamp but the link went to a dead page :/

if you see it out there lmk!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 15:30 (three months ago) link

i have it, idk if i can post it here.

ANU (sisilafami), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 22:49 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR7VbTbeIzI

earosmith (Neanderthal), Monday, 21 August 2023 20:32 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

love this beat, they use the same little whistle sound as U.M.C.s on "Blue Cheese"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2asgFXe4Wgc

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 11 September 2023 21:53 (two months ago) link

I remember my gamer friends went nuts for “12 sided dice” on that album

Beyond Goo and Evol (President Keyes), Tuesday, 12 September 2023 01:22 (two months ago) link

Loved Dream Warriors as a kid. I still go back and listen to a few songs now and then.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Tuesday, 12 September 2023 14:13 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

just a random observation about random old rap-
why was it that hiphop beats were always getting commandeered for r+b songs? like how was it that these hardcare hiphop heads were having such a delicate ear for samples? i always think of redman's "tonight's da nite" - they even literally pause the record to call him out for the "punk smooth shit" only to have the exact same beat come back on while he swears more freely lol. sure enough, that same isaac hayes sample showed up on a tlc remix a couple years later - and it sounded great!

anyway, always thought it was funny how so much 90s hiphop would go on about its own hardness. but so many of the beats were loops from old slow jams and then would get repurposed and flourish on as r+b hits for the next year or so.

(lol remember when jlo jacked the beatnuts? that was... huh yeah, that happened)

"another slice of death, please." (Austin), Sunday, 19 November 2023 18:16 (one week ago) link

wasn't it the other way around? crate diggers and producers would come across great rnb samples but to some degree couldn't themselves put them to use in that context because of a perceived schism between rap vs. rnb

corrs unplugged, Monday, 20 November 2023 11:35 (one week ago) link

That Beatnuts bite definitely annoyed younger me.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Monday, 20 November 2023 15:31 (one week ago) link

same, but that really was snobbish of me

corrs unplugged, Monday, 20 November 2023 17:43 (one week ago) link

Yeah, I mean the bite is pretty hard, like they barely even tweaked it at all. But I care less about that stuff now.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Monday, 20 November 2023 19:03 (one week ago) link

(lol remember when jlo jacked the beatnuts? that was... huh yeah, that happened)

stopped into the old bucksters just now and you'll never guess what was playing...

anyway—
ya'll remember sporty thievz? they were dope! i think "no pigeons" was one of the last true "answer records" to gain any sort of traction. they were one of the groups that i always liked because they were basically picking up on the too $hort/snoop school of not givin a fuck "we don't luv dem hoez" rhyming and jeep beats. i was mostly into backpacker shit at the time, but always checked for them because these dudes could fucking rap circles around most folks. and you knew they were certified because when rawkus did the amadou diallo benfit album (not on streaming, grrrr), they were on it.

besides "no pigeons" i always thought it was funny that the thing they were most known for previously was... basically the same song with a different beat lol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdJzbH3nBtc
sporty thievz — "cheapskate" (1997)

of course, they got cut short when marlon brando (not to be confused with the hollywood actor) died in a freak car accident. i remember reports at the time saying that he saw the car coming and was only in harm's way to get other people out of there. idk if he "saved someone's life" or whatever, but damn: twenty fucking two. respect.

"another slice of death, please." (Austin), Sunday, 26 November 2023 22:47 (six days ago) link


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