Monday, February 28, 2011

My Top 3 Hip Hop Songs of All Time

Now this isnt official so dont like quote me on this but debatably my favorite 3 rap songs of all times are as follows.

No. 1 "Get up Get out" by Outkast
I heard this for the first time on my satalite radio a few years back. This song has always been a classic to me and although I like Outkast he isnt like my favorite artist so its weird he (and the features on the track) take first place. This song to me just has such a pure sound with pure flows and raps. Just unreal the sound and flow and the style they pulled off on this track.
Favorite lines- Cuz every job I get is cruel and deminin', sick of taking trash out and toliet bowl cleanin'. "But im also sick and tired of struggilin, never ever thought I would resort to drug smuggilin."
"But in the middle school, I was a bigger fool, I wore a tanktop to show off my tatoo thought it was cool"
"Graduation rolled around like rolly pollies, da** thats ****** up I should have listened when my mama told me"
And so many more

No. 2 "Drop" by the Pharcyde
This song was a little more popular (in its time obviously) and is fairly new to me (probably about half a year?) none the less its still so sick. Again its the style and flow that make this song so sick. My only complain is at the end they have a hole bunch of the beat playing with some useless voice talking. Sick song.. again kind of new to me but thats why I said this is not my official top 3.
Fav lines "...wonderin why, why man? It was the fame that they tried to get now they walkin around talkin about represent, and keep it real"
"Got them mad and trembiln, cuz ive been up in my lab assemblin"
really weird yet rad how the beat comes in on this one.

No. 3 "Ghetto Diplomat" by Chali 2na
Not sure if this makes no 3 but yeah. This song im suer I have mentioned before sick song great beat done by Numark and just a sick song love the way they set up the verses and drop back in when you think he is done.
fav line "Yo, Tuna the smoke jumper, packin' my oral cannon, bustin from Okinawa Japan to Laurel Canyon" I love this its the first line but I love how it shows how the beat matches the lyrics and how the beat slowly climbs down towards the end really solid entry
also I love the "Im tuna fish nigga..." when he drops in for the last verse.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

60 gig mile mark

I would just like to inform you of a momentus occasion I have been waiting for for quite some time. With the addition of my oriental relaxation mix I have now hit 60 gigs of music. This is a good moment for me! Kind of a useless post but it was a legit event for me.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

"Freestyle: The Art of Ryhme" "Chali 2na"

I recently watched the film "Freestyle: The Art of Ryhme". I would suggest to anyone who likes hip hop or even just wants to like it to watch this film. Its truely an epic film in my eyes because this is the first documentary that covers all areas of freestyle hip hop and really gives you the roots of hip hop and a small taste of the real deal. I guess my favorite part of this movie was it was not just a bunch of random names they wanted to glorify they took the best in the business. Sway and King Tech (the guys who do "The Wake Up Show" I highley suggest you check out their radio show), they cover a lot of the Supernatural vs Juice battle, they do the supernatrual and Craig G (both battles) and they have some of Biggies raps from when he was younger and again just a bunch of great names you even see my fav 2na do a little talking It has a dope scene with both Cut Chemist and DJ Numark at the same time spinning a song. Great documentary its worth getting and watching forsure if you like hip hop.

Afterward I was youtubing around and pulled a bunch of Chali 2na feature tracks. I will just post a few of my favs (of the ones I pulled last night about 3 A.M.)
On this track I really dig the beat- not so much the beat but the sounds that are going on with it. Really cool

This next one is pretty cool to

Here is another! this one moves a little more. This one he does with "Planet Asia"- aslo featured in the documentary.

This one he does with "Fatlip". I havent heard him before but I picked up an album by him ill be sure to check it out. This sounds a LOT like what 2na and Dj Format did together.
This is one he did with Dj Format. This song reminds me alot of work thats when I used to listen to it ha.

Well there is a few if you want more ask that is only the surface. Please let me know which are your favs or if you werent such a fan. Thanks and please watch that movie its pretty cool its a little over an hour.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

"Alan Silverstri" and Amazing Grace

Im not sure if I have posted this one I dont think I have its a really good piece a bit slower than most and kind of a sad nastalgic feeling one its a piece done by "Alan Silverstri" from the film "Cast Away." (awesome movie). The video I found also has another track done by Silverstri from the "Forest Gump" soundtrack. Both of which are really cool. I really like the Cast Away piece though but I chose this video with the other one on it because it has the good part of the Cast Away score. (Kaylee the Forest Gump piece at the end I see fitting for your "sleeping" cd request tell me if that sound about right? or do you want more music with words)

Lately I have been studying up and learning about my family roots and name. So in the spirit of Scotland here is a absolutely beautiful song that im sure you are all familiar with. My favorite version I have on a cd but here is a version I found on line. "Amazing Grace" played on the bagpipes.

Hey my mom just called so im going to talk to her enjoy!

Friday, February 18, 2011

"Dennis Kamakani"- Wile im at it

I have to present tommorrow morning in my slack key guitar (a Hawaiin style of guitar playing) class a presentation on "Dennis Kamakani" so I figured wile I was at it I would post up some of his songs. I youtubed him and the first one that popped up is one he did for the Lilo and Stitch movie. This is simpley beautiful piece not super slack key style but nonetheless a nice pleasent song that reminds me of Hawaii... where I live :)

This one is the typical Hawaiin jam sesh done by the pros really cool sorry the quality is not the best

I think this next one is the one I will use in my presentation tommorrow.

I would strongly suggest you look into slack key guitar a little more its Hawaiis clame to fame in the guitar world. I really think this would mix extremely well with Folk music, I would love to see Kamakani do a few tracks with Normon Blake.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Barbershop Music

My memory has been fired back up due to a video we watched in my English class. Randomly my professor showed us a video of a barbershop music competition he was in. Then I remembered a type of music I have completely forgotten about!
In Jr. High school we had an assembly and one of the opening acts 3 or 4 teachers did a barbershop song and I remember loving it. Strange enough that is what I was into in jr. high but I wasnt really that into music then (or at least I didnt realize it) so I didnt pay much attention and its taken til now to rembemer.
I dont have any of this kind of music in my library and I have no leads really to go off of either to find any so I have just been messing around on you tube. Im finding it a bit hard considering either its a really old crappy recording or its just supposed to humorus. But I have been searching around for about 45 and I have found this one that I think is a pretty good taste of it I think its just 4 high school kids but its really good. The second song is awesome- the bass did a great job!
Horay for my sister teaching me how to "hyperlink" ha no more copy and paste problems.

Barbershop is typically a quartet but I have heard some choirs do it as well. Here is another video I found (not a choir though ha).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Burt Bacharach" "Collie Buddz"

I have been feelin a little more jazzy lately so I cracked into some new soundtracks I figure would give that vibe. Im currently listening to a song for the first time that I like from the "Casino Royale" (James Bond) soundtrack titled the "Look of Love". If you notice there are voices so obviously it needed more than just the film score producer so this one (as it states on the album cover) was done and or helped by a guy named Dusty Springfield. Keep in mind this is the Casion Royale from 1967

Wow I apologise I just got carried away listening to different music for probably an hour haha so yeah im on a bit of a different page now. This next artist has nothing to do with the one before but their a solid group you have probably heard of called the "Collie Buddz." If you guys followed the blog earlier you would have heard these guys on the Kya Bamba mix tapes. Here is a pretty dope song by them it always reminds me of Andrew Harris he liked these guys. They have a bit more of the reggae hip hop fusion deep beat sound. Try em out this one is one of their more famous one called come around.

Here is another one called "Blind to you". Another one of their more pop songs.

This one popped up on the Kya Bamba mix tapes I almost like the Kya Bambas mix sounds better but here is the original.

WOW I cant get the Link to copy does anyone know why it wont let you copy and paste sometimes?!

any way the song is called "Hustle" look it up.

Sorry about the random genre switch haha. But anyway enjoy I cant finish this post sorry but I have just been asked to go play water polo...

Please comment and let me know what you liked and didnt and what you want to hear more of PLEASE

Monday, February 14, 2011

I could use a lover. "Bob Marley"

Here are some love songs- one of which me and Justin are listening to this very moment as we sit on his bead... both lover-less.
This was one of the few songs that got me into Bob Marley. This is one called "Mellow Mood" by Bob Marley. On my uke I have carved into the side Mellow Mood Has Got Me. I really like this song it has always been a favorite- the one on the released version (or at least on the songs of freedom compilation) is not my favorite version this one is.

I think im actually going to put up a few more Marley classics. Stir it up- this version is really good I like this one a lot. I have always been more of a fan of his older sound but obviously his later sound was still awesome!

This song is really good im not sure why he never reccorded it later when the technology was a little better. The chorus isnt my favorite in this song but the verses are beautiful. I wish someone would make a good acoustic version.

This song really sums up my valentines day :) I hope you like it infact in sums up my take on women. They ruin just about everyting except for a good meal.

Sorry I had many more songs I wanted to post but my homies are going to play basketball so I must! Maybe I will post later but enjoy these classics and find a lover!


Friday, February 11, 2011

"Khumbula" "Insingizi"

Here is a taste of some more modern African music- however its as clear as day it comes from obviousl older African roots. This is a pretty good song I really like what has been done here- they made a more modern day song with the typical verse then chorus setup (like any rock song) and they used pretty regular sounding instraments and style but when they start to sing the chorus and the back ups come in its typical African which I think is really cool. I couldnt find the song on YouTube so I pulled it off of a different website- you have to click on the little pink album thing to play the song. Sorry about that

Here is another one that is pretty cool I like this one especially toward the end. I have no idea whats on the video but listen to the song haha.

On the topic of African Jams here lets get some more of the choir sound. This music may be a little strange to you at first but its so beautiful some of the best I think. "Insingizi" is the Artist. I love how it kind of switches thing up a little bit at like 1:20. Really great piece I remember listening to this among other things before class started at 7:45 my Jr. year of high school sitting in my car freezing but the music was to good to get out.
Here is another one by "Insingizi". I have one of his albums that I got in a box set of African music that was really the first of it. This is by the same guy but not of the album I have. However this track is balling. Truely beautiful makes me want to go to Africa and just sing and chill with some giraffes.
Here is another one of my favorites. This one is called "Jerusalem" and you can pick out the words in the song. I love how the prenounce hallelujah.

Please comment and tell me what you think. If you like either style please let me know I have more.

"Tony Bennnett" "Frank Sinatra" "John Mayer-where the light is"

As I turned on my pod today and wondered what to listen to I went on my most played playlist and number 1 on the list is still "New York State Of Mind" by Billy Joel done by him and Tony Bennett. I found this on the Tony Bennett "Playing with my friends" album. I suggest you get this one you can get it at the OP. AWESOME ALBUM some really great names on that cd with Tony Bennett. Anyway here is the song. I hope you chose to get on my blog right as I post this because it will be later at night and when batter to enjoy some bluesie jazzy style music?
WOW Im so sorry but I cant find the recording of the song on youtube.
Here is the album version but its on a different website. Just pus play!

Yeah this one was a little difficult to find to so dont mind the video just listen to the music like I said before just open it in a different tab and it will automatically start playing. This one I got from a different ablum I did not rip into my computer wich was a mistake because it was great. This was the first track and it truely is amazing.

Here of course a classic from Frank Sinatra. Just figured we would I would throw it in here in the mood! A more popular track from him nonetheless wonderful. Me and Justin sing this song together probably like 3 times a day. We sang this in the bathroom wile taking a team crap and someone else was in there to. It was epic.

So lets move a little bit away from the jazzy end and hit up a little more blues and rock sound. Lets jump to some John Mayer. Now let me just say now seeing as how I usually hate pop artists John Mayer is AMAZING. He is very talented and has a LOT of good music. The stuff on the radio is a little dry I will give you that but when you get into his real stuff especially with the trio its unreal (steve jordan and Pino Palideno). Here are some from his "Where the Light Is" Video. An amazing concert video I would suggest getting if you like John Mayer at all. Even if you dont- still get it. Do actually watch the vedio of this one. This one is a Ray Charles cover of "I dont need no doctor". Get a load of the solos and brakedowns!

Here is another good one one of my favorites

MMM and enjoy some sweet smooth lovin.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

An easier way to listen to the music

I realized today while going through my blog that its annoying to click on a link or URL and have it pull you away from the blog page. So I would suggest clicking on it with the scroller of your mouse (the little black wheel thing you use to scroll) and it will pull it up on a different tab that way you dont have to watch the video which is usually just a picture of the album cover and you can keep reading and looking at other stuff. That way all you have to do is listen. If you dont have a mouse just right click it and choose open in a differnt tab.


Ok so I heard this live on my satalite radio and was blown away and at first I didnt believe this was a free style rap (they make it up as they go). This is seriously the sickest freestly rap I have ever heard I havent heard anything that comes close to this yet. Notice through the hole thing he does not swear once that is incredible that would be so hard a solid 99% of hip hop artists could not go this long without accidentaly swearing once.
My favorite lines are "I command the crowd..." that line
The neanderthal verse and the Pythagorean theorem are both unreal. Its crazy on such a hard topic as neandrethals he could come up with so much especially that relates to him and then when he hits the Pytag therom he had no idea what that even was but still made the SICKEST verse ever. I have listened to this rap so many times and im so lucky I found this. When you say freestyle rap these days the first name that comes to peoples minds is "eminem". Oh please. Sure he came out with the movie 8 mile and everyone thinks he is just so sick but watch some of his battles and you will realize hes not anywhere near that and not even CLOSE to this. Ill post a video of him battleing MC juice (super sick rapper) that is pretty good that eminen looses to (but its pretty close). Sorry its kind of hard to hear but there are some sweet lines. Take note as to had bad eminems style is regardless of his rymes. "mother F this Mother F that.." its so sloppy and bad when all MC's can do is swear.
Now, watch MC Juice battle Sueprnatural. Watch Juice just get DESTROYED.
Now this is only the first round. Thats it in a nutshell, but the other two rounds are way sick to and worth watching. however if your not really into the freestyle hip hop or battles just watch that first one but here is part 1 2 and 3. So sick of battles. Its debatable who wins but I think hand down supernatural although he didnt do as well in the 3rd round.
prt 1 skip to like 2:20 if you dont like the inroductions
prt 2 This part the second verse by nat is so sick
here is prt 3 super nat beinga bit of a baby though. granted the beat didnt really fit well at all even i was thinking... meh I wouldnt want that at a time like this but still.
3rd round it bothered me most although juice did this a few times he didnt go all the way up to his time which makes me think (with other reasons) although most of its a freestlye some of the lines were thought up inbetween rounds
So now lets think if if emeinem were to go up against super nat he would get destroyed. Natural even calls out eminem but he wont do anything about it because he knows better.
anyway a little freestlye hip hop for today. fun stuff

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Das EFX" "Slick Rick" "Craig Mac" and others

Lets go back to the roots of hip hop. Das EFX released this album 1992 back when hip hop was pure and wonderful. Now dont be disapointed- if you have never listened to original hip hop its a little werid and childish sounding at first but stick with it and you will realize how sick and how pure it is. In now a days rap its hard to find (at least with certain artists) songs were they just slay it and throw down sick verses. When I started listening to hip hop my friend gave me like 120 songs and at the time and only tow appealed to me really because I was never really a fan of rap. The two songs were "after dark" by Hieroglyphics (who knows how to spell it..) and "hip hop police". I liked these two songs cuz they just had a pure hip hop sound and I remember thinking wow I would love rap if only it sounded like this. As life went on I realized that is what real rap sounded like you just have to get away from most mainstream and pop rap and get into the real hip hop. So I actually stared listening to old school hip hop because I liked it so much better and now I listen to all of it but its weird I guess I started backwards than what most people do. The only reason i liked the song hip hop police was because of the verse slic rick has. Really not that crazy or good but that was all I had so I thought it was so sick. So anyway here is some tracks from Das EFX. these are all from the Dead Serious album. You can get it at the OP.
This one is called "Mic Checka" its the first on the album

I dont know why but the text just got smaller. My next favorie song was "If only". Some stellar rhymes in this one really smart love the way he plays with the rythm and deliveries of the ryhmes. At first I didnt though so give it time. I love the line with chewbaca. SO SICK

This next one is super dope it made it into the top 250 rap songs of all time. Love it when they they talk about bones they have such a unique style which is what I love about hip hop artists-when they are unique.

So yeah there are three from that album "Dead Serious"

Here are a few from slick rick. sorry out of juice so I wont talk about it anymore I will just post it (I know your so sad... ahaha)
you may think this one is a little weird but I like it ha

this one is pretty cool sorry the quality is not the best

this song is just sick and is by neither of the artists but here it is and here is the remix as well. tell me which you like better. I think i like the original but here. Its craig mac "flava in your ear" i used to listen to this one at the skate park
and here is the remix also VERY DOPE
the remix is unreal. Its so sick I didnt know this exsisted for a wile. but its so rad some incredible names on this track love Busta Rymes as always just slayin it. again some unreal names on this track sick they came together.

Monday, February 7, 2011

"Dj Kicks" "September Sessions" and "Shore Thing"

Ah another lonely day on my blog that no one reads :)

Alright again im chipping away at the large plethora of music I have been aquiring.

As I think I mentioned earlier a song called "non non non" by daddy G and Melaaz. As I was looking for the rest of the album that was called DJ Kicks I stumbled apon and decided to download an album that was by (and or put together by- hard to tell) Thievery corporation (probably one of the biggest names in that modern trip hop sound). So I downloaded it and its turning out to be pretty sweet. The album is not by thievery corporation it has a bunch of names on it but I think thievery corporation compiled it and may have mixed it a little. Some tracks I really like are the first two. SOUND AWESOME when played back to back they did a really good job with the transition.

The first song is called "Tropicando" done by Les Baxter. I have been listening around to him and he is pretty interesting.
What I love most about music and wish people could understand is that Music is all very simmilar regardless of the Genre. Would you have belived me that after listening to this album that the first song "trpoicando" is a piece from a 40's and 50's pop swing band? Yet here it is on a VERY modern sounding cd and style of music. I wish everyone would not label genres so quickly! haha

the 2nd track is called "Rebirth" by a group called "A forest Mighty Black.
This song is obviously way more modern than the first yet they stand side by side so well. I love the brake down at 2:20 in the song. its sick.

I have also been listenign to the september sessions soundtrack. If you like any of the other surf movie soundtracks like Thicker Than Water or The Drifter or A Broke Down Melody than I think you will like this one to. Justin Nickle always seems to have the inside scoop on the good surf movies and the soundtracks always are ballin. The reason I bring this one up (HOLLY BALLS HA CHALI 2NA just popped up on a track im listening to it from that album on a song I skipped the times before!) ha isnt that dope? Ahh I love it when that happens when you love artist and styles of music and then you see that your favorite artists also have that same taste. Espeically in hip hop you will find styles and artists you like and then you will be so stoked to here them featured or do a song with another artist you have also liked and then you realize that they are connected and its a good feeling. For example like with Chali 2na I was listening to an artist called "Tippa Ire" and bam they did a song together and I had also been browsing through some of "Dj Format" and I found one of them together so anyway something to think about. Like with Damian Marley I like a lot of his stuff and so its sweet to find him doing tracks with other more underground artists I like and low and behold I was watching a live vedio and randomly 2na came out and did a song on a live show with them. pretty cool. Anyway this happens a lot and im sure you guys reading have probably found simmilar connections.
So the sound track is "The September Sessions". It is from a surf movie and its pretty legit a bit more instramental and jazzy (if you will) than the others I have heard. some awesome tracks are on the cd like "Pirate Looks At 40" wich im sure I have mentioned previously in the blog again cool to see that pop up on a surf album that has always been a favorite of mine since Jr. High. You can find it on you tube now (it wasnt on there for forever but here is the link)
well i guess they pulled it off of you tube again. anwya the link is the same song but this time i think there is another song after so just listen to the first one.

K so the tracks im stoked about are these. ill just post them in a row they sound good back to back so i would suggest just playing all of them.
this one was the one i was talking about its called super bowl sunday by ozomatli (the band that 2na is in- as well as Jurassic 5 at least when they were together... sniff)
2nd is meaningliss conversation by "princes of babylon" as well as jack johnson
3rd is just a ballin song called "thug style" by "the september sessions band"
4th is also by the same band as the 3rd called "what would you rather do"
5th is a song called "Piglet's Lament" by beat down sound

anyway some good stuff from them.

As for my brother bren who has requested of me and or mentioned he likes some good steal drum music I have picked up an album called"tropical shores steel drum band" and the album is called "shore thing" creative hahaha. but anway bren if you can find that album its pretty solid just super basic chill steel drums.
If you like the steel drum music that just JAMS and will blow your mind its SUPER hard to find I cant find it but look for the new york conventions they have for steel drum groups its insane.

Sorry people to be stuck on this more bassy instramental bit lately but enjoy it and go to sleep with basslines in your head tonight