Friday, March 5, 2010

//Riddim Right Mix #1: Mansions

Any time is a perfect time to conjure the spirit of Tupac Shakur, and Esco of the dancehall duo Leftside & Esco just released a full riddim based on the sublime acoustic version of "Thugz Mansion" which was released posthumously on the 2002 album Better Dayz.

Nas also used the song on his God's Son album, and I always loved the descriptive detail of his first verse ("missionaries pass out papers that read 'Love God'"). Now in 2010 Elephant Man straight murders the updated riddim with conscious lyrics and tune after tune follow with good vibes from some of my favorite reggae singers.

I can already count the number of Jamaican riddims I am feeling in 2010 on two hands, which has inspired me to start a new series of "Riddim Right" mini-mixes wherein I can juggle my favorite new ones and dig up my favorite old ones on 7" vinyl. Enjoy.

Riddim Right Mix #1 - Mansions

Nas "Thugz Mansion (NY)"
Elephant Man "Mansions"
Esco the Shocker "Blessings"
Rollin X f/ Stratdon "To Mi Father"
Jah Cure "Love You Anyway"
Etana "True Love"
Alaine "Bring It Back"
Wayne Marshall "Everywhere I Go"
2PAC f/ Nas & J.Phoenix "Thugz Mansion (Acoustic Version)"