Wednesday, March 24, 2010

//March Goes Out Like a Lion..

//In the home stretch of what some of us educators call The Long March, I'm blessed to be throwing down at some incredible events. This time around I think I'll just let the images speak for themselves.

//Much love to Devil's Pie fam un.D.fine, WonWay, Paloma and DoDat -- Soul Sessions peoples The ReMitch and LA fam Phatrick and Roza, and the homies Beatnick, Mr. Mention and Bency down in San Diego. Southern Cal we'll see you this weekend! 1neLuv..

Saturday, March 20, 2010

//Riddim Right Mix #2: TAXI

//Inspired by OG producer Ski's comeback record "Taxi" with Mighty Mos, I ran it alongside one of my favorite riddims of all time, the immortal "Unmetered Taxi" Riddim of course by the legendary Sly & Robbie & the Taxi Gang. Then I was reminded of how elusive the Souls of Mischief "Taxi Song" demo was in the '90s (so named because it sampled the theme song from the late-'70s/early '80s Emmy-award winning TV series Taxi) -- and how excited I was to find the sample record in a dollar bin of a now-defunct South Side Chicago record store.

I'm having hella fun with these Riddim Right mixes, I don't know about you. Free Buju!

Riddim Right Mix #2 - TAXI

Ski Beatz f/ Mos Def "Taxi"
Ambelique "Taxi"
Buju Banton "Driver A"
Lone Ranger "Learn to Drive"
Wayne Wonder "Fast Car"
Souls of Mischief "Cab Fare"
Bob James "Angela (Theme from "Taxi")"

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)"