Archive for May, 2011
After DJ MoonDawg dropped this exclusive earlier this week – the radio friendly and tagged version – he’s now been nice enough to liberate the untagged and dirty version. What a guy!
Kelly Rowland’s version of “Motivation” is currently has the #1 Rap/R&B song in the country, so now let’s see what the other Kelly can do with it.
Gone but not forgotten.
Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York, his book publisher reported. He was 62. The influential poet and musician is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”
Scott-Heron was born in Chicago in 1949. He spent his early years in Jackson, Tenn., attended high school in The Bronx, and spent time at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University before settling in Manhattan. His recording career began in 1970 with the album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, which featured the first version of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” The track has since been referenced and parodied extensively in pop culture.
Scott-Heron continued to record through the 1970s and early ’80s, before taking a lengthy hiatus. He briefly returned to the studio for 1994’s Spirits. That album featured the track “Message to the Messengers,” in which Scott-Heron cautions the hip-hop generation that arose in his absence to use its newfound power responsibly. He has been cited as a key influence by many in the hip-hop community — such as rapper-producer Kanye West, who closed his platinum-selling 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with a track built around a sample of Scott-Heron’s voice.
Scott-Heron struggled publicly with substance abuse in the 2000s, and spent the early part of the decade in and out of jail on drug possession charges. He began performing again after his release in 2007, and in 2010 released a new album, I’m New Here, to widespread critical acclaim.
As I’m sure most of you have heard by now, Gangsta Gibbs showed up at the Metro last night to assist Curren$y in performing the ALC-produced “Scottie Pippens”. Check the 7:24 mark. Last time Gibbs was on stage at the Metro, he performed that very same verse acapella. Bet you didn’t realize that.
Speaking of Scottie, who would’ve thought that he was a LBJ fan? Personally, I’d take MJ any day. Pippen’s trippin’.
Shot & chopped by Elijah Alvarado & J. Seyf for Elephilms.
Hollywood Holt goes in over some Mano production for this joint from his upcoming album. 6 minutes, Hollywood you’re on.
Last night, Spitta’s Jet Life Tour blew through the Windy City, and had the Metro packed to capacity. Upon entering the venue, I was told by a friend that Wiz Khalifa was in the building. Of course I figured it was hearsay, as why would Wiz just randomly be in the Windy City, but much to my surprise, a few minutes later he took the stage alongside Curren$y. They ran through the “Super High” remix and posed for the crowd for a few minutes, and the place absolutely erupted. No one expected to see that.
Acting like Chicago was his second home, Curren$y then brought out Freddie Gibbs to close the show with “Scottie Pippen” – another unexpected cameo. Look for footage of that coming soon.