Friday, February 26, 2010

Guilty Pleasures - Entry #3

In theory as a current member of XXL’s Freshmen 10, Pittsburgh Pistolvania’s Wiz Khalifa, as well as the other purported additions to this year’s class, have been placed on a pedestal of some sort that would theoretically galvanize their musical careers. Only time will tell what becomes of their (2010 freshmen) respective careers. Wiz Khalifa and his unofficial running mate New Orleans’s Curren$y  (’09 Freshman Class member) are the new generations Mef and Red, based on their evident  chemistry (How Fly) and affinity for that green made clear in their music catalogues. What’s more, these smokin’ patnas are working on a movie similar to How High. I realize this is a lofty comparison but it is not so far-fetched. Their lyrical talents may be subpar in comparison to the aforementioned seasoned veterans, but these young artists are in their pubescent stages of the careers and stand to only get better, right?
In either case, Wiz Khalifa’s debut single from Warner Bros (he has since severed ties with this major label), Say Yeah is an interesting song to say the least. It samples Alice Deejay’s techno/trance hit, Better Off Alone, and to some extent adjusts it to hip-hop standards; just barely that is. Wiz’s track brings up memories that should otherwise be forgotten, memories I tucked deep between my memory banks, thanks Wizzy for the memories. That said this ‘08 single still gets plenty of play on my iPod today but that’s off the record, on the q-t, and very hush-hush.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

OPEN YOUR MIND CASE 18: Bobo Meets Rhettmatic

Bobo Meets Rhettmatic is a mixtape project that finds the familiar hip-hop faces of Eric Bobo, lead percussionist for contemporary marijuana enthusiasts Cypress Hill, and DJ Rhettmatic of the World Famous Beat Junkies doing what they do best. These two hip-hop mainstays are obviously in their natural element, imaginatively fusing Bobo’s renowned and well coveted percussionist talents with the honed skills of turntablist Rhettmatic. The result of this auditory union is pleasing, as it is able to capture hip-hop’s rudimentary stages. Unbeknownst to the casual listener this collaborative effort may appear as a forced pairing of talents, a spur of the moment project if you will; however, having performed together on several occasions this seems like a natural progression for this capable duo. Nevertheless, given their individual stock and the range of tracks covered one would expect better work. In my humble opinion Bobo Meets Rhettmatic drags and gets old quickly but it’s still worth checking out.


Bobo Meets Rhettmatic

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Georgia & Declaime feat. LMNO - fOnk w/an O

Celebrating the physical release of their new collaborative album, Georgia & Declaime released yet another track from said project, SomeOthaShip. FOnk w/ an O features Long Beach rapper, LMNO and the track finds the partners in rhyme exploring spirituality amongst other topics. To celebrate the February 23rd physical release date for SomeOthaShip, Georgia & Declaime will be performing a handful of shows, in addition to an in-store meet-and-greet at Fat Beats, New York and a show at SOBs, both scheduled for tonight.

Georgia & Declaime feat. LMNO - fOnk w/an O