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Monthly Archives: August 2011

MUSIC WORLD: “TAKE IT BACK TUESDAY” – A Tribute to Ashford and Simpson

For this week’s Take it Back Tuesday, I’ve dedicated this post to the memory of Nick Ashford, the male half of the soul duo Ashford and Simpson. Along with his wife, Valerie Simpson, they penned numerous big tracks for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, and Chaka Kahn. Ashford lost his battle with prostate cancer at the age of 70. To commemorate his death, enjoy Ashford and Simpson’s hit “Solid.”

This has to be a karaoke favorite! You can read more information about their legacy and his death HERE.

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MUSIC WORLD: DJ Kid Clay’s “Clay Creation Volume II (The Survival)” Mixtape

DJ Kid Clay has been featured on this blog previously, most notably for “Free Mix Fridays.” While still working on perfecting his craft, DJ Kid Clay took the time to develop a new mixtape blending and mixing various genres. Check out “Clay Creation Volume II (The Survival)” below. The mixtape is a mixture of Top 40/Dance Hits and Hip-Hop. Press play.

About the mixtape:

With the release of Clay Creation Vol. I in March (2011) and the reception it received, it was a perfect time to release Volume II. Volume I was an energetic compilation of songs blended and scratched by DJ Kid Clay. The Mixtape consisted of songs by premiere artists in the music industry from that was broken down into 3 different genres (Dance, Hip-Hop, & Reggae). Volume II is delivered with the same formula with a wide variety of songs blended and scratched at an level of high energy. Featuring tracks from LMFAO, Dev, Drake, Frank Ocean, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and more, Clay Creation Vol. II promises to please fans of Hip-Hop and Dance/House music. While the first Clay Creation focused on the definition and meaning of creation itself, Volume to explores the art of survival.

His superior blending skills are made evident with this release. I’ve never heard such fluid transitions. He’s doing what you can’t… good job!

Make sure you follow DJ Kid Clay on Twitter and Facebook and check out his official website for up-to-the-minute updates and the official tracklist.

MUSIC WORLD: My Fave “Watch the Throne” Tracks + “Otis” Video

Just like most of the fans of Jay-Z, Kanye West, and hip-hop in general, I was up last Sunday night downloading Watch the Throne from iTunes. And after listening for a little over a week, I have my own [humble] opinion on how I feel the album should’ve flowed and what tracks should’ve been bonuses. Reviews are fun and all and I’ve read some hilarious ones (See: Ghostface and Complex), but I think this presents me the opportunity to take what we’ve been given and  present the top 3 tracks that fit what I expected from Watch the Throne. Check it.

Disappointment aside, I still think this album presented a point of view few rappers, or even humans, could honestly relate to. People seemed surprised that Kanye and Jay went so far into “black excellence, opulence, decadence,” but I feel like their rhymes have always been slightly out of touch to us regular people. When was the last time you heard Kanye rap about Polo? So why are you surprised he referenced Margiela? Anywaydoe, of the 15 tracks we were presented with, I have compiled the three that most fit my expectations for Watch the Throne, in no particular order.

1. “N*ggas in Paris” – I feel like this is the polarizing track of the album. Either you love it or you feel like it’s overrated. Well I personally love this song. The title alone is enough to get me excited. The content, the production (with the beat change), and the whole feel of the song is what I wanted from the ENTIRE tracklist of Watch the Throne. It’s loud and the beat keeps you on your toes.

2. “Illest Motherfu**er Alive” – Ignore the 3 minute pause for dramatics and this song is definitely a standout track for the album. Again, it fits exactly what I wanted from the two of them. Hard sounds, braggadocios rhymes, and Kanye going on a rant about Russells? What else could you ask for? We’ll ignore Jay-Z bringing up Michael Jordan AND the Beatles again since it fits the theme of the song.

3. “Gotta Have It” – This song give me the stink face, no lie. And it causes me to bob my head at neck-injuring strength. Okay, so what Kanye references “Racks on Racks” and rhymes it with Maybachs on Bachs (on Bachs)? He got Jay-Z shouting out Chicago intersections and this production is so nasty, I can’t wait to see this live. This is the feel I was expecting from the album, totally. I wish it were longer.

Honorable Mention:

“No Church in the Wild” 

What are your thoughts? These aren’t by far my list of favorite tracks, but these are the tracks I expected from an album from two hip-hop heavyweights. But while you’re here, check the video for their first single “Otis.” Two n*ggas having fun.