Some New Songs…

May 8, 2008

That I’ve been feeling recently.

Rapper Big Pooh – “Smile”
A feel good track from Pooh. He raps about his parents and struggles in a heartfelt manner. The beat goes hard too. I believe it was produced by Young RJ, a Detroit based producer whose done some excellent work for other Detroit area rappers like Phat Kat and Slum Village.

Grand Puba – “Cold World”
Puba sounds like he’s got a chip on his shoulder. While he doesn’t name anyone in particular, it’s apparent from the lyrics that many people have done wrong by him the past and he’s trying to put it behind him and regain some respect. I applaud his grind and persistence. If this is any indication of what Puba has in store, he will definitely make a few waves this year in the industry.

Playa’s Circle – “Look What I Got”
This is a candidate for beat of the year, but I wish the rapping complemented it a bit better. Whenever I get an instrumental version, I’ll post it.

Wale – “Rediscover Me”
I’m probably relatively late to react to this song, but f*ck it. Aqua (producer for Jay-Z’s “My First Song”) made the beat (which is very soulful btw) and Wale just raps about himself and what makes him a noteworthy, relevant emcee.

Kia Shine, 8Ball, and Young Buck – “The Kush”
Tennesee in the house! The song is a bit long (almost 8 minutes), but the last couple minutes features Shine talking over the instrumental, which is fine because the beat is phenomenal – a funky, jazzy, laid back type of vibe that reminds me something Willie Hutch would have played.

Some new Slow Motion Soundz/Paper Route tracks:
Lyrx, ST 2 Lettaz, and Jhi Ali – “Beat Down Low”
A lady-friendly track that bangs hard enough for the fellas. Lyrx sings for most of the song. ST and Jhi Ali contribute some solid verses. I really like Jhi Ali’s part at the end when the beat changes tempo. A highly enjoyable track overall.

Bi-Pola – “Like A Model”
A cool song about women who handle their shit. Along the lines of Webbie’s “I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T.” Check it out!

Let me also add that Block Beataz handles the production quite well on both SMS/PRG tracks.


Hood Headlinaz!

May 1, 2008

Keeping the SMS/PRGz theme alive, here’s some songs from the upcoming Paper Route Recordz album called Still Headlinin’. For those who don’t know “Hood Headlinaz” is the title of a compilation album released by Paper Route in 2005. Some of the group’s finest work is featured on that album and I highly recommend checking it out if you like what’s been posted thus far.

“Wood Grain”
This is the song I usually use to introduce people to SMS/PRGz. Numerous message boards, blogs, and major publications have written blurbs about this song over the past year. The haunting, calm sample from Poltergeist is used brilliantly by Mali Boi and the emceeing on it is superb.

Here’s a YouTube link to the Poltergeist theme:

“Bama Gettin Money”
What does this sample? I think I’ve heard it before. Anyway, this is one of the strangest choices of samples for a rap song that I can recall. The first few seconds do not give much of a hint of the type of rapping that follows as the vibe quickly changes from Eurotrash to hood shit. POPE kills the third verse.

A Diplo remix of “Bama Gettin Money”
I don’t think this will be on Still Headlinin, rather Leaving HuntsVegas, which is an upcoming mixtape that Paper Route is releasing in collaboration with another popular DJ named Diplo. I like this a lot, more great sample flippage by Diplo.

“Soul Glo”
I remember playing this for some friends of mine and the first thing they thought of was the song from the movie Coming to America. Another weird choice of sample, but it works great.

Clip of the Soul Glo commercial from Coming To America:

“Mz Thursday”
This is a cool song about womanizing. A great verse from Mata steals the show. Here’s an excerpt:

I met her on a Tuesday, comin outta Wal-Mart/
Pickin up some groceries, I seen how she was scopin me/
She started movin close to me, as if she was approachin me/
Thinkin to myself I’ll knock that pussy out the ball park/
Started with that small talk, what’s your name, where you from/
She said Jane, I said John, she spit game, I spit some/
Then she gave her number up and said that I was one of the realest niggas she met and she respect where I be comin from…

If these songs are any indication of what’s to come, Still Headlinin’ should be among the best of 2008.

Slow Motion Soundz/Paper Route Recordz Week

April 17, 2008

Because¬†my previous SMS/PRGz post has been getting a lot of hits and because I dig these guys’ music a lot, I’ll post a bunch of random songs from SMS/PRGz for the next week. Included with the links will be videos and pictures of the artists and other related links. Enjoy!

Today’s Theme: Jackie Chain

Jackie Chain, like damn near everyone from SMS/PRGz, is from Huntsville Alabama. What’s unusual about him is that he’s half white, half Korean. There’s more biographical information about him a few other publications, namely Ozone Magazine.

Here are some songs by him that I like:

Jackie Chain – “Blinded By The Light”
I bugged out when I first heard the song because of my fondness for what it samples. The beat change during the chorus is really dope. Blockbeataz hooked up Jackie quite nicely.

Bonus: Video for Manfred Man – “Blinded By The Light”

Jackie Chain & Jhi-Ali – “Rollin”
There’s another version of this song featuring Rich Boy, but this version is still my favorite.

Video for the song sampled by Rollin: Robert Miles – “Children”

Jackie Chain – “Shades(Remix)”
This is a remix of a song he did earlier with ST of G-Side. The beat is super smooth, reminds of something that Pimp C would’ve made. From his mixtape last year with DJ Burn One titled Who Am I. This is definitely some of his best work.

Here’s a link to the original “Shades” featuring ST.

Video for “Snap’n”
This is a really low budget video for a song from his mixtape last year. I’m not particularly fond of the song, but I found the video to be entertaining.