Archive for September, 2008
This is the BCC! aka Boot Camp Clik. This lesser known collection of New York rappers not only draw comparisons to the Wu-Tang Clan because of quantity of members but also because of the quality of their members. Boot Camp Clik was made of a few small groups: Heltah Skeltah, Buckshot and Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun (later changed to Cocoa Brovaz for commercial acceptance), and O.G.C. (Originoo Gunn Clapaz).
Funny that rappers get tons of flack for rapping about guns, but certain Vice Presidential candidates (and the current Vice President actually) are loved for their crazy gun-toting antics.. Anywho, the state of hip-hop is not what it was in the 90′s. I was driving around listening to the album “Boot Camp Clik’s Greatest Hits” last week and it dawned on me that I will never get to hear hip-hop like this ever again. Then, the other day I went to go sign on to my Myspace account and what do you know? The featured artist is Heltah Skeltah. What??? Where you guys been? So I’ve compiled the best songs from the BCC.
Here’s the New New. It most definitely is NOT the same shit I was bumping 10 years ago. But hey that’s the whole point of the post.
Heltah Skeltah – D.I.R.T. [Zshare] (2008)
BEST OF THE BCC:
This shit right here, words don’t even describe. Great group makes ones of the greatest hip hop beats ever using the most ideal sample ever. You Goddamn right. SUPER MARIO BROS. I never thought I hear this again!
Cocoa Brovaz – Super Brooklyn (2001)
The rest of this shit is also a must hear:
O.G.C. – Bounce to the Ounce [YSI] (1999)
Cocoa Brovaz ft. Raekwon – Black Trump [YSI] (1998)
Heltah Skeltah – I Aint Havin That [YSI] (1998)
Boot Camp Clik – Headz R Reddee Pt. 2 [YSI] (1997)
Notorious B.I.G. (ft. Puff Daddy & Mase) – Mo Money Mo Problems (1997)
So I am starting a staple here on Golden Bloggen. Every Monday I will post a string of themed music videos. Of course I am starting with the greatest music video director of all time…. HYPE WILLIAMS. Anyone who watched MTV or BET in the mid-to-late 90′s saw his Hip-Hop and R&B video’s dominate air play.
I’m starting with my favorite video of all time from the late great Biggie. You may watch this video and think this is just some typical hip hop video with explosions and shiny suits. You’d be wrong! Hype originated that shit. Glossy photography, movie themed videos, the master of the fish eye lens, and the hottest girls ever to be seen inside of your TV.
But I rant, here are some more videos. Sho Nuff!
Busta Rhymes – Dangerous (1997)
This shit is so ahead of it’s time. It was made over 10 years ago and would be a breakthrough video today. Missy Elliot as Mega Man? Lil Kim and Da Brat as her side kicks? And TIMBALAND AS DR. WILY??! What you know about that?
Missy Elliot ft. Da Brat – Sock It To Me (1997)
And to show that he’s still got it, here’s his most recent video for Lloyd. Hype always had a knack for picking the most beautiful women in the world.
Lloyd ft. Lil Wayne – All Around the World (2008)
If you know me you know I love pretty girls, hence the pics. But you should also know that I love 80′s music. Madonna, Prince, Blondie, Depeche Mode, Beastie Boys, A-ha… all that shit. So last week my buddy Nick sent me this pretty cool Youtube clip that inspired me to do this post. It’s hard to find good old music online, but I tried my best to find some real heat.
I’m sure I’m not schooling anyone with this song, but it’s so damn good I gotta post it. My favorite 80′s song ever. Listen to more A-ha!
“I Cant Wait” is my second favorite 80′s track. Nothing gets a party started like NU SHOOZ!!!
And now for the most under appreciated Hip-hop song of the 80′s. It was sampled in Jay-Z’s “Sunshine” and E-40′s “White Girl” as well as others. What else can I say but Wow.
Here are some more 80′s bangers I used to love as a kid-
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam w/ Full Force – I Wonder If I Take You Home [YSI]
Here is the cool YOUTUBE video that inspired me to do this 80′s post. Thanks Nick!
Brightblack Morning Light’s new record “Motion to Rejoin” picks up
where their last, excellent self-titled record left off- slow motion
funk tinged psychedelic gospel washed in so much reverb that it sounds
like their songs were born in a thick, sun drenched swamp. A banner
on the bands’ website describes their ethos as well as anything could:
“Anti Corporate, Anti Nuclear, Anti Coal. Recorded with 4 solar
panels for Matador Records NYC”. You can imagine the cloud of smoke
in their alternative powered New Mexico adobe.
Call it teepee rock, call it freak folk, but Nathan Shineywater and
his organist (and BFF) Rachael Hughes are not the kind of hippies you
find lost in the parking lot at jamband shows. These are real ass
hippies in the Thoreau, commune, money-ain’t-a-thang, escape Babylon
sense. Their last record was recorded in a tent on the banks of a
river in Humboldt county California. On their tour announcements, the
band asks fans to pass along the locations of “inspirational”
campsites near the venues where they perform. Their tour riders
mandate "No U.S. Military entities in any form allowed within the
event." Free gigs in the redwood trees, and on the banks of the ocean
near big sur. Crystal Totem tours. Lots and lots of weed.
Motion to Rejoin is mood music, something to listen to
while smoking a joint on your porch as a thunderstorm approaches. On
the first record, the band let their music boil slowly, punctuating
songs with march like rhythms. On Motion to Rejoin, the songs simmer
and linger with drums almost entirely absent in the mix. The line
between songs is blurry. Lyrics are impossible to decipher. And it’s
beautiful, a record to dream to.
Brightblack Morning Light - Hologram Buffalo
Brightblack Morning Light - Oppressions Each
GET EM TERRY RICHARDSON!
So Kanye, one of my favorite dudes out now, closed out one of the most boring VMA’s I’ve ever seen this past Sunday. But Yeezy still killed it with a premiere of a track called “Love Lockdown.” I’ve been watching this track dominate Hypem.com‘s Top 50 all week. I don’t know what it’s from, but today there seem to be posts of a ‘studio’ version. And my Mom also said she heard a real version on the radio. My damn Mom’s more up than me. Don’t know about the studio version but the live performance was hot and I prefer the approach on that one.
Kanye West – Love Lockdown (Studio Version) [YSI]
Kanye West – Love Lockdown (Live on VMA’s)
It just made it’s debut Sunday night and of course it already has a fucking remix!
And who wouldn’t want more Kanye? Here’s a real hot track from T.I.’s new album and of course a remix of it. The track has 4 of the biggest giants in Rap right now…. 5 if you count the sample from M.I.A.
T.I. ft/ Kanye West, Jay- Z, Lil’ Wayne – Swagger Like Us
My favorite songwriter out now, SoCal native Jenny Lewis (a.k.a. Leezy), is performing at the Echo tonight and I don’t know if I’m gonna make it out there. It’s probably sold out anyway. Everything is sold out in L.A. But she has released some of the most “adventurous” albums this decade with a few amazing Rilo Kiley albums and again on her first semi-solo effort with Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins. Now she is on her own for her first legitimate solo album. And from the sounds of it she might be trying to battle her homegirl Feist for best female act. The new album “Acid Tongue” will be released on September 23rd.
Check Jenny Lewis making out w/ Kevin Arnold in “The Wizard”