Pass Da Turkey

(Or the Dutchie.  Either one.)

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving.

 

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Five HipHop Tracks

I was asked to come up with five tracks to introduce hip-hop as we, the old folk, know and love it.  Specifically, this request was geared towards one who was asking with an eye toward becoming a hip-hop artist, so bear that in mind.

It was an interesting exercise, and I put a bit of work into it, so I thought I’d add it here for public posterity.  Please do feel free to comment or add opinions, etc., the three of you who visit this site.

These tracks are (almost) all single rappers, because they were requested by an individual rapper. That said, crews rock.

If you do follow these links, please play these in order. (Maybe cue them up all at once in different tabs on YouTube, just to get the ads out of the way.) Order matters.


GangStarr: It’s Getting Hectic

Two things about this track: one is the entire second verse, and the other is its live background – this track comes from a ’92 compilation album which was a pioneer of live music behind rapping, seven years before The Roots made the Billboard charts.

Slick Rick: Children’s Story

This track tells an actual story. Because honestly, that’s the entire point! As easy and as popular as it is, there’s only so much “I’m so-and-so, I’m this, I’m that” bullshit you can spew before you lose your mind (and your audience).

Kweli:  Get By

I couldn’t put together a list without including either Kweli or Eric B/Rakim. I included this track (Kweli) since it does two things I’d like to highlight:

  1. Show us what life looks like from where you are, and
  2. Where possible, be positive and try to make things better.

 

Triple Ave:  Trinity

From this distance, the most important reason this track is here:The group submitted this track to a sort of music-industry event. At this event, a track would play over the speakers, and then a panel would discuss it. When this one came on, the A&R man on the panel said: “This is the best track I’ve heard today. In fact, it’s the best new hip-hop track I’ve heard – but I can’t do a thing with it. I can’t sell this because it doesn’t promote greed or violence.”

Big Daddy Kane:  Ain’t No Half Steppin

Not only do we need a BDK track in general, but it also makes a good point:”Half steppin” means not being fully committed, or not doing things well.
So, whatever you do, do it completely, and as correctly as you can. Go balls-out. Moderation is for monks.

Bonus Track:  Suckaz

This isn’t part of the track listing proper, but while we’re here: Our whole world has been poisoned by greed and false prophets. Speak from your heart; speak to what’s real and what you know. Don’t make shit up, or pretend you’re something you’re not. Be honest and true.

Tribe

I was on my way back to visit my family in the UK, and asked my sister what I could bring.  After a quick canvassing, the answer came back: my niece wanted me to record a piece to which she could study.

So, with great thanks to Hypno for having the percussion ready, and for his usual recording and mastering magic, we recorded the following in pretty much record time.  Enjoy!

Music, and Yongmudo

 

I was asked to choose the music for this video by the editor, but wound up liking her sample track so much I just re-recorded it.  It was a great dip in the water of my re-introduction to music.  Check it out.  (Oh, and I’ve got a few cameos in the video as well, of me getting suitably beaten up ; )

0-Day


0-day.mp3THIS IS ALL RYAN’S FAULT.

I am now going to wash my hands.  And probably my face.  And absolutely sterilize my microphone.

(Update: described by Vyrus as “Nerdcore Justin Timberlake.”)

(Update 2: Nominated for a pwnie award at Black Hat 2011, but lost to Geohot, which proves that there is still justice in the Universe. (Congratulations, cat.))


(At Ryan’s suggestion, the lyrics):

11 am, waking up, still morning
Gotta wake up, gotta get outside

Gotta get my first Hoffacino
Wi-fi tempting, target too easy
Day growin older, sun tryinna kill me
Gotta get my ass inside
Gotta hit twitter, gotta read my friends (talk shit)
Breakin in the front door
Slipping in the back door
Gotta make my mind up
Which door should i take?
It’s 0-day 0-day
Gotta get out my 0-day
Everybody’s puttin their guard on the wrong end, wrong end
(repeat)
0-day, RSA,
Every day, brand new way
H B Ga-ry
Getting’ out my name on slashdot
12:45, information highway
Typing’ so fast, my fingers fly
Host, boast, your servers are toast
Hackin’s never done
Dualcore got this so does vyrus
These cats all be tight
My man viss, he got this
Now you pwned, bitch (chorus)
Yesterday was no day, slow day
Today i-is 0-day, 0-day
You-you-you so stoopi’
Or under-resourced
Or maybe just a lazy bastard
Tomorrow is 1-day
Defenses come after-wards
I don’t want this 0-day to end
C-P, Vyrus double-oh-1,
Ridin with Savant 4-2 and Banasidhe
In the next whip, MCKT
Fast cracks, from the l0phtcrack,
From the Spacerogue’s time
Storms and TK and Jerm killin worms
Talkin ’bout Herman it’s Blue Boar’s turn
Jeremiah G all the time
Shout out to DC 949
And word to all my folks (not) in this rhyme
(chorus)