Gangsta Gibbs is the reigning champion of these yearly best-ofs. I've been putting together these Blue Note-inspired compilation since 2010 and Freddie Gibbs has always provided both quality AND quantity to justify his very own spot, year after year. Like we always do about this time... Enjoy... and turn it up!!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Like Action Bronson, who I featured yesterday, Roc Marciano didn't drop an LP/mixtape/etc. in 2014. That still didn't keep one of my favorite emcees from delivering enough content to be to turned into a full-length, album-like compilation. Enjoy... and turn it up!!
Friday, December 19, 2014
No album from Bronsolino in 2014, but that didn't stop him from dropping some great tracks/features. "Easy Rider" is the intro and focal point here, but this entire compilation is pretty solid as an LP. Enjoy... and turn it up!!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
On the low, Kool G Rap had himself a busy year. I put together this little compilation of the Genius of Rap's various featured tracks of 2014. These collaborations are a bit all over the place, and some of them aren't really my style at all (i.e. the track with Cold World), but I can't complain. It's still KGR. Enjoy... and turn it up!!
Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
|Original artwork by the incomparable Steve Ditko|
Strange Sounds #4 is arriving a bit earlier than scheduled for two reasons: 1) I wanted this mix to coincide with the Blu-Ray/DVD release of Guardians of the Galaxy, and 2) now I've got more time to work on my year-end Hip Hop Is Read projects (which I know you'll love). Okay. So what does this mix have to do with Guardians of the Galaxy? Well, if you've seen the film, you know that apart from Groot, the true show-stealer was the film's phenomenal soundtrack. I knew nearly all the songs from the OST and was compelled to hum or sing along to Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, the Jackson 5 and many more when I saw GOTG in the theater on opening weekend. Not only that, I was inspired by the film to start this Strange Sounds series in the first place!Long story short, Marvel, get at me. I want to select the tracks to be featured in the upcoming Doctor Strange film! Think of Strange Sounds #4 right here as my OST demo tape. Alright, I know this pitch will most likely fall on deaf ears, but I'm just throwing it out there anyway: Strange Sounds #4 is a handpicked selection of tracks I feel would be perfect for the upcoming film. I know it's not the usual fare; usually this series is reserved for obscure music and this mix has a bunch of pop tracks. I'm just following the GOTG Awesome Mix Vol. 1 formula with my own little interpretations and idiosyncrasies. So give it a listen, lemme know what you think, and may the Vishanti watch over thee!
1. The Doors - Strange Days
2. Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff
3. Aretha Franklin - Day Dreaming
4. Three Dog Night - One
5. John Lennon - Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
6. Electric Light Orchestra - Strange Magic
7. Sly & The Family Stone - Everybody Is a Star
8. Cream - Strange Brew
9. Lovin' Spoonful - Do You Believe In Magic?
10. Alive 'N Kickin' - Tighter, Tighter
11. The Monkees - I'm a Believer
12. Tommy Roe - Dizzy
13. Black Sabbath - The Wizard
14. Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy
15. America - You Can Do Magic
16. Pilot - Magic
17. Marvin Gaye - You
18. The Temptations - Cloud Nine
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
|Original artwork by Paul Smith|
I grew up on the music of Motown Records. Classics by Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross, etc. all had a significant impact on me. But as I grew older and branched out into all types of genres from all across the map, I kinda came full circle and reacquaintanced myself with other kinds of music from the Motor City: ROCK MUSIC! There are sooooooo many great rock bands from Detroit. Garage rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, proto-punk... you name it, Detroit's got it! Strange Sounds #3 takes a look at a slew of bands from Detroit, as well as a handful from neighboring cities like Ann Arbor and Flint. This mix is semi-chronological, making our way up from the late 60s (MC5, The Stooges) to present-day bands (Outrageous Cherry, The Raconteurs). Lotta great stuff in here. As usual, I try to balance the well-known with the obscure; so while I may hit you with a live version of Detroit-born Alice Cooper's infamous "No More Mr. Nice Guy", I'll follow it up with Frut of the Loom or Frijid Pink. Who? You better get familiar...! I feel like I'm hitting my stride with this Strange Sounds series and #3 might just be my favorite one yet! I wanna thank everybody who's listened to the series thus far, commented, critiqued, praised etc. You've really encouraged me to stick with it and keep this passion project alive. Thank you. Now that we've got that outta the way, let's enjoy the music! Turn it up!!
1. Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) - "Take him to Detroit..."
2. Power of Zeus - It Couldn't Be Me
3. MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
4. Alice Cooper - No More Mr. Nice Guy (Live)
5. Dennis Coffey - Getting It On
6. Rare Earth - Get Ready
7. Detroit - Long Neck Goose
8. Up - Hassan I Sabbah
9. Frut of the Loom - One Hand In Darkness
10. Rodriguez - Only Good for Conversation
11. The Frost - It's So Hard
12. The Third Power - Gettin' Together
13. The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
14. Brownsville Station - Go Out and Get Her
15. SRC - Up All Night
16. Death - Rock-N-Roll Victim
17. Frijid Pink - Crying Shame
18. Destroy All Monsters - Bored
19. The Detroit Cobras - I'll Keep Holding On
20. Outrageous Cherry - If You Want Me
21. The Raconteurs - Salute Your Solution
22. The Dirtbombs - Motor City Baby