Last week I was busy going to see one of my favorite famous people in the world, Conan O’Brien (We’re boys) so I didn’t get a chance to do this segment so I have decided to double the dose today. I have been writing about a lot of Hip Hop lately so here is a bit of a change of pace.
First: System of a Down – “Spiders”.
I loved this band so much because they were so unique. They had political undertones and then later they had political overtones in their songs. I will still get into a mood to listen to them. I give a lot of credit to my brother for purchasing this. Their self-titled album truly did blow my mind (and the speakers on our family van). They are talented and I hear making a comeback. Good for them. Enjoy.
Second: Pantera – “Walk”
I played basketball in my basement on a mini-hoop blaring this song numerous times. It is simple, straightforward, and raw. Not to mention there is an awesome guitar solo. I was taking lessons at the time and really wanted to be able to do this type of stuff (I ended up not practicing ever). I learned then that you can’t be a natural at playing guitar. You have to practice. Rats. Enjoy.
All this talk about Danny Brown makes me think of Busta Rhymes. When Busta came out he was so different from everyone else that it made sense he became popular in the MTV generation. I remember thinking this was some sort of gimmick(which it kind of was). The video for “Woo Hah!” and “Dangerous” were so off-the-wall weird that it actually changed the way videos were done. This was sandwiched in between Biggie’s -“Big Poppa ” and Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin”. I give Busta a lot of credit for being different. Enjoy.
“I make sure everything we make’s raw!”
Well back to acting like I was a cool kid. I remember watching “Triumph” on MTV and thinking about the cool special effects with the bees. I remember loving the Rod Strickland shout out. I remember thinking the delivery on Rza’s verse was weird. I didn’t know about Wu-Tang at the time. I was green. This has grown to be my favorite track by the collective. Also, I think it is the best posse track ever.
“I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies and hypothesis can’t define how I be droppin’ these mockeries, lyrically perform armed robbery, flee with the lottery, possibly they spotted me.” – Inspectah Deck-
Possibly the best openings ever. I would love to hear some other suggestions for Throwback Thursday track. This is one of the few well known classic Wu-Tang tracks that wasn’t on 36 Chambers. Enjoy.
Last week I kicked off this project with Outkast – “ATLiens” . I was very proud that I listened to “good” music when I was young. I would love to be able to tell everyone that I only listened to quality stuff. Which is not true. I look back at some of the money I wasted on shitty nu-metal or rap records and just shake my head. Though bad in hindsight, this music still influenced me and I refuse to run away from it. You also can’t just brush this ear-shattering musical buffoonery under a giant rug. Every like bad music at some point. I am comfortable enough to share that I knew every word to this gem. I think if I tried, I could still get through quite a bit of this song today without messing up. This should take you back to a time that you rushed home (or as fast as you could run wearing Jnco’s), made a snack, and sat down to watch TRL to see who was going to be #1. This week’s Throwback Thursday song is Limp Bizkit’s – “Nookie” . Enjoy.
This is the first of many Throwback Thursday tracks to come. These are all tracks that influenced my musical tastes. I am proud to start off this weekly post with Outkast’s – “ATLiens” released August 27, 1996 on LaFace Records. I remember listening to this track and album in my friend A.J.’s car driving to school. It is because of Outkast that I really became a southern hip-hop fan. I am sure many of you can relate to a song or sound shaping your youth. For me it was this or Korn as my first post. I’m glad I went with this. My favorite line is from Big Boi, Cause I’m cooler than a polar bear’s toenails/Oh hell, there he go again talkin that shit. I love it and wish I was cool enough to use this routinely, but I’m not.