This is our first official album of the week. We try and feature artist we think you might like and enjoy. This week it’s Danny! (yes ya gotta have the exclamation mark) that’s the rapper’s name, the album is Charm. If you want the inside scoop on Danny! check out allmusic guide here.
Folks have compared him to Kanye West (I guess cause he went college and he produces beats) but we think that’s just an easy out, you decide.
Just so you know these ARE NOT the complete songs. I hate sites that give you just 30 seconds of track so we try and give you like a minute and a half to two minutes of a track, just so you can get a feel for it. If a song is short enough we might play the whole thing. Those songs are marked accordingly. Remember if you like the CD, BUY IT. I don’t work for Danny! or any of the artist we feature but if you like the music support the music.
2. Give Me A Chance
4. It’s Okay (FULL TRACK)
5. Can t Wait
7. The Last Laugh
8. Duck Soup (FULL TRACK)
9. Strange Fruit
10. What Now
11. Move Somethin
12. My Problem
14. Lip Flappin
15. You Owe Me
16. Where Were You
17. No Guarantees remix
19. Cafe Surreal
20. Now You’ re Gone
I first heard “Kill Your Employer” on Busdriver’s MySpace page. I’m a fan, so I have grown accustomed to catching the words in his fast-paced delivery. I was hooked instantly. The angst he feels towards this group of people is shared by myself. The song’s subject matter is the hypocrisy of finding comfort in a system that you also protest against. Whether this comfort is living with your father who works for Halliburton or doing something as trivial as burning a flag vs. getting to the root of the problem, Busdriver’s words are brilliantly placed and the message hits hard. Recently in a CNN interview, Jack Nicholson said “You do not become militant if you wish to be a successful propagandist. Because all you will do is preach to the choir and further entrench your opposition.” Maybe, just maybe, Jack is a Busdriver fan too.
Roadkill Overcoat is full of very good writing over very good beats. There was one beat I hated initially so I continued to skip over the song. Plus, Busdriver was attempting to try his hand at singing, which made me hit skip even faster. But when I finally listened to “Sunshowers,” it became my favorite song on the album (at least for a little while). It is a song declaring the sin of watering down yourself to get exposure. I could name many rappers that I wish shared his ethics.
“The Troglodyte Wins” is his personal self-evaluation. He contemplates the point of trying when no one else is trying with you. What’s the point of being passionate about something when you are the only one with passion? Again, I relate. The words at the end
of his last verse are profound yet funny – “But this don’t go hand in hand with your Volkswagen van / because you voted in a defrosted CroMagnon man.”
Other notable songs on the album are “Mr. Mistake” (excellent delivery!!!!), “Secret Skin,” “Bloody Paw on the Kill Floor,” “Less Yes’s More No’s” and “Dream Catcher’s Mitt.” Of course, Roadkill Overcoat doesn’t follow the typical Viacom theme of what a hip-hop album is supposed to be. In this world of instant gratification, where anyone can be a hip-hop star, the audacity it takes to be yourself is worthy of the few dollars spent on adding this CD to your collection. If you are an artist of any sort, the cover art is another reason to pick the album up. That is, if you loathe the chicken scratch in your sketchbook.
Why Bougie? Where I come from, bougie is an insult, as in “Quit actin’ bougie.” Derived from the French, it’s a colloquialism of bourgeoisie. The word itself means an inhabitant of a town, and went on to mean a member of a class who obtained their goods as merchants rather than the inherited wealth of aristocracy. In America, the equivalent would be middle-class.
It’s amazing to me how this very old French word came to be something poor folks in the ghetto use to insult one another. Marx used the word as an “objective description of a social class and of a lifestyle based on ownership of private capital.”
Where I come from, we really like private capital. But some of us want to hold on to the nobility of poverty. Trying too hard to “keep it real,” thinking that means “keeping it broke.” Someone who we call bougie is a snob. They live in the suburbs, they talk white, they wouldn’t be caught dead in a hooptie. Acting bougie usually means the person is acting as if they’re too good for something.
But doesn’t it make sense? Aren’t we all too good for ‘jects and roaches and unequal jail time? Aren’t we all too good for broke-down cars and cheap clothes and overprocessed, fattening foods? Aren’t we better than malt liquor and too-high drop out rates and high fees at check cashing places and giving all our money to stay in cities that don’t protect and serve us?
I know I am. My name is Toni and you can call me bougie.
Since this is the first “Clip of the Week” we have to start things off right with the Kings of Rock, Run-DMC. If you have ever seen them in concert this whole routine is familar. There were always new hits to perform but at some point they were going to do this routine.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For Ghz Rewind we like to dig in the archives and repost a nice diddy you might have missed
The movies we pick aren’t necessarily classics, but we like them anyway. We might like them even better if they were recast like this: The Devil’s Advocate
Kevin Lomax is a hotshot southern lawyer who knows how to play the game. He gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is offered a job with a law firm that promises many opportunities. He takes his wife to the Big Apple in hopes of a better life and a good job. He only finds himself on the receiving end of trouble when his boss is the Devil himself and has some treacherous plans up his sleeve for Kevin. — From IMDB.com
The Devil’s Advocate is one of those movies where the revelation that Al Pacino is no angel comes as no surprise. It’s more of a journey watching him go to work on Kevin (Keanu Reeves) and seeing all the schemes, plans, and string-pulling he was in charge of as they are slowly revealed. Plus, Al gets his yell on in an over-the-top damnation scene.
Kevin Lomax: Keanu Reeves / Morris Chestnut
Morris did well as a young career-driven lawyer in Two Can Play That Game. He has the look of a well-intentioned but still a little dirty dude. Your typical All African-American kind of guy who might be going to hell. It may be difficult to hear his lines over all the Oohs and Ahs from female members of the audience.
John Milton:Al Pacino / Morgan Freeman
We had to replace one Academy Award winner with another one (or at least a nominee), but unfortunately that leaves us with Sidney Poitier and Lou Gosset (both TOO old for the roles), Samuel Jackson–too predictable, “Training Day” Denzel, and Forest Whitaker, who even playing Idi Amin in Last King of Scotland just seems like too nice of a guy to be truly evil. Enter Morgan Freeman. He’s a talent, and he’s got to be chomping at the bit for a chance to break typecasting. The most magical Negro of them all might appreciate using his powers for evil for once. Besides, when was the last time you saw Morgan get any action on screen, let alone a menage?
Mary Ann Lomax: Charlize Theron / N’Bushe Wright
Now we need somebody who can play a strong woman, and N’Bushe has shown that again and again. But she has to lose it too — not N’bushe, right? Wrong, wrong. Check her out in a little movie from ’93 called Fresh, where she played a sympathetic heroin addict. WELL. And why not, the men need some eye candy too.
Mrs. Alice Lomax: Judith Ivey / Debbie Allen
The mama in the movie was all saved and going to church now, but as a teen, she got her freak on in one night of passion with a slick city boy—who was a little more than he seemed. Debbie looks like a Mama today, but we all know how she used to look on Fame (the movie and the TV show). So she’d be believable as a once-wayward saint, and way more relatable, too.
Christabella Andreoli: Connie Nielsen / Kerry Washington
Did I say eye candy? This character was brilliant, intriguing, a temptress. So we here at Grown Headz (okay, I) figured that the world needs more of Kerry Washington, not just looking good but looking DAAAmn good. Like in I Think I Love My Wife. Up until that movie she had always been cute, but after that movie the line of bruhs wanting to holla grew exponentially! In addition, she can be believable as an ambitious, big-time lawyer.
Rappers come and go. Some stay for awhile, while others burn hot for a minute and then go dark. When they first came out, these five seemed destined to fall into the latter category. Who knew we would still be caring about them years later? In no particular order:
Goodie Mob’s 1st album was pretty good, even spawning the hit single “Cell Therapy.” But it paled beside the brilliance of labelmates Outkast. So when Cee-Lo rolled out to go solo, many might have figured his 15 minutes was coming to an end. But the hits didn’t stop. It took awhile though; Cee-Lo dropped two critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful solo albums. Cee-Lo Green and his Perfect Imperfections and Cee-Lo Green. . . is the Soul Machine. But the little big man hit it huge partnering with producer Danger Mouse to form the group Gnarls Barkley and recording the smash single “Crazy.”
From the slums of Shaolin, The RZA. The GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U God, Ghostface Killer and the Method Man. Hold up..rewind that. When the Wu came bustin,’ through way back in ‘93 (dammmmn its been awhile), if somebody asked who would STILL be holding it down 15 years later, don’t front: NOBODY , none of y’all would have picked Ghostface. Well, take a look at him now. While Meth is still the biggest star in the Wu, thanks to Redman and The Wire, almost everybody agrees that GFK is reppin’ hardest on the music side. Since his debut, the Iron Man has dropped more gems than a one-armed thief and is still goin’ strong.
Who woulda thunk? Sure, he’s all big time now and has a pretty good catalogue (bout time for a greatest hits). But when Chris Luva Luva broke out his 1st single, “What’s Your Fantasy” had novelty hit written all over it. Now, eight years later the Ludameister is still rollin strong with his 6th platinum album.
If you lived in New York in the late ‘80’s, the group that had the street hummin’ was a group from the Bronx, Ultra Magnetic MC’s. Critical Beatdown, depending on who you talk to, is considered a Hip Hop Classic. The albums cover is straight ’88. They’re all sporting their Dapper Dan hook-ups and the super tight high top fades (which may have still been called cameo cuts when the picture was taken). Anyway, did I say ’88? Janet ain’t the only one who can celebrate 20 years. Kool Keith been in it foe a minute. If the Wu popularized rappers having aliases, Keith elevated it to art. Dr. Octagon. Dr. Dooom. Black Elvis, Rhythm X and so on. Keith has blazed an underground trail like no other. Independent releases, major labels, limited editions, mix tapes, whateva. Kool Keith is proof that if a rapper is willing to take chances musically, conceptually, and lyrically somebody out there just might buy it.
With a name like Trick Daddy, how far can you go? Very far, apparently. When “Nannn” dropped in 2000, it looked like another novelty hit from the South (the other was some guy named Ludacris, see above). He even let another one-hit-wonder (or so we thought) rapper named Trina get a verse on it. Although the hits have slowed a little, Trick has put out bangers such as “Shut Up,” “I’m a Thug” and most recently “Bet That.”
Honorable Mention – Trina
“Nann” brought us more than just Trick Daddy. The diamond princess herself began her reign in 2000. Its eight years later and she’s still hittin,’ and this time she’s “Single Again”