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Hot 5: Songs for Halloween

Yeah, yeah its about that time of year and people are putting together their halloween mixtapes.  So we here at GHz figured we put in our 2 cents on how to get your hip hop spooky mood on. By the way these are in no particular order.

Kid Cudi – No One Believes Me
The newest song on the list comes from the Fright Night soundtrack. No not THAT Fright Night from 1985 we talkin about the remake with Colin Farrell that came out last year.  Missed the movie huh?  Well the song was nice and we looooved the video (alright just DJ A-See loooooved the video).

Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street
Back when he was still gettin payed for just rappin Big Will & Jazz  dropped this 3rd single from their huge crossover album He’s the Dj, I’m the Rapper.

Ice Cube and Dr. Dre – Natural Born Killers
This song sparked hopes and dreams that there might be some kinda reunion of  NWA or at least a collaboration between the two BEST members of NWA or something, something.  Little did we know that this was a harbinger of things too come.  Us, we, you , I and everybody else getting disappointed by what Dr. Dre was going to do.

Gravediggaz – Diary of A Madman
Only for the true heads in the building.  Most grownheadz SHOULD remember this group from 1994. It featured RZA, Prince Paul, Frukwan (from Stetsasonic) and Too Poetic.  It was for alot of folks their 1st exposure to “horrorcore”.  Geto Boys dabbled a little but the Gravediggaz went all in with the imagery, the rhymes, the theme the whole nine.   With RZA and Prince Paul on the beats the album was hot.  Sadly rapper Too Poetic died of colon cance in 2001.

Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks
No Halloween mixtape would be complete without this bonafide hip-hop classic.  THIS song truly put the Geto Boys on nationally.  They were already hot in the southern underground. After this release north, south, east and west knew about the 5th ward.

 

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The MIXdown: The Stamp Mix

Its been a long time.  But what do you expect, its damn hard moving across the country.  Its even harder to get moved in, open all your boxes and then FINALLY put all the equiptment together.  But alast here we are.  Why the Stamp Mix and not say oh, the Turkey Mix, the Stuffing Mix, or even the Thanksgiving Mix?  Well silly rabbit that’s just TOO obvious. According to US Post Office its Stamp Collecting Month all across the land so why not celebrate this action-packed month. If you notice I start the mix off with a little diddy from the Fresh Prince aka Will Smith. Since Willow gettin all this play from Whip My Hair, we can see where she might have got it from.

1. Rock The House – Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
2. Aonetwo – INSTR
3. Ooowee – J Live
4. The Dane Side – INSTR
5. We Alright – EMC
6. Humpty Dance – INSTR
7. Hip Hop Music – Groove B. Chill
8. Dance on Glass – Q Tip
9. Booger Break – INTR
10. Seventeen MC’s – Insight
11. So Whatcha Sayin – INSTR
12. Strictly Business – EPMD
13. You’re A Customer – INSTR
14. Heard’em Say – Kanye West
15. Jazzie’s Groove – INSTR
16. I Poke Her Face – Kid Cudi (w/ Kanye & Common)
17. No Good Break – INSTR
18. Fatboys – The Fatboys


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HOT 5: 5 Things You Don’t Hear On Rap Albums

5  Things You Don’t Hear on Hip Hop Albums Any More

As grownheads, we always seem to be whining about the good ole days: How everything was just golden in the Golden Era of hip hop. According to our own Hip Hop Purist, NOTHING is better in these modern times. Well, We won’t go that far, but a few things have changed. These are just some things you never hear on rap records anymore. Hot or not, they get us a little sentimental…

5. Rock Songs

rock guitarIn ’83, Run-DMC hit with ‘Rock Box’ and got some MTV play, back when NO black artist could get ANY light on MTV. Then the Beastie Boys blew up all over the place with ‘Fight For Your Right To Party.’ After that, every rapper (or their A&R) made it their business to drop a rock song on the album. LL had ‘You’ll Rock’ and ‘Cut Creator Go’ (a remake of ‘Johnny B. Goode’ by Chuck Berry). Boogie Down Productions had ‘Ya Slippin.’  And Public Enemy always had rock songs on their albums, even going so far to remake ‘Bring the Noise’ with Anthrax. We could go on and on; there are just too many to name. What’s tripped out is that lots of these songs were such straight-up rock records that if they lost the verse, they’d have been right at home on any metalhead’s playlist.

4. House Songs

First there was Jack, and Jack had a groove… Once upon a time, house music was played outside of just Detroit, Chicago, New York and Miami. At one time, house was loved by the masses, and not just those who lived near big dance - 01cities or were gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that—we’re not homophobic in the least, in fact we love what the gays have done with design and brunch). Heads were no different. We got our house on, and when the Jungle Brothers put out ‘Girl I’ll House You,’ it was like somebody got chocolate in the peanut butter. Everybody followed suit. Chicago even developed a sub-genre called Hip-House with stars like Fast Eddie and Mr. Lee (and I used to rock THE HELL out of them at parties), and hip hop artists made “one for the club” on the regular. Queen Latifah had ‘Come Into My House’ and Craig G did ‘Turn This House Into a Home,’ but my personal favorite was 2 Live Crew’s “Get the F*#CK out of My House.”

3. Love Songs

black love - 03Nowadays, love in hip hop is relegated to songs about your momma or dead homie, but back in the day before we got so ‘hard,’ the narrative used to go a little something like this: Rapper meets girl. Rapper lays down his rap. Girl can’t resist. They fall in love. Rapper then makes a song about said loving feelings. LL dropped ‘I Can Give You More’ and the classic ‘I Need Love,’ Heavy D did ‘Somebody For Me,’ Whodini had ‘One Love’ and Pete Rock and CL Smooth gave us ‘Lots of Lovin.’ There are lots more, but you get it. Most of these songs had an element of sensuality but managed to keep the focus on the emotional connection—something even R&B seems to have lost touch with.

2. Give the DJ Some

As the Lyricist gradually took the lead among hip-hop’s Four Pillars, b-boys and graf artists—always on the second dj - 01tier—lost some prominence. But the DJ, as keeper of the wax, used to have a more equal standing. In earlier times, every rap album had a song shouting out the man behind the wheels of steel. Starting with Grandmaster Flash, some of rap’s hottest hits were about the DJ, and Jam Master Jay, Eric B, Jazzy Jeff and DJ Premier were some of the biggest stars. With the advent of multi-producer albums, many modern performers don’t even have a regular DJ to big up. 

1. No Collabos

Remember when the only person on an album was the guy or gal whose picture was on the front? It was such a quaint idea: expecting a rapper to show and prove, solely on their own skill. Now NOBODY does a record alone. With all the possecross-promotion and trying to put the crew on, there’s barely any room for the actual artist on his or her own record. I mean, it was a big deal when the Sugar Hill Gang and the Furious 5 appeared on the same record, but today it would barely make a bleep. The first time this phenomenon really annoyed me was on ‘Doggy Style.’ It just irked the hell out of me that I had to listen to the substandard Dogg Pound take up  Snoop’s valuable mic time.

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