‘Grand Scheme’ by Nvsv #tbt

Motivation at its finest. At times life can feel misdirected or random, so it’s important to plan.

In order to make that plan, you gotta work day in and day out – with no excuses.

Well, Nsvs has been doing exactly that – scheming, planning for February 10, 2019 when he will be dropping his newest album AMETHYST.

I can’t wait for it, but until then jump back into Nsvs’s latest released album LVL 3 and give ‘Grand Scheme’ a listen!

– zimmertime

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#tbt ‘Ready’ by Tairey ft. Kirko Bangz

The only time I’ve seen Tairey live was in 2018 at Spirit for The City Music Festival, it was poppin’ – good energy, legitimate rapping and overall talent. I’m READY to see another performance, so I’m hitting today’s beat with a tbt on this track by Tairey ft. Kirko Bangz !

The chill-laidback production, piano, and beat Tairey and Kirko Bangz made for this song make it highly underrated, for real. I mean under 4,000 plays on Spotify is whack…

If you haven’t heard of Tairey, check out the info below (s/o Good Sports, In the Rough, and PGHCityPaper. Go and do yourself a favor and listen to Tairey!

https://www.goodsportspgh.com/single-post/2018/07/02/Tairey-Pittsburgh-Culture

http://www.intheroughstyle.com/lifesgoods/2016/5/22/8m818wt8ozpd0rv1duhij42u318i9e?format=amp

https://m.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/rapper-and-producer-tairey-started-young-with-help-from-a-rapper-dad/Content?oid=1713937

– zimmertime

‘Are You In?’ by Incubus #tbt

The soothing guitar, the rumbling of the drums and cymbals, the bass and DJ sound effects eerily yet beautifully coming into the mix with every sound coming all together with a toe-tapping beat and a guitar rift to get things going, makes this song one of my favorite songs, well, since I can remember.

I was 8 at the time when ‘Are You In’ was released in 2001 as a single and eventually on the album titled Morning View by Calabasas native band Incubus. ‘Are You In’ introduces sounds of jazz and swing music plus DJ Kilmore producing fluttery, ocean-like sounds on his what seems to be synthesizer at the time. The spacey, wavy sounds he puts out on this track along with a full band contribution are just unmatched. Further, after doing some research, the group created this album when they were living in and producing the album in Malibu. Every time DJ Chris Kilmore would show up to the house on Morning View street in Malibu to start recording while over looking the ocean and Pacific Coast Highway he would say, “Ahh Morning View, it’s time to rock!”

A few summers ago, I made it a point to make sure I knew when I’d be passing Morning View on my drive up Pacific Coast Highway 1 with my girlfriend, Kalie, from LA to San Francisco. Needless to say, it makes sense why they titled their album ‘Morning View.’

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When I listen to music, I don’t just listen on the surface and I mean that. Ironically, I am not too detailed of a person in everyday life – more of a big picture type person – but for some reason with listening to music, I am super detailed. I listen to every single lyric, I pick up on every instrument involved and listen for it, and I will repeat songs to make sure I fully take the entirety of it in while trying to place meaning to it throughout. If you notice on this song, there are moments when things are poignantly added in or subtly added in:

The ‘Candy Break’ scratching by DJ Kilmore for example in the beginning of the song is a poignant, right out in the open display of scratching.

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During the midpoint build up of the song, the instrumentals as well as Brandon Boyd vocally build up the energy to a peak only for the band to bring it back to earth like when you drink that glass of ice cold water after a hot day in the sun and soothingly release ‘ahhhh.’

Then come in the faintest, most subtle voice murmurs and someone quietly says – ‘That day I ate so much chicken’ around minute 3:18. Go listen for yourself, and you will hear it. That’s the kind of detail I’m talking about above.

From listening to this song hundreds, if not in the 4 digits (no joke) of times, I conjured up that this song was all about going with the flow, being down with the moment, staying open minded, not letting yourself be a sore thumb to what’s going on. Probably on the 10th time as a 10 year old I realized that, but still. Then, I read somewhere that the song kind of just started on a whim with someone playing a sound until everyone was in playing the song, creating the song on the spot. And after some additional research too, it seems that some may think this song is about being ‘in’ when it comes to Mary Jane or Swinging based on the music video they released to it. Interesting, and not surprising at all.

Whatever the case may be I’m all in on this song. Are You In?

– zimmertime

Epilogue:

‘It’s so much easier when sea foam green is in fashion.’ The band Incubus has been my favorite band long-standing. The reason why is because they are able to create sounds that literally span the spectrum of musical sound. The oriental string instruments that make up the all time most chill song ever ‘Aqueous Transmission’; Brandon Boyd essentially rapping in ‘Pardon Me’; Drive – one of their most popular songs – being an acoustic pop song; Wish You Were Here – a standard alternative rock song; The list goes on and on…

Incubus has been ahead of their time, and I think they always will be.

Musicians. Artists. Creatives.

Are You In?

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#tbt – ‘Told You So’ by Miguel

My favorite non-Pittsburgh artist of 2018 was…you guessed it Miguel. My favorite fashion brand of 2018…Pleasures. This song has an unbelievable sound lyrically and musically. The wavy vibe of Miguel’s voice plus the Tame Impala feeling of the song just brings the whole piece together so smoothly. Add in the fact that Miguel did a collab. with the trend setting street-wear brand Pleasures, and I’ve been hooked since day one.

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The song showed up on my top 5 songs of 2018 from Spotify…no surprise here. I have played it consistently in my cycle classes that I teach at 6ycle (shout out), and it’s been a staple for me since December 1st when Miguel released War & Leisure (underrated album fr.)  If you haven’t listened to this song, well sheeeet just go listen to it !!

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Miguel reppin’ that fire ‘Born x Raised’ long sleeve T – another shout out to Threads On Carson in Pittsburgh for reppin’ Born x Raised!

Told You So.

– Zimmertime

#TBT Channel Orange- Frank Ocean

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Hey there boys and girls! It’s your friendly neighborhood blogger G Baby here to bring you some tasty jams for this throwback Thursday. On the eve of the long-anticipated new Frank Ocean album, today we throw it back to Frank’s “Channel Orange.” His major label debut album, “Channel Orange” was quickly dubbed one of the best albums in recent memory (released in 2012) and many consider it up there with the all time great R&B albums. Frank’s emotion and songwriting abilities are other worldly, so his hiatus has been very unfortunate for the game. But, good things come to those who wait. Tomorrow, “Boys Don’t Cry” drops and I’d be shocked if it isn’t up to par with this album, and that is some high praise.

G Baby

#TBT Nelly- Country Grammar

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Did you hear the news? Nelly’s debut album “Country Grammar” was officially certified Diamond as of late last week. That’s right. Diamond. That means “Country Grammar” has over 10 million records sold. You may be wondering how impressive a feat is that? Well, in the entire history of hip-hop, Nelly is only the 5th artist to accomplish this milestone and “Country Grammar” is only the 8th album. That’s crazy.

In case you were wondering, Nelly’s “Country Grammar” now joins 2Pac’s albums “All Eyez On Me” and “Greatest Hits,” Eminem’s albums “The Marshall Mathers LP” and “The Eminem Show,” Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Life After Death,” and (much to my surprise when I saw the list) MC Hammer’s “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em.” So the only proper way to say congrats to Nelly: honor him with a TBT piece and listen to that great album all day. It’s going down down baby…

#TBT Scarface- On My Block

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Let me start off by saying Scarface is one of the best emcees of all time. From flow to delivery to lyrics, he’s got it all. I recently watched “Neighbors 2” and this song came on during the credits and I knew I had to post it. The piano ballad throughout is infectious and is supplemented by the drum kit to perfection. Scarface raps about growing up on his block, surviving tough times, and always rapping, no matter what. Not only is the song dope, but the music video is exceptional as well, as it follows the life of Scarface on his block, from birth to selling drugs to selling CDs out of his trunk to making it big. Check it out below and come back tomorrow for all things new this week in hip-hop (there’s been some great releases).

G Baby

#TBT Happy Birthday Tupac

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Today marks what would have been Tupac’s 45th birthday. The entire hip-hop community has shown great love towards the legendary emcee since his tragic death in 1996. Not only did Pac put out great music, but his overall influence as a person reached across the globe. He spoke harsh realities and shed light on the struggles African-American men and women faced in this prejudiced country. When you look at his impact in the hip-hop community, it’s almost overwhelming. Pretty much every rapper growing up in the 90s looked up/still looks up to this man. He is the reason we have guys like 50 Cent, Game, Kendrick Lamar, and so on. He is also well known for his positive, and inspiring quotes. One of my favorites, which I think is so prevalent when you look at Kendrick Lamar and what he’s doing, is: “I’m not saying I’m gunna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” Thank you for all you did in your short life Pac. Happy birthday.

Check out the new teaser trailer for his upcoming biopic:

And enjoy some of Pac’s greatest hits via Spotify:

 

G Baby

#TBT Paper Trail- T.I.

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The other day I was on my way back to Pittsburgh from Baltimore and was obviously blasting music the whole way. I was listening to the same stuff I’ve been listening to for the last few weeks and needed a change up. The first thing that came to mind: T.I.’s “Paper Trail.” I hadn’t listened to it in a while but for some reason I had to throw it on. “Paper Trail” was released in 2008, about the time I was starting to really get more into hip-hop, and has remained one of my favorites to this day. Back then, I wasn’t as internet savvy as I am now, so I downloaded each song, one by one off of Limewire (I know y’all remember that). There’s so many good songs on here. “Live Your Life,” “Swagga Like Us,” “Dead and Gone,” “Whatever You Like,” “I’m Illy” and on and on and on. Seriously, there is not a bad song on the album. I once knew about every word on the album. Take a trip back with me a bask in the greatness that is T.I.’s “Paper Trail.”

G Baby

#TBT (Electro Style): Nova – Paris & Simo

Ya know it’s really puts into perspective how old you’ve become when you check out the release dates of tracks that you used to be into.  Hard to believe Paris & Simo’s Nova was released 4 years ago.

I wanted to post this track for a few reasons. Besides being one of my classics, I feel that it really exemplifies a style of EDM that did not enjoy as good of  run as it should have IMO. I guess I would call this track Big Room House….? (Festival House maybe..?) Big Room House in its commonly known form is more of a tribal, in your face type sound that relies less on melodic elements and more on dynamics; most notably bass (i.e Martin Garrix – Animals). Nova has many of the melodic elements I would expect of a progressive house track mixed down as a massive festival track meant to be heard by 10k+ people. Unlike it’s Big Room House counterparts in the style of Animals that had their elements rehashed in genres like Trap and Future, this style really died off for the most part.

I think that’s a shame because this is such a huge, uplifting track and it’s good because of its musical elements. Not because of any corny, played out vocal samples (EVERYBODY FUCKIN’ JUMP!!!”) or eardrum shattering bass.

The least I could do is give Nova a shoutout in this Electro Style #TBT.

Cheers

-Alec Jach