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.
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…
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).
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:
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.”
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.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have fantastic news: Justin Timberlake is dropping a new song tonight at midnight. I could not be more excited right now to tell you the truth. I’m hours away from seeing the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War AND real life American hero JT is releasing new music???? Yes, please. So what better way to get in the mood than to throw it back to the forever dope “SexyBack.” Enjoy, and look out for the review either tomorrow or Saturday to hear JT’s new single.
For whatever odd reason, tropical house is on my mind today. This genre often compared to elevator music enjoyed a rapid rise this past year and has since cooled off a bit in terms of fervor. Contrary to the cynics, I was always a fan (as I usually am with these trendy house genres). Although you get the occasional overdone track that sounds cheeseball cheesy, the tracks generally are calming and evoke a feeling of positivity.
It ain’t quite summer yet but today I’m kicking it back with Kygo’s popular remix of Marvin Gaye’s sensual classic.
The hits just keep coming in the music industry as another legend has passed away. Today, the world lost the extremely talented Prince at the young age of 57. I guess the one negative about being a living legend is that someday, you become just a legend. Lemmy, Bowie, Frey, Phife, and now Prince. Heaven has gained a pretty impressive line-up over the past few months, but let’s hope it takes a little longer to get the next act.
Here’s a sample of the many great Prince tracks from his long career. Prince’s music is pretty much removed from all sites so if you really want to get in the spirit you’ll have to purchase his work or borrow from a friend but I’ll do my best.
Little Red Corvette
Fun Fact: this song actually came out in 1982
When Doves Cry
Today was a fantastic day. Starting in the beginning hours of the day, aka last night after midnight, the world witnessed one of the best nights in NBA history. First, the Warriors went out and dismantled the Grizzlies for their record breaking 73rd regular season win. Steph Curry shot the lights out, making his 400th 3 pointer of the season in the process, on his way to a 46 point effort despite only playing 3 quarters. As if that weren’t enough, Kobe Bryant decided to one-up that historic performance with one of his own. The Lakers have been awful all year and Kobe has been painfully mediocre but you just had a feeling something special was going to happen. But nobody could’ve predicted what happened. Kobe decided to drop a cool 60 points in his farewell game, going 5-5 from the field and 4-4 from the line for 15 points in the final 3 minutes of the game. Oh, yeah, and he hit the game winning shot with about 30 seconds left. We won’t see anything like this again for a long time.
After a nice night’s sleep, I wake up and head to today’s Pirates game. The beautiful weather makes up for the less than beautiful play the Pirates displayed today. Nothing can bring me down at this point. So I get in the car to go home and decide that the first throwback that comes on in my special playlist is going to be today’s TBT joint. And of course it is this absolute jam from David Banner and the gang. This was a time in music when Lil Wayne was untouchable and Akon was THE guy for hooks (along with T-Pain).
And because I’m nice, here’s a tribute of my own (well, technically of Lil Wayne’s) to the mamba.