#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

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#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 SexyBack- Justin Timberlake

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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.

G Baby

#TBT Prince Tribute

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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.

Purple Rain

Little Red Corvette

1999

Fun Fact: this song actually came out in 1982

When Doves Cry

G Baby

#TBT Rainy Day Music

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Inspiration for today’s TBT comes from Mother Nature. It’s been pretty crappy weather outside all day so I figured to throw it back with some good tunes about the rain or using rain as a metaphor or just using the word rain in the title. Enjoy.

The Weeknd- Tears in the Rain

Guns N’ Roses- November Rain

Red Hot Chili Peppers- The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

Adele- Set Fire to the Rain

BJ Thomas- Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head

SNBRN (ft Kerli)- Raindrops

G Baby

#TBT The LOX (ft Lil Kim, DMX)- Money, Power, Respect

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I was cruisin’ through the city earlier and this song came on the radio. At that moment, I knew what I was posting for TBT. “Money, Power, Respect” is one of The LOX’s dopest songs. Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch make up the three headed monster that is The LOX. They went on a bit of a hiatus after the release of their album “We Are The Streets” in 2000 but have been back at it the past couple years, releasing a few EP’s and songs and are supposedly prepping a new album for release sometime this year. Good news for any fan of hip-hop, especially late 90s hip-hop. Throw this on today and remember the old days when Diddy and Bad Boy Records were running the game.

G Baby