Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A few joints i'm feeling

Here is Mos Def's History video featuring Talib Kweli. I think it's a really dope video. I love black and white videos. The lighting is really dope, and I like the imagery (Muhammad Ali..amongst other things). Mos Def and Talib Kweli always make a dope team together. The vibe is really classy....it shows different sites of NYC - like Brooklyn, etc. Mos Def imho is a very underrated artist - it sucks in this world of ringtone rap and catchy hooks and dances - that true raw to the bone art is pushed back. However, I'm glad cuz the ones that do have more than just ears and eyes can truly see the precious gems in these music videos. Props to Mos Def for doing his thing.

The next joint I wanna get into is Jay-Z's "On to the Next One" ft Swizz Beats. This video is stirring up a lot of controversy due to it's "seemingly" satanic/demonic/occult images, but that's truly not the case. I feel it's more of a mock off of everyone saying that he practices masonry. But more importantly, it's a tribute to another black artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (R.I.P.). I think the video is really dope - the black and white, the lighting is really crisp, the images are ill, the different costumes, and just the flow of the video. It's just a really classy/cool/urban but retro vibe. I think Sam Brown definitely did his thing on this video. Jay-Z is coming toward the beginning of the Fall (Season) of his life. And you can definitely the finesse he has with his style and the maturity he's bring with age and longevity in the music world. I cannot wait to see what else is in store for not only the Blueprint, but the next LP he's working on. Props.

The last one for now is Timbaland's "Say Something" featuring Drake. First off, Timbo is a legend in the game producing for tons and tons of ppl like Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Aaliyah (R.I.P.) so you already know his music catalog is beyond on point. I will say that although this is not Timbo's most impressive track, the simplicity of the song makes it shine by itself. The beat is simplistic but it's infectious. Not only that, Drake's vocals on the song fit perfectly. The hook is also nice, so I'm definitely feeling this. A lot of people are knocking Drake because of the accolades he's getting without releasing an official album, and I can understand that. All I'm saying is give this dude a chance...he's coming from a different perspective. I don't put him in my top 10 or even 20 fav emcees, but I think he's got some good material. And if he keeps putting out consistent songs and stays true to himself - I think he has the chance for some longevity. I'm not just getting on the bandwagon, either. I've been a rebel since day one, but I will say this - I've been listening to this cat since "Comeback Season" in 2006-2007. This was before mad ppl knew who the hell he was, and I've watched Degrassi since 2001. This kid got talent. So check out the vid....

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