I just discovered via the Twitters this blendtape put out by acclaimed blender DJ Topspin. Peep it. It takes some exclusive beats from Waajeed of PPP (Platinum Pied Pipers) and vocals from their last album and remixes them. It’s pretty soulful and original, and Topspin’s ear is pretty on. The latter half is a bunch of Dilla remixes. RIP Dilla. Also, today is the anniversary of Biggie’s death as well.
More celebratory sounds for the month of February, the month of J Dilla’s birth [2/07/74] & his death [2/10/06]…
For this one, I paired new & exclusive beats from WAAJEED to remix his PPP debut album ‘Triple P’. For the 2nd half, I put the many Jay Dee / Dilla flips & remixes I’ve constructed over the years on display. #TURNITUP!
Cop the tape on DJ Topspin’s website here, and peep the remix of Faith Evans’ “U Gets No Love” above, which I particularly enjoyed.
Today’s Classic Flashback is none of other than Nancy Wilson! I love Nancy Wilson’s voice. She’s an impeccable song stylist, and why I have fallen in love with her over the past year or so randomly baffles me. However, I cannot get enough of the way she styles a song. One of my favorite joints by her is “Where Does That Leave Me”. Please get into that song and this voice. Go download some Nancy Wilson material today if you feeling taking a stroll down Good Music Lane and Great Voice Way. You won’t be disappointed.
Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
4.5 starts out of 5 stars
The Robert Glasper Experiment has put out their latest opus,Black Radio. If you don’t purchase anything else this month, you need to get this.
This is Robert Glasper’s most accessible record, and wow, is it fantastic. It features the likes of Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, the list goes ON. It’s sad, ironic, and really a shame that despite the title of the radio, you’ll most likely never hear any of these songs on any mainstream radio. And the fact that there is still a demarcation between “black” radio or otherwise is backwards STILL.
That being said, this album, despite the complex musicalities of it, is a great balance between Glasper’s (and his cohorts) musical genius and his need to garner mainstream attention. He does it. It’s a musically dense yet well-played and orchestrated record. Erykah Badu does her thing on her cover of “Afro Blue”, Ledisi ministers on her cut “Gonna Be Alright”, Stokley of Mint Condition channels Stevie Wonder on “Why Do We Try”, and Glasper’s cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is the stuff that legendary live shows will be made of. Too many highlights. Get this. You’ll have to listen to it at least 3x to digest fully, I bet.