Posts Tagged ‘common’

The Greatest Pete Rock Tribute of All-Time

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Part 2 concludes our 8-hour Pete Rock tribute. It was a daunting task to properly celebrate Pete’s astonishing career but after two episodes and 480 minutes of music, we think we got it right. Part 2 focuses more on Pete’s work from the late 90s all the way to today. Besides the solo work, we have music from Rakim, Raekwon, Bumpy Knuckles, Phife Dawg, Black Star, Guru, Ghostface Killah, Ill Bill, Big L, Roc Marciano, The LOX, Redman, Planet Asia, Cormega, Sadat X, Termanology, Grap Luva, Nature, Torae, Smoke DZA, Cypress Hill, De La Soul & Apathy to name a few. Don’t forget, we just relaunched our new website, where you can stream, download and view all playlists for every episode, including this one. Please join us as we continue to celebrate one of the greatest producers to ever do it – Pete Rock!

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Remember KMD?

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

A common misconception seems to be who makes up the Native Tongues collective. The core isn’t as big as you think. There are affiliates like L.O.N.S., The Beatnuts, Brand Nubian and influenced groups like Black Star or Da Bush Babees too. But the NT O.G.’s were responsible for countless classics. Many of which, I’m sure make up some of your favorites. For years, every time there was new group that sounded like they influenced by the Tongues, that group was immediately heralded as the next Tribe. It happened early on with The Roots, then Slum Village and then Little Brother. We desperately wanted a group to fill that void for us, but none could match up to ATCQ. Out of all the groups I mentioned, I have always felt KMD could have carried that torch. Even though they came out around the same time and shared a label with L.O.N.S. and Brand Nu, KMD felt very much like they were from the Native Tongues school. From the lyrical content to the production, it felt very familiar. Back then, everyone was loosely affiliated. You had Prince Paul working with both De La, Latifah and 3rd Bass. You had The Beatnuts working with Pete Nice, Chi Ali, Kurious and Common. Everybody was somehow related. KMD had a short lived career, but their two albums gave every indication that they could have carried on that Native Tongues tradition. There are a lot of similarities between Q-Tip and MF Doom too. Age, personalities, reclusiveness, creativity, production and dopness.

Check out our Complex collabo where we lace you with the 100 Best Native Tongues Songs.

Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 3: Holiday Edition)

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

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For some, it doesn’t feel like the holidays until we see our pals John McClain, Kevin McCallister or Ralphie Parker. Episode 3 is our holiday special and its packed with classics from OutKast, Redman, Common, Lord Finesse, Big Pun, Nas, Screwball, The Roots, Mad Skillz, The Beatnuts and L.O.T.U.G., plus new music from The LOX, Snowgoons, Meyhem Lauren and Hus Kingpin & SmooVth. And what’s our show without a little banter? We each discuss/diss our favorite years in hip-hop as well as our guilty pleasures. Stay tuned, you don’t want to miss this show!

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Return of The Boom-Bap (The T.R.O.Y. Blog mix)

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

For all of our Spotify users out there, our lil’ bro blog OpinionatedJay has put together 4 really cohesive mixes covering a few different themes such as indie rap, collaborations and posse cuts to quintessential Boom-Bap hip-hop. Check them out and subscribe to the ones you like because we’ll continue adding to these playlists as more tracks become available via Spotify.

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Common – “Resurrection” + remixes

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Common Sense “Resurrection” (LP Version)

Common Sense “Resurrection ’95”

Common Sense “Resurrection” (Extra P remix)

Common Sense “Resurrection” (Large Pro remix)

For the LP version of “Resurrection,” the title track of Common’s sophomore album, producer No I.D. samples the piano from Ahmad Jamal Trio’s “Dolphin Dance” and places the loop on top of a forceful break. Neither the melody nor the rapping are trampled by the drums; each element sounds equally assertive and vibrant. I can imagine a drunk and raucous Common barging into the studio and quickly sobering once he hears the instrumental track, shifting his focus to reeling in the rhymes and puns cascading through his mind. The high-pitched nonsensical antics of his debut effort no longer suffice, as he is newly inspired to treat his vocation as both craft and art.

This is the mythology that Common offers to the listeners, that his “speech and thoughts” are quicker and more nimble now that he’s grown up a bit and halted his daily consumption of malt liquor. He is just coming down from his high, so he must “stagger,” possessed by the forward movement of the beat. Rhyme patterns begin to assemble themselves into patter, as if they were interdependent organisms moving in knowing response to the rhythm. By gradually lifting himself out of his alcoholic fog, Common reconnects with the wondrous physicality of words, both the sounds they make when spoken and the images and moods they evoke. (more…)

Jon Stewart Slams Fox News Over Common Outrage

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

If you missed this non-controversy, here’s a summary. Two-part video below.

Jeru, Common, Nas, and Lil B: Genre Personification

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Songs that personify hip hop as a damsel in distress ((It’s funny to me that this type of song often criticizes  misogyny  in rap at the same time that it personifies hip hop as a woman who does not possess any creative/sexual agency, i.e. a used up whore in need of corrective pimping.)) or simply as a hapless victim are  difficult to sit through. The listener is asked to accept the premise that the rapper playing the knight in shining armor knows best; that his intentions are noble; that his take on the history of the genre is informed and insightful; and that his critique is not merely an assault on a false dichotomy. This problem was overcome in the past when rappers penned witty, stylized odes to their genre and their contradictions were overshadowed by enjoyable music. Years later, however, songs like Common’s “I Used To Love H.E.R.” and Jeru The Damaja’s “One Day” lose some of their luster. The moral rescue enacted in these songs is campy and antiquated; listeners no longer pine for a reclamation of the genre. Why bother, when any individual fan can utilize online social networking to rescue the music that correlates to their niche taste and place it in a conveniently labeled mylar pouch? (more…)

The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: Funk-O-Rama V5

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
Volume 5.
Check previous Funk-O-Rama compilations.

01. The Beatnuts – We Got The Funk
02. Cypress Hill – The Funky Cypress Hill Shit
03. DJ Quik – Way 2 Fonky
04. Lords Of The Underground – Funky Child
05. The D.O.C. – It’s Funky Enough
06. Common – Food For Funk
07. Pooh-Man – Funky As I Wanna Be
08. Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth – Funky Technician
09. Tragedy Khadafi – Pump The Funk
10. Too Short – Short But Funky
11. Rascalz – Funky Migraine
12. Fast Eddie – Yo Yo Get Funky