Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dr. Dre-"Let Me Ride" (1993)

This was the third single released by Dr. Dre off his 1993 album The Chronic after "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" and the previously posted "Fuck with Dre Day".

Ice Cube shows up a in a cameo (at 'lil over 5 minutes) in this Dr. Dre directed video to say "Damn right it was a good day", this indicated that the beef between Dr. Dre and Ice Cube was over. Yuh!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

NWA-"Express Yourself" (1988)

I'm trying to rap up these NWA related "beef" posts. Let's bring it back to one of the most innovative and original rap groups from which all the later internal contention between this group's members began. (pun intended)

"Unlike most songs on the album and by N.W.A, the song is almost devoid of profanity and violent content. "Express Yourself" was released in 1989 as the album's last single." (

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ice Cube-"No Vaseline" (1991)

Ice Cube goes the hardest while ruthlessly doggin' out his old homeboys from NWA- Dr. Dre., Eazy-E and even MC "motherfuckin" Ren. He dogggggggs everybody! He references (and the fan made video depicts an image of) Benedict Arnold n

(Also drops "Willie D told me to let a ho' be a ho, so....")

This comment from YouTube says it all:

@jacobalba89 Also he wrote all the Friday Films,starring in Boyz in the Hood, in both Barbershops, I see Ice Cube as a unappreciated Rap Legend, he had a legacy before Jay Z,Eminem,even Nas came onto the scene.

People don't rate Ice Cube now, cause he done a couple of kids movies, knowing his whole legacy I couldn't give a shit, if he's a sellout for that then your not a real ice cube fan neither is anyone else. Fed up with people saying he didn't keep it real.

Is there an MC Ren track where he disses Ice Cube, Dr. Dre. or Eazy-E that I don't know about?

Personal side note...My older brother and I did own the cassette tape Straight Outta Compton by NWA when i was elementary school (he was in middle school).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dr. Dre-"Dre Day"(1993)

This is the track that prompted the retaliatory previously posted "Real Mothaphukkin' G's". It's actual title is "Fuck with Dre. Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')".

Old school NWA photo.

"Used to my homey, used to be my ace..."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Eazy E-"Real Motherfuckin' G's" (1993)

I'm just glad Dr. Dre and Eazy-E could squash their beef, unfortunately it was a week prior to Eazy passing away due to complications from AIDS. This hook gets stuck in my head all the time. Maybe its cuz i'm from the 'burbs.

A memorial for Eazy from the Netherlands made by street artist LJvanT (3/26/10)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Linval Thompson-"I Love Marijuana" (1978)

This is another song I might not have ever heard were it not for's Augustus Pablo station. The lyrics are profound. Look-I'm not saying i smoke marijuana, but if i did- i would love this song.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Walter Jones-"Living Without Your Love" (2009) played this the other day while i was listening to Bottin's station. The production sounds great and the vocal hook works very well.

House music during the "Snowpacalypse" 2.0:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ronald Reagan + Michael Jackson (1984)

Some people were into celebrating (what would have been) Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday today. (Also Rick Astley's birthday. And my sister's).

Some background information on this photograph from Wikipedia:

In 1984, Jackson was approached to donate "Beat It" as backing music for a commercial on drunk driving. Jackson agreed and it was arranged for the singer to be awarded with an honor from the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. Prior to collecting the award, President Reagan sent Jackson a telegram, which read:

Your deep faith in God and adherence to traditional values are an inspiration to all of us. You've gained quite a number of fans along the road since "I Want You Back" and Nancy and I are among them. Keep up the good work, Michael. We're very happy for you.

The presentation took place on May 14, 1984, at the White House. Upon reaching the podium, Reagan remarked, "I hope you'll forgive me, but we have quite a few young folks in the White House who all wanted me to give you the same message. They said to tell Michael, "Please give some TLC to the PYTs." A reference to Jackson's Grammy Award-nominated song, "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)". Reagan also stated that Jackson "is proof of what a person can accomplish through a lifestyle free of alcohol or drug abuse. People young and old respect that. And if Americans follow his example, then we can face up to the problem of drinking and driving, and we can, in Michael's words, beat it."

In April 1990, Jackson returned to the White House to be recognized as "Artist of the Decade" by President George H. W. Bush. Two years later, on May 1, 1992, President Bush presented Jackson with an award acknowledging him as "a point of light ambassador". Jackson received the award in recognition for his efforts in inviting disadvantaged children to his Neverland Ranch. Jackson was the only entertainer to receive the award.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Frank Zappa and his parents in Life magazine(1971)

Photographer: John Olson

All images from LIFE are available on the web. Needless to say they have some good ones.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Day the Music Died

We watched the movie La Bamba yersterday while dealing with this smowmageddon; I didn't even realize this anniversary was coming up. His name being yelled out at the end always gives me goosebumps. RICHIE!!!

February 3rd, 1959

We got Buddy Holly representin' Lubbock, Texas. (Both times I have been to Lubbock we've never checked out the Buddy Holly Museum). The Big Bopper was also born in Texas. And we got Riche Valenz reppin' the Chicanos, or as Lou Diamond Philips would say in Young Guns: "chavatos".

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

John Barry-"Midnight Cowboy Theme"(1969)

Rest in peace John Barry (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011).

John Barry
won a Best Instrumental Theme Grammy for this theme from Midnight Cowboy (1969). My first introduction to this composition was when Faith No More did a cover on their album Angel Dust (1992). I loved that album in middle school (and truly still have love for it).

I have this soundtrack on wax and play it all the time. I love how side one starts with the Nilsson single "Everybody's Talking" and side two starts off with this main theme. This song is so sad.