Monday, February 1, 2010

Who made who……

It is officially “Take It Back Tuesday”. What’s that? Well, it’s this thing that we said we’d do, and then we don’t do. Today is a new day though, and I GOT this. When it comes to musical preferences, The BrainSlice is a walking contradiction. I often ponder the evolution of my strange playlists. If you dig deep enough, I really think you can see a method to the madness. One of the reasons I have always loved Hip Hop is the because it is inextricably intertwined with every other type of music I Limp_bizkit1love. Extrapolate that.

I’m not talking about corny-ass rap/rock groups, or Puff Daddy/Jimmy page collaborations (whack), or Lil’ Wayne making a “rock” album (just stop dude, seriously, just go to jail and read some books). single prom I’m talking about samples of amazing music that are recycled to make MORE amazing music. I’m talking about Hip Hop artists that grew up listening to Marvin Gaye and The Clash, and pay homage to them in their own music (hypothetically, not realistically speaking). How could you NOT love a Hip Hop MC or producer that lists Guns N Roses, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, and Credence Clearwater Revival as their influences? It seems like every progressive artist I hear interviewed lately wants to work with Bjork…..weird. Not as weird as me imagining Biz Markie’s voice flowing, no, stumbling, over pretty much any rock guitar riff and sounding like it has always belonged there.

My Ipod is a fucking train wreck. From Metallica to Morcheeba, Prince to People Under the Stairs, and Beastie Boys to Bob Dylan, it just doesn’t make sense. I got news for you though, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO MAKE SENSE.

One of my all-time favorite albums is Paul’s Boutique. The Beastie Boys hit a home-run on this one. Problem is beastie-boysno one was watching (or listening) because West-Coast gangsta rap was taking center stage about then. Go back and listen to License To Ill. It’s packed full of great samples, like John Bonham’s ridiculous drums off of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks”. Then listen to Paul’s Boutique. Not only is it full of samples, but they are MULTI-LAYERED samples. Seriously, these white boys sampled EVERYTHING, including Johnny Cash. This album is always on my Ipod. BrainSlice out.


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