Man, that Top Ten Rap Songs That White People Like got under my skin... I mean, I'm not really irritated, but maybe I have just had a different experience with Rap music. I've always had a sponge-like, obsessive desire to learn about music. My first introduction to Rap was at my friend Tracy's house when I was in the fifth or sixth grade and we used to listen to NWA before we walked to grade school together.
We lived on a block behind a K-Mart in the Northern Suburbs, I went through a brief period of shoplifting where I stuck mostly to Silly String and candy from the Tom Thumb up the block. Good times, good times... We ended up moving and my Rap connection was severed, and I fell in love with Wilson Phillips or Belinda Carlisle or something freakish like that. Anyways, I guess I just wanted to keep posting YouTube videos and I am super excited because I think I just landed my coolest interview to DATE. So - enjoy the videos, ok?
Local Rapper M.anifest - video from the Best New Bands show at First Ave a couple months back - you can probably hear me screaming on this...
Muja Messiah - Amy Winehouse
Brother Ali - Forest Whitiker (live)
Talib Kweli - Never Been in Love
Boogie Down Productions - South Bronx (yes i realise it's just the album cover for the entire thing, just listen!)
Tribe Called Quest - Scenario
And the joint that makes me go to my happy place...
Ice Cube - Today Was A Good Day