Listen to Lloyd Banks f. Eminem

Listen to Lloyd Banks f. Eminem. Where I’m At… if you haven’t heard it by now, this song is fire.  

Lloyd Banks is highly underrated and I am so glad that he is releasing Hunger for More 2… That album definitely needed to have a follow-up.

I know that it is hard to put a ‘classic’ label on some albums, but I just get a feeling that this HFM2 will be a classic…


Friday Playlist – Hip-Hop with Soul

So you are wondering… this is quite a detour from the old school jams I usually list. That is just me, I’m eclectic, get used to that!

Why am I putting this particular playlist in cyberspace?  I am one week into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I had already fallen behind.  I was finishing WIP’s and I just needed something to get me going.  What, no Eminem you say?  This particular playlist was meant to mellow me out, not plot world domination, and to be honest, listening to Eminem’s music makes me want to take over the world or at least sing about taking over the world…

Anyway, music is a gateway to feelings.  Music is a way to tap into those emotions that don’t come out otherwise.  Sometimes you just have to slip in a zone and music is the only way you can get there.  Sometimes you can take their angst, their anger, their fear, and let it flow into a story…  Music is, in my opinion, just an audiobook set to a beat.

Without further ado… here it is, my choices for hip-hop with a touch of soul.

1)      Sooner Than Later by Drake on :

Drake is a new comer who is really growing on me!

2)      Sweet Memories (Original) by Mary J. Blige on :

She is the original queen of hip-hop soul.

3)      Dreams ft. Brandon Hines by J. Cole on :

 J.Cole, again, another newcomer that has studied the art of the game.

4)      Ghetto Rich (Remix) (ft. John Legend, Lil Wayne & Nas) by Rich Boy on :

 Just listen to the way John Legend sings and then listen to the verses… this should be a classic.

5)      Smile (feat. 2Pac and Johnny P) by Scarface on :

 Oh come on, this is Scarface and Tupac, need I say more?

6)      Shook Ones Pt.2 by Mobb Deep on :

 Mobb Deep had cold flows under the guise of mellow beats.  Wonder why Havoc is producing such hard music now???

7)      It Was All A Dream by The Notorious Big on :

 This song is a classic..

8)      Hip-Hop Saved My Life (ft. Nikki Jean) by Lupe Fiasco on :

 Lupe!  love this dude’s mellow flow with a conscious attitude.

9)      Paper Planes by M.I.A. on :

 Um…don’t know what to say about this one except I just like the song.

10)   Yesterday by Atmosphere on :

 This is some homegrown talent and the dude’s flow is just a nice ride, no matter what he is talkign about.

11)   Desire (feat. Showtyme) by Pharoahe Monch on :

 One of the most underrated MC’s….

12)   You Got Me (feat. Erykah Badu) by The Roots on :

 The song is just classic and Eve’s verse is on point.

13)   Ms Fat Booty by Mos Def on :

 Can you actually have a playlist on hip-hop with some soul without Mos Def on the list?

14)   This Way (featuring Kanye West) by Dilated Peoples on :

 The song is definitely one of those self-examination songs…

15)   Misunderstood by Common on :

Deep lyrics, great hook…

Friday Playlist – Taking You WAYYYY Back…

Ok, so I have mad love from where Hip-Hop has come from and where it is going.  Yet, if you don’t check your history every once in a while and learn from it, you will be doomed to repeat it, as the saying goes. 

So, for the love of Dance/ska/reggae/pop/hip-hop and where it has been – here is an old school playlist just for kicks….

1)      10% Dis by MC Lyte on :

2)      Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson on :

3)      Basketball by Kurtis Blow on :

4)      Gangstas paradise by Coolio on :

5)      Gonna Make You Sweat by C+C Music Factory on :

6)      Hey Young World by Slick Rick on :

7)      Hip Hop Junkies by Nice & Smooth on :

8)      I Got a Man by Positive K on :

9)      It Takes Two by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock on :

10)   Say It Right by Nelly Furtado on :

11)   Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic on :

12)   Tootsie Roll by 69 Boyz on :

13)   Whoomp There It Is by Tag Team on :

14)   Supersonic by J.J. Fad on :

15)   I Feel For You by Chaka Khan on :

Bonus Track- Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa on :

My Friday Playlist – for August 20, 2010

Why would I do a playlist?  Because I love music.  I love my Grooveshark App on all of my phones and I would be lost without it.    I just went through my file list, and you would be amazed at the things that you add to your playlists when you are in the mood for it.   So check out my 15 song plays for the day….

1)      Hustlin by Rick Ross on :

2)      Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check by Busta Rhymes on :

3)      Pony (With Interlude) by Ginuwine on :

4)      Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Produced By Timbaland) by Jay-Z on :

5)      Break Ups 2 Make Ups by Method Man on :

6)      Turn Your Lights Down Low by Lauryn Hill on :

7)      He Is by Heather Headley on :

8)      More Than A Women by Aaliyah on :

9)      Swagga Like Us (Ft. Kanye West, Jay Z & Lil Wayne) by T.I. on :

10)   Money, Power, & Respect by The LOX on :

11)   Call Me D-Nice by D-Nice on :

12)   I Need Love by LL Cool J on :

13)   Don’t Sweat The Technique by Eric B. & Rakim on :

14)   Real Love by Mary J. Blige on :

15)   Nite And Day by Al B Sure on :

Eminem “Love the Way You Lie” AUDIO &… | Gather





Eminem “Love the Way You Lie” AUDIO &… | Gather


This is why I am inspired by this artist.  He is honest to the point it hurts.  The pain is evident in the wordplay. 

“…watching you leave through the window, I guess that is why they call it window pain.”   That is like Nathaniel Hawthorne at his rare moments.   Ok this was supposed to be a quick press, but dang it, this dude is due his due…

Thanks for coming back man...