My number 1 favorite Rapper of all time is, Andre 3000!!! Well obviously!!! There is just no one who has ever been able touch his lyrical prowess and and extreme creativity. Grant it he hasn’t ever really rapped solo. The only times he has ever rapped without Big Boi, as the duo OutKast, is on a couple songs on “The Love Below”, which is technically his solo album. This was also still under the OutKast moniker and 95% of that album is him singing (not rapping), which don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy very much. Since 2006, after the release of “Idlewild”, which also featured him singing the majority of the time, Andre (3 Stacks) basically went into hiding, only emerging to be featured on other peoples tracks, here and there. This lack of solo raps made it very hard for me to find a song displaying his amazing lyrical skill. This feat was also made even more difficult paired with trying to also find a solo song with him just rapping, that also had a video for it. So I gave up on the hope of finding a solo video of his with him rapping and settled for the song “A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre” from “The Love Below” for today’s song of the day, which is him just rapping for 5 minutes straight. No chorus. It’s SICK!!! And this is just the very tip of the iceberg on how awesome he is as a Rapper. Through his whole career with Outkast, from 1994’s “Southernplayalisticadillacmusik” to 1996’s “ATLiens” to 1998’s “Aquemini” to 2000’s “Stankonia” and beyond he has always spit the most perfect, creative, thought provoking, killer verses any Rapper could ever hope to spit. If you are not as familair with Andre 3000 or OutKast as you should be, I suggest (highly suggest) you get acquanted and FAST!!!
Number 9 on my top 10 favorite artists/groups is the one and only Pink Floyd and today’s song of the day is their funky hit “Money”. I’ve been listening to Floyd since I was about 17 years old and with each passing year I grow fonder and fonder of them. I would have put them even higher up on my top 10, but to be honest other than “Dark Side Of The Moon”, “Wish You Were Here”, “The Wall” and a bunch of random songs from various other albums, I’ve never heard the majority of their discography, although I desperately want their new complete box set of all their albums. I can be a big sucker for box sets (being that I’m very much a completist) and I’m sure a box set doesn’t get much better and/or more epic than Pink Floyd’s. They made some of the most stunning, beautiful, rocking, mind blowing music ever recorded. I’m certain that once I get the chance to process their complete works, they will rise up 2 or 3 or maybe even 4 notches on my top 10. They are certainly my #2 favorite Classic Rock band after the Beatles. They always say every kid needs to discover the Beatles and Pink Floyd (among others). I’m so grateful that my ears are in tune to be able to fully appreciate all that Pink Floyd had and still has to offer the world. In July I will be seeing Rodger Waters (the mastermind behind much of Floyd’s most successful material) at Yankee Stadium, on his “Wall” tour. He will be playing the album “The Wall” in it’s entirety with grand theatrics to boot. Needless to say I can’t wait and I’m chomping at the bit to see him rip it up!!!
Gorillaz, Andre 3000 and James Murphy released a new song today “DoYaThing” as part of a Converse campaign called “3 Artists, 1 Song”. Below is the link to the song. Check it out!!! And if you like it, you can download it there for free (legally)!!! It’s really good, but what would you expect from these guys. Very trippy.
I had trouble again finding just the right video to share of another of the great performances from Sunday night’s Grammys for today’s song of the day. I wanted just the song “Princess of China” at first, but realized I couldn’t just get that, so I tried to get the full performance with Rihanna performing her song “We Found Love” then leading into RiRi (Rihanna) and Coldplay performing “Princess of China” together and finally closing with just Coldplay playing “Paradise”, but I couldn’t find that video either. I did however find “Princess of China” and “Paradise” in one video for a dual song of the day. I’m not much of a fan of RiRi, but I am a big fan of Coldplay and I thought this was a pretty good performance. It wasn’t over the top. It was simple, yet colorful and well executed by both Rihanna and Coldplay. Check it out.
In continuing with the 5 days of 2012 Grammys performances, I would like to share Jennifer Hudson’s performance and Whitney Houston tribute of “I Will Always Love You” as today’s song of the day. Jennifer Hudson did a beautiful job. The performance was heartfelt and moving. It was simple, which was good because it allowed everyone to reflex upon the lose the music world had felt only the day prior. Whitney Houston was such a talented vocalist and it’s very hard to top her performance of “I will Always Love You”, but Jennifer Hudson did a great job. R.I.P. Whitney Houston.
Heard this, “Waiting For Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez, on the radio, on my way home from work today and it brought me back to 1999, in a second. Now it’s stuck in my head, so I want to get it stuck in all of your heads too.
The great, new song, “Blue Sky” by Common, utilizing a sample of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky”. I love the original song by ELO and this song. Enjoy this song, even if your skies aren’t blue at all.
The #5 artist/group on my top 7 artists/groups is Justin Timberlake/*NSYNC. They are my favorite contemporary (from my generation) Pop act. Let me explain why Justin/*NSYNC is on this list with such legends and icons. First, you really have to understand that Justin Timberlake/*NSYNC are pop icons of my generation. Just like Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson were of their generations. These guys were so wildly popular when I was in middle school and high school. I grew up on them/him. They are one of the first groups/artists, I remember liking, all on my own, from my generation (the very first, I can remember, is actually #6 on this list and you will hear about them tomorrow). The first concert I ever went to was *NSYNC (with my mother). It took me a while to admit that. But they were awesome!!! They have the top 2 fastest selling albums of all times. When Justin went solo he got even better as an artist. I’ve seen him solo in concert also, with a friend, back in 2007 and he was great as always and showed he was also a respectable musician by playing piano, guitar, drums and even keytar!!! You can see the exact concert I was at, on DVD “Futuresex/Loveshow – Live From Madison Square Garden”. People have made a lot out of who is the “new” Michael Jackson”. People have said Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown, but the real inheritor of M.J,’s impossible to fill throne is without a doubt, Justin. Not only is he the most successful of this aforementioned group of performers, as well as super talented, his music is often uncannily similar to that of M.J., he was a child star like Michael (Mickey Mouse Club), he was in a boy band like M.J. (Jackson 5 of course), and let’s not forget that Michael Jackson gave his personal stamp of approval to Justin by performing with *NSYNC at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, as well having *NSYNC perform with him at what turned out to be his final concert. Justin Timberlake is without a doubt the biggest male star of his generation. He’s made so many catchy, well crafted pop tunes with and without *NSYNC. And he is still young. Unfortunately he hasn’t had a new album since 2006’s, “Futuresex/Lovesound”. Come on with a new album already J.T. (also known by his initials like M.J.). You too OutKast!!! OutKast also hasn’t had a new album since 2006’s, “Idlewild”. All you guys need to come on!!! So today in honor of #5, Justin Timberlake/*NSYNC, check out “Rock Your Body” from Justin, “Bye, Bye, Bye” from *NSYNC and I’ve also included the two videos of Michael Jackson and *NSYNC performing together, all for your viewing pleasure.