Janelle Monáe – Say You’ll Go
Wale Feat. Marsha Ambrosius – Diary
Jay Electronica – Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)
There is a trend, of late, where musicians have turned to movie scores for inspiration and sample sources. Most recently Janelle Monáe‘s fantastic album features the song above that gracefully segues into what at first sounds like something from Alexandre Desplat’s score for Benjamin Buttons but on second thought more closely matches Claude Debussy’s Claire De Lune. A song that has appeared in many a film score, but in recent memory in Ocean’s 11. Next Up, Wale, no stranger to film and television inspiration for his music, improvises on the other side of the romanticism portrayed in the film Amelie with his song Diary. And finally, perhaps the starter of the trend. This artist is only now reaping the commercial rewards for the momentum that this download-only, concept track started a a handful of years ago. As Just Blaze notes in the intro, no one was doing this kind of music at the time (and most still aren’t). Jay Electronica‘s brilliant movie score mixtape, Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge). Not only does he work the moving Jon Brion Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind score into a strong backdrop for his concept-heavy rhymes, but he also weaves in snippets from Babel, The Prestige, and even the vintage Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
As source music, you can’t do better than the music scores of today’s Hollywood blockbusters. These movies have become the homes of our contemporary classical composers.
“Who never got the props that (he) damn well deserved…” ~ Phife
TY can rock a party with an a capella orchestra. At six in the evening. In Elephant and Castle. I’ve seen it.
And that is when I realized that his is a talent that is not to be denied. He was selected to work with Tony Allen on Tony’s solo album. He’s had guests like Tyler McFerrin, Rich Medina, and De La Soul on his last album and his latest album is pretty dern good. He put out a maxi single of remixes to his latest single. Heavy weight music from Dego MacFarlane (One half of 4 Hero) and WAAJEED (another One to Watch!), but i still prefer the above original version.
Ladies and Gentlemen I give you Mercury Prize nominee TY.
Zone out to this beautiful piece of thought and music.
And for get that fake @$$ letter.
Rest in Power, Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal.
Big up to The Meaning of Dope for this and many other videos and expressing a true love of the art. In this video you get to see the hard work that these teenagers were putting into their music.
nice vid. i always find it hard to believe that these animatics are the official videos, but this one is amazing. great production art and voiceover work over a cool Dilla beat. worth more than one watch.
this has got me open. excellent art, great music selection (does anyone know the name of this 9th Wonder track?).
more motion from the master:
After watching lectures from RBMA for years, I finally got to be a part of a lecture series. This evening included sound system designer Gary Stewart, music producer 88-Keys, DJ Harvey, and VERY SPECIAL SECRET GUEST Flying Lotus!
FlyLo is a rock star!
And Red Bull puts together truly amazing experiences.
Quantic and his Combo Barbaro
from the Official US Release Party of ‘Tradition In Transition’.
July 15th, 2009
@ The Frying Pan on Pier 66
Big up to Will Quantic and Nickodemus. There needs to be more events like this in the city.
All photos and videos taken with my iPhone 3Gs.
I’m feeling the sunshine today and Stones Throw enticed me to grab the lastest Madlib opus from the title alone: “Summer Suite”.
Even the Stones Throw site has to admit that the master’s work is not always easy to digest: “This suite is a single track comprised of four major sections and several different themes, altogether feeling similar to, more more cohesive, than one of Madlib’s jazz mixtapes.” But I have to admit that this Suite of music has just the right vibe.
Until, that is, I recieved my Amie Street newsletter.
Quantic and his Combo Barbaro sounds like summertime in the city. With traces of Vince Guaraldi and Roy Hargrove’s Habana, this album is groovin like a good summer road trip or barbecue.
EDIT: Just came across this amazing Trailer from the forthcoming Mochilla/Sonido del Valle production. Based around the music of Quantic and his Combo Barbaro.
Even though there has been a mass of media all about Michael Jackson (and not enough about Farrah Fawcett,
Ed McMahon, and even Karl Malden), I have to say that this music video mix by the brilliant Peanut Butter Wolf of
Stones Throw really touched and inspired me. (can you see the beginnings of the moonwalk in the forward sliding robot moves of Dancing Machine?!)
EDIT: Read this great, quick interview with Quincy Jones remembering Michael. So Wise! (and, uh…take a look at all those platinum records in the pic!)
I wanna hear Prince’s take on the passing of his competitive contemporary!