I slept on Show Tufli a bit, but better late than never…Check out the video for 1st Class Ticket.

Show Tufli has an interesting story.  When he was 17 he had a stroke and was paralyzed for 40 days.  He overcame that and is now trying to conquer the rap game.  The song he spit over this chopped up sample of Erykah Badu’s Window Seat is a nice start.:

If you missed the remix version of Erykah’s Window Seat ft Rick Ross, check it out here.


Erykah Badu sings The Healer, her ode to hip-hop, at the House of Blues. Can you dig it?

If you have not seen Erykah Badu live, please do so if you are a fan of R&B, neosoul or hip-hop music.  She is a consummate performer who brings it every night (well…most nights…) she performs.  When she is on, she is a siren.  You will be brought under her spell and thankful for it.  Her songs are typically re-arranged from the album version to be MUCH funkier.  Often, they feature samples of hip-hop classics.  Whatever may seem too abstract on the album is brought down to earth and fully to life in concert.  The clip above does not do it justice, but it’s a start.  Hip-Hop.  It’s bigger than the government…

Freddie Gibbs put his spin on a classic Dr Dre beat (really Isaac Hayes) on his latest song Something New and did it real justice.

Check out the video showing a bit of the making of the song and click below for the download.

Closed Sessions: Freddie Gibbs

Click here to download Something New.

Also, check out a few other uses of the sample by Dr. Dre, as well as the original by Isaac Hayes which was MUCH slower than any of the samples.  Which do you like best?

XXPlosive – Dr. Dre

Bag Lady – Erykah Badu

Bumpy’s Lament – Isaac Hayes

Check out Erykah’s new video for Window Seat (remix ft. Rick Ross) and Turn Me Away (Get Munny) while it lasts…

So Soulful

Listening to Rick Ross talk about his soulful musical influences inspired this playlist.  It features Curtis Mayfield, Mary J. Blige and others cited by the Teflon Don.  Tracklist below.

Summer Madness – Kool & The Gang

I Can’t Help It – Michael Jackson

Give Me Your Love – Curtis Mayfield

Holding You, Loving You – Don Blackman

Daylight – Ramp

Get It Together – India.Arie

Be Thankful – Omar ft. Erykah Badu

Nights Over Egypt – The Jones Girls

Better By the Pound – Me’Shell Ndegeocello ft. Caron Wheeler

Superman Lover – Johnny “Guitar” Watson

All I Do – Stevie Wonder

Stop Playin’ – Musiq Soulchild

Be Happy – Surface

Things We Do For Love – Horace Brown

Love No Limit – Mary J. Blige

Meditations on Hip-Hop, Vol. Too

Think of this as hip-hop for chilling, sitting back and relaxing or just marinating.  It’s hip-hop for a rainy day.  Just click here, hit play, minimize your browser and let it ride.  Tracklist is below:

Kick it to the Beat – J-Live

The Lights – Nicolay & Kay

Do You Think About Me – 50 Cent

U.N.I.T.Y. – Queen Latifah

Nic’s Groove – The Foreign Exchange

Act Too…The Love of My Life – The Roots

Intergalactic Soul – DJ Spinna ft. Phonte

Nighttime Maneuvers (9th Wonder Remix) – Little Brother

Magnificent – Rick Ross

Flashing Lights – Kanye West

Get Ta Steppin’ – Hi-Tek ft. Mos Def

Prescription – Wale

Just Another Day – Queen Latifah

Maybach Music – Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z

Losing My Balance – J. Cole

Jersey – Queen Latifah

Successful – Drake

Liberation – Outkast ft. Cee-Lo

Park Bench People – Freestyle Fellowship

If This is Love – The Foreign Exchange

SpottieOttieDopaliscious – Outkast ft. Erykah Badu

Umi Says – Mos Def