TODDY TEE + ICE CUBE: COMPTON’S IN THE HOUSE



Toddy Tee feat. Mix Master Spade: Gangster Boogie
From 12″ (JDC, 1989)

Ice Cube feat. Chuck D: Endangered Species (Remix)
From 12″ (Priority, 1990). Also available on AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted CD

Two cuts with a Compton hook this time. First of all, let’s take a moment of silence again for the late Mix Master Spade who graces Toddy Tee’s “Gangster Boogie.” It may not be as politically oriented as “Batterram” but I’m not mad at any old school L.A. rap song that jacks David Bowie. Fonkee. Makes me want to get my pop-lock on.

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KANYE WEST: SUMMER GOLD



Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx: Gold Digger
From Late Registration(forthcoming, August 2005)

I’m sure this has already made its rounds elsewhere, earlier but damn, this is a surprisingly fun, catchy song – just right as we enter the dog days of summer. I shouldn’t be surprised – it’s not like Kanye is known for morose ballads. Still, let’s be honest, there are many among us who wouldn’t be that upset if hip-hop’s biggest egomaniac took a sophomore schlump for the ages. Alas, it won’t be on this song, flipping a colorful Ray Charles loop and [...]

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SUMMER SONGS: TODD INOUE



Teena Marie: Square Biz
From It Must Be Magic (Motown, 1981)

The Go Team!: Ladyflash
From Thunder, Lightning, Strike (Memphis Industries, 2004)

Journey: Don’t Stop Believing
From Escape (Sony, 1981)

Editor’s Note: The latest in the Soul Sides Summer Songs series is from the my mellow, my man (and fellow new dad), Todd Inoue, music editor for the SJ Metro. I think summer songs should be utilitarian – easy to sing, vibe to. Put it on in the car and everyone flips out. During my day, that meant dinosaur rock like the Scorpions, Foghat, Rush, AC/DC [...]

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NAS: YOU AIN’T GOT NO "ETHER" FOR US?


Nas: Don’t Body Ya’self
From ? (2005)

This was sent to us from one of our “sources” and it’s circulating around the WWW from what I’ve seen. It’s a dis track where Nas goes after QB haters and notably, 50 Cent. It’s “cool” but Nas is sometimes too smart to be a good battler. Go after the jugular Nasir! And as Ian points out, a John Legend loop is not gangsta.

JANKO NILOVIC & K-SOLO: BLOG STALKIN’ PT. 3


Janko Nilovic: Chorus for Leslie
From Supra Pop Impressions (Montparnasse 2000, 197?). Also available on Mood Mosaic 8.

K-Solo: Fugitive (Clark and Cool Jon Love Remix)
From 12″ (Atlantic, 1990)

Part three of the Soul Sides blog stalkin’ series owes its first burst of copycat inspiration (is that any oxymoron?) to Earfuzz.com who recently highlighted French library music composer, Janko Nilovic. I own a few library titles but I really don’t make it a habit to collect them religiously. Bottomline, I’m not a producer so I’m only interested in LPs that have actual songs that I dig, [...]

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