SMANG SMANG!

I put this up on the Soul Sides Facebook page but I decided it deserved its own post. Watching the video, it’s pretty clear this is meant to be a parody of sorts (the Milli Vanilli coif should be your first red flag) but listening to the song, without paying attention to the images, this song sounds like it’d easily fit into a mix of post-jerkin’ tunes and I’ll go one further and say: I’m kind of feeling this (except maybe for the Flynt Flossy’s cameo). It reminds me a lot of the beat for Cali Swag District’s […]

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LIGHT BULB: THE HOOD MIX

This is like the answer back to all those folksy singer/songwriters trying to be cute by covering Dre and Snoop songs.

A few updates.

One reason I’ve been slow to post here is because I had knock these out…

Sade review. Africa Boogaloo review. Song of the Day about “Cumbia Moderna De Soledad” from Black Man’s Cry.

Upcoming:

Another Song of the Day for that Little Ann song. A review of Freeway’s Stimulus Package Guest post for Super Sonido’s 45 series.
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WE ARE THE WORLD, FAIL

I hate to pick on something done for charity but can we just talk about how stunningly terrible this is? Four things off the top of my head (just so I don’t explode in criticism):

1) It’s been a quarter century since the OG “We are the World.” Are you telling me no one could find a way to write a new ensemble song? Are you f—-ing kidding me?

2) Bringing back video of the original artists – MJ for example – was tacky. And again, says something very poor about the current state of popular music.

3) […]

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OH SNAP!

Some time in either the late ’90s or early ’00s, I was at a De La Soul show in the Bay Area. To be honest, for whatever reason, the energy was kind of flagging throughout the whole thing (I had seen some great De La shows in the past, this just didn’t happen to be among the more stellar ones).

Biz had been one of the opening DJs and during the De La’s set, they brought him out and he sang the chorus to “Just a Friend.”

Brought the house down. It was the most energized the […]

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MUPPET RHAPSODY

GET LOOSE NOW

The 80s keep coming back!

GREATEST THING. EVER.

I heart Sesame Street. See more flavor here.

ROCK WITH THIS

This dude is off the chain.

LUSHLIFE COVERS CLASSIC HIP HOP

Lushlife, whose debut album was released in July (and covered here at Soul-Sides), has been doing an acoustic covers series of classic hip hop tunes on the Rapster Records YouTube site.

Cru – Just Another Case

Jay-Z – Dead Presidents (version 1)

MAYER HAWTHORNE PREVIEW

Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So, Maybe No from Stones Throw on Vimeo.

Stones Throw just released a new video for Mayer’s “Maybe So, Maybe No” cover. Nice little summer party toward the end of the video. A couple of shout-outs to the King of Pop are mixed in the video, too.

Also, on Stones Throw’s Jukebox you can hear “Your Easy Lovin (Ain’t Pleasin Nothin)” from his upcoming album. He definitely shows his Detroit roots with this nice little Motown Sound backbeat. With the mini-break coming out of that first hook, I always think The Supremes are going […]

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