Taking It To the Max

One of the compliments once paid to Soul Sides was in regards to our now famous “Apache Post” that was an adaptation of a Michaelangleo Matos paper given at the Experience Music Project Conference a few years back – this time, complete with sound files to help illustrate the point.

The reason people seemed to like it is that it seemed to embody the potential for audioblogs to create a unique medium for discussion and expression. After all, it’s more than just text or music on its own, but can combine the two in […]

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ED O.G.: $280 HIP-HOP?

Ed O.G.:Love Comes and Goes & Go Up and Up
From Roxbury 02119 (Polygram, 1994)

Look – we all know that eBay is outta control, ESPECIALLY with hip-hop records these days. The whole random rap craze is inflating prices to insane level, not to mention indie label gangsta rap and other such goodies. But jeeeeesus – I saw that Ed O.G.’s second album on promo-only vinyl just sold for $280 and I had to scrape my jaw off the pavement.

Provided, this was a rare album on vinyl but it’s not like we’re talking […]

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Emotions: Take Me Back
From Untouched (Stax, 1972)

Little Sonny: Memphis BK
From Black and Blue (Enterprise, 1971)

I had so much fun with the last post, I decided to keep things in Memphis, highlighting just a couple more songs. Both of these are Stax-related (told you I had stacks o’ Stax) and reflective the label’s broad styles and appeal. First up is the girl group, The Emotions, with a song from their surprisingly scarce Untouched album. I’ve highlighted this album before, hitting […]

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Emotions: Blind Alley
From Untouched (Stax, 1972)

Big Daddy Kane: Ain’t No Half Steppin
From 12″ (Cold Chillin’, 1988). Also on It’s a Big Daddy Thing (Cold Chillin’, 1988)

The Pharcyde: 4 Better or 4 Worse
From promo-only 12″ (Delicious Vinyl, 1993). Also on Bizarre Ryde II the Pharcyde (Delicious Vinyl, 1992)

The Emotion’s “Blind Alley” was the first break I ever heard: I remember that DJ Joe Quixxx and Beni B played it once on KALX (this was back in 1993 or so) and I recognized it as the sample behind AMG’s “Jiggable Pie,” (yeah, […]

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