Tuesday, September 25, 2012

One of my favorite artist in this fickle game we call the "MUSIC BUSINESS" is the emcee/producer Jonathan Davis a.k.a. Kamaal Ibn John Fareed a.k.a. The Abstract b.k.a. Q-Tip! This pioneer is not only the frontman from one of my favorite hip-hop groups A Tribe Called Quest, but he is a chameleon in the game that has remained relevant over two decades. His impact on hip-hp and music as a whole is unpresidented. Q-Tip has written, produced and shared the stage with so many artists over the years, I'm sure he can't remember them all. His musical archives are FULL of classics that even your grandmother probably knows and loves.

This mixx is dedicated my man Kamaal. I compiled some of my favorite Q-Tip collaboration tracks. I dug deep in my archives for most of these songs and it was nice hearing these forgotten tracks again! Now, it's your turn to put ears on this joint and let the head-bobbing begin...

Kamaal Track Listing:

I Am The Black Gold of The Sun feat. Men At Work
Body Rock feat. Mos Def/Tash
On The Road Again feat. Jungle Brothers
Get Down Remix feat. Craig Mack
Can't Hold a Torch feat. Busta Rhymes
Sometimes (Ummah Remix) - Brand New Heavies
Make It Better feat. Rhymefest/Kanye West/Common
To Each His Own feat. Pete Rock/INI/Large Professor
Hold Tight feat. Slum Village
That's Sexy feat. Andre 3000
Get Involved feat. Raphael Saadiq
Scenario Remix feat. Phife/Kid Hood/L.O.N.S.
You feat. Lucy Pearl/Snoop Dogg
Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me feat. Quincy Jones/Mary J. Blige
Paris, Tokyo feat. Lupe Fiasco/Pharell/Sarah Green
Lightworking feat. Talib Kweli
We Fight, We Love feat. Raphael Saadiq
Come Close Remix feat. Common/Pharell/Erykah Badu
Believe feat. D'Angelo
The Frog feat. Sergio Mendes/will.i.am
Like That feat. BEPs/Cee-Lo Green/Talib Kweli/John Legend
Gone 'Til It's Gone feat. Janet Jackson
Bonus Track

Periodically, I like to make mixx compilations that showcase singers, rappers and producers from the Detroit Metropolitan area a.k.a "The Motor City". I'd describe the musical sound from this particular midwest location as raw, aggressive, diverse and soulful. Eminem, Aretha Franklin, Kid Rock, Anita Baker, Dwele and Kem are only a few of the names you should know that's representing Detroit music. There are plenty others and I will be sharing some of their music in this mixx. Most of these artists are Indie/Underground, which seems to be where the dopest artists hang out in 2012! So, listen, check for the artists you like, and support quality music...

The pic above is a landmark known as "Hart Plaza" located in downtown Detroit on river located directly across from Windsor, Ontario (Canada).

MotorCity Track List:

Moodymann ft. Monica Blaire - Possible
Slum Village ft. Vice - Da Essence
Ro Spit/Fatt Father/Fat Ray/Guilty Simpson/Marvwon/Black Milk - Detroit 101
Boog Brown ft. Invincible MC/StaHHr - Dope Girl Magic (Remix)
Neco Redd ft. Miss Nissa - Xanadu
Dwele ft. Phife Dawg - What Profit (Remix)
Cake Boyz - Do It For Dilla
Tone Trezure - All I Ever Wanted To Do
Fatt Father - Hungry
DJ Houseshoes - Suspended Instrumental
Quelle Chris - Spinnin
L'Renee - Stereolab
DJ Houseshoes - Moe Dirdee/Marvwon - Trouble
Danny Brown - LOL
Monica Blaire - Set Me Free
Ro Spit ft. Buff1/Phil Ade - Who I Am
Fatt Father - Angel
DJ Soko ft. Guilty Simpson/Hassan Mackay - Stand Up
L'Renee - Venice Beach
Big Tone - God Bless You
Elzhi - Blue Window
DJ Soko ft. Guilty Simpson - Biters
Slaughterhouse ft. Busta Rhymes - Coffin
Dwele ft. J Tait/L'Renee/Black Milk - Must Be