DSXXX Anonamas Interview

November 30, 2008

1. Illa J – R U Listenin
2. The Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By (Hot Chip Remix Instrumental)
3. Jean Grae – Love Thirst
4. The Game; Raheem Devaughn – Touchdown
5. Murs – Me & This Jawn w/ Illa J – We Here Instrumental
6. Baron Zen – Burn Rubber(Dam Funk Remix)
7. Midnight Star – Curious
8. Eric B & Rakim – What’s on Your Mind
9. The Sugarhill Gang – Passion Play
10. J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science; Tim’m West – Dirty
11. Truth Universal – Gotta Love It
12. Jay-Z – Roc Boys (YBP Remix)
13. Jewels; CL Smooth – Appreciate the Rhodes
14. Muhsinah – Once Again
15. Coultrain – Lilac Tree
16. Raashan Ahmad – Shining

…::Anonamas Interview Pt 1::…
17. Shawn Struggle – Caught Up
18. Anonamas; Jewels; Blak Mamba – Abstract
19. Bottom Fly – Go Away
20. People Under The Stairs – Gamin’ On Ya
21. The 4orce – The Musician Instrumental

…::Anonamas Interview Pt 2::…
22. Anonamas – Still Here
23. Bahamadia; Dwele – Still Here
24. Sunz of Soul – Bass & Treble

…::Anonamas Interview Pt 3::…
25. Anonamas – Us
26. Brittany Bosco – Blues for Blue
27. Cubic Zirconia – I Wanna Freebase You
28. DJ Ayres – Give It Up Turn It Loose
29. Big Brooklyn Red – Sexual Healing
30. The Rurals – Planting Roots
31. BSTC – Venus and Mars

DSXXX Interview with Anonamas
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Missing Loofa :(

November 29, 2008

I have to start this one by giving props to DenaKali from the Sugar Shack, she did a blog on a song from this album, Tell Me a Bedtime Story that initially peaked my interest. Without even searching for it, later that week I found this album used for 5.99 on CD.

I’m Gonna Miss You in the Morning features Patti Austin, a pre-1978 Luther Vandross, and Tom Scott on Lyricon. I mention the year because this was after the self titled, Luther (1976), and This Close to You (1977)were released, albums that were not commercial successes and Luther is still operating in session singer, background vocalist, and songwriter mode on this Quincy Jones produced gem. When I heard the song I immediately opened the CD insert to see who the jazzy male vocalist was because SOMETHING sounded familiar about him (lol). In this session, Luther sings with a huskier voice, not in his higher register, as we’re most familiar with but that precision and musicality come off making this a joint that will definitely make an impression on you.

Patti Austin is no slouch, of course, and Tom Scott played the stank off of that Lyricon during his solo. Annnnd we all know Quincy is a genius and this is just another testament to that fact.

Quincy Jones; Luther Vandross; Patti Austin – I’m Gonna Miss You in the Morning

Luther Vandross also sings on Takin’ It to the Streets on this album which was probably like a 1978 The Chronic. Additional Players include Ashford & Simpson, Chaka Khan, Hubert Laws, Herbie Hancock, Eric Gale, Gwen Guthrie and Ralph MacDonald.
…I received a friend add from Mike Bean (Montgomery, Alabama). I didn’t know if he was someone who listened to the DSXXX, a singer, a rapper or what. I went to his page to see if there was any dope to be found and sure enough, I find a producer who’s laying down some heat. Im greeted by a chopped up version of one of my favorite Marvin songs from his What’s Going On album and the last song in the player is a tribute to Dilla. Who says all cats from down South are BAMAs? Check him out, his beats will make their way to DSXXX, so keep your ears peeled. Speaking of Alabama producers, I have to give a shout out to another Alabama super beat maker, Supreme.

Speaking of DOPE, I saw a blog entry from Tiombe Lockhart, followed it and ended up at her new band, Cubic Zirconia‘s Myspace page. I saw the title for the first track in the player and chuckled (yes, I chuckled) to myself, I Wanna Freebase You it read. IWFY is smart, funky, dark, electro rock and the genius continues with the second tune in the player Fu(k Work. Always daring and always on point, Tiombe doesn’t disappoint as she continues her post PPP compositions. Me: Singing, “Smoke your love raw/ It numbs the jawwww……”

Enter Jesse Boykins III, YOUR NEW FAVORITE SINGER! Does this sound bold? If so, let me expound: Jesse Boykins is a stellar singer/songwriter, graduate of New School University, and proponent of the post Neo Soul era (think Sa-Ra and PPP) with a great voice, talent for writing and an ear for making terrific music. I give The Beauty Created 7 out of 7 Head Nods!

Approximately 9 months and 11 days after dropping his spectactular debut EP, Dopamine, Jesse Boykins III and crew return to create Beauty. Beauty (n) – the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. Wielding style and substance, The Beauty Created can only be described as Boykins’ “Hip Hop Bossa Electro Soul Opus,” but even that does this album no justice. The parts of The Beauty Created are equally as astounding as it’s sum. The songwriting, shrouded in allegory and symbolism, covers a wide range of subjects with women being the topic, but not the focus of the song, allowing the listener to appreciate the surface of a song or immerse themselves in its depths. Sonically, you can hear influences from Jobim to the Isleys, Marvin to Sa-Ra and beyond. However, Boykins doesn’t merely recreate their sound, he adds his own flavor to it, dazzling the ear with a gumbo of sound without sounding like an experimental novice. (Check Shine which begins with electro hip hop soul then takes you straight to Jamaica and back again.)

Overall, The Beauty Created, remains in a lane all it’s own. Trendsetters in the music industry, nowadays, are slim to none. Jesse Boykins III is definitely carving his own lane and I hope we see his influence on his peers and their ilk. Experimental without being ostentatious (given his musical background) or too “out there”, The Beauty Created is worth your patronage on Amazon.com and iTunes. With his first full length, Jesse Boykins III has created an album that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit, or more simply Beauty…and that’s not just the new car smell talking (lol).

Peep DJ Rahdu’s interview with Jesse Boykins III on The Diamond Soul XXXperience here.

*Head Nod Scale
1=Don’t waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there’s “two and a possible”.
5=It’s a “good” album. Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project. Has the “Rewind Factor” more than once.
7=The number of completion. Great Album. Instant Classic.

it’s been a while… shout out to Rahdu, thanks for the inspiration.


Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul (The Breakup Version)
Illa Jay – Sounds Like Love featuring Debi Nova
Stacey Epps – Addicted
Davina – Only One Reason
Bilal – You Are
Slum Village – Fall In Love
J Dilla – Fall In Love (Remix)
Kanye West – Say You Will
Joel and Clementine Introlude
Sade – Keep Lookin’
Oh! – L.O.V.E. featuring Paris Runaway
Kid CuDi – Pillow Talk
Kissey Asplund – Another Glass
Duffy – Stepping Stone
The Foreign Exchange – All Or Nothing/Coming Home To You
Kanye West – Welcome To Heartbreak

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Check out the other mixes at: http://jayteedee.mypodcast.com/

1. Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves the Sunshine (9th Wonder Remix)
2. N’Dambi – Deep
3. YahZarah – Love is You
4. Part Time Heroes; Jono McCleery – Angels Fly
5. Lenny Kravitz – If You Can’t Say No
6. Raheem Devaughn – Love Drug
7. Kindred the Family Soul – Stars
8. Meshell N’degeocello – Smoke My Herb
9. Jesse Boykins III – Tabloids
…::Jesse Boykins III Interview Pt 1::…
10. Jesse Boykins III – Baby “I Don’t Know”
11. Jill Scott – Slowly Surely
12. YahZarah – Shook
…::Jesse Boykins III Interview Pt 2::…
13. Jesse Boykins III – Sobriety
14. Kutiman – I Just Want to Make Love to You
15. Tony Ozier – Nobody
…::Jesse Boykins III Interview Pt 3::…
16. Jesse Boykins III – Think
17. Sa-Ra – Fantastic Vampere
18. Presto; Kim HIll – Plain Jane
19. Madlib; Frezna – Yo Yo Affair Pt 1 & 2
20. Bilal Salaam – Fourfit
21. Illa J – Timeless
22. Jesse Boykins III – Pantyhose
23. Robert Glasper – J Dillalude

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Remember when you had a tape (yeah, I said tape on purpose) or an album that you really liked and wondered why the club/radio never seemed to play all your “favorites” from it?  Or, how there were certain rap songs you thought you weren’t going to like because of the intro music but when the MC started spitting, you ended up loving the song?  If you don’t have any fond musical memories of hip hop like these, you’re probably not considered by “most” to be a real fan of the art from back-in-the-day.  But, there’s no need to fear, Q-Tip is here!  

Enter The Renaissance.   Many rappers from back-in-the-day  that try to stage a musical  comeback suffer from what I refer to as the Schwarzenegger Effect.  In almost every movie he’s been in, there has to be some sort of explanation about his accent and/or build.  That’s because he’s not a great actor. He was extremely popular though.  Film makers felt that in order for audiences to “accept” him in a role, they needed to explain his thick accent and freakish size/build.  Many rappers from back-in-the-day didn’t ever really have the best lyrical ability compared to the lyrical geniuses we’ve come to love…they were, however, very popular. The Renaissance proves that Q-Tip doesn’t suffer from S.E. at all! 
From Johnny Is Dead to the bonus track Good Thang you’ll be constantly reminded that Q-Tip can rap…for real.  This album is an overall winner.  It’s not a throw-back album (i.e. it doesn’t sound dated or from the 90’s).  It’s a refreshinglook at what new hip hop can still sound like.  The music/production of this project is solid.  The beats aren’t the feature or the star of this project but are there to accompany the rhymes.  I give The Renaissance 6 out of 7 Head Nods*!  And now for the specifics…

Johnny Is Dead [track 1] ~ This is the 1st track on the project.  And, like a good intro should, it’s gives you some idea how Q-Tip can ride a track with his distinctive style.  And, if you listen to the words, he’s actually saying something.  “Sometimes I phase out when I look at the screen /  when I think about my chance for me to intervene and it’s up to me to bring back the hope put feeling in the music that you can quote / not saying that I hate it cause yeah, I kinda dig it, but what good is a ear, if a Q-Tip isn’t in it?” ~ Q-Tip

Won’t Trade [track 2] ~ On this one, Q-Tip uses sports talk to explain what can and does go on in a relationship.  Word play, nuance, metaphor, double entendre, etc., etc., etc..  This one has what I like to call “the rewind factor”.  Once you catch what he’s talking about, you’ll listen over and over to make sure you’re not missing anything.

 You [track 5]~ This one is more of a “slow jam”.  Not going to spoil it for you but listen to the words…it’s deep.

We Fight/We Love_Feat. Raphael Saadiq [track 6] ~ All I’m going to say on this one is…”Classic.”

ManWomanBoogie_Feat. Amanda Diva [track 7] ~ This is a poem put to a swing.  Once again, gotta listen to the words on this one to really get the vibe.

Move [track 8]~ Yeah, like I said…Q-Tip can rap.  Love the “flow” better than the song though.

Dance On Glass [track 9] ~ The 1st 16 bars are A cappella…a real live “naked 16″…Keep hooking!

Life Is Better_Feat. Norah Jones [track 10]~ Okay, this one reminded me of the part of Kool Moe Dee’s Wild, Wild West that goesI’m talking about Nazareth, B.O., Tony and Milton, Mike Mike Sluggo and Mike Chillion, D.O.B., Reggie B, and Sidney, Dana B, Derrick B, Sean B, and don’t forget, Big Hank, Don Ice and Sire Rock, God bless Peter Wax, Chuck Chuck, and Po Rock, El Dorado George…” …which is a good thing.

Believe_Feat. D’Angelo [track 11] ~ It’s like a hip hop “I believe I Can Fly” [The feel and the message of the song, not the sound.]

I’m Thed Weller and I approve this review.
*Head Nod Scale
1=Don’t waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there’s “two and a possible”.
5=It’s a “good” album.  Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project.  Has the “Rewind Factor” more than once.
7=The number of completion.  Great Album.  Instant Classic.
If you know me, you know that I haven’t been the staunchest Common supporter since he began to apologize for making Electric Circus. In addition to that, his subsequent albums lack the energy, creativity, focus and ferocity of Like Water for Chocolate or Resurrection. In most conversations, the rebuttal to that statement is “Well, Be and Finding Forever were good.” You know what, you’re right. They were just that, good. We have to hold these artists up to higher standards and not applaud them for making albums that the guy down the street is making. Why not, they have the money behind them and if the MC Kool-Aid from Ensley album sounds just as good as a major label product then there’s a problem!

Enough of that rant, I am happy to drop on you this gem from the former Sartorial Sap (before he got a stylist) about his new album, Universal Mind Control.
“…Check me out on the website Zune.net, y’all can get the whole album for 99 cents the day the album is released, y’all can’t beat that, my music is priceless. [Laughs]”

Yeah, Common, I had to laugh at that too. Check out Common, on this MC battle classic, back when he used to stomp a hole in MCs chests for real!

Common – The Bi+ch in You

Alton, McClain & Destiny were Disco Darlings that formed in 1978 and split in 1981; releasing four albums during their tenure at Polydor. More of You was their third release and includes a gospel tinged, feel good disco number that I want to share with you, “You Bring To Me My Morning Light.” Just listen and I dare you to not want to break into a boogie.

Alton, McClain & Destiny – You Bring to Me My Morninglight

BTW Alton McClain continued recording as a gospel singer, releasing albums God’s Woman in 1995 and Renaissance in 2005.

1. 14 KT – When My Sunsets (The Golden Hour)
2. Kindred – Alright
3. Big Brooklyn Red – Spoil Me
4. The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind
5. Omm’as keith – Bassa Sex plex
6. Illa J – All Good
7. Kissey Asplund – Silverlake
8. Brooklyn Academy – Raise Ya Hands (Instrumetnal)
9. Jay Dee; Phat Kat – Featuring Phat Kat
10. Q-Tip – The Renaissance
11. Q-Tip – Q-Tip for President
12. The ARE – Eclectic Relaxation
13. Marco Polo;J Davey – Relax
14. Nicolay; Peter Hadar – Watermelon
15. Count Bass D – Can We Hang Out Tonight
16. dviousmindZ – Show Me What You Got
17. Menahan Street Band – Make the Road by Walking
18. Jay-Z – Imaginary Player
19. Jake One; Elzhi; Royce Da 5’9″ – Glow
20. Panacea – A Mind on a Ship Through Time
21. Dabrye; Jay Dee; Phat Kat – Game Over (Flying Lotus Istrumental)
22. The Rurals – Save It
23. Erik Rico – Welcome to the Space Age
24. Madlib; Karriem Riggins – Life
25. Braille – Many Stories
26. 88 Keys; J Davey – Dirty Peaches
27. Jesse Boykins III – Pantyhose
28. Jazz Addixx – Don’t Judge Instrumental

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