Filed under: Editor Picks, Leak of the Week, Urban | Tags: 99 Problems, Da Da Da, Editor's Picks, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, mixtape, No Ceiling, prom queen, Rebirth
PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD “Da Da Da” by Lil Wayne
If you’re worried about not getting enough Weezy before he heads to prison, the Internet is leaking enough of his music to hold you over. Just over a month ago, Lil Wayne’s No Ceilings mixtape was released days before it was intended to, and now, exactly two weeks before his latest CD Rebirth’s December 21st release date, a track off the album entitled “Da Da Da” was leaked.
While I’d like to know whether Weezy’s music is really being leaked or if it’s a sneaky marketing ploy, what I’d like to know even more is what he was thinking when he recorded this track. For those of you who don’t know, Rebirth is filled with tracks that are overly synthesized with guitar riffs that pale in comparison to Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.” I hate bashing on Lil Wayne, but when he raps about doing the “funky monkey,” I have to wonder if he was tripping on codeine when he wrote these lyrics.
However, around the two-minute mark Weezy raps a verse that could potentially save the song, and the rapper’s reputation. This thirty-second blurb features the clever similes and catchy beats Lil Wayne is best known for and will probably hook people enough to make the song another hit. It will be interesting to see how people react to the song overall, however. I have a feeling if this was a single released by a new artist people wouldn’t give it the time of day, but since it’s Lil Wayne, I wouldn’t be surprised if rap fans cut him a lot of slack. The only way to decide for yourself is to preview “Da Da Da” and figure out if you’ll be happy listening to this song- and the rest of Rebirth– on repeat for a year until Weezy is no longer a jail-bird.
–Dana Mikaelian, Communications Director
Filed under: Genre Columns, Throwbacks, Uncategorized, Urban | Tags: Bahama Bay Club, DJ Kool, hip-hop, Let Me Clear My Throat
I remember sitting in the car, driving home from some sports’ practice in 1996 hearing it, and thinking, “Hmm I like this.” I was 7 and it struck a chord in me.
To this day, “Let Me Clear My Throat” is a throwback that knocks ‘em dead at parties and is guaranteed to be sung along to anywhere it’s played. Maybe it’s those brassy horns, or the ridiculous rapping of a guy named DJ Kool, but it made its mark in ’96 in Philadelphia and it still stands as one of the best hip-hop songs of all time.
One guy I met said he was the there the night DJ Kool performed “Let Me Clear My Throat” for the first time at the Bahama Bay Club in Philly. Now, everytime he hears it, he’s reminded of celebrating his birthday surrounded by friends hearing that crazy rap performed for the first time, making its mark on hip-hop history.
So why does this song make listeners flashback to the first time they heard it? First off, almost everyone knows it. And if you don’t, get acquainted. Then there’s the call back where the audience gets to join in to the “clear my throat” rap. But best of all, it’s the shout out “now all the ladies in the place, if you got real hair, real fingernails, if you got a job, you going to school and ya’ll need nobody to help you handle your business make some noise.”
It’s strong, it’s real, it’s simple, it’s funky, and it gets in your head. It’s original. You remember it. You want to sing along, you want to make some noise and you want to keep hearing it. It’s a basic hip-hop song that has everything right going on. And 13 years later, that’s what makes it a welcomed throwback.
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Filed under: Genre Columns, Urban | Tags: Billboard, Black Summers' Night, hip-hop, Maxwell, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, R&B, WERW
There’s something about a slow, sensual R&B song that takes us back to that particular moment we heard it. Maybe it’s the smooth melody, or the rich vocals, or even the image of the artist singing it. We don’t always know what it is, but there’s something about them. Those slow jams. They sink into your skin and melt your heart. You may even close your eyes to listen to them. You’re transported somewhere else. To that moment.
For some of us that moment is sitting on a porch, sipping wine by candlelight and hearing the incredible voice of Maxwell for the first time. His voice carries out over the late summer’s night air, and wraps around you. You remember every word, every sound and every breath. You feel something.
If you don’t know Maxwell you’re missing out. Quite possibly the king of current R&B, Maxwell recently released his newest album BLACK summer’s night after a 6 year hiatus, and it’s everything we love about him, but newer and maybe even better. His hit single “Pretty Wings” is not only tearing up the Billboard charts, but tearing up our hearts as well. Every ounce of soul he brought to his album Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite is back and more soulful than ever.