Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Tryna bring the '80s back
What up?

I'm the newest and, I believe the fourth funkiest (though my funk quotient is steadily increasing) member of this here Funky Funky Seven. I hope y'all are doing well.

I'm Jonathan, regularly of Screw Rock 'n' Roll, and thanks to Lady K (got diamond eyes) I'll be talking about music in this blog, too. So, let's begin.

I'm a big fan of regionalism in hip hop. If there's a regional scene, I need to know. I'm a sucker for all the idiosyncracies, the slang, the local legends who never sell on a national scale, all that shit. So, yeah, the Bay never took off with Hyphy the way we all thought it would. OK, the way people like me who thought we were going to see H-Town happen all over again in northern California thought it would. But even if it didn't really happen, the Yay is still pretty great. It can be the Scene That Almost Was, and that's good enough for me.

This is what I've been listening to of late:

Federation ft. E-40 - I Wear My Stunna Glasses at Night

Let me explain. Rick Rock takes Corey Hart's "Sunglasses At Night" and turns it into "I Wear My Stunna Glasses at Night." That's all you need to know. What, you're not downloading this shit? "Sunglasses At Night" becomes "Stunna Glasses At Night." It's genius!

Mistah F.A.B. - Ghost Ride It

And let's continue this cheesy sample fest with Mistah F.A.B.'s celebration of ghostriding, which is quite possibly the most entertaining aspect of sydeshows, and certainly the one that makes for the best YouTube clips. Which I would find and post except I've never blogged YouTube videos before, and I haven't had enough coffee this morning to learn how to do it. The best way to make a song about ghostriding, as Mistah F.A.B. is quite obviously aware, is to sample the Ghostbusters theme and then... well, not much more than that really. When you've got a sample that great, all you need to do is come up with lyrics like...

"Get out the way let Casper drive!"

"Who's that driving? PATRICK SWAYZE!!"

And you're pretty much set.

I have a feeling I took this track from one of the many Bay Area blogs around, most likely Nation of Thizzlam, City of Dope or Strivin, all of which are excellent resources for those of us who like what's going on in the Bay, but live thousands of miles away. So check them out, too, alright?

Posted by Jonathan on Tuesday, August 08, 2006 at 6:35 PM |

while I don't care much for U2, I love that you called me that!

And oh MAN, those songs!

Have you heard The Rub's "It's the Motherfucking Remix" vol 1? There's a DJ Ayres cut on there that puts Mobb Deep's "Got It Twisted" vs. the "Ghostbusters" theme and it's pretty much one of the greatest things ever. The "Ghost Ride It" track (obviously) reminded me of that, and I may have to go in and see about ripping that part out of the mix (or I can just upload the entire mix for ya instead) if you haven't heard it.

But yes! Welcome! We're glad to have you here, oh 4th funkiest member. (who are the top 3?)

(I'm claiming the #1 spot regardless of what you say.)

Me, me and me, obviously.

Jonathan, great to have you here, great first post... but dude, I'm the one who sent the invite. I gots admin priveledges too! (...thanks to Katie) It disappoints me that you show no love.

mm yes, ian. you got admin privileges so you could invite jonathan. but you better watch it with flaunting that fact though, or else I may remember to strip you of said privileges...

Katie, I haven't heard that mix, but I sure would appreciate you uploading as much of it as you can. The continued propagation of the Ghostbusters theme is something I wholeheartedly support.

And Ian, you know I got love for what you do, but, as evidenced by her response to your post, Lady K rules with an iron fist (and a golden pistol in a transparent handbag), and you don't fuck with a lady like that. Any kudos going needs to be given to her, if I know what's good for me.

Ian, Jonathan's right. But I can give you kudos for inviting Jonathan in the first place. This kid's great!

And Jonathan-- I emailed you teh mix. Have fun with it!

Thanks for the link to STRIVIN'. Much appreciated.

I'm enjoying reading through the FunkyFunky 7 blog. Lots of good stuff.

Thanks again.


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