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
Tuesday, August 08, 2006 at 6:35 PM | Permalink