YOUR WEEKEND PARTY SONG: Big Boi & Janelle Monae - “Be Still”
Big Boi dropped a monster of a forward-thinking hip hop record last year with Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, and this was my favorite track upon first listen. Since then, no other song as taken the reign after repeated listens of the album. It’s the perfect mid-tempo chiller filled with steady piano, futuristic synths, Big Boi’s unmistakable flow, and the icing on the cake: the ever-so-lovely Janelle Monae’s brilliant hook. Now that the video has dropped, I’m seeing the track pop up all over blogs and can only hope it’s getting some radio play. This is a true hip hop/R&B track. Good luck getting it out of your head after first listen.
Your Weekend Party Song (4/23/11) - TV on the Radio “Caffeinated Consciousness”
It’s been a little while. Life, travel, planning, basic taking-over-the-world activities have been preoccupying me. However, this new record from TV on the Radio has been fueling me the whole time. This is one of my favorite tracks and I knew it would find its way here soon enough. It is a banger and it’s perfect for…well, any setting. It’s loud while it’s soft. It’s optimistic while it’s realist. It’s aggressive while it’s introspective.
Have a listen for yourself and get lost in the musical genius.
The only hip hop group that will never be too old to be rad is back…and in classic form. If you told me this song were a Check Your Head or Ill Communication B-side I’d believe you completely. It’s funky, heavily percussed, and as tight as anything the Boys have released. This trio remains one of my favorite all-time artists and producers of party jams, as well as a true creative force inside and outside the hip hop scene.
Let’s face it: Hello Nasty was the first CD I ever bought. This blog wouldn’t exist without MCA, Ad-Rock, and Mike D.
Hear this song TONIGHT in my set at Creative Lounge Chicago, and pick up the record on May 3.
We are proud to welcome our new protégé to the Cocaine Mortgage empire: Ms. AK-47. She will be making her club debut on April 30th at Blue Nile in Harrisonburg, VA. After this summer, New York City will be welcoming her with open arms.
Be sure to catch her bringing the classic Cocaine Mortgage vibe to the Nile and expect more exciting news from AK-47 and rest of the CoMo family soon.