Jam of the Week #16: Effeminence

Effeminence by Shabazz Palaces off the most-trippiest 2017 release Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines

This album is a so dang good, and Effeminence floats along with a mostly understandable and fully vibeable chant about life moving with us as we move. I know there’s more but I’m stopping here because I don’t want to read some suburban nerd’s (aka me when I was 15) translation of the lyrics on Rapgenius. I just want to stay on this cloud. COME HANG OUT ON THIS CLOUD YALL!

Oh and feel free to vibe your way into the next song. Shit’s incredible! And if you want to really dork-out (or haven’t yet) think about how Palaceer Lazaro (1/2 of Shabazz) used to go by Butterfly, founder of Digable Planets. Fuck!

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Jam of the Week #15: Much

Busdriver’s been a massive inspo for me (and the crew) since the early 2000’s. I first read about him in either Life Sucks Die or Wax Po, or maybe that old uk rap zine Big Daddy. Pretty sure I was intro’d to Edan in the same issue… s/o reading!

He’s always done whatever he wanted (official fun pro / church of hype mission)! I used to love Busdriver because he was different. Now I think about it more along the lines of the change and vibe he’s pushed for over 20 years, and how fucking incredible his legacy really is.

That’s why Much from his 2015 album Thumbs is the 15th Jam of the Week! It’s a feel-good song, it’s weird, it’s hella creative and coded, and it comes from decades of experience in music and in life – totally showing his growth and comfort as an OG.

I read an interview lately (hip-hop nerd glasses, on!) where he was talking about having more fun as of late. He talked about smoking weed more, where he didn’t used to party as much because everyone was doing it. Now he’s sliding in super comfy and imo is able to share a pretty rad perspective on life in general having not been smoking solid for like 30 years (no diss!). Maybe just a different take.

Ending it on that dork out^. Thanks for the forever catalog of music Busdriver!

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Fun

We’re fun pros – but I need a reminder to max every once in a while and got it huge lately.

The other day Dâm-Funk tweeted this out:

^^So needed. Doing this all day (trading sardines for Gardein nugs) post road trip to hang with my crew in PHX last night.

Work’s been cray and will be again. Gotta refresh to really kill it there and (more importantly) stay present for the crew.

 

Jam of the Week #14: Blah Blah Cafe

So hyped for the first instrumental Jam of the Week! Jean-Michel Jarre’s Blah Blah Cafe from his 1984 album Zoolook

^incredible fan vid!

I always considered this the most futuristic rap beat never intended to be a rap beat (tho 1984 could mean he was being influenced by rap). It’s almost too hype! My crew and I tried to sample it so many times and couldn’t ever do it justice. Pretty sure eventually Paul White will crush it.

It became the anthem of a house I lived in with the crew! All of us kept scoring the vinyl at Goodwill and playing it out all over town.

Hope this reminds you to bump some Jean! Oh and here’s a really rad talk he and Laurie Anderson gave at Red Bull. He talks about mono being the truth, and they touch on how being truly you is the only way your art can successfully exist! It’s rad. I listened to it on the train to NYC and instantly exploded a notebook with the hypest barely-legible scribbles.

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Shoutout to Crescendo. HPR. And partial shoutout to Chap Ma. 

Choice

The hardest and coolest part of living, and slang I’ve used less than 5 times in my life.

Choice keeps coming up huge in life lately. I read a rad post from the sire Patrick Rhone saying something along the lines of as long as you make decisions with your heart in mind you’re all good.

Last night my bro called me with a really hard decision he is facing and we kinda had to laugh once we realized it would obviously improve his life. So many other reasons could have come up but why even try when it’s so obvious making the choice would make his life better. The heart part here was inherent.

All decisions eventually land here but don’t always at first. Gotta trust the spidey sense, the gut, the heart, whatever you call it and know it will work how it should when you do.

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Jam of the Week #13: Gang Nativity

Super excited for the first extra-special guest edition of the Jam of the Week, chosen by my most hype, ultra-inspiring, and forever dope friend Christian!

Full disclosure – she chose my group’s song Gang Nativity, from our release on Hit+Run earlier this year 😊

The great Motëm once asked me if I was Grand Cooley. In that moment I realized that, without even noticing it, I had become a part of the most unfuckwithable crew!

I’m incredibly grateful to have such a strong, supportive community of people who are so full of love and positivity. Gang Nativity has served as a continual reminder of this from two of my all time favs and is one of my ultimate hype jams for this week and on! – Christian

🧡Dang thanks Christian! You’re why the gang is unfuckwithable! 💙

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CREW!