Friday, January 06, 2006

Straight from the Ghetto - News on HipHop, pt. 8

Not exactly talkin' HipHop today, but as this column previously has been dealing other styles of urban music I think this two records that've been sitting in my postbox today do well fit in here.

Mary J. Blige's new album "The Breakthrough" is due to be released on Geffen Records in the nearest future. Six tracks of the forthcoming LP are featured on a pre-release 12" which is now out on promo circuit. An excellent piece of Urban / Digisoul created strictly for the dancefloors as all tracks are more uptempo and also perfect to add some vocal flavour to a Headz-/Downbeat-set. At least this is what I'll use this record for.

A1 "Can't Hide From Luv featuring Jay-Z"
A3 "No One Will Do"
B1 "Be Without You (Kendu Mix)"
B2 "Gonna Breakthrough featuring Brook"
B3 "About You featuring William"

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, who's had all eyes on him after his massive anthem "Welcome To Jamrock" tearing up 2005 Notting Hill Carnival, is coming up with his next 12" on Universal Records featuring the vocal talent of rapper Nas. Title track "Road To Zion" is highly recommended to all headz loving dope beatz like the likes of DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Dr. Octagon or Nightmares On Wax used to provide throughout the peak of the so-called TripHop-/Headz-era. A bit smokey and filled up with melancholia, but still bouncin' on the floor. Name it future classic. "The Master Has Come Back" is to be found on the flipside and can't win by any chance here as this tune is a bit too positive and on a SunhineReggae vibe - maybe this works well with dem gals dem but is defo not my cup of tea.


Blogger ripley said...

man, remember that dem gals don't all like weak music!

or even romantic music!

2:22 AM  
Blogger baze.djunkiii said...

hey out there... i know dat 4 sure and i don't want to generalize things, but i think it's ok to use this term for a tune that might work well even with those people that usually don't put their headz into ragga/dancehall/reggae and similar genres. i think writing reviews on music is about giving people a clue of what to expect of a record - and i think sometimes it's necessary to use some simple phrases or terms to reach people that aren't used to music specialists language... to reach those people is the most important thing imho as those might be future supporters of what we do like now, people that haven't been introduced to specialists music of any kind but might like it if they come across some.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well i got the new Ginuwine CD and on a scale from 1-10 i give it a 4

3:28 PM  

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