Straight from the Ghetto - News on HipHop, pt. 26
Akon comes up with a new tune named "Mama Africa" on Universal Motown which seems to jump on a kind of positive, Sunshine Reggae-like bandwagon. Whilst the original, full vox version is too chart-flavored, cliche-fulfilling and cheesy the pure instrumental riddim is, although far from being underground or grass rooted, at least a nice one to be used as a tool from time to time.
Geffen Records just put a promotional 12" taken off Common's forthcoming album "Finding Forever" on promo circuit featuring the tracks "The People" and "The Game", both produced by Kanye West. Serving a laid back, old-skoolish vibe that might be flagged as Advanced HipHop compared to most releases these days both tunes are aiming straight at the dancefloor where they make all b-boys and breakers shake their bones on the ground going wild. How comes that tracks like these are so rare as this is a kind of HipHop that keeps it real without being into any gangsta bullshit at all but at the same time is accessible to non-purists from a musical side of things as they feature some jazzy samples and raw beats that'll be appreciated by any kind of Headz / Freestyle-DJ as well ?