Saturday, 23 March 2013

Watch RZA making THE WORST BEAT EVER

I'm kind of addicted to watching really bad interviews/beat-making videos of hip-hop producers on YouTube. I don't know what it is about them, it's the fact that the interviewees are usually so inarticulate, it's just kind of funny.

The endorsement ones are tough- I feel sorry for them, being plonked in front of a new machine and expecting to come up with a good beat. Recently there have been a whole crop of them for the new MPC Renaissance. Love the Shawty Redd one (he makes this lame generic trap beat) for the intro where he literally talks like a crazy person. Who does that?

Anyway, the point of this post is to showcase the best one of them all. RZA, the legendary producer behind some of Hip-Hop's most classic albums and beats with the Wu Tang Clan, makes literally THE WORST BEAT EVER to endorse the MPC wannabe Beat Thang. It's so so so so so so so bad. If the drums aren't bad enough, wait for him to add the brass... and tubular bells?!

Thanks to my pal Tim for showing me it. How we lol'd...

Friday, 22 March 2013

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Yacht Rock; "Smooth Music"

Basically, here's the spoof soap opera loosely based on the history of the smooth rock music that came to be known as Yacht Rock. I was hooked from the minute I heard the theme tune, the ultimate Yacht Rock anthem, 'Sweet Freedom' by Michael McDonald (which actually goes there and uses synthesizer steel drums on the intro).

It's chronological and kind of accurate in that it refers to the relationships between the main players in the scene; so unless you know your Loggins & Messina, Michael McDonald (and his affiliates Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross), Hall & Oates, Toto et al, you don't really need to see this as the jokes will be largely incomprehensible. There's even an appearance by Hall & Oates manager Gino (aka Tommy Mottola, one-time husband of Mariah Carey), immortalised in the classic 'Gino (The Manager).

I've watched quite a few of them, but picked out the best two;

Firstly the episode where Michael Jackson has a Yacht Rock epiphany by recording, essentially, a Toto song, 'Human Nature' on Thriller



Then the episode where Gino tries to poach both Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald for management. The bit where McDonald rebuffs him is actually genius



Should you wish to watch all the episodes, then go to HERE

(Apologies if i'm late on this, was introduced to it recently by a friend)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Inc. Live

Here's a little video I found via the Abeano blog of Inc. playing the song 'The Place' live



Kind of backs up what I mean about them being better live than on record. Mmn they just need more guitar shredding on their recordings, like at around 2:10 here... SWEET LICKZ