Tag Archives: Grooveshark

Look Who’s Burnin’

I’m going to post one last track that sampled Stanley Turrentine‘s Sister Sanctified, from Ice Cube‘s second full length solo album Death Certificate. Since it’s Friday, some of you who don’t know this song might think Look Who’s Burnin’ is about smoking blunts or some shit like that. It’s not. It’s a cautionary track warning of the dangers of STIs. Figured it would be a good track for Friday, since some of you might actually be getting laid this weekend. Protect yourself before you wreck yourself! That’s actually a totally different song. Happy Friday, people!

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Look Who’s Burnin’ by Ice Cube at Grooveshark.

Soul In The Hole

Continuing with tracks that sampled Stanley Turrentine‘s Sister Sanctified, here is a track from 3rd Bass‘ debut, The Cactus Album. As an individual track, it’s probably not the best example of their work, but when heard in context when listening to the album,  it adds to the kaleidoscopic feel of the greatly satisfying whole.

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Soul In The Hole by 3rd Bass at Grooveshark.

My Philosophy

As I mentioned yesterday, this is one of many tracks that sampled Stanley Turrentine‘s Sister Sanctified. For my money, it’s also the best. From Boogie Down Productions‘ second album, By All Means Necessary, My Philosophy sums up the transition KRS-One went through after the murder of his best friend, Scott La Rock; from defiant rebel to social commentator and later, political activist. By All Means Necessary is one of the first hip hop albums to express a sociopolitical point of view and is generally considered one of the best rap albums ever.

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My Philosophy by Boogie Down Productions at Grooveshark.

Sister Sanctified

This is a classic jazz track by Stanley Turrentine, from his 1972 album, Cherry. Hip hop fans might recognize it, as it’s been sampled by artists including 3rd Bass, Grandmaster Caz, Ice Cube, and most notably by KRS-One on the landmark My Philosophy, which I’ll post tomorrow.

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Sister Sanctified by Stanley Turrentine at Grooveshark.

Maria – dedicated to @labellesanmerci

I’m putting the masturbation theme on hold for today, since it’s the birthday of someone very dear to me. I picked this song because last year we were doing karaoke or just at a bar or whatever and we were talking about Glee. I told her I was surprised they hadn’t raided this song yet. There’s a drum part for Finn, a guitar part for Puck, a long intro for Brittany and Mike Chang to shake it, a rap part for Artie or Mr. Shoe, it’s vaguely hip-hop-ish (but not really, this genre is known as freestyle).

Laura had never heard the song, and because it wasn’t in the karaoke bar’s computer or whatever it is, she didn’t believe it existed, even when I sang it to her. She actually thought I made up those lyrics on the spot, drunk. This quickly turned into another half coherent lecture from me about how I’m a Latino from the Lower East Side, and as such, I grew up hip to shit that White girls from the suburbs couldn’t even dream about reading in The Outsiders. I probably should have played it for her sooner, but I didn’t think about it until now. I’m sure she hasn’t either.

Happy birthday, Laura — smile

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Maria by TKA at Grooveshark.

Turning Japanese

Continuing with the masturbation theme, can you believe back in the 1980’s a racist euphemism for jerking off was totally acceptable subject matter for a radio friendly new wave hit? The VaporsDavid Fenton swears it’s not about masturbation, but the lyrics don’t mention jack shit about anything remotely Japanese. Rather, the dude sings in lovingly perverse detail about his lover’s picture and how he wants the doctor to take one so he can “look at you from inside as well.” There’s videos on the internet like that, and they ain’t on medical sites.

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Turning Japanese by The Vapors at Grooveshark.

Psychotic Reaction

This is a one hit wonder from 1960’s band The Count Five. It’s a really popular one hit wonder, though, and has been covered many times. On the surface it seems to be another “My girl done broke my heart, so I done some LSD mixed with Speed,” teen angst song, but you wanna know what I think? You can probably guess, but I’ll tell you anyway. Psychotic reaction is a euphemism for  jerking off. This cat is singing all about how he can’t get no love, no satisfaction; he’s sexually frustrated. Then he has his psychotic reaction, “And it feels like this!” When the dude goes into the blazing guitar solo, picture him playing in your mind’s eye, and tell me honestly your mental image of him doesn’t correspond with furious masturbation. You can’t, can you?

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Psychotic Reaction by The Count Five at Grooveshark.

Follow The Leader

This is the first single from Eric B. & Rakim‘s highly influential second album. Listen closely to the lyrics and you’ll notice it’s the hip-hop equivalent of Doctor Who: an adventure through time and space.

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Follow The Leader by Eric B. & Rakim at Grooveshark.

Feels So Good

Got to do some yoga a couple of times this week. Feels good to be getting back into shape, and just feeling good in general lately; being thankful for the small things while mindful of the big picture. With that in mind, enjoy this mellow jazz classic from Chuck Mangione going into the weekend. Happy Friday people!

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Feels So Good by Chuck Mangione at Grooveshark.