Friday, March 23, 2007

Weekend At Diggedy's - Volume 7

That's why I give you mooooore of the raaaaaaaaaaw....

I'm in a funky mood this evening. I've got that cold, where it doesn't want to be a cold, but it doesn't want to be completely healthy. It's basically cold purgatory. Plus, I just saw that Quizno's prime rib commercial where the Asian chick at the end lets loose the most ear piercing laugh in the history of humanity. It sounds like a Jackal getting his tail caught in a paper shredder. You know what commercial I'm talking about. If you don't, you watch entirely too little television.

Now, on to the somewhat abstract choice cuts for Friday, March 23rd...

Jemini The Gifted One - "Funk Soul Sensation"

Let's work backwards, shall we? You know who Danger Mouse is. You love him in Gnarls Barkley. You applaud his work with Gorillaz. You were that guy/girl saying over drinks "OMG did you hear the Grey Album?? It's ingenious. This Danger guy mashed up Jay Z's Black Album with the Beatles white album. F*cking brilliant." Now, what you may or may not know, is that Danger Mouse had an album drop a few years ago called Ghetto Pop Life. It's one of my favorite records since the turn of the century. DM handled the production, and the master of ceremonies holding the album down was 1990's underground stalwart Jemini The Gifted One. My thoughts prior to hearing GPL were "Who is Danger Mouse? And is this the same "Brooklyn Kids" Jemini??" After one listen, I confirmed the latter, proclaimed Danger Mouse the next great maestro, and played the cd 'til my boom box begged me to give it a breather. If you haven't heard the album, buy it. "Funk Soul Sensation" is from Jemini's mid 90's EP Scars and Pain. Jemini flips his voice like flapjacks throughout the 4 minute track. This is headphone music. Download it!

Saukrates featuring Masta Ace & OC - "Rollin"

This one is dedicated to all the Canadians checking out the board. So basically Robert Downey Jr. Just kidding Avril! I see you!

Back in the mid 90's, there was a little wave of Canadian artists like Choclair, Rascals, Kardinal Offishal, etc making some noise on the NY underground scene. I remember the first time I heard of Choclair was at Bobbito's monthly Words event at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
I have a lot of amazing memories at the Nuyorican. One in particular was when this fairly new artist Mos Def performed a little set where he did his new single "Universal Magnetic", and then dropped his "Children's Story" and a couple of other tracks. After the show, I'm talking with friends outside when Mos comes into our circle, and asks if he can smoke his cigarette there so that his folks wouldn't see. Now he's making movies with Marky Mark and Kevin Bacon. Geeeeez.
After Choclair's set, him and his crew starting throwing candy bars at the crowd. Catching chocolate was a lot better than the time I caught a CD off the forehead. Good times. Anyway, Canada's finest had quite a few joints that made it's way into my heavy rotation. Saukrates was part of that scene, and I always love this butter soft track. Plus it's got Ace & OC killing it. You can't go wrong. Download it!

Dysfunkional Familee - "Feeling Da Highs"

This is the 7th edition of Weekend At Diggedy's, and I'm pretty sure that if you go back and check the previous 6, that I name drop Bobbito at least 100% of the time. That show was church to me. Since I was the only knucklehead staying up that late on a weeknight, I earned a reputation as the pause tape king in my circle of friends in high school. Kids would come to school with 90 minute TDK's, and I'd come back with 90 minutes of pure gold. They were epics. I did it for free, and I loved it. For the most part, it was exclusive sh*t from artists we all knew. Every now and then, though, there was some new artist, or just a simple demo that would be played once. Didn't matter to me. If I dug it, it made my tape which is still on a shelf in my room. "Feeling Da Highs" was a song that made quite a few of my tapes. Thanks to the wonderful world of blogs I eventually found some more songs from the Dyfunkional Familee crew, but this has always been my favorite. Fuck all the ice, open up a jewelry store / you play rich, we play poor / NEED I SAY MORE? Download it!

Come into my world people!


Blogger facet.squared said...

That Ghetto Pop Life album is the shit. I love the track with The Pharcyde, "Medieval"

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought they (the pharcyde) absolutely ruined that song. my song is the one w/ j-zone. "even britney couldnt get it for free" (back when britney was normal'ish)

11:24 AM  
Blogger Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

Dude, I haven't had a chance to listen to those tracks yet, but that poster might be one of the funniest things I think I've ever seen. EVER!

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Digs: Canada salutes you, eh!

Saukrates, Kardinal, Choclair -- all those dudes got so much play on MuchMusic (the Canadian MTV). There's something called Canadian Content Regulations (CanCon for short), where all stations have to play a certain percentage of Canadian-written and -performed material. This means an effload of Bryan Adams, The Tragically Hip, the Guess Who, Neil Young, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Mo, Sarah McLachlan, etc. For hip-hop, the pool's even smaller, so these artists got a lot of exposure. There was one track that was on heavy rotation: a posse cut called "Northern Touch", with all the aforementioned heads (okay, not Bryan Adams etc.).

Did Vancouver (aka VanCity) groups like Swollen Members and the Rascalz ever get exposure here?

More recently, a seriously dope Canadian to check out is K-OS, from Toronto. His album "Joyful Rebellion" is phenomenal.

Oh, and don't forget Snow, he of "Informer" fame!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That last comment was by me.

Oh, and the dopest Canadian track of all time: Maestro Fresh Wes "Let Your Backbone Slide". If you don't know that track, search it out. It's the thinking person's "It Takes Two".

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know "Northern Touch" well.. Uses the EPMD / DMX beat.

Always dug that track.

I'm a Maestro Fresh Wes fan.

"Certs Without Da Retsin" being my favorite track.

Swollen got some underground burn here, but then blew the fuck up in Canada, grew their hair long, and started making videos in fur coats.


12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously dope & k-os don't go together. but j newmie is going to disagree big time.

but i'm not hatin... i'm generally pro canadian rapping. except for swollen. and k-os. ha

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw Wexifer. You disappoint me. K-OS is so not about just rapping. He's like meta-hip-hop.

Swollen Members can eat a dick, as far as I'm concerned. I peeped their first album, Balance, with all kinds of flashy guest appearances. Great production, but I find the rapping so totally annoying. "Madchild" (the white dude) is this privileged kid from North Vancouver who likes to act like he's all disturbed and shit, on some Gravediggaz shtick, except without any of the genius humour. They had a huge hit called "Lady Venom" that sampled the late Israeli singer Ofra Haza, and it got played on all the nĂ¼-metal-alternative stations up there. That's when I really lost interest. And then, yes, the furs.

By the way, everyone: the best hip-hop-related thing to come out of Canada, by far, is WeFunk Radio, coming out of CKUT, the McGill radio station in Montreal. (That's my undergrad alma mater.) DJ Static and Professor Groove lay down incredible two-hour shows of underground and classic hip-hop mixed with amazing funk and soul. They're great with pairing samples with their sources. And when I say "underground", I mean that loosely. They play everything from Biggie to Native Tongues to Kanye to Marley Marl to Company Flow and everything in between. Best of all, they're streamable free on iTunes Radio -- look under "Urban" or "Hip-Hop" for WeFunk. Or you can listen to any of their many many archived shows at . WeFunk is the soundtrack to my life!

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listen to the archived wefunk radio shows all the time at work.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Aw Wexifer. You disappoint me. K-OS is so not about just rapping. He's like meta-hip-hop."

did you and jay get together and form this unified argument?

look, i know it's "meta hip hop" and "it's not about the rapping" and all that good shit.

at the end of the day, the dude's music is lame. he can't rap. at all. i know... it's not about the rapping. then what is it about, anyway? the bongo players he hired?? the producers he hired? the two drummers!!

oh, maybe it's about his singing. wait, that part is atrocious too.

maybe it's the message. no, that can't be it - because there is none. just some front page quasi-hippy hip hop elitist bullshit.

well wex, maybe it's about the beats. yea, some of the beats are cool. i'll admit that. but if that's all that mattered, then i could be happy listening to all sorts of shit i don't listen to.

but yea, he's not for me. :o)

tone: nudge nudge.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but yes, wefunk is the shit! everybody should listen...

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha. Good-natured ribbing acknowledged and appreciated. I can see how Mr. Os could rub some the wrong way.

Good of you to concede that some of the beats are dope.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew this would turn into a Canadian hip hop thread.


1:55 PM  
Blogger Kev frum BROOKLYN! said...

Hey Diggs, the new podcast from DJ Bazzarro, better known as Jean Grae's DJ (Jean Grae is Talib's "sidekick," yes i brought the sidekick shit back up and what?, and one of the better female emcees out there for those who don't know. She's also kinda international, born in South Africa). Anyway, as I was saying, the podcast has a couple tracks from Dysfunkional Familee.

Check it here:

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Kev! I'll check it out...

There's a Bazarro in Dysfunkional Familee.. I'm guessing it's the same dude...

On this site, Jean will only be referred to as What?What? .. RIP NATURAL RE!

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! I just heard a Jean Grae track on WeFunk and I was like "wait a minute, that's What What." I know her from the Herbalizer album "Blow Your Headphones." She is way dope.

As for the Canadian hip-hop thread prophecy -- don't worry. There's not much more to say about it.

Unless JNew wants to jump in and challenge Wex's rather elitist-by-way-of-purist critique of "elitist bullshit"...



2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh please! i'm not saying he has to sound like redman in '94!

:o) (my smiley face has a nose)

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was that previous anonymous btw.. Too quick on the gun.

18 posts, and I'm pretty sure no one has downloaded a single one of these songs.

I'm going to take my ball and go home now.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Kev frum BROOKLYN! said...

Diggs, I'm in the middle of writing a 50-60 page paper (40 of which are charts and interview transcriptions). I'll come out and play when I'm done.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

this thread has been very entertaining, insightful and educational, but my favorite part thus far is the anonymously posted rundown of the history of canada followed by "RDJ said...
That last comment was by me. ..."

no shit, you don't say? i thought that was dee phunk posting. thanks for clearing that up, r-to-tha-d-j-izzle.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just spit coke through my nose at suit's comment.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Kev frum BROOKLYN! said...

Laughing so hard I can hardly breathe...

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a) I'm gonna download all the tracks back at my place tonight or tomorrow.

b) Okay Suit, once again, you got me.

c) I'm now gonna take deeeez nuts and go home.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right now I am reading this whole thing in my apt (I didn't get to read today @ work) by myself on my second Corona and the new Blue Six album blasting. The Suit's comment just made me choke from laughing.

And is it just me (maybe it's the beer) but every time I read an RDJ comment I picture his face AND can hear his fucking voice. And I start laughing. "Swollen Members can eat a dick, as far as I'm concerned." I'm sorry. RDJ, I'm buying u a drink on 4/6.

Oh, The Suit / Charlie, send me another MySpace friend request. I totally ignored the first one a while back cuz I didn't take the time to look @ ur page and realize it was u.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

I just got through reading this string and why am I the only one who's mentioned how funny that poster is?

Here it is, 1 a.m. Saturday morning, I'm heading out to the bar and it's still just as funny from when I saw it at 11:37 this morning. How did you three find the exact same clothes as Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman and the dude who played Bernie?

I'm out. The Jameson's awaits!

1:01 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

dee - no worries - i can understand why one might shy away from accepting a myspace request from a profile bearing the picture of a 4 year old child (that's me as a youngin j'all). maybe that's why busta rhymes won't accept my friend requests.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Diggedy said...
I just spit coke through my nose at suit's comment

I've known him for 10 years and never knew he messed with that. It does explain how he was able to nail "Slam" word for word though.

2. "No (major) comment on k-os." First album was filled with "potential," some excellent tracks and some meh. You can still put on "Superstar (Pt. 0)" anywhere and watch people move. 2nd album was one of the best of the year and wasn't embraced b/c it's not easily pigeonholed and categorized. 3rd album I'm still workin on but it's average. Some quasi-new age stuff that doesn't work for me.

Je serai sortir a rue St.-Laurent et Sainte-Catherine si tu veux moi. Adieu.

2:21 PM  
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11:30 PM  

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