The Pharcyde, recommended.

The Pharcyde . Labcabincalifornia

I've been "getting into hip hop" hard for the last four months or so.  Kanye and Jay are now regular rotations on my Spotify sessions (Watch The Throne might be my favorite album of the moment) complementing my standard Childish Gambino mixtapes.  And I've been delving into the works of Nujabes, OutKast, Wale, Kendrick Lamar, and Mos Def.

For the longest time, my mind was reading it as The "Pharmacyde" (I don't know.) but I've righted myself now.  The song I keep going back to is Runnin'.  It was later sampled by Mya in her single "Fallen" and takes its underlying beat from Stan Getz's "Saudade Vem Correndo."  Sick.

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  1. *gasp* I love Nujabes! Have you heard Luv (Sic) Part 2? It's definitely my favorite. I think you'd like it! :)

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  2. I've also been getting into hip-hop more over the last few months. Kanye, Gambino and Lamar are some of my favorites too. You should check out Chance the Rappers (free) mixtape Acid Rap, especially Favorite Song, incidentally one of my favorite songs. Yesterday by Atmosphere, Dance With the Devil by Immortal Technique and Fort Europa by Looptroop Rockers are three songs with interesting stories. Then more "trashy" favorites are Gas Pedal by Sage the Gemini, Switch Lanes by Tyga and Bugatti by Ace Hood (they're all perfect car songs). Oh, and I can't forget about Don't Touch My Hair Hoe by Brooke Candy, such a great intro, haha. And lastly if you like Frank Ocean, he has a 64 songs long free mixtape called The Lonny Breaux Collection.

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    1. This is awesome. I'm noting these down. Thank you for taking the time to make these suggestions for me.

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  3. MARION - WHY ARE YOU MY SPIRIT ANIMAL? This is sweet. Also Stan Getz is one of my favorite musicians because he brought bossa nova to the US.. Saudade Vem Correndo is beautiful.

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    1. Ah so cool that you knew Stan Getz's stuff because I'm totally new to him.

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    2. I have loads of recommendations if you're into that style. Lots of really awesome Brazilian music from that era as well. The Girl From Ipanema is a classic, Desafinado and Chega de Saudade are my personal favorites by Getz.

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  4. You should give The Notorious B.I.G a try! He's my favorite rapper next to Kanye West.

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    1. Ohhh yes, I've done some sessions with him. He's a smooth one.

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  5. G'day Marion,

    I've never replied to a blog post before - so congrats on your sufficient prompting. Ever since I read Sanne's 'diamonds and top hats' blogspot post, you have been in my rss feed. One of the nicest and smartest things anyone has ever sent to a friend. If you have forgotten the motivation piece you wrote, then I'm going to assume that Sanne has replaced your brain with puréed 'Bagels and Beans'. If so, it thankfully hasn't affected your musical taste...

    Marion, I bought the 'Runnin'' single when it was first released (yup - I'm officially old), and I can remember getting the lyrics down pat and then singing them over the instrumental track - no doubt much to the bemusement of the neighbours at the time. They, I suspect - in retrospect - didn't have taste, but you certainly do. Glad to see that along with The Pharcyde that you've also discovered Mos Def.

    Marion, just on the off-chance (surely not) that you're too young to have heard another Ye Olde Runnin' era classic, it's in the first link below. Best audio I could find on YT. The rest of the links constitute just a smattering of Aussie hiphop that I think you might like, and are unlikely to have heard. None reference koalas, but here's something that alludes @(*O*)@


    Regards from the other side of the freakin' world, Miss Marion of honeyed disposition and maybe-current-haircolour. Tom.


    www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IWK29yHo_o

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S0wu0PQQ8A

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtD96gvD9Wk

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=nodvVcchziU

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVPpe8yCit4 (Their first hit - language and content warning...)

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KAMgrpfLAU

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DJnvFBZ7pc

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S0wu0PQQ8A (Reprised - because I'm inclined to agree with the doobly-doo!)

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    1. I read this comment on my way to work this morning and it REALLY made me smile. Excited to check these links out when I get home. Thank you for taking the time to write this, Tom! Means a lot to me.

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  6. You're welcome.
    Comment didn't post immediately, so I thought it may have gone astray in the ether.

    Apologies for the lack of hyperlinks. The browser I was using wouldn't allow. I'm on mobile as I type this so no dice for this one either: youtube.com/watch?v=0URPyoEtpnE

    If you like the track in link five, this live version's worth a look. Crowd as bouyant as at a Watsky gig? Maybe. Maybe not.

    This reply is actually just an excuse to say that I'm sure Watsky WON'T be 'Dumb Enough'to NOT marry you at some point. (Listen Marion - your twitter profile clearly states that you like 'fine cheese'. There you go.)

    In the meantime, I'm expecting to see your name in the credits of a number of films. Some damn good films.

    Enjoy your summer.

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  7. Another recent hip-hop convert here so I will throw my suggestions into the ring:

    Aesop Rock - Daylight:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTYK2uEhvJQ
    If you get the chance listen to the Labor Days in its entirety. This is the album that sealed the deal with my interest in hip-hop as it is so complete.

    RJD2 - Ghostwriter:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3yS_D6J4Ew
    Instrumental hip-hop from the same label as Aesop. I think you'd dig this track as it reminds me of the instrumental you picked for the Gatsby video.

    Lupe Fiasco - Daydreamin'
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIB6l6RDAiI
    I love this track as it has one of the most inspired samples of all time.

    I started a Spotify playlist to dump my favourite tracks in a few days back, I'm definitely going to look to add some of the suggestions from this post to it:
    http://open.spotify.com/user/warpedshark/playlist/6N7dUhpdQffeQb2Uyd2XUX

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  8. @@MrStearn... I remember RJD2 quite fondly from the first time he came to Oz, and Lupe very fondly on the strength of his summer festival performances more recently.
    If you'd like to hear something with a similar summer groove to 'Daydreamin'' seek out some of the great live versions on YT of 'What's Golden' by Jurassic 5.
    I love that Aesop Rock track.

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  9. Ultimate summer groove ; remains one of the most sampled tracks in hh and beyond - www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOOk7tFA1Z4 Enjoy/Explore.

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  10. First rule of 'post ze link'...?v=...'check ze link'...
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOOk7tFA1Z4

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