I have never listened or even heard of The Pharcyde before this week. This alternative hip hop group came across my attention while at work. Their song “Passing Me By” came on the radio and I didn’t know that the song had been sampled by Joe back in the 2000s. I bought their first album “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde” and I have to say I understand why this album has been regarded as one of the best in classic hip hop. The album has many stellar tracks with goofy and interesting lyrics.
One of the best songs on the album is “On the DL” which is produced by J- Swift and has a jazzy feel to it with its lyrics on sexual desire. Check it out above.
Common has always been an underrated rapper. His laidback and soulful lyrics have never catapulted him to the heights of mainstream hip hop. He reflects on black culture and love with deep understanding and tries to relay a positive message. I first REALLY listened to Common back in 2007 with his sophomore album “Resurrection”; I was instantly hooked by his jazz-rap style. Over the years I have listened to his entire discography and have become more and more impressed. He is definitely in my top 5 rappers of all time list and can only get better.
“Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)” is one of Common’s best songs and is produced by J. Dilla and features Dilla singing on the track. Check it out above.
For the past year and a half I have felt a complete void in the punk rock scene. I am an avid pop punk/punk fan and have been searching for bands that are continuing that sound in the face of unpopularity and being forgotten. Where pop punk once dominated the radio and the charts it has now been limited to aficionados and hardcore fans.
A lot of the bands I came across didn’t capture my attention with their adolescent lyrics and non-aggressive style. But finally after a scour on the internet I came across Canadian band PUP. The band specializes in fast angry punk and amazing riffs. Check out their live performance of “DVP” above.