First Listen #65: DMX’s ‘Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood’

DMX exists in five different ways in my brain. 1) as the "you will not take this from me, baby!" sound on Tik Tok (edit: it's actually pulled from "My Niggas" from this album), 2) this orchid scene (and its accompanying stills) from Fresh off the Boat, 3) "Drake's" rendition of "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" from this cartoon parody … Continue reading First Listen #65: DMX’s ‘Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood’

First Listen #64: Armand Hammer and The Alchemist’s ‘Haram’

Last week's First Listen was from the "I Finally Listen to a Project from an Artist I've Wanted to Hear an Album from for a Long Time" collection, and this week's is from the "This Album Has Been Hyped Up on the Internet So Lemme Hear It" collection. This time featuring Armand Hammer and the … Continue reading First Listen #64: Armand Hammer and The Alchemist’s ‘Haram’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #62: Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’

We've reached the end of this week of traveling back in time to 90s New York, and we're finishing off with Havoc and Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Mobb Deep is a group that has existed more on the periphery of my hip hop experience than the other folks this week. It's been clear before now … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #62: Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #61: A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’

Following yesterday's embodiment of the greatness that is a hip hop posse cut, we have A Tribe Called Quest. While the group is about a third/half of the size of the Wu-Tang Clan, Tribe has made just as much of an impact. I say all of that as I have continued to stand back as I … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #61: A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #60: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

I've wanted to get into Wu-Tang Clan's music for a while, I but fell victim to musical intimidation. The group seemed too ethereal for me to just jump in randomly and start listening, so I just accepted their significant place in hip hop history and moved on (though I have heard some of them on … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #60: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #59: Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’

Out of everyone this week, Jay-Z is probably the artist that I've had the most musical interaction with. He shares space on some of my favorite songs with Pharrell Williams ("Frontin'," "Young Girl," "Change Clothes," and "Excuse Me Miss") and Kanye West ("Diamonds from Sierra Leone," "Niggas in Paris," and "Never Let Me Down"), and … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #59: Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #58: The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready to Die’

It's once again time for me to work towards my dream of being a true hip hop head with another Week Fulla 90s Hip Hop. Last month, I took a week to explore some quintessential West Coast albums from Dr. Dre (The Chronic (1992)), Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle (1993)), Ice Cube (Amerikkka's Most Wanted (1990)), Tupac (2pacalypse Now (1991)), and … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #58: The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready to Die’

First Listen #57: Billie Holiday’s ‘Lady Sings the Blues’

Billie Holiday's Lady Sings the Blues (1956) has been sitting on my record shelf for the past month or so. Unplayed. Other than taking it out of the shrinkwrap to remove the print of a painting of Billie Holiday included in the Vinyl Me Please edition of the record to put on my wall, I've barely held … Continue reading First Listen #57: Billie Holiday’s ‘Lady Sings the Blues’