Posts Tagged ‘Bob Marley

07
Feb
10

A Tribute To A True Revolutionary – Bob Marley (Article, Albums & Downloads)

R.I.P.

A Tribute to a True Revolutionary

Originally published February 2007, © Rutgers University, Daily TargumInside Beat

Bob Marley’s genius extended far beyond music. On his 65th birthday, we celebrate..

Words can hardly express the significance of Bob Marley’s influence nor can they begin to describe the impact of his life that remains over 25 years after his passing.  The reggae superstar used music to unify, uplift, and inspire an entire generation.  His music was simple yet poignant; it transcended the barriers of race, class structure, and even language.  No other recording artist to date has been able to secure international stardom while at the same time remaining loyal to a straightforward mission of equality, peace, and love.

 Jamaican Roots

Get up, stand up/ Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up/ Don’t give up the fight

-“Get Up, Stand Up,” 1973

Born Robert Nesta Marley on February 6, 1945 in Saint Ann, Jamaica to a white father and black mother, he was challenged from day one.  His father Norval Marley, a quartermaster in the British navy and wealthy landowner, rarely saw his son and left him in the sole care of his mother, Cedella Booker.  Marley experienced poverty and racial prejudice (since he was biracial) as he grew up in Trenchtown, a slummy village in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica.  Inhabitants of Trenchtown were viewed as neglected by Jamaican society.  Although Marley garnered the nickname “Tuff Gong” from friends due to his physical strength, the consciousness he gained shaped his character and would ultimately guide his lifelong energy.

After meeting a fellow street youth named Neville O’Riley Livingston, or “Bunny,” Marley became interested in music.  He and Bunny tuned into American radio, which exposed them to acts like Ray Charles and Curtis Mayfield, and followed the emerging Jamaican R&B scene.  Marley dropped out of school at 14 and, although he took up an apprenticeship with a welder, his true life passion was to make music.

In pursuit of his dream, Marley began practicing and attending informal sessions run by a famous Jamaican singer named Joe Higgs.  After impressing a local entrepreneur named Leslie Kong with his vocal ability, Marley wrote and recorded his first songs, “Judge Not,” “Terror,” and “One Cup of Coffee,” which marked the start of an extraordinary musical vision.

Rude Boy Wailin’

One good thing about music
When it hits, you feel no pain

-“Trenchtown Rock,” 1973

When his solo tracks received little airplay on Jamaican radio, Marley decided he could gain more exposure in a group.  Along with Bunny and another aspiring musician named Peter McIntosh whom Marley met during Higgs’ jam sessions in addition to a few backup singers, Marley formed The Wailers in 1963.  The group’s first single, “Simmer Down,” climbed to No. 1 on the Jamaican charts in early 1964 and established The Wailers’ unique reggae sound, a combination of tough street rhythm and urban vigor, on the Jamaican scene.

As The Wailers gained a national reputation, Marley’s mother resided in Delaware and had saved up enough money to fly her son to America.  In 1966, the group faced adversity and all but Marley, Bunny and McIntosh dropped out.  At the same time, Marley married Rita Anderson and reunited with his mother in America.  His stay in the States was brief, just long enough to gather finances needed to continue his passion, and Marley returned to Jamaica in October 1966.

R.I.P.

Rastaman Vibration

I’m a living man, I’ve got work to do
If you’re not happy, then you must be blue

-“Soul Rebel,” 1970 

Upon his return to home soil, Marley became increasingly attracted to the growing Rastafarian movement.  The Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie, visited Jamaica while Marley was gone and inspired this religious development.  Rita Marley saw Selassie and converted to Rastafarianism, which Bob would soon adopt as well.  This sentiment was echoed throughout his music – the Wailers’ style drifted away from its gritty street roots to spirituality and social awareness.  This conflicted with the vision of their record label Coxsone Dodd, so the group departed to record with innovative reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry

During the Perry sessions, the group recorded reggae classics such as “Soul Rebel” and “400 Years.”  Two of Perry’s studio musicians, Aston “Family Man” Barrett and his brother Carlton then joined The Wailers.  The group released several albums with Perry, including Soul Rebel and Soul Revolution.  By the early 1970s, Jamaica had fully embraced their ground-breaking sound.  It was perfect timing to expand to an international audience.

The World Catches Fire

What we need is love, to guide and protect us on
If you hope good down from above, help the weak if you are strong

-“No More Trouble,” 1973 

The Wailers pursued an invitation to a London-based label in 1971, but were dropped before even releasing a single.  In desperation, Marley approached Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who was instrumental in exposing Europe to Jamaican reggae.  Blackwell offered The Wailers a record deal with Island, which gave them access to state-of-the-art recording facilities that no other reggae band had ever used before.

The result was the group’s 1973 major label debut Catch a Fire, an international hit album and the most innovative reggae composition of its time.  Catch a Fire addressed social and political topics with a captivating optimism – tracks like “Concrete Jungle” and “No More Trouble” embodied Marley’s view that all people could rise above struggle.  The album’s biggest hit was “Stir It Up,” a sensual love song where Bob’s vocals gently soothed the listener.  Catch a Fire began Marley’s successful tenure on Island and catapulted him to international star statusn but led to another identity change for The Wailers.

One Love

One love, one heart
Let’s get together and feel all right

-“One Love / People Get Ready,” 1977

After short tours throughout Europe and the United States, The Wailers went back to the studio to release Burnin’, an LP that included re-recordings of older songs in addition to new hits like “Get Up, Stand Up” and “I Shot The Sheriff.” Epic rock guitarist Eric Clapton’s version of the latter made it to the top of U.S. singles charts and increased Marley’s widespread fame.

Shortly after Burnin’, Bunny and McIntosh left to pursue solo careers.  Now known as Bob Marley & The Wailers and equipped with a female trio of backup singers called the I-Threes that included Rita Marley, the group released Natty Dread in February of 1975.  “Revolution,” “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry),”and “No Woman, No Cry,” the first hit single outside of Bob’s homeland, highlighted an album that showcased Marley’s committed stance of continuously revealing social inequality. 

The follow-up album, 1976’s Rastaman Vibration, experienced success in the U.S. with “Who The Cap Fit” and “War,” for which Marley borrowed words from a speech by Emperor SelassieMarley’s following among youth in Jamaica was widening, however he would soon be the target of a serious attack.

R.I.P.

Movement of Jah People

Open your eyes, look within
Are you satisfied with the life you’re livin’?

-“Exodus,” 1977

As Marley’s position as an international music star progressed, his political influence increased tenfold.  Each time the group went on tour, their message spread quicker than wild fire throughout impoverished Jamaican youth and international audiences alike. 

Although fans idolized the musician, some individuals viewed him as a threat.  In late 1976, as he prepared for a free concert organized by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Michael Manley, unidentified gunmen assaulted and wounded Marley, Rita, and their manager Don Taylor inside the musician’s home.  It is thought that the confrontation was politically-motivated; they recovered quickly and performed as scheduled despite the scare.

In early 1977, Marley departed to England to record two of his most highly-praised albums, Exodus and Kaya.  The former stayed on U.K. charts for over a year and peaked at #20 on U.S. pop charts on the strength of top-selling hits in “Jamming,” “One Love / People Get Ready,” and “Waiting In Vain” in addition to feel-good melodies in “Three Little Birds” and “Natural Mystic.”  The latter focused more on reggae ballads including “Satisfy My Soul” and “Is This Love,” which offered a glimpse into the singer’s more intimate side. 

TIME magazine referred to Exodus as the best album of the 20th century in 1998, and many critics believe it to be the climax of Marley’s career.  In 1978, at the “One Love Peace Concert” in Jamaica, Marley’s impact became clearly evident as he united leaders from the two rival political parties, Prime Minister Manley and Leader of the Opposition Edward Seaga, onstage to embrace in a handshake.  Marley had fully recovered from the attack and accomplished what no other artist had ever done – used music to successfully resolve political differences.

Uprising for Survival

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds

-“Redemption Song,” 1980

Marley’s final two albums, Survival and Uprising, contrasted in meaning but proved that international achievements were never more important than his message behind the music.  1979’s Survival was fierce and political while 1980’s Uprising was intensely spiritual.  Inspired by a visit to Africa, Survival begged the continent to unify on “Zimbabwe,” “So Much Trouble In The World,” and “Africa Unite.” 

A stop in Ethiopia led to Uprising, a very personal and religious album where Marley’s lyrics reflected his spiritual journey on the worldwide hit “Could You Be Loved” and the acoustic masterpiece “Redemption Song.”  The album appeared on international music charts, acted as motivation for a major European tour, and also led to plans for an American tour with Stevie WonderMarley started the American tour at Madison Square Garden, but fell seriously ill after only two performances.

A toe injury suffered three years earlier in England caused his illness.  Due to his Rastafarian beliefs, Marley refused to have his toe amputated when it became infected and, soon thereafter, cancerous.  As the cancer spread throughout his body, Marley struggled to survive using non-toxic medication but the disease would prove to be overwhelming.  On his way back to Jamaica, Marley passed away in Miami on May 11, 1981 at the age of 36.  His final words were simply, “Money can’t buy life.”

The Legend Lives On

Good friends we’ve had
Oh, good friends we’ve lost along the way

In this great future, you can’t forget your past
So dry your tears, I say

-““No Woman, No Cry”,” 1975

Though his human voice has been forever silenced, Bob Marley’s legacy remains fully intact and has influenced a generation of music enthusiasts to continue the spread of his message.  He was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 1994 and posthumously received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. 

Still, it is the continuing popularity of his music that conveys Marley’s ideas of equality, unity, human rights, and spiritual encouragement.  There are countless compilation albums dedicated to spreading the rhythmic reggae that flowed from his soul.  He never wallowed in self-pity, instead opting to use his experience to expose the world to the reality of life in Third World nations like Jamaica.  “Marley wasn’t singing about how peace could come easily to the world but rather about how hell on earth comes too easily to too many,” Rolling Stone Magazine once wrote.

Marley spoke for the underrepresented, unfortunate, and impoverished.  His music was meant not just to understand but also to uplift, not just to inform but also to involve, and not just to symbolize but also to salvage.  Even in death, Bob Marley remained true to his beliefs and passion.  It is for these reasons that mere words could never pay tribute to the legend nor entirely embody the meaning for which he lived.

R.I.P.

 R.I.P. Robert Nesta Marley, February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981

Studio Albums:

The Wailing Wailers (1965) [Purchase] | Soul Rebels (1970) | Soul Revolution (1971) | Burnin’ (1973) | Catch a Fire (1973) | Natty Dread (1974) | Rastaman Vibration (1976) | Exodus (1977) | Kaya (1978) | Survival (1979) | Uprising  (1980)

Select Compilations:

Best Of | Songs of Freedom (1992) [Purchase] | Collectorama: The Kingston Years (2008) | One Love at Studio One (1964-66) [Purchase] | Legend (1984) [Purchase]

Select Rarities & Remixes:

Wail ‘n Soul’m Singles (2005) [Purchase] | Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub (1997) | Bob Marley & Friends – Chant Down Babylon (1999) [Purchase] | J. Period & K’naan Present – The Messengers: Bob Marley

Select Live Performances:

Live in Kingston, Jamaica with Stevie Wonder (1975) | Live! – 1975 [Purchase] | Live in Sausalito, CA 10/31/1973

Interview:

Marley Speaks (From the book Marley Legend)

R.I.P.

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05
Jan
10

Hold the Throne Presents Writers Build: The Best Mixtapes of 2009

The Best Mixtapes of 2009

And, we’re back in action!

Last year, mixtapes dominated both the internet and the streets. There were all sorts of dope projects, from blend-tapes and remixtapes to artists going in over original beats and widely-used production. The lists compiled here cover many of these and everything in between.

Our contributors, once again:

Jaap van der Doelen, The Rap Up Contributing Writer & Host of WildStyle FM on Maasland FM

J Nicholson, Cornerstone Promotion National Mixshow/ Lifestyle Marketing

Trav Glave, of Wake Your Daughter Up & Bloggerhouse

… And yours truly, of course.

Per usual, click the covers or titles to purchase or download your copies. Let’s get it goin’, Enjoy!

No Ceilings 

Dom

1. Lil’ Wayne – No Ceilings [MP3 Download]

2. Sean Price – Kimbo Price (A Prelude To Mic Tyson)

3. Joell Ortiz – Covers the Classics (Hosted by DJ Green Lantern)

4. Michael Jackson & DJ Jazzy Jeff  – He’s The King, I’m The DJ [via UNDRCRWN]

5. Pill – DJ Burn One Presents 4180: The Prescription / The Empire & DJ Skee Present 4075: The Refill

6. J. Cole – The Warm Up [via DC to BC]

7. Wale & 9th Wonder – Back to the Feature [Free MP3 Download]

8. The Cool Kids & Don Cannon – Gone Fishing [via OnSmash]

9. K’Naan & J.Period – The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

10. Drake – So Far Gone [MP3 Download]

11. Freddie Gibbs – Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik

12. Rhymefest & Scram Jones – The Manual [via The Rap Up]

13. Memory Man – Wu-Tang Clan vs. D.I.T.C. [via Get Right Music]

14. Elzhi – The Leftovers Unmixedtape

15. J.Period Presents – The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

16. Fashawn & The Alchemist – The Antidote

17. Nipsey Hussle – DJ Whoo Kid, The Empire & Jonny Shipes Present – Bullets Ain’t Got No Names Vol.3

18. Pac Div – Church League Champions

19. WQST Presents: Melanie Fiona Meets the Illadelphonics (A Live Remix Jam Session of The Bridge)

20. Lupe Fiasco – Enemy Of The State: A Love Story

Honorable Mentions: Emilio Rojas – DJ Green Lantern Presents: The Natural, K-Salaam & Beatnick – Never Can Say Goodbye, Raekwon – Blood On A Chef’s Apron, Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – Sample Junkies

 

K'Naan & J. Period - The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

Jaap van der Doelen

1. K’Naan & J.Period – The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

2. Joell Ortiz – Covers the Classics (Hosted by DJ Green Lantern)

3. J.Period Presents – The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

4. Lupe Fiasco – Enemy Of The State: A Love Story

5. Sean Price – Kimbo Price (A Prelude To Mic Tyson)

6. J. Cole – The Warm Up

7. Lil’ Wayne – No Ceilings [MP3 Download]

8. Jadakiss & Green Lantern – Kiss My Ass (The Champ Is Here Pt. 2)

9. Wale & 9th Wonder – Back to the Feature [Free MP3 Download]

10. Rhymefest & Scram Jones – The Manual

 

J. Period Presents - The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

J Nicholson

1. J.Period Presents – Q-Tip The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

2. J. Cole – The Warm Up

3. J Period Presents – The Best of Mary J. Blige Vol. 1-3

4. Black Milk – Purple Tracks

5. DJ Jazzy Jeff – Live From Nowhere (90’s Mix)

6. Fashawn & The Alchemist – The Antidote

7. DJ Neil Armstrong – Sweeet Pt. 2

8. Busta Rhymes- I Bullshit You Not

9. Marsha Ambrosius- Yours Truly Mixtape [via Metal Lungies]

10. 50 Cent – War Angel

11. 50 Cent – Forever King

12. DJ Chonz – Peaceful Journey Mixtape (MJ Tribute)

13. K’Naan & J.Period – The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

14. WQST Presents: Melanie Fiona Meets the Illadelphonics (A Live Remix Jam Session of The Bridge)

15. Pac Div – Church League Champions

16. Brinks Boys Presents Raekwon – Staten Go Hard Vol.1 [via Flawless Hustle]

17. Raekwon- Cuban Revolution Hosted by Memory Man

18. Sean Price – Kimbo Price (A Prelude To Mic Tyson)

19. Lupe Fiasco – Enemy Of The State: A Love Story

20. DJ Premier – New, Rare & Unreleased (Mixed By DJ Loscar)

 

Diz Gibran - Soon You'll Understand (Presented by Crooks & Castles)

Trav Glave

1. Diz Gibran – Soon You’ll Understand (Presented by Crooks & Castles)

2. Elzhi – The Leftovers Unmixedtape

3. Buff1 – It’s A 1derful Life Hosted by DJ Rhettmatic [via Grand Good]

4. The Problemaddicts Presents – The Guest List

5. Kooley High – Kooley Is High Hosted by K-Salaam [via illRoots]

6. Zilla Rocca – Bring Me the Remix of Zilla Rocca [via So Much Silence]

7. Brown Bag Allstars – The Brown Tape

8. Illite – Champion Mixtape

10. Rhymefest & Scram Jones – The Manual

11. Tiron – Ketchup Mixed by DJ Low Key

12. Jermiside – Die Jerm Die Mixed by DJ Low Key

13. yU – Before Taxes [via Fresh Selects]

14. Adrian Champion – Stars & Stripes

15. Small Professor – Resurrected The Remix

16. Cee & Bekah – The Soul Movement, Vol 3: The Final Chapter Hosted by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban

17. Tanya Morgan Presents i-El – The Prelude [via OkayPlayer]

18. Charlie Smarts – F’Alex

19. LoveJones – Love Potion Number 9th The Hangover [via Refined Hype]

20. Ullnevaknow – The Color Purple

.. We’ve still got a few more Writers Build segments to go. Stick with us, now!

26
Nov
09

What Are You Thankful For?

Sexy Turkey

.. That’s the question I’m posing to my faithful readers today on this glorious American holiday. What is it that you are thankful for? Hit up the comment section with your answers.

I’m also hooking up some of my favorite song about giving thanks. These are hand-picked from my personal collection, I hope y’all like ’em.

Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving all, Enjoy!

Download: Bob Marley – Thank You Lord (Vocal Version)

Dido – Thank You

DOOM – Thank Yah

Massive Attack – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got

Maze & Franky Beverly – I Wanna Thank You

Stevie Wonder – Thank You Love

15
Sep
09

The Messengers: Episode 3 (Bob Dylan)

Messengers

I’ve been excited since hearing the initial sampler for J. Period & K’Naan’s tribute trilogy to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan, and here’s the last tape in that series.

From the release:

J.Period & K’NAAN are pleased to present the third and final installment of The Messengers tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan. Episode #3 celebrates America’s reluctant Civil Rights song leader and poetic voice, Bob Dylan. Dylan’s own struggle with his status as a “Messenger” is well-documented: he shunned the tremendous expectations placed on him during the 60’s, preferring to see himself as a songwriter rather than a social leader. Nevertheless, the impact of his music is undeniable and, over 40 years since Dylan’s arrival, J.Period & K’NAAN set out to show his continued relevance, both socially and musically. On The Messengers #3: Bob Dylan, J.Period remixes and re-invents Dylan’s music for the hip hop generation, while K’NAAN channels Dylan’s poetic voice with heartfelt and compelling lyrics. The result is an unprecedented and truly unique mixtape offering. The Messengers #3: Bob Dylan also features appearances from DJ Preservation and bassist, Brian Satz.”

If you missed the first two, scoop up Marley’s here and Kuti’s here. Vibe out to these remixes today, link and tracklist courtesy of Freestyle Madness. Enjoy!

Download: J. Period & K’NAAN present The Messengers: Episode 3 (Bob Dylan)

Tracklist:

01. Introduction To Bob Dylan
02. Rhythmic Poetry (Interlude)
03. Don’t Think Twice (Messengers Remix)
04. No Great Message (Interlude)
05. 4th Time Around (Messengers Remix)
06. Voice Of The Other Sie (Interlude)
07. Lay Lady Lay (Intro)
08. Relationships Lay (Messengers Remix)
09. This Is A True Story (Interlude)
10. Hard Rain (Messengers Remix)
11. It’s Alright Ma (J. Period Remix) Bonus

24
Jun
09

Royal Court & Sound Table 6/24/09

Royal Court

Royal Court:

B Is For Bob: How Bob Marley Got Censored For Kids [via Complex]

The 10/10 Club of Rap: Class of ’99 vs Class of ’09 [via TRU]

Tim Burton’s Version of Alice in Wonderland [via Think Common]

Politics As Usual: Iran So Far Away [via HHIR]

Barney Frank Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana [via Crooks & Liars by way of Ivan]

Madlib’s 30-Minute Jazz Mix on Gilles Peterson’s Show [via Way More Fresher]

Question In The Form Of An Answer: A Convo With DJ Quik & Kurupt [via Passion of the Weiss]

I Will NEVER Pay $990 For Kanye’s LV Sneakers [via Sneaker Files]

 

Kenlly

Kenlly from Bound Brook, NJ [inspired by TSS & Hurricane I, I’ll be bringing you local ladies with my Sound Table posts from now on, Enjoy!]

Sound Table:

Dead Prez ft. Bun B – Don’t Hate My Grind [via Yours Truly] (Buy Dead Prez & DJ Green Lanter’s Pulse of the People now)

De La Soul – Stakes Is High Era Rarities 1996-98 [via T.R.O.Y. Blog]

Drake – Think Good Thoughts f. Phonte & Elzhi (prod. 9th Wonder) [via Shake]

The-Dream – Hit It On The Road [via LowKey]

Emilio Rojas – A Million [via eskay] (Rojas’ new mixtape The Natural coming soon! This track won’t be on it, though)

La Coka Nostra ft. Snoop Dogg – Bang Bang [via Dre]

Raekwon ft. Noreaga & Joell Ortiz– Beauty [via thekidLEGEND]

12
Jun
09

Expanding Horizons: Five For Friday

In this Expanding Horizons series, I’ll be bringing you five pieces of musical history from five different genres spanning my collection. My goal is to expose my readers to all types of music that you might not listen to otherwise.

Also, I get to show off how deep my e-crates are. Lord knows I like to do that any chance I get, Ha! The downloads are all .RAR files, which in layman’s terms are compressed packages of multiple files. Search here if you need a program to extract after you download. Or get in touch and I’ll help you out.

I’ll try my best to do this every Friday, so if you have any requests hit me with an e-mail.. Enjoy ya-selves!

Hip-Hop

De La Soul

De La SoulArt Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (2000)

See Track List & Buy It Here

Lately I’ve been steadily revisiting my De La collection, going in chronological order from their 1989 masterpiece 3 Feet High & Rising all the way to this year’s collaboration with Nike “Are You In?” As Dart once told me, Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maceo comprise the most consistent hip-hop group of all time. How could I disagree? 

Their track record as far as albums is unparalleled, they drop quality material to this day AND put on an amazing live show as I learned last year at Rock The Bells NYC. As a relatively young hip-hop head, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump was the first of their catalog I was exposed to. I was more of a Wu-Tang, Biggie, DMX & Nas stan before I branched out into other realms of rap. I remember buying it at the local Coconuts (remember those? Now it’s FYE), ripping open the packaging and bumping it in my Sony Discman with them headphones that went on top of your head. You know you had them, stop frontin!

Man, those were the days. Even though the times have changed, the Soul is timeless.

Jazz

Thelonious & Coltrane

Thelonious Monk & John ColtraneComplete Riverside Recordings (1957)

See Track List & Buy It Here

Two jazz virtuosos, two discs. ‘Nuff said.

 

Reggae

Bob Marley & Stevie Wonder

Bob MarleyLive With Stevie Wonder (1975)

This is EXTREMELY rare audio of an historic performance when Marley was opening for Stevie during a tour stop in Kingston, Jamaica. The legends shared the stage briefly, for an extended version of “I Shot The Sheriff.”  What resulted was purely magical. After reading about this once-in-a-lifetime event, I hunted this down for years until somehow I finally got my hands on it. I don’t think it’s even available to buy online anywhere, so handle with care. If you’re interested, the promo poster above is available here.

 

R&B/Neo-Soul

India Arie

India ArieTestimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship (2006)

See Track List & Buy Album Here

I’ve got to admit, I don’t really listen to India Arie. Not because her music is bad, that’s FAR from the case. I’ve only heard each of the talented multi-instrumentalist/ singer’s albums one time each, mainly because of a lady friend in college. I feel like I have to be in a certain mood to listen.. Let me stop.

Vol. 1 was the most memorable for me. Even though I don’t remember specific songs, it’s the laid-back soulfulness and soft instrumentation that I remember the most. Plus, I upped this because I know females love her. Do I listen to India? Nope, but bitches beautiful women do.

Rock

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi HendrixAre You Experienced?

See Track List & Buy Album Here

Jimi was a god amongst men when he picked up a guitar, elevating the instrument into realms unknown to the average musician. Did you know he was a lefty, but he played a right-handed guitar? A part of me wishes I was born 30 years before I was just so I could have seen his flashy, trip-inducing improvisations first-hand.

 

That should hold you over until next time, Enjoy!





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