Posts Tagged ‘Matisyahu

09
Jan
10

Writers Build: The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

Gramatically-incorrect, but who cares?!

We’ ain’t done just yet, Writers Build is still in full effect!

And you probably thought all I listened to was hip-hop.. Ha! Gotcha.

In between spinning Mos Def and Raekwon this year, me and my homie Jaap van der Doelen (of The Rap Up and Maasland FM fame) took some time to expand our horizons beyond the realm of rap. What we found were some extremely great projects by a gang of non-hip-hoppers.

Our lists cover many typesof music, including R&B, pop, reggae, soul, dubstep, jazz, rock and even afro-funk (yes, I may have made that genre up, but it’s true). Check these out when you’re not in the mood for neck-snapping beats or lyrical onslaughts.

Click the covers or links to support the artists, Enjoy!

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

Dom

1. Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement [MP3 Download]

2. Michael Jackson – This Is It [MP3 Download]

3. Melanie Fiona – The Bridge [MP3 Download]

4. Matisyahu – Light [MP3 Download]

5. Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom [MP3 Download]

6. Shafiq Husayn – Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka

7. The Kickdrums – Just A Game

8. Chrisette Michele – Epiphany [MP3 Download]

9. Ryan Leslie – Ryan Leslie [MP3 Download]

10. John Mayer – Battle Studies [MP3 Download]

11. Norah Jones – The Fall [MP3 Download]

12. J Rawls & John Robinson present Jay Are – The 1960’s Jazz Revolution Again [MP3 Download]

13. Maxwell – Blacksummers’night [MP3 Download]

14. Serani – No Games [MP3 Download]

15. Whitney Houson – I Look To You [MP3 Download]

16. Trey Songz – Ready [MP3 Download]

17. Flaming Lips – Embryonic [MP3 Download]

18. Leona Lewis – Echo [MP3 Download]

19. Keith Jarrett Trio – Yesterdays [MP3 Download]

20. Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue [MP3 Download]

Honorable Mention: Zero 7 – Yeah Ghost [MP3 Download]

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information Vol 3

Jaap

1. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 [MP3 Download]

2. De Staat – Wait For Evolution

3. Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

4. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You [MP3 Download]

5. Dub Colossus – A Town Called Addis [MP3 Download]

We’ve come a long way in the Writers Build segment, we’ve got a couple more posts left before we’re done. Stay tuned!

19
Jul
09

One Day

One Day

Here at HTT, I am a firm believer that there really are only two types of musicgood and Soulja Boy Chester French bad. Though my primary focus is on hip-hop and the music that has influenced the genre, I want to spread good music of all sorts. Which brings me to Matisyahu’s newest single, “One Day.”

My younger sister put me on to the Hassidic Jew’s reggae-rap a few years back and after I saw him perform alongside the Wailers in the Big Apple, I gained respect for his vision and have been a supportive fan ever since.

Similar to Matis’ past efforts, “One Day” is an uplifting, quixotic anthem that attempts to unify the people. It’s off his upcoming album Light, set for an August 25th release date.

I typed up the lyrics beneath the video, plus provided a link to purchase the track at Amazon. As an added bonus, I posted the DJ Michael Watts remix of his hit “Jerusalem” just because.

Shouts to Adam for the video, Enjoy!

Buy “One Day” at Amazon.com

Bonus Download: Matisyahu – Jerusalem (Swisha House Remix)

Sometimes I lay under the moon
And thank God I’m breathing
And I pray, don’t take me soon
‘Cause I am here for a reason

Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it’ll all turn around, because..

All my life I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don’t wanna fight no more

There’ll be no more war
And our children will play

One day, one day
One day
One day, one day
One day

It’s not about win or lose
‘Cause we all lose
When they feed on the souls of the innocent
Blood-drenched pavement
Keep on moving
Though the water stay raging

In this maze, you can lose your way (your way)
It may drive you crazy
But don’t let it phase you, no way (no way)

Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it’ll all turn around, because..

All my life I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don’t wanna fight no more
There’ll be no more war
And our children will play

One day, one day
One day
One day, one day
One day

One day this world’ll change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence
Stall with the hate

One day we’ll all be free
And proud to be
Under the same sun

Singin’ songs of freedom like

One day, one day
One day, one day..

All my life I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don’t wanna fight no more
There’ll be no more war
And our children will play

One day, one day
One day
One day, one day
One day





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