Posts Tagged ‘Stevie Wonder

13
Feb
10

Not Your Average Valentine’s Day-Themed Mixes.. DJ Matt Cali & Russel Fong | Cosmo Baker

Whether or not you celebrate the holiday dedicated to men attempting to impress women who possess unrealistic expectations* St. Valentine, anyone can appreciate some fresh vibes.

First up is a spankin’ new mix from some of HTT‘s good friends, turntable master Matt Cali and music historian Russel Fong. I’ll let Cali tell it:

… If you are looking for a sappy slow jam mixtape, you are obviously unfamiliar with the way these two get down (pause). Luvsick is a perfect blend of all types of love songs ranging from REO Speedwagon, Radiohead, Teddy Pendergrass, to the likes of Slum Village, Jodeci and Lil Wayne. And like all Russel Fong and Matt Cali presentations, it is mixed in true school turntable fashion.

Now that sounds dope, don’t it?

For the traditionalists, expert create-digger Cosmo Baker splices soul and classic R&B on his Valentine’s Roll Mix. Featuring songs by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and of course Prince, this will help the fellas get their ladies in that special mood.

Bump these while you do whatever it is you do this weekend. Don’t forget guys – wrap it up be safe.

Shouts to Russel & Matt, plus the gracious homie Gotty & Co at TSS for the second jawn. Enjoy!

*I keed, I keed. Y’all lovers do y’all thang.

 

Luvsick

Download: DJ Matt Cali & Russel Fong – Luvsick

Cosmo Baker - Valentine's Roll Mix

Download: Cosmo Baker – Valentine’s Roll Mix

Track List:

The Friends Of Distinction “Circles”
Aretha Franklin “Call Me”
Donny Hathaway “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”
Rick James “Fire & Desire” feat. Teena Marie
Curtis Mayfield “Sweet Exorcist”
James Brown “That’s My Desire”
Otis Redding “That’s How Strong My Love Is”
Sam Cooke “Bring It On Home To Me”
Irma Thomas “Ruler Of My Heart”
Al Green “Simply Beautiful”
The Isley Brothers “Voyage To Atlantis”
George Harrison “I’ll Take You Anytime”
Stevie Wonder “I Believe (When I Fall In Love)”
Patrice Rushen “Settle For My Love”
Prince “Adore”
Quincy Jones “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)”
Rene & Angela “Your Smile” (12? Version)
The Isley Brothers “Fire And Rain”
The Smith Connection “Rainy Days And Mondays”
Darondo “Listen To My Song”
The Beach Boys “Forever”
Rita Wright “I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You”
Black Ivory “Got To Be There”
Brenda Russell “So Good, So Right”
Bonnie Pointer “More And More”
David Bowie “Can You Hear Me”
Earth, Wind And Fire “Can’t Hide Love”
The Rolling Stones “Let It Loose”
East Of Underground “I Love You For All Seasons”
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “If This World Were Mine”
The Delfonics “Walk Right Up To The Sun”
New Birth “You Are What I’m All About”
Steely Dan “Any Major Dude”
Bill Withers “Can We Pretend”

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23
Jan
10

Hope For Haiti Now – Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna Perform “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” & More Coverage

Bono, Jay-Z & Rihanna

When the sky falls, and the Earth quakes.. We gon’ put this back together, we won’t break

I watched almost the entire Hope For Haiti Now telethon event last night, and I’m so thankful I did. If I said it was extremely moving, that would be an understatement. I found myself breathless and teary-eyed as artists, musicians, actors, directors and more put aside differences and united to answer phones and accept donations on behalf of  the various organizations helping the relief effort in Haiti. The broadcast also featured personal stories about Haitians that survived the horrible natural disaster in addition to newscaster Anderson Cooper & others detailing the monumental effort to treat the thousands of injured and emotionally-distraught.

Musical performances included Jay-Z, Bono & The Edge of U2, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, my wifey Christina Aguilera, my other wifey Alicia Keys, The Roots, Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris, John Legend, Beyonce, Coldplay, Shakira, Mary J Blige, Sting, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Emeline Michel and of course, Haiti’s son Wyclef.

MTV has a sweet rundown of all the performances here and check out some photos here compliments of Concrete Loop. Click the links below to donate and grab your copy of the Hope for Haiti Now album on iTunes with the various performances in great quality MP3’s.

If anyone has the full telecast of the event, can you please link it in the comments section? Thanks in advance.

Shout to Ian for the video of Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Lil’ Mama Rihanna below (am I the only one who thinks Rih Rih looks out of place on stage with legends? Oh well.). I hope you find it in your heart to donate to help those suffering from this devastating tragedy, and (try to) enjoy the music!

Download on iTunes: Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Lil’ Mama Rihanna – Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)

Hope For Haiti Now

Donate: Hope For Haiti Now

24
Dec
09

Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – The Little X-Mas Tape

Front Cover

It was tough to hold off on posting this beauty of a mix by crate digger Russel Fong and DJ Matt Cali, but I promised myself I’d wait ’til Christmas Eve. Lucky for y’all, it’s here!

Both Russel and Matt have a knack for splicing old school treats with modern flavor, which is evident on this holiday-themed mix. Listen as Stevie Wonder’s “What Christmas Means To Me” and Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” flow between cheerful samples and jingling bells. Also featured on the tape are jams from Marvin Gaye, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys and more.

As Matt explains it:

Russel and I were on the phone together discussing some upcoming themes for new mixtapes and we both expressed are displeasure with corny holiday music. Russel mentioned he had some good old school jams and I had a couple of favorites myself so I fired up the turntables and there you have it.” Russel adds, “We just wanted to keep it short and sweet and play some good holiday jams.” 

Well, they certainly put together an impressive mix. Shouts to both of the fellas for the heads up, click the covers or download link below and spin it for some holiday goodness. Enjoy!

Back Cover

Download: Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – The Little X-Mas Tape

03
Dec
09

Stevie Wonder & John Legend [Live]

Stevie Wonder 

WordPress is drivin’ me crazy. I’m having trouble embedding videos so if it doesn’t show up below, click here to see the video at some bootleg hip-hop website.

I saw this Sunday on the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert special on HBO, and I been waiting for it to make its way to the web.

The legendary Stevie Wonder brings John Legend on stage to tribute Michael Jackson, singing “The Way You Make Me Feel.” At one point, Stevie is so overwhelmed by emotion that he breaks down during the performance.

Powerful stuff, and well worth a viewing. Big thanks to the good homie Khal at Rock The Dub for the vid, Enjoy!

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

30
Sep
09

Event Reminder: Ghostface x Beatnick & K-Salaam Tonight

Tonight

Here’s your friendly reminder that MySpace Music, Socialight & Digiwaxx are presenting Ghostface Killah live tonight at Hiro Ballroom NYC alongside production duo Beatnick & K-Salaam.

Doors open at 8 PM, but since this is a free show I’d recommend showing up crazy early. William Cooper and I will be in the building promoting Beware of the Pale Horse so come say what’s up if you see us out there. Dallas Penn might be joining us as well.

Ghost will be promoting his latest effort Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City while Beatnick & K-Salaam should be rocking songs from their fly remix album Never Can Say Goodbye featuring reinterpretations of classics from Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.

Download Never Can Say Goodbye below and support Tony Starks (and my Amazon account) by scooping his album here. Shout to Freestyle Madness Blog for the link, Enjoy!

Never Can Say Goodbye

Download: Beatnick & K-Salaam – Never Can Say Goodbye

Track List:

01. Michael Jackson – I’ll Be There Remix (Prod. By Beatnick & K-Salaam)
02. Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain (Prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam)
03. Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amor Remix (Prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam)
04. Michael Jackson – Never Can Say Goodbye (Prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam)
05. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On Remix (Prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam)
06. Stevie Wonder – Uptight Remix (Prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam)
07. Michael Jackson – ABC Remix (Prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam)
08. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On Remix (Prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam)

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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