Monday, October 09, 2006

Meet Me In Outer Space

Random Song 1: K-os - Sunday Morning

Lupe Fiasco – Food and Liquor


The much anticipated, and much delayed, debut album had a lot to live up to. A lot of the hype surrounding Lupe Fiasco was generated by his brilliant summer single “ Kick, Push.” Considering that the rap industry has been dominated by the shallow quest for “platinum grills” and “26 inch rims.” The song gave hip-hop fans, and even those who had given up on the genre, hope of something more meaningful. While it seemed that the weight of the hip-hop world was being placed on Lupe’s shoulders, he somehow rose to the challenge. Food and Liquor is an album that wants to be more than today's typical rap joint. There are no dark gangster beats, no Lil Jon crunk-style party tracks. In fact, songs such as "Hurt Me Soul" and "Daydreamin'" make a point of documenting how the current state of rap is corrupting this generation. Yet Lupe does not limit his view to just the rap world. Fiasco aims for longevity, and shows it by hitting on issues ranging from absentee fathers to the war in Iraq. Whether you are a fan of hip-hop or not, you will undoubtedly find Lupe’s album refreshing.

Here is the video for "Daydreamin'" featuring Jill Scott and one funky robot:

Random Song 2: Hole - Malibu

Ipod Workout Plan: Incubus - Wish You Were Here from the Morning View album. Remember when Incubus was all the rage? Ya, I try and block that memory out as well. Still I must admit that the band was a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. Not sure why really, but once every couple of years I get the urge to listen to Incubus' blend of quasi mellow, quasi-rock, quasi-dj spinning, quasi-metal,, what was I saying?

Random Song 3: Toby Rand - Throw It Away
Bonus: The Killers - When You Were Young (Can't stand this song, yet I can't get it out of my head)

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