It’s got to be for real By Joe Graves
I’ve always had a place in my heart for a nicely flawed voice. Gil scott heron is a good example of this. Sure, he can hit the notes most of the time but it’s evident he was more passionate about the music as a whole than whether or not he was considered a great vocalist.
Joe graves also falls into this category. He’s definitely not the best signer you’ll ever hear, but the passion is there. Imagine how great he’s be if they had auto-tune back then?
I recently watched a VH1 documentary on Soul train and it blew my mind. Not that I didn’t think Soul Train had had some great moments but all my memories of it were from the 80’s and 90’s when it was kinda just a slightly better version of “The grind” with your boy Eric Nies.
Holy shit was I wrong.
Apparently, in the 70’s, it was the best fucking show ever. I’m not even a huge fan of live performances in general but some of the clips they showed were phenomenal. Not only did they have amazing artists on there but they ACTUALLY sang, as opposed t the lip synching that was the standard when I watched that show in the 80’s and 90’s. So, in an attempt to do my part is spreading the love, I gathered a bunch of these clips, as well as converted them to mp3’s for your downloading pleasure.
Here’s Al green singing his ass off with his arm in a sling after breaking it earlier that week:
James brown losing his shit with the JB’s
Aretha live is some serious shit.
This is just motherfuckers dancing but damn, how dope is that? If they replaced all those shitty dancing shows on TV with stuff like this, the world would be vastly improved.
Stevie Wonder doing “Superstition”
This one has no video but it’s Stevie Wonder improvising a song live about Soul Train. I seriously have listened to this song like 50 times in the past week.
And here’s one that wouldn’t embed but it’s amazing. Sly and the family stone doing “If you want me to stay”
Here’s a zip of all the live performances in mp3 form:
Do You Wanna Hear It By The Nubian Crackers Feat. The Artifacts
The first time i heard The Artifacts they were rapping on the Stretch and Bobbito radio show. My memory is a little hazy but i seem to remember them winning a demo competition or something. Anyway, I immediately thought they were dope and tried to find every thing by them I could. For some reason, I had a hard time tracking this song down. It was a guest spot on a 12” by the production team the “Nubian Crackers”. I couldn’t find the record so all I had was a dusty ass recording from the radio. Thanks to the internets, I got my hands on a good copy a few years ago…and now you can have one as well
When Aesop dropped his album “None Shall Pass” , one of the craziest things he got to do was make promo videos for MTV. At the time, MTV was doing this thing where they’d take a different artists (indie and major label) and just promote the shit out of them for a week solid with little clips of live performances and skits , as well as by playing their music every chance they got. When they asked Aesop to do some comical skits, he asked me to join him (cause we have a past together doing dumb skits on public access). The idea was to take the whole NYC public access show theme and run with it. Someone recently reminded me of these skits and I re-watched them for the first time in over a year. Know what? They’re pretty funny. Sure, it’s mostly improvised and not every joke hits but , considering what it was, I think Aes and I held our own. Especially considering both of us had barley slept the night before due to an early call time and fear of having to be funny on cue.
I’d also like recall the enormous backlash these videos and clips on MTV caused. People seriously lost their shit. Apparently, a lot of fans couldn’t differentiate promotion and flagrantly selling out. I’m glad that shit has died down , cause for a while this topic made a lot of fair weather fans look like total dickheads.
Anyway, here are those clips for all of you who may have missed them. Before watching, I suggest curling up in your snuggie with a loved one , lighting some candles, and pouring yourself a nice merlot cause that’s the mood we were trying to set in these clips.
Shake your ass By Richard Cheese
Holy shit. I totally forgot about this guy. I’m not lying when I say the best time I’ve ever had at a live show was seeing the gawd Richard Cheese perform.
For those who don’t know, he’s a lounge singer that does retarded covers of famous songs. The thing is, he’s actually a good singer and his band is surprisingly on point on some “zoot suit riot” type shit. He also manages to keep a straight face, which is nice.
Here’s some bonus clips to give you a better idea of the man, the myth, the legend.
# 9! Boom Boom Pow Pow!
I accidentally marked the files “Vol 8” , but don’t fret, this is not the same one as last time. A whole new batch of beats that didn’t make the cut for you do whatever it is you do with beats like this. That said, there some good ones in here so peep it.
Black Connection II By Camp Lo
Never mind the pic above, these motherfuckers can rap.
Most people know Camp lo for their awesome debut album “Uptown Saturday Night” but it seems like very few people out there are even aware of their highly slept on second album “Let’s do it again”. It was a more dance driven affair musically but , rhyme wise, it was classic Camp Lo.
This Song is one of my favorites from that album.