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Big Boi – Apple Of My Eye

The intro on this track really caught my ear, and that’s not easy especially when the lyrics don’t come in until 42 seconds, which for me at that point I usually skip to a different track but being a huge fan of Big Boi I knew I was going to hear the unexpected.  The creative sounds, the eerie anticipation of what the breakdown of the beat is going to be.  That’s how it has always been even back in the Outkast days, (which really wasn’t that long ago) just this beautiful unpredictability of unique, funky hip-hop, with great vocals and great lyrics and a flow that is hard to match.  I know most people are still living in denial that Outkast has now just become the two dudes on their own, Andre 3000 and Big Boi, but we all knew in the back of our minds it was going to happen so just snap out of it and stop whining!

I think what they have created on their own is great, and especially on Big Boi’s new album “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” (which by the way is a dope title for an album), you can appreciate the fact that Big Boi doesn’t stray away from some of the old patterns, techniques, and melodic structures that made the boys from Outkast who they are and will always be remembered as today.  So those of you living in denial mode you are still essentially getting that same bite from the past, but everyone has to grow and keep moving with the world as it is evolving, right?..Right!  This is another track I am going to stick in my study stash, great flow, catchy structure, boss lyrics as always, I gotta study hard as an artist myself to keep up with some of these Greats!

I have been under the weather the past couple days and I have no idea what sick is anymore because it’s been so damn long that I still try and run around like a mad women each day and come to find my body just crashing hard as of last night after a phenomenal Knicks game…So looks like the couch, football and some good music are keeping me locked inside of my apartment today, and Apple of My Eye, perked me up as much as I can be perked right now.

Stay healthy people, Enjoy!

Big Boi – Apple Of My Eye

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Outkast – She Lives In My Lap

I’ve been on a new music kick for the past couple of months, so I figured I’d slow things down a bit and remind everyone where the kings lay. I can’t remember if I’ve talked about this on EMPT before, but I’ve been taking DJ classes for the past couple of months. It’s a decision that I’ve never been happier about, and I’m really thrilled about the outcome. It’s all about the turntables, scratching, vinyl, and on any given day, sweet and soulful hip-hop. My teacher plays an assortment of quality music whenever performing a demo, but he has a knack for throwing on some of my favorite Outkast tunes. Spottieottiedopalicious, Rooster…and this lovely work of art.

Whenever I talk about or hear this song, I want to make sounds with my mouth. Not word sounds, but more like the sound an attentive listener makes when engaging with good funk or jazz. I can’t translate it onto the page, but I think you guys get it. It’s usually paired with smile and a slight head bob that turns into a dive, particularly if you’re sitting down, the foot might be tapping so much that it forces the whole leg to start bouncing.

Maybe.

Or maybe your teacher plays this song in an attempt to show you how Andre 3000 broke every single rule of hip-hop not only on this track, but in this whole album. Sure it’s from a few years ago, but I know ya’ll can appreciate a timeless sound.

Forever my fiance…

I have to say, I definitely learned something that day about counting. Don’t jump the gun, and take it easy especially in the musical presence of an artist who takes their time. Wait for the extra long chorus and get a feel for what you’re dealing with — it’s a whole different monster. After all, knowing the rules then knowing how to break them, is how all music evolves.

Outkast – She Lives In My Lap