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The Gossip – Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah Cover)

I felt like some Aaliyah today and this remix is does a lot of justice.  Throwing you all a bomb EMPT classic on this beautiful Super Bowl Sunday, let the game begin!

Originally posted June 29th, 2011

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First of all, this cover is absolute fire.

Aaliyahs Are You That Somebody is one of the most stylish R&B tracks you’ll ever hear. It was so ahead of it’s time for 1998 that only in the last 3 or 4 years has contemporary R&B really surpassed it’s innovation. The song showcased the talen of a young Timbaland, Static Major and Aaliyah, sadly two of those 3 have passed away but not without leaving their mark. That said, it takes some style, personality and a big voice to cover such a song and The Gossip’s Beth Ditto is lacking in none of those departments. The Gossip flips this jam to perfection opting for a minimalist drum and bass production putting Beth front and center. There’s so much over production these days that it’s rare to find a song where it’s all about an artist and pure expression. Beth reinvented this song in the best way possible and I had to share with you all. R.I.P. Aaliyah & Static Major.

The Gossip – Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah Cover)

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Music

The Gossip – Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah Cover)

First of all, this cover is absolute fire.

Aaliyahs Are You That Somebody is one of the most stylish R&B tracks you’ll ever hear. It was so ahead of it’s time for 1998 that only in the last 3 or 4 years has contemporary R&B really surpassed it’s innovation. The song showcased the talen of a young Timbaland, Static Major and Aaliyah, sadly two of those 3 have passed away but not without leaving their mark. That said, it takes some style, personality and a big voice to cover such a song and The Gossip’s Beth Ditto is lacking in none of those departments. The Gossip flips this jam to perfection opting for a minimalist drum and bass production putting Beth front and center. There’s so much over production these days that it’s rare to find a song where it’s all about an artist and pure expression. Beth reinvented this song in the best way possible and I had to share with you all. R.I.P. Aaliyah & Static Major.

The Gossip – Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah Cover)

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The Gossip – Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)

You could play it safe or play it cool, follow the leader or make up the rules.”

I was in a meeting yesterday that pissed me off and listening to this song inspired the rest of this post.  I was talking to an A&R about the music business and all I got was this sappy somewhat depressing point of view that made no sense in this new revolutionary time.  I’m convinced that it’s time for people my age to  stop depending on the older generations and go ahead and start executing all the cool ideas we have.  Jay-Z called his album the Blueprint, but follow that blueprint and see what kind of house you build.

Talking ’bout my generation.”

I mean anything they can do we can do faster, cheaper, easier and better thanks to the new technology we have at hand.  I hear a lot of people complaining about the times but if you ask me we’re living in one of the best times ever for creating and distributing any type of art, you just have to work hard and I think that’s the concept people keep trying to avoid. Anyways, I got an email telling me I had a message on Facebook that automatically got posted to my Twitter that suggested I check out this song ; P. I wasn’t a big fan of the original version by the Gossip but Fred Falke’s reinvention makes this song a very worthwhile experience, enjoy.

The Gossip – Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)

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