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The Black Keys & RZA – The Baddest Man Alive

I’m the baddest man alive, and I don’t plan to die
When the grim reaper come I look him right in his eye
I plus up in the face of the witch of the East
Tell a great white shark to go and brush his teeth
I’m the man who stole the golden fleece”

They say if you go to the place where two roads meet at midnight that the devil will meet you there. They say that, in return for your soul, the devil himself will tune your guitar, and you’ll be able to play the blues like no one else. Faustian legends like this always seem so implausible, so farfetched. That is, until you hear just the right mournful melodies. The pain that drips from strings and spills out of woefully borne lyrics. The Black Keys send you to the edge of belief on this one, tag-teaming with the always impressive RZA. The bluesy rhythms of the Black Keys drive the engine of the Wu-Tang legend’s cavalier ranting. The track is featured in The Man With the Iron Fists, co-written and directed by RZA. Naturally, he produced heavy-hitting soundtrack, too.

The Black Keys & RZA – The Baddest Man Alive

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Enter the 37th Chamber

I hear the Shaolin monks say the Wu-Tang school originated with them… Shaolin still say that?

Two days ago I posted Shawn Lee covering pop and today I bring you the ruff rugged and raw version of that post by a band called El Michels Affair and their tribute album to legendary Hip Hop producer Prince Rakim aka Bobby Digital aka The Abbot aka Rzarector aka Bobby Steels or as most of you know him the Ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah – Rza.

El Michels Affair is actually a sort of super group made up of members of The Dap-Kings, the Budos Band, and Antibalas – fresh. I’m sure most of you know by now but the Dap Kings are the guys responsible for that chart topping sound behind Amy Winehouse, much of Mark Ronson’s work and Sharon Jones. I was a huge fan of them but now that they’ve revinted one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time my appreciation has gone to another level. These days production is so impressive, clean sounding and perfect that you start to miss that natural imperfection and error. Don’t get me wrong I’m all about it yet there’s just something that always keeps me going vintage and that something is feeling. The El Michael cover of Heaven & Hell for example is so full of that real life and passion that you start to just get taken somewhere else, I mean as much as I like the Robot Rock I’m still human after all and nothing compares to the real thing. Anyways, this is a noteworthy album and I wish I has more time to talk about it but as usual there’s so much to do before I can officially call it a weekend, enjoy.

El Michels Affair – Incarcerated Scarfaces (Raekwon Cover)

El Michels Affair – Heaven & Hell (Raekwon Cover)

Bonus: Here’s the original Heaven & Hell, probably my favorite Raekwon song.

Raekwon – Heaven & Hell (Feat. Ghostface Killah)

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Raekwon – House of Flying Daggers (New Video!)

Wu-Tung Clan ain’t nothin’ to f*$k wit”

This video is bad ass. I don’t post too much hip-hop because it pretty much all sucks these days but this is clearly the exception. Produced by J Dilla, House of Flying Daggers is 1994 New York City all over again – gritty, gully, grimy, great. You might get slapped in the face just for listening to it and then find an empty 40 bottle on your bed with your wallet missing feeling like you have to take a shower – Clan in front, let your feet stomp.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard something this raunchy, even the mix (sonic quality) of the record is reminiscent of the pre- Jay-Z days when vocals and music were actually blended artistically. The video itself is an animation that borrows from the classic kung-fu flick The Five Deadly Venoms. This may be confusing to some since the songs title is also borrowed from a movie -  the 2004 cult classic House of Flying Daggers. It’s gory images are the perfect visuals for the machine gun flows the Wu members attack with, reminds you of those amazing lyricist we once had in the game. If this is what we have to expect from Rae’s upcoming album then I’ll be eagerly waiting for the day to come, enjoy.

Raekwon – Run Away (Feat. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & GZA)

Raekwon – House of Flying Dagger (ft. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Method Man)