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I read something recently about Lauryn Hill being the original singer of the song sampled on Kanye West’s “All Falls Down”. It reminded me of how talented she is and how much I wish she was still producing music these days.

Longing for some new Lauryn Hill music, I came across some music that was not new, but new to me.

Lauryn Hill Unplugged – I Gotta Find Peace of Mind

Go find it on iTunes!

Sometimes a song can bring a rush of memories to my head.

This song was playing during our first dance at our wedding. It really just melts my soul every time I hear it.

When Simba was here visiting, he was commenting on how I have Chicago music in my car (Common, Kanye, Lupe Fiasco)… and my reply was along the lines of how I don’t like much new music, and for some reason the new music that I do like, comes out of Chicago.

He posted The Pharcyde as an example of a good west coast artist. I love the Pharcyde, and I busted out my old Bizarre Ride II album and have been listening to it everyday for the past 2 weeks straight. This got me thinking about other old west coast artists that I really like.

I was gonna post Xzibit, but I just heard these guys on my iPod and I couldn’t pass up sharing the nostalgia.

Dilated Peoples – Work the Angles

Dilated Peoples – Worst Comes to Worst

Lupe Fiasco

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Yeah you all know that song Superstar. It first caught me off guard because it had a rock sound to it instead of the normal r&b boringness. The song is actually a little annoying to me now because of the way that dude sings the chorus. Just sing like a normal person! Anyway, all day long on the radio you hear songs about about smoking trees, being in the club, shake that ass girl, making it rain – things that I don’t give a damn about. I noticed this song because it wasn’t about any of that. Instead, he reflects on his own life and lessons getting into the rap game. And yeah, he’s INTELLIGENT! I like that.

I bought his latest album off of iTunes – “The Cool”. It’s a GREAT album and it’s currently my fav – definitely a classic in my music library. He raps with a couple different styles in the album. It just shows me that not only is he a good lyricist, he’s also versatile. Not many of his songs are songs you will ever hear in the club, but it’s the lyrical content that keeps me listening – most are socially conscious songs, some are silly and just about having fun (kind of reminds me of Pharcyde’s “Bizarre Ride II”).

Chicago can now claim another great rapper amongst the likes of Common and Kanye West. I wish I liked more West Coast artists.

Oh yeah, and he loves skateboarding. Chalk one up again for Lupe’s uniqueness. Here’s a song I wish was on “The Cool”. I guess I may just have to buy his other album to get it.

“Kick Push” – a song about his love for skating.

Go to his official website to listen some of full length streaming songs.


Related Links:
His official website
Lupe Fiasco on YouTube
Lupe Fiasco on Wikipedia

Yeah, sometimes you wonder and you look things up.

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Listen to it on iTunes!
Manu Dibango