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under the backdrop of worldwide political unrest, lupe performed his single “words i never said” at the bet hip hop awards.   erykah badu, sporting a burqa and her signature bowler hat, filled in for skylar grey.


video: lupe fiasco “words i never said” f/ erykah badu

10/14/11 1 Comment

clip of ms. badu vibin to her own music in the studio.  a highlight:  she nurses her baby mars (that’s her other daughter puma above) with baby daddy jay electronica knocked out on the couch.  spotted at talib kweli’s blog.

video: erykah badu “fall in love (your funeral)”


while my guitar gently weeps

02/04/11 2 Comments

i have a lowkey crush on guitars.  maybe it’s cause they weren’t that much of a staple in my hiphop-laden childhood, but my ears perk up around them like pets at dinner time.  one of the showcase tracks for the instrument is “while my heart gently weeps” by the beatles.  written by george harrison and originally featuring eric clapton on lead guitar, the song has been covered by a number of artists including carlos santana (pictured above at woodstock).  i just caught his version featuring the effortless india.arie and famed cellist yo-yo ma a couple days ago and i’ve had it on repeat ever since.  you can compare it to the original below.

Santana – While My Guitar Gently Weeps f/ India.Arie & Yo-Yo Ma (2010)

Related:  The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)

Bonus:  Wu-Tang – My Heart Gently Weeps (2007).  considered more of an interpolation than a straight cover.  it features the vocal stylings of raekwon, ghostface, method man and erykah badu with former chili pepper john frusciante and george’s son dhani on guitar.

life rewind: a 2010 soundtrack

12/23/10 4 Comments

since we’re about to hit 2011, i wanted to look back at some of the music that wore out my iphone/itunes in twenty-ten.  only included songs that dropped this year and i put them in chronological order.

lupe fiasco – i’m beamin

they said my future is dark…see me now?
just look around…i’m beamin’ – wasalu

nas and damian marley – strong will continue

one of the tracks that leaked early from distant relatives. served as a prelude to the great things to come.

usher – there goes my baby

wasn’t feeling raymond v raymond as a whole, but he deserves to win the grammy for this.  best r&b track of the year.

erykah badu – window seat

the video and her booty got most of the buzz, but the song is pretty good in its own right.


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