Archive for May 2011

Chill Tuesdays Playlist: 5-17-2011

May 21, 2011

On Tuesday nights, Chill Tuesdays happens at Little Fish, Huge Pond in Sanford, Florida. Between 8 and 10 PM, I play a mixture of jazz, funk instrumentals, trip-hop and experimental music. In this small town, I am the only DJ known for “weird music”.

Chillin' on a Tuesday night.

Because I focused mostly on music containing funk or hip-hop beats, I labeled my musical mix “funky lounge”.

Never was funky lounge intended to be played all night. Mainly, it was intended to be background noise until folks start requesting popular music.

So, here’s my Chill Tuesdays play list, songs I play during the first two hours.

1. Suffocated Love by Tricky: From the Maxinquaye album (1995). As Tricky rhymes over a smooth groove, the talented Martina Bird Topley sings the chorus.

2. Cut The Jazz by De Phazz: Downtempo jazz over hip-hop beats. Forties jazz meets hip-hop.

3. Sandy by Jumbonics: As the piano grooves to funky beats, this song creates the atmosphere of fifties jazz in a small bar filled with cigarette smoke.

4. What Kind of Woman (Amazon mix) by Soul ’n’ Soda: The highlight of this groove monster is the samples used, samples involving a black dude commenting about women.

5. Jungle Fever by The Chakachas: Once they hear it, almost everyone recognizes these freaky jam released in 1972. Who can forget the Latina moaning over this groove?

6. Summer Madness by Kool and The Gang: Most people recognize this smooth jazz number as the track sampled for DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince’s “Summertime.” Sample, my ass. Typical of these two, they used the whole damned riff.

7. Porcelain by Moby: Some feet started tapping when I played this. As Moby is usually labeled a techno artist, I find this to be more of a trip-hop number. Especially as the funky hip-hop beats jam this number.

8. Caught Up In The Rapture by Anita Baker: After playing this jazzy, R&B gem, some dude requested another Anita Baker song. Believe it or not, this worked damned good in my mix.

9. Super 8 by Bonobo: This eerie and funky instrumental could be runner-up for a horror movie soundtrack, one featuring a serial killer. For those who are into freaky “weird” music, this song belongs in your collection.

10. Sans Remission by The Mighty Bop (La Funk Mob Remix): Released in the nineties, this tight instrumental has always been one of my all-time favorites. The beats on this mofo are deadly. This is one of those jams you can either dance or nod your head to.

Hip Hop and The N-Word

May 20, 2011

Many nights during my gigs, I am only the black person in the establishment.  Many times during these nights, patrons request hip hop.

I always get requests for Lil Wayne, a dude known for constantly using the n-word.

An old friend stopped by my gig last Wednesday, an African-born white guy named T-Bone.

“You know,” I told him. “I feel funny when I hear these rappers use the n-word.  It ain’t as if I’m offended.  It’s embarrassing.”

“You should be embarrassed,” said T-Bone.

“Listening to it with other black people, I thought nothing of it.  Now, when I hear it among a whole bunch of white people, I think different.”

“Sometimes people need to think about the image they project.”

Years ago, I remember Sean  (a black friend) constantly using the n-word around white people.  When it was just him and me present, I told Sean I didn’t think that was wise.  Months later, an incident involving him and one of our white friends proved me right.

“Me and him don’t hang out no more,” said Sean. “He called me a nigger.”

This was a guy I witnessed Sean using the n-word around.

I believe because he heard Sean using it, our friend thought he had a free pass to use the word himself. (Oh yea, I stopped hanging around that dude too.)

I viewed concert footage of Snoop letting the n-word fly in front of a predominately white audience.

I ain’t gong to front.  I’m guilty myself.  Back in the nineties, I’ve had plays produced in which black characters constantly used the n-word.  I always thought the usage appropriate for the characters, especially juvenile inmate characters.

Now, as I witness white people listening to rappers using the n-word, I wonder if including the usage in my plays was a wise choice.

I think most black rappers don’t even think about a white audience.  Most create music mainly for black consumers.  Yet, if they did thought about a white audience, I wonder if this would curb n-word usage.  I wonder how rappers feel when learning white kids repeat their lyrics word for word, including lyrics using the n-word.

Despite requests, it may be wise for me to quit playing music containing the n-word.  Who knows?  I just might be another uptight forty-something, sounding like someone’s dad instead of sounding like a cool and hip DJ.

The Top Ten Dirtiest and Nastiest Rap Songs Ever

May 15, 2011

This was inspired by a Stuff DJs Hate blog:

An MC spitting a few curse words about bitches and hoes wasn’t going to cut it. Therefore, I searched for rap songs that would enrage the biggest, god-fearing, Republican politician. I’m talking dirty and nasty songs that would inspire religious types to hold public burnings of hip-hop CDs. Also, stuff worthy of an Oprah rant. So, here I go.

10. “My Dick” by Mickey Avalon

Usually, credits list Mickey Avalon as the only rapper of this song. Yet, two more MCs spit versus on it, Dirt Nasty and Andre Legacy. On this jam, as the trio compliment their dicks, they insult yours.

“My dick size of a pumpkin/ Your dick look like Mackauley Culkin…”


9. “The Iceberg” by Ice T

After it hearing on Oprah, my Uncle Hollis complained about this song.

“I didn’t like that lyric about the flashlight,” he went.

He’s referring to this.

“Evil E was out coolin’ with a freak one night/ fucked the bitch with a flashlight…”


8. “Cocktails”  by Too $hort

Of course, I can’t write a nasty list and not include $hort Dog. Released in 1995, this classic still grooves strip club booties.

“She was fine as fuck, but can’t fuck with Tina/ Tina, Tina, the sperm cleana…”


7. “Get Low”  by Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz featuring The Ying Yang Twins

“To the window, to the wall, (to da wall)/ To the sweat drop down my balls…”

Enough said. Don’t even get me started on skeet-skeet.

“Get Low” also appeared on a FOX list of nasty songs.


6.” My Neck, My Back”  by Khia

This young lady orders you to not only lick her coochie, but her ass crack too.

“My neck, my back/ lick my pussy and my crack…”


5. “C’mon Babe”  by 2 Live Crew

Picking the nastiest 2 Live Crew song proved difficult. Of the many nasty 2 Live Crew songs, which one is the nastiest? Yet, many years after hearing it the first time, I never forgot Brother Marquis’ lyric on this jam. On the subject of tossing salad, he’s worse than Khia.

“Then lick my ass up and down/ lick it ‘til your tongue turns doo-doo brown…”


4. “Givin’  Up The Nappy Dugout” by Ice Cube

Actor Warren Beatty referenced this song in his movie Bulworth, a deadly track involving Ice Cube rapping graphic obscenities about some man’s daughter.

“Sorry, sorry, sorry but I gotta be brief/ A lotta niggas like bustin’ nuts in her teeth…”


3.” She Want That Money” by Devin The Dude

After first hearing this, I couldn’t stop laughing.  In my humble opinion, Devin lists among the most under-appreciated rappers.

“I opened it up, I stuck my dick in,/ she caught her wind and said, ‘Huh aah’…”

And let’s not forget the chorus.

“Tried to sell me some pussy, but no, you ain’t gonna sell no pussy to me/
Tried to sell me some pussy, but no, you ain’t gonna sell no pussy to me.”


2. “Adults Only” by Slick Rick

It’s been said before.  After serving years in prison, you would assume Slick Rick wouldn’t rap about anal sex.  Yet, on this jam, he does.

“Cum on the floor, she said ’Pardon the puddle’/ Spread open her cheeks, pushed hard in her butt hole…”


1. “Put It In Your Mouth” by Akinyele

The nastiest rap song ever!!! How so? Observe.

“Numbing your tonsils, like ambesol anesthetic/ Cummin’ down your throat like chloraseptic…”

Also, check this out.

“No time for apologin…girlfriend if you/ Swallowin (gurgle)…garglin…”

By now, due to the sexist lyrical content, some women are pissed at this blog. One of my female friends would call most of these songs rape music. Yet, check the verse Crystal Johnson sings on this very song.

“I’m talkin every drip-drop, don’t you waste it/ Baby, slurp it up, it’s enough to fill your cup…”

Hands down, “Put It In Your Mouth” earns the title: Nastiest Rap Song Ever.