Monthly Archives: March 2011

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Mos Def – World Premiere

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R.I.P Nate Dogg

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I woke up this morning and decided to check the news just like any other day.  I was still blinking away the sleep when up popped a post from HipHopDX that Nate Dogg has passed away at the age of 41.

While the cause of his passing is still yet unknown, we here at 4080 wanted to take the chance to pay a small tribute to him.

While Nate hasn’t released  much since 2008, much of that can be attributed to his health problems in recent years.  Nate Dogg suffered two strokes back in 2007/2008.  Regardless of his modern day output, the man was a huge influence on hip hop.  It seemed more and more that Nate’s biggest strength was the skill he brought to his collaborations.  Even if his success as a solo artist was not as high as hoped, his efforts as a featured guest on numerous songs really added something special to the mix.

Don’t believe me?  Remember his turn on Warren G’s Regulators?

He’s done work with everyone from Mos Def to 50 Cent, and did so with the same skill and style that made him famous.  Even if you don’t love the work he’s done, he’s been a big part of some massive, massive hits.  I mean, Ludacris’ Area Codes isn’t exactly what I want in my headphones, but you can’t doubt that the song blew up.

Rest In Peace, Nate Dogg.  You had a hell of a career.

Music

Greg Osby – Never heard of him?

Time for a little throwback to the early 1990s.  Thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can meet Greg Osby, a hell of a saxophonist who decided, in the early 1990s, to throw together a hip hop/jazz album. 

The album, titled 3D-Lifestyles, was released on Blue Note and actually wasn’t half-bad.   It’s hard to find much more information about the album, so I’ll leave you with a little clip.  Check it out below.

 

Music

WILT (International Women’s Day Edition)

I’m two days late, but here’s this week’s version of What I’m Listening To. Given that today is International Women’s Day, this week’s edition kicks off with a track demanding greater respect for women.

Queen Latifah – “U.N.I.T.Y.” (Black Reign, Motown Records, 1993)

I actually heard this track for the first time a few weeks ago on an archived edition of WeFunk Radio. As soon as that saxophone loop kicked in I was hooked; it’s just so damn smooth. I could listen to this beat on repeat for days on end. But of course the lyrics are hype, too, with Queen Latifah preaching about the inherent beauty and worth of women (“You ain’t a bitch or a ho” she says on the hook) and threatening dudes who disrespect her. Based on the video I’m pretty sure she’d MESS YOU UP if you fronted on her – she looks straight up Wu-Tang here!!

Talib Kweli – “Ain’t Waiting ft. Outasight” (Gutter Rainbows, Blacksmith Music, 2011)

Talib’s new album has been out for a minute now, and like a lot of his efforts it’s mad inconsistent. This track, in my opinion, is one of the solider ones (yeah, ‘solider’, don’t bother looking it up). The hook is sweeeet like chocolate, and the beat keeps things moving. But seriously – TK – when is the next Black Star album coming out?

The Gaturs – “Gatur Bait” (Wasted, ?, 1970)

This song drips with pure, nasty funk (you may recognize if as the source of DJ Greyboy’s “Singles Party“). The bass line should be illegal. And the piano solo at around 2:10ish will have you grooving for sure. I have no idea who The Gaturs were, except that they make crazy good music and are from New Orleans.