Tag Archives: onyx

Music

Hip-hop is jump around music

If you think punk music has the monopoly on jumpin’-up-and-down-like-a-fool-in-a-mosh-pit craziness, you’d better think again.  Hip-hop, especially its hardcore, East Coast variant, has a long tradition of songs that make people just wanna wyle out and push each other around.  If you don’t believe me, check out the remix of M.O.P.’s “Ante Up,” below:

MOP feat Busta Rhymes- Ante up (Remix)

 
To stay on the Busta Rhymes theme, have a listen to one of his newer tracks, “Don’t Touch Me.” With an irresistible, up-tempo beat that seems to be perpetually building to a climax that never arrives, this track will have you gettin’ down on it fo sho’.  if you’re not at least tapping your toes to this tune, I’d visit a medical professional.

Busta Rhymes – Don’t Touch Me

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Next up is some absolutely classic Canadian content: DL Incognito’s “Spit Forever II”.  Off his excellent album A Sample And A Drum Machine, this track is one of my all time favourites.  I’m not even sure what the instrument is in the sample (chimes or something?); all I know is that I want to get crazy whenever I hear DL rap about “the new school of hip-hop, northern.”

DL Incognito – Spit Forever II ft. Tara Chase

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

To return to New York, here’s Onyx’s “Slam Harder.” It’s not as hard as the M.O.P. remix, but it’s still got that head-noddin’, go nuts vibe to it:

Onyx – Slam Harder

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

And finally, to keep things on the Busta tip, have a look at this tribute to A Tribe Called Quest.  Wait until about two-thirds of the way in, when the entire place just erupts when Busta Rhymes makes his appearance:

Art

Previews of Sticky Fingaz’ Hip-Hop Musicals

According to Film Junk, former Onyx rapper Sticky Fingaz has started making movies.  And just not any movies – hip-hop musicals.  It’s definitely an interesting idea, and it’s been by tried before to modest acclaim.  But Sticky Fingaz’ movies, called A Day In The Life and Caught On Tape, appear less likely to garner much love from critics.  Although they’ve got well known casts, including Mekhi Phifer, Michael Rapaport, Omar Epps, Vivica A. Fox and Cedric the Entertainer, their plots look unoriginal and their characters cliched.  Now I ain’t hatin’, cause I know Sticky Fingaz is charting new territory with these projects, and I support any and all attempts to broaden hip-hop’s horizons.  I just hope the films are more polished than their previews.

Check ’em out below to see what I mean: