The Soundtrack of My Life

the music that keeps me going…

Everybody is a star…

I wrote a series awhile back when I first started about men I love they included TI, Phonte, Loso, and Robin Thicke. Plus everyone that knows me knows I love Hov and Raheem Devaughn so they went without individual posts because…well I talk about them in a bunch of posts, lol. However I failed to mention Black Thought…one of my favorite emcees. I’ve talked about The Roots in several random posts here and there, including this one featuring one of my favorite songs by them Stay Cool.

I didn’t really become a serious Roots fanatic until about 2004–the first time I saw them live. Their live show made me a believer. I saw them again in 07 I believe, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself once again. Its really rare that artists these days put on a compelling show–especially a hip hop show; and The Roots show is just so action packed, so fun, so funky…its a full experience.   So then I downloaded Homegrown: The Beginners Guide to  Understanding The Roots, volumes 1 & 2 and decided to get REALLY FAMILIAR. I’ve been buying their CDs ever since.

In the last post about them I mentioned a new album but it didn’t come out last summer…it is definitely supposed to come out this year, and I dig this song with John Legend, Doin it Again. Click the link to You Heard that New for the download…

*swoon*

so anyway, everyone knows Break You Off and You Got Me–two of their biggest commercial hits, My absolute fave is The Seed 2.0, which I dont know, but just is so funky to me–must be that Cody Chestnutt. Rising Up, was a good single from their last release that gave Wale shine with Chrisette on the hook… of course older hits The Next MovementWhat They Do, and What You Want must be mentioned as well. Their catalog is just so huge its too many songs to name. But peep a little ditty that caught my attention because I love things crass. Its not even a crass song–but the title might give a few pause. lol

some lyrics:

Yo desire and lust can make a man kill
Or jump off the bridge cuffed to a muthafuckin’ anvil
So it’s promoted like that’s all ya’ll know
Keep a nigga under the spell: you under control
But Yo I seen it make people slit they wrists
Weakness! pussy make a spot sing secrets
But what for, cause sex is the law, law
And done been many an empire to rise and fall
From the Squares to the Players to the Pimps and Whores
To big checks that never would have been endorsed
You know, I sit back and just peep things
9 out of 10 it’s the same song, only the beat change!

You see, life’s about marketing Pussy Galore
Every time I turn around it’s more Pussy Galore
Nations goin’ to war for the Pussy Galore
Either the cash, the raw or the Pussy Galore
Yo, gang wars? more Pussy galore
From the screen to the record store Pussy Galore
Every time I turn around it’s more Pussy Galore
Either the cash, the raw or the Pussy Galore…

well, if that ain’t the truth…I don’t know what is! Are you are a fan of The Roots? I also happen to love that on their CDs they feature other Philly rappers (like Peedi Crakk,  love his voice for some reason) and just other dope artists that aren’t exactly mainstream. I’m looking forward to the new CD…

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Sunday Chill….Stay Cool…

stay cool……ya’ll know the rules….

Bass for your face, highs for your eyes
Don’t blink, Black Ink has arrived, all rise
Rudebwoys keep dem thing at your side, be alright
Muh’fuckers Philly we up in here, we all live
I’m puffin this Cohiba mami coolin her heels
All she ever seem to do is play it cool f’real
She be pushin, pop vessel, and her shoes is ill
But her hand, keep slippin on the woodgrain wheel
But it’s cool, we never slippin when there’s moves to make
Especially when what we talkin ain’t ya usual cake
I pump bass for y’all bathin apes, to get charged
Nah, I’m not a dealer, I’m a poet at large
We in the wind with the roof back, lettin the breeze hit us
The bathrobe on with sweatpants and slippers
Comin to pay a visit to whoever on the hitlist
Some of y’all been tryin for years, you’ll never get this fool…

Hip-Hop my main bitch, I got a few on the side
The game stitched y’all I’m doin my job
Go up against enormous odds
Wouldn’t break a sweat, money make her bet
Funny son you threat, well I ain’t shakin yet
Twenty-fo’/sev’ chillin, tougher than penicillin
From the block where the crooked cops killin like a villain
Children, in the hood gettin rocked by they buildings
And brothers, ‘cross the board gettin knocked by the millions
The stress, got me ignitin the potent marijuana leaf
Tryin to play it cooler than a polar bear colony
You feel the music know I’m over there probably
Pimpin on the same system that forever shorted me
I got the soul of a young Sam Cooke when I spit
It make you wanna make a new dance up
It’s all to the good shorty ‘gwan do that stuff
It’s not another sound system rockin steady as us
And it’s cool


stay cool….stay cool… stay cool…

stay cool, mu’fuckas ya’ll know the rules…..

that music is soooooo cool, so chill!

The Roots is my favorite group, and Black Thought one of my favorite emcees. While their music isn’t technically sunday appropriate for some, Stay Cool is just so cool to me. and fits in for me on my sunday chill.

I have seen them live a couple times and would go again and again. the show NEVER gets boring, and they always do awesome covers from all genres  in addition to their own material.

they are sooooo cool.

check em out if you haven’t. I heard they are coming out with a new CD this summer too! can’t wait!

another one of my favorites. real cool real chill. this one is  sunday sexy…..

click on the link to take you to the site to see the video…..featuring one of my favorite characters from The Wire….Weebay.

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