I just returned from a productive and amazing trip through the City of Angels. As with any trip to LA, I knew I would spend plenty of time on the road. Even driving from Santa Monica to Venice was an ordeal. And it’s only few miles away! Luckily I had two things with me that make any drive bearable. You already know Waze is one of them. And in addition, I had some sweet jams.
I’m essentially half Mexican, half hip-hop. So I’m always listening to some beats in the whip. As a somewhat decent writer, I enjoy listening to an album from beginning to end to understand the essence and meaning of the work. So now for your enjoyment and maybe discovery, I’ll share some of the albums I listened to while Wazing through Los Angeles.
Cudi’s newest release doesn’t dissapoint. His latest entry finds Cudi handling the majority of the production. Some tracks in fact only feature a hint of the Moon Man. Almost like it’s another artist featuring Cudi. The album has a much more positive vibe and very entertaining from beginning to end.
Must Peep: “Red Eye” featuring HAIM
Little Brother-The Listening
No, this isn’t a new album. Rather it’s a ten year old album from the North Carolina trio known as Little Brother. 9th Wonder’s throwback jams lay the scenery for the rhymes of Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh. The album, although from 2003, sounds like a 90’s throwback. Pete Rock commented that
“The Listening” kinda brings me back to the days of when the 90’s was poppin’. It’s more realistic than what I’m hearing today and sounds like these guys put a lot of work into it. I love this album. Classic”
I cannot believe it had been years since I had heard this classic. But I’m glad I rediscovered it. You cannot really be mad when you’re stuck in traffic and Rapper Big Pooh is blaring through your speakers.
Must Peep: “The Listening”
The Foreign Exchange- Connected
Over a year after the release of The Listening, Phonte of Little Brother synced up with Dutch producer Nicolay to release Connected. The two had exchanged beats and rhymes from across the pond and didn’t even meet until after the release of the album. Phonte’s signature rhymes are now up against Nicoly’s electronica and soul infused beats. Some critics compared Nicolay to 9th Wonder. However the Dutchman used live instruments in his arrangements as opposed to 9th’s samples. It’s a very enjoyable album.
Must Peep: “Nic’s Groove”
I spent a lot of time on the road and listened to many jams. However, these three albums where on repeat as I made my way through southern California. Who knows, maybe next time I’ll be writing about other works. But these were the songs that were on the sound track this trip.
Curious, what was on the playlist last time you guys where on the road for an extended period of time?