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Michael Jackson – Maria (You Were The Only One)

My personal favourite Michael Jackson tune, taken from his debut solo album when MJ was only 13 years old. Unbelievable to think that a 13 year old can sing about a girl (Maria) with so much passion and emotion, but as it proved to be, he was a special talent. Alot of attention in recent years has moved away from Michael’s musical talents, but as a younger man he reached the very height of the Motown movement before crossing over and dominating the pop charts for over 10 years. A great tune, sampled heavily, most notably in my recollection by Fat Joe, and well worth a listen if you’ve never heard of it.


September 28, 2010 Posted by | Jazz, Soul | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Diamond D – Hatred, Passion & Infidelity

Veteran, legendary  hip-hop producer and emcee Joseph Kirkland, better known to the hip hop world as; ‘Diamond D’, from 165th St in the Boogie Down BX, has produced tracks for a multitude of rap music’s most critically acclaimed LPs, including A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’ and The Fugees’ ‘The Score’. In 1992, he recorded his first solo album, the underground classic Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop (which was released as by Diamond & the Psychotic Neurotics).  In the period between his album releases, Diamond spent much of his time producing for a number of artists, including Brand Nubian, Cypress Hill, Fat Joe, The Fugees, House of Pain, KRS-One, Lord Finesse, Tha Alkaholiks, The Pharcyde, Illegal, and Xzibit. A host of top-flight rappers returned the favor for his sophomore album, Hatred, Passion & Infidelity, including Busta Rhymes, Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest), and Pete Rock. 

 His lyrical dexterity on his second effort is incredibly exciting and raw providing originality (key to a hip hop emcees success) and a swift narrative which carries the listener willingly from song to song. Sideman John Dough adds strong lyrics to “Flowin’,” “J.D.’s Revenge,” and “On Stage.” Reggae style chanter Don Barron (of Masters of Ceremony fame) gives an interesting touch to “MC Iz My Ambition.” Phife (of A Tribe Called Quest) and lyricist/producer extraordinaire Pete Rock are both featured on “Painz and Strife.” Diggin’ in the Crates family members Fat Joe, Big L, Lord Finesse, and AG join Diamond on “5 Fingas of Death” for a dark and ominous posse cut. Legendary MC Sadat X of Brand Nubians and K. Terroribul join Diamond on “Never.” K. Terroribul also appears on “K.T.” and “On Stage.”  Hatred, Passion & Infidelity is a masterpiece display of Diamond D’s skills on the microphone and behind the mixing board, an album a serious fan should have. As also should be noted, Diamond D is a  Grammy award winner for his work with The Fugees on The Score…and was nominated for another in 2007 for his work with Natalie Cole on the song  “Daydreaming”. As standard, click the pics and enjoy the beats.

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Hip Hop | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment