01 December 2008

Bumping in my Speakers...

Taking You B----*record scratches*


…and there went that idea, just as quickly as it came.


I'm bored with the Taking You Back blogs already.


Have I told you guys just how quickly things become "routine" and "usual" for me? Just how short my attention span is? Just how hard it is to keep me entertained before I chuck the deus and call it a day, afternoon, or evening? Ugh…


I've done blog series' before. I've done them with other bloggers, personal friends, and I've had a few of my own blog series' all on MySpace (see: Sex Chronicles turned to Sex Chat and Lady Intellect Volumes, Thursday Thoughts, etc…) and they were pretty interesting, if not entertaining to do. However, with one that I solely do myself, I find myself being less and less committed and my mind drifting more and more into other topics and so forth.


So to better accommodate my ADD, I don't think I want to do a music series. I'm pretty sure I'll get bored with it at some point, primarily because of the limiting factor (only talking about a certain type, staying in one narrow lane, etc). Instead, I'll be posting songs that are in my head….whenever I feel like it. I'd really love to say that I'd be doing it "every week" but again—that kind of commitment just isn't me. It just isn't. Better to stay in a comfy lane than try to forge myself into one and end up losing my way in the process….


Here are some tracks that have been in heavy rotation lately. Enjoy.




Q-Tip – We Fight/We Love, featuring Raphael Saadiq



This song goes hard. Period. The Abstract Poet does not disappoint in this one at all. The whole album is actually beyond dope and in my opinion, is one of the best hip-hop albums I've heard all year. I also like "You", "Move", and "Shaka" as well. I think what makes me like this album is his content. Not too sure how his personal life looks, but he's talking about real things. Heartfelt things (We Fight/We Love) and for that, I love it… Raphael Saadiq also makes the track hot as well. I am soooo glad he dropped an album this year. He's been in ridiculously heavy rotation as well……



Raphael Saadiq – 100 Yard Dash



I am intoxicated by the beat and vibe of this song. "The Way I See It" is one of those albums that folk can sit back and listen to at any age. I had my granny listen to it and she loved it so much, she opted to turn her television off while she cooked (which she never does, by the way) and listen to his album instead…while I carried on about my evening). My granny is pretty dope, but besides that…so is Saadiq. What I absolutely adore about this whole album is the very authentic Motown-ish late 50s through 70s vibe that is there. From the album cover (and book inside) to the music organization to the length of the songs (songs back in the day, most specifically Motown produced songs didn't really even last three whole minutes to nowadays' hits of nearly 6 minutes [see: Erykah Badu]. Just something I noticed over the years) to….everything. If a person came to visit from another country and had never heard of Raphael Saadiq (or Tony! Toni! Tone! for that matter), but did study the culture of music a bit, they'd go to Best Buy and pick up Saadiq's album with the notion that it is indeed something out of 1965. I love that he also sampled the likes of Smokey Robinson as well and really made an awesome album. Each song is dope…which is pretty rare in albums.



Avril Lavigne – Complicated



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This song is kinda old, but I will admit…she goes hard in this song. I love it. I actually never knew her age until waaaaaay after the fact though. I don't really listen to a lot of punk pop (that's the category she's under – punk pop –lol), but I think she's a really good artist. Her style is pretty unique and I just love her "I don't give a *bleep* attitude" as well. Again, I love this song. I also love it because I'm in a sorta-kinda complicated situation and when I think of this song (or sing it lol), I'm really referencing myself like, "Why you have to go and make things so complicated?" Ehn…



Beyonce – If I Were A Boy



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Okay. I like this song over Single Ladies. I'm a person that gets off into lyrics over a good and/or catchy beat. Blame Lil Jon for that though. And thank Dr. Dre and Pharrell. Single Ladies as a song (considering lyrics and all) is just not what's really good these days. Diva is also another example of this too. I was pissed when she got off into comparing a diva to a female hustler and having the gall to call them one and the same. Blech, Bey. Blech. Eff a beat. I'm all about lyrics. And because of that….I like If I Were A Boy. I thought her harmonies were on point and it's genuinely a good song. I like the message. I don't like the video though. It's a bit too…bitten for my tastes. I love originality. Thanks.


Oh! I also love Broken-hearted Girl and Halo as well. But that's about as far as that goes for me with that album. "If I Were A Boy", "Halo", and "Broken-hearted Girl"….maybe even "Radio".


Here is the request from the Taking You Back joint…..


Jade – Every Day of the Week




I loved Jade and their dookey braids and to the breast jeans LOL. I actually don't remember a whole lot about this group. Did they only have one album out? Either way, I remember this song very well. My sister and I had gotten the dookey braids just because Jade had them. We also used to sing the song….like we could relate and ish.


15 comments:

oNe mAn gAng said...

good blog...but it's S-A-Double D-I-Q....yo we tryna hit the barbecue...

Ms_Slim said...

LOL! You made me go back and check to make sure I spelled it right. I think of that song too when I'm spelling it haha

Diamond~Star said...

I really do not like "If I Was A Boy". Right now I am not feeling it. You know a lot of the street critics will be fast to say it's a knock off of Ciara's "Like A Boy" (that one I like). I like "Single Ladies" cause it's a joint to dance on at the parties, and I love to dance. Both of those songs have heavy rotation here.

I believe Jade had two CDs but the last one didn't really get play like the first one did.

Your blogs are getting more and more like a music central blog or something. I like it. Keep it going.

Ms_Slim said...

That's ONE reason why I dont like If I Were A Boy in general. It really bothered me that she bit so hard on Ciara....and still took an "L" (video wise; I just think Ciara's vid is better; shrugs). I only like it in comparison to Single Ladies. I mean dont get me wrong, the beat to Single Ladies is hot and catchy as hell and dont tell anyone but....when Im in the car and Im in my "cd changing" mode and the radio is playing and that song is on, I have the STONG urge to do that stupid hand flip dance thing she did in the Single Ladies video where she flipped her hand back and forth LOL.

BUT...when it's all said and done....music wise, not really talking bout what I can jam to at the club...just pure music content....If I Were A Boy wins...but it only wins when its compared to Single Ladies. That's all Im saying.

Glad you're digging my blogs. Tomorrow's post (yep Im posting tomorrow lol) wont be on music at all though lol. Stay tuned :-)

Assertive Wit said...

I liked all the songs you mentioned but the Beyonky one. That isn't one of my favs on the double disc LOL but that Q-Tip one is ACTUALLY my fav on the whole thing.

Ms_Slim said...

Haha. I'm finding that a lot of folk "hate" If I Were A Boy. I dont know. I like the ballad-ness of it. And it has a good message, I'll admit. To each their own, I suppose.

Giiiirrrrlll I love the WHOLE album (Q-Tip). I may mess around and do an album review. There's like not ONE song that I can't get enough of in this album LOL

DLG said...

Oh my goodness... "Avril"? lol I am so shocked that you like that song. It is hella old though... like 10/11th grade old lol.

"If I Were A Boy"? Ugh. I really don't like that song, as Tolja says, it's sooo "soul-less". I'm shocked that you don't like the video. The only think I DID like about the song was the video. What about it was "unoriginal"? I haven't seen very many videos with black women cheating on their black boyfriends with a white man. I liked what she was tryna say... how she sang it was sooo boring though.

You don't like "Hello"? I like that one a lot... its sweet.

Paul B said...

Q-Tip – We Fight/We Love, featuring Raphael Saadiq


LOVE IT .....

Ms_Slim said...

Joy - Yes I have always liked that song. Always. I like it more now that it applies to me in a few ways too...

As far as Bey goes, like I said a few times in other comment responses, I just like the ballad-ness of If I Were A Boy. When compared to Single Ladies, I just like that song better; the lyrics are better, it may be a bit slow but the vocals are really nice, and the melody and hook are also really good. It's just an all-around good song, imo. Single Ladies is just a club hit. That's it. I wouldnt call it a "good song" JUST BECAUSE it's a catchy song. But then again, I am ONLY comparing If I Were A Boy to Single Ladies because that's what everyone is doing since those are her two main singles now.

Hello is okay; I like the other ones I named better though...

Paul - Glad you love it. Now go get the album :-)

DLG said...

You mentioned other songs from Beyonce's album when you mentioned "If I Were A Boy", so how were we supposed to know that you were comparing it to "Single Ladies"? You definitely named problems with other songs as though you were talking about the album as a whole. So that's how we responded.

I agree with Diamond~Star, Ciara's version is wayyy better lol. BUT Beyonce's video is better than Ciara's... was not feeling the drag thing, THAT felt cliche and obvious to me. I can't believe you missed the meaning behind B's video. That is the only thing that makes the song for me.

Paul B said...

Now u know i got it the day it came out silly

Ms_Slim said...

Joy - Umm...I never missed Bey's meaning in her video at all. LOL. I just don't like it. It's my preference. That's it.

Paul - Glad you did. I received it about a week after it dropped.

Diamond~Star said...

Dayum Slim, come back to check for comments and it's HOT up in here. Weekly album review? I can see it now...

Ms_Slim said...

LOL!

Weekly though? Girl I can't do no blog commitments haha. I'll see what I can do though....

Diamond~Star said...

I hear ya. You got to do the blog thing when you can. I just wrote one myself today after a few days of just reading other blogs.