Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Alcoholic Vibes


Did a lot of drinking this weekend. Pretty good time on Friday night. Had a party and djed all night till the cops came at 4am, so I was told. I blacked out early so I really dont remember much, cept these Guatemalan honeys that couldn't speak any English that rolled through round 3 am and me falling in front of em in my kitchen and busting my ass while breaking my dogs food and water bowls. YEAHH BITCH!!! Saturday I was laid out in bed all day, had to call outta work, and missed fucking Melvin Sparks play. Fucking Melvin Sparks. I was real salty bout that, but there was no way I was gonna be in a bar the way I felt. So anyways, 'nuff bout me. Tonight's post is bout the drank. There has been quite a few groups that have dedicated songs and even albums to getting tore up on booze. Alcohol is one of Americas- fuck that, one of the worlds favorite past time. So of course it has a very significant impact on music and especially hip hop, with marketing campaign utilizing hip hop stars and icons to pump booze. From the St. Ides commercials (check out O-Dub's review) to Jigga owning Armadale vodka, liquor has been a staple in hip hop since the genres humble beginnings. Along with one of my favorite past times, smoking trees, being sober is just not on most rappers agendas. So this post is dedicated to all those that have woke up in a weird place covered in puke, wondering why your leg and ass are all bruised up, calling someone for bail while donning an orange suit, or wondering what the fat girl with one leg and no teeth is doing in your house in your bed. So with that here is a few tracks that tribute getting tore the fuck up on the dranky drank.

1. Alcoholic Vibes - Lord Sear
Now I have a lot of favorite songs, but this joint is real high on the fucking list. Man the first time I heard this, I must have hit rewind about 40 times in a row. Lord Sear is a DJ out in NYC, that was a part of the ill 90's crew The Constipated Monkeys along with Kurious Jorge, KMD, MF Grim, Earthquake, and the Stretch and Bobbito show. These cats laced mad heat down in the indie scene in NYC during the mid 90's and a lot of them are doing aight now. This track here is one of those rare tracks that Sear just fucking murdered. Son's rhymes are just crazy. They are just rugged as fuck. And the beat is seriously one of the dopest beats I have ever heard. That crazy bassline and those drums are all Sear needs to get down on this joint. Ahh the 90's....

2. Sweet Premium Wine - KMD
Another classic track right here. This track is off the dope LP, Black Bastards by KMD. I think I posted this track along time ago, but it is so dope it needs to get posted again. Gotta love Zev Love X, now known as the indie super-villain, MF DOOM, rocking on the track. The production is real dope on this track also. Shit just gets my head knodding with those funky gtars and the boom bap of them drums. If you dont own Black Bastards, then you need to get your broke ass out to the store and get it. RIP to Subroc.

3. Hip Hop Drunkies - ODB and The Liks
"MY NAME IS ODB AND IM AN ALCOHOLIC OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!" Now thats a fucking intro. Im not a real big fan of the Liks but these cats had there moments. Its hard to expect mad quality from cats that get really really drunk all day long. But this joint shines like a muthafucka. ODB is mad on point and in his prime here. He just kills his verses. And gotta love J-Ro on this shit also. The beat is tight. Using that ice cube (not the sample, the fucking freezer joint) sample throughout the track, over those old tyme pianos was some ill shit. And when the 808 drops shit cant get much better. I like when ODB fucks up his last verse though. Thats the ODB that we all know and loved. RIP to ODB also.

4. Crazy Drunkin Style - Masta Ace Inc.
This track is rugged. Lord Digga is fucking pissed. He just comes on the track and sounds nice and violently drunk. I like Lord Digga a lot. I think he got just a real sick voice. Son sounds fucking mean. He is also slick with the production. (Check out that joint, Can You Feel It) Then Masta Ace comes in with that off beat flow and just rocks the mic that special way that only he can do it. The beat is on the dark tip, but that whole album, Slaughtahouse, was on that sinister shit. Some classic 90's ish for that ass.

5. Only When Im Drunk - Tha Liks
How the fuck are you supposed to do a post on drinking without mentioning Tha Liks multiple times? Its impossible. These cats have more drinking anthems then the most redneck of country bands. Cant fuck with them on the drankin tip. This is a tight ass track. I like they flip the nice and played out Seven Minutes Of Funk break that has been butchered by many a producer. Nice lil switch up from the usual jack of that loop. Tha Liks just kick them drunken rhymes the way they do best.

6. 40 Oz For Breakfast - Blackalicious
Im a big fan of this beat. It has come to my attention that DJ shadow did the beat. (Whoops...). Its a nice lush beat with alot of variations and progressions in it. Its a long track but it flows nice and keeps you interested even like 6 minutes into it. Which in the realm of hip hop is a pretty difficult task. Gift of Gab kicks some introspective rhymes about being addicted to drinking the St. Ides daily and how it controls his life to a degree. Im not really a fan of there later projects, well Blazing Arrow was cool, but Gift's solo debut I thought was a little wack. I do like that song he did that was being used for Coke or a McDonald commercial. Alot of those Quannuam cats are getting commercial spots lately. Lyrics Born and Lateef got hooked up doing like Diet Coke ads I think. (Correct me if im wrong in the comments). This track here is off of Blackalicious's first LP Melodica. Its a dope album. I liked those cats on from the old Solesides label, like DJ Shadow and Latyrx. They brought the indie scene in the bay area to a new high when they were coming out.

7. Tales Of Kidd Drunkadelic - PUTS
An LA ode to the drank. I did a post on PUTS a while ago. These cats are real tight in my opinion. Im a big fan of there production and they really bring that block party vibe back to hip hop. Real smooth and jazzy beats with some if that funky emceeing laced on top of em. This track here the big motherfucker Double K talks bout drinking and his experiences/ growth as an alcoholic. Double K's life just consists of having a good ol time, chilling on the block and hollering at girls showing off his huge belly when he all plastered.

8. Busride - Quasimoto
Man see this is one of those beats that is such fire, but its kind of ruined by an overwhelming skit piece that is layed up in it. Old Willy is just begging like a crackhead for some booze. Old Willy is mad fucking annoying. He reminds me of these scumbag bums that sit outside my work and harass everyone for fucking nickels and shit, so they can come in and cop Keystone Ice pounders and continue to be filth. If these cats would put all the energy they use for begging into a finding a job, they would be able to drink themselves to death ten times faster. Anyways, this beat is fucking sick. I kinda lost interest in the Quas shit after the first album, but this is some sick shit. Madlib got that heat.

9. The Bottle -Gil Scott
Ah here is the PSA track of the night. You didn't think I could just post ten positive drinking songs now did you? We need the one about it fucking your life up and destroying you in the long run, which is usually does. Gil Scott has always brought those social and moral issues to light with his tracks. He does it over some real jazzy tracks. If you want to spread a message then this is a way to do it. Make a real funky track, then talk about angeldust, black power, alcoholism, or whatever on it, and that shit will be heard and be remembered for years and years to come. This track is about the evils of alcoholism and it destroying peoples lives and families. Livin in a bottle. Its always been a favorite of mine.

10. Drink Away The Pain - Mobb Deep ft. Qtip
And one more hip hop track for the road. This is my favorite Mobb Deep song just cause Q-tip flips that Headhunters loop. I love that shit. This song is another song about the evils of alcoholism and all that jazz. But its weird cause Q-Tip's verse is about robbery and materialism, but P and Hav's tracks are about addiction/drinking. I dunno. I dont really see Q-tip getting drunk at 11 am and beating his girl so maybe that's why. Shit is dope though. Real tight beat.

BONUS BEATS: All the St. Ides Commercials from the 90's. Gotta peep this. The Wu-Tang one is my favorite. Whats yours? (right click and save-as to get em)

And that is it. Don't drink and drive folks, cause you might spill your drink. Its 4 am so I gotta jet. PEACE.