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The Party Post

Posted by drmilktrain on May 25, 2007

As I’m sure most of our readerbase is well aware of, or anyone that took a moment to peep Elijah’s dedication, good friend Noah Waterman is leaving for the Freshcoast and shall never be seen as regularly as liked. And I can’t be mad at a brother, he’s gotta do what he’s gotta do, so instead I’ll give him my best blessings, with 100 party jams to get busy with now that he’s moved to the left, to the left.

Thr tricky part, since Noah always provided the party ‘pod, was to craft a list of songs I don’t think he has, or the very least hasn’t considered for a party yet. Unforch for all you bay-heads out there, this rules out a large chunk of hyphy and West Coast in general. But it’s about time. Anyway, the songs are available in their sets of five. Download what you like and bitch about what you don’t.

So here we go. This one’s for you, bro. A BTB5 mega post for everyone’s favorite party starter: Noah Waterman.

5 Old School Misogony Jams

  1. N.W.A.-“A Bitch Iz A Bitch”
  2. Stingee-“Take Dem Panties Off”
  3. II Nazty-“Pussy Whipped”
  4. MC Brains-“Oochie Coochie”
  5. 2 Live Crew-“If You Believe in Having Sex”

5 Bad Boy Party Jams

  1. Notorious B.I.G. feat. 112-“Sky’s the Limit”
  2. Craig Mack feat. Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, LL Cool J, Rampage & Busta Rhymes-“Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)”
  3. Black Rob-“Whoa”
  4. Harlem World feat. Ma$e & Kelly Price-“I Really Like It”
  5. G-Dep feat. Ghostface Killah, Keith Murray, Craig Mack and Puff Daddy-“Special Delivery (Remix)”

5 R-O-C Party Jams

  1. Clinton Sparks feat. Memphis Bleek, Beanie Siegel & Joe Budden-“Roc Cafe”
  2. Cam’ron feat. Ludacris, Juelz Santana, UGK & Trina-“What Means the World”
  3. Freeway-“Where You Been”
  4. Memphis Bleek feat. M.O.P.-“First, Last, Only”
  5. Young Gunz-“Friday Night”

5 Native Tongues Can Throw a Party Like Your Favorite Rapper Jams

  1. Black Sheep-“B-Boy’s Theme”
  2. A Tribe Called Quest feat. Erykah Badu-“ICU (Doin’ It)”
  3. The Beatnuts feat. Method Man-“Se Acabo (remix)”
  4. Brand Nubian-“Brand Nubian”
  5. De La Soul feat. Busta Rhymes-“I C Y’all”

5 Other Coast Rappers Trying To Sound West Jams

  1. Method Man feat. Redman & Snoop Dogg-“We Some Doggs”
  2. Jay-Z feat. Dr. Dre-“Watch Me”
  3. Ludacris feat. DJ Quik-“Spur of the Moment (remix)”
  4. Fabolous feat. Nate Dogg-“You Can’t Deny It”
  5. Jadakiss feat. Snoop Dogg & DJ Quik-“Shine”

5 Ladies Turn Jams

  1. Lil Mama-“Lipgloss”
  2. Missy Eliot feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop-“Lose Control”
  3. Lauryn Hill-“Doo Wop (That Thing)”
  4. Will.I.Am. feat. MC Lyte & Fergie-“Mash Out”
  5. Platinum Pied Pipers feat. Invincible-“Detroit Winter”

5 British Jams

  1. Lethal Bizzle feat. Fire Camp-“No!”
  2. Kano-“Remember Me”
  3. Low Deep feat. Kano & Doctor Ghetto-“Get Set”
  4. Wiley-“Reasons”
  5. Dizzee Rascal feat. Marga Man-“Girls”

5 Midwest Jams

  1. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony-“Thuggish Ruggish Bone”
  2. Nelly feat. Murphy Lee, Freeway & Beanie Siegel-“Rock the Mic (Remix)”
  3. Lupe Fiasco-“Tilted”
  4. Hi-Tek feat. Talib Kweli, Slim Thug & Snoop Dogg-“The Nati Streets”
  5. Slum Village feat. MC Breed-“Do You”

5 Tennesse Jams

  1. 8Ball & MJG-“Ridin’ High”
  2. Crunchy Black feat. T-Rock-“Don’t Trust ‘Em”
  3. Project Pat-“Good Googly Moogly”
  4. Three 6 Mafia feat. Trick Daddy, Slim Thug & Project Pat-“Stay Fly (Still Fly Remix)”
  5. Young Buck-“Shorty Wanna Ride”

5 Florida-Squeezed Jams

  1. DJ Khaled feat. Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Rick Ross & Pitbull-“Holla At Me Baby”
  2. Dre feat. Keiysha Cole-“Be Somebody”
  3. Trick Daddy feat. Slip-N-Slide Allstars & Trina-“Take It To The House”
  4. Rick Ross feat. Dre-“Blow”
  5. Will Smith-“Miami”

5 Timbaland (Produced Only, Don’t Worry!) Jams

  1. Cee-Lo feat. Timbaland-“I’ll Be Around”
  2. Petey Pablo feat. Bubba Sparxxx-“Get On Dis Motorcycle”
  3. The Game-“Put You On The Game”
  4. Ludacris feat. Timbaland-“Phat Rabbit”
  5. Jay-Z feat. Sean Paul-“What They Gonna Do”

5 A-Town Jams

  1. Lil Jon feat. Bun B, Jadakiss, T.I., Nas and Ice Cube-“Grand Finale”
  2. Ying Yang Twins feat. Trick Daddy-“What’s Happenin!”
  3. Dungeon Family-“Crooked Booty”
  4. TLC feat. Lil Jon and Sean Paul of the Youngbloodz-“Whatcha Gon Do?”
  5. Yung Wun feat. DMX, David Banner & Lil Flip-“Tear It Up”

5 Lone Star Jams

  1. Devin The Dude feat. KB-“Party”
  2. Trae feat. Three 6 Mafia & Paul Wall-“Cadillac”
  3. Z-Ro feat. Devin the Dude & Juvenile-“The Mule”
  4. Slim Thug feat. Bun B & T.I.-“Three Kings”
  5. UGK feat. T.I.-“Hit the Block”

5 Philly Jams

  1. The Roots feat. Dice Raw & Malik B-“Here I Come”
  2. Will Smith-“Wild, Wild West”
  3. Freeway feat. Peedi Crakk-“Flipside”
  4. Cassidy feat. Swizz Beatz-“Get ‘Em”
  5. DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Chef-“Shake It Off”

5 Slightly Older Than The Next List West Coast Jams

  1. Kokane-“Bakin’ Soda Free”
  2. Black Eyed Peas-“Tell Your Mama Come”
  3. Cali Agents-“Take It Back Home”
  4. Dr. Dre feat. George Clinton & Snoop Dogg-“Let Me Ride (Remix)
  5. Warren G-“This Is The Shack”

5 Slightly Newer Than The Previous List West Coast Jams

  1. Tha Dogg Pound feat. Snoop Dogg-“Cali Iz Active”
  2. Blackalicious feat. Gil Scott-Heron-“First In Flight”
  3. Snoop Dogg feat. Jamie Foxx-“Psst!”
  4. DJ Shadow feat. Keak da Sneak & Turf Talk-“3 Freaks”
  5. Suga Free feat. Blaqthoven-“Person 2 Person”

5 Remixed R&B Jams

  1. Janet Jackson feat. Jermaine Dupri-“Someone to Call My Lover (Remix)”
  2. Missy Elliot feat. Nas, Lil Mo, Eve & Q-Tip-“Hot Boyz (Remix)”
  3. R. Kelly feat. Sean Paul & Akon-“Slow Wind (Remix)”
  4. Wayne Wonder feat. Elephant Man & Bounty Killah-“Got Somebody (Remix)”
  5. Michael Jackson feat. Eve-“Butterflies (Remix)”

5 Instrumental Dance Jams

  1. RJD2-“Iced Lightning”
  2. Cut Chemist-“A Peak In Time”
  3. Mark Ronson feat. The Daptone Horns-“God Put A Smile Upon Your Face”
  4. Praful-“Moon Glide”
  5. Gary Wilson-“She Makes Me Think of Endicott”

5 Petro-Approved Party Jams

  1. T.I. feat. Young Jeezy, Young Dro, Big Kuntry & B.G.-“Top Back (Remix)
  2. Cypress Hill feat. Redman & Method Man-“Red, Meth & B”
  3. Ying Yang Twins feat. Wyclef Jean-“Dangerous”
  4. R. Kelly feat. T.I. & T-Pain-“Ima Flirt (Remix)”
  5. Redman feat. Ghostface, Ludacris & Icarus-“Future Thug”

5 Party-Closing Jams

  1. Sa-Ra-“Bitch”
  2. Lil Kim feat. Lil Cease & Notorious B.I.G.-“Crush On You”
  3. T-Pain feat. Trick Daddy & Youngbloodz-“I’m Sprung (Remix)”
  4. Terror Squad-“Take Me Home”
  5. Will.I.Am-“Tell of Tales (Tell Me When You Need It Again)”

Party on, playboy. Party on.


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Butter Than Butt Five Week 4!

Posted by drmilktrain on May 7, 2007

Since, I’ve had quite a few songs that I’ve wanted to comment on/share, it really seems only right that I turn it into what is an already horribly delayed week 4 list. So here we go:

Better Than Butt Five Week 4: Songs I Would’ve Made Seperate Posts on Anyway Edition

1) 50 Cent-“Amusement Park
So, 50 makes it big with “In Da Club.” Not surprisingly, his follow-up album’s first single, “Disco Inferno,” is laughably bad like the Billy Baldwin this song was. However, he strikes big again with “Candy Shop,” and here we are an album later with a song that lets us remember just how magical a year in rap 2005. However, I won’t call this rehash, as, somehow, this song is both better and worse than “Candy Shop.” Of all my “Candy Shop” related gripes, the largest one was that the song, save for the first two seconds, didn’t remind me of a candy shop at all. At least this single manages to conjure up images of Curtis riding the merry-go-round (I’d assume some bullish, dull-witted animal like the Tony Yayo) while dropping gems like “I smile when I speak, but I’m being sincere/ And your pass is valid all summer my dear.” I can already tell this is going to be the best summer of my life.

2) R. Kelly-“Rise Up
Good move, Robert. Let’s face facts: playing “I Believe I Can Fly” at graduations is about as cliched as that Vitamin C song these days, so why not update it and make it a little more topical? Corny as it may be, “Rise Up” is probably the best thing I’ve heard from the hip-hop community in response to the Virgina Tech incident…which means it beats out that Jin freestyle. Now, don’t get me wrong, Nazty Fresh loves him some of that real raunchy Kels, but it’s refreshing to be able to listen to an R. Kelly song every once and a while that I know I could enjoy with my moms.

3) R. Prophet-“Run Tell the DJ
A little while back, Eli and myself got drunk and did what we do drunkenly best-talk about rap. Now, somewhere along the way, we got on the subject of this obscure joint, and I promised a posting of it. Recorded sometime after Wooden Leather, I believe this track was supposed to be the first single off the solo R. Prophet album. Rewind: For those of you not sure, R. Prophet was that funny sounding MC from Nappy Roots. You know, the one not actually from Mississippi. I think he’s from…Oakland, maybe? I don’t know, one of those places without much of a rap scene. Anyway, this track really should’ve been fire. With Mannie Fresh on the boards and Prophet doing a much nimbler Juvenile, I really should not have been disappointed like this. Alas.

4) Common-“The People ft. Dwele
A few weeks back Kanye mentioned how his production style for Finding Forever, an album dedicated to Dilla, was going to actually emulate, or the very least try, the chopped up soul style he was best known for. Well, if this track is anything like the rest of the album, my hat’s off to ‘Ye for doing a pretty damn good job. The drums, while not as sloppy, smack like a Dilla track, as does the frantic yet reliably repetitive horn and soul singing. Not to mention that beat’s good too. Now as long as Common doesn’t rhyme like he’s on an album produced by Dilla, than we’ll be good.

5)DJ Jazzy Jeff-“She Was So Fly ft. Kardinal Offishall
Now here are two brothers that really don’t get the shine they deserve. I could’ve picked any track off The Return of the Magnificent, but I’m really feeling this one at the moment. Listen and love.

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Better Than Butt Five: Week Three

Posted by drmilktrain on April 22, 2007

One of these days I’ll start a post not mentioning how I’ve been a bit busy the past few days, I promise.
But until then:

The Better Than Butt Five: Week Three (Reasons Why ODB Should Be On Any Cover You Make To A Song Ever Edition)

1) Ol’ Dirty Bastard-“Cold Blooded” [A Cover of Rick James’s “Cold Blooded“]
Let’s start with the basics. Nigga Please is rife with odd moments, some more successful than others, but you’re not fucking with a Dirty album until he croons something vicious. “Cold Blooded” is a whole lot of that. Fortunately, ODB had the grace of covering a song from a man who didn’t necessarilyhave the best voice (R.I.P. Rick James…and Dirt McGirt for that matter), so this cover is much more forgiving than some of the others.

2) George Clinton-“Flashlight (ft. Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes & Ol’ Dirty Bastard)” [A Cover of Parliament’s “Flashlight“]
Back in the day when the thought of seeing any of these three rappers on a track got me geeked, seeing all three of them together with George Clinton was damn near the best thing to ever happen to my life. Times have changed and the only rapper from that line-up that still gets me remotely excited isn’t even alive anymore. But as far as this track goes, it came during those glory days before one of them could do more than make up stories about slinging drugs and back when the other one still sounded half-excited to be rapping.

3) Ol’ Dirty Bastard- “ODB, Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart (ft. Macy Gray)” [A Cover of Elton John & Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart“]
There are certain songs where I don’t need to say a damn thing because the title speaks for itself: this is one of them.

4). Ol’ Dirty Bastard-“Sussudio” [A Cover of Phil Collins’s “Sussudio“…sort of]
This is another one.

5)Mark Ronson-“Toxic (ft. Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Tiggers)” [A Cover of Britney Spears’s “Toxic“]
I think I really love this song, but I’m not sure. Ronson comes through with those swanky horns he’s been big on lately with Amy Winehouse. Tiggers, who I’ve never heard of before, does a good job with giving the song a new interpretation than the previous pop version. Sure the Ol’ Dirty verses, which some of you may recognize from the version of “Lift Ya Skirt” without Missy Elliott on it, have been used before, though perhaps not on anything that isn’t bootleg, I’ll listen to ODB say “Fuck a pussy ’till it’s orange like Ernie and Bert” every day of my life.

Bonus Track: Rhymefest-“Build Me Up (feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard)” [A Cover of The Temptations’ “Build Me Up, Buttercup“]
As the track was originally written by ‘Fest for ODB, it’s only fair that this gets mentioned as well. Sure Mark Ronson’s flipped pop songs before for a better performance, but you can’t really fault this too much. It’s cheesy and campy, yes, but once again, Dirt Dog proves that no one will be able to murder a classic like he does.

And for Eli: No m4a’s, I’ll go back and fix those Mafia joints too. And umm…Pete Rock and R. Kelly-go!

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Kickin’ It Old Skool: Better Than Butt Five Week 2

Posted by drmilktrain on April 18, 2007

Alright, so ya boy been’s a little behind on things lately, I’ll admit that. But no fear, the good Professor is back with another week’s BTB5, and probably week three’s tomorrow.
For a new, exciting twist, this week’s list (and probably most if I’m clever enough to think of one) will be themed. Also new, links will just be provided for each song if you don’t need the whole packaged set.

So because I can’t let a good discussion die down, I bring you
The Better Than Butt Five: Week Two (Three 6 Mafia Produced Songs That Leave [Relatively] Unaltered Willie Hutch Samples Running Through Them Edition)

1. Three 6 Mafia-“Stay Fly (ft. Young Buck, 8ball & MJG)” [“Tell Me Why Our Love Has Turned Cold“]
Sampling Willie Hutch is not something new for the Triple 6, but doing so with relatively little chopping or screwing is. From what I can tell, it began with Project Pat’s “Choose U.” Even “Testin’ My Gansta” was played around with a bit. Anyway, I’m sure y’all heard this before, but this is easily their biggest (read: most commercially successful) hit, and furthered their use of Willie Hutch samples. While I enjoy the remix, especially Trick Daddy’s killer verse, the original gets props for making it “A Tennessee Thang,” as DJ Paul would say.

2. Project Pat-“What Money Do” [“Brothers Gonna Work It Out“]
An interesting use of a Hutch sample, it’s chopped up for the chorus and left alone for the verses. It’s interesting to note how well the beat is built around such a laidback sample to create such a bouncier, more aggressive song. Points too for talking more obscure portions of this song. I’d talk about Pat, but it’d be nothing new…at all.

3. Three 6 Mafia-“Poppin’ My Collar” [“Theme from The Mack“]
The spiritual brother to “Choose U”, or “International Players Anthem,” if that’s your thing, the song works in very much the same way. A swelling Hutch sample builds up to dizzying fanfare before Three 6 smack it with some drums and flip it all over again. Once again, I’d imagine everyone’s heard this by now, but if not, peep it now.

4. Project Pat-“You Like” [“I’m Gonna Hold On”]
If you can get past the very bizarre and very blatant racism that pervades the song, then you’re in for one of the finest cuts from Crook by da Book: The Feds Story. The production is, if you’ve heard the three above this one, really no surprise at this point:sample, drums, little bass kick, and the rapper. However, Project Pat bounces around the track in a way he normally doesn’t do: adeptly. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pat as much as the next man, but you’ll hear the difference on this one, trust me.

5. Three 6 Mafia-“Don’t Cha Get Mad (ft. Li’l Flip)” [“Sunshine Lady“]
Play “You Like” in reverse, and you’ve pretty much got this. Breezy little song, with not too much to say that hasn’t been said about the other songs. Except for the fact it’s kinda strange to hear Three 6 Mafia do a real laidback song like this.

Bonus Track: Daz-“Boyz in da Hood (ft. Nate Dogg)” [“Brothers Gonna Work It Out“]
For being late with it, I bring you this bonus track. Daz spitting his Left Coastisms, Nate on a nice double time hook, and that sweet flute sample flipped to perfection. Highly recommended.

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The Better Than Butt Five-Week One

Posted by drmilktrain on April 6, 2007

BTB5-Week 1

1)UGK ft. Outkast-International Players Anthem
I know most people will already be up to this one, but hey, it’s still good. Nevermind that Andre still isn’t rapping well (yeah Three Stacks, I saw through that no drum shit). And I don’t care if he starts talking about UFOs again, this is hardly a “return to form.” What was nice though was to see Pimp C come hard on the song. Of course Bun and Big held it down, although Daddy Fat Sacks better step his game up for this solo release, but Pimp really kept it hot. Good for him.

2)Polyrhythm Addicts ft. Pharoahe Monch- Reachin’
I never peeped their ’99 album, and the only member I heard of was DJ Spinna thanks to a few remixes (check his remix to Lyrics Born’s “Changed My Mind”), but as Hip-Hop Principle #5 states: Put Pharoahe Monch on your song, and everyone will listen. Monch gives everyone their room to spit yet still remains a presence on the song. This is probably due to everyone in the group getting their mini-Monch on in their verses. Whatever though, I’ll take that over…say…this.

3)Cam’Ron ft. Duke da God- Suga Dooga
I know, I know. It’s Dipset. I’m not stupid. I’m not deaf. But this song just takes me back to a simpler time. Nostalgic for the early 2000s? Maybe. I can’t front on that Li’l Fame beat, or most Li’l fame beats for that matter. Cam’s always best over beats better suited for 80’s sitcoms than rapping, and Fame provides the recipe. Duke’s rhymes are also so retarded it merits being heard by everyone.

4)Sa-Ra Creative Partners ft. CNN & Lord Nez- Not On Our Level
Goddamn do I loves me some of that Sa-Ra, spaced-out, funky shit-especially when they sing on it too. Rapping…not so much. (Y’all remember “Thrilla”?) But when the mic handling is left to a more competent team, like Capone-n-Noreaga, well shit, you’ve got a hit without even trying.

5) Electric Light Orchestra- Shine a Little Love
Don’t front. Shit’s hot. Just listen to it and shut the hell up.

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