Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Chase Bitches, Cut Class, Got High, Stayed Broke

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Ben returns with Part III of Beatlemania. In honor of this week, I'm sporting a mop top the kid from Chappelle's Trading Spouses would be proud of. Really. Leonard Washington would not be proud. Is any coincidence, then, that two of today's three featured artists have appeared on Chappelle? Probably.

G-G-G-G-Get downloading!

Introduced to America as four lovable mop-tops, the Beatles originally were
packaged as a pop act, with an undeniable talent for catchy tunes capable of driving blossoming baby-boomers crazy. Their early albums were basically collections of fluffy radio friendly singles. All of that changed with the release of 1965’s ‘Rubber Soul’ (Made in only two weeks!) With no singles
released in the US, the LP itself was meant to be viewed as a whole, a new concept in pop music. The Beatles introduction to Bob Dylan and his subsequent introduction of the sticky-icky to them, opened up new avenues of thought and sound, evident in the lyrics and production on the album. The followup album ‘Revolver’ (labled by many, their best) saw them under the
influence of even stronger drugs, and once again the results were mindbendingly evident.

Fast forward to the early 90’s, Miami’s Poison Clan rhymes over a playful guitar riff and chopped up melody from the early Beatles release ‘Please, Please, Me’ to produce a booty shaking ode to everyones favorite activated hairstyle, the jeri curl. By 2K4, going in a completely different direction, RZA reworked the intro to the very same ‘Please, Please, Me’ cut on his ‘Birth of a Prince’ album, turning the once syruppy track into something more sinister, filled with smoked out digi slang.

Today’s final feature is from BK MC Talib Kweli who plumbs the acidic depths of the Beatles ‘Revolver’ to deliver a damning critique on the club culture present in hip-hop today. The track was scheduled to appear on his 'The Beautiful Struggle' CD, but once again the clearence man cometh to shut that sh!t down. Thankfully the bootleggers leaked this one out early and Talib
was forced to release it to the streets on his pre-album mix CD.

Two very different Beatles songs, yield three divergent hip hop cuts. Enjoy.

Poison Clan: Jeri Curl
(MP3) (Buy It)
RZA: You'll Never Know (MP3) (Buy It)
Talib Kweli: Lonely People (MP3)

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