Before he was pimpin’ rides and got that MTV network money, Xzibit put out a few solid albums culminating in 2000’s Restless with an all star producer line-up and one of the most recognizable voices in rap.
“It ain’t safe where I’m from, Rather be caught with it than caught without one”
If I had the impossible task of choosing one song to listen to for the rest of my life, this would be it. Pure emotion expressed through music in a way that no one else had every done nor will ever do.
One of my favorite TV On The Radio tracks from their 2004 debut album Desparate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. This reminds me of being an awkward young adult cruising around my old college town with a girl that was way out of my league. Cheers to the good old days.
It’s hard to fathom the musical output The Game has managed in 12 years; he’s been a busy man. I stopped following after awhile, but his debut album The Documentary was a breath of West Coast fresh air amidst the G-Unit era. This song, produced by Kanye West when he was still on the heavy samples and bongo drum roll fills, is full of great West Coast references.
I got in a little online debate this week about which band that broke out around the turn of the century would have the best “greatest hits” list at this point. The article was about Phoenix and how good they are, but I offered up The Strokes as a counterpoint (others were also mentioned, but that’s not the point here). I think a lot about The Strokes’ debut album Is This It; how it’s perfect in so many ways, how it’s one of the best debut albums ever, how it would easily be one of my choices if I were to be stranded on a deserted island and could only take three albums with me, how it was recorded, etc., so with all that on mind almost constantly, and given the debate I had this week, I chose my favorite Strokes song off of their debut for this edition of throwback Thursday.
“See, alone we stand, together we fall apart, Yeah, I think I’ll be alright…”
It’s a double feature! Radiohead’s magnificent album In Rainbows came out ten years ago this week, so I figured I’d do a track from that for this week’s throwback. Problem is, every track on that album is so damn near perfect, and I couldn’t pick just one. The first one, “Reckoner”, is one of the most beautiful pieces of modern music that I can think of. It’s the feeling of watching the ocean wax and wane all alone in the early hours of a chilly morning. The second, “Videotape”, is the album’s closing track, and it cuts me so deep and wrenches on my heart every time I hear it. It’s the feeling of losing someone but knowing it’s still okay. Both videos I selected are from the Live From the Basement concert which you can, and should, watch in its entirety on YouTube.