Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Songs of the Day

The 6th Sense (ft Bilal):  This seems like a pretty standard, go-to kind of beat for Common - definitely have heard him on this chopped beat feel before.  Not to say that's a bad thing at all, I really like this beat and I think it's a good thing that Common has a comfort zone - it's a good comfort zone.  Dig Bilal on the simple "I know, hey" chorus - it's a nice contrast against the chopped beat.  Always gotta love Common's positive message, this time with hip hop as his main subject.  I'm down with it.  The pimp monologe at the end is weird, and slightly uncomfortable, but an interesting segway into the next track.

A Film Called (Pimp) [ft MC Lyte & Bilal]:  Dig the beat on this one - there's a sick heaviness, particularly in the bass, that really holds everything down.  MC Lyte's flow is really tight, and works really well with Common's - dig it.  The back and forth, conversation style of this track is cool, definitely keeps me interested.  Bilal has such an interesting tone, he makes any song cool.  Cool tune, made even cooler by the Afro-Cuban beat at the end.

Nag Champa (Afrodiasiac for the World):  Love the mellowness of this beat - nice and relaxed.  I need a bubble bath, or something along those lines, to properly appreciate this tune.  Dig the cut outs to feature Common's words.  No named feature, but sure sounds like Bilal on the chorus, and he's been on the last couple tracks... hmm... Favorite line of this one "my verse depth is that of a baby's first step" - damn.  Sit back and chill to this one.

Thelonius (ft Slum Village):  I've reviewed almost every feature on this album, and I think that's pretty cool.  Nice to hear Slum Village on this track - and they're actually understandable, which was an issue I had on Fantastic Vol. 2.  This is the most "okay" beat of the day.  It's cool, but I've heard it before, and nothing about it really grabs me.  The verses are tight, but I get distracted by the fact that I'm not attached to the groove.

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