Sid Sriram – Superstar

Don’t you remember you told me you love me, babaaaaay?

JAW…DROPPER.

Sid Sriram takes this classic song covered by an endless number of artists, most notably The Carpenters and Luther Vandross. I’m assuming this is a rendition of Luther Vandross’s version since it’s coming from a male perspective. I got the chills from both his vocals and the accompanying visuals. I’m hoping to hear more great stuff from this artist because this was certainly a great introduction.

[Music Video] Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Back in 9th grade  was the beginning of my branching out to other genres of music. I was strictly a hip hop head. Eminem and Shady Records all day! One of the first bands that I got into was indie rock outfit Arcade Fire. Their debut album, Funeral, has to be one of the most beautiful records to have been released in this millennium. Yes, that’s a bold statement and I stand by it.

I don’t know what to think of this single, which features vocals by David Bowie. Maybe it’ll grow on me. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t strike me like previous singles have.
I’ll post a favorite (probably by any AF fan) from the band. I’ve seen numerous live performances of this song on YouTube. How can you not get chills!

[Music Video] Work (Remix) – A$AP Ferg, French Montana, Trinidad James & Schoolboy Q

It’s Friday y’all. Hope you set Versace as your alarm for 7AM, which is my standard Friday morning. Introduced to A$AP Ferg to recently by a friend and loved the ignance. The inner ignant was fully embraced in this song. There are times in life when you have the most tranquil moment and this comes on and you can’t help but wave them arms.

Like this.

Side swipe: I wish I could erase French Montana from this song.

Jimmy Fallon, Sesame Street & The Roots Sing The Sesame Street Theme Song

ALL KINDS OF YES! And a rap verse from Black Thought!!

I am forever a PBS Kid!

Can we get the Arthur theme song next? Reading Rainbow with Levar Burton? WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO? The Wishbone theme song? 1999 Zoom cast reunion?

 

…Don’t forget The Roots were on Yo Gabba Gabba!, too.

WHAAAAAT! The Mountain Brothers reunited for a song!!!

The hip hop nerd in me is geekin’ out!

So, back in middle school and before the days of YouTube, I had discovered this trio called The Mountain Brothers, a rap group consisting of three Chinese brohams from Philly, bringing great lyrics and boom bap production. I recall, before I had the ability to go online shopping, going to FYE and other random music stores and being bummed out when I couldn’t find their albums on the shelves.

They only released two full-length albums in 1999 and 2003. Last year, I discovered member still actively making music, Chops, had produced a song for one of my favorite Filipino rappers out there. By the way, the other two members, Peril-L and Styles Infinite, are a medical researcher and a doctor, respectively. WOW!

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Pic courtesy of nodfactor.com

I decided to follow Chops on Twitter and also go the extra mile and hit him up with an email. I had asked him if there was any way to purchase any of his music since I had trouble finding their albums in stores (I like physical copies )…and he actually delivered! He sent me three albums, including the Mountain Brothers’ sophomore album. I was so pysched!

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Chops now has a Kickstarter campaign to support his latest project, Strength In Numbers, an album gathering over 30 Asian American music artists, with a few from Japan and Korea. According to his Kickstarter page, here are the list of artists:

Ann One (LA), Baiyu(NYC), Bambu (LA), Catzie of Yellow Rage (PHL), Connie Lim (LA), Decipher (PHL),DJ Bonics (PHL/PGH), DJ Neil Armstrong (NYC), DJ Roli Rho (NYC),Dumbfoundead (LA), El Gambina (NJ), Erika David (Bay Area), Hopie (SF), Hoya(NYC), J-Key (NYC), Joanlee (LBC), Kiwi (LA), Lil Crazed (MN), Matt Cab (Tokyo), Mic Barz (ATL), Mountain Brothers (PHL), Nikko Dator (LV), Paul Kim (LA), Prometheus Brown (SEA), Rekstizzy (NYC), Rocky Rivera (SF), Ruby Ibarra (Bay Area), Tasha aka Yoonmirae (Korea), Thai (PDX), Tiger JK (Korea), Timothy Flu (ATL), Verbal of M-Flo / Teriyaki Boyz (Tokyo), and Yellow Boyz (ATL)

And then, he releases a music video for a new song, Keep On, with his old group! The lyrical skills are still there! Imagine that!
“I’m Styles Inf, the other M.D. MC in the game.” Man, if my physician could rap like that!

The video is shot in Philly because I know I walked all those streets (word to aluapook and joeycf!). I also want to include one of their music videos back in the day. GALAXIES, GALAXIES! If you love hip hop, you can’t deny the illness.

C’mon now!