Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What's An Autotune?

So my new job is kinda a bummer...glad to be working, but some days are rough. One of the most annoying things is the omni-present radio noise; it had been years since I listened to rock radio so the first couple shifts were surprisingly good. After a couple weeks, however, I've started wearing earplugs so I don't have to listen to the same 8 songs all the time. Seriously.

During a particularly brutal shift last week, I was walking into a different area (sometimes people have different stations in different areas) when I thought I heard
some familiar sounding horns. My first thought was "what motherfuckers are sullying this classic?". I was a little annoyed. Then I got closer and heard

"Walk the fine, short line, and put the needle to the grind
Representin’ one kind, seeing eye for the blind
Witness what I carry on bears a further purpose
From how we do slam a few, then you want to purchase"

I lost my shit and went to tell everybody else, after the song of course, but not one glimmer of recognition. The rest of the shift I kept hoping for more jewels, but all I got was that BEP song that makes me want to kill myself.

I miss the nerds...

What's An Autotune?

Vintage - Mighty Mi & Vast Aire
Future Thugs - Ghostface Killah f/ Redman, Ludacris & Trife
Magnetic Arts - DJ Honda f/ Mos Def
Blak Iz Blak - Mau Maus
Hadle Your Time - Prince Paul f/ Sadat X, Xzibit & Kid Creole
Critically Acclaimed - Statik Selektah f/ Lil' Fame, Saigon & Sean Price
U Gotta Love Us - House Of Reps
Underground - Deams f/ Ice-T
Robot - KRS-One & Buckshot
Take It Off - The High & Mighty f/ Vast Aire
Death Of Autotune - Jay-Z
Hidden Crate - Showbiz & A.G.
Molly - Tame One f/ Breezly Brewin' & Aesop Rock
Hit 'Em Up - Reef The Lost Cauze f/ King Magnetic
Stress - Guilty Simpson
Making Your Way In The World - DJ Spinna f/ Breezly Brewin' & J-Treds
The Healer - Erykah Badu
Kinda Like A Big Deal - Clipse
Slaves (Straight Jacket Mix) - Godfather Don f/ Kool Keith
Vultures - MF Grimm
Dear Autumn - Breezly Brewin'


Tuesday, September 22, 2009


"It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you, without......"

So in honour of my renewed attention to the RapNerds blog I give you a classic slept on LP.

Leaders of The New School. T.I.M.E

1. Eternal
2. Understanding the Inner Mind's Eye
3. Syntax Era
4. Classic Material
5. Daily Reminder
6. A Quarter to Cutthroat
7. Connections
8. What's Next
9. Droppin 4-1990 Ever
10. Time Will Tell
11. Base Is Loaded
12. Spontaneous
13. Noisy Meditation
14. The End Is Near
15. Zearocks
16. The Difference
17. The Final Solution

It has been described as 'ahead of it's time' by folks. I thought it was kinna wack when I first heard it, wanting it to be more like the "Future without a Past" LP. However, like a good wine it has improved with age. Enjoy this classic material.

PS. I will be starting radio show here in Taiwan called 'The Rap Nerds Show' soon. Tuesday nights 9-11pm (Taiwan T.I.M.E) I will provide the url for online listening.

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