SOME STUFFS: Black Eyed Peas go back to “Yesterday” in more ways than one

This weekend, the release of a new Black Eyed Peas video has made a lot of people talk about what they saw and heard. The song and video is a throw back to the old school, with the group heading to a record store and throwing out records in the same way Ice Cube did in “Jacking For Beats”, done in a visual way Erykah Badu did in “Honey” with recreations of classic album covers. To be honest, I was going to stay away from the video because I have not liked what BEP have become in the last 14 years, since Fergie became part of the group. For the time being, Fergie is out of the song and video but she is still very much a part of the group. However, I decided to watch it and I noticed a few highlights.

For one, the video will focus on an album cover that is recreated by the group in a live manner and if you look really good, you will also see one of the sample sources for the song being heard, from the album being seen. They include:

  • McCoy Tyner’s “Impressions” from his Trident album, the source of the primary bass sample in Black Sheep’s “The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)”:
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  • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ “Stretching” from his Reflections In Blue album, the source of the primary sample in Digable Planets’ “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”:
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  • Brother Jack McDuff’s “Oblighetto” from his Moon Rappin’ album, the source of the main sample in A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario”:
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  • Tom Scott’s cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Today” from his Honeysuckle Breeze album, the source of the saxophone sample in Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.):
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    Seven other segments of the video omitted its sample sources, even though it showed the song they were trying to pay homage to:
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    The errors they showed were:

  • LL Cool’s Radio album, seen when they were recreating “Rock The Bells”. However, the album next to it is Loggins & Messina’s debut album, Sittin’ In, which is not the sample source in the song or any portion of LL’s album. The sampled album should’ve shown AC/DC’s Flick Of The Switch album, the source of the guitar stabs.
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  • 1) While the song they were trying to recreate during this part was indeed by KRS-One, the album in question was not from that release, but from Return Of The Boom Bap.
    2) If they were to show the sampled album, they should’ve shown Grand Funk’s Live Album:
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    Nonetheless, despite how huge the group have become post-Fergie, this video shows that they still understand in the old school aesthetic, even though they no longer subscribe to it in full for their hits. This one was very much for the heads who fondly remember when the Black Eyed Peas were once known for getting down.

  • FREE MP3 DL: Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love? (DosLambos From Nowhere Remix)”

    It’s safe to say that I never wanted to hear Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love” again, but it was the song that made the group move away from the good stuff they were doing to the substandard music that finally made them rich. DosLambos felt enough for the song to say “you know, the song isn’t bad at all, let’s remix it” and this is the result. I honestly feel this is better than the original so be careful.

    VIDEO: Taboo speaks of life as a Pea

    Money and success has allowed Taboo to be more than hip-hop’s modern day Jarobi. He may not be in the spotlight as much as he used to be in Black Eyed Peas‘ glory days, but he is the first from the group to come out with a book, called Fallin’ Up: My Story (released on February 8, 2011). This video has him talking about the book a bit, and how he got to this point in his life.

    OPINION: WWw.i.a.S (What Would say?)

    November 30th is the release date for the new Black Eyed Peas album, The Beginning, don’t expect an in-depth review of it from me. I have listened to it, and it’s embarrassing. What would say to that? “Yeah, but now I’m embarrassingly rich.” The album is a steamy load of crap, but anyone who has heard the Black Eyed Peas for the last eight years will at least know there are people who hate what they have become. How do you become a success? “Just add white girl.” The thing is, Fergie has an incredible voice, and yet her work with BEP is shit. “Yeah, but now I’m shit rich”, well good for you. Now do better, or will you become this generation’s Sheryl Crow and Jon Bon Jovi: famous worldwide, but famous for shit? “Yeah, but I’m rich and famous”, yeah okay.

    Nothing I say will change your view, but I want to address something quick. I do not like the music has done in the last eight years, in their Fergie-era. I was down with the group for their first two albums, especially the first two, and yet critics and hip-hop fans were accusing them for dickriding the Native Tongues. Yet I felt their music was more interesting, was doing some daring stuff in his music and truth be told, he showed a pop touch long before they made it their sole bread and butter. Not “soul bread and butter”. I really liked what did on his first solo album, really thought he would take off towards that direction.

    Now, while I am not a fan of his music, I admire his business plan. He knows what makes money and he has taken that route to the bank. It would be too easy to say “he abandoned his audience” but he might me someone who would say “audience? Half you fuckers didn’t like a damn think I did.” Anyone remember when he had his own show on MTV, and he would be in the studio with his band, jamming as if he could be the next Stevie Wonder? He was that close, but he jumped from “Fingertips Part 2” to “I Just Called To Say I Love You”, surpassing the potential to make his own versions of Talking Book, Innervisions, or Fulfillingness’ First Finale. The man is more than capable, and yet why bank on greatness when you can make great bank? Whatever formula he has chosen, it has worked, and any artist would love to be on the path he is on. To be able to influence a generation is amazing, but he’s not doing it on that level. He’s making people party and dance, and maybe in a time when it seems the world is falling apart, people need to smile and get down. BEP are the masters of a good time. It seems what did do is take advantage of people calling them a “worldly group” with different ethnicities contained within the group. What they did is take their music around the world, they’ve become worldly for fans who could care less about ethics, issues, and integrity. It’s just “just, dance, and smile.”

    I do wonder this: what would today say to from 1997? Would the of yesteryear be blown away by the self who exploited himself in the future? Would the of now look back at his younger self and tell him “you’re struggling now, but be open to change. You love a good pop song, and you can write a good pop song. You’re going to milk it, and milk it dry. When you have a chance, hang on because this ride is fucking incredible.” Would the younger tell the older to buzz off, because musical integrity is everything, or would the now tell him “hey man, as Jaleel White will say, you gotta fake it to make it, even if it means dressing up like Urkel.”

    In the 2010 Grammy Awards, was in the audience and someone looked at him from the stage and said “there is no industry anymore”, and the only think could do is smirk. What could he do, stand up and say “I make more money than most of you assholes in this room combined?” Or something like “there may be no industry, but I’m getting paid over the bullshit music everyone wants me to make”? Which leads me to two quotes:

    There isn’t a music industry, just do it yourself. If you’re not Christina Aguilera or Pink or Kelly Clarkson or anyone from American Idol, you’re screwed. So try to do it yourself.” -Wendy Melvoin

    No matter how carefully and assiduously and how deeply you bury shit, the American public will find it and buy it in large quantity.” -Artie Shaw

    Got sprinkles?

    VIDEO: Black Eyed Peas’ “The Time (Dirty Bit)”, Fergie,, and the other guy have made a video for “The Time (Dirty Bit)”, offering a mixture of the lo-fi with the lo-fi, and you can view it now. If you like it and want to hear the song again, you can watch their performance on Oprah.

    VIDEO: Mashup Germany’s “I’ll Be Missing You (Don’t Raise Your Glass)”

    This music and video mash-up seems so flawless, it’s not even funny. It’s damn good, and is by Mashup Germany. Check it out, and if you like what you hear, you can download this and other tracks here. The video was put together by Panos.

    VIDEO: Black Eyed Peas’ love of retro 8-bit gaming leads to modern day errors

    As the Black Eyed Peas get ready to present the world with a new album, they’ve created a video that honors the 8-bit look of their album cover. They take it back to the days of Nintendo and Commodore VIC-20, to when hip-hop simply meant rap music, and that meant Africa Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, and The Cold Crush Brothers

    While the video looks cool, they did miss a spelling error. Here’s a screenshot.


    In case you haven’t figured it out, the misspelled word is “missile”. I didn’t Photoshop this or manipulate it in anyway, but get the word out so that they’ll know to fix it. Also, isn’t the Fergie lyric “scud missile” and not “sky missile”? Well, maybe in this song it’s “sky” but still. Oh yes, and it’s Shaka Zulu, not “Chaka” right?, get your people to either use spellcheck, search Wikipedia, or call a proofreader.

    SOME STUFFS: Black Eyed Peas want you to “Do It Like This!”,, Fergie, and the other one have released a new track from their forthcoming album due out on November 30th, called The Beginning. The album comes a week after the release of new music by Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, but it’s safe to say much of BEP’s fans have no interest in Kanye or Nicki. Either that, or it will be one of the biggest holiday seasons for music in awhile.

    VIDEO: & Nicki Minaj’s “Check It Out”

    31 years ago, Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley, along with vocalist Tina Charles, told us that “Video Killed The Radio Star”, even though most people did not associate radio, or music, with video. 31 years later, the song gets an upgrade by a musician who arguably killed his own hip-hop for the sake of the pop dollar, if you are to believe the hate that’s on the web. I ofcourse speak of, and regardless what you have to say about him or his current output of music, he’s making more money than everyone who complains about it worldwide. Here he is on his collaboration with Nicki Minaj, the “it” female of the moment. Now say what you want about her, that despite an approach that seems to combine Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, and Elton John theatrics, it seems she feels she knows this is what the public wants. However, talk to diehard hip-hop heads and while some may hate the visuals, they will say she gets down like Chaka Khan and has one of the best rhyme schemes out there.

    As the song title suggests, they both want you to “Check It Out”. The song is from Nicki’s forthcoming album, Pink Friday, scheduled for release on November 22nd.