In an effort to further explore the myriad and "Komplicated" musical tastes of the modern "post-Black" denizens of the world, we present Spin City, which will feature recommendations from some of the world’s finest DJs, Joining resident turntablist DJ Jedi, we're proud to present the musical musings of Brutha Gimel (also known as Gimel Hooper), a double threat who not only is well known for his skills on the wheels, but also as a spoken word artist of considerable renown and one of the co-founders of LA's long-running venue Da Poetry Lounge. After missing his second slot, we now present Gimel's favorites for this week …
- "Double Burger with Cheese," Lupe Fiasco
Quick! Name three movies where the black inner city youth has to survive the mean streets. Seems to be every movie with a large black cast made before 2000. You may have name three movies used to tell the story in the verses served by Lupe. This is the second time I've suggested a song from Fiasco's FTOP mixtape. What can I say? this is the kind of hip hop music deserving of rotation.
- "When The Gun Draw," Pharoahe Monch
So I was on my Pharoahe kick the other day and run by this tune. Once again, I get a thrill out of hip hop music which paints vivid images of self destructive recklessness. In other words I appreciate emcees who aren't afraid of holding a mirror up at the face of genocide. Feel the energy in these bars and tell me it doesn't make you think twice about brandishing fire arms.
- "My Love," Boog Brown
Here's a look at a female emcee with a love for her man. Ahhhhh! Where are the female emcees without the raunchy attitudes and foul mouths? Anyhow, this song has somewhat a female perspective on Method Man's "All I Need" featuring Mary J. Blige. You know the one.
- "Teardrop" (Yo Video Remix), Thundershank VS Russo
This is for all you dub remix heads with a taste of trance. I dig this song for it's mellow approach at the genre and it reminded of the time a friend took me to an underground spot and all the girls had their hands in the air moving around in slow circles like they were painting clouds or something. Was I under the influence?
- "Shot Caller" (remix), French Montana
Yo! Don't get it twisted I do enjoy some jiggy radio hip hip music, when it's done "right." Hip hop emcees started with bragging and shining on the world. So when I joint like this one with a nice hook and beat, shhhh, I hop onboard. You may dig the smooth boss style delivery too. Hell, it might make you wanna hit up a club later. This remix features the balling guru, Diddy and the new street king of Hip Hop Rick Ross. Clap your hands to this! We get money over here!
Check out Brutha Gimel out tonight at Da Poetry Lounge.
Barring unforeseen challenges, Brutha Gimel's Spin City should be waiting for you, right here on Komplicated.com, every Tuesday afternoon.
[Source: Brutha Gimel]