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. We now present Gimel's favorites for this week …
- "Affairs of the Heart," Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Let's start this week off with the son of the great Bob Marley, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley. Sure, Damian has been burning up the scene, making a name for himself. Here is his latest single, "Affairs of the Heart." Damian let's his lady know that she worth saving and keeping in his life. Who doesn't like a good reggae love song?
- "Do Ya Thing," Gorillaz feat. James Murphy & Andre 3000
The world's one and only cartoon band is blazing again with this one. I love the upbeat nature of this track which really fits with Three Stacks. I don't know if he produced it but he kills verse with his cartoonish verbage and energetic approach. I dig this one cause these dudes know how to have fun with music by using their imaginations. Get down!
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Available as the lead download in this week's #musicmonday column)
- "Change the Record," Melanie Fiona feat. B.o.B
Here's a new selection from one of the best new voices out there right now. Although this track has a danceable piano laced beat, she ain't talking about the art of deejaying. Haha. This is a relationship metaphor to all the ladies out there with a man who continuously allow their mate to play the same ole love song. Melanie tells em to change the record while B.o.B steps in with the voice of the man and delivers a hot verse with somewhat of an explanation as to why things have gone sour. Hear him out.
- "Do My Thing," Estelle feat. Janelle Monae
If you been looking for a new anthem to tell people to go shove it for trying to turn you into them, here it is. These two ladies let it be known they don't have to conform to outside influence rather it be on the dance floor or how they choose to rock their hair. I'm a fan of them both just the way they are because they represent flavor, style and class in music. Freedom of artistic expression is the mantra. Let 'em do their thing.
- "Be The One," Raheem DeVaughn feat. Snoop Dogg
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Available in our February 13th #musicmonday column)
From his upcoming LP Destination Loveland, "Radio" Raheem drops this little soultry bitty for the ladies. He simply asks his sweetheart to let him be the one to give her all that she deserves from a mate. The sound is so vintage with a new school kind of bounce and of course a verse from Snoop will ensure some interest from the street heads. It's not a gangsta love song but gangstas will be trying to make moves with it. Yep!
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The Destination: Loveland album was available in our #musicmonday column on February 20th)
Check out Brutha Gimel tonight at Da Poetry Lounge.
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[Source: Brutha Gimel]