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 …
My first list of songs are as follows:
- "6 AM," Rahsaan Patterson
Ain't nothing like a fly neo-soul dance groove. This song is all of that and a two step. Get your groove on with this. Play it at your next grown and sexy event.
- "The Motto," Drake feat. Lil Wayne
As much as I love baselines and grown folks music, I can't escape the stripper sound these days. Hey, kids like to party too and this is one for the youngins who love booty shake.
- "Like Smoke," Amy Winehouse feat. Nas
I wondered when I would hear my first Winehouse joint after her passing. Let's say, I'm pleased to hear Nas drop some bars to accompany her "soultry" jazz sound.
- "Rock N Roll," Raekwon feat. DJ Khaled, Game, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes
Yeah! A hip hop ensemble with a true gritty street beat provided by The Neptunes. Theres something about multiple tight emcees ripping slang all over heat like this.
- "We Got Our Own Thang," Heavy D and the Boyz
I don't think I have to sell anybody on this song. I wanted to remind the listeners and readers of a hip hop pioneer who kept love in rotation in a time where dance music and hip hop went hand and hand. This is my salute to a hip hop legend and very talented individual. I will never forget hanging out and sharing talent with you at Jerry's Deli. RIP Heavy "Diddly" D.
Check out Brutha Gimel 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]