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 …
Since the week to give thanks is amongst us, I thought I'd dedicate this week's selections to songs that I am thankful for. None of the songs featured on this weeks list are new releases. You may have them in your collection already but haven't given them any rotation in a while. Take a few minutes to revisit then. You won't be sorry. As usual in no particular order …
- "Video," India.Arie
Fell in love with this song because of it's honesty in saying that not all beauty fits the media standard and that women should know how to take pride in what the Creator gave them. There's nothing more attractive than a woman who grooms herself with God's hand.
- "Cell Therapy," Goodie MoB
The piano laced intro leads us down a path to aware. The social commentary in the song suggests that we should think twice about government decision that effect our lives. "Who's that peeping in my window? POW! Nobody now." I tripped when I found out that POW was not only the sound of the pistol but also an acronym for Prisoner Of War.
- "Ain't the Devil Happy," Jeru The Damaja
In a time where underground hip hop got a more love in the mainstream Jeru was better know for his gritty dungeon hit "Come Clean." Also from The Sun Rises In The East is this outspoken tune which asks the listeners to take a minute to consider who they are serving in the street.
- "Us," Ice Cube
Man! I was in high school when this song came out just about every body I knew was getting into street life. I needed someone to reassure me that I had other options. This song forced me to look within for my answer and recognize that we as a people can do better. Though the tone was harsh, I found truth and years of motivation.
- "Be Healthy," dead prez
My friend DJ Alwayz turned me on to this group and their debut cd, Let's Get Free. You talk about a breath of fresh air. I hadn't heard a body of work like this since Public Enemy. In this song, these guys speak of their daily diet and the foods they consume. Of course, we are a nation of over eaters and obesity and many don't question why because questions leave us with the burden of truth and change. I appreciated the message in the bars because I too had recently taken a vow to change my diet for the better.
In addition, checking out Brutha Gimel out Tuesday nights at Da Poetry Lounge
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