Legacy Track of the Week: Liam Gallagher - Misunderstood
“All you need's a little love/ you're an angel in the making/ maybe you're misunderstood” The legendary Oasis frontman released his second solo album, Why Me? Why Not?, which was a huge success overseas debuting at #1 in the UK.
Liam Gallagher - Invisible Sun
“I am a laser/ and I see with X-ray eyes” These records are pure poetry just as they were on the Wonderwall album, Liam Gallagher’s talent should not go overlooked in the year 2020.
Gang Starr ft J. Cole - Family and Loyalty
“I press the truth against the neck of devils/ look at the youth just like a precious pebble/ meant to be protected, mentally we let this/ poison of Western philosophy make us sloppy/ we forgot we are the chosen” J. Cole over DJ Premier and trading verses with Guru, this was a transcendent moment in hip-hop and the last of J. Cole’s feature run in 2019.
Alicia Keys ft Miguel - Show Me Love
“This is not the season for nobody else but us/ I always get wrapped up in you, baby, I'm in love” A beautiful duet between Alicia and Miguel for the songbird’s upcoming seventh studio album, Alicia, that has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Skyzoo, Pete Rock - Glorious
“It's like knowing the lawyer going to court with us/ get his work from the son of the judge and he be on tour with us” Skyzoo released his 8th studio album, Retropolitan, a collaborative tape with legendary producer Pete Rock, and together they prove to be a dangerous combination.
Skyzoo, Pete Rock ft Styles P - Carry the Tradition
“Told my ***** Skyzoo, ‘when I die, I'ma go to Skyzoot,’ yeah I'm grounded but I'm getting high, too” Skyzoo holds his own with the legendary Ghost over more Pete Rock production.
Skyzoo, Pete Rock - Penny Jerseys
“Brooklyn kids get biz/ shit, you know how it is/ yeah, my whole block was in Penny jerseys” Facts only 🔥🔥🔥
Skyzoo, Pete Rock ft Benny The Butcher, Conway, Westside Gunn & Elzhi - Eastern Conference All-Stars
“Nobody rhyme this dominant, honest, probably since Hova/ crown me kindly I'm known as the blueprint finally decoded” and didn’t Hov put out a book called Decoded?!?!?!? That’s a tough bar right there from Benny the Butcher.
G-Eazy ft Tyga - Bang
“Ayy, I'm a balla, baby, he ain't got no game/ I'm a big dog, baby, rock big chains/ and I need a super freak like Rick James/ pop that ass for me, baby, make that shit bang, bang, bang” G-Eazy released a B-Sides tape and honestly these two artists are perfect together.
G-Eazy ft Nef the Pharaoh - Too Loud
“Since kindergarten, swear I kept it all player/ Google my prom picture, I was hyphy with braids in my hair” Not mad at G-Eazy’s style of hip-hop at all.
G-Eazy ft E-40 - No Rappers
“Snatched Olivia from a Green Bay Packer/ yeah, it's all facts, no cap/ can't imagine a song that I don't snap” I went to high school with at least three G-Eazy’s in Bergen County, New Jersey.
King Von - Fuck Yo Man
“Bitch, fuck your *****/ Ho, fuck his feelings” Produced by KidWond3r, this is one of the highlights off King Von’s debut album, Grandson, Vol. 1.
King Von - Hoes Ain’t Shit
“Boy, I don't trust shit (Trust shit)/ Hoes be too slick, don't trust that bitch (Don't trust that bitch)” Wise words from Lil Durk’s protege in the studio and the streets. (RIP)
Boosie Badazz, Zaytoven - Where You From
“I’m from a place called Louisiana” One of the highlights off Boosie’s collaborative tape with Zaytoven, Bad Azz Zay.
Danny Brown - Best Life
“Came from the sewer where hot dogs got boiled/ right up in the same pot, unc' cooked the rock” Produced by Q-Tip this is a nice deviation in style for Danny Brown, who released his 5th studio album, uknowwhatimsayin?”
GASHI - Roses
“She's like a melody in my head, that's what she is” Brooklyn’s own Gashi released his third studio album, GASHI, and I need a late pass on this international artist who was born in Libya and spent several years of his childhood as a refugee throughout Africa and Europe.
GASHI ft G-Eazy - My Year
“Out in Vegas high/ all up in the Wynn, fuckin' bitches by the window like…” G-Eazy is wildin out in these streets.
GASHI ft Logan Hyde - Outro
“I'm taking it slow/ there's always so much on my mind/ I'm taking it slow/ I am so lazy with my time” Beautiful music and vocals from Logan Hyde, who I’m unfamiliar with yet is well deserving of my attention off this record alone.
Diana Ross & The Supremes - For Once in My Life
“For once in my life I have someone who needs me/ someone I've needed so long” Originally written by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden for Motown back in 1965, the most popular version of the ballad was released in 1967 by Stevie Wonder, yet prior to that, there were also renditions by the Four Tops, the Temptations, Tony Bennett, and Diana Ross, the latter of whom’s version was officially released on Motown Unreleased 1969.
The Temptations - Why (Must We Fall in Love)
“Why must we fall in love to find out how to cry? Build up trust, then tear it down, oh tell me why/ when it takes so long to make it/ and no time at all to break it off” Originally released in 1969 on The Temptations and the Supremes Together album, this is an unreleased version made up entirely of The Temptations.
Ivy Jo - Yesterday’s Dreams
“Yesterday's dreams today are sorrow/ just like your love, girl, fading away/ yesterday's love won't last till tomorrow/ I know you're leaving, but what can I say?” Originally sung by Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops, here is a rendition from Ivy Jo Hunter, who penned a slew of Motown hits for acts like The Spinners, The Temptations, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Marvin Gaye, yet his debut album set for 1970 titled Ivy Jo is in this Bag, was ultimately shelved and never released.
The Volumes - One Lucky Day I Found You
“This misery in me I couldn’t erase, until one lucky day I found you…” Remembered as one-hit wonders for their 1962 single “I Love You,” this went unreleased in 1969 yet a rendition sung by David Ruffin of the Temptations was recorded in 1971 and released in 2006 on The Great David Ruffin: The Motown Solo Albums, Vol. 2.
Stevie Wonder - Start Out A New Day
“You are my life, my only vice/ they say go on, I can’t be strong/ my pride is gone I’ll never leave you” An unreleased Stevie Wonder track that I wasn’t able to source elsewhere in the extensive Motown catalog.