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Will’s Song of the Week – 11/9/09

November 9, 2009
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Live Loud or DieOh that sneaky Paul.  He is right, I am a car/movie/music guy.  And his song of the week, The Ecstacy of Gold by Ennio Morricone is one of my all time favorites.  For me, hearing that song instantly fills me with all the emotions and intensity from the amazing graveyard scene in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

But.

…but.

Paul is mistaken in his victory.  You see,  I had previously posted Metallica’s The Call of Ktulu from S&M.  I was fully aware that Metallica opened that concert with their version of Ecstasy of Gold, a song that both of us use frequently in mixes.  I knew Paul would be aiming to outdo me, just as I knew what HE knows about ME.

You see Paul, your political science/security background was fairly helpful.  You analyzed your opponent and made a pre-emptive, calculated move.  Well done sir.  But MY background is in psychology.  I am inside your MIND.  It was mere child’s play to manipulate your thoughts and have you post that song.  Heck, you might as well consider your Song of the Week to be MINE!!  Therefore you owe a SOTW post bud.  Sorry, that’s they way the cookie crumbles.

Ok, this week I tread off the beaten path.  I claimed to do so last week with Metallica, but let’s be honest here:  even with an obscure Metallica song…it is still Metallica.  My songs this week, however, feature an artist that you probably won’t know unless you’re really into hip hop.

There are those in this world who naysay hip hop.  To them I say, if all you know is what is played on the radio then I can understand.  There are those who say “rap is crap, it isn’t music.”  To them I say, widen your perspective.  The origin of hip hop is simple and brilliant.  In the ghettos, they couldn’t afford much.  Forget about guitars, bases, drums, etc.  But a stray turntable and some records were more achievable.  Of course, anyone could have a party and play a record or two.  The brilliant part was to take the breakbeat, the part of a song that is just pure beat and guaranteed to make your head bob, and make that last.  I mean, who hasn’t at some point listened to a song where the music was just so good you wished it would last forever.  That’s the basic premise.  Then came rapping over top by the MC, whose job it was to pump up the party even more.  Now I present to you my Song of the Week

DJ Z-Trip – The Get Down

This is hip hop at it’s purest by a modern artist.  Z-Trip bangs out a great beat that will get anyone nodding their head, and Lyrics Born just tears up the mic.  The song is all about having a good time and enjoying yourself, losing yourself to the music/party/drive/whatever.  Here’s a video I found on the Youtubes, The Get Down is the first song and it segues into another cut from the same album (Shifting Gears) called Listen to the DJ.

Now, for those of you who enjoy more intense music for driving, and who can’t get down with hip hop (I understand; there’s a difference between being open but honest about what you enjoy, and hating for generalized reasons) check out this track by the same guy, DJ Z-Trip:

That one, as far as I know, is not on any albums and has only been recorded live.  If you are resourceful with the interwebs though, you should be able to find it for download.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. OMG Ponies!!! permalink
    November 10, 2009 3:42 pm

    OMG Ponies!!!

    But really, while DJ Z-trip might have introduced the second song and maybe joined in, isn’t “Bombs Over Baghdad” an old Outkast song? Isn’t “Sober” and old Tool song? Doesn’t the credit for the remix go to Outkast and Tool, rather than the MC that introduced them?

    • Will permalink*
      November 10, 2009 6:59 pm

      You’re absolutely correct! B.O.B. is Outkast, and Sober is Tool. Song mashups are one of the things that good DJs do, and Z-Trip is one of the best. His live shows often feature all kinds of rock weaved together with all kinds of hip hop. Certainly the credit for the songs goes to the original artists, but it takes a lot of artistry, creativity, and believe it or not skill to DJ in that way. Remember, he’s not just playing two mp3s together over top of each other, he’s acting as a living studio and doing it live on two turntables. I’m kind of taking my response beyond your comment, but I get all excited when discussing turntabilism for the very reason that so few people understand what goes into it.

      Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMcRVHdv7IQ

      Its clips from the movie Scratch. Whoever posted it kinda chopped it up, so in some spots people get cut off mid sentence, but it’s a good compilation nonetheless. The important part, though, starts at about 6:55. You’ll see a DJ named Rob Swift doing some beat juggling. I think it really shows you the skill involved: He takes two of the same record, which in the beginning is just playing so you can hear the original music, and then makes his own music out of that.

      Jeez, I might as well have made this a new post.

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