Sassy McSassatron Squad a.k.a. The Beatles
Nascimento e Valle.
You caught me smi-ling, again…
One of my favorite Sly & The Family Stone songs
Anonymous asked: Who do you believe has the best discography in Hip-Hop? And why?
Nas. It’s part of the reason he’s the G.O.A.T. Including The Lost Tapes, which is one of his best works, and his album with Damian Marley (Distant Relatives), he’s got 12 full-length LP’s in the last 19 years, and that doesn’t even include The Firm or QB’s Finest. He’s the only MC whose discography goes back that far with such quality.
Illmatic is arguably the greatest Hip-Hop album of all-time. It Was Written and Stillmatic are undeniable classics. The rest of his albums, with the exception of Nastradamous (which is still a great LP that has aged well), are all timeless records, with modern classics in 2008 with Untitled (N.I.G.G.E.R.) and in 2012 with Life Is Good. Having the best Hip-Hop album in 2012, 18 years after his debut album set the Hip-Hop world on fire, is the ultimate testament to his greatness and longevity.
Although Nas is my favorite MC, I actually disagree with you on him having the best discography in hip hop. Still a good pick though. This got me thinking about what order I would actually rank his albums……
1. Illmatic (my favorite hip hop album)
2. It Was Written
3. Lost tapes
4. Life Is Good
Marginally worse than the “great” albums, yet still quality
6. God’s Son
7. Distant Relatives
Good, yet relatively disappointing albums
9. Hip Hop Is Dead
10. Streets Disciple
11. I Am
Though the thing about Nas’ discog, is that even his WORST albums have CLASSIC songs on them. For example, “Project Windows” or “Nas Is Like”. I would still take other (admittedly, smaller) discographies like OutKast, ATCQ or De La over the Nas discography overall (each of those have at least 2 albums that are better than It Was Written and 2 more that are on the same level), but for him to release what is arguably one of the best albums he has ever done this late into his career is extremely impressive.
Buddy Guy and Junior Wells1965,
WARNING! DANGEROUS SONG!
Listening to this song could cause serious health problems.
Today’s song, ‘Gloomy Sunday’, (performed by Billie Holiday) is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress (after his girlfriend left him) and published in 1933, as ‘Vége A Világnak’ (‘End Of The World’).
Delighted that he had finally written a hit, Seress contacted the ex-girlfriend who inspired the song and attempted to get back together with her. The next day, she killed herself by swallowing poison, leaving behind a note with just two words written on it: ‘Gloomy Sunday’.
As time went on, ‘Gloomy Sunday' was connected to a rash of suicides in Hungary. In all, seventeen people died. Two people shot themselves while listening to a band playing the tune. Several others drowned themselves in a river while clutching the sheet music of 'Gloomy Sunday’. People began to refer to it as ‘The Suicide Song' and there were rumors that it was cursed. The Hungarian authorities banned the song from being played in public. However, this did not stop the rash of suicides.
In Berlin, a young shopkeeper hung herself. Beneath her feet, they found a copy of ‘Gloomy Sunday’. In New York, a pretty secretary gassed herself, leaving behind her a request that ‘Gloomy Sunday' be played at her funeral. In Vienna, a teenage girl drowned herself while clutching the sheet music. In Budapest, a shopkeeper killed himself and left a note containing the lyrics of the song. In London, a woman took an overdose of pills while listening to the record over and over. The song's eerie reputation quickly spread around the world and music publishers from America decided to cash in on its notoriety. They released an English translation of the song and it soon caught on. More deaths followed.
'Sunday is gloomy,
My hours are slumberless
Dearest the shadows
I live with are numberless
Little white flowers
Will never awaken you
Not where the black coach of
Sorrow has taken you
Angels have no thought
Of ever returning you
Would they be angry
If I thought of joining you?
Even the song’s composer could not escape the curse. Seress was haunted by the all the death and destruction his music had caused, saying: “I stand in the midst of this deadly success as an accused man. This fatal fame hurts me. I cried all of the disappointments of my heart into this song, and it seems that others with feelings like mine have found their own hurt in it.” In 1968, he committed suicide by jumping out the window of his Budapest apartment building and falling to his death.
Holy shit I didn’t even know Billie recorded this song. WOW