Posts from 20th June 2002

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Jun 02

r. kelly pleads case…in song

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r. kelly pleads case…in song: r. kelly delivered a new single, entitled — no joke — “heaven, i need a hug,” to chicago radio station wgci. listener response has been incredible — the song topped the station’s top 9 at 9 countdown. in the song, kelly takes aim at backstabbers, asks listeners to prolong judgement until all the facts are out there, and he tells the ladies to stop depending on men and to put their faith in the Man upstairs. having tuned in to the local urban stations in new york, i’m not surprised by the positive response since most new yorkers are either saying: (a) “let he who is without sin…” or (b) “wait until the facts…” and sometimes (c) “he’s in this position because he’s young, black, and wealthy…” dissenters are few but, as usual, they’re speaking for the Lord.

Reason to Rock: Rock Music as Art Form

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Reason to Rock: Rock Music as Art Form: I couldn’t begin to summarise this one.

Can I Get A Witness?

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Can I Get A Witness?: “The duo’s second full-length, Blazing Arrow, not only exposes the bulk of major label hip-hop for the soulless trip(e) that it truly is, but stands head and shoulders above the best that the underground rap nation currently has to offer … while it’s not really fair to call Blazing Arrow the anti-Eminem, its altogether more literate (not to mention less misogynistic) take on modern hip-hop will certainly appeal to those searching for something with more substance (musically and lyrically) than your average Top 40 fare.”

Oh … oh, my.

TOM’S TOP TEN!

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TOM’S TOP TEN!

Thanks to the usual sources (gabba.net, FilePile, record shops and now SoulSeek, which I’m on under the name “Groke”)

OUTKAST – “Land Of A Million Drums”
UNKNOWN ARTIST – “Dhol Beat To The Max”
TRUTH HURTS feat RAKIM – “Addictive”
MALKIT SINGH – “Tutak Tutak Tutiya”
BLAK TWANG – “Trixstar”
JOHNNY OSBOURNE – “Truth And Rights”
BEN SELVIN AND HIS ORCHESTRA – “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes”
ENGLANDNEWORDER – “World In Motion”
MIS-TEEQ – “Roll On”
SAUMIL – “Kehna Hi Kya”

The Beautiful Anthem

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The Beautiful Anthem: Brazil has the best national anthem, sez the Guardian. Is this true? Fingers crossed we only get one more chance to find out this year. It can’t be much worse than England’s inert, interminable offering, the “Hey Jude” of the anthems scene.

The

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