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Wow.

Posted in Music by minoroots on 05/28/2011

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New Kanye – Not That Great

Posted in Music, Opinion by minoroots on 11/24/2010

Critics say the new Kayne album (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) is “one of the all-time greatests,” but I disagree… I get that it’s supposed to be an “ambitious” and “progressive” project, conceptually—but what about the execution?

I just don’t really get the hype. I think the album is a good example of Kanye’s innovativeness as a producer, along with his deficiencies as a lyricist. I like my hip-hop/rap to be a combination of great poetry and killer tracks/beats. To me, this album doesn’t deliver much of the former.

Granted, I do like some of the tracks (Power, All of the Lights, Lost In the World), but those are mostly for the overall sound of the tracks—the words weren’t particularly moving. The album as a whole seems to be far from his best work. I prefer the likes of Late Registration and Graduation over this new release. Even 808’s.

I’m also disappointed that “See Me Now” was left off the album… I thought it was the best track from his G.O.O.D. Friday releases, and it  just ended up as a bonus track on iTunes. Not sure what the thought process was for that.

I’m not saying that it’s a bad album—I actually think it’s pretty good. I’m just saying that it ain’t the greatest hip-hop album ever to grace our headphones, and that I don’t think it warrants all of the glorifying reviews that it seems to be receiving so far.

Anyway, if this is the direction that hip-hop is headed—as some of these critics claim—then I’m not so sure that I’d want to join the movement.

“Wake Up Everybody” by John Legend & The Roots | Music Video

Posted in Music, Video by minoroots on 08/19/2010

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John Legend & The Roots (feat. Melanie Fiona & Common) released their rendition of the ’70s classic by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “Wake Up Everybody.” I really like it. Legend & Fiona produce such complex harmonies with (what I assume is) relative ease. So smooth! I wish I had want that kind of musical sense and vocal range.

Aside from the musical goodness, the song carries a message that still resonates in this era despite 35 years of time past since it’s original release. Probably not as strong as back then, but still relevant.

I like how they managed to shift from present-day to a ’70s themed atmosphere in the video, complete with the digital/analog film feel for each respective era. Editing technology is so advanced these days.

Oh yeah, nice “Good Morning” cameo in the beginning of the video. Self-promotion at its best.

via VH1

Slowdancing

Posted in Music, Video by minoroots on 07/26/2010

Such sick chops…

New Toys

Posted in Music by minoroots on 07/26/2010

Lovin’ it.

First Act “VW GarageMaster” (Pearloid) 2006

VOX Valvetronix VT30 Modeling Amp

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Abe Lagrimas Jr. x Kenny Endo x Kaoru Watanabe

Posted in Music by minoroots on 05/26/2010

RIP Nujabes

Posted in Music, Tribute by minoroots on 03/18/2010

For quite some time, Nujabes’ tracks have been the ringtone on my phone. So the news of his death came as an absolute shock.

From Shing02’s website:

It has been announced that Jun Seba, aka Nujabes, Japanese hip hop producer extraordinaire, passed away late February. Official statement from the label (in Japanese) here:
http://hydeout.net/hydeout/2010/03/_hydeoutproductions.html

We deeply regret the loss of a unique talent and a close friend. Through his soulful music, Nujabes has touched so many people around the world, even beyond his dreams. He was a mysterious character to most as he avoided the public limelight, rarely conducted interviews, so only a few got to know the man behind the signature production. Yet it continued to amaze me how young listeners of all backgrounds learned of his enigmatic name, and expressed support for his music.

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While we continue to respect the privacy of his family, we will work to preserve his legacy, and pay tribute to the body of work, some unreleased, that he has left for us to enjoy. Jun Seba will be dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and fans worldwide.

I never thought that I would be so shocked and saddened over the death of someone I’ve never even met. I knew nothing about who Jun Seba, the person, was. But Nujabes, the artist, connected. Definitely a huge influence on me as well as many of my peers.

May his soul continue to lay down sick tracks in peace.

…Whenever you are feeling blue / Keep walking and we can get far / Wherever you are

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B.o.B – Nothin’ On You ft. Bruno Mars [Official Video]

Posted in Music, Video by minoroots on 03/12/2010

I like how this video was put together. Bruno Mars looks like someone… can’t quite pinpoint who…

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