In less than one week this site will be 100 days old! To honor this momentous occasion I will be filling EDAS up with the Cremé de la Cremé of my musical library. Many of these artists have never been spoken about here because I tend to over analyze things... This entire blog has kind of been an exercise in Anti-Crastination if you will... I have felt for some time that many, who like me grown alongside the development of the internet, have fashioned a particularly devastating combination of Perfectionism and Procrastination. This situation leaves many insanely creative people to whither their talents away without any sort of production. It is almost as if the inflicted knows full well that they can create something entirely amazing and unique, but wont even begin the arduous task of creating it because it wont be perfect in that first second. Maybe its just me, but I have had trucks of ideas that have just been passed by the wayside because I never could get them off the drawing board. Learning to just go where your stream of consciousness takes you is a scary process of inner-faith, but once you overcome your own roadblocks of feeling down on your creation, it is an incredibly liberating feeling. In a roundabout way, I am just using this milestone as a celebration of overcoming my own battle with Perfectionism/Procrastination. Look forward to hearing about these Ultra VIP's because beginning tomorrow, I will be putting up my own personal Mt. Rushmore of Music by finally unveiling some of my most interesting and overall favorite artists.
You heard it. This is a very BIG week coming up here at EveryDayAnotherSong.COM, make sure to tune on in. Until then... another LMI.
Al Green becomes the first Cover Clash contestant to pull the upset over the Original Performers, not to mention an additional World Challenger. As the victor, The Reverend gets a victory lap and an amazing old-school solo Performance.
Obviously this is in reference to my previously told story about Al Green getting dowsed in boiling hot grits and irony by some crazy woman.
AN ADDITIONAL NOTE: I just grabbed EVERYDAYANOTHERSONG.COM
so feel free to omit the "Blogspot" next time you visit or tell someone about the site. It just redirects to here, but I am still looking for qualified web designers who would be interested in collaborating on a slight visual overhaul. Anyone? Email me!
Voting for Cover Clash: Light My Fire closes tonight at midnight. As of now a single horse has pulled ahead by nose with just a few lengths to go. By tomorrow we will have a single victor and two worthless losers (obviously not) will be headed to the Glue Factory. If there is a tie... I don't even know what could possibly happen, sudden death gold medal shootout? Glue factory for everyone? The last second scramble is on... If you haven't voted yet, this is your last chance, click the Horses OR WWF Three-Way Ladder Match from yesterday's post below to share your voice. Tomorrow a champeen is crowned for the highest recorded voting total for a Cover Clash ever. After that... no more Fussin' and Fighting for a while.
By the way, I may have forgot to mention that my associate Bone-Ologist, who helped yesterday's Bone Thugs-N-Garfunkel Post, was my old roommate, Noah. He is a DJ, currently embarking on a career in Music Therapy and I definitely neglected to give him the props he deserved.
If you have been here since the start, you may recall in the second week of this blog I did a post about my favorite rap group called A Beginners Guide Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. To this day, it is my most visited post. For the second installment I have enlisted the help of an OG Bone Fan and long-time Musical Peer of mine from the very city of Cleveland. Noah and I were roommates back at Ohio State and we saw some of the dopest concerts together: The Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, J5, Barrington, Yellowman, all of Bonnaroo 2005 (except that day I got lost) and some white Bob Marley Cover-Band at the student center that time he won that raffle. Anyway we have been talking about rap for years and years so it was only fitting that we put together The Next Episode.
A Beginniner's Guide to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Part II
Left to Right: Bizzy, Layzie, Wish & Krayzie
Straight Outta Cleveland
Krayzie, Layzie, Bizzy, Wish, and sometimes Flesh... What makes Bone Thugs so great? Is it their lightning fast, yet operatic style of rapping? Is it their complex (DJ) Uneek beats, which often contain intricate melodies from the piano, strings, and other orchestral instruments? Could it be that they are the only ones to collaborate with 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Eazy-E, and Big Pun (not to mention countless others) while they were still alive? Or maybe it’s because they hail from great city of Cleveland, Ohio.
All of the above are contributing factors to why BTNH is a hip hop group like no other. Being a Clevelander myself, I was naturally drawn to Bone since they burst onto the scene. I’ve seen them in concert more times than I can count, my mom occasionally runs into Wish Bone at the grocery store, and their stories of struggle can’t help but inspire everyone within and, more importantly, the overall city of Cleveland.
The group was determined to make it big. In the early 90s BTNH ventured out to Los Angeles in search of Eazy-E for a record contract. They auditioned over the phone and were somewhat brushed to the side. A few months later they discovered that Eazy-E would be performing in their hometown and headed back to secure the gig as opening act. After performing, Eazy signed them to Ruthless Records on the spot.
The desolate urban environment, especially up in the St. Clair section, where Bone Thugs hail from, has harshly deteriorated since Cleveland’s hay day as the "Millionaire's City" during the 1920s. These issues turn a lot of youth to abuse alcohol and drugs. One cannot listen to an entire Bone Thugs album without hearing them mention, reminisce and glorify their use and former sale of such substances. Many if not all of their songs relate to this subject in some form. So I am going to address the elephant in the room… I have chosen to go full force and play Weed Song, the most blatant, yet delicate of the Bone Thug Mary-Jane anthems. Aside from this song showing the group’s appreciation for herbal remedies, it clearly illustrates Bone Thugs’ (-N-) harmony and eclectic use of keys, horns, stringed instruments and choral melodic structures. The video is also outstanding, well-shot, and has become a music video Mecca to those who love the Bone. Those who follow BTNH closely might be aware of the dangers of such over-indulgence, noting that in December of 2007, Krayzie Bone literally smoked to the point that one of his lungs collapsed. Intelligently, he has since quit smoking, but unfortunately he has also quit writing songs about it. In a similarly self-destructive fashion, Bizzy's drug use and overall erratic behavior has him constantly in and out of the group.
Considering that the history of Rap is so intertwined with Street Culture and Drugs, one can only take Bone's choice of subject matter in stride, their catalogue of references is similar to that of the The Rolling Stones or Simon & Garfunkel (Nevermind The Dead) but it must be agreed their talent and individuality cannot be surpassed in the Rap Game. They are the only group of undeniable Street-Authenticity that goes into the studio and just sings their hearts out. As a bonus I've included a little proof of the complex sounds and overall versatility that make up a Bone Thugs-N-Harmony track. See you back here for the next installment...
Song #88: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Weed Song
Bonus Song: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Resurrection (Paper, Paper)