“Above the crowds above the clouds
where the sounds are original
infinite skills create miracles
Above the clouds raining down
Holdin it down”
Above the Clouds
Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) July 17, 1962April 19, 2010
As I was driving home last night the
radio station out here in Houston played a mixed dedicated to Guru. One of the songs they played was Above the
Clouds and a listener called in asking who the artist was because she liked
the song. Guru was a big part of Hip Hop
culture and he will be missed, but one saving grace is that his music is
timeless. Its there forever. Hopefully some fans and artist out there will
be exposed to some of the music he created now, and see the time and effort
that Gangstarr put into their craft.
There is no Hip Hop in the top 10 but maybe thats fitting for this week. Take
in the Arena, Daily
Ownerz, Full Clip: A Decade of Gang
Starr, or Mass Appeal: Best of Gang
Starr. If you like Jazz, then listen to one of the
four volumes of Gurus Jazzmatazz series, where he blends Jazz, Hip Hop, and
R&B. Take some time out this week to
hear some real Hip Hop.
Dropping this Week
wasnt even going to put any albums in the column this week but the artists we
have today have a heavy following in the Hip Hop community.
up is North Carolinas own Little Brother.
The group has gone through some ups and downs, and a little bit of
drama, due to their split with 9th Wonder. Now a duo, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, still
continue to spit real lyrics since their debut The Listening. This week
they release, Left Back, their fourth
Next, is Devin the Dude, who, in honor
of yesterday releases Suite 420. If youre familiar with Devin the Dude then
you know what style of music hes producing.
I dont know much about the album but I will be picking it up.
Lastly, is Californias own Cypress Hill
who releases their ninth studio album Rise
Up. This is the groups first album
of new material in the last six years so fans out there should be happy.
Thats it for the week so go pick up one
of these three albums, listen to some Guru, and go enjoy some real Hip-Hop.