Old Music

dangelo voodoo beyonce

D’Angelo’s seminal sophomore album Voodoo turned 15 on January 25, just weeks after he finally blessed the world with the long-awaited Black Messiah. To celebrate, Solange’s Saint Heron blog spoke to a selection of artists and producers about the impact the record not only had on the music world, but them personally. Beyoncé, A-Trak, Janelle Monáe, Thundercat and Solange herself were among those who paid tribute to this special, special album.

Read more below…


ol dirty bastard rare interview

Genius (formerly Rap Genius) is teaming up with MTV to crack the lid on a collection of never-before-seen interviews from the late ’90s. The raw and uncut conversations, featuring the likes of Cam’ron, DMX, Redman, Method Man and LL Cool J, will include full transcriptions, plus annotations from fans, contributors and respected journalists.

Genius and MTV kick things off today with this unreleased interview between the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Bloomberg’s Josh Tyrangiel from 1997, in which ODB talks about his struggles with sobriety, the importance of birth control and his family issues. The full transcript can be read here, complete with annotations from Tyrangiel and ODB biographer Mickey Hess.

Watch the interview below…


the game dr dre

The Game and Dr. Dre have had their differences over the years, but the Doctor joined his advocate on stage in L.A. last night as Jayceon celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut album, The Documentary. Game also brought out Kendrick Lamar to fill in for 50 Cent (who, despite having such a big hand in the album, didn’t show for obvious reasons) on “Westside Story.”

While we’re reminiscing, revisit Complex’s “The Making of The Game’s The Documentaryhere.

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jay z demo tape

Reasonable Doubt doesn’t turn 20 for another, oh, 17 months and 10 days, but you can take an early trip down JAY Z Jaÿ-Z’s memory lane with this collection of early ’90s demos that has surfaced online. Yes, most of these songs have been floating around YouTube for a few years now. And yes, you may already be familiar with them. But for ’90s babies like myself whose first memory of Hov was the “Hard Knock Life” video, then this is like stumbling on a rare artifact in hip-hop’s attic. His flow is raw, his style is undeveloped and he was having no luck with the labels at the time, yet Hov didn’t hesitate to crown himself the “greatest MC in the world.”

Jay really did give us prophecy on his first joint.

Listen below…



Nirvana’s early days as a clueless band weren’t that different from a young rapper’s experience. You start out by doing shitty shows at dive spots for little to no money in hopes of getting your big break. Eventually, you either progress or realize that a 9 to 5 is in your destiny.

It usually plays out to be the latter, but they’ll never stop trying. 25-years ago yesterday (Jan 12), Nirvana played a show at a Portland punk venue called Satyricon. In honor of the show’s anniversary, the Internets have supplied us with a bootleg recording of the concert. RIP Kurt Cobain.

Listen to the recording below…



Here’s a pleasant treat from the lost Beastie Boys video vaults. Thanks to some savvy message board readers, an unreleased video for the Brooklyn group’s 2011 Nas collaboration “Too Many Rappers” has surfaced. From the looks of it, MCA, Ad-Rock, Mike D and Nasir Jones spent some time romping around D.C. They take it from the streets to a random grocery store, concert, through a park and beyond.

Directed by Roman Coppola and Oscilloscope Laboratories for Capitol Records.

Watch video below…


50 cent patiently waiting

Wrapping up another excellent season of their Magnum Opus series, Complex revisits 50 Cent and Eminem’s very first collaboration, “Patiently Waiting,” off 2003’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’.

From Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, sending him 50’s early tapes (which lead to his eventual deal with Shady Records) to the melodic evolution of the song, the episode chronicles the full history behind one of GROTD‘s toughest cuts.

Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Sha Money XL, DJ Whoo Kid, Paul Rosenberg and Complex’s Noah Callahan-Bever provide additional commentary.

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rick ross bmf

Complex has brought us some great episodes of Magnum Opus on classics like Ma$e’s “Feel So Good” and Common’s “The Light,” but they keep it a little more recent with the latest installment in their retrospective series. Taking it back to arguably the biggest street smash of 2010, Rick Ross walks us through the making of his Teflon Don banger, “B.M.F.” which, of course, featured Styles P.

Joined by DJ Khaled, MMG President Gucci Pucci and Def Jam’s Chris Atlas, Rozay talks about writing the song while riding through L.A., the genius behind that Big Meech and Larry Hoover-referencing hook and the global popularity of the record. “I just wanted it to be a representation of success from some young street n*ggas that’s getting money,” he says.

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Here’s an interesting loosie that never officially made its way off the cutting room floor. Originally intended for Shaquille O’Neal’s Can’t Stop the Reign album, a lost collaboration featuring Big Pun, Fat Joe, Easy Mo Bee has landed on the Interwebs — thanks to the track’s producer Domingo. A few versions of this song leaked to Youtube, but never one this complete. Pun murks this (Happy Bornday).

Hear the track and watch video from an interesting “side hustle” from Fat Joe below…


lupe fiasco the instrumental video

Lupe Fiasco blessed us with his third new song in as many weeks earlier today, but here’s a blast from the past: the unreleased video for “The Instrumental,” off his 2006 debut album Food & Liquor. Although the Chicago rapper doesn’t actually make an appearance (which might explain why it was buried away for so long), the clip captures Lupe at his political peak as it sees a group of scientists carrying out tests on an insane (or so we’re made to believe) individual who is completely consumed by a magical cube lamp.

Shouts to Fake Shore Drive for the heads up.

Watch below…


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