This week's Throwback Thursday selection and song that gets the first REESHMIX is Jagged Edge and Nelly's 2001 single Where The Party At. NOTE: Not all parties are made the same. Check the video below:
So I've been having
some significant issues with my internet these past few weeks of all
weeks, which is extremely annoying as a couple of weeks back was the week that
this website, RAWFUNNYTRUE (which some of my friends still refer to
as “ RAWFUNNYbutTRUE”, "FUNNYTRUEBUTT" or even "YOUSTILLDOTHATSHIT" you know who you are) has turned the tender
age of one year old.
I just wanted to make a
quick post to thank all you readers who started reading from the
site's launch on the 30th of October last year with my
ugly website design and unreasonably long reviews, to now where the
site is (if I say so myself) rather sexalicious. I'd also like to
thank all those who contributed, whether it was writing, giving me
some feedback or simply retweeting an RFT tweet, it's all appreciated
more than you know and even though RFT isn't taking on NME or Rolling
Stone as one of the Top 10 music review sites as I hoped, it'd pretty
much just be an idea in the back of my mind without y'all.
Moving forward one
focus I'll have is getting more “staffing” or guest bloggers on
board, just as being a guy working full time, designing part time,
scriptwriting other parts of the time, and being a Pokemon master on
the sly means that stuff comes out late, which isn't cool. So if you
or someone else is interested in contributing, feel free to send a
quick email to email@example.com
or tweet me (@MrReesh). Other than that, I've got a few new ideas for
stuff, such as a new Monday segment which will start this Monday as
well as gig reviews and features just to keep things fresh. In
addition, the next #MixtapeMonday may be done through the wonderful
medium of full colour motion video, so stay tuned.
Again thank you guys
for your continued support, and if this is the first time you've been
on the site and you're reading this, I'm thankful but confused, as
you should be reading great reviews such as this, THIS or even THIS.
I don't know about you
guys, but damn, I had one hard week! You know them ones where you're
all like “yup this will be the most productive life changing week”
but then life is just like “nah bro, I think you're mistaken”.
Which is why I picked It's So Hard (no innuendo intended, if you know
what I mean) by Big Pun as this week's #ThrowbackThursday selection.
Dropping two months after his death in February 2000, the song only
managed to reach an average #75 in the Billboard Hot 100 despite it
reaching at least 8 in the Young MrReesh With His First Stereo
Charts. It's just one of those songs that are... nice. You listen to
it and just feel relaxed, relaxed in the agreement that yes life is
hard, but at least we've got some good music to keep us going.
And with that I'll
leave you to enjoy the greatness that is It's So Hard (no innuendo
intended), this week's throwback.
It's So Hard
Big Pun ft. Donnell Jones
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As I sit here on the bus pondering whether this attractive lady in
front of me has issues or whether she simply forgot to shower, my
mind drifts to the concept of potential, more specifically squandered
potential. See she would standardly receive a swift testimony on the
benefits of giving me her number, but she squandered that potential
on smelling... offensive. It's frustrating, and that in an odd
smelling nutshell is exactly what I think of Richard Rich's mixtape,
See you can hear the
unrefined talent in Richard Rich; he's not a bad rapper, it's just
for the most part he tends to make some poor choices. For example he
comes up with the interesting concept of hallways representing the
different hallways life takes you down, but what do you get when you
listen to the titular track Hallways? An empty three minutes which
borders on disjointed rambling with an ending so awkward sometimes I
fake a phone call just to get out of listening to it. But then, when
you listen to Brooklyn, a chilled nostalgic head-bopper, which flows
into a similarly chilled and nostalgic second half you're like “Oh
my (relevant religious figure), there's hope yet!”. It's this
constant up and down that lets you know Rich has something, but
neither you nor him knows exactly what that is.
Google search result when I searched what Richard
was talking about
One of the main
negatives I have about Hallways is that sometimes you don't know what
the hell Richard is talking about either because you can't actually
understand him, or because you just don't care. For example in Wear
My Hat, he goes into a long verse thing where he mentions
strawberries, but despite him mentioning one of the world's most
delicious non-tropical fruits, you just don't care. It's a similar
feeling to when your mum tells you something like “Son, your hair
is on fire” and “you're just like “YEAH MUM, I'LL PUT IT OUT
LATER OKAY, GOSH.” Additionally Richard's needless use of off
singing and missed rhymes can get distracting, as seen in several
songs including the totally avoidable Wear My Hat or Glorious. There
are times when it works however, as seen in the highly decent Queens,
but the times where he uses it badly stand out more as they're more
frequent and more severe.
One of Richard Rich's
best points however is his ability to create genuine music.
Take Brooklyn or Staying/Leaving for example, where Rich is relaxed,
comfortable, not forcing anything and simply allowing the words to
cascade from brain to pen. Brilliant. Now I'm not saying the
rest of the mixtape is a pale-faced lie, but these songs feel
especially truthful, with a similar performance coming from Queens
and Philadelphia. It's just a shame that you have to go
through the whole roller-coaster of goodness in order to get to them.
THE STAFF OF MEDIOCRITY
Overall Hallways is
average, but very-nearly-if-you-stretch-your-ears good, it
just frustrates me that he comes up with this Hallways concept, but
then goes nowhere with
it. Sure I suppose each song could be a seen as a different
hallway of life but there's nothing to bring it all together, so it
just feels like a bunch of different papers in a folder marked
Hallways, rather than something you can look to and think “yup,
this is Hallways”. And for those reasons I must sadly smite it to
the land of lowly averagedom, with the staff of mediocrity.
My Top 3:
Listen below, but don't listen to We In Here. Trust me.
So without choosing
Thriller, probably the most obvious Halloween throwback this is the
best I could come up with – don't give me that face. It's got a
sample from Scream (the one that was good at the time), it's produced
by a guy named “Skeamz” which you can choose to read as “Skreamz”
and it's scares you how much Chipmunk has changed since the League of
My Own mixtape was released – AND THE PICTURE LOOKS LIKE A GHOST!
Points for trying please, thank you, thank you.
Released in close but
not so close year of 2007, Who Are You? went on to be one of
Chip(munk)'s most erm, hauntingly memorable songs, with a rhythm so
infectious it's... terrifying. The mixtape and the song was such a spine-chilling success that it went on to be re-released for purchase
in ghostly shops of the time such as Woolworths and the horrifying spectre that was ZAVVI. And now, on this horrible Halloween Thursday
(though it may be Friday morning, given my internet is currently on
drugs) it returns from the dead to be this week's throwback. Enjoy...
IN A SPOOKY WAY!
But seriously, enjoy
Who Are You?
League of My Own
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Being a human with a
still relevant games console I have of course put in the hours in GTA
V, and am now on the way to 100%-ing it. So you gotta believe me when
I say that this tune right here yeah, The Setup, otherwise known GTA
V ending credits song is a MAAAUD TING. The song, specially
commissioned by Rockstar for GTA V features a very simple drumline
and lyrical content, but the way the lyrics fuse with the beat and
the bass guitar, alongside some simply spectacular synths is just...
it's amazeballs. Listen below:
Minor Spoiler alert: this song only plays at the end of GTA V, and on radio stations after the final mission. There are no story/plot details in it, but just in case you're hurt by that kind of thing, here's your warning.
The Set Up
The Music of Grand Theft Auto V
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