POST IS A WORK IN PROGRESS
This post was born out of a conversation I had with a friend. We are both into music but coming from slightly different angles. There is a lot of crossover and we wanted to swap our favourite artists. The best kind of conversation. Instead of just sending a text with a load of spotify links, I thought it'd be better if I wrote this all down properly. The following albums have influenced me and my music in a variety of ways, from personally relating to an artist, to simply admiring the production.
Cee Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections
This album is from Cee Lo's Dungeon Family days, intensely psychedelic in it's own right, Perfect Imperfections was Cee Lo coming at the rap game at a time when people from the South were looked down upon and discounted as less authentic than their West Coast & East Coast contemporaries. I believe it's for this reason that the album slipped under the radar. Cee Lo is more known for his venture into Pop music and not many people know his pure, uncut talent for the pen and spitting feu in the booth.
The production is almost entirely Green with Adisson & Stamile helping on a few tracks. The production alone blows my mind, and influences me to this day. Love this record.
The flows demonstrated by Cee Lo, Jahalla, Kirkland Underwater on this record is exceptional, they don't just ride the beat, they find pockets of rhythm all over the place.
One minute on they're on beat, the next bouncing words on the off followed by switching into triplet segments all whilst stressing certain syllables of certain words demonstrating jaw dropping technical skill.
This is a perfect example of what I love about hiphop. 3 equals speaking their piece over incredible production with nothing less than pure passion. What I would give to be a fly on the wall when they recorded this song... The vibe must've been biblical. Close your eyes and imagine that scene or have a read along to the lyrics to fully appreciate this one.
This song helped me with the whole coming of age thing. Cee Lo tackles the issue by reflecting that you can't hide behind your youth forever, and eventually you have to turn and face everything that life throws at you. It's sad to lose your youth as that's something that if you become jaded and cynical, it's gone forever. You can either nurture it or cut it off completely. Some hold on to it more than others and sadly in our world some never got the chance to experience it in the first place. These were/are a lot of the thoughts I have when I'm listening to this song.
BIG OLE WORDS (DAMN)
ONE FOR THE ROAD
SPEND THE NIGHT IN YOUR MIND
UNDER THA INFLUENCE (FOLLOW ME)
YOUNG MAN (SIERRAS SONG)