The Playlist: Jen | Hip-Hop – Dead Prez Panama | Kryptonite (I’m On It) – Purple Ribbon All-Stars BK | Lifted – John Legend feat. J. Ivy Sam | Heard It All Before – Sunshine Anderson George | Don’t See Us – The Roots Liz | Orange County Girl – Gwen Stefani Eyejammy | Everyday (Rudebwoy) – Kardinal Offishall feat. Ray Robinson Marcia | I’ll Bet You – Jackson 5 OJ | How to Survive in South Central – Ice Cube Cye | Geen Verschil – U-Niq feat. Feis & Yootha Ouxu | Insomnia – Pete Philly & Perquisite
About My Pick: “Orange County Girl” is on Gwen Stefani’s The Sweet Escape. I can’t say this is my favorite Gwen track, but it fits the bill for this issue of The Exchange. Gwen and I are both from Orange County and the song is about OC so what more could you ask for? I may be originally from New Mexico, and (currently) live in Los Angeles, but I’m just an Orange County Girl living in an extraordinary world.
By the way, if you ever refer to Orange County as “The OC,” you’re a n00b. It is and will always forever be called “OC.” Don’t believe everything you see on TV.
Gwen’s from Fullerton/Anaheim. If you really want to get hyperlocal on me, then check out Ill Phaness and his Strollin Wreckless crew. Ill Phaness is a friend of mine who lived across the street from me and we went to high school together. The (first half of the) first music video below was shot on my block. The second video was shot at my high school.
About My Pick: I love 2Pac. He was the first rapper I really became a fan of, and I think this track was my first favorite from him. It’s thoughtful, and came at a time when people were giving gangsta rap a hard time. I miss 2Pac.
—- The Exchange 007: BIG Favorite tracks by or featuring Notorious BIG.
Marcia | Player’s Anthem – Junior Mafia feat. The Notorious B.I.G. Panama | Dead Wrong – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Eminem Cye | Warning – The Notorious B.I.G. Liz | B Side – Da Brat feat. The Notorious B.I.G. Ouxu | Big Poppa – The Notorious B.I.G. OJ | Unbelievable – The Notorious B.I.G.
Jen | It’s All About the Benjamins – Puff Daddy feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim & The Lox
Sam | Who’s On the Microphone – Gang Starr feat. The Notorious B.I.G. BK | Lean Back (Remix) – The Notorious B.I.G. Eyejammy | The What – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Method Man Kate | Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.
Get Yours: Streaming on Muxtape & available for download at Zshare. About My Pick: If seventh grade it was all about 2Pac, eighth grade was all about Biggie. I spent my eighth grade year in Tucumcari, New Mexico, which is essentially the middle of nowhere. I lacked cable and there is no urban radio near Tucumcari, so I’m not sure how I got wind of Biggie Smalls. Somehow Biggie managed to get me through that year though. “B Side” by Da Brat feat Biggie was particularly interesting to me because of the video. Da Brat’s hair was so cool. I know I wanted to wear my hair like Da Brat’s back then, but I wasn’t brave enough to do it. Still, I guess I liked her because her hair was cool, and I could appreciate her tomboyishness, as I was one too (I think I still am, I’m just in denial). Oh, and the lyrics are great, too.
About My Pick: Booti Call by Blackstreet I wasn’t too sure of what to pick for this exchange. All the cool George tracks were chosen (not like I know of many). I picked this track because I think George might have an appreciation for throwback tracks to this time period. In addition, the track samples George Clinton’s Atomic Dog, so that’s almost George-y, right? This song is pretty dope in my book, one of my favorite Blackstreet tracks.
Sam | ATLiens – Outkast Listen Here: Stream it on Muxtape Download from Zshare The Story Behind My Pick: For the record, George and I must be separated at musical birth because I was going to pick the track he chose for this release (this keeps happening with us). I pretty much grew up in a household where secular music was never allowed, so my earliest favorite song was 1991’s Summertime.
I remember I was at my grandparent’s farm in New Mexico for the summer (as usual), and four of my cousins from Texas were also staying there for the summer. [Sidenote: don’t ask me why my grandparents took in five grandkids for three months, but we were on a farm with lots of animals so there was tons of space–and work–to do.] I was introduced to secular music by my cousins, and Summertime happened to be the jam of the summer. I remember we spent a lot of time collectively listening to this track, memorizing the lyrics (knowing all the lyrics to a song was the ultimate form of freshness) by writing them down and arguing about what the Fresh Prince really said in that one line in the middle of the third verse.
However, since George took my first pick, my second pick is Motownphilly by Boyz II Men. Both tracks were released that summer, so Philly was reppin hard. I don’t think we had satellite television, but I distinctly remember sweating the music videos for these songs. All five of us would crowd around the TV and study every move and scene, especially Motownphilly. I am pretty sure we put together a dance routine to Motownphilly as well. We used to do shows all the time for my grandparents, haha.