The Exchange 009: Where I'm From

You know the deal. This week’s Exchange theme is Where I’m From: artists from your hometown (or as close as possible).

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

Cop it:
Stream it on Muxtape & also available for download at Rapidshare.

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.

Tustin, stand up.

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.

Buddy P, C-Sharp, Ill Phaness, & Kaliber – Active (Music Video)

The Exchange 006 + 007

I have been slippin on my pimpin, slackin on my mackin. Two Exchanges have dropped and I haven’t updated my blog with the new stuff. So, this will be your double header. Be prepared.

The Exchange 006: R.I.P.
Songs by the dearly departed
The Playlist:

OJ | You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You) – Notorious B.I.G.

Cye | 30 – J Dilla

Sam | Touch of Grey – The Grateful Dead
Marcia | Just in Time – Nina Simone
Jen | The Wind Cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix
George | Funky Drummer – James Brown

Eyejammy | Debes Callar – Celia Cruz & Ray Barreto & Adalberto Santiago
Ouxu | Fanatic (Dilla Remix) – Vivian Green (peep Ouxu’s new link! new blog!)
Panama | I Choose You – Willie Hutch
Kate | Trinkle, Trinkle – Thelonious Monk
Liz | Keep Ya Head Up – Tupac

Get Yours:
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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.

The Playlist:

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.

The Exchange 005: JORGE!

Another week, another Exchange drop from the crew. This week our theme is JORGE!, because today is George’s birthday!
The Playlist:

Jen | Can’t C Me – Tupac feat. George Clinton
OJ | King George – Roy Ayers
Ouxu | So Fresh So Clean – Outkast
BK | Think – James Brown
Cye | Georgy Porgy – Eric Benet & Faith Evans
Liz | Booti Call – Blackstreet
Marcia | Mack the Knife – Louis Prima & Louie Armstrong
Sam | Synthesizer – Outkast feat. George Clinton
Marcia | Ooh Wee – Mark Ronson, Ghostface & Nate Dogg
Kate | Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
Jen | Jorge – Nightmares On Wax

Listen Here:
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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. 

The Exchange 004: Summertime

The new Exchange is up for the week. Let’s pretend we were out on holiday last week. The theme is Summertime: tracks that make you think of summer.

George | Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Ouxu | What They Do – The Roots
OJ | Steady Mobbin’ – Ice Cube
Eyejammy | Walking Into Sunshine – Central Line
BK | Move Ya Body – Mad Skillz
Kate | Summersend – Misha
Cye | Everyone Falls in Love Sometimes – Tanto Metro & Devonte
Marcia | Summer Wind – Madeleine Peyroux
Liz | Motown Philly – Boyz II Men
Jen | Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Sam | ATLiens – Outkast

Listen Here:
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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.

Those were the days.