How 'bout some ole mixtape Lu for #OldSchoolSundays today?! One of the earlier gems and biggest co-signs for an emerging Lupe Fiasco came with "Spray Paint & Ink Pens" featuring Wu-lyricist Ghostface Killah and Mike Shinoda who was heavy in his Fort Minor rap project at the same time (a gem of an album itself).
This was one of my first all-caps *TIBS FAV. Lupe tracks that started my fandom for the Chi-Town emcee who's now become one of the game's widely regarded artists. I particularly resonated with the smooth ending to his concluding verse and the metaphorical hook that'll reel in the casual listener. And that's not to overlook Ghostface & Mike Shinoda's verses too — both did their thing too and the song wouldn't feel complete if either of them was just mediocre.
This great throwback was inspired by this #GowhereYouLove photo from our homie @optwo13 today. Oh how one simple thing can trigger such a memory...
"Spray Paint & Ink Pens I use.. To write in every color I think in..." @LupeFiasco #OldSchoolSundays #GowhereYouLove | #repost @optwo13
Chicago emcee Jarred A.G. releases his rendition to the Ghostface Killah classic "One" off the classic Supreme Clientele. In this remix Jarred gives his listeners new music to vibe to as he illustrates his lyrical prowess and showcases why he is "One" of Chicago's elite rappers. The visual is released to feed listeners as Jarred gets ready to drop his next Smoko Ono produced single, "Pastures" on Monday. The upcoming single will be a part of A.G.'s debut LP Canvas that is expected to release soon.
CP3 and Jordan Brand have already connected on a set of new commercials this season (I haven't not laughed at the Craig Sager one yet... and the real-life version was just as good), and for the next series CP3 calls upon Ghostface Killah. Literally. See all the spots above and below.
Regis has a new sports-themed TV show named Crowd Goes Wild and that was the setting for a visit from none other than Ghostface Killah & Raekwon. Watch them name Regis as "the new ODB" and play "That's A Rap" below.
Masta Killa, Method Man and Ghostface Killah all deliver verses on the slick 1st single off the upcoming 20-year reunion album for the Wu-Tang called A Better Tomorrow. The only thing that detracts from the single so far is the "Yes!" chants in the chorus, just because I thought that it was a pop up ad somewhere when I first played it. But I like those chants and think that I'll get used to those. All in all, it's more of what we like from Wu and an instant *Tibs Fav.
Radio rip for now, with Peter Rosenberg unveiling the track on Hot 97 first (06.04.13).
Longtime visitors, I mean longtime visitors from the Jabbify, pre-ChicagoNow GWHH days, may remember this weekly feature spotlighting an old school track, video, and/or rarity in hip hop every Sunday. This was almost always inspired by some event throughout the week, from nationally to personally, and was a fun segment that I'd like to bring back after the aforementioned MTV Jams session I had last night.
There was a Wu-Tang stretch of videos that we enjoyed with the likes of Raekwon's "Catalina" and Ghostface Killah's "Motherless Child" (had to bring that gem back below as well). Naturally, the light bulb went on. There's got to be a Wu-Tang post. But what else can I add to it? How about Bill Murray?
One of the all-time great comedians joined GZA and RZA in this clip from 2002's "Coffee & Cigarettes" as the Wu members school the "Groundhog Day, Ghostbustin' ass Bill Murray" on, well, coffee and cigarrettes. Fans of dry humor and/or all parties involved should give this a watch if you've never seen it. Very enjoyable to see Bill Murray involved with hip hop, let alone GZA & RZA.
Be on the lookout next Sunday for another installment of Old School Sundays, brought to you by our team and I. In fact, wouldn't you say it's quite old school to bring back Old School Sundays?! (I know, mind blown.)