Brookline Stand Up

Hey There Big Boi
April 20, 2010, 8:47 am
Filed under: Andre 3000, Big Boi, OutKast

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Big Boi (one half of well-known duo OutKast) releasing a solo album. I always thought his other half, Andre 3000, brought more talent to the table anyway. I was very pleasantly surprised, however, when I heard the first single off of his impending album, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son Of Chico Dusty (expected to be released July 6)

“Shutterbug” is fun, catchy, has a great beat and features Big Boi’s true talent when it comes to spitting rhymes. (In fact, it made me change my previous conviction that Andre 3000 was more or less carrying OutKast up the charts.) Check it out below…

What do you think of Big Boi on his own? Should he go running back to Andre 3000 ASAP or continue to fly solo?


Buried Treasure
April 20, 2010, 7:32 am
Filed under: Beyonce, Big Pun, Britney Spears, Fat Joe, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, T.I.

I feel like some really sick rap verses get completely overlooked because they are hidden within songs from another genre. This occurred to me yesterday as I was listening to “Feelin’ So Good” from Jennifer Lopez’s 1999 album On The 6. I am not ashamed to actually own this album in CD form, but I’m sure many rap aficionados didn’t even give it the time of day. Little do they know that this song in particular features legendary rappers Big Pun and Fat Joe, and their verses are actually pretty tight. Check out “Feelin’ So Good” below…

Pun and Joe have two verses, the first starting at the 20 second mark, and the second starting at the 3:24 mark.

As I reveled over how underrated Big Pun and Fat Joe’s verses on this song were, I began to reflect on other diva-licious songs that feature hip-hop industry hotshots. Here are a few…

“Heartbreaker” – Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z (Jay’s verse starts around 2:52)

“Bad Girl” – Britney Spears feat. Lil’ Wayne (Weezy’s verse starts around the 15 sec. mark)

“Soldier” – Destiny’s Child feat. T.I. (T.I.’s verse starts at the beginning)

“Upgrade U” – Beyonce feat. Jay-Z (Jay’s verse starts at 2:32)

Those are just a few that I thought of off the top of my head, but I’m sure there’s more rap treasure out there buried in diva-land. Please share any other tracks outside the hip-hop genre you can think of contain overlooked rap verses!

No Room Service, Just Snacks And Shit
April 20, 2010, 6:36 am
Filed under: Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Loves It

My favorite blog (other than Brookline Stand Up, of course) is called Snacks and Shit. It’s no NPR or anything, but it’s hilarious.

It was started by two comedians from LA who select rap lyrics, examine them and them post their amusing analyses for all to enjoy. They describe the purpose of their blog in the very first post:

“This blog is about rap and hip-hop lyrics that are absolutely absurd, ludicrous, nonsensical, ridiculous, basic, basically stupid, basically bad, basically basic, or preposterous. We also take some lines and examine them literally. In the words of one of our critics, we are “willfully obtuse”. Call it what you want. Hopefully we don’t get capped. You have to understand that we really do love rap and all of these artists that we kid about.”

The best part about this blog is not just that the posts are golden, but that these guys genuinely appreciate rap music. It’s almost as if they are lovingly teasing the likes of Kanye West, Gucci Mane and Jay-Z as if they were old friends.

One of my favorite posts pokes fun at a Dr. Dre line from Jay-Z’s “Watch Me.”

Ahhh love it. Check out more at

Game and J-J-J-J.R.
April 18, 2010, 11:13 am
Filed under: J.R. Rotem, Michael Jackson, The Game

It’s taken me a while to warm up to The Game, but this song does it for me. Maybe it’s just because I tend to think everything J.R. Rotem produces is fire, but eitherway this song is hard-hitting, addicting and samples from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to boot. So hot.

Check out The Game’s “American Dream” below.

Wanksters Throughout History, Pt. 1
April 17, 2010, 4:45 pm
Filed under: Geto Boys, Original Wanksta, Scarface, Wankster Moments

Though I’ve mainly posted about straight up rap music so far, every once in a while I’ve got to give it up for my fellow wanksters.

My first installment of “Wanksters Throughout History” comes from the 1999 movie Office Space. This movie is the tale of one very disgruntled white-collar employee, Peter Gibbons, who works in the computer software industry and decides to secretly embezzle money from his company.

One of Peter’s fellow employees and partners in crime is the incredibly nerdy Michael Bolton who is also happens to be the star of “Wankster Throughout History Part 1.” In the scene below, Michael is rapping along to Scarface’s “No Tears” on his drive to work.

Ah yes, classic wankster moment. A later scene in which Michael, Peter and a third accomplice take out their aggression on the corporate printer while “Still” by the Geto Boys plays in the background also fits the bill as a wankster-licious moment. Check it out here.

Thanks for tuning in!

Meet The Preacher
April 17, 2010, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Brother Ali, Concerts, Unsolicited Advice

A few months ago, I was lamenting to my friend Frank about how I hadn’t been to a good concert in such a long time. The last few shows I had attended had been either unpleasant in some way (aka the Weezy no-show) or flat out disasters (trust me, you don’t wanna know.) After this series of fails, I had lost all desire to ever see a live show again. Frank offered me a solution in the form of Brother Ali.

At first I was unsure. Everything about him just seemed so random. From Minneapolis? Random. Legally blind? Even more random. Albino? Ok, I think you get the idea. But as Frank began to send me some tracks, I started to warm up to the idea and we got tickets to see him perform at the Paradise along with the up-and-coming Toki Wright and Evidence (1/3 of hip-hop group Dilated Peoples.)

Hands down one of the best hip-hop concerts I’ve ever been to. Part of it had to do with the show being in a muchsmaller venue than I’m used to. The Paradise makes for a very intimate setting – the performers were literally sweating all over us. But most of it was because of the raw talent Brother Ali brought to the stage.¬†Honestly, I could go on and on about how great he was, but this isn’t a concert review. This post is all about telling you to go listen to him. Immediately. I promise you will like him.

Though I enjoy my fair share of rap songs about bling, poppin’ bottles and big rims, Brother Ali’s inspiring and powerful lyrics are refreshing. There is an air of intelligence to his words, as opposed to lines like “Dear Mr. Toilet, I’m the shit.” (Sorry to throw you under the bus there, Weezy.) Anyways, I really could go on and on, but you probably should just hear for yourself.

Below are a couple of my favorite Brother Ali tracks based on my very limited collection. Please feel free to contribute.

1. Puzzle

2. Freedom Ain’t Free

3. Uncle Sam Goddamn *If you couldn’t tell from the title, this song harbors some pretty intense anti-American sentiment. In fact, as a result, Verizon Wireless withdrew their sponsorship of Ali after he refused to change the lyrics. Regardless of the controversy, this is just a flatout good song. I love its gritty, bluesy feel.

So, let me know what you think of Brother Ali, contribute any Ali tracks you feel I missed, and seriously, if you hear he’s coming to your town, get tickets. He is ridiculous live and you will become an instant fan. Mark my words.

Juvenile + Passion Pit = Surprisingly Ferocious
April 16, 2010, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Juvenile, Loves It, The Hood Internet

Looks like Brookline, MA-based alternative group Passion Pit is getting some street cred in the world of hip hop. I mentioned in an earlier post that hip hop group Chiddy Bang sampled from Passion Pit’s “Better Things” for their track “Truth.” Now here’s a sick mash-up of Pit’s “Sleepyhead” and Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up.” I realize that neither of these tracks are actual collaborations, but way to rep for Brookline, Passion Pit.

Check out “Back That Sleepy Head Up” from mash-up duo The Hood Internet below.

Two songs that I dig separately and never would have imagined would sound so brilliant together. Genius. I had never heard of The Hood Internet before my friend sent me this tasty little gem. I was intrigued, so I checked out their¬† page and blog and found that Chicago-based DJ ABX and DJ STV SLV regularly mash up hip-hop and indie tracks. I listened to a few more of their clips, and while “Back That Sleepy Head Up” is still my favorite by far, The Hood Internet is definitely worth an extra listen or two.

Check out The Hood Internet and let me know what you think of ’em. And, for that matter, mash-up artists in general…yay or nay?