Brookline Stand Up


T.G.I.F.
March 19, 2010, 11:41 pm
Filed under: Concerts, Kid Cudi, Sam Adams | Tags: , ,

After a long, long week it is FINALLY Friday! I guess I can’t really complain about this week, Wednesday was St. Patrick’s Day after all. But I have been particularly anxious for this week to be over with because I have tickets to not one, but TWO rap concerts this weekend. That’s right.

Tonight, I’m heading to Harper’s Ferry (a small-ish venue in Allston, MA) to see Boston-based rapper Sam Adams perform. He’s fairly new to the hip hop scene, though many of you might be familiar with his remix of Asher Roth’s hit “I Love College.” Below is Sam Adams’ “I Hate College Remix.”

I had been hoping to blog about him eventually, especially after the release of his first EP Boston’s Boy a couple of weeks ago. I’ve listened to his album but haven’t formed a solid opinion on him yet, so hopefully seeing him perform live in my very own hood will help me decide.

Concert #2 is Kid Cudi tomorrow night at Boston’s House of Blues. If you don’t know who Kid Cudi is, get to know him fast. He is awesome. His big hit “Day N’ Nite” is a pretty great club song, but hardly showcases what this guy is capable of. I’m super excited to see him live and am hoping he performs “T.G.I.F. (Thank God I’m Fresh),” my personal favorite Kid Cudi song which I have featured in the video below.

Check back in Sunday for reviews of both concerts and more extensive posts on each artist. Have a great weekend!

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Thank God For Jurassic 5 and Free WiFi
March 14, 2010, 3:06 pm
Filed under: Jurassic 5, Loves It | Tags: ,

One Thanksgiving I was en route to North Carolina when I got stranded at Dulles Airport right outside DC. I remember thinking to myself right around hour 3 of trying to get booked on another flight, “The last airport I’d want to be stranded in is Dulles.”

I’d like to revise that previous statement. I am currently trying to get back to Boston after spending my spring break at home in Rochester, NY and am stranded in the Rochester International Airport. By the way, International = Canada. And even though I’m not technically “stranded”…more like they’ve delayed my flight in 10 minute increments about 4 times, this is without question the worst place to be stuck. There are two terminals, a McDonald’s, a Subway and a Hudson News. Needless to say, I’ve been spending some quality time with my iPod.

Thanks to me and my brother’s long-held tradition of trading newly acquired music every time we’re both home, I’ve fallen in love with Jurassic 5 while I rot away here at gate A11.

This alternative hip hop group is probably best known for their singles “What’s Golden” and “Work It Out” (a collaboration with Dave Matthews that has an almost smooth-jazz-like feel.) J5’s brilliant blend of modernity and 70’s soul samples reminds me at times of a less-cheesy Sugarhill Gang, but when it comes down to it this group is a unique force of its own. At the risk of sounding cliche, their beats are always fresh, their rhymes tight, and I have yet to find a Jurassic 5 song I don’t like.

As far as my recently expanded Jurassic 5 collection, I have their most recent album, Feedback (2006), in its entirety, and a couple of songs from Pre-Historik Rarities (2003) and Power In Numbers (2002), so my suggestions below are based on that. As always, if you think I’ve skipped over any noteworthy J5 tracks, let me know.

Below is the song “Radio” from their album Feedback, which I happen to be slightly dancing to in my seat right now as it plays over my headphones. If only it were socially acceptable to start a dance party in an airport. This sorry group of travelers needs to liven up.

And that handy dandy video has the lyrics too! Well there ya go. Here are some more suggestions for those of you that are just discovering J5. For all of you experts out there, please feel free to contribute!

Enjoy!!



Ode To Weezy F.
March 12, 2010, 9:16 am
Filed under: Lil Wayne, Loves It | Tags: ,

Before I blog any further, I just need to clear something up. I love Lil Wayne. I know, I know, his lyrics can be questionable at times and his voice sounds a little bit like a constipated baby, but I just cannot get enough of his music. That probably sounds like it’s supposed to be sarcastic, but I really mean it.

And I have every reason to hate him, too. A couple of years ago I paid out the ass for tickets to see him and Jay-Z co-headline a concert at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston (awesome, right?) Well, apparently Weezy was packing heat and refused to pass through the stadium’s metal detectors. Although tickets to a Jay-Z concert are NEVER a waste of money and Hov completely killed it, I was very disappointed that Weezy didn’t deem his fans important enough to leave his gats on the tour bus. I went through a short phase after that where I told everyone he and I were in a fight, but we never really broke up. Within a couple weeks I had his songs back on my workout playlist and everything was peachy keen.

I mean, come on. How can you not love a guy who has about 4 baby mommas and got his prison sentencing delayed because he needed eight hour surgery on his GRILL?? And while many would argue the opposite, I kind of love the fact that Lil Wayne has collaborated with everyone and their mom in the music industry. Obviously he’s had a few misses (I throw up in my mouth a little bit every time I think about the “rock” album he released) but the fact that he is constantly spewing out hits with the hottest artists in the business means that I always have new Wayne to listen to. I mean, I’ve listened to Britney Spears’ Circus about 800 times…it’s time for some new music, girlfriend. I never have that problem with Weezy.

I even have some Weezy on my iPod that I’ve never heard before. Okay, to be fair, I typed “Lil Wayne” into my iTunes Library and 249 tracks came up (not unhealthy guys….not unhealthy) but I’m trying to prove a point here. A couple weeks ago I had my iPod on shuffle during my insanely boring commute from my internship in downtown Boston and discovered this tasty little collaboration from Weezy, Fabolous and Juelz Santana:

You Ain’t Got Nuthin’ – Lil Wayne feat. Fabolous & Juelz Santana

(Weezy verse starts at about 3:20)

This video’s sound quality doesn’t do the song justice (the bass in particular) so I highly suggest you download it if you don’t have it already. But anyways, to sum up, in a completely non-sarcastic fashion: love that Weezy is a collabo-whore, love the constipated baby voice, love Weezy. I promise for all you haters out there that I won’t write about him too much but just thought I’d put it out there.

What do you think of Lil Wayne? Yay, nay or aight?



Hip Hop? Sounds Like Something A Rabbit Listens To!
March 11, 2010, 9:22 pm
Filed under: 50 Cent, Original Wanksta | Tags: ,

Hello blogosphere and welcome to…drumroll please…Brookline Stand Up’s inaugural post! If you are a hip hop enthusiast or are just kind of curious as to what hip hop music and culture is all about, you’ve come to the right place.

I am by no means, however, a hip hop expert. I grew up in a charming little suburb in upstate NY where I played classical violin for about 10 years and sang in my church youth choir, and now live right outside of Boston in Brookline, MA where I’m finishing up my senior year of college. It’s hard to say where my love for hip hop first took root…maybe it was when I thought it would be really cool to memorize all of the words to “Baby Got Back” in 6th grade, or maybe it was when my freshman year roommate and I nicknamed our dorm room “Gangsta’s Paradise.” (I still know all the words to Baby Got Back by the way, but who doesn’t?) Some way or another, I became the driver of that obnoxious car whizzing down the road with the 808 rattling my rearview mirror. I think my fellow drivers are quite surprised when they get to the stoplight and see a little blonde girl dancing and rapping along to the beat.

I created Brookline Stand Up to talk about the kind of hip hop I get down to with my patented dorky white girl dance moves. I hope to learn more about the hip hop genre and culture throughout this process, which means I want to hear from all of you out there. So please leave any input, new music, events or relevant news if you feel so moved.

As for those of you that are wondering what a “wankster” is, Urbandictionary describes it as “Someone that pretends to be a ganster and tries to talk in gangster language and wear gangster clothes when the really don’t know anything about being a gangster,” but I think 50 Cent describes it best in his aptly titled hit “Wanksta”…

(And for the record, I don’t wear gangster clothes, only talk in gangster language sometimes and am not a huge fan of Fitty.)