Category: Music


Under the Covers: Episode 2

This installment of Under the Covers brings to light one of the most unique covers I’ve ever heard. No Diggity was released by Blackstreet and Dr. Dre in September of 1996. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, ending the 14-week reign of  “Macarena”, the iconic Spanish dancing tune.

On his debut album Thinking in Textures, Chet Faker performs a mysteriously hypnotic rendition of the Grammy-winning classic. The two styles are so diverse, but work equally well in producing a sound this sweet.

Which sound do you love? Do you have a preference? Do you sadly enjoy the Pitch Perfect rendition? Sound off in the comments below!

Going “Berzerk” – Eminem’s New Hit

For those of you who have not heard Eminem’s new single… well, you should.

With samples from The Beastie Boys and Billy Squire’s hit “The Stroke”, Berzerk has a nice feel to it. It has a heavy Beasties influence, and, while I personally am not a huge fan of the Beastie Boys, Eminem has a nice way of pulling it off.

For some more information on the single and a link to the song, check out the following link:

http://ca.music.yahoo.com/blogs/stop-the-presses/shady-back-eminem-goes-berzerk-sampling-beasties-billy-175057646.html

What do you think of the new single? Comment what you think of it!

Sample Saturday: Take 2

M.I.A.’s single “Paper Planes” is one of the most recognizable tunes of this generation. With it’s disturbing use of metronomic gunshots and register dings, the song resonates with a generation too familiar with gang violence and an arms debate. Little do people know, this song samples “Straight to Hell“, a track off of rock band The Clash’s 1982 album Combat Rock. The Clash was known for promoting their own political agenda in their songs. This song , in particular, conveys a heavy message. The lyrics speak of US soldiers that had children with Vietnamese women during the war in Vietnam. The song highlights the harsh reality that US soldiers, Vietnamese women, and Vietnamese children faced. Soldiers were of the impression that by marrying these women, they would have an easier time getting their family members visas and subsequently acceptance into America. The United States wasn’t having it. Instead, the US forbade the soldiers’ families entrance into the United States as a means of population control and political safety. It’s no coincidence that M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” opening verse sings,

I fly like paper,

get high like planes.

If you catch me at the border,

I got visas in my name.

The chorus of children then sings what could be heard as a jeering chant at the United States Government, singing,

All I wanna do is,

*Bang*Bang*Bang*Bang

And *Click*Ka-Ching*

And take your money.

It’s a light, sarcastic message meant to promote a sad reality that faced thousand of Vietnamese citizens during the Vietnam War. I think the 2008 mega-hit gives a clever, not-so-subliminal nod to The Clash’s 1982 rock anthem. What do you think? Check the songs out below!

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