Tell Em' Why U Mad

This site is meant to be different. Posts will be geared towards those that like to read and those that want the main idea which is why you will see "Method To The Madness" above each piece. You'll also find music, playlists and other regular things hopefully done in irregular ways.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

What A Way To Go Out...Out Like A Sucka...

METHOD TO THE MADNESS: Just found this post. It was made today by someone I won't name because why give free press to swagger jackers. Tell me this does not resemble our post on Grindin'.

29th July 2007

On Grindin'.

"The world is about to feel something that they've never felt before"

It was with those words that Pharrell Williams kicked off Clipse's 2002 hit Grindin'. And, somehow, it never felt like boasting to me - from the first hydraulic thud of the song's unmistakable percussion, it was clear that this really was something the world had never felt before. My world at least.

I'm not sure exactly when I first heard it. Probably heavily-edited on local pop radio station 95.3 FM (aka "Z95.3"), or maybe slightly less edited on MuchMusic, but wherever it was it stood out like a sore thumb - nothing else on the radio or video playlists was anywhere near as unapologetically grimy. I mean, here you had straight-up hip-hop with two guys just rapping about how cool they are over a beat primarily made up of pounding metal going up against shit like Mario's warmed-over remake of "Just A Friend". And the video, Christ, it didn't even have any scantily-clad girls dancing seductively for no reason - it was the least likely summer anthem of the year. But it was. Yes, there was also Hot In Herre (the Neptunes-produced Nelly track that works like the yin to Grindin's yang, the overproduced and thoroughly fake club banger counterpart to Clipse's gritty authenticity) eating up the charts like there was no tomorrow, but the people who really knew what was going on knew that no other song had a chance in the long run. And the Neptunes themselves were amongst those in the know, dropping the beat into a number of remixes as well as making sure the song itself got its fair share of alternate takes, most notably the claustrophobic Baby, N.O.R.E and Li'l Wayne cut which (at least on MuchMusic) seemed to get just as much airtime as the original.

And hearing it again even today - the Pharrell intro, the Clipse's effortless braggadocio, it's aged more than gracefully. It's like it hasn't aged at all. 5 years old now and still sounding like it could've been recorded yesterday, miles ahead of anything The Neptunes (and certainly Clipse) have done since - and, for that matter, the entirety of mainstream hip-hop. It was, and still is, the perfect hip-hop single - not to mention the best song of 2002. And the world hasn't felt anything like it since.

Tisk Tisk Swagger Jackers. At least it wasn't word for word.

Kingston Made Me Do It...

METHOD TO THE MADNESS: Sean Kingston has "potential" that his album does not show.

When I heard Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" for the first time I was feeling it. I never thought Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" would be turned into a Hip Hop/R&B/Pop/Reggae record. After being on the radio and television damn near every minute however, it has gotten old. Quick.

I think I heard "Colors 2007" around the same time and I thought they were both hits. Sean Kingston has talent. Hell, grandmothers across the country are quite possibly singing along to a song about suicide. If you can make that happen you got talent. Sean Kingston's album however does not support my claim. The majority of the album is full of soft pop-like records. Maybe Sean Kingston really wants to market to the females. Maybe he enjoys making that type of music. Or maybe, just maybe, J.R. Rotem is pulling ALL of the strings and the 17 year old just wants to make sure he gets that check. Hopefully he grows for a couple years, puts his foot down and does the music he wants to do. If not their will come a day when Sean's face appears on a milk carton in the pages of XXL.

In the future, albums will be reviewed fully. I just felt lazy and didn't want to spend time talking about tracks that I didn't like on his album. So here is the review of the songs that I did enjoy.

Kingston- 7/10 The song is OK. The boy is spitting with passion in his voice and doing his little patois shit on the hook and the break.

Beautiful Girls -8/10 The song accomplished what it was supposed to. He was a new guy in the game and needed to get his name next to a bullet on the charts. Plus a lot of people could relate to it I suppose. Dealing with girls makes a lot of guys want to kill the female or themselves. Examples: OJ Simpson & Romeo

Dry Your Eyes- 7.5/10 Song about his mom. It's hard to have a "Dear Momma" track that is garbage because for a lot of rappers it's the only time you hear them telling the truth in a verse.

Got No Shorty- 7.5/10 I could see this being the next single. It has the makings of a song for the club: a somewhat catchy hook, uptempo beat and he tells the females to clap at the end. Crowd participation never fails really.

Drummer Boy- 8/10 He's spitting with that passion I talked about earlier. He goes back and forth between his American and Jamaican slang which keeps the song interesting.

Colors 2007 Reggae Remix 8.5/10 I have no idea why the original was left off the cd. It was a bad call. The remix is hot though. Kingston, Vybez Kartel and Kardinal Offishall all come correct. Kardinal outshines everyone though.

Here is the album he should have released.

Sean Kingston - The Shoulda Been Album

1. Intro
2. Kingston
3. Colors 2007 Feat. The Game and Rick Ross
4. The Way I Live
5. Beautiful Girls
6. Dry Your Eyes
7. In The Ghetto Feat. Trey Songz
8. Got No Shorty
9. Doin' That Feat. Clyde Carson
10. Welcome To My Hood Feat. Yay Boy
11. Drummer Boy
12. Give You Some Love
13. Colors 2007 Reggae Remix Feat. Vybez Kartel and Kardinal Offishall
14. Beautiful Girls J Be Mad Remix Feat. Fabolous, Flo-Rida, Sheek, Collie Budz and Stat Quo

The beautiful girls remix is something I just mixed together from the various remixes of it that are out. I am NOT a DJ but I bet that's more mixing than a lot of these mixtape dj's are doing nowadays. There you go. More posts are coming this week.

Monday, July 23, 2007

"You know how I do summer, I drop heat..."

METHOD TO THE MADNESS: Grindin' innovated during a time when hip hop played it too safe.

"The about to feel...something...that they've never...felt before..."
-Pharrell, "Grindin"

Take a sound you can make with your own mouth. Combine that with verses about distributing cocaine and an attacking drum track and you have the recipe for one of the biggest songs of 2002, "Grindin".

To say that the Neptunes produced beat came from left field would be an understatement. The Neptunes at the time were known for their signature guitar licks which formed many-a-hit melody. By 2002 the duo was considered by some hip hop fans as pop producers, and unoriginal in their choice of sounds when it came to composing tracks. A trucker hat dealers best friend, Pharrell Williams, became the poster boy for what was wrong with hip hop in the eyes of many of those detractors.

By 02' The Neptunes' fingerprints were all over the radio and television airwaves. Actually, they left the imprints of their palms on the game from their stranglehold on popular music. Remix after remix, hit after hit, The Neptunes just kept winning. The duo's consistency was one of the reasons why "Grindin" was such a surprise. The beat oozed of nostalgia, modern hip hop and the future of the genre all at the same time. It could have easily been described as Planet Rock's sonic stepchild or a legitimate guess of how music would sound in five years. Hard kicks and snares that made it feel like old school boom bap and a reverberating melody that sounded like someone tapping their cheek. Whatever the sound was, electronic, organic or a combination of both, it did make many "feel something that they've never felt before".

The lyrics of the Clipse however were very modern at the time. Tales of drug deals, loose women and firepower had become common place. Sprinkled in nearly every hip hop album, these ingredients were the remedy for many artists wanting to solidify their street cred for the record buying masses. The Clipse were different. Sure, they rehashed many of the same topics we heard over and over but they said it differently. Or maybe it sounded differently, a product of Virginian tongues and appealing musical backdrops by two producers named after a planet in The Milky Way galaxy. Whatever it was, "Patty Cake Patty Cake im the bakers man..." will forever be linked in my mind to drug dealing and that thumping bare beat, and not the rhyme you learned in Pre-School.

Much has changed and much has remained the same since "Grindin" dropped. The "Grindin" beat eventually moved on to the musical retirement home where all beats go when they have been used for freestyles too many times, joining "Banned From TV" and "In Da Club" among others. The Neptunes have since changed their sound several times and The Clipse dropped "Hell Hath No Fury" a follow up to their solid debut, "Lord Willin". The kind of follow up Nas wouldn't want you to put in your boom box that eats tapes, that is, if you still own a casette player.

The minimalistic approach to hip hop production is still strong five years later. Every season it seems as though another producer attempts to make his own "Grindin". Kia Shine's "Cripsy", the Ying Yang Twins' "Wait" and Ali & Gipp's "Go Head" all come to mind. No, The Neptunes didn't invent anything but they innovated. They made it cool for the first time since Run DMC ruled hip hop to make a beat with for the most part, just drums and percussion. In an era of synths and processed sounds, "Grindin" was perfect. In the words of French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "You know you’ve achieved perfection in design, Not when you have nothing more to add, But when you have nothing more to take away.”


Almost every feature, mixtape, soundtrack, joint the Clipse have done

Part 1

Goin out- Faith Evans ft.Pharrell & Clipse
Truth Or Dare- Nerd ft. Kelis & Pusha T
Am I High- Nerd ft. Malice
Stay With Me- Pharrell ft. Pusha T
Loser- Nerd ft. Clipse
Hell Yeah Remix- Ginuwine ft. R.Kelly, Baby & Clipse
Star- 702 ft. Clipse
Like I Love You- Justin Timberlake ft. Clipse
Runaway- Nivea ft. Clipse
Popular Thug- Kelis ft. Clipse
Lose My Breath Remix- Destiny's Child ft. Clipse
So Sick- Natasha ft. Clipse
The Call Remix- Backstreet Boys ft. Clipse

Clipse Miscellaneous Pt.1

Part 2

Operator- Ol' Dirty Bastard ft. Pharrell & Clipse
Hot- Rosco P. Coldchain ft. Boo-Bonic & Pusha T
Im Serious- Clipse
Jokes On You- Fabolous ft. Pusha T
Hot Damn Remix- Clipse ft. Rosco P Coldchain, Ab-Liva & Pharrell
What Happened To That Boy- Baby ft. Clipse
One Blood Remix- The Game ft. Clipse
We Get Money- Clipse
Guns N Roses- Clipse
D'Game- 504 Boyz ft. Clipse
No Relief- Clipse ft. Philly's Most Wanted, Rosco P. Coldchain & Fam-lay
Street Tax- Philly's Most Wanted ft. Clipse
Cross The Border Remix- Phillys Most Wanted ft. Pusha T & Fabolous
Click Clack- Slim Thug ft. Pusha T

Clipse Miscellaneous Pt. 2

Part 3

Blow- Notorious B.I.G. ft. Clipse
Just A Memory- Notorious B.I.G. ft. Clipse
Im A D-Boy- E-40 ft. Clipse
Mr.Baller- Royce Da 5'9'' ft. Clipse
#1 Remix- Nelly ft. Clipse & Postaboy
On My Shit- Clipse ft. Stimuli, Kingpin Slim & Heron
Chevy Ridin High Remix- Clipse
Show Her That You Got It- Clipse ft. Fam-Lay & MullyMan
Come Go With Me- Pharrell ft. Clipse
Where You At?- Freeway ft. Clipse
No Time For No's- Fam-Lay ft. Clipse & Pharrell

Clipse Miscellaneous Pt.3

The unreleased album and mixtapes

Exclusive Audio Footage

We Got It 4 Cheap Vol.1

We Got It 4 Cheap Vol.2

We Got The Remix Part 1 of the rar file
Part 2


Saturday, July 21, 2007


Am I the only one who finds it annoying when someone posts on a message board or discussion and writes the word first, as if it were a race? Anyway, this is the first post on J Be Mad. I am JK and hopefully this blog makes me money, gets me some connects and entertains those who decide to click a link that says J Be Mad.