Welcome to Domo DJ, my first attempt at making an MP3 rotation site. I'm not a big fan of MP3 rotation sites, because usually they feature music that I don't like, so I decided to start my own in the hopes of filling a niche that the rest of you, similar to me, may be in. Anyway, the usual rules apply here. The files offered are seriously for evaluation purposes, because most of the music I'm posting is underground hip-hop, or music from a different language (may or may not be underground). For those unfamiliar with these genres/languages, I strongly urge you to check them out. Who knows, maybe you'll like them and support them in the future? Worst case scenario: you'll become a bit more cultured and have broadened your music tastes. Usually I'll post about 5 songs a week, with probably 2 in English, and the rest in 3 different languages. Note that the songs are taken down after a week, but they are still archived in case you would like to see what I recommended in the past. To download, right click the link and choose "Save As" or whatever it says in your browser.
March, 2004. Week 3.
.:' nujabes / metaphorical music / blessin' it (remix)
.:' 3:23 / 4.66
Nujabes' Metaphorical Music is probably the most innovative hip hop album I've ever heard. Like the title suggests, the songs are lyrical artforms in and of themselves. "Blessin' It," featuring Substantial and Pase Rock from Hyde Out Productions, creatively uses piano and trumpet as the dominant instruments over the snares, kicks, and high hats that dominate most hip hop songs. Lyrically, this song is ear candy. Simply said, this song cannot be described in words; it must be heard to be understood.
pase rock / bullshit as usual / post world ':.
4:19 / 5.94 ':.
Although "Post World" isn't entirely instrumental, it may as well be. It is the perfect 'driving song,' since it's upbeat, snappy (literally), with headnodic lyrics. The lyrics are as random as they come, which makes this song even more interesting. Again, piano is the primary instrument used, with hands as the replacement for snares. Like "Blessin' It," this song is just pure ear candy and a pleasure to listen to on the road.
.:' nujabes / metaphorical music / lady brown
.:' 3:18 / 4.55
"So fine and it just ain't fair, so beautiful and so damn rare." Lady Brown was described as being a "jazzier Roots" by Mitch. "[He] and Drew Bejhatnia had a vision to make a hip hop group, and it woulda sounded like this." This song is an enflourage of instruments with one of the smoothest bass lines I've ever heard. Superimposed on the musical mosaic is the lyrical stylings of Cise Starr (the vocalist in this song), who describes, metaphorically, the ideal woman. "So as we lay, I reminisce on the day that we met / Please god, never let me forget."
cunninlynguists / southern underground / love ain't ':.
4:00 / 5.50 ':.
"I ain't a genius on it, I can only pretend / Cause overall it's an emotion I cannot comprehend.. It's love." Love Ain't gives a whole new definition to the term "love song." For those looking for the meaning of love, or a hint of what love is exactly, this song is a compass on a starless night. Too often do I hear people talking about their confusion over love and a relationship, and others who say that love is silly and frivilous. In just four minutes, Cunninlynguists packs a bible-length defintion of love into three well written verses. The music is simple, classy, and rightfully the non-dominating force in this song. This is another must-hear song, for I guarantee that new light will be shed on your definition of 'love' after hearing it.
.:' last emperor / music, magic, myth / karma
.:' 4:39 / 6.40
"It could be you or me or any man / Driving a sports car or a mini van / These are the aspirations of certain men / Who leave the neighborhood only to return again." Last Emperor's "Music, Magic, Myth" album was probably the most anticipated album of 2003, and with good reason. After much trouble getting his works produced, Last Emp packs together MMM with a plethora of lyrically potent songs and minimal filler. Like the other tracks on this album, Karma has an awesome beat and original lyrics. After listening to "Karma," it is not difficult to believe that MMM was perhaps the best album of 2003.
QuantumFoam's Weekly Pick
lyrics born / later that day / callin' out ':.
3:34 / 4.90 ':.
The single off of Lyrics Born's debut album, Later That Day... is a feel good song. It has that old school feel. The funky beat with the female hook all screams back to a pre-gangsta take over. The style is laid back and makes you want to nod your head. Lyrics Born's very unique sounding voice comes through in this song, its sometimes singin sometimes rappin, melodic rapping, there you go. He's the first Japanese rapper that ever sounded this good. His flow is different and just rides on the beat so well, it's one of those beats you wish you had with you whenever you walked into a room. Find him on Quannum.