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 4.
.:' nujabes / metaphorical music / latitude (remix)
.:' 3:56 / 4.51
"You eat the same piece of cake day in and day out, that tired ass flavor gets played out (no doubt)..." Another great song remixed/produced by Nujabes, Latitude is sung by Fat Jon, Pase Rock, and Sonic of the Five Deez. This song is typically Nujabes, in that it uses classical instruments over kicks and snares as the instrumentals of the music. "Latitude" is quite creative, lyrically, and is a classic "representin'" track. What is a "representin'" track? Hip Hop is plagued with these songs in which artists are free to artfully boast about themselves and shout out where they're from. Like virtually all of Nujabes' productions, this is a song that can't be missed, and is great to listen to on the road.
people under the stairs / O.S.T. / acid raindrops ':.
4:55 / 6.76 ':.
"I try to keep it stress free, take every day at a time / make sure the family's in place and let the music unwind..." If you haven't heard Acid Raindrops, I can't even begin to imagine where you have been hiding for the past 2 years. In a nutshell, this is the song that 'started it all.' With a perfect beats, the illest lyrics, and the dopest (literally) theme, Acid Raindrops is the perfect song to listen to when you're just feelin' right. Whether it be to set your mood for pre-graduation, to relax you and your friends gathered under a shady spot, or to just give you a reason to pop collars, drink Cris, and shoulder shake, Acid Raindrops is the perfect cure for any ailment.
.:' mountain brothers / self 1 / paper chase
.:' 4:19 / 4.95
"It's all about the M-O-N-E, why must everything revolve around the penny." Aside from the fact that this song has an extremely chill beat and melody, the lyrics are incredibly insightful, speaking a plethora of truths about hip hop and the music scene these days. "You gots to know your friends and enemies, and those who just pretend to be, the ones who go 'remember me?' with good ol' days and memories we never had together, friends in fairweather, yeah whatever..." A quick look at modern rap reveals quite quickly that the focus is on what you see, not what you hear; Paper Chase is the lighthouse in a torrent of alluring illusions, always reminding us to stay true to ourselves, and to music.
styles of beyond / 2000 fold / winnetka exit ':.
4:11 / 3.83 ':.
Styles of Beyond is a local group, strongly coming out of the SF Valley with their debut album, 2000 Fold. Virtually every song on the album is a hit, with each of them being unique in that they each feature a specific theme. In Winnetka Exit, Tak and Ryu turn what seems like an ordinary daily routine into a very headnodic song with phat beats and fresh lyrics. If you're from the Valley, you'll find it easier to relate to these songs a bit more than others as many of the places mentioned are quite close to home.
.:' spooks / s.i.o.s.o.s. / things i've seen
.:' 4:39 / 6.40
"You won't believe the things I've seen, far beyond your wildest dreams, I've seen chaos and order reign supreme..." Spooks shines in this song, but it is a shame that they don't follow through on their other songs on this albums. That is not to say that "Things I've Seen" isn't up to par, because it is still one of the most creative and melodic songs I've heard. Ming Hia's smooth vocals make the song seem almost ethereal, and given the theme, rather 'spooky.' Backing her are Mr. Booka-T, Water Water, Hypno, and Vengeance, who give song that hip hop/rap feel, so really, Spooks are rather difficult to describe; you simply need to listen to them to understand them.
QuantumFoam's Weekly Pick
brother ali / shadows on the sun / blah blah blah ':.
4:20 / 5.97 ':.
"Getcho self together, because its hit time..." Just after the beat hits, you know this song is just going to scream ill. This cut off of Brother Ali's 2003 album is just insane. Produced by Ant and featuring Slug, it just doesn't get any better than this. Ant's beats are just too sick -- it makes ebola look like a mild fever. The dirty sounding sax melody, over that toe tapping beat and subtle low piano chords is just too much. A true testament to Ant's skill as a producer. Brother Ali is a force to be reckoned with, his rhymes are like no one else, if you love Slug, You'll be obsessed with Brother Ali. His voice is mellow and unabrasive, soothing and reminiscent of no one else "... I got few equals and no superiors..." and he proves that. High points on this track are beat, and the melody. Classic. Get the album Shadows On The Sun.