I wanna be a part of something bigger than me.
Central Services - I Work For The Government Now - So, last night, me and John hopped on down to the Bowery Ballroom to catch Who's America a benefit concert for Music For America, presented by Def Jux Records, with Chuck D hosting the whole affair. Needless to say, the evening was tight. Be sure to check the track John has up now from opening act Hangar 18, "Where We At" - and any DJ's in the house, please try to do us the favor of recreating that song the way it is live, the way it is MEANT to be - rhymes over G'n'R's "Welcome to the Jungle". But enough of that. You want to know about Central Services. Central Services is Def Jux impresario El-P, and Camutao (who was doing backing work for El-P and Aesop Rock last night). But to close out last nights set, Camutao took center stage, Ace danced around, and El worked the hooks. Central Servics had taken over the night with "I Work for the Government Now". You could feel the room transformed by funk. And this song IS funk. Just listen to that bassline and try not to groove. Feel those vocal hooks, perfectly placed scratches. The song is off of Def Jux, System Recordings, and URB's new protest song comp, Who's America, which also features tracks from Mr. Lif, RJD2, and the aforementioned Hangar 18. And just to add to last nights magnificence, both El-P and Aesop Rock registered to fucking vote. You should too.
[Preorder Who's America from System Recordings, availiable Sept. 7]
El-P Feat. Cage - Oxycontin Pt. 2 - How to follow up that? Well, how about with El-P & Cage's high drama "Oxycontin Pt. 2." The song has a gorgeous piano line running through it, and El-P & Cage play out the role of a pair of rival dealers, feuding over a woman. They each have room to breathe in their own narratives before confronting each other, both in narrative, and in verse at the end - as the two distinct styles clash and merge, struggling for dominance, you begin to hear the conflict of the song given sonic life, something beyond words. It's epic, in all the ways it should be.
[You can buy this track on Def Jux Presents III, availiable online from Def Jux.]
And yes, I know I've been unusually political lately. The RNC is in town, and I spend about 20-40 hours a week doing various political work of all sorts. It's hard to not do it. If it's really buggin ya, let me know.
And y'know what, for that matter, let's make this a little Reader Survey Day. I've been doing this for about 6 months now. What do you like? What don't you like? Has my writing been off lately? particularly on point? have the track selections been good? Is there a genre/artist/label you want to see/hear more of? Is there a particular entry that you thought was particularly magnificent? Does the design suck? is it awesome? I want to make this blog better, but I can't do that until I know what works and what doesn't. And just to offer some incentivization, I won't post another track until I get 10 responses from you folks. So I'd better see some feedback!