Hiphop Blues

April 20 ,2009

What’s up Pham. Chilling? Chisilling. Springtime rhymes got me passing my time, with headphones on in the zone I roam, from city to city, town to town, room to room, room to move, find my groove ad push on through.

Lately I’ve been hooked on GZA and Freddy King. Two masters of music fo sho. GZA of the Wu Tang Clan…Honestly, I never peeped the Wu back in the day but my friend Mariqueen, from West Indian girl turned me onto Liquid Swords last year and I’ve been peeping it every since. GZA has one of the illest flows and all the RZA beats? Well, you know how tasty it can be. Every lyric is dope and worthwhile. Every beat hits hard. Every subject is ill.

It’s got me thinking about the musical journey of hip-hop and blues I’ve been chasing for almost 20 years. In my room, on the porch, plane, train, van, tour bus, Chinatown bus, from Jersey to Australia, Brazil, to Mt Fuji and back again, I’ve been working on my craft.

Music makes music. Every time I get inside another artists music it’s a journey. GZA is a journey just like Eric B and Rakim, De La Soul, Beastie Boys, The Pharcyde, Cypress Hill. All these musical spirits are like different planets, different worlds. It’s hard to believe you can classify them as one type of music. Hip Hop

The blues is the same thing. Every bluesman is a journey. Robert Johnson, John Hammond, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Fred McDowell. And lately, Freddy King. Damn. I had never really peeped Freddy King until I was rooting around on youtube (I love you). Freddy King has got me hooked. What tone, what a singer, what a performer. You know he died at just 42 or something. I asked my musical father John Hammond about him and he said, “damn Garrett, man, could he sing, what a player. He played with his fingers and thumb pick, delta blues style and he learned from the records just like me”. I think Freddy Died from too much of a good time- Ain’t nobody’s business!

Anyways, the journey of music is something else so what are you waiting for- take a ride- G

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