RER Recommends: Some Rap/Hip Hop Songs That Aren’t So Bad

Rap (and most of hip hop) has never struck me as an art but rather as an irritatingly fast jumble of words uttered by people who normally don’t strike me as wordsmiths. On occasion, a rap song will grab me. After some analysis, though, it would appear that those songs in question contain an element of singing that I find particularly enjoyable, which makes them closer to hip hop. This song, with Patsy Cline singing and Kid Cudi rapping and singing, is a masterpiece of stitching and producing. Sure, you could say that Jay-Z (or Jays as the white hairs … Continue reading RER Recommends: Some Rap/Hip Hop Songs That Aren’t So Bad

Joss Stone Takes Broken Bells’ “High Road”

  UK soul singer Joss Stone‘s The Soul Sessions Vol 2 is upon us. If you’re a fan of Joss (and understand math) you’ll know this is the followup to 2002/3’s Vol 1–the singer’s much acclaimed debut. This one, just like the last, is chock-full of mostly soul standards and a few re-worked rock songs. That’s right, c-o-v-e-r-s. Vol 2‘s “Fell in Love with A Boy” is Broken Bells’ “The High Road.” Oh and it’s damn good.     The Soul Sessions Vol 2 is out now. Be sure to pick it up at your favorite (e)retailer.     Joss will be touring Europe, … Continue reading Joss Stone Takes Broken Bells’ “High Road”