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Jam of the Day – R.I.P. B.I.G., O.G.

14 years later and its still got that new car scent, i.e. FRESH, SON! We still love you Biggie.

Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy:

-Drew

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Jam of the Day – You Know Guru’s Steez

Last week on April 19, the great Roxbury-born and highly influential MC Keith Elam, otherwise known as Guru, passed away after cardiac arrest had left him in a coma for the past two months. Best known for his work as part of Gang Starr in the 90s and early 00s with DJ Premier, Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) was without doubt one of the most unique voices in hip hop and just puts all kinds of rappers to shame.

It must be hard to hold up your side of the bargain when you’re in a group with DJ Premier, so if you don’t know about Guru’s steez then let him explain to all you “knuckleheads.”

Gang Starr – You Know My Steez:

-Drew

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Jam of the Day – Remembering Les Paul

It’s a sad day for music fans around the world. Les Paul, the inventor and virtuoso guitarist, died today in White Plains. He was 94. His innovations to the electric guitar and in the recording studio shaped and changed the course of popular music forever. His innovations to the electirc guitar were created out of his desire to have a stringed instrument that could make electronic sound without distorting. Later, Gibson created the guitar that bears his name – the Gibson Les Paul – using Paul’s original pickup deign, and the sales have generated a fortune for Paul, earning him royalties on every guitar sold (and sales have been substantial, seeing as the Les Paul at one point made up 50% of all guitars sold by Gibson). His tinkering talent was unparalleled, and his contributions to the music world and the musicians that he influenced and inspired are too numerous to list here. One of the coolest things that I read about Paul today in one of the many obituaries that have come out, was that in 1948, he was in a very serious car accident with his musical partner and second wife, Mary Ford. The collision left him with many injuries, including a shattered elbow that would be immovable for life; he had it set at a slightly less than 90 degree angle so that he could continue to play guitar. Talk about dedication to your craft. There is no better way to remember the man than to listen to the master himself.

Les Paul – How High The Moon:

-Melissa

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Jam of the Day – Bill’s Not Here

Sadly, it looks like someone has finally Kill[ed] Bill in real life too. The actor David Carradine, who had many movie roles throughout a long career but was arguably most famous for being the star of the 1970’s show Kung Fu, has been found dead (hanged) in his hotel room in Bangkok. Although it hasn’t been “officially” confirmed as a suicide, I’m relatively certain that no one really has any serious doubts given that “there was no sign that he had been assaulted.” ***SEE UPDATES TO THIS POST IN COMMENTS***

I never really watched the Kung Fu series or it’s reincarnation as Kung Fu: The Legend Continues in the 80s and 90s, but I was a huge fan of the Kill Bill movies, and it’s always sad to hear about someone taking their own life. Pour a sip on the concrete.

As a tribute to the late actor’s most recent box office triumph as Bill, today’s Jam of the Day is one of my favorite tracks from Kill Bill, “About Her.” The song grabs a portion of Bessie Smith’s “St. Louis Blues” and also happens to sample one of my favorite songs of all time, “She’s Not There” by the Zombies. Quentin Tarantino picked up this trip-hop gem from Malcolm McLaren, who is more well-known as the former manager of both the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls than as a solo artist. But hey, he’s doing something special on this record.

Malcolm McLaren – About Her:

-Drew

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