I will post any music I deem as "GOOD." You can be the judge of how accurate I am. If you follow me, I only guarantee good times, riffs, dirty south, and probably a good dose of old worn out classic rock.
Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson - I Can Do No Wrong
Today I was re-listening to Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson’s incredibly hard hitting 2012 album Dice Game (my 6th favorite album of 2012), and I quickly remembered why Apollo Brown is one of my all time favorite producers (in my top 10). His sample game is pretty ridiculous. All of his beats have a distinct aura that make them really standout amongst the crowd. If you listen to any of his albums you’ll learn just how much he loves strings, horns, and soulful vocal samples…and just how masterfully well he can utilize these sounds to construct artful audio landscapes. Guilty Simpson’s rugged unbarred flow melds with these organic instrumentals exceptionally well. This is my all time favorite album by Guilty Simpson and Apollo Brown.
My Song Rating: 9.3 out of 10
Annihilation Time - “Bad Luck”
Sheila E doing “Glamorous Life” at the American Music Awards in 1985. This performance is bonkers. For the first third she sings lead while standing and also playing the lead percussion part. Then she takes the mic and dances around. And then the lights on stage go dark and she solos on drums in the dark with glow-in-the-dark sticks.
Two things occur to me watching this, and recently revisiting Sheila E’s first two albums. One, Prince in the 1980s was the kind of pop genius that comes along every 20-30 years, maybe. The amount of brilliant, boundary-pushing, but still accessible music he was responsible for, as both a solo performer or, as with this song, as a writer/producer, is simply astonishing. It’s honestly like talking about Albert Einstein in 1905, that’s how in the zone he was. It was a decade of a true and lasting genius by an artist at the height of his powers who was given all kinds of resources. A rare thing.
The second thing is what a talent Sheila E was (and probably still is, though I haven’t heard anything she’s done in some time). She had a few big hits, two good records, and came from a remarkable family of musicians (she had several first-call percussionists of note in her family). In the late 1980s she was Prince’s live drummer and also was also the leader of his backing band (you can see her considerable skills behind a proper kit in the Sign O the Times film). Imagine what it takes to be Prince’s musical director in those years, for him to hand over the keys.
Put down whatever you are doing and make sure you watch this video.
Also before the drum solo somebody comes out and puts a white fur coat on her.
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER.