After listening to Jazz Addixx’s “Oxygen Refreshed” for most of the weekend, while driving to work this morning I decided to give Foreign Exchange’s (Nicolay & Phonte Coleman) 2004 collabo “Connected” a listen. The mornings here in Little Rock have been amazingly beautiful the past few days…well, that is until about lunchtime. Around 1 p.m. it’s usually scorching hot in the city, I’m not talking about that dry East Coast heat either….I’m talkin‘ muggy,nasty, sticky heat. Hot enough to merit a change of shirt and tie by no later than 2 p.m….no bulls*t! Anyway, there I go again straying from the point at hand….I’ve always loved “Happiness”, “Nic’s Groove” and “All That You Are” from “Connected” and it had been a minute since I’d heard the album period. I remember downloading “Connected” fresh out of the Army, around that time my wife and I were struggling newlyweds living paycheck, with no kids, doing everything together all the while with that “newlywed sparkle” in our eyes. Most of the time “Connected” was the soundtrack for that “everything“, so needless to say that album has big-time sentimental value to me. I’ll be damned, if I didn’t give the CD away to one of my buddies a year or two ago and it was nowhere to be found on my Ipod (I have a USB chord that runs directly into my dash unit..sounds just like a CD) either. My last hope was my boy Ron, who I work with and happens to be the only dude in my office who listens to Hip Hop….I knew he’d have it!!! “Nope”, I had it but I left it at my brother’s spot in Atlanta, but I did see it at Best Buy this weekend while I was picking up the new Blue Scholars joint” he disclosed to me. So I cut outta’ work a little early, being that my only appointment today was around at 3 p.m….and soon headed over to Best Buy.
This is where it gets interesting, we all download more than we should…hell, I bet you I download 20-25 joints a week! You know my theory though…..plain & simple, if it’s dope I buy it…Period!!! Any album that’s received “Let’s Talk About….” status, I’ve shelled over the dough for. Today, something hit me though…after strolling past the usual garbage, the Paul Walls, The Ying Yangs and the endless 50 Cent & Whoo Kid mixtapes that seemed to occupy a whole vertical row, I bumped into Digable Planets “Reachin“. Soon thereafter Ice Cube’s “Death Certificate” was in my grasp, next it was Jeru’s “The Sun Rises In The East”…then Mobb Deep “The Infamous” and well…you get the picture. One hour and $240.00 later I had 15 cd’s in my bag (all those depicted above plus Tribe’s “Midnight Marauders” which I left in my car)!! What in the hell happened? I mean I had the cassette and the original CD for most of these albums. I’ve come to two conclusions. For one, I download soo much shit..it’s like a sickness. Very seldom do I listen to a new album for more than a week or two (there are the those exceptions..Ill Poetic’s joint, Evidence’s solo LP, Uncut Raw, etc.) and even with the classics I download, the same case applies. So, maybe I bought the album’s again to…..well, I guess.. value them even more. I shelled out my hard earned dollars for this music, now it’s time to value those CLASSICS once again and appreciate the artists’ mastery. The second conclusion I’ve come to has to be “the kid in the candy store” again. You know that feeling…your fingers shaking with anticipation to pop the disc/cassette and throw it in the deck…all the while reading the linear notes. Who produced what? Are the lyrics printed? What about the shout out’s? I can’t even front it felt kinda’ good to dip into my pockets and support good music for the first time in YEARS. I paid more than what I should have, Best Buy is always so high and your much better purchasing from the artists themselves or their label’s website…oh well, fu#k it!! Whatever the case, I picked up a month’s (in my standards) worth of “goodness”. The only newer album’s I picked up where 9th Wonder & Buckshot’s “Chemistry” (always loved it) and for reasons unknown MF Doom’s revamped “Mmmm Food” (I think I just wanted to see the DVD as well). Whatever the case, maybe you to will be struck with a vicious bout of “Downloader’s remorse” out of the blue…just always have your wallet and credit cards with you!!! Oh, and I the list of my purchases is posted below….-Eric
Inluded in the pic above:
- “The Sun Rises In The East” – Jeru
- “Dare Iz A Darkside”-Redman
- “Fear Of A Black Planet”-P.E.
- “Chemistry”-9th & Buckshot
- “The Score”-The Fugees
- “Mmm Food”-Mf Doom
- “Death Certificate”-Ice Cube
- “Do You Want More?”-The Roots
- “Reachin”-Digable Planets
- “The Low End Theory”-A.T.C.Q.
- “Ready To Die (remastered)”-Biggie
- “Hard To Earn”-GangStarr
- “The Infamous”-Mobb Deep
*not pictured: Tribe’s “Midnight Marauders”