I laugh everytime I hear this song because it reminds me of an old PlayStation One game called Thrasher: Skate And Destroy. This song is classic, though bringing in a couple million views on YouTube. Released in 1982, it wasn’t the most popular song but it sure changed the foundation of hip-hop and dance music. Give it up for Planet Rock.
If you really think it’s a weird song just note that in November 2004, the Planet Rock track was placed at #237 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. I call that impressive even if the song is a bit funky.
Off of the second album “The Lost Generation” Shyheim came back with a strong single, holding it down for the Wu. Matter of fact he was the youngest Wu-Tang Clan member who shared the stage in Madison Square Garden with the like of Big, Pac, and Big Daddy Kane in ’95. Many say he’s never reached the level of fame he deserved but if you know hip hop then you have most likely have heard of Shy, so in reality he layed down a concrete grounding of excellence while being a well-known MC.
With lyrics that’ll scramble your brain and a consistant flow, Benefit can teach some of the mainstream artists what it’s like to really spit on a beat. As Benefit grew, so did his appreciation for creativity and culture. Moving to different cities, and attending a number of extremely different schools planted a deep seeded understanding of diversity in his young mind. You can see this in his songs. He isn’t new at all to the undergrownd scene, but I feel like he never had the exposure he deserved.
“This is not based on archival footage,” says Ed Ulbrich, chief creative officer at Digital Domain. “This is not him performing at some point. This a completely original, exclusive performance only for Coachella and that audience.” In other words, it’s a digital likeness of Tupac designed to interact with his co-performers and the crowd. At one point, Tupac even shouts “What the f— is up, Coachella!” even though the music festival didn’t exist until three years after his death.
The spectacular surprise has caused such a stir that there’s a chance we might be seeing a lot more of this “new” Tupac very soon. According to a Wall Street Journal interview with Ed Ulbrich of Digital Domain Media Group Inc.
Smith said he wasn’t allowed to talk about the creative aspects of the production — including how the hologram was able to seemingly perform the set in synch with Snoop and whether all the vocals were ‘Pac’s — but he did say that his company has the ability to recreate long-dead figures and visually recreate them in the studio. “You can take their likenesses and voice and … take people that haven’t done concerts before or perform music they haven’t sung and digitally recreate it,” he said. – MTV.com
To me this is unreal. A must see for any hip hop junkie. He is seen along side Snoop Dogg to perform “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted”.
I don’t like to promote rap game beef, but I enjoy this smooth sounding punch to the gut of opposing rappers. Pusha-T’s got a very methodical way of spitting his verses in this track. It’s almost like he had a rap agenda before going into it. Give it a listen and if you actually care to find out who he’s rapping about then feel free. If not just enjoy this track.