Friday, June 15, 2007

RIP Tony Thompson

I know this happened a few weeks ago, but I don't care...

Tony Thompson, who sang on the 1990s R&B hits "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)" and "She's Playing Hard To Get" as part of the group Hi-Five, has died. He was 31.

Thompson was found dead Friday night of an apparent drug overdose, friends told the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Thompson signed with Jive Records in 1990 as part of Hi-Five. The quintet's self-titled debut album went multi-platinum and spawned the hits "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)," "I Can't Wait Another Minute," and "Just Another Girlfriend."

In 1992, the group found success again with the songs "She's Playing Hard To Get" and "Quality Time."

Thompson released his solo debut, Sexsational, in 1995 after Hi-Five split.

The Waco native had recently moved back to his hometown from the Dallas area and was working on new material.
Anyone who was in junior high or high school when Hi-Five was poppin' knows how dope their shit was. 8th and 9th grade parties were always bumpin' "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)" and "She's Playing Hard To Get!!!"

I know some of you readin' this remember Gumby fades, overalls with one loop side up and the other down, pin-striped Starter hats and jerseys, etc... If I remember right, I had the bangin' Cleveland Indians pin-striped set. Listening to these old Hi-Five tracks takes me right back to that era. It's a trip.

If you weren't at that age when they dropped (or if you weren't even born yet), they probably don't even register on your radar, but man I wish we had R&B acts like Hi-Five these days.

So for my fellow old folks who might have lost their Hi-Five albums and for you young cats who have no clue who I'm talking about, here's the Hi-Five Greatest Hits album...

Hi-Five - Greatest Hits

The obvious standouts are "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)," "She's Playing Hard To Get," "I Can't Wait Another Minute," "Quality Time" and "Unconditional Love."


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Friday, June 08, 2007

You Want My Spirit & Soul? I'll Give You My Life. Here.

Life is trying to kill me again.

You ever see that movie The Perfect Storm where three storms combine to form one massive motherfucker in an attempt to drown George Clooney and Marky Mark? Yeah, it's like that except I'm on land and the sun is shining.

It's always weird when everything that can go wrong in life goes wrong at the same fucking time. Who decides that shit? One thing at a time is manageable, but when the list starts getting long I fuckin' lose it and stop eating and instead start drinking vodka and beer way too heavily which doesn't help shit. Probably makes everything worse really, but I'm stuck.

Anyway, fuck...

Here's a bunch of goddamn songs and shit for you to download. Some have been out for a while, but I don't care.

I like these dudes Grafh and Prinz from New York. Both of them are on Black Hand Entertainment and put out music with some goddamn feeling in it which is sorely missing from most fucking rap music these days. Here's some of their shit...

Grafh - Autografh album

Graph & Prinz - Gangster Music mixtape

Grafh - "Money, Power, Respect" freestlye

Grafh, Prinz & Foxy Brown - "How We Get Down"

Thanks to Sneek for download links.

I wrote about this cat Born Unique from Virginia a while back. Dude is raw. I need a fuckin' album from him damnit. Here's a new reggae track with him guest rappin' on it...

Collie Budz featuring Born Unique - "Come Around (Remix)"

I don't know who this dude Kristo is or anything about him actually. I don't even remember where I got this damn song at either, but it's good. If you have some info on him, let me know.

Kristo - "Letter To Hip Hop"

Here's another one I don't know anything about. Name is Lou Armstrong and I assume he's from Boston. Song is deep. Again, let me know some info.

Lou Armstrong - "When It's All Gone End"

I haven't forgotten about the Bay you bastards. Here's a solid track from Frontline...

Frontline - "IMG"

Remember Young Dre from southern Cali? He was a guest on Ray Luv's Forever Hustlin' album and was dope as fuck. I know he dropped an album back in that era, but I haven't heard much about him since then. Here's something recent...

Young Dre - "I Love LA"

And some more Bay shit. A Plus from Souls Of Mischief recently dropped a new album called My Last Good Deed so here's a track for you...
Download "Patna Please" (mp3) from My Last Good Deed by A Plus Hieroglyphics Imperium

Buy at iTunes Music Store
Stream from Rhapsody More On This Album