Represent The Yay Area

In honor of the Warriors reclaiming their crown again, this weekend’s playlist is all about the Bay Area’s finest rappers of the 1990s! (What, you really think my forever-nostalgic ass was gonna post some recent shit?!)

True story: some creative kid back in my 6th grade music class played that beat on the piano. All I could do was just whistle it, albeit crappily.

Ooohhh, this forever fresh track. The extended version is also gold.

And remember, people, don’t buy an $85,000 car before you buy a house. (Although the joke’s on E-40: I can’t afford either!)

Bad Girl Weekend (The Sequel!)

Note: this got accidentally posted earlier today when I thought I had this reset from “scheduled to post” to “draft” (I had to edit more stuff). WordPress’ fault! 

After witnessing patriarchal fuckery once again being upheld in the past few days (and knowing it’s gonna happen again later this month…and likely later this year), fuck being good and nice to those who want us women reduced to chattel. The theme for this weekend’s music is, once again, all about bold, bad women, made by bold, bad (in a good way) women!

Ah, Queen Eartha. I’m sure she made puritans back in her day clutch their pearls with this song.

Ooooh, the lyrics to this song. Sing it with me: “I’m so sorry if I’m alienating some of you/Your whole fucking culture alienates me…”

The “Tank Girl” soundtrack introduced me to L7, and they’ve since earned their place as one of my favorite girl bands.

“Bad girl of the year, 96 Pam Grier”–aww yiss, Foxy. I sometimes think this video influenced the 1996 movie Set It Off (a great bad girl movie, by the way!) You know the concept of tough women robbing a bank wouldn’t fly today. Total probably would’ve been told by higher-ups that they should let men rob the banks while they sing in thong bikinis and a pound of makeup and hair extensions.

Not only is this video so damn stylish, but if you know the message behind this song, it makes it even more badass.

This underground mid-90s dance track may the least known out of all the songs in this post. Nonetheless, I’m always down for 90s dance with a title like that. I found this on one of the many 90s House Music compilations I own, and while I liked the original version, this remix sounds bitchier. Love.

Happy International Jazz Day!

In honor of this day, here are some more of my favorite jazz tunes!

If you aren’t like Billie when Lester plays his sax at the 1:28 mark, something is wrong with you.

Also worth your time is Ken Burns’ Jazz documentary. Most of the episodes happen to be on YouTube (for now), but the juicy parts (IMO) are in the missing segments. It’s all on the PBS app, though, so if you’re a jazz fan but aren’t yet supporting your local PBS station, do so right away and go watch that doc!

Happy Mimi Day

Who cares about tonight’s Oscars (it’s still a thing?!) when a far more important and actual relevant event is occurring today: the born day of My Butterfly Rainbow Hello Kitty Queen, Mariah Carey!

This time, let’s flip the script and spotlight my favorite remixes of hers…

Only a true music legend can remix a ballad to a hip-hop jam flawlessly, get the artist whose song inspired your remix in your video, pioneer the trend of pop star/rapper collabs (and still do it better than those a generation younger than you), and look stun in a tube top and miniskirt and fighting your evil twin in white goopy stuff.

Celebrate, Mimi, celebrate!

Listening To… (3/12)

…these 90s R&B/Rap songs that are oddly on repeat for me today. 

Side note: because I’m an out-of-touch old, apparently Tevin’s “Can We Talk” is now some social media challenge among the youths. Here’s a challenge I’d like to see from the youths: make a song without autotune, pedestrian tacky lyrics, and a rap or dance beat mixed in. 

Gotta love it when you watch old school vids and parts of it gets blurred out and you’re wondering what they’re actually censoring. That’s just melons in that fruit stand, not a bunch of titties out. (Uh, wait.) 

I discovered this song 21 years after its original release (thank the 90s R&B music channels on Comcast for that). Also, Craig Mack (RIP) should’ve been more major than what he got from the rap game. 

Yet another song I discovered years after its release. The vocals on this track! The 90s were the last great decade for, among many, many other things, male R&B groups. And when I play this and the “Vibin'” song, I’m reminded of my spring trip in LA back in 2016. The weather was exquisite, I went to DragCon and met some amazing queens, and my Penguins knocked out the Caps in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs! (I’ll save the rest for a future Travel Slut Diaries post.)