Blind William's Commonplace

The red light was my mind.









Last FM

  1. NahRight & UpNorthTrips Present: The Big Picture - 15 Classic Big L Freestyles by upnorthtrips

  2. @egotrip: thanks Alchemist: The G Code (Featuring Action Bronson, Domo Genesis, & Blu) by OFWGKTA Official

  3. Sweet LIFE by Frank Ocean — somehow the best soundtrack for this faux snow day.

  4. I am going to the racetrack to see my pony run.

  5. I Say A Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin

    shared from exfm

  6. tumblinerb:

    Lil Phat - “Feel My Pain” (Mixtape, 2009)

    Earlier today Trill Fam/3 Deep member Lil Phat was murdered at just 19 years old. As is usually the case, Twitter is abuzz, putting Phat is in the unfortunate position of being both over-mourned by people who just discovered him, counter-mourned by those who just love to point this out and callously mocked by those who won’t care enough to take the time to find out who he was. And this whole mess is amplified because Phat was a lesser known artist on a label that is both revered in some corners of hip hop and deeply derided in others.

    Putting all that aside, Phat was a very good rapper, a utility player on what might be the most consistently excellent rap imprint of the past decade or so, and he will be missed.  His early stuff was appropriately immature and sometimes hilarious - at just 15 he damn near stole Webbie’s “Independent” with the never smell like onion rings line - but he had been evolving into a more introspective artist in recent years, as you can hear above. His 2009 tape, Death Before Dishonor, would be a good place to start if you’re interested in exploring his catalog.


    ::   pours a little liquor on the ground   ::

  7. "We got all the lines,
    And all the rhymes.
    We don’t do crimes and
    We dont drop dimes.
    We make a little cake with Duncan Hines."

     - Run D.M.C.
  8. "I’m the house rocker, the body shocker,
    The man who put the B on Betty Crocker."

     - Masterdon
  9. "Mama’s making chicken fired in bacon grease.
    Come on along, boy, down the road a piece."

     - Check Berry
  10. "Violence was a language in the crack era. I have never, in my life, been as scared as I was on the first day of middle school. What petrified me was that the boys--most of whom were older--spoke the language of violence. Violence shaped how they walked. Violence shaped who they walked with. Violence shaped when they laughed and what they laughed at. Violence shaped how they wore their Starter caps. Violence told them when to give dap and when to give the ice-grill. It was an entire range of cues, an intricate dance, all designed to either protect your person, or dramatize the effort."


    TNC writes about rap better than 90% of rap writers even when he’s not writing about rap.

    Props to n2m for putting this in the mix.  He’s correct about TNC.

    (Source: holditsauce)

  11. Nicki Minaj’s raps are the most influential raps ever performed by a female.


    Unquestionably so, but this doesn’t necessarily make her the most influential female who has ever rapped.

    Queen Latifah, for instance, influenced a lot of people to buy Cover Girl mascara.

  12. "I just need some time to let these demons climb up out of me."

     - SchoolBoy Q
  13. "I’m faster than a speeding bullet when I’m on the set.
    I don’t need no fans to cool my ass, I just use my super breath.
    I could fly three times around the world without missin’ a beat.
    I socialize with X-ray eyes, and ladies think it’s sweet."

     - Newcleus, “Jam on It”
  14. "Throw your hands up in the air,
    Shake your booty and say “Oh yeah.”"

     - Newcleus, “Jam On It”
  15. drum-taps:

    Thelonious Monk w/ John Coltrane—“Nutty”

    Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Jazzland 1961).

    Learning lessons.

    (via drum-taps-deactivated20121024)