Do The John Wall (Universal Republic Records, 2010)
Happy Friday! Here’s a pick from Matt B, co-host of Handpicked’s Balance of Power. You can tune in to Balance of Power Thursdays at 9PM CST.
This is the Raleigh, North Carolina anthem for the famed basketball star John Wall. Troop 41, described as “the Southern Pharcyde,” not only revolutionized the basketball rap tie-in, but also introduced the world to the highly addictive “Do the Shizz” dance, exhibited in their music video
Happy Thanksgiving! Today we’re thankful for this funky track from Freeform DJ Ryan:
Born in 1981, Frenchman Thibaut Berland, better known as Breakbot, has been fusing the modernity of EDM and house music with the familiar grooves of funk and disco. This 2010 single was a summer hit in his native country, and features one of the most unique music videos in recent memory, consisting of over 2,000 handpainted watercolors in the flipbook style of animation. Breakbot’s decidedly retro flair has caught the attention of current popular artists as well. In fact, Bruno Mars openly cited “Baby I’m Yours” as the inspiration for his single “Treasure,” which received enormous amounts of airplay this summer.
Today’s groove comes from Streetbeat producer and DJ Sgt. Percy. Here’s his take on it:
Brand new release from forward-thinker Slick Shoota. He’s been producing some of the cleanest and most progressive footwork tracks and has been a force in the fast-paced style’s recent rash of popularity outside of Chicago. Artists from the United Kingdom, Europe (such as Slick Shoota, who hails from Norway), and Japan have all copied and added their own elements to the ghetto sound giving exciting international life to the once regional genre.
Kevin from Continental Drift picked the track of the day for this Tuesday! Here’s what he says about it:
A stunning song–powerful and emotive vocals, top-notch production/arrangement and phenomenal backing vocals and instrumentation. I have no idea what this song is about, but it digs deep every time I hear it.
Today’s track of the day was picked by Rock Show DJ Mackenzie. Here’s what she has to say about it:
The Books don’t exist anymore, which is really sad. But they used to be from New York. This is from their final album, The Way Out. It’s basically a guy ranting and sounding crazy and the electric guitar noise is actually a guy shaving with an electric razor. I like to quote this song in my head a lot. Listen!