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Crew Love: The June Edition

By TSSCrew / 06.30.11

Many days I thank Allah that we, The Crew, don’t actually work together in an actual office space. As evidenced from the 25 Essential Summer Songs list and previous Crew Love entries, the conflicting sounds blaring from everyone’s cubicle would ultimately sound like a bad 7th grade band recital. But that’s also part of the beauty of things because only within a team so diverse would you hear French music running congruent with Project Pat on a playlist.
And now, we share with you our staff picks for songs we listened to heavily throughout the month of June.

Crew Love: The June Edition

Gary Clark Jr. – “Getting By” — Ah, redemption. After being mentally-cleansed by Gary Clark Jr.’s hypocritical cheers to mediocrity all month long, I was disappointed when not a single person commented on my post. Not because I wasted my time or anything personal, but because every single damn one of you is missing out. Now, try again and don’t say I didn’t tell you so. — Beware

Gary Clark Jr. – “The Life”

Crew Love: The June Edition

Kid Cudi Feat. Chip Tha Ripper – “Ask About Me” — Before he started fucking around with a guitar on some Lil Wayne sh*t, the Man On The Moon released a handful of mixtapes and CDs that showcased his legitimate talent as an MC. Chip Tha Ripper offers his talents on this Cleveland joint, a lively ballad to blowin’ kush and feelin’ fresh as fuck. Ask about them. — AJ

Kid Cudi Feat. Chip Tha Ripper – “Ask About Me”

Crew Love: The June Edition


Louis Armstrong – “La Vie En Rose” — My daily commute is two painstaking hours, lined almost entirely by orange construction barrels and filled with idiots. Between those hours on the road and the fact I’m the leader of the youth group at my church — God help them all — every new song has been played within an inch of its life and I’ve been aged decades by the monotony. Thank the Lord in Heaven above for my latest discovery of French lessons on CD; not only can I now par-lay fran-say, but this lovely jazz classic now sounds even sicky sweeter. — LC Weber

Crew Love: The June Edition

Project Pat – “Whole Lotta Weed” — Ten years ago in Washington, DC, Project Pat’s Mista Don’t Play was the album of the summer. It was undeniable: Blaring from seemingly every Grand Marquis and box Caprice in the city. This song gets the nod for the beat change at the end, and the memories of celebrating my 20th birthday surrounded by friends, foes and a variety of intoxicants. — Greg Whitt

Project Pat – “Whole Lotta Weed”

Crew Love: The June Edition

Ghostface Killah Feat. Joell Ortiz & The Game – “Drama” –- Joell and Ghost spit as expected. But The Game’s talking shit on this track is him at his best. If only he can replicate that effort more frequently. — Darius Sinclair™

Ghostface Killah Feat. Joell Ortiz & The Game – “Drama”

Crew Love: The June Edition

Kendrick Lamar – “Average Joe” — I must accept my late pass on young Kendrick Lamar. Only recently did I start to really absorb the wit, flow, and relatability that put both his feet firmly in the on-deck circle. To me, it’s that last quality that puts him over the top, and while this isn’t necessarily my favorite track on (O)verly (D)edicated, it’s the one that best demonstrates his everyman status. — Trackstar

Crew Love: The June Edition

As raw as it gets, every name listed on this track kicks “real New York talk, gritty and grime.” Just don’t ask me why a team full of Knicks would name a track after the famed sharpshooting shit-talker from the nemesis Pacers. — Gotty™

Action Bronson Feat. Meyhem Lauren, Shaz Illyork & Ag Da Coroner – “Chuck Person”

Crew Love: The June Edition

Dr. Dre Feat. Snoop Dogg, Daz, Kurupt & Jewell – “Bitches Ain’t Shit”Detox may not ever arrive, which could ultimately be best for all parties involved. Still, The Chronic is here to stay and a great album to revisit ,especially during these summer months. One of the more controversial tracks from the Death Row benchmark album was the closing number. It was derogatory, ignorant and any other adjective to describe everything that was “wrong” with Hip-Hop as described by its detractors. And you know what? That was the best part. Who wouldn’t love to play this in the car with Bill O’Reilly? — J. Tinsley

Crew Love: The June Edition

Beastie Boys – “Shadrach” — Pre-Giuliani New York City was a far cry from the tourist destination it is today, but the Beastie Boys were the perfect street-savvy spokesmen of that bygone era. “Shadrach,” off their phenomenal Paul’s Boutique, embodies this ethos. The hard-nosed smart assery that Mike D., Ad-Rock and MCA provide says everything about the pre-gentrified Big Apple. — Ryan J.

Crew Love: The June Edition

DMX – “Damien” — With X’s vivid imagery and Satanic rhymes showing zero restraint, “Damien” is one of the best original Devil on earth stories. Sinister, even by DMX’s standards, it’s a record that never fails to bring forth chills as the main character falls deeper and deeper into the shadows. The Dark Man at his greatest peak. — Raj

DMX – “Damien”

Crew Love: The June Edition

Danny! – “Lost One” — I first heard of Danny! a few years back but, after prepping the Searching For Danny! article, Where’s Danny? quickly went into heavy rotation. “Lost One, ” the album’s recital on ruined relationships, dutifully executes its regretful tone and the pitch-shifted Lauryn Hill sample works surprisingly well on the hook. Then the song’s scattered fart noises remind you you’re listening to some material worthy of its WTF tag. — S. Cadet

Crew Love: The June Edition

Cam’ron & Vado – “Be With Me” — In the end, Gunz N’ Butta isn’t going to be remembered by history. But “Be With Me,” filled with tales of relationships gone wrong, has stayed in heavy rotation for me since the album dropped. The beat knocks, Vado comes with it, and even after all these years, it’s hard to beat Cam spitting over a touch of chipmunk soul.– Ben Lampin

Cam’ron & Vado – “Be With Me”

Crew Love: The June Edition


John Coltrane – “A Love Supreme, Part 2: Resolution”A Love Supreme, one of the most heralded jazz recordings of all time, used to be de rigueur on Sundays for me when it came to starting my day off with something good to listen to. Why? It evokes a sense of calmness, tranquility, & clarity. It’s simple, really. Four instruments: Sax, bass, drums, piano. But it’s also complex, the way they dance in and out of center stage. It’s been a while since I’ve made this part of my iPod repertoire and I will no longer shortchange myself any further. Listen & reflect. — Teef

Crew Love: The June Edition

Lil Kim Feat. Lil Shanice – “Aunt Dot” – I really love Hip-Hop. That’s not a blind sweeping, either. I grew up getting a fix off of hearing rhyme patterns with varying vocal inflections as the primary cause of creating a rhythm. Naturally, there were a multitude of artists offering their versions of a high and I delved into as many catalogs I could, until I felt they had nothing left to offer. It allowed me to become very keen and aware of detail, opposed to the general sentiments pumped in the media. In the case of Lil Kim, it’s not often highlighted that the bulk of her successful career took place without the guidance of The Notorious B.I.G. and her catalog trumps plenty of rappers, male or female. So being a sucker for the impressive art studious Hip-Hop can bring, it’s vital I revisit all four of Kim’s albums from time to time because she’s a pusherwoman for all the above. — TC

Lil Kim – “Aunt Dot”


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