[Throwback Hip-Hop Jams:] Kanye West – Slow Jamz (ft. Twista & Jamie Foxx) // KiD CuDi – Pillow Talk & Cleveland is the Reason

We explore some classic throwback rap from the mid-00s to 10s featuring Kid Cudi and Kanye West.


Throwback Jamz [Hip-Hop]
Slow Jamz – Kanye West feat. Twista & Jamie Foxx

She say she want some Marvin Gaye,
some Luther Vandross, a little Anita
will definitely set this party of right!
Say she want some Ready For the World…

[Chill Hip-Hop]
Pillow Talk – KiD CuDi

So don’t be shy, I ain’t going nowhere, I’m here for the night
So move closer, bring your body to mine, let me hold you right
Don’t be mad, I ain’t going nowhere, I’mma sleep here by your side

[Check out more similar-sounding songs from both artists at the bottom of this page]


In today’s Throwback Jams post we’ll be revisiting two classic hip-hop/rap tracks from two of the most influential names in current hip-hop music. The first is the timeless classic and one of media mogul, Kanye West‘s breakout singles “Slow Jamz” with back-up from the none-other than legendary performers Twista and Jamie Foxx.

This soulful staple of the genre samples the iconic Luther Vandross’ “A House is Not a Home”. Twista delivers sonically pleasing, rapidly spoken verses, characteristic of his masterful lyrical delivery on “Overnight Celebrity” which came out around the same time. Jamie Foxx channels R&B legends of the past with his back, and foreground singing. Slow Jamz – 5/5

Next up from none other than the “Moon Man” himself, one of his more mellow and chilled-out tracks, but nonetheless an aural masterpiece. Kid Cudi’s “Pillow Talk” exemplifies everything that was right about the “more than just different” rapper out of Shaker Heights, Ohio who came across as that “weird kid in high school who was also talented.” The song features dreamy soundscapes and vocals mixed with playful, hip lyrics (I know you think I’m shady, but….I ain’t gon’ fuckin’ bounce, fuckin’ bounce). Check it out and relax with some of the spacey music Cudi is well known for.

Ever since the first Cudi song I heard, “Heaven At Nite” through a friend of mine, I knew Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi in the real world) was going to soon be a household name. In fact, coincidentally, a girl I met at a bar here in Atlanta a few weeks back from Ohio tole me she went to Shaker Heights High School with Cudi, was in the same class year and even attended a few parties that he was at.

This source found out of pure serendipity, told me that Mescudi rolled with a big group of friends back then, and most kids at the school thought he was cool. Mescudi was labeled weird and a “stoner kid” in those days.

“Everyone knew that Scotty smoked, in fact him and his friends would always try to get me [and my girls] to come smoke with them…I knew he rapped and did music but never imagined he’d be famous” -Gina

Kid Cudi – Cleveland is the Reason

Little Brother – I See Now (feat. Kanye West)

Kid Cudi – Just What I Am (ft. King Chip)

Pharrell, Kanye, Kendrick & Others Artists React To David Bowie’s Death


HIP-HOP RESPONDS TO THE PASSING OF LEGENDARY MUSICIAN, DAVID BOWIE.

Source: Pharrell, Kanye, Kendrick & Others Artists React To David Bowie’s Death

Photo Credit: YouTube

Yesterday (Jan. 10) unfortunate news was revealed that acclaimed rocker, David Bowie, succumbed to his prolonged battle with cancer. After a tremendous 18-month fight with the disease, the illustrious entertainer passed away . His family has since asked for privacy during this grieving period.

[ALSO READ: Cancer Claims David Bowie, 69]

Given Bowie’s impact on the realms of both music and fashion, many MCs and rappers have taken to Twitter to demonstrate their respect to the iconic Idol. “David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace,” read a post from Pharrell’s Twitter account. A passionate Kanye West shared his thoughts and declared, “David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.” Also adding his commentary to conversation Kendrick Lamar added, “What a honor, what a soul. David Bowie, Spirit of Gold. RIP.”

Juicy J, The Weeknd, and Lupe Fiasco,  are among a host of MCs who have shared their thoughts on the legendary artist.

Below are an included list of tweets: