Monday, April 8, 2019

Who You Hangin' With?

Hola kitties! It's Music Monday. I've got some tunes for you although I'm sure you'd rather have tunas. HAH! I slay myself sometimes when I think these lines up. OK, TW first typed tunas rather than tunes. It wasn't a flying fish but I caught a little flying thing the other night and it tasted good. My post is about unusual pairings like cats and dogs; especially CK and dogs. Don't forget to hover over the images for my secret thoughts.

Who You Hangin' With?

I'm participating in this week's Music Moves Me blog hop co-hosted by Curious as a Cathy. Themes this month were picked by Kim from The ReInVintaged Life. This week is a freebie which means I get to pick any theme I'd like. This little ghetto kitteh is gonna play some rap and hip hop! Woot! Actually I've decided to play some unusual collaborations between rockers and rappers which somehow work and work well. Like the best rap music, all the ones I've picked have social relevance.



Tupac Shakur sampled from Elton John's "Indian Sunset" on the first single of the posthumous 2004 CD Loyal to the Game. Surprisingly, TW loves this song too so I may have to rethink it. Unsurprisingly, I wanted to share the official video but TW used the lyrics instead. Pfft!



Time Zone was an electro band formed by Afrika Bambaataa who used different musicians on each work. This song is a collaboration with John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Public Images Ltd. The song, released in 1984, was one of the earliest collaborations between rock and rap even predating "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith and Run-DMC. Some people might recognize the song from being used in the fourth season of The Sopranos.



This track is more R.E.M. than KRS One; it's more rock than rap. Since the heyday of radio in the 60's and 70s, it's kinda been in a sad state. Record labels churn out songs that all sound the same and pay the radio stations to play them. R.E.M. were the darlings of college radio. TW first heard their first 45 on WNYU which was the only place you could hear them until "The One I Love" became a hit in 1987.

Of course there were many other rock/rap marriages: Coldplay with Jay Z, the aforementioned Aerosmith and Run-DMC, Rage Against the Machine with Cypress Hill, Anthrax and Public Enemy, etc.

Who You Hangin' With?

Enjoy the music and the gratuitous stunning cat photo. Who you hangin' with?

24 comments:

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Those are all great choices. I only knew the REM song but enjoyed all of them.

Fr. Tom Fishworthy said...

I like how I can find out your thoughts, CK! Really funny!! I like your music Monday choices, too. - Tom x

Little Binky and Granny said...

Great music over here, CK. The only song we knew was of R.E.M. and we usually not into the Rap..YO...but Elton John with Tupac was just PAWSOME! We have goosebumps and tears in our eyes. I think that changes our view on Rap. Thanks for the dance. Pawkisses for a wonderful day🐾😽💞

Brian said...

Thanks for the super cool tune up,on Monday CK!

The Florida Furkids said...

Now we want TUNA!


The Florida Furkids

Catscue Cat Mom said...

That is a stunning cat photo sweetie! Love the mewsic too!

Sandee said...

Some great sounds and of course a stunning kitty.

Have a purrfect day and week. My best to your peeps. ♥

John Holton said...

Not much of a rap fan, but these were good ones.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

CK; all we haz in R mindz eye rite now iz tuna.... well, perch N sardeenz two but whooz countin fish..

hay, how bout Bowie and Crosby; little drummer boy with a flip ta Crosby and Fitzgerald singin white christmas ~ ♥♥

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

These were awesome! My human really enjoyed them.

The Swiss Cats said...

Great choices, CK ! Purrs

XmasDolly said...

Well, rap & Elton John.. that's different, but not bad at all. I can even understand most of it. Cool. Thanks for sharing that one for sure. Second one hmmm but R.E.M wasn't so bad either! Great pickens there my friend!!! Have a great day!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Cathy & Keisha!

I'm not a rap fan but sure did appreciate the exposure even if I only sampled a few seconds. REM is a band I didn't listen to much, don't know why, so this song is new-to-me. I like their sound. Thank goodness the rap was minimal in this song track so I can forgive it and keep on listening.

Thanks for sharing the dance floor with the 4M gang today. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Country radio is exactly the same nowadays...I can't even bear to listen to it anymore. If only we could go back in time to the good old days!

Hp0 said...

Radio Song is one of my favorte REM songs! Great choice!

pilch92 said...

Great theme choice. I knew you would get REM in there :) XO

Kim (The ReInVintaged Life) said...

Oh, my gosh, these were all so fantastic! Rap goes so well with so many different musical styles - when one right, ahem. I did not expect this R.E.M./KRS collaboration, and I think it was my favorite of the bunch. Also, have you heard the cover of "Turn Down For What" by Ice-T and Upon A Burning Body? That's been a more recent favorite of mine, and it's pretty great as well.

This has been so much fun!

Kim

The Island Cats said...

Thanks for sharing those great tunes with us...now share some tuna!

Three Chatty Cats said...

While I don't usually listen to rap music, I do appreciate a good collaboration! Excellent choices!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

We want to hang with you, CK! ESPECIALLY because we know your music is great! There have been some ... interesting genre-crossing collaborations - like the Tim McGraw/Nelly Over and Over. I can't help but scratch my head throughout the song.

meowmeowmans said...

Awesome selections, CK! I used to love Time Zone back in the day! And I also knew the R.E.M. song. :)

bookworm said...

Tupac/Elton John was awesome, absolutely awesome. But of even more interest was the Afrika Bambaataa collaboration. True story, I grew up in the Bronx, in a neighborhood eventually, by the time I was a young adult, dominated by a gang called the Black Spades (this was in the early 1970's). One of their warlords was a man who eventually took the name of Afrika Bambaataa and became part of the early years of rap music. Yup, same man as in your second video. I am not a huge rap fan, but when it's good, it's good. And the rap/rock blends can really reach greatness. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

aisasami said...

I never heard of Tupac Shakur's music before because I was a wee one when he was popular. He died when I was 7 (and my family didn't listen to rap). I can see where Eminem gets his rapping style from.

Stacy Uncorked said...

What great selections for unusual pairings for tunas...I mean tunes... ;) Thanks so much for the dance!