Video(s) of Day: The Real McCoy

A decade ago, dance and techno music were highly common and hot at the time. Honestly, some of it was pretty darn good. Perfect party/club songs to get up/down to. Perhaps this era got overlooked in what’s now about every hot rap/r&b hit. And while I like a lot of that stuff, dance/techno was a good alternative diversifying things.

The Real McCoy came out with some excellent hits including “Another Night” and “Runaway” which were their two most popular tracks. Both were very good sounding and played everywhere. Even these days, they still don’t sound out of tune and haven’t lost their touch.

Let’s take a look back:

The Real McCoy: “Runaway“-Animated

this version is an animated one neatly compiled by YouTuber orinite. perfect editing and highly entertaining. the song most def works especially with the action packed scenes they chose. fantastic ending!

The Real McCoy: “Runaway“-Different Version (Remix)

this is a little different sounding with different style beats. Interestingly enough, it was put up by talented producer and originator Olaf “O-Jay” Jeglitza. I like the original better.

The Real McCoy: “Runaway“-Matrix Version

I’ve had this favorited for quite a while as I really love this version as it uses cool highlights from The Matrix and really works. Watch and you’ll see why.

The Real McCoy: “Another Night

this came out in 1994 as I can still recall hearing it on radios and on even my walkman at different podiatrists for my foot injury. yes. walkmans! remember those? it always was a kickass song and I like the video as well. funny ending.

I’ll try to put up more stuff later.

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Video of Day: The Beatles

I felt like watching some classic Beatles stuff tonight. It’s weird cause this morning, I was checking out some dope rap videos which I’ll probably wind up linking up at some point later this week.

It’s hard to believe that summer is gone. Sure. You can say, ‘Well. Not officially.’ But that’s a load of garbage. Once the calendar shifts from August to September making today Labor Day people, that signals that schools are once again starting up and fall is once again right around the corner. And while the weather tries to hold on reminding you of how it was a few weeks ago, eventually it shall fade out into the sunset as cooler temps take over with calming winds and leaves flying everywhere. Ah. Crosscountry is finally upon us and I’m really excited! 🙂

You’ll feel it in the air soon. Perhaps that’s why I felt like The Beatles now. There’s something about this time of year which makes me really think harder and appreciate oh so much. Cause even as lost a soul as I can be at times, I don’t feel any differently and for once feel really motivated and ready for this month. It’s like I’ve been waiting for it patiently and August just flew by once that Police concert took place on the 3rd.

Since when did September become such an anticipated time of the year for me? Probably cause I’m not in school anymore. But then it dawns on me that that’s bull as I now realize how much more fun it was. Just being in classes and catching up with friends and teammates and clowning around made it all worthwhile. I never realized it at the time how much I loved school.

Word to the wise out there from our younger and hipper generation though if you met me, I’m pretty hip. 😉 Being young is the greatest gift in the world. So suck it up for all its worth and do as much as your heart wishes.

What this has to do with the Beatles I don’t really know but it just feels right for some reason to let it all out and discuss my youthful enthusiasm as another September hits. Ah. How I wish I could get up for school again and wait for that 74 bus. I know how it sounds. But there was something there which I could just feel. Like a totally different world from the one I’ve become accustomed to. I’ve already concluded that I should have been born later because that part of me shall never die.

Just as all-time great acts like The Beatles with John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney could never ever die.

Strawberry Fields forever!

This is my favorite Beatles song and one I can always turn to when things don’t seem great and I’m backed up into a corner. The words are wonderful and it gives me so much hope. Staying positive is what life’s all about.

The Beatles: “Let It Be

i really like this video and that beard still looks so weird on McCartney but man. What a time that must’ve been! 1970.

It’s amazing to think that not once had I ever done a Beatles video. Maybe it’s just the time we live in where you’re not going to find as much Beatles as say Kanye West, Lil Wayne or Young Jeezy. And certainly nowhere as much as Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2 and Weezer. But if i could do posts about fallen idols Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley while paying tribute to still living legends Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, then what the heck took me so long to honor arguably the most influential pop band of all-time?!?!?!?!?!

I guess I’ll never know. But now at least you know how broad my music appreciation is. And there shall be even more. Finally! 😎

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Video of Day: Usher

I’m pretty exhausted but then again, whose fault is that? 😉 I’ll get my rest and watch some U.S. Open tennis and maybe even check on this girl’s soccer game on the net. I kinda promised to follow how she does and well, I did do a special interview feature a few months ago which came out pretty fly if I may say so! 😎

Anyway, I didn’t feel like blogging about the dreadful losses by either New York baseball team yesterday as it pretty much spoke for itself. Hey. At least one team has heart even if it’s not the one I’m crazy about. Ahh.

So, I felt more like linking up a cool more current video which I like and well the song rocks even if it’s Usher. He’s one of the few R&B homeys I can tolerate along with Chris Brown and “Rated” R. Kelly. :rofl: God. That’s so evil! Hahahaha.

Okay. Well, even for a dude like myself, it’s not too hard to admit that Usher’s got talent and is a genius who continues to churn out hit after hit. “Love In This Club” is just the latest hot track from the talented solo artists who the ladies probably scream the most about. You know what I’m talkin’ about here? So don’t deny it!

It’s been played all over the radio on Hot 97 and 105.1…And why not? It’s got IT! That special vibe which draws ya in. I can still hear it blaring over the loudspeakers at the Athletic Center in Park Slope. 🙂

“man i love dis song.”

With comments like that on YouTube, what’s not to like?!?!?!?!?!

Anyway, enough chatter. Here’s the latest Usher masterpiece:

Usher fea. Young Jeezy: “Love In This Club

love the video too as he’s daydreaming and suddenly the club springs to life. pure genius.

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Video of Day: Eazy-E fea. 2Pac and Ice Cube

I have had this cool throwback remix video of sorts for a while on my list of faves. However, I never got around to posting it until today. It’s one of those classic oldschool mixes which would annihilate anything today on the rap/hip hop scene. No disrespect.

When you have the late great Eazy-E and 2Pac on any track, it shoots right up to the top automatically. Plus Ice Cube, who teamed with Eazy in NWA is on this making it a classic Compton West coast phenomenon.

If you like oldschool with classic beats and vintage lyrics from some of the greatest rappers on the scene, then this is for you. Either way, I suggest ya’ll check it out:

Eazy-E fea. 2Pac, Ice Cube: “Real Thugs

the way this is done is great. they really did a sound job with the edits capturing the best of Pac and Eazy from epic videos. Classic scene! 😀

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Video of Day: Chris Brown

I was up late for some reason. And well, I don’t plan on getting up too late today. However, I felt like adding a video I like from R&B singer Chris Brown. This song was pretty hot back in the Spring when I was scoring basketball games in Park Slope.

And for at least myself anyway, I think “With You” is his most complete song to date. It just is very very good and well sung. Such emotion in it and the video’s top notch which doesn’t hurt one bit.

I feel it’s a very uplifting track and worthy of an HB feature. I wouldn’t say I’m a big R&B guy but this is one of those songs which draws you in from the words to the cool beat. It just feels pretty special for some reason. I can’t quite put a finger on why.

Anyway, here it is:

Chris Brown: “With You

i like the way this is shot on with him walking the street and dancing. Funky hoodie. the bus at the beginning is pretty cool and how they shoot it in fast motion works throughout.

Other than this dope video, one random thought. Michael Phelps is incredible. We’ll have much more later on his record-tying seventh gold in Beijing.

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Video of Day: Mariah Carey

Mariah Careys looking as fine as ever these days still putting out big hits.

Mariah Carey's looking as fine as ever these days still putting out big hits.

Okay. I’ll admit that Mariah Carey is ridiculously hot and talented. Her latest is just too hot not to link up. What I want to know is what she’s been doing over the past decade cause she sure looks damn good for 38.

Granted. She’s a rich pop star and can get anything she wants. But god. Who the heck cares?!?!?!?!?!?!

Anyway, her new hit single, “Touch My Body” is excellent and has been played a bunch on the radio. Here it is:

Mariah Carey: “Touch My Body

as usual, the songstress looks off the charts in any sexy outfit she has on with the emphasis on the final word cause it may as well not be. 😆 cute, comical video too with that computer repair nerd daydreaming. now, who hasn’t?

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Video of Day: Tom Green

When the Staten Island Yankees first came here 10 years ago, they played their home games on the College of Staten Island campus better know as CSI to people out here in Shaolin, NYC.

I can still remember it like it was yesterday when then MTV’s own Tom Green decided to visit a ballgame and play one of his unpredictable pranks by doing his own version of PA announcing in a game between the home club and the Expos Low-A affiliate. To say the zany Canadian comedian took it to a whole new level would be understating it a bit. 😀

His announcing got so loud that it distracted players from both sides. He was even tossing in some play-by-play which eventually got him the heave ho from the plate umpire. There aren’t many workers left these days but current Community Relations VP John Davison is still there and was in view on the infamous episode escorting him out of the press box.

It’s still one of the more memorable skits from his show and of course one of my personal faves. If you haven’t yet, see it for yourself now:

Tom Green PA Announces at SI Yankee Game
It still cracks me up till this day. 😆

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Video of Day: Lil Wayne

Today’s edition features one of my fave tracks from the new Lil Wayne Tha Carter III album appropriately entitled, “Mr. Carter” featuring Jay Z where the 25 year-old rap star fires back at his cynics with some cool lyrics and also with Brooklyn’s own Jay Z which always helps.

It’s been played over and over on Hot 97 and for good reason as it’s just the bomb. The beat and words are kicking. I never really was into Weezy but he’s pretty good. That rant near the conclusion where he says, “Hector Camacho Macho Man Randy Savage far from average,” is pretty deadly.

Lil Wayne fea Jay Z: “Mr. Carter“-song with cover

Lil Wayne fea Jay Z: “Mr. Carter“- official video

love the end too with the kids singing as a chorus in the background. pretty cool stuff.

Lil Wayne fea Jay Z: “Tha Carter 3-Alternate

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Video(s) of Day: Best of Mobb Deep

I kind of felt like linking up some Mobb Deep videos. I’ve been listening to their old stuff lately blasting it in the car from the classic The Infamous. I swear it’s one of the tightest hip hop albums. Period. Everyone song is dope. You can FEEL it. Every word is coming in loud and strong right at ya.

Anyway, let’s roll it up and look at some of their best stuff:

Mobb Deep: “Quiet Storm“-original track

how in the world could this be under related while the remix featuring Lil’ Kim isn’t?!?!?!?!?! Unlike most, I don’t hate the remix but the original is just better and where it’s at!

Mobb Deep: “Got It Twisted

i love the beat in this but it’s nothing like their old stuff. just not enough words going on. if this were done back in the day, this could’ve been so much better.

Mobb Deep: “Survival of the Fittest

now this right here is from The Infamous and is the real deal. everyone always talks about Shook Ones I and notoriously II which is off the hook but this is a classic in your face track which comes at you with words and action in the video itself. it’s hardcore!

Mobb Deep fea. Nas: “It’s Mine

another winner off the 1999 Murdah Muzik featuring the one and only Nas. how could you go wrong with that killer combo? the video’s shot great and is super hot. 😀

Mobb Deep: “Hoodlum

this is a little different but with a cool beat and awesome throwback Godfather scene befitting of the track. it’s also coming from the heart. what’s not to like?

Mobb Deep: “Shook Ones II

the best ever track from Infamous featuring the second part of the one and only Shook Ones. One of the best rap songs ever made.

I’m only 19 but my mind is old

And when the things get for real my warm heart turns cold

Mobb Deep: “Shook Ones I

the original debuted in 1994 a year following their debut album Juvenile Hell. i got to agree with what one YouTube user said referring to the beat and the song as “like a shotgun through your speakers.” talk about a heavy beat and delivery. this is the one we never hear but just mesmerizes you. if you like hardcore rap from the inner city streets, then this is your deal. it’s just dope. i have always loved II but there’s something about the original which just registers making you go, ‘Wow.’ teenage geniuses.

Mobb Deep: “Hell On Earth (Front Lines)”

from the self-titled 1996 album coming straight at ya from the streets with that epic Infamous feel from dynamic duo Havoc and Prodigy telling it like it is.

Mobb Deep: “Street Life

a classic track about survival of the streets with a killer beat and lyrics to go with it.

Mobb Deep: “We Up

it’s from their 2004 album Amerikaz Nightmare and has that old feel to it which made them so special.

Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg interviews Prodigy (before he goes back to jail earlier this year)

worth watching as he asks Prodigy about how he and Havoc met and got started in the industry and how they rose to fame. he credits Q-Tip for their early success as he listened to it and gave them instant feedback. interesting to note too that celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Lindsay Lohan and Mariah Carey are all huge Mobb Deep fans. most interesting were Prodigy’s political views on the upcoming election. i really respect what he said. a great interview.

I’m going to try to put up some more later. Hope you enjoyed this special video feature. 🙂

edit: any Mobb Deep video review would be incomplete without this next track from Juvenile Hell. Their first ever single.

Mobb Deep: “Peer Pressure

they look so young in it, it’s scary. the scene and song is about the peer pressure of the urban ghetto with the lyrics taking on a very strong meaning and sending a powerful message. a classic.

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Video of Day: LL Cool J

Today, I just felt in a mood to go with a throwback from one of my fave rappers LL Cool J. Sure. He’s making a comeback but come on. There will never be anything like his classic stuff when he first came on the hip hop scene taking it by storm as a high school dropout.

One of my personal favorites is “Mama Said Knock You Out” as the lyrics and beat are freaking kicking. I remember when he performed it on MTV’s Unplugged and he just rocked the mic and owned the stage.

I will say that his Mr. Smith album a decade ago was pretty dope featuring hits such as “Hey Lover” and “Doin’ It.” Those were hot videos too with smoking chicks. Aren’t all rap videos like the best when it comes to that? Sure. There have been some hot chicks in rock videos too but rap is where it’s at.

Anyway, I’ve always dug the LL jam, “I Need Love.” It’s sung at a slower more deliberate pace so he could get his message of love out there. But most of all, the video’s great and 100 times better than the radio version just for the scenes they have of the rapper coming out getting the “Oohhs and Ahhss” from every hottie outside mobbing him as he went to his car.

Did they holla much? 😉 Who wouldn’t want to be a star rapper with that kind of fanfare? Sure. There’s lots of pressure to stay on top of your game and it’s plenty more demanding than our average existences. But still. From the outside glass, I think it’s worth it. Still, considering their hectic schedules, it’s no wonder quite a few turn to alcohol and drugs with some even burning out.

In any event, here’s the cool video which still rates as one of LL’s best:

LL Cool J: “I Need Love

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