Soundcloud is an amazing place for a blogger. i’ve mentioned this on several occasions but while scanning tracks for consideration for JOVM, i’m good for multi-multi-tasking: listening to tracks while watching Yankees, Rangers, Giants, Nets or Jets game or eating or some other thing, and usually what happens is that I wind up listening to an entire Soundcloud playlist of related artists – and sometimes it allows me to discover completely new artists or forgotten songs by artists I admire. I recently stumbled on to a remix of Madlib and Freddie Gibbs’ “Knicks” featuring Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom.
The original song has Freddie Gibbs tell realistic tales of struggling and hustling in a number of vivid flashbacks of the narrator’s mother finding out that he had been hustling to get the money for a pair of Air Jordans, when he found out that some of his closest friends were murdered usually while watching the Knicks get destroyed – first by Jordan’s Bulls and by Lebron’s Heat, over a dusty, old-school, twinkling piano chord-led sample. The remix is a little bit of a misnomer, as it’s not a remix in the traditional sense, it’s more of a reworking that keeps the original beat by adds verses by Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom; essentially this version adds a little bit more by adding one of my new favorite emcees (Bronson) to one of the best and sadly underrated emcees out there, Gibbs.
Check out the orignal version of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s “Knicks”