Monthly Archives: October 2011

Michael or Marvin…

Michael Jackson – I Wanna Be Where You Are; Got To Be There

Written by Arthur Ross and Leon Ware, this joint, originally recorded by a 14-year-old Michael, was covered by many, including Marvin Gaye and Willie Hutch. Between Michael and Marvin, it’s tough to say who had the better version — each had their own twist on the song — but I love the instrumentation (especially the strings and horns) on Marvin’s, and have had it in heavy rotation over the last 24 hours or so.

Marvin Gaye – I Wanna Be Where You Are; I Want You

The Willie Hutch is slick, too.


Nas & Rick Ross – Tower Heist

Producer: Salaam Remi

Pusha T – What Dreams Are Made Of; Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray

Producer: The VIPs

*Featuring Ric Flair… Whoo!

Marvin Gaye – “T” Plays It Cool; Trouble Man

Producer: Marvin Gaye

*Marvin on drums, keyboard and piano. This joint is a great foundation for a hip-hop record*

“And don’t call me lyrical, ’cause really I’m just a nigga that’s evil and spiritual, I know some rappers using big words to make they similes curve my simplest shit be more pivotal”

Kendrick Lamar Feat. GLC – Poe Mans Dream (His Vice); Section.80

Producer: Willie B

Clipse Feat. Pharrell – I’m Good; Til The Casket Drops

Producer: The Neptunes

Miles Davis – Right Off; A Tribute To Jack Johnson

Producer: Teo Macero


Miles Davis – trumpet

Steve Grossman – soprano saxophone

John McLaughlin – electric guitar

Herbie Hancock – organ

Michael Henderson – electric bass

Billy Cobham – drums

This joint drives and jams, uninterrupted, for damn near 30 minutes.