My Record Collection - July 13, 2020

My Record Collection by Aloe Blacc
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My Record Collection by Aloe Blacc

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of singer Aloe Blacc, let's see what he picks out...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was...

"It was Nas. I got Illmatic on cassette. As an Emcee myself, I really appreciate a great lyricist and Nas is one of the greatest lyricists of our time. This album defined so much of what Hip Hop was in the '90s and it inspired me to be a better Emcee and songwriter. I can listen to this album every day of my life and it will never get old. I really appreciate the time that all of the producers took to make the beats so amazing."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"Has to be LL Cool J.'s Bigger and Deffer. I started writing rhymes at nine years old after listening to this album. Of course, all of my early raps sounded a lot like LL Cool.J, but then I developed my own style."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"It's J.Dilla's Welcome 2 Detroit. I started getting into the Detroit hip-hop sound in my early 20's and when I found Slum Village, I became an instant fan. The magic behind what that group was able to do, rested largely on the shoulders of the producer J Dilla and I became a fan of everything that he did as a solo artist."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"I'd say it's Arthur Verocai's 'Celia'. Hip Hop music introduced me to Arthur Verocai because certain artists would sample his songs. When I listen to the songs that Arthur Verocai made, they put me in a very calm state of mind. They transport me to another dimension where all that exists are sounds that paint colours in my mind."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"I put on Donny Hathaway's Collection. My entire career is inspired by artists like Donny Hathaway. The collection of his best songs are uplifting, hopeful and inspiring."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"It's Eugene McDaniels and his album, Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse. In 1971, Nixon's administration banned this album. Years later, hip hop artists would find it and sample it and give it a new life. When Marvin Gaye was asking, what's going on., at the same time, Eugene McDaniels wasn't asking any questions, he was being very clear and specific about what was happening in the country around race, ecology, and colonisation."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"It's The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. As a hip hop artist, I'm a big fan of graffiti art and the cover of Bizarre ride II the Pharcyde was a very vivid mural that pretty accurately depicted the rollercoaster ride that the album would take you on."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I'd say it's Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Public Enemy's method of making music was really instructive to a lot of other artists. Their brand of political activism through music inspired many artists to become activists. This title speaks to the socio-political and historical relationship of Black Americans to a nation that is full of systemic racial injustice issues."

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"This is my album, Christmas Funk, I don't understand why everybody else likes it, I made that for me!"

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Choosey & Exile's Black Beans. Choosey is a phenomenal emcee and he has a perspective of being mixed race in Southern California. His stories are vivid portraits of his experience told over the landscape of Exile's bouncing beats."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"It has got to be Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life. An album like Songs in the Key of Life can be played almost anytime, anywhere, for any person and will be received well. The music is full of depth and emotion. The lyrics are full of humanity and insight, and I endeavour to create an album with this level of perfection."

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