In this series, we have our favorite musicians curate a YouTube Playlist of their favorite tracks/videos.
This week we have the ever prolific emcee, Homeboy Sandman. A veteran of the NYC underground, who signed with Stones Throw in 2011, Sandman gives us 10 of his favorite joints. Check out the videos below, or peep the whole playlist here.
1. YC The Cynic – God Complex
It takes true talent to be able to break form and master various genres and sounds. Andre 3000 did it with The Love Below. Kanye did with with 808s and Heartbreak. YC the Cynic does it with God Complex:
2. I Am Many – The Okey Doke
I Am Many (formerly “Many Styles”) has been something of a fascination of mine lately. I got hip to him just before his “S.I.N.” album dropped, but have since scoured the web for older footage of him and discovered his “T.H.E” album (The Human Experience. S.I.N. is Strength in Numbers) which includes this mind numbing spectacle:
3. Stevie Wonder – Knocks Me Off My Feet
This is my favorite song of all time in any genre (recently usurping Chaka Khan’s “I Know You, I Live You”) :
4. Jose Feliciano – Golden Lady
Stevie is greatest of all time to me but Jose Feliciano is, to my knowledge, one of only two acts to take a Stevie joint and top even Stevie (the other being KC and JoJo’s “Lately.”) I first heard this on Spinna and Bobbito’s “Wonder of Stevie” mix of Stevie covers:
5. MF Doom – Homeless Cakes
The flip. Classic. SUPA!:
6. NYC Cypher W/ Blu, Das Racist, Oddisee, Final OutlaW, Homeboy Sandman
This cypher was unbelievable otherworldly flame:
7. Oddisee – Mattered Much
This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard:
8. Vex Ruffin – Man With A Plan
My label mate Vex Ruffin makes some of hardest ish being made right now by anyone:
9. Black Thought – Hardware
This is a little known Black Thought jam I discovered back during the Napster days, when I would tirelessly search “The Roots” day in and day out and have to sift through copious amounts of Nappy Roots and Roots Manuva (no disrespect to them of course, but I was solely focused on discovering new Thought verses):
Check back next week for our next installment.