"The CIA was probably keeping detainees awake by blasting Feist," quipped Stephen Colbert during last night's broadcast of the Colbert Report in reference to the some of the disturbing torture tactics employed by the US in the last decade during the Abu Ghraib prison scandal that has been revisited this week with the publication of the so-called CIA Torture Report. While the Feist reference was funny in terms of jokes about popular music in the aughts decade, the artist (her last album, 2011's critically acclaimed Metals, debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart) was actually not among the music on the CIA torture playlist of a decade ago. That music playlist included such seemingly innocent songs as the theme songs to kids TV shows Barney & Friends and Sesame Street, as well as the Meow Mix TV commercial jingle. Harder sounding guitar driven songs included AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" and Metallica's "Enter Sandman," which (along with Naughty By Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray") is cited by the US military member in the documentary clip below. Meanwhile pop songs that made the CIA torture playlist included The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," Don McLean's "American Pie," and Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty."
The instantly engaging, brand new, intricately assembled 45-minute, audio visual production is made in "video mixtape" format and, as such, is equally enjoyable to just listen to or watch and listen. Big Phat 90's Mixtape is also the 35 year DJ's salute to his favorite decade: the 1990's - hip-hop and beyond. Fresh back in the UK from some doing some gigs in Russia over the weekend I caught up with the British talent born Lee Woodbine to ask him a few questions on hip-hop in the 90's, and also what went into making this impressive video music mix.
1) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)
2) Slaughterhouse self-titled (E1 Entertainment)
3) Mos Def Ecstatic (Downtown)
4) Dudley Perkins Holy Smokes (1 AM APPROACH)
5) Mr Capone-E Diary of a G (Hi Power Entertainment/KOCH)
Los Angeles rapper Mr. Capone-E's brand new release Diary of a G on his own indie HiPower Entertainment record label through KOCH is a hot new seller at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store this week, joining already popular summer releases from the Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Dudley Perkins, and the hip-hop emcee supergroup Slaughterhouse featuring Joe Budden, Royce Da 5' 9, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz. Mr. Capone-E's new release is bound to further broaden his fanbase, especially with such radio & club ready songs as "Light My Fire." Scroll down a bit to peep the video for this Auto-Tune assisted track that features Snoop Dogg.
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:28:09
2) K'Naan Troubadour (A&M/Octone)