This week's Monday Magick entry comes from the grandaddy of mixing black magic with music, Screamin' Jay Hawkins. The 1956 single "I Put a Spell on You" put the Ohio-born Bluesman on the map, while his over the top performing style, complete with macabre props, set the stage for what would become "Shock Rock".
Monday Magick is a new feature here at Imageyenation. I plan to post a "popular" song that makes some allusion, whether straightforward or metaphoric, to magick, the supernatural, or occult, every Monday.
Music is magick.
Just in time for it to be hotasfuck out, Jeremiah Jae dropped this clip for "The Heat".
"The Heat" is the standout track from the Chitown emcee/producer's 'Good Times'
Welcome to Monday Magick, a new feature here at Imageyenation. I plan to post a "popular" song that makes some allusion, whether straightforward or metaphoric, to magick, the supernatural, or occult, every Monday.
This week's entry, 1977's "Looking for the Magic" from Tom Petty's homeboys the Dwight Twilley Band. The tune is from the group's sophomore LP 'Twilley Don't Mind'. You might know it from the 2013 horror flick 'You're Next'.
Music is magick.
Los Angeles based rapper The Koreatown Oddity is another emcee whose identity, that of former comedian and sometimes actor DominiquePurdy, is obscured by a mask.
And while his appearance may be a little on the wild side, his music, in this case "Title Sequence", the opening track from his debut album, is understandably smooth on some classic underground LA Rap shit.
Cop '200 Tree Rings'
, featuring contributions from the likes of Jeremiah Jae, Aceyalone, Ras G, J-Swift, Giovanni Marks, and House Shoes, now on the New Los Angeles label.
17 year old New York emcee Bishop Nehru gives us the first taste of his and MF DOOM's upcoming NehruvianDOOM project via the new video for "Darkness (HBU)".
The track shines due in large part to the funky bassline, majestic horn loop, slick vocal samples, and snappy drum programming flipped from the fingers of the notorious metal faced villain.
After rising from Odd Future's message boards, to co-signs from the likes of Nas, Kendrick Lamar, and Wu-Tang Clan, Nehru is preparing to drop the DOOM collabo soon.
Identity-free emcee Billy Woods is easily one of the best rappers in the game right now. 'Race Music'
, his collaboration with Elucid as Armand Hammer continued the tradition of outstanding music released by he and his Backwoodz Studioz.
"The Rent is Too Damn High", where Woods and Elucid elucidate the realities of tenement living, was a definite highlight from the LP. And the video, courtesy of director William Bodega and shooter Anna Stypko, provides some pretty ground level imagery to accompany the sounds.
Cop 'Race Music'
now on the Backwoodz Studioz label, and watch out for an EP from the group soon.
Oh, and since I apparently forgot to post it when it dropped this spring, peep the video for "Willie Bosket".
As some readers may know I've got a bit of history with The Roots' Okayplayer organization. That's never stopped me from being a harsh critic of their musical output though.
With that said, I'm proud to present the best single the band has released since "You Got Me". It's a remarkably Tricky-esque downtempo slab of gloom featuring the voice of singer Patty Crash called "Never".
Incidentally the video clip bears more than a few similarities to the video for "You Got Me". I mean, everybody's not necessarily dead, but the rapture is kinda the same deal, right?
"Never" is from The Roots' eleventh
album '...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin'
, which is in stores now on the Def Jam label.