Busta Rhymes – Girlfriend (feat. Tory Lanez & Vybz Kartel)

Selector dem a play tune and me a MC
Now all my chicks everywhere, hands in the air ( show em!) and let em’ know girlfriend
This shit feel like vacation nigga!

[Verse 2: Vybz Kartel]

Mommy on the dance floor she shake for me

Loud with the weed me nuh care who see it

Is a Sex-UV

Bend and touch your toes girlfriend
Boil up the sensi
[Verse 1: Busta Rhymes]
Dawg oh no, who called the po-po that’s a no no
Bend and touch your toes girlfriend
[]
[Outro: Busta Rhymes]

Now all my chicks everywhere, hands in the air ( show em!) and let em’ know girlfriend
Now all my chicks everywhere, hands in the air ( show em!) and let em’ know girlfriend
[Chorus: Busta Rhymes]
Now all my chicks everywhere, hands in the air ( show em!) and let em’ know girlfriend
Gyal pull down your brazier for me
Now all my chicks everywhere, hands in the air ( show em!) and let em’ know girlfriend
A you that ?
Okra , steam fish prepare for me
Babes ya forward ?
Riri she have a fat coochie

[Verse 4: Busta Rhymes]
Bend and touch your toes girlfriend
Verse 3: Tory Lanez
Now let it go girlfriend
Introduce her to my mother in another country (Fuck no!)
Ten gyal inna me Benz
Bend and touch your toes girlfriend
Make sure you never test me
This shit sound like the welcome music when you just landed in Kingston, Jamaica on a private nigga!
Yeah (yeah, yeah)
Beyonce, big up Jay-Z

Chorus (Busta Rhymes):
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Nicki Minaj booty squeeze it
Yeah yeah
Two branch chop off
beat a little boy carefully Koof Kaaf! Boof Baaf!
Now let it go girlfriend
[Chorus: Busta Rhymes]
Or nah! a Or nah me say Or nah ! Or nah!
Mom inna me section she a undress for me
Shoot that!

Ayo this shit sound like
Me soon know who dweet
Look out the window, fucking police
Bend and touch your toes girlfriend
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Fuck pan the seat make the bedroom sleep
Now let it go girlfriend
[]
You can’t tell me this shit don’t feel like vacation
[Chorus: Busta Rhymes]
Plug in me matic fi go on the street
[Intro: Busta Rhymes]
Now let it go girlfriend
Busta which gyal that? Who she ?
[Chorus: Busta Rhymes]

Yeah (yeah, yeah)
[]
In case you don’t, everything bless for me, Yeah!
Bet you say you love stew peas
Now let it go girlfriend
All a the gyal them weh a dance u need fi go slow
Beg you to watch here for me
Yeah (yeah, yeah)

Bryson Tiller & Jazmine Sullivan – Insecure

And I can take a lot of shit, but I won’t take that
[Verse 3: Jazmine Sullivan]

Got me feeling like I can’t breathe, I can’t even hang with a homie
And I can take a lot of shit, but I won’t take that (but I won’t take that)
You be way too controlling
When I did all I could do, but you be wanting more (but you be wanting more and more)
Don’t you never trust, it’s important
[Chorus: Jazmine Sullivan]
(Ooh, yeah, yeah)
You my nigga, not my master, I’ll escape

Why I treat you like a trophy, control freak
Thirsty bout to make a nigga spaz
Is a good time really boring to you?
You my nigga not my master, I’ll escape thinking who can I run to?
And why you can’t get up off my back
You been through my head, playing games man
Why you gotta’ be so insecure? (so insecure)
[Verse 1: Jazmine Sullivan]
Why you gotta’ be so insecure?
I’m a good girl but you reachin’
And why you can’t get up off my back
Been a long time, ain’t been home – I been away
You make it hard to wanna stay with ya
No I won’t take that no more
When I did all I could do, but you be wanting more
[Chorus: Jazmine Sullivan]
I tell you that’s better than no freak
And why you can’t get above my back
I’m your lady, not a slave
With a chill vibe, who a nice time, who can lay back, who don’t pick fights, who ain’t insecure
When I did all I could do, but you be wanting more
Gotta’ lot on my mind
And I can take a lot of shit, but I won’t take that
You’re my treasure, baby, not my trash
I want it all, for myself sorry if I’m coming off insecure
You be on your Suge Knight, Always trying to fight
Stop trippin’ girl you know me, I’m your homie
Are you my man or my big brother
[Verse 2: Bryson Tiller]
Can I get a minute get some space, man
Find someone better you can go free
Work got me in and out of state

Baby somethings wrong with this picture
Don’t know what you’re doing, wonder what you’re doing
Ever heard of that, is it foreign to you?
Don’t cut it off, we done said it all and we done it all
Ain’t no reason not to trust me, I’m your lady not a slave
’bout to make me give you reason to be insecure
You a bully or a lover
I’m thinking I’m needing a break to clear up the clutter, damn man
Thinking who can I run to?
[Chorus: Jazmine Sullivan]
You got niggas in you’re face, I’ll never let you go to waste
Got me looking for a new dude

Got me looking for a new dude
Why you gotta be so insecure?

Starlito & Don Trip – Untitled No Hook

Lito
223 if the odds against me
Privacy, sanity, thirty day spent about 90Gs gambling
I’m strapped up, I’m strapped in
I got a clapper with me
I just wanna be happy fuck around with these rappers
Long as my casket empty
Three hour drive to Nashville
Keep a tool with me I’m cool with being misunderstood
[Interlude: Starlito]
Like those guys play by their own rules
[Verse 1: Starlito]
But you can keep that and I traded my OG status
I remember riding low key on pins and needles
But ain’t enough days in a month
I lost what was left to lose
‘Lito
Still ride with them hammers
I got street credit and I’m also rich in the hood
Man I’m just tryna provide for my family
War torn from the game I ain’t ashamed but I remain this way
And I got a baby AK in the front
And they did what made sense to them
And that was the strength of their bond
The niggas you hustle with probably won’t even put shit on your books
But still not high as God intended
Ask a catcher’s mitten
They just selling dreams you get a syrup and a weed happy
And it got a back up with it, that got a back up with it
If it’s ’bout cash I’m with it, I never slack to get it

Stop at Prince’s to grab a chicken
I mean we don’t have
You know you can count on me like a mathematician
Got road rage on the road to riches
Make a nigga proud ain’t still in the cut
We have different ways of doing things
Searching for classy women
But when you put us in the room with a mic and a console
Meanwhile I’m flier than a flight attendant
Third time hearing bout a raid this month
So I think with that film that was the other thing
Smallest giant, largest weapon
[Verse 2: Don Trip]

To city near you for my backend
There people like I mean we have different habits
Strapped when I’m in traffic
And I ain’t playing just like a rain delay
Disagree with me thats ’til I raise this pump
My lil cousin in college she need tuition and books
Bitch I ball hard you don’t believe me?
Momma ain’t raise no punk
That’s why I move different like bishops and rooks
Learn from all my pain because it’s lame to make the same mistakes
Then it’s back to Memphis
By the way my name ring bells like class dismissal
Like we’re not so similar like
Betting against us is like hitting a strip club
Grind like I’m famished
You know it’s clock work
I can come back everyday and not have to reload
For all this hay in the truck
Niggas say my name in one of his raps I’m ready to slap ’em silly
Try to understand me
Endured a loss just keep stacking, stashing for a rainy day

YBN Nahmir – I Got A Stick

[Intro]

All in your turf got the blower on me I’m blowing
I got a roll em count checks
[Verse]
It’s guaranteed you prolly oppin
Got these big 4 fizzies in case a nigga wanna be on it
I’m rockin and I’m silent
A new nigga come around tell em kick dust
By my lonely ima pop em
I done bossed up bitch
Niggas snitchen on his brothers
Niggas out yo luck to
And i ain’t never had shit
Gang
I’m in my prime so ima flex
Mr bounce out with that .44
Ay, gang
But if a nigga really want it
You hanging in there turf
They done switched up
Lil nigga need to stop it
I ain’t never need no nigga

AOA – Bing Bing (Sub Español, Hangul, Roma)

내 숨겨왔던 비밀스러운 touch
Chitty chitty bang bang
아찔하게 bing bing
Look at me babe
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Can’t nobody do it like you ha ha ha)
Ya know can’t nobody do it like me
(Hey hey hey let me hear you say it say it
Can’t nobody do it like you ha ha ha)
갈 듯 말 듯
The way you do it the way you do it
눈빛에 빠져 bing bing
제멋대로 내 머릿속을 빙글 빙글대
Can’t nobody do it like you do the way you do it
Look look at me now AOA come on
내 숨겨왔던 비밀스러운 touch
자꾸 아슬하게 bing bing
뭐가 그리도 좋은지 또 싱글벙글해요
Bring the beat back
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
달콤하게 kiss me yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
(I know what you want, look at me now)
눈빛에 빠져 bing bing
(That’s right, come on now)
좀 솔직해져 봐 감추지 마

아찔하게 bing bing
내 머릿속에 bing bing
달콤하게 kiss me yeah
아찔하다 못해 네 숨이 턱 끝에

아찔하게 bing bing
눈빛에 빠져 bing bing
멈칫하게 돼 그런 널 보면
자꾸 아슬하게 bing bing

자꾸 아슬하게 bing bing
(Hey hey hey let me hear you say it say it
내 머릿속에 bing bing
(Hey hey hey let me hear you say it say it
(That’s right, come on now)
자꾸 아슬하게 bing bing
부드럽게 hug me yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

눈빛에 빠져 bing bing yeah
올 듯 말 듯
알지 못하니 body sign 촉촉한 내 입술
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
부드럽게 hug me yeah

Can’t nobody do it like you do the way you do it
(I know what you want, look at me now)
또 빙빙
Can’t nobody do it like you uh uh come on now)
너무 숨이 가빠와
(I know what you want, look at me now)

Like a little boy 망설이지 마
Oh baby 말해봐 I’ll be your lady

너무 숨이 가빠와
알지 못하니 body sign 촉촉한 내 입술
두 눈을 감아도

내 머릿속에 bing bing
Oh baby 말해봐 I’ll be your lady
두 눈을 감아도
(That’s right, come on now)

Boy you show me 그만 내게 다가와 my baby
답답하게 애타게
부드럽게 hug me yeah

달콤하게 kiss me yeah
애태운 만큼 오늘 밤 죽어도 좋게
Can’t nobody do it like you do the way you do it

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

타고난 치명적임 누구를 탓해
Hey I know what you want

Dee-1 – Sallie Mae Back

But guess what I did?
And I been on my grizzy {​​yeah}​​ since way back
[Hook]
And I been on my grizzy {​​yeah}​​ since way back
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
For those that doubted me yeah this is payback
[Verse]
Calling me from different numbers ooh she think She slick
Had To pay for books so i took out loans to feed the Boy
$80,000 $90,000 $100,000 how much do you owe her
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
And no sir and I don’t drive a Maybach
Went in default Messed my credit up check my Equifax
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
In the game right now My time to shine
I finished 2x
Started paying them loans back one at A time

Huh let me tell you what i been through when it comes to Sallie
I ain’t proud of that I’m more proud that I drown in that
[hook]
[Hook]
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back

But guess what I did?
Then i sit down on the sofa grab the remote and Turn on the news
I took a screen shot, boy I had to save that
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
No time to whine i can’t ride the pine
Needed tuition Needed room and board
Look is it $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 or maybe it’s more
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back

I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
It say congratulations on paying back your student loans
For those that doubted me yeah this is payback
And no sir and I don’t drive a Maybach
[2nd Verse]
And no sir and I don’t drive a Maybach
Is it $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 or maybe it’s more is it
Just got off of work that got me drove my boss kept Me late
[Hook]
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
But I got them all memorized I hit ignore quick
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
She call me at least twice a day she want her money badly
Peace sign
I got 2 jobs really got on my grind
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back

Got them down down down
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
Open up my laptop kick kick kick Kick kick off my shoes
But guess what I did?
Graduated wasn’t making Quite enough to pay em back
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
[Bridge]
Red Beans and rice on a Monday
For those that doubted me yeah this is payback
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
Walk inside the kitchen grab a dish and then I fix a plate
Oh no hope this email ain’t wrong
Down down down down down till i payed them all off
I see that I got a email from Sallie Mae
And I been on my grizzy {​​yeah}​​ since way back
Then I hit my homeboy like

I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back
[Intro]

Did another month pass that I forgot to pay?

Is it $80,000 $90,000 $100,000 how much do you owe her
Walk inside my crib {​​yeah}​​ you know I just had a long day
I finished paying Sallie Mae back Mae back

Random Music News for September 30, 2017

There’s some really interesting stuff on the federal government’s new “cultural roadmap.”
The 10 worst people you can encounter at a concert. It’s kinda interesting. Almost. Here are eleven tricks to help you more out of iOS11. Yep. Try not to gasp at the asking price. I’m in the UK this weekend where they’re making a big deal about the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1. Bet on it. This Winnipeg guy is selling 17,129 premium DVDs and Blu-rays on eBay. There was a hat feud between Liam Gallagher and Idris Elba? A list of agonizing waits between albums. And…that’s it for September. Bell wants the CRTC to block Canadians from accessing piracy sites. We still have some music news to deal with for September 30. A stat I learned today: The average time we view an ad on a digital video platform is 1.7 seconds. Could smart speakers replace the clock radio? Have you received your Time Capsule yet? Snopp Dogg’s cannabis investing comes to Canada. Do you use Spotify? The FCC says Apple should activate the FM trip in new iPhones. How Instagram became the music industry’s secret weapon. Frances Bean Cobain is making $100,000 a month from Dad’s estate. One problem: iPhones haven’t contained an FM chip for a while. (Via Tom)
Typical for Spinal Tap, right?
Random Music News for September 30, 2017

Book To Check Out: Some Fantastic Place

Book To Check Out: Some Fantastic Place
This memoir reveals that, as far as Difford is concerned, the most fantastic place of all was the area where he grew up in the 1950s and 60s: a close-knit community of terraced houses and prefabs near Greenwich Park, south-east London, with three pubs, one school, a church and a telephone box that was the communications hub of the whole street, so that “when it rang everyone came out to see who it was for”. gig, at The Lighthouse in Bethlehem, New Jersey, he writes, “We literally played to one man and a dog. Fans of Squeeze will recognize the title of one of their albums in Chris Difford’s new memoir “Some Fantastic Place: My Life In and Out of Squeeze”. “Some Fantastic Place” is distinguished by its admirable candor: Unlike many artists, Difford is reflective about the obstacles he’s had to overcome (e.g., flying anxiety, substance abuse, relationship breakdowns), and he is direct and forthcoming about how these things inform his life and music, even in the present. The dog left.” Lovely and enriching, “Some Fantastic Place” is very much worth a read. Difford placed an ad calling for a guitarist to join his band. However, Difford’s dry sense of humor also shines through — for instance, speaking of the band’s first, ill-fated U.S. It looks to be a bit of an interesting read. It sounds like it covers a lot of ground so might be worth your time and money. Take the occasion in January 2016 when Squeeze were invited to play the title track from their latest album, Cradle to the Grave, on BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show. You can read more here. Good rock music is all about good timing, and in this quirky memoir by one of the founding members of new-wave band Squeeze, guitarist and lyricist Chris Difford shows that it’s equally important for anyone who wants to write about it. From the Salon review. Noticing that the other guests included David Cameron, who was keen to justify his government’s decision to knock down old council estates, singer Glenn Tilbrook improvised some sharp new lyrics: “I grew up in council housing,” he sang, “Part of what made Britain great / There are some here who are hell bent / On the destruction of the welfare state.” Difford observes drily that Cameron sat on the sofa clapping along, and “came over to us at the end of the show and said, ‘You know I think that song is going to be a hit!’ Wanker.” As a putdown it’s not exactly Dorothy Parker, but the timing is impeccable. We were forced to play a second set by the owner. (There was no band.) The only person to reply was Tilbrook
That emphasis on ordinary life is hardly an accident, because few bands have a clearer sense of their working-class roots than Squeeze.

Exodus at 40: A Bob Marley Tribute

Exodus at 40: A Bob Marley Tribute
and Marley’s sons Ziggy and Stephen. “After listening to Ziggy’s restatement of Exodus 40: The Movement Continues, the album struck me as something so powerful and rarely seen live in its entirety,” music director Don Was said in a statement. Bob Marley’s family will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the reggae legend’s Exodus with an all-star Los Angeles concert featuring Jim James, Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr. Wow, I must be getting old. “I am thrilled to be a part of this show with Ziggy and Stephen, and perform these songs for the fans.”

Read more here. This follows on the heels of Ziggy Marley’s rework:
The Exodus 40 Live concert follows Ziggy Marley’s “restatement” reissue of his father’s LP, dubbed Exodus 40: The Movement Continues, which featured lead vocal outtakes, ad-libs and more from Marley and the Wailers’ Exodus recording sessions. A tribute concert is happening. Hard to believe this reggae classic is 40 years old! Citizen Cope, Aloe Blacc, Cyril Neville and more artists will also take part in the Exodus 40 Live event, scheduled for November 1st at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theater.

Someone Paid How Much For Prince’s Boots?

Someone Paid How Much For Prince’s Boots?
From Rolling Stone. Prince’s custom high-heeled boots, worn on 1987’s Sign o’ the Times Tour, sold for $75,147 at auction, according to Boston-based RR Auction. Dead artist goods have always been a lucrative market. I think this qualifies. A handwritten set of lyrics to “The Ladder” sold for $26,866, while handwritten notes on the Purple Rain soundtrack went for $51,322. People will pay truly exceptional amounts of money for the weirdest things. I totally get buying instruments, equipment and handwritten lyrics. As a result, the boots “exhibit wear consistent with Prince’s exuberant stage performances.”
The shoes were just one of many items of Prince memorabilia put up for sale between September 14th and September 27th by RR Auction. An advance pressing of Camille – an unreleased LP from 1986 which included several songs that surfaced the following year on Sign o’ the Times – sold for $58,786. Not so sure about this. The auction house suggests that Prince wore the shoes sporadically between 1986 and 1992, favoring them during his 34-date tour of Europe in 1987. RR Auction acquired the boots from a former Paisley Park employee. Some other items included:
An all-access backstage pass from Prince’s 1980 tour with Rick James – a tour that famously created animosity between the two performers – went for $60,366.

“Mr. Brightside” As Done By A Sportscaster! Oh yes!

Trust me, it’s worth it!! You really want to see this because it is simply outstanding. .@GerardWhateley is ready to step in for @thekillers if they can't make the @AFL Grand Final. The Killers classic “Mr. His greatest work yet may include this rendition. Click play. Brightside” is pretty ubiquitous as songs of the ages go. Gerard Whateley of ABC Australia is a sportscaster who does great work on the Australian Football League games. Watching him commentate 'Mr Brightside' is 💯 pic.twitter.com/o0hWWdhJPZ
— Veronica and Lewis (@triplejvandl) September 28, 2017
Brightside” As Done By A Sportscaster! Oh yes! “Mr.

Lorde Covers Phil Collins at the BBC

Lorde Covers Phil Collins at the BBC
I went through this crazy journey of all the Genesis stuff and all his own records. He’d be like: ‘Oh no, there’s a little pool in front of me.’”
She also performed “Green Light”

We can't let go of how perfect Green Light sounds in the Live Lounge 💚
As @ClaraAmfo said – we're so glad @Lorde exists! This small snippet of “In The Air Tonight” gives us a great sense of her power. His melodies and his drums – I’m just so inspired by him and he pushes me to be better.”
Lorde added: “I haven’t [met him]. Lorde is a pervasive presence when she performs. Oh, @Lorde 😍@PhilCollinsFeed's In The Air Tonight sounds beautiful in the Live Lounge #R1LiveLoungeMonth pic.twitter.com/qooUenQ0IR
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) September 28, 2017

Discussing Collins with Radio 1 host Clara Amfo before she played her cover, Lorde said: “I think I was aware of him as a kid but it wasn’t until I got older that I really realised how magical he was. I think I would just melt into a little pool. ✨ pic.twitter.com/vxbliqw8EK
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) September 28, 2017

Read more here. He’s such a pioneer.

52 Albums That Changed My Life (and Other Exaggerations), Chapter 40: Vs.

Why not Ten?”
A fair question to ask. on a cold, sleet-filled night from a record store that no longer exists. Second albums tend to get a bit of a bad wrap and in many cases, rightfully so. is the forgotten album in the Pearl Jam canon, which is a little weird given the songs that came off of it that still regularly make their live sets. takes what the did with Ten and pushed their boundaries a bit, setting the stage for what the would be able to do with the rest of their albums. At the end of the day, I always feel like Vs. The sound of “Go” is still professional but doesn’t seem quite as slick-sounding as Ten was (the remaster of Ten has changed that a little). might throw some people off. Maybe it’s because they worked on Vs. But eventually, I do have to cover a few of them, although the choice of Pearl Jam’s Vs. “Daughter” and “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter” are almost slices of life songs and “Indifference” really feels like it comes from the soul of Eddie Vedder. Vs. You have six months to write the second.” And while Pearl Jam did wait two years to record their follow-up album, you’ve got to remember that during that time they were touring, doing awards shows, music videos and press. There is a saying that goes something along the lines of “You have a lifetime to write your first album. scratches that itch on a number of levels. Songs like “Daughter” and “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” and “Indifference” show a softer side to Pearl Jam. I bought my copy of Vs. Every song sounds like it is exactly where it should be despite some interesting turns between songs. There is a flow to it of sorts. The album starts up with “Go”, a song that just demands urgency and to be paid attention to. Vs., however, hit me right in the ears the moment I hit play. is an album that proves that sometimes, the second album can be better than the first. While I was not nor am I now a great guitar player by any standard, during the period I was taking lessons, I tended to listen to a lot of guitar driven music whether it be the blues or industrial and Vs. And if for nothing else, Vs. Pearl Jam really could have coasted on the sound of Ten for another three albums and probably made enough money to live nice lives until the end of their days. Despite the variance in the songs, Vs. It was right beside where I took guitar lessons and maybe that’s what influences my love of Vs.. I received my copy of Pearl Jam’s Ten well after I had Nirvana’s Nevermind and while I liked it, it wasn’t until much later in life that I appreciated it as a full album. There’s also “W.M.A.” which sounds completely different than the other tracks on the album with its almost tribal beats and rhythms. sounds like a complete album. But Vs. I grew up in the era of alternative and grunge being king. Given the time period of my musical awakening, it’s probably not surprising to see certain bands and albums show up on this list. “Why Vs.? But while each song is a quiet, all three are rather different to one another. would have to be “Rearviewmirror.” There is something very epic about it and while it starts like a song that could have been on their first album, it ends as a bridge to what we may hear from the band later on. sounds more… complete to me than Ten did and even a couple of their other future albums. all together whereas a lot of the songs on Ten were already in certain stages of development by the time Eddie Vedder came along. Right away you can tell something is different with the band. Vs. From “Go”, things go into a little more of a familiar tone with “Animal” which wouldn’t have been too out of place on Ten but it’s with the third track we see the band starting to explore a little. is an interesting second album and really marks what I think help set Pearl Jam apart from a number of other bands of their era. The band also takes a crack at their love of punk with songs like “Blood.”
For me, the standout track from Vs. To be fair, it’s kind of surprising that the big four grunge bands don’t make more appearances on this list than they do.
52 Albums That Changed My Life (and Other Exaggerations), Chapter 40: Vs.

The Smiths Strangeways At 30

The Smiths Strangeways At 30
Billboard takes a good look at this classic, and final, Smith’s release. Only it’s The Smiths, so this is serious. “Every combination of chords has been done, but Johnny somehow manages the most imaginative bursts of sound on these final sessions, and the three other Smiths follow,” writes Morrissey in Autobiography. Moz rates Marr’s voice a “honeyed flow,” despite Johnny’s insistence he couldn’t sing. Read the whole story here. Three decades removed from the breakup of The Smiths, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong. One thing Moz and Marr seem keener to discuss is Strangeways, Here We Come, the group’s posthumous final studio album. Countless books and thinkpieces have been written about this fiercely original U.K. guitar band, and yet tracing the rift between singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr can be like figuring out what caused World War I or the financial crisis. The onetime musical soulmates offer differing accounts of the group’s demise, neither especially enlightening. That includes the differing views of the band’s two clashing forces: Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Fans seeking clarity in Morrissey and Marr’s somewhat recent memoirs are bound to be disappointed. He achieved this with “A Rush and A Push and This Land Is Ours,” a striding dream-pop-ska oddity about reclaiming some lost part of yourself. For Strangeways, Marr envisioned opening the album with something radical: a song featuring all keyboards, no guitars. As Set the Boy Free illustrates, he’s always approached things with very clear aesthetics in mind. While not really considered their best, it is still an evocative set. Morrissey devotes patches of Autobiography real estate to “Death of a Disco Dancer”—most notable for the rudimentary “Donnybrook punch-up” piano he himself plays on the track—and “Death at One’s Elbow,” a mad skiffle jam featuring rare backing vocals from Marr. On the second day he and Morrissey got together to work on music, before The Smiths even existed, Marr knew their first single would have silver writing on a navy-blue label, and that their debut album would be eponymously titled. In Set the Boy Free, Marr recalls going into the sessions with an “agenda to use fewer overdubs and not fill up tall the space in the sound.” He also arrived at the Wool Hall studios in Bath, England, with a “new confidence” and “desire to shake things up.”
Confidence is something Marr never seemed to lack.

Studios vs Musicians Union Gets Ugly

According to the defendants, this puts the musicians — who they say were fully compensated — outside the relevant bargaining unit. MGM and Paramount Pictures are moving to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a guild that claims musicians who recorded the score for the 2016 film remake of Ben Hur have been denied rightful wages, benefits and residual compensation. Indeed, the AFM has not even alleged that the musicians are aware that the AFM is seeking to represent their interests in this action.”
Paramount previously used similar arguments to beat an AFM lawsuit over the score to Same Kind of Different as Me. In the complaint, the guild noted that Ben Hur was shot in Italy, but that producers retained the services of a California composer, Marco Beltrami. Each of the major studios is a signatory to a union-negotiated 2015 agreement over motion pictures. That legal action challenged how the film wasn’t scored in North America in alleged breach of the CBA. Crucially, the case failed after a judge determined that the musicians weren’t employed by Paramount, but rather by the production vehicle, SKODAM Films. But MGM and Paramount are relying on the allegation that Beltrami was hired by Paramount’s “contractor,” BH Productions LLC. The studios arguments have been seen before. What’s more, the defendants question whether the musicians have ever consented to this lawsuit. In a motion filed Wednesday, the studios argue that these musicians are not covered under a collective bargaining agreement. “The AFM has not alleged, and cannot allege, that the musicians ever authorized the AFM to seek financial recovery for purported injuries caused to them. Two major studios are making some interesting claims regarding payment to musicians for the movie “Ben Hur”. Read the whole story here. “Because the AFM lacks standing under Section 301 to pursue claims on behalf of the musicians allegedly hired by the composer, the AFM cannot seek damages on their behalf,” states the motion. The lawsuit comes from The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, who assert that the studios are violating Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act.
Studios vs Musicians Union Gets Ugly