Hip hop vet Dr. Dre has been in the music scene since the early ’80s but come the year 2000, it seemed the world needed a little reminding that the famous rapper is certainly a forced to be reckoned with — that’s where the song “Forgot About Dre” came in. Released as the second single off of Dr. Dre’s sophomore album, 2001, “Forgot About Dre” featured rapper Eminem in his early years and won the pair a Grammy award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group in 2000.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Today’s set begins all in the family, ends with some lo-fi indie favorites, and takes an unexpected detour to a folk hip-hop medley in the middle. You know, just another week on Bandcamp.
They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!
What a year for Rihanna! In 2010 she scored four number one singles, a number one album, a successful tour and numerous collaborations. The girl knows how to keep herself busy. And today, she turns 23 years old. That’s right, 23, with five albums and countless chart-toppers and awards under her belt. Feel inferior yet?
To celebrate, we’ve assembled five genre-crossing covers of her tunes for your enjoyment. It seems everybody has taken a crack at covering Rihanna – even the Chipmunks have had a go – but we’ve sorted the wheat from the chaff for you. Check them out below.
Recently we’ve seen quite a few Roots posts (1, 2, 3). We’ve also seen some Jimmy Fallon. We haven’t yet posted the two together though (funny, given that they hang out five nights a week). Well now we can. They’ve even brought along Justin Timberlake, the best third wheel ever.
The trio (Timberlake, Fallon, Roots) takes us through a four-minute medley of rap hits from yesterday and today on last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It starts with the Sugarhill Gang and ends with Jay-Z (“Empire State of Mind”). In between they tackle Eminem, Tupac, Kanye, Soulja Boy – well, pretty much everyone. Even the Roots’ own “The Seed 2.0” gets the Timb-Fall treatment.
Song of the Day posts one cool cover every morning. Catch up on past installments here.
As far as celebrity feuds go, the ongoing Eminem–Mariah Carey beef (if you can even call it that) must be among the least interesting. Two artists who have no obvious reason to dislike each other trading media barbs and writing diss tracks? Meh. Being the slightly classier individual, Carey at least had the good grace to deny that “Obsessed,” her fuel to the fire, was about Em. Too bad she then went and dressed up as him for the music video. Sigh.
Let’s just move on. May Ling is a Portland-based musician building a following one raucous house party at a time. On High Score and Records’ free summer mixtape, she covered Carey’s “contribution” to the feud. Removed from the inane cultural context, “Obsessed” improves dramatically. Ling’s ghostly slow-grind vocals help.