Absolute Summer

Artist: Kool & Kass
Album: Peaceful Solutions
Rating: 5/5
Download: http://koolandkass.bandcamp.com/

The CTA has caused me immense white hot blinding rage over the past few days. At one point I was stuck on a shuttle bus grid-locked in a complete log jam and the CTA driver virtually held me hostage in that urine soaked, chicken bone encrusted hunk of teeming tin. The absolute only thing that prevented me from taking things into my own hands with a sock full of quarters was the Kool & Kass mixtape Peaceful Solutions.

Unremittingly smooth. Ruthlessly chill. An absolutely perfect mixtape for summer. It should be playing on every rooftop and every patio in Chicago. The perfect remedy to blast off the heinous stink of the Chicago winter. It beckons you to sit in the Chicago sun sipping large format saisons and not budging an inch for hours. Wordplay is outstanding and the variation in the duo combined with the plethora of producers makes for a very distinct yet oddly consistent sound.

Most diffusing and favorite song on the album Pleasance:

Charles in Charge

Title: Charles in Charge
Artist: Lyn Charles
Album: American Tragedy
Rating: 4.7/5.0
Download: http://www.datpiff.com/Lyn-Charles-American-Tragedy-mixtape.229070.html

Lace up your LA Gears, zip up your trapper keeper (with slotted gel pens) in that brand new Wolf Creek back pack, this song has that old school first day of class feel. Back when the first day of class was met with unbridled avidity. Where school was simply a venue to debut your dopest accouterment and assorted school supplies. Your biggest concern involved being the fastest kid in the class. Playing 500. Swapping Parental Advisory CDs. Getting a created player drafted in Madden 95 and beating Toejam and Earl. And debating who was better NWO or NWO Wolfpack. Incredible beat and though the lyrics are actually polar opposite you can’t help but smile when you hear this.

I’ve never seen the sitcom “Charles in Charge”, nor do I intend to. The Wikipedia page is underwhelming at best: “A 19-year-old student at the fictional Copeland College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who worked as a live-in babysitter in exchange for room and board.”

Where are the zany schemes!? Where are the two identical twins split apart at birth only to be re-united in a nondescript department store years later!? Where is Kirk Cameron and more importantly the staple to any sitcom Alan Thicke? The introduction is lifeless. The only redeemable part is the surprisingly catchy theme song from which the sample was pulled.

I just wish more rap samples were pulled from these 90’s gems Chief Keef on a “Who’s The Boss” sample would go IN.

Nothing about the video below makes me want to have Charles in Charge: