1. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) – Lloyd ft. Andre 3000
By far the most popular music video featuring one half of the critically-acclaimed Atlanta duo Outkast as a talking cat. The lip-syncing is also top notch and blows all other contenders out of the water.
I thought the first time I heard this was a few weeks ago in Michael’s car. I felt the feeling of the funk inside of me. It’s a wonderful thing. I had to Shazam to find the name of the song because most of my Rick James knowledge comes from Charlie Murphy.
Betty Wright deserves to be seen live. . .and even though I’ve never seen her live in person, I have seen her live through the magic of YouTube. She does impressions of other singers at the end, not that you need incentive to stick around.
There are songs I listen to because of the way they sound, their rhythms, their musicality, there is something about them that is satisfying on a sonic level. Then there are the songs I listen to because of the lyrics, a compelling story, turns of phrase that make you stop and think.
This Steely Dan song is both. Even without background knowledge of the song, the words themselves weave a tale that is timeless and grand. You get a sense of danger, from the music and the recalled panic in lyrics.
Like Kanye, one of my first favorite rappers was Bad Boy’s own “Murda” Ma$e. Born Mason Betha, aka Rap Game Michael Jordan, he has retired and unretired more times than a NASCAR pit crew. But I welcome every return.