After some weeks playing a bit of modern trends of hip hop and R&B, old school jazz rap is back to Music to Dali & Jay-Z Lovers!
Old and new are always welcome as long as it's good music, and that's definitely the case here! "Runnin'" by The Pharcyde is groovy hip hop with elements of jazz and samba (including a Stan Getz sample), produced by the awesome J. Dilla (check our review of "Thought u wuz nice", also produced by him).
The genial thing about how the production and lyricism connect here is the idea of "motion" in the song. The Pharcyde boys tell stories about their personal struggles and fears, and their raps are mediated by choruses singing that one "can't keep runnin' awaaaay"... The irony: the note extension makes you think of distance, running as far as you can; the steady beat, the groovy vibe and linear structure of the song, allow the listener's mind to zone out and chill so hard that he ends up really running away just like the lyrics says they shouldn't...
That's what's so interesting about songs with this cool, chill out vibe. "Runnin'" is a song about direction, it's about looking back to discover where you should go next. And, well, sometimes you just gotta relax and let your mind run away to learn the best way for you to go.
You can learn more about The Pharcyde here:
About the curator: Ana Clara Ribeiro
Music, art and entertainment have always played a big role in the life of Ana Clara Ribeiro. She grew up in Gurupi (an inland city in Tocantins, the youngest State of Brazil), listening to all kinds of music, reading, writing, watching stuff and connecting them to her personal beliefs and other ideas she read about.
As she became a lawyer and a writer, all the topics to which she is constantly exposed continued to give her insights about life, people and the universe, through the lenses of art.
Nowadays, when she isn’t analyzing lawsuits or producing content about Law, Marketing, Business or Music, she is certainly doing something related to her various personal and professional projects, always to the sound of a playlist as eclectic as her life.