Writing up this week’s entry has been such a bizarre experience. Normally I’m not one to be stuck for something to say, but writing about my own track is like staring into the looking glass the wrong way.
A member of legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg died in 2016, but left an interesting solo work too. His 1999 EP “Bend Ova / Thought u wuz nice” was produced by J. Dilla (also a hip hop icon, gone 10 years before Phife) and contains pearls such as this track.
If you’re looking for a sad song this week I’m sorry but you’re shit out of luck. If however you’re looking to get to grips with your grief, maybe take it out and show it what you think of it – this might be the perfect track.
This song is so heavenly. The love maestro himself, Barry White, fronted the Love Unlimited Orchestra, and definitely gave this song his own flair, classical with a tinge of disco. In the 70s, many groups had lush instrumentation: Chicago, ELO, Earth, Wind and Fire. This song, however, was one of the few purely orchestral arrangements to make it to number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 and deservedly so.
I’ve received a lot of e-mails asking me how I write. The simple answer is, I write late at night, with my headphones on, listening to music. These are some songs I really like, especially for writing. They frequently find a place on my midnight playlist. I hope you like them, too.