It's a massive week for our beloved genre and culture.
Two titans are kicking off the fall season of albums with enormous, solid releases. Business is booming for hip-hop and really, news has been relatively slow as our insulated universe digests Raekwon and Jay-Z.
But if you're searching for a pretentious smack down about either Cuban Linx II or Blueprint 3 on Pitchfork, keep waiting. The flagship music magazine is busy writing overwrought essays of Beatles LPs. Here's a pretty good breakdown as to why. Basically, these monster albums were hastily formatted for CD back in '87, and finally some capable mastering is restoring the mono masters for an all-out blitz of product. Also The Beatles: Rockband dropped.
For most of my hip-hop adoring friends, the Fab Four are an indifferent linchpin to their music. There's basically respect and no interest because many of you simply haven't grown up with parents who engraved these songs into your very being since infancy. Yeah, that was me.
This afterthought relationship with the most important band ever is something I've taken for granted: the catalog is a given and every year or so marketing or happenstance makes me go back to Abbey Road. Rinse, repeat.
For those who missed The Beatles, this swollen season of merchandise is a great excuse to immerse oneself in an immaculate catalog. To get this ball rolling, here are ten unrelated, perfect Beatles songs presented in true mixtape fashion. If these don't move you, I can't help you.
ATG Presents: Beatles 101