Flashback Friday: Nas and DeBarge

Last Friday I was looking forward to Avengers: Age of Ultron. This Friday I’m looking forward to … Saturday?

Eh, it’s better than nothing. Here’s what we’re listening to today.

the lost tapes

Nas, The Lost Tapes (2002)

It’s really telling that Nas, an artist whose catalog is as deep as it is legendary, can drop a batch of unreleased songs that eclipses most albums. The Lost Tapes may have seemed like a soulless cash-in at first glance, but instead of table scraps fans were treated to a surprisingly solid meal. It’s brilliance is in its brevity – no frills, just an hour of dense wordplay and fantastic production. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

Also check out:

“Poppa Was A Playa”

“Drunk By Myself”

rhythm of the night

DeBarge, Rhythm of the Night (1985)

We all know about the rise and fall of the DeBarge family. But we ain’t here for the drama today, let’s remember the hits. If you young’ns weren’t around in 1985, lemme tell you: “Rhythm of the Night” was a HUGE song from a huge album. DeBarge didn’t quite live up to their unlimited potential, but you can’t deny the tracks they blessed us with.

Also check out:

“You Wear It Well”

“Who’s Holding Donna Now”

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.


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