SNDTRK: Volume 9

Dribble, Pass, Shoot.

The start of basketball season is another point in the favor of October. The weather is cool and breezy for recreational play plus college and professional ball is back on the tele for nightly binge watching.

League Pass & Chill, anyone?

Interestingly, I rarely listen to music while playing. Before the AirPods, keeping a brick in your pocket with the snake-like, always tangled headphone cords flailing around was not practical.

If you need extra motivation, whether on the court, in the gym, or at home, here’s a trio of tracks to get the blood flowing and the adrenaline rushing so you can power through that next big undertaking. Mine is the start of the Killer Bees season!

As always, leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter with your thoughts.


Ante Up

M.O.P.

Even if you’ve never heard the actual words to the song, there is zero chance you haven’t heard the instrumental.

The headiest of hip-hop fans probably only know three M.O.P. songs, tops, but Ante Up has made the rounds at every sporting event for the last decade. Mash Out Posse has cemented themselves in the history books as part of an illustrious group; respectable one-hit wonders.

My guess is I’m not doing their catalog justice. Unfortunately, it will always get buried under the 50 other discographies I’ve set my sights on investigating.

If you really want a treat, watch this. Shout out Bert & Ernie.


Intergalactic

Beastie Boys

I don’t participate in karaoke night enough but when the day finally comes, Intergalactic is queued up at the top of my list, right above Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It and Roxanne.

The Beastie Boys are such an enigmatic figurehead in hip-hop music and I think it’s what draws me to their music along with their punk influence. When I listen to this song, and watch the music video, it seems like they are having the time of their life and not taking it too seriously while still being professionals. It’s what I aspire to in my own creative enterprise.

For those that want to hear more about their background, this interview with Stretch & Bobbito is worth a listen.


Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)

Wu-Tang Clan

A common theme for this week’s choices seems to involve music my dad played a lot when we were at home or during his shows. I remember hearing the unedited version of this song for the first time and realizing just how much I disliked radio edits.

It was their mixture of bravado and intellect that made hip-hop fun and stimulating. I couldn’t even understand half the shit they were saying on first listen, similar to my favorite rapper of all time, MF DOOM. But that was the point. Their music was dense and cinematic.

Wu-Tang Clan is the original MCU. With nine founding members and a multitude of albums between them, The RZA, The GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and the Method Man took over hip-hop, flooding the market with classic studio albums and spin-off records full of features from other members in the group. Arguably, two of the best records to come out of the Clan, GZA’s Liquid Swords and Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, aren’t even Wu-Tang albums.

It was Macklemore who said, “…but that’s what you get when Wu-Tang raised you.” That speaks to me. After all, Wu-Tang is for the children.


Each Friday, SNDTRK will hit this site and your inbox, providing you with three songs.

Ranging from music that has inspired me, invigorated me, or just songs that bump including fresh cuts and old classics. In doing this series, I want to share the connections I have to music and in turn, make a connection to you.

You can find the full playlist here.