Summerish Weather = Windows Down & Cruisin’ Music

3 03 2011

The weather has been so damn nice in Arizona recently (and should only be getting better)… that it’s starting to feel a bit summerish.

Yeah, the lukewarm days and the just-right temperature nights.

It’s getting to be the perfect time of year here in Arizona.

And in my opinion, there’s no better feeling than cruising with the windows down in your car with weather like this.

Personally speaking, I’m a big fan of old school hip hop.

Ice Cube, Dre, Too $hort, Biggie, 2Pac… no particular order but you catch my drift.

A particular genre that I’ve taken a liking to is G-Funk, a style of West Coast gangsta rap over smoother, calmer instrumentals that gained quality airplay in the early and mid 90s.

And to me, if you combine rolling in your car with the windows down and summer-esque weather, you better be bangin’ some good throwback instrumentals.

Here are five of my favorite G-Funk cruisin’ tunes for you to bump:

Too $hort – Just Another Day (1993)

Ice Cube – You Know How We Do It (1994)

Dr. Dre – Keep Their Heads Ringin’ (1995)

Ice Cube – Check Yo Self (1993)

Geto Boys – Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta (1992)

From the movie Friday to the movie Office Space, you may have heard these before, but one thing I can assure you is that these are just a bunch of 15+ year old hits that will making cruising in your car even better.





Hidden Gems – Huauchinango

6 12 2010

Steppin' on in to Huauchinango. Photo by Michael West

Well here we are, the tenth and final stop on my glorious and damn good Mexican Food Hidden Gems search. And wouldn’t you know it, they saved the best for last.

Welcome to Huauchinango.

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Hidden Gems – El Sol

18 10 2010

Welcome to a glorious little spot called they call "El Sol." Photo by Michael West.

I head South down the 101 Freeway into the city of Chandler for my 7th stop on my Hidden Gems Tour around the Valley… and good God almighty, my 7th Heaven was a little place called El Sol.

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My Mexican Food Slideshow/Dubby Dub Original Rap

11 10 2010

Our assignment for Online Media class was to make an audio slideshow of pictures I have taken.

Since this blog is primarily about my undying love for hole-in-the-wall Mexican food joints, I figured I might as well make a song of my own, because no other song out there would be able to express what I’ve seen, where I’ve been and what I’ve eaten.

For whatever reason, I’ve been making an array of original songs since about 2004, and figured that by concocting up my own lyrics and thinking outside the box a bit, I could make an audio slideshow that was less of a slideshow and more of a detailing of where I’ve been and what I’ve eaten… with a little bit of humor thrown in there as well.

My initial end result was a one minute, 20 second song is titled, “I Love Comida Mexicana.”

But for a 100 point assignment, our task was to create an audio slideshow longer than 90 seconds that pertains to our blog topic. So with the teacher giving me the OK, I extended the original song to be close to two minutes and 30 seconds, freshly strapped with a repeat of the chorus and a new verse.

Enjoy.

And Nancie, grade nicely.

All lyrics written by Michael West.

All photos taken by Michael West.
Credit to Sean Divine on the instrumental.




Hidden Gems – Mi Patio

4 10 2010

The sign outside of Mi Patio Mexican Food Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo taken by Michael West (me).

I now have to count on two hands the amount of different Mexican food joints I’ve been to on my Hidden Gems search, and the first place I can count off on my other hand is Mi Patio Mexican Food in Phoenix.

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JMC 305 Photo Project

28 09 2010

This was a photo project for online media class where we had to take three sets of two photos: one wide shot and one close up each. Here’s what I chucked together.

All photos taken by me using my iPhone 4.