I love cold weather. I’m convinced it is because I was born in the winter, but I’m also convinced that I didn’t begin to love cold weather until I discovered two things:
1. The (several dozen) extra pounds that I pack, tends to keep me slightly warmer than most folks.
2. Hoodies are the greatest clothing innovation since the denim jean.
Hoodie weather usually causes a shift in my musical tastes as well; the light, breezy tunes of summer just don’t hold the same appeal when slapped in the face by a 40 degree wind chill factor. As such, over this autumn and winter I will offer examples of prime hoodie listening, songs and albums that fit the weather and mood quite well.
It’s probably the least talked about of all of the Roots albums, and to this day Illadelph Halflife is ignored or misunderstood by most fans. Compared to Organix or Do You Want More?!!!??!, the production is a 180-degree turn and that probably threw most listeners for a loop. Once you get past what you think a Roots album should sound like, you can appreciate the darker feel of this album. It’s almost the perfect album for walking or driving through city streets on a cold night.
Respond/React Section Clones
Possibly the master of “hoodie music” (a title shared with The RZA), El-P’s first solo album Fantastic Damage features songs that will not only convince you to put on a hoodie, but will also lace up your Timbs for you. The combination of electronica synth sounds, distorted basslines and drum kicks and El-P’s stark, angered vocal delivery create an almost perfect soundtrack for the colder months of the year. This album is a must if you’ll be traveling by public transit in any major city in the latter seasons of the year.
Squeegee Man Shooting Tuned Mass Damper
On the short list of sophomore albums superior to a critically acclaimed debut, Onyx’s second album All We Got Iz Us is one of the sonically and lyrically dark hip-hop albums I’ve ever heard. And considering how much Psycho-Logical I listen to, that’s saying a lot. Onyx had a dichotomous career. What they excelled at was making gritty, grimy, street-level rap music, however they often tried to produce more mainstream friendly tracks. Their second album has no attempts at crossover songs (with the exception of “Live Niggas” included from the soundtrack to The Show). If you need an album to keep you company while walking the streets with your hood up, I can’t recommend this overlooked gem enough.
All We Got Iz Us (Evil Streetz)
Walk in N.Y.