There was a time when I thought we had seen the last of Fortune Family. Family’s fall apart sometimes, but sometimes they come back even stronger. Fortune Family fell apart for over a year, but then they did just that; the music they’ve been working on recently is better than anything they’ve released, and this is our first taste of that. Hop’s production has reached a new level, and his and Reef’s lyricism is deeper and realer than ever before. On this track, Hop and Reef discuss their journeys, both as single artists and as a whole, and deliver a glimpse into what happened to the Fam and how they ended up coming back together. I am so glad they did. Watch the video below, and expect to hear a lot from the Fam in the coming weeks and months.
Welcome back, Reef and Hop. You’ve been missed.
Fortune Family’s back with a new single, Fam-uh-la. The other week, Lydia had a great post the other week about samples used in songs, and this one has a lot of samples itself so I thought I’d take you through them.
First, let’s get to the music. Hop samples “Shadow of Lo” by Return to Forever. Return to Forever is a jazz-fusion band from The Big Apple, led by well respected pianist Chick Corea. They made their mark during the 70’s, and came back just a few years ago to do some shows and record new music. Chick Corea is a pretty incredible dude — he played with The Legend Miles Dewey Davis III back in the 60’s — so his chops and credentials are mightily legitimate.
Now, the lyrics. The female voice you hear is Lauryn Hill, sampled from the Fugees song “Ooh La La.” As members of the Fugees, Hill, Wyclef Jean, and rapper Pras Michel were huge; they had a Grammy Winning record in 1996 with “The Score,” which went platinum 4 times over. Then, in 1997, the group went their separate ways, all managing to promote successful solo careers. Hill went on to record her magnum opus, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Clef went on to produce for such acts as Santana and Destiny’s Child, and Pras went on to record with hip-hop god Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Not too shabby all around, I’d say.
The sound clips, to me, add a lot to the song. The first is Bob Ross a painter. Kind of the Richard Simmons of his craft, truly a pleasure to watch.
You’ve also got a clip from Dumb and Dumber, and one from the Peep Show at the end. All in all, a whole lot of different sounds went into creating this song, and it’s cool to see how it all comes together.
Last night, Fortune Family released their lead single off of their upcoming mixtape, accompanied by visuals directed by Ryan Do.
Sampling Rod Stewart’s classic “Young Turks,” Hop Hobson puts a mean little twist on this sample and turns it into a really bumping, electronic influenced hip-hop beat.
Fortune Family had a brief hiatus the first half of this year as one of their rappers, Reef, was studying overseas.
Recently, though, Fortune Family has been jumping back into things with a lot of new releases–in the past two weeks alone, they’ve released a video of a live set in Philly, produced two songs for Hoodie Allen’s latest mixtape, Leap Year, released a remix of one of their songs off of “Paradox EP,” and now they are here to bring you “Young Hearts,” their new video and single. Enjoy.
Download “Young Hearts”
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Yesterday, Hop Hobson (the producing half of Fortune Family) released a video for a “O.E.” which is a track off of their latest mixtape, Paradox. First off, I love anything dedicated to one of my favorite malt beverages, the natural beauty that is Olde English.
Ryan Do of RVD Films directs the video, which portrays Hop as he avoids work to drink O.E. and smoke blunts–a man with his priorities truly well aligned in my opinion.
Anyways, this shows off Hop’s slick flow and Do’s crispy editing skills. Really great video.
Look out for a big summer from Fortune Family.
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Two Big Z songs in less than 24 hours on Sunset? I love it. This one features a Sunset favorite, Fortune Family, it has a really mellow vibe to it, and Big Z made an interesting decision to switch up the order of the verses, dropping Oncue’s first, Hop’s verse 2nd, and then Reef’s verse. With a nice introductory piano riff followed by some bass and a great horn section, Big Z puts a really unique twist on this one and it sounds great.
This has gotta be up there with my ‘Slow Down’ and ‘We Major’ as my favorite Big Z Remixes remixes. Lydia says remixes are like PB&J sandwiches: I’ll make a different metaphor.
Remixes are like that moment when you were a little kid and had multitudes of ice cream flavors lined up in front of you along with a smorgasbord of toppings. You want some cookie dough? Toss that in there. Cookies and cream? Do it big. Chocolate sauce? Yup. Sprinkles? Yes. Rainbow sprinkles? Chocolate sprinkles? Hell, all of the sprinkles, toss ‘em on there. Now imagine that the acapella from the original is vanilla ice cream. Sure, tasty in its own right, absolutely. Well, this is a damn good ice cream sundae from Big Z. Enjoy. Be sure to like Big Z Remixes’ BRAND NEW FACEBOOK FANPAGE. Do it.