January 29, 2015 Leave a comment
You are all probably wondering what the idea with the picture above is.
It is simple.
I am officially declaring that the word captured in this image become an actual temperature reading. Yes my friends I would like that when the thermometer plunges to a certain number that “brick” pops up. I know that I am not alone in using this hip hop colloquialism to describe extremely harsh winter conditions. As to the origins of this term those are up for constant debate as to when it was first used and what part of the United States it originated. Although I cannot lay claim as to exactly when this began I will go on record as at least saying it had to occur sometime in the early 1990s and it most certainly came from inner-city youth living in New York’s five boroughs.
With that said and done I will switch gears in this post ever so slightly as to not lose the overall winter theme on this Throwback Thursday. I just want to take time to focus on those musical gems of the cold weather variety. Those tracks who regardless of what genre the belong to make us think of tundra that is beyond frozen. Those songs that can also get you through the madness that is winter.
We all have our favorite classic winter songs. For the old souls in the audience “Baby It’s Cold Outside” may be up your alley. While classic rock fanatics still cannot get enough of Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” a song that lyrically has nothing to do with a deep freeze. And then you have my personal favorites Lord Tariq’s “This Cold World” and Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal” both are hip hop classics. However, neither has anything to do with winter themes of any kind when it comes to their subject matter. Nonetheless they are referenced as being winter tracks due to a Sammy Davis, Jr. sample hook (“The Shelter of Your Arms”), being released during the cold weather months and a video shot during cold weather. If you don’t believe me you can look and listen for yourselves.
So for this Throwback Thursday I will leave you with audio and video of these songs for your winter time inspiration. What are some of your favorite winter songs? You can let me know right here on this platform.
That is all for now. Try and stay warm folks. And always remember if you can’t, you must.