Monday, October 16, 2006

Yogi B and Nachathira featuring Lockup

When I got this link first, I thought it was something like the "Changing worlds" advertisement that did its prowl a year ago.

But, after watching it....

I am at a loss for words. Who says only Black Eyed Peas can remix Ilayaraja and churn out rap hits?? Here's Yogi B and team remixing classic Ilayaraja (Song : Madai Thirandhu) heavily influenced by western rap artists like Outkast and 50 cents!
They have done a great job at it. Beats are really catchy and the rap lyrics are in a mixture of English and Tamil. The Tamil lyrics (wherever they appear)are written in pure Tamil.
Right out there in the leagues of BEP! Now where have I heard of Yogi B before? Name sounds very familiar!

I love the way the songs ends with "Kalai, Manidhanaga pirandha ovvoruvanum alli alli parugavendiya amurdham ada adhu!" (A poor translation that cannot do justice to the powerful lyrics: Art, something anyone born a human should drink like Nectar). Is it Kalaingyar's voice that I hear?

Question would be now.. Do I like this song because of the original or because of its own rap essence?

Vallavan I think is the name of the album. Can't wait for my next trip to Chennai to buy this CD!

[Thanks Megh for the link!]

p.s. Tamil music has been constantly surprising me with these hybrids it keeps throwing out! No wonder Tam music is still light years ahead of Bollywood.

EDIT : Listen to the orignal here
Movie : Nizhalgal (1978)
Singer : S.P.Balasubramaniam
Music Director : Ilayaraja

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too feel the same way. What they probably lack is a maketing machine.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lockup rocks...the are from M'sia...listen to their Margarita!! :)

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Amit said...

I feel the same way. A lot of quality but no one outside the core group can see it.


7:57 AM  
Anonymous Mahesh said...

Hey...came across your blog when i was in fact trying to 'google' yogi b.
I saw the video on youtube 24hrs back...and since then have showed it to more than 40ppl. Its one amazing song...and i am not one of the 'remix' fans!
Hope these guys market themselves better!!!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Prithvi said...

Would you know where I could buy the album online or from a store in the US?

4:31 AM  
Blogger yash said...

awesome video dude,

i do not listen to much of tamil music, but material like this will succeed in exposing more like us to tamil music.

and i do agree that tamil music is light years ahead of bollywood fare

7:28 PM  
Anonymous ranjhith said...

You would want to hear all other songs in that album. Check out here:

Specially the "Kamasutra" song is sophistically superb.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow,I juz Love this song.At first i saw this song in You tube.oh man,the remix,words and the music, it took me to some other world..every time when i listen, it sounds like a new song, hearing for a first time.They did a very Good work with a fine quality.Then i heard all the other songs from the album "Vallavan".they are amazing.
I wish to buy their original CD here In USA.Can anyone suggest me a website to buy their album online?

2:32 AM  
Blogger codenbugs said...

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9:02 AM  
Blogger codenbugs said...

This is AWESOME . Any place or website in the U.S. where this CD can be purchase.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these guys are rockkkkks.
they rocked in toronto this yr.
I love this guys effort to bring the good music.
Keep doing it guys......

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yogi B was a founder member of an English rap outfit called Poetic guys should check out his latest work "Engeyum Eppotum" from the old Pollathavan for the new Polladhavan with Dhanush. He has sung that song with the original singer SPB.

Absolutely, blindingly, out of this world awesome.

8:31 AM  

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