A Playlist Inspired by the Kravis Kube
Many experts have deemed the Kravis Kube the 8th wonder of the world, rivaling the pyramids in its impressiveness and captivating beauty (as an Egyptian-American I wholeheartedly concur). In fact, extensive studies carried out on my smart phone find that it is without a doubt the most Instagram’ed cube in all of the Inland Empire. Every time I pass by the elegant structure and the deceivingly shallow water that surrounds it, something different comes to mind. To celebrate the glory and symbolic value of CMC’s crown jewel, I have put together a playlist based on several interpretations of its significance. The result is an eclectic mix of genres that I hope you find random in the best way possible. Have a fun, safe and cool weekend! As always, the whole playlist is down below so feel free to scroll through my ramblings.
Theme 1: Vessel of Space and Time Travel, A Futuristic Intergalactic Tale
1. “Coat Of Arms” (Boreta Remix) by Nosaj Thing (2010)
How it relates: Imagine boosting into hyperspace with this song as the backdrop. I often mistake my Toyota Prius for a spaceship when this comes on. Its revolving breakdown also has quite the warping effect as if you are traveling in between galaxies.
How it relates: The latest release from Denver producer Pretty Lights (pictured to the right) would soundtrack the more epic portion of your saga as you prepare the Kube for battle with its arch-nemesis, the Sphere. The heavy bass induces uncontrollable, alien-like ritualistic dances.
3. “Beyond Right Now” by STS9, from Peaceblaster (2009)
How it relates: Soundtribe Sector 9, or STS9 for short, is probably one of the best bands you have never heard of. Mixing rock instrumentation with elements of electronic and hip-hop, they have a sound that transcends genre and time. This one would be perfect when you’re just cruisin’ through the stars in your 4×4 like a reincarnation of Eazy E.
4. “Putty Boy Strut” by Flying Lotus, from Until The Quiet Comes (2012)
How it relates: This is an addicting track that would likely be sung to you by the lovechild of R2D2 and Fergie in its native robot language. Check out the crazy animated video above to witness the awesomeness that is robot cannibalism. Luckily, you are safe with the water forcefield, which surrounds the Kube.
5. “Tidal Wave” (Flosstradamus Remix) by Sub Focus (2012)
How it relates: Thanks to the insulation of the Kube you have survived World War 1500 and it is time to rage. This would likely be the song to ride out a night of conspicuous raging in your conspicuous vehicle.
P.S. Flosstradamus released a free EP today that is absolutely awesome. Download it here for free (password: bannedboyz).
Theme 2: A Subversive Representation of Social Conformity, A Symbol of Counter Culture (think Ice Kube)
6. “The Instrumental” (featuring Jonah Matranga) by Lupe Fiasco, from Food & Liquor (2006)
How it relates: Most obviously, Lupe’s repeated reference to boxes brings the Kube to mind. However, on a less superficial level, the Chicago emcee brings a story of conformity making the box a symbol of this phenomena. The Kube’s magnificence contrasted with the often negative connotations of “being put in a box” highlights the dichotomy Fiasco’s protagonist struggles with on “The Instrumental.”
P.S. Make sure to check out the recently release sequel album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
7. “Remember Who You Are” by The Grouch & Eligh, from Legendary Music, Vol. 1 (2006)
How it relates: This chill track shows off the impressive lyricism by these members of the emcee collective known as the Living Legends. Like the Kube, many of us often feel like we don’t completely fit in with our surroundings. “Remember Who You Are” encourages us to be comfortable wherever we may be.
8. “Madness” by Del the Funky Homosapien, from Deltron 3030 (2000)
How it relates: Del the Funk Homosapien, who is coincidentally Ice Cube’s cousin, knows a thing or two about not fitting in. His strange style and creative lyrics on this track once again bring the theme of sticking out.
9. “King Wizard” by Kid Cudi, from Indicud (later this year)
How it relates: Another non-conformist, Cleveland artist Kid Cudi’s triumphantly unique tone on his most recent single works in a similar vein as “Remember Who You Are.” Often referred to as the moon man, much of Cudi’s music could also fit with the first theme.
10. “Terrorist Threats” (featuring Danny Brown) by Ab-Soul
How it relates: If the Kube serves as as subversive symbol, this track would fall on the extreme end of this spectrum. Los Angeles rapper Ab-Soul and Detroit’s Danny Brown both bring their sophisticated, and odd, lyricism to “Terrorist Threats,” whose message toes the line of anarchy. Watch the video above.
Theme 3: An Isolated Place of Peace and Meditation
How it relates: The group Hanson was a project of London guitarist Junior Marvin (pictured to the right) prior to his joining of Bob Marley’s Wailers. Imagine hearing this as you wake from a long meditation session in the Kube with rays of sunshine beaming through the glass walls and reflecting off the water.
12. “One Draw” by Rita Marley, Who Feels It Knows It (1981)
How it relates: This track from Bob Marley’s wife, and backup vocalist for the Wailers, brings to mind a cloudy Kube of deep, spiritual thought.
13. “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” by Fleet Foxes, from Fleet Foxes (2008)
How it Relates: Picture looking out of the Kube and being surrounded by a majestic, Lord of the Rings-esque forest for as far as your eyes can see with this beautiful Fleet Foxes ballad playing in the background.
14. “1904″ by The Tallest Man On Earth, from There’s No Leaving Now (2012)
How it Relates: One more folky song that induces a state of complete tranquility.
15. “Wish You Were Here” (Pink Floyd Cover) by Sparklehorse, from Lords of Dogtown (Music from the Motion Picture) (2005)
How it Relates: You have been in the Kube long enough and are ready to return to the real world, but find yourself locked in. This cover captures feelings of loneliness and isolation.
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Ashraf El Gamal is an Economics major, who is far more interested in his iTunes library than his schoolwork. He enjoys doing creative things while listening to music and is the hip-hop editor for the blog The Music Ninja. Ashraf is also a founding father of the international crime organization/ superhero collective known as the Clom Mafia. Follow @shraffihendrix