Sir the Baptist

Sir the Baptist & Opinions on MGMT

In many ways, Chicago artist and producer Sir the Baptist is a chaplain in the R&B scene. He creates hip hop infused music that bridges the gap between his gospel roots and the world around him. Jim and Greg talk to Sir about making music with a message, plus he performs in studio with a 10-piece band. Jim and Greg will also review the new album from MGMT.

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Sir The Baptist

Sir The Baptist is an up-and-coming artist that blends hip hop swagger with his gospel roots. But, he doesn‘t turn a blind eye to what’s going on in the world around him. Not unlike The Staple Singers, Sir is an artist who believes in delivering a message in his songs, whether it's tackling domestic violence with "Deliver Me," or with violence in the streets with "Wake Up." He grew up in the church, in fact, his father was a preacher. That background is what keeps him committed to making music that helps to“change the world.” Sir and a 10 piece band joined Jim and Greg in the Jim and Kay Maybie Performance Studio to perform songs from his debut album, Saint or Sinner (one of Jim and Greg's Best Albums of 2017), and to talk about the message in his music.

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MGMT Little Dark Age

The pop electronic group MGMT just released their fourth album, Little Dark Age. Formed at Wesleyan University, the band found critical and commercial success almost immediately with their debut record Oracular Spectacular. Since then however, the band has failed to garner as much attention. Greg is a bit torn on this album. He thinks there are some horribly cliched and bad tracks like "She Works Out Too Much" and "TSLAMP," but he also argues that there are some pretty catchy and solid pop songs ("When You're Small," "James".) He gives Little Dark Age a Try It. Jim is far less enthused with the record. On paper, MGMT seems like a band Jim would love, but in reality, he's not the slightest bit smitten. He calls them“smug, derivative and pretentious”and says he would trash this album a million times over. Needless to say, he gives it a Trash It.



“Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)”The Temptations

Greg wants to pay tribute to the late Dennis Edwards, one of the lead singers of The Temptations, by putting a quarter into the desert island jukebox. Edwards died in early February at the age of 74. He was the lead singer during the band's second big era, where they delved into the genre of psychedelic soul and made some unforgettable contributions. Greg chose the song "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" because it's a great example of Edwards's vocal capabilities and he finds the theme of the track quite applicable to 2018.

Featured Songs

  1. Sir The Baptist, Wake Up (feat ChuchPeople), Wake Up (Single), Tympa Chapel, 2015
  2. MGMT, Me and Michael, Little Dark Age, Columbia, 2018
  3. MGMT, Days That Got Away, Little Dark Age, Columbia, 2018
  4. Sir The Baptist, Heaven (feat. Donald Lawrence & Co., Keke Wyatt and ChuchPeople), Saint or Sinner, Atlantic, 2017
  5. Sir The Baptist, Raise Hell (feat. ChuchPpl), Raise Hell (feat. ChuchPpl) (Single), n/a, 2015
  6. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, Familiar (feat Chance The Rapper, King Louie and Quavo), Surf, n/a, 2015
  7. Sir The Baptist, What We Got (Live on Sound Opinions), Saint or Sinner, Atlantic, 2017
  8. Sir The Baptist, Movin', Movin (Single), Atlantic, 2017
  9. Sir The Baptist, Saint or Sinner, Saint or Sinner, Atlantic, 2017
  10. Sir The Baptist, God Is On Her Way, Saint or Sinner, Atlantic, 2017
  11. Sir The Baptist, Deliver Me (feat. Brandy), Saint or Sinner, Atlantic, 2017
  12. Chance The Rapper, Angels (feat. Saba), Coloring Book, n/a, 2016
  13. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Up Above My Head (feat Marie Knight and Sam Price Trio), Up Above My Head (Single), Decca, 1949
  14. Sir The Baptist, Raise Hell (Live On Sound Opinions), Saint or Sinner, Atlantic, 2017
  15. Chance The Rapper, Blessings (Reprise), Coloring Book, n/a, 2016
  16. MGMT, Little Dark Age, Little Dark Age, Columbia, 2018
  17. MGMT, One Thing Left to Try, Little Dark Age, Columbia, 2018
  18. MGMT, She Works Out Too Much, Little Dark Age, Columbia, 2018
  19. MGMT, TSLAMP, Little Dark Age, Columbia, 2018
  20. MGMT, When You're Small, Little Dark Age, Columbia, 2018
  21. MGMT, James, Little Dark Age, Columbia, 2018
  22. The Temptations, Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today), Sky's the Limit, Gordy, 1971
  23. Blondie, Hanging on the Telephone, Parallel Lines, Chrysalis, 1978
  24. The Nerves, Hanging on the Telephone, The Nerves, Nerves, 1976
  25. The Replacements, Black Diamond, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  26. Justin Timberlake, Filthy, Man of the Woods, RCA, 2018
  27. The Postal Service, Nothing Better, Give Up, Sub Pop, 2003