Artist: Wu-Tang Clan Track: "The Heart Gently Weeps" Album: 8 Diagrams Listen
This isn't the best song on the new album from the Shaolin crew, but it embodies the direction that RZA took it. This type of music -- a "drug-rap masterpiece," says Tom Breihan -- is also the reason why Ghostface and other crew members complained about the finished product. RZA appropriates the melody from The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" for a textured, powerful lament. Album is out today.
Artist: Bob Dylan Track: "Time Passes Slowly" Album: New Morning Listen
I couldn't find a link to the entire song, but I've been frustrated by that a lot lately. So maybe I'll start suggesting a song to steal illegally each day, in addition to one you can find for free. Definitely steal this one, which appears on one of Dylan's more obscure albums.