Hip Hop legend Lauryn Hill is set to be released from federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut today. It is the prison Piper Kerman was also in, depicted in the netflix series Orange is the New Black. Lauryn's team has released a new track as part of a new material called Letters from Exile. Consumerism.
Earlier this week, Big Sean released Control (7:32), a song that features a second verse from Kendrick Lamar and a third verse from Jay Electronica. Kendrick's two and a half minute verse was pretty standard fare in hip hop - bragging, saying he's the best, displaying talent on the mic. But in just 3 days, the rap world's response to Kendrick's verse has been almost unprecedented. [more inside]
"Women in hip hop are more important than men in hip hop". KRS-1 recently gave a lecture at Fresno State detailing the very beginnings of hip hop in the early 1970's. Even if you've been following hip hop your whole life, you will likely still learn something incredible about the history of this art form.
The Giant Robot Invasion has begun! You were warned this was coming and given tips to survive. But one tip you didn't get - don't go near the bench!
Christmas is tomorrow and some new Christmas songs have come out in the past week. You can go the nice route: What did you get for Christmas? Did you get everything on your wish list? Or go the naughty route: You're still a slave if you celebrate Christmas.
Hip hop’s last enigma. 90 minutes of music and interviewing one of the best lyricists there is, via the Red Bull Academy Lecture series. [more inside]
"The Phonte mixtape to end all Phonte mixtapes. 70 tracks, 78 minutes, covering the past 10 years of my career all mixed and selected by DJ Flash." Phonte is a singer, rapper, one third(ish) of the rap group Little Brother, and the collaboration Foreign Exchange.
Guru of Gang Starr - Keith Elam, has died from cancer. His passing is complicated by the sometimes bizarre actions of his business partner Solar (not to be confused with MC Solaar) during Guru's seven week hospital stay. [more inside]
IDE the Shanty One is the front man for the Creative Juices crew out of NYC. He raps and produces. His 2007 production Force Fed is a great listen for fans of hard, New York rap artists like F.T. and Wu-Tang Clan. IDE is interviewed about how the crew formed. Listen to any of 148 solo tracks from him or 55 from Creative Juices. Already a fan? He just announced his new album Snapped. [more inside]