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Afrika Bambaataa accused of decades of sex abuse

Hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa allegedly molested young men for decades. Why are the accusations only coming out now? (SLVice; TW: descriptions of sexual abuse)
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 11, 2016 - 38 comments

Deep in the Rap Wars

My 18 months inside one of Chicago's most notorious gangs (Forrest Stuart, for Chicago magazine)
posted by box on Oct 1, 2016 - 41 comments

“A word can be reclaimed, or reconstituted...”

On Carefree Black Boys: Understanding the Appeal of the 'Carefree' Aesthetic to Black Male Musicians From Young Thug to Chance the Rapper [MTV] “Chance has found a slogan to represent what is irrepressible in him: #BlackBoyJoy. Following his appearance at the 2016 VMAs, he started sharing photos of himself at the event, preening, dancing, and posing, with the hashtag. He was a natural spokesman. Others followed suit, posting photos of boys and men frolicking and grinning. The #BlackBoyJoy hashtag preceded Chance’s use of it, and its origins are in the broader, voguish idea of “carefree blackness.” Like the loose digital community that bore it, this carefreeness has an ambient quality, a collection of aesthetics and identities that many laud as a generalized form of activism.”
posted by Fizz on Sep 28, 2016 - 5 comments

Good As Hell

Minneapolis alt-hip-hop artist Lizzo won [Luke Burbank's and Andrew Walsh's podcast] TBTL's "Song Of The Summer" bracket battle with her single Good As Hell (beating out competition from JT and Sia and Avett Brothers and many others). It's easily MY song of the summer, but Lizzo is awesome way beyond this one song. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Sep 23, 2016 - 30 comments

Mndsgn: distilled cosmic soul funk from the early part of the decade

Mndsgn is pronounced mind design. The law calls him Ringgo Ancheta. He says his music has dirty, dirty soul vibes, but after checking out his video for Eggs (2014) and Cosmic Perspective (2016), you might agree with this interviewer and think that he might be a mystic jazz player who traveled to earth with Sun Ra. Any way it shakes out, enjoy Mndsgn's music on Bandcamp, and his new concept album*, Body Wash (YT playlist), or just hang out and have some breakfast with Ringgo, Knxwledge and The Koreatown Oddity, the first of five such breakfasts, via Boiler Room. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 17, 2016 - 2 comments

I Came From Nothing

Known as much for his flamboyant style as his prolific output, rapper, singer and weirdo Young Thug [prev] has released a new commercial mixtape (can we call commercial mixtapes albums already?). The project title No, My Name Is JEFFERY asserts a new identity, and the music continues to twist the Atlanta trap sound in new and strange directions. "I always had a Michael Jackson mentality…The message is to go back to who I really am. I really am Jeffery. That’s really my swag." Oh, and the cover art is wild.
posted by so fucking future on Aug 26, 2016 - 22 comments

Music from Melbourne: the sounds of Wondercore Island

Wondercore Island is a Melbourne-based label/ artist management and PR company label that supports a range of future soul, alternative and hip-hop acts, including Clever Austin, Ainslie Wills, Jaala, Oscar Key Sung, Vulture St. Tape Gang, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Sampa the Great, to name a few groups and artists. You can check out more from this umbrella group/ thing on Vimeo, YouTube, Soundcloud and perhaps most conveniently on Bandcamp, where they have a number of mixtapes and other musical collections available to stream and download for free.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 19, 2016 - 2 comments

Telefone, the vision and voice of Noname that is singularly her own

A few months back, Chance the Rapper released Coloring Book mixtape (Soundcloud), "one of the strongest rap albums released this year, an uplifting mix of spiritual and grounded that even an atheist can catch the Spirit to." (Pitchfork) That mixtape features a ton of guests, including Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Future, Justin Bieber ... and Noname. Who? She's a Chicago rapper, formerly known as Noname Gypsy, and with her own mixtape, Telefone (Soundcloud), she "has only further solidified her reputation as a deft and hyper-intelligent young rapper, at first a one woman Digable Planets for the melodic Chicago contemporary, but quickly something wholly unique." (Noisey/Vice)
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 2, 2016 - 11 comments

Do not throw away your Chance

It’s around 9 a.m. on a brisk New York Friday when Chance the Rapper and Lin-Manuel Miranda meet at a photo studio in Chelsea. Within the hour, they’re dressed in dingy overalls and covered in oil, faces smeared with dirt.
posted by rtha on May 24, 2016 - 4 comments

Bitter Taste in My Mouth / Spit it Out With a Rhyme

Riz MC has just dropped his new mixtape Englistan. Released on St George's Day, it turns out that as a second generation immigrant he has some thoughts about identity and nationality. [more inside]
posted by sarcas on May 1, 2016 - 6 comments

All work and no play makes Aes a dull Rock

Aesop Rock's "The Impossible Kid" is streaming now for free, under a 50-minute recreation of The Shining with miniatures by Rob Shaw. (SLYT)
posted by Shepherd on Apr 25, 2016 - 7 comments

Always ahead of the curve

What is it to know your time is up when nothing in your body has betrayed you? "Wasn't Born Hustlers: The Aging of Jay-Z", by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib for MTV. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 14, 2016 - 8 comments

“Dancing saved my life.”

Sal “Doc Lock” Barcena is a member of the GroovMekanex, a Bay Area group dedicated to preserving popular local dance styles from the 70’s, like Strutting and Locking which he does with fellow dancer “O.G.” Mike Predovic, a member of the Boogaloo Conservatory. Sal started dancing as a 16 year old in 1978. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Apr 10, 2016 - 5 comments

Imagining 'The Life of Pablo'

Pigeons and Planes: With both Spotify and Tidal yet to launch in the East Asian market, a lot of listeners have been left in the dark when it comes to Kanye West’s latest album, 'The Life of Pablo', which remained exclusive to Tidal from February 14 until April 1. Kyoto-based producer TOYOMU (Bandcamp, Soundcloud) has been creating his own lo-fi music for some time now, and as a fan of Kanye he was upset when he learned he could not listen to the album without illegally downloading it. So he decided to make the whole album himself without listening to it, using sample credits he found on WhoSampled and lyrics he grabbed from Genius. You can listen to TOYOMU's Imagining 'The Life of Pablo' on Bandcamp.
posted by sapagan on Apr 10, 2016 - 21 comments

Djrum: aiming for the dancefloor, but ending up with more ambient tunes

Felix Manuel, better known as Djrum (pronounced as "drum," evolved from his initial DJ Rum handle) blends hip hop, house, jungle and bass seamlessly in his mixes, plus splices the DNA of techno, dubstep, garage and grime in an attempt to make them, in his words, “live inside each other” in his own productions. This blending is not frenetic, but slow and methodical, often including extended clips from movies, such as heard in The Miracle. With a relatively scant 9 EPs and singles, including two splits, and one album to his name, you can get hear more of the scope of Felix Manuel's musical tastes from his mixes... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 5, 2016 - 6 comments

No Batteries Included And No Strings Attached

Hip Hop lost a great today. Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest, has died. Far too soon.
posted by SinisterPurpose on Mar 23, 2016 - 88 comments

Colorlines - White Privilege II

Colorlines (w/ Jay Smooth) talks about White Privilege II, the Macklemore/Ryan Lewis single, with the artists. The article has context, but here's the direct video also.
posted by neuromodulator on Mar 9, 2016 - 9 comments

A new podcast, and now this…

Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys’s 5-year old son Egypt has produced his first rap beat. It’s been used on track five of Kendrick Lamar’s new album untitled unmastered, which is out now after being teased earlier this week by Top Dawg Entertainment label head Anthony Tiffith. The record exec also told fans to thank LeBron James for encouraging the drop. Two of the album’s tracks were first performed on episodes of The Colbert Report and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Tracklist and lyrics.
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 4, 2016 - 13 comments

Your Revolution

Your Revolution by Sarah Jones. Alternate version with production by DJ Vadim. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Mar 1, 2016 - 2 comments

Yo my heart's like my planet/ A black hole of red granite

Star Trek + Hamilton = MY SPOCK -- a parody of "My Shot" retelling the story of a bastard, orphan, son of a Vulcan and a human, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Alpha Quadrant. (apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda) (SLYT, via Birth. Movies. Death.)
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 29, 2016 - 16 comments

Ya Momma So Black

Ya Momma So Black... [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 28, 2016 - 11 comments

Young Thug is an ATLien.

There’s nothing about Young Thug that’s not a paradox. He wears women’s Uggs but travels with AR-15’s everywhere he goes. He calls his friends, the same ones carrying the AR-15’s, “babe” and “lover” yet is from one of the toughest parts of Atlanta—the south side—where he is at once a hero and an outsider and a leader of the psychedelic fashion movement of rap hippies. Devin Friedman chases music’s most colorful enigma around the streets of Atlanta to answer one question: Exactly what planet is Young Thug from?
posted by gucci mane on Feb 17, 2016 - 41 comments

L.A. Dreamers

Five Japanese girls meet in Los Angeles. They are far from home but they have same goal, chase the dream of becoming hip hop dancers. [SLVimeo]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 8, 2016 - 4 comments

(polite clapping)

Jazz and hip-hop drummer Karriem Riggins and acclaimed DJ, J.Rocc collaborate in a 360° video where they put a live spin on two tunes from their dearly departed collaborator, J Dilla (previously: 1 2) -- "Lightworks" and "E=MC^2" [more inside]
posted by raihan_ on Feb 4, 2016 - 4 comments

A Movie in the Jacuzzi

This is What Hip-Hop Sounded Like, Back in [1989-2015] An interactive visualization of the top songs on Billboard's 'Hot Rap Songs' chart, 1989-2015.
posted by box on Jan 27, 2016 - 11 comments

"We all deserve to be happy, healthy, and respected."

Sometimes, music is the best medicine.” Frank Waln is a 26-year-old Hip-Hop artist; a Sicangu Lakota person who grew up on the Rosebud Reservation, taught himself to play piano as a child, and mixes his own music in his basement studio. [more inside]
posted by one teak forest on Jan 17, 2016 - 3 comments

Siberian farmyard rap goes viral! And the crowd goes wild!

Do you listen to a lot of hip-hop in in the Yakut language? Me either. But that changed when I happened upon the story of Ayal Adamov, Monty Python fan and student at Northeast Federal University, Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia. One day, he heard a song that celebrated bling and money and conspicuous consumption. He felt a profound sense of disgust and, in response, composed a song that celebrated his own, humbler, rural roots. The accompanying video has to be seen to be believed; it is embedded in this article in the Siberian Times.
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 17, 2016 - 33 comments

Grandmaster Caz to Drake

The Best Rapper Alive, Every Year Since 1979 [more inside]
posted by alby on Jan 11, 2016 - 117 comments

I got an Apple Watch too, and I still ain't sure why

Skillz - The Rap Up 2015
posted by box on Dec 31, 2015 - 4 comments

Atlanta: Darker Than Blue

Atlanta: Darker Than Blue presented by Black Vrchives, November 2015. A curated journey through Atlanta's history. [more inside]
posted by ob1quixote on Dec 23, 2015 - 6 comments

A Beginner’s Guide to Grime

"2015 just may be the year that grime goes global. The MC-driven genre is in the middle of a strong, fertile second coming that’s reaching listeners farther flung than ever before. Though grime has had global aspirations for over a decade now, launching several UK superstars like Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Skepta, the music never managed to become an international export on the scale of American hip-hop. Now things are starting to change."
posted by josher71 on Dec 22, 2015 - 21 comments

This is a summoning of bodies: all shapes, sizes and shades

Lizzo has a new album out - Big GRRRL Small World. Among a roster of tracks that specialises in audacious beats, hilarious lyrics, unexpected diversions and freakishly catchy hooks, sits My Skin, a sweet but weary ode to empowerment, body-positivity, and being a person of colour. [more inside]
posted by greenish on Dec 17, 2015 - 12 comments

Da Art of Storytellin' (A Prequel)

I already knew OutKast; I loved their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, in part because of the clever way they interpolated funk and soul into rap. ATLiens, however, sounded unlike anything I’d ever heard or imagined. The vocal tones were familiar, but the rhyme patterns, the composition, the production were equal parts red clay, thick buttery grits, and Mars. Nothing sounded like ATLiens. The album instantly changed not just my expectations of music, but my expectations of myself as a young black Southern artist.
posted by ellieBOA on Dec 15, 2015 - 10 comments

The Best Rap Songs of 2015

Passion of the Weiss: The Best Rap Songs of 2015. It's the best year-end list I've come across -- thoughtful, articulate stuff from people who get it, and the majority of it is criminally overlooked/obscure and well worth your time. No matter how in-the-know you are, there's lots of new, crucial stuff here for you. (And no Drake in sight.) [more inside]
posted by naju on Dec 14, 2015 - 38 comments

Life after Death Star

What happens when you mix a legendary sci-fi series with one of the greatest rappers of all-time? We decided to find out.
posted by General Malaise on Dec 7, 2015 - 13 comments

At one point in time we thought this song was empowering

Of course, no post-breakup wallow cycle is complete without revisiting Lauryn Hill’s debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. So one Tuesday evening, I got my glass of wine, dimmed the lights, and got ready for my almost daily routine of crying my eyes out until my tear ducts were depleted enough to be functional around well-adjusted humans for 8 hours the next working day.

That same Tuesday is when I promptly discovered that this album is terrible...As I am sure that a few of you are still vehemently denying reality, I will submit to you some incontrovertible track-by-track truth bombs.
-- "The Miseducation Is Overrated", a truth bomb by Shamira Ibrahim
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 1, 2015 - 65 comments


"His palms were bloody, knees beat, cross was heavy, there's wine on his torso already" From BuzzFeed.
posted by Halloween Jack on Nov 30, 2015 - 29 comments

The Secret History of the Mongols, updated in musical form and annotated

The Secret History of the Mongols is the oldest surviving Mongolian-language literary work, and is regarded as the single most significant native Mongolian account of Genghis Khan. Linguistically, it provides the richest source of pre-classical Mongolian and Middle Mongolian, and while you can read it in various translations, it can be quite a slog. That's why Mongolian rappers Gee of/with Click Click Boom team up with Jonon to present a musical version of Mongolian History, in Mongolian. Luckily, there are English subtitles to this video, but there's still a gap between knowing the words and knowing what they mean. With that, you can find a collections of links as annotations below. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 23, 2015 - 11 comments

The (slow in coming, but very real) return of Mo' Wax

Mo'Wax is a British record label that was formed in 1992 by teenage school friends James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy. The label quickly gained renown for trip-hop, turntablism and other odd beat hip-hop, from the likes of Japanese DJ Krush, Americans Money Mark, Dr. Octagon and DJ Shadow, British Luke Vibert, and their own UNKLE project. The label lasted a solid decade, then petered out as the 2000s wore on. James Lavelle looked back on 21 years of the label (a year late), and is now restarting the label. This effort is being kicked off with releases by a West London artist, Elliot Power. More waxing below the break. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 14, 2015 - 20 comments

Missy's back!!!

After ten years doing mostly production work, Missy finally drops a new track. And lord, it RAWKS. [NSFW, SLYT]
posted by Purposeful Grimace on Nov 12, 2015 - 108 comments

Swing Dancers vs. Street Dancers

Invitational Battle between Vintage and Modern Street Dancers at Montreal Swing Riot. Modern and Vintage Street Dancers battle it out to their own and each others' music, creating an amazing mix of styles. Modern Street Dancers represented waacking, locking, popping, breaking, hip hop and krump; Vintage Street Dancers represented vernacular jazz dances like the Charleston and the Lindy Hop.
posted by metaBugs on Nov 4, 2015 - 25 comments

Dance like millions are watching

First place at VIBE XX 2015 Dance Competition: San Diego based dance crew Cookies. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Nov 1, 2015 - 10 comments

Nostalgic beats from Ayman Rostom, aka Dr. Zygote and The Maghreban

Ayman Rostom had a penchant for nostalgic productions in his music, which isn't surprising given how he studied his brother's tapes of Yo! MTV Raps back in the day, which lead to his career as Dr. Zygote and his own Boot Records label (Bandcamp). More recently, he's taken the handle The Maghreban and embraced stripped-down house-type beats that he releases on his Zoot Records label, though in his new video for Now Easy, the focus is on his love of oldschool drum'n'bass. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 19, 2015 - 4 comments

you cannot cancel your geography

From activist Palestinian OGs, to Black Hebrew hitmakers from remote desert outposts, to goofy trap about food, rap in Israel and Palestine is a melting pot of voices and perspectives. Mike Skinner of the Streets for Noisey Magazine investigates Hip Hop In The Holy Land. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 13, 2015 - 3 comments

Raury is the new Beck?

Hip Hop is evolving, take a look at Raury he's 18 and his work so far draws on on Gospel, Hip Hop, alt folk, Rap and Freakfolk Raury is a free-spirited singer, rapper, guitarist, songwriter, and producer who was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, roughly 20 miles outside Atlanta. He mixes alternative folk, rap, and electronic music while counting the diverse likes of Chance the Rapper, King Krule, and Lorde as contemporaries. He's a trippy kid who has sort of a "new age poor swamp people" optimistic view on life. It's sort of contagious. Check out this companion track to Devil's Whisper, God's Whisper. it's Beck, The Flaming Lips, Violent Femmes, Kanye, and a little bit Rocky Horror Picture Show! How does it translate to live performance? Check him out on Late Night With Colbert and check out the fun and weird bit on Sway In The Morning as Raury freestyles over Outkast's "Elevators" He's also made some straight out of the 80's stealing from the 70's feel good pop with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine
posted by bobdow on Oct 8, 2015 - 22 comments

Meow the Jewels - It's real, and for a good cause

El-P has recruited an all-star cast of producers* to help him deliver the album in its full feline glory. But first, we needed cats... Run the Jewels don't take themselves too seriously, because Meow the Jewels (playlist, NSFW lyrics) is really happening. You can download the remix album for free, or buy it in various formats, with all proceeds of the album will go to charities that benefit victims of police violence. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 28, 2015 - 23 comments

Y'know what I'm Saiyan?

As Canadian hip-hop artist Sese releases a new, entirely Dragon Ball Z-themed mixtape, and gets hilariously quizzed on his trivia on VICE, Eric Francisco of Inverse ponders the many homages to DBZ in hip hop generally in an interview with Adult Swim creative director Jason DeMarco, who was associate creative director for Toonami at the time that it ran DBZ.
posted by J.K. Seazer on Sep 14, 2015 - 5 comments

new/ old/ hazy/ lo-fi boom-bap beats from Saikei Collective

If you enjoy laid back/ hazy/ chilled/ lo-fi hip-hop type beats, you may well enjoy the sounds of the Saikei Collective, which is based in the Philippines but includes a fluid roster of like-minded cats* from around the world, making original beats and remixing some tracks you may recognize. Since April 2015, the collective has posted nine releases on Bandcamp, consisting of five compilations, one collection of "two-player" collaborations, and three solo releases. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 2, 2015 - 8 comments

BadBadNotGood: the kids are alright (and jazz isn't dead)

Back in December 2011, three kids (none over 21) who were studying jazz bonded over their love of hip-hop, performed a live cover of Gucci Mane's "Lemonade". It was noisy and jammy, but jazzy, and the crowd loved it. The trio followed up with a live video titled The Odd Future Sessions Part 1, which got love and support from Tyler, The Creator. BadBadNotGood (BBNG) took off from there, and are still going .... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 8, 2015 - 8 comments

Not exactly Nas vs Jay-Z...

Meek Mills has finally responded to Drake in their week long feud. Reaction has not generally been kind. Drake's Instagram speaks for itself. Chuck D was not impressed. Toronto Councilor Norm Kelly poured more salt in the wound (after fanning the flames last week). And of course brands are getting in on the action. Other Twitter highlights: 1 2 3 4 5 6
posted by kmz on Jul 30, 2015 - 74 comments

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