explores the connection between Africa, North and South America with tasteful remixes
GRiZ - Mad Liberation.
Take a 21 year old bedroom producer from Michigan, raise them on the the internet with a near complete access to the history of modern music with a focus on electronic/dance and apparently you get this incredibly humanistic and cross-cultural album that's both homage, monument and appropriation of hundreds of influences in modern music in an incredibly dubby dubstep framework. (Free album download here.
In Defense of Pop Music
-- New York Magazine takes a look at the rise of pop and dance music and the death of rock in the charts.
Beyond Chris Brown and Rihanna.
By now you've probably heard about Chris Brown and Rhianna
. Jay Smooth of Ill Doctrine asked Elizabeth Mendez Berry, author of Vibe Magazine
's 2005 feature Love Hurts
(pdf) about "domestic violence within (and without) hiphop", for her thoughts. [more inside]