February was a great month for hip hop aficionados, what with De La Soul's Valentines gift of their entire back catalog free for download
and filthy light thief's extensive post on producer J Dilla
. But if that wasn't enough peanut butter and chocolate for you, here's some more mixed all together just like you like: Smell the DA.I.S.Y.
is a new mix tape from De La Soul featuring some re-worked vocals over unreleased Dilla beats.
Out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin’
Soon as I stepped on the scene, I’m hearin’ hoochies screamin’
What a surprise to read that couplet on "The New Yorker's" website
, in an article about Jay-Z
's new book
. It also discusses Adam Bradley's "Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop
," an academic study that respects rap lyrics
as serious poetry. [more inside]
It was 30 years ago today... October, 1979: Rapper's Delight
by the Sugarhill Gang
. A few days later, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
gave us the tighter and catchier (IMHO) Superrappin'
. Hip Hop had arrived. Here's a charming interview with a New York City paramedic who, as a very young photographer on the South Bronx scene back in the day, was the unofficial photo-documentarian of the birth of hip hop
Flaming Garbage Cans In Hip Hop Videos.
Pretty self-explanatory; a blog that tracks the use of the flaming garbage can in hip hop music videos.
Then, as he escorted me to the elevator, he said, “New Yorker? How many people see that shits
He reflected a moment. “Damn. Who needs Hot 97? I got New Yorker and MySpace.”