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
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.
"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.
, founder of Def Jux
, is not your average rap artist. His themes and style are frequently lush and apocalyptic. While Deep Space 9mm
', cleverly futuristic works like Stepfather factory
with Trent Reznor or the darker Tasmanian Pain Coaster are his hallmark. He recently released a new mixtape
free online, along with the lyrics pdf
for his album. He also recently remixed a song from MTV's TRL, warping it into a chaotic police state jam
, mirroring other songs of his with themes of authority and control
. [more inside]