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On what would have been his 40th birthday, Ego Trip posts 10 Notorious B.I.G. Videos You Must See.
posted by box on May 21, 2012 - 23 comments

I'm 13, what is dream pop?

The Internet is going crazy for 19 (or 16? or 17? Definitely not really 13) year old Florida rapper Kitty Pryde’s track “Ok Cupid.” [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 21, 2012 - 220 comments

The Maladjusted MC Funcrusher

Since 1993, rapper and producer El-P of famed 90s hip hop trio Company Flow (also including Bigg Jus and Mr. Len) has been pushing the boundaries of rap music. Now, after linking up with unlikely collaborator Killer Mike, the two are preparing to release R.A.P. Music. [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on May 8, 2012 - 47 comments

“Where you at, Wayne? Where you at, Ye?”

Hello, my name is Adair and I'm here to recruit you. Texas rapper Adair Lion's song bluntly calls out homophobia in hip hop. He explains the inspiration for the song: "But I thought NO... This needs to be dialoged... this has to be said... this should be accepted.... and they deserve for someone to let them know that they aren't wrong... I NEED TO SAY IT BLUNTLY. "
posted by desjardins on May 3, 2012 - 19 comments

Africa In Your Earbuds

OkayAfrica keeps up to date with pop culture and news from across the continent. Africa In Your Earbuds gives DJs and musicians from across the diaspora the chance to curate a playlist or mixtape of their favorite African and African diaspora music. Chief Boima of Dutty Artz starts off Africa In Your Earbuds. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on May 1, 2012 - 8 comments

Am I William Woods? Well...who's asking?

Billy Woods is quietly making the best rap music around. [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Apr 16, 2012 - 20 comments

Give a fuck whatcha heard / Yeah fuck whatcha heard / Fore this real shit kicked your whole clique to the curb

Death Grips (previously) are back, with a major-label contract to boot. Following up on last year's highly-regarded Exmilitary mixtape, The Money Store is scheduled for official release on April 24th. In the meantime, enjoy these two new videos (probably NSFW): Get Got / The Fever (Aye Aye)
posted by jjoye on Apr 14, 2012 - 18 comments

Immortal Technique

Immortal Technique is an American rapper of Afro-Peruvian descent as well as an urban activist. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. The views expressed in his lyrics are largely commentary on issues such as class struggle, poverty, religion, government and institutional racism.
posted by Trurl on Apr 12, 2012 - 24 comments

Make music that's fire, spit my soul through the wire

"He is a jackass... but he's talented." - Barack Obama. The Atlantic profiles Kanye West.
posted by porn in the woods on Apr 12, 2012 - 74 comments

Lil B @ NYU

"Every single person you meet, look at them like a golden million dollar baby." Last night, internet-famous oddball rapper and human meme Lil B gave a 90-minute lecture at NYU to a sold-out crowd. Speaking completely off the cuff, he touched upon radical positivity, empathy, how ant colonies are like human communities, and the dangers of hydraulic fracking, among many other things. Transcript and recording here. Pitchfork.tv will air the full video tomorrow. Nitsuh Abebe writes about what makes Lil B so great, and why it's hard to deal with some of his fans. [more inside]
posted by naju on Apr 12, 2012 - 51 comments

Should you ask him what he does for a living, he'll answer that he's unemployed.

David Cohn, AKA Serengeti, has been described as "the quirkiest, deepest rapper", and "a writer who happens to rap". He has put out several albums but has encountered virtually no commercial success whatsoever, despite some raw works on the topics of absentee fathers, heroin, and a fictitious UFC fighter. Chief among his creations is alter-ego Kenny Dennis, with origins in what has become his most famous track, "Dennehy". Kenny is a Chicago sports superfan with a mustache "the size of Mike Ditka's forehead" who loves actor Brian Dennehy, O'Douls, brats, and chops, 'sconsin, the Sears Tower, and his wife Jules, and who passionately defends Steve Bartman. [more inside]
posted by rollbiz on Apr 11, 2012 - 27 comments

one of these guys has a convincing rap voice and the other has a convincing 'no mom i don't wanna take out the garbage' voice

Political Rap Videos, curated by SomethingAwful. (NSFW language)
posted by Sticherbeast on Apr 7, 2012 - 16 comments

VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO: Queen Latifah

Bone Pugz (nsfw audio) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 5, 2012 - 10 comments

WINGS AND TEETH. You turn tail, I turn heads.

Doomtree is a hip-hop collective from Minneapolis featuring Dessa, P.O.S., Sims, Cecil Otter and Mike Mictlan with producers Paper Tiger and Lazerbeak. [more inside]
posted by eyeballkid on Mar 25, 2012 - 13 comments

Oi! What you looking at, you little rich boy?

Some have said the protest song is dead. However UK rapper Plan B looks set to change that by releasing 'ill Manors' raging against the demonisation of the young urban poor. Ill Manors is also the name of a film Plan B had directed under the name of Ben Drew. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 19, 2012 - 26 comments

RUN DMC is Tougher Than Leather

"The script was originally turned down by Spike Lee who went and directed Do the Right Thing instead. Not a good move on your part Spike, not a good move at all." In the end, Rick Rubin directed the 1988 Run DMC film Tougher than Leather, which has been described as "vile, vicious, despicable, stupid, sexist, racist and horrendously made." [more inside]
posted by Hoopo on Mar 2, 2012 - 30 comments

Please don't hurt 'em Hammer

The making of Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em, and Part II. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 27, 2012 - 22 comments

it could be very fresh and clean it could be Frankie

In honor of Philip Glass's 75th birthday (look at the cake!), here are three rather odd albums of or based on his music, all free to play:
Glassworked by U Can Unlearn Guitar ranges from drone to speed metal.
What Capitalism Was Plays Philip Glass on Accordion is as described.
Glassbreaks by dj BC mashes up Glass and Hip Hop. (previously)
posted by moonmilk on Jan 31, 2012 - 22 comments

Knope we can!

Election year politics may be cruel, cynical and disheartening, but nerdy rapper Adam Warrock's new EP reminds us that there is one candidate whose message of positivity never wavers, even while it might be at odds with her name. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 27, 2012 - 18 comments

hip-hop family tree comix

The Hip-Hop Family Tree: A Look Into the Viral Propagation of a Culture (part two, part three) is a "semi-regular, ongoing feature" currently running in the comic Brain Rot by Ed Piskor. (Ed Piskor and Wizzywig Comics previously on MeFi)
posted by flex on Jan 25, 2012 - 16 comments

Doug Wimbish! Doug Wimbish!

Doug Wimbish plays bass.
posted by Trurl on Jan 9, 2012 - 22 comments

Lowkey

Hand On Your Gun is a music video dedicated to suit-wearing arms dealers and champagne-drinking depleted uranium droppers from British-Iraqi rapper Lowkey. A few of his other videos: Obama Nation, Terrorist?, Obama Nation part 2, Soundtrack To The Struggle
posted by finite on Jan 6, 2012 - 11 comments

The flying fingers of AraabMUZIK

If you've browsed some of the many year-end Best Album Lists, you might have seen AraabMUZIK's Electronic Dream rank highly. If his name means nothing to you, check an interview with the then 19 year old Hispanic kid from Rhode Island, who had recently graduated high school and connected with Dipset, or the 20 year old drummer-turned-producer whose performance was copied by Kanye (and other information on his life and times). Or maybe you follow producers, and knew he made the beat for Cam'ron's track I Used To Get It In Ohio, or cuts on the Dipset Trance Party mixes (DatPiff has volume 1, 2, and 3). If you want to know more, you can check a mini AraabMUZIK documentary (6:38 on YouTube), or just watch him work the MPC. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 26, 2011 - 12 comments

Yuletide carols being rapped by emcees...

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.
posted by cashman on Dec 24, 2011 - 12 comments

Last Donut of the Night

SLYT: Jazz trio Stray Phrases covers J Dilla's Donuts.
posted by avocet on Dec 21, 2011 - 11 comments

It’s vital ’cause our survival could depend on a video going viral

In response to ongoing police brutality, particularly aimed at the non-violent Occupy Movement, B. Dolan (w/ Sage Francis, Toki Wright, and Jasiri X) have turned NWA's classic "Fuck The Police" into a call to citizen journalists to stand up and FILM THE POLICE!
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Dec 13, 2011 - 59 comments

IM MAKING PANCAKES FRESHER THAN A MAFUCKA

Nerdy white kid covers "Look at Me Now" in his kitchen, kills it.
posted by desjardins on Dec 11, 2011 - 57 comments

Deviation String Quartet

On 13 October, Red Bull Music Academy went to London for Revolutions in Sound, filling each pod of the London Eye with a different musical act. One of them was Benji B with special guests The Deviation String Quartet and MC Judah. Here's a video of an hour of mixing UK garage and hip hop with live strings.
posted by sveskemus on Dec 9, 2011 - 12 comments

"She's a rap artist—and she's pretty fucking dope."

Meet Wheelchair Sports Camp, a "psuedo-hip-hop trio from Denver fronted by Kalyn Heffernan, a 56-pound wheelchair-bound badass emcee with CRIP LIFE tattooed on her stomach," who sometimes cover "My Vagina Ain't Handicapped." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 8, 2011 - 9 comments

Funk Styles: The Electric Boogaloo

It's not breakdancing. Not really, although it's associated with breakdancing nowadays; breakin' was originally seen as being very east coast, while these dances originated on the west coast. What was this dancing?Well, many of the most famous 70s-80s street moves are actually called funk styles, which were performed, at first, to funk and disco, and later to early electronic and industrial dance music. And the big daddy of them all was a dance called the Electric Boogaloo, and demonstrated by the Electric Boogaloos.Here they are in their zoot-suited glory, showing off their signature moves. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Dec 4, 2011 - 5 comments

The S-T period to the I-D-E to the S!

In 1991, Ice Cube was a force of nature. The idea that he could someday star in Are We There Yet? was inconceivable. Still, commercialism wasn't foreign to him. He shilled St. Ides malt liquor as furiously as he called out the police.
St. Ides, manufactured by Pabst Brewing Company, targeted young black people. They built an advertising strategy around rappers and hired DJ Pooh to produce beats and commercials. Rappers responded with zeal. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 2, 2011 - 83 comments

Ghostface Killah On Living

In the tradition of Marcus Aurelius and Montaigne, Ghostface Killah (a.k.a. Pretty Toney) has set down his thoughts on living. (audio nsfw) (previously)
posted by Trurl on Nov 19, 2011 - 41 comments

Yellow Magic Orchestra on Soul Train, 1980

Let the robot dancing begin! Yellow Magic Orchestra performs the oft-sampled "Firecracker" on Soul Train, 1980. YMO --". . . presently the most popular band in all of Japan"-- also perform "Tighten Up".
posted by February28 on Nov 14, 2011 - 7 comments

Heavy D dead at 44.

Dwight Arrington Myers, also know as Heavy D passed away today. Hip hop is far less fun today after the passing of the overweight lover. He was instrumental in launching Puff Daddy's career as well. Some of his most popular singles include Somebody for Me, Now That We Found Love and Mr. Big Stuff.
posted by Silo004 on Nov 8, 2011 - 75 comments

Boom Bip: from abstract hip-hop to spooky sounds of black magic from the turn of the 19th century

Bryan Hollon, better known by his musical handle Boom Bip, is probably recognized for two drastically different sounds: abstract hip-hop from his early Mush Records days, and his Mercury Prize-nominated Neon Neon collaboration with Gruff Rhys. Add to that a new inspiration: black magic from the turn of the 19th century. What does that sound like? Let Boom Bip walk you through his new album, Zig Zaj. Step behind the deep red velvet curtains for a peek at the history of Boom Bip. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 24, 2011 - 12 comments

Corporate training videos: Where pop music goes to die.

Hot drinks! [SLYTs all the way down] One wonders why a late-80s fast food chain felt the need to have all their training videos sung as middle-of-the-road hip hop and R&B songs. [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Oct 23, 2011 - 48 comments

Everything is a remix, but you gotta start with something

So you want to try and remix someone else's songs, but all you have are a random collection of instrumentals and acapellas to work with. Fret not! First, you can find inspiration from the folks who share their reworkings at Tea's Björk Remixes, as there aren't many Björk acappelas to start with, but they still find a way. Then check out the Acapella Archives blog, for a lot of indie hip-hop acapellas and more vocal tracks. If you've browsed those archives, you might notice a link to Beastie Remixes, a community for remixers of Beastie Boys. They have an acapellas page which has more than just vocal tracks: there are also copies of show vinyl, with the tracks that the Boys have used to back up their live shows.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 22, 2011 - 13 comments

Put the needle on the record when the drum beats go like this...

I Was There When Acid House Hit London and This Is How It Felt by Charles Mudede
posted by Artw on Oct 18, 2011 - 23 comments

Jay Smooth expounds the doctrine of gotnosensitivism

Jay Smooth's, Gotnosensitive: What 'Sensitivity' Really Means (previously) [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Oct 15, 2011 - 59 comments

Can't you hear that boom?

After starring in a giant hit youtube video singing Nicki Minaj's Super Bass, 8 year old Sophia Grace Brownlee (and her somewhat less talented sidekick) came on Ellen Degeneres's show yesterday to perform, and meet/upstage their idol. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 13, 2011 - 65 comments

Aggressively ironic and ostentatiously sloppy

An Indian-American rapper and his crew are making serious waves in the hip hop world. A profile of Himanshu Suri (Heems) and his group - Das Racist.
posted by vidur on Oct 9, 2011 - 44 comments

How to Make Hip Hop Hits

boyinaband rocks Reason and shows us How to Make Hip Hop Hits.
posted by swift on Oct 7, 2011 - 16 comments

Give the drummer some...pipe down, give the plumber some

"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.
posted by cashman on Sep 24, 2011 - 4 comments

Fela Soul

Amerigo Gazaway combined the music of Fela Kuti and De La Soul to create Fela Soul. All the tracks along with liner notes and album commentary are available free for download here. [more inside]
posted by gman on Sep 16, 2011 - 30 comments

"If Facebook provided the medium that made the (Tunisian) revolution possible, underground rap frequently provided the message."

Inside Tunisia's Hip-Hop Revolution: a look back at the Tunisian Revolution, and the role played by El Général and other rappers. 5 song YT playlist | Tunisia Is Our Country | Vive la Tunisie || previously: hip-hop songs of North African solidarity
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 1, 2011 - 3 comments

Two Hip-Hop albums for free, from West Coast 2002 to International 2011

So you come across the free IamOmni album, and you'll probably think one of two things: hey, it's a new direction from underground L.A. MC, Omni; or wow, it's an album produced by UK musician Tricky. Both are true! Omni tells his story of connecting with Tricky in a few minutes, and Rap Reviews ties Omni and Tricky together through other routes, going back to the 2002 album, Sunch Punch, by Gershwin B.L.X. (Bassline Xcursionists). Lo and behold, that album is also free on Bandcamp.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 26, 2011 - 11 comments

Kreayfish

Fishy Fishy, Shrimpy Shrimpy, Taco Ensenada
Basic fish aint that delish so I don't even bother
[more inside]
posted by finite on Aug 26, 2011 - 31 comments

da mystery of music criticism

Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration Watch the Throne, as reviewed by Ghostface Killah. Words: they are not minced.
posted by nthdegx on Aug 13, 2011 - 60 comments

African electronica comes into its own

Want to know what's going on in African electronic / dance music? The BAZZERK blog will help bring you up to speed. Chock full of fun, fresh stuff. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 3, 2011 - 6 comments

We're All Born Superstars

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.
posted by empath on Jul 16, 2011 - 110 comments

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