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The Rap Guide To Human Nature

The Rap Guide To Human Nature is an album exploring the theories and controversies of evolutionary psychology through the medium of contemporary rap, by a guy named Baba Brinkman. (Previously.)
posted by acb on Aug 5, 2010 - 9 comments

But that would make me MJ / So motha fuck all y'all

Stand up comedian and Community star Donald Glover made Internet waves as an unsuccessful candidate to play Spiderman, but his fans may miss his rap career as Childish Gambino, where Glover addresses his struggle to be taken seriously as a musician, the perils of wealth, growing up a nerd, and being in love. Rap lyrics and stand up NSFW. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Jul 22, 2010 - 17 comments

You can even add your shoulders if you want

Country hip hop dancing (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jun 29, 2010 - 56 comments

MeFi gon' drip candy an be all screwed up

Robert Earl Davis Jr., better known by his stage name DJ Screw, died almost ten years ago, on the 16th of November, 2000. He is widely credited as the originator of one of Texan hip-hop's unique stylistic quirks - the slowing of a track to create a blurry, psychedelic take on the original. So profound is the association between DJ Screw and this style that it is usually named after him. An 11-part documentary on YT explores Screw's life and music. Part 1, with the rest below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Dim Siawns on Jun 7, 2010 - 12 comments

Care for some beef, old chap?

I say! Professor Elemental, pith helmeted explorer of the outer reaches of steam-punk hip-hop feels moved to write a letter - deploring the behaviour of a young fellow named Mr B. [more inside]
posted by lucien_reeve on May 28, 2010 - 26 comments

The Other Smoke Monster

Tom Waits and Kool Keith collaborated on a song called "Spacious Thoughts" in 2009. Here's the video. [more inside]
posted by aftermarketradio on May 25, 2010 - 37 comments

We have to go back!

Goofy-yet-mournful tribute to LOST, which (sob!) ends its 6-year run tonight. [SLYT]
posted by lunasol on May 23, 2010 - 43 comments

"Mouthpiece" – means I'm quite the quick talker (what a spitter!)

Bay Area Slang Top 100 (The Grinch song). From Rafael Casal — 100 Bay Area slang terms in under 3 minutes. [more inside]
posted by Lexica on May 15, 2010 - 22 comments

Last night a sample saved my life

50 Greatest Samples in Hip-Hop History with full original tracks. (via)
posted by gwint on May 14, 2010 - 51 comments

Mos Dub

Mos Def + Dub = Mos Dub
posted by chunking express on May 4, 2010 - 29 comments

Let the Music Play

In 1980s New York, two songs - Planet Rock and Let The Music Play - hit the Latino club scene like an earthquake and the aftershocks created a new genre of dance music - Freestyle. Characterized by funky electro-style breaks made on a Roland 808, with Latin rhythms and uplifting vocals about love and loss, often sung by unknown and untrained singers, the sound has remained a force in pop music and has influenced house and breaks music to this day. [more inside]
posted by empath on Apr 30, 2010 - 36 comments

Glassbreaks

Einstein on the Beast. Evening High. Lil' Tut. Highlights from a dj BC album, Glassbreaks, that samples Philip Glass's opera Einstein on the Beach. (Previously.)
posted by Rory Marinich on Apr 29, 2010 - 35 comments

Paul Morley shows off

Showing Off is a series of videos, audio clips and articles in which noted music journalist and Frankie Goes to Hollywood mastermind Paul Morley explores various facets of music. Each month has a theme, [warning: most links have autoplaying video] Michael Jackson, Kraftwerk, classical music, disco, The Beatles, folk music, The X Factor, the Noughties, the next big thing, UK hip hop, jazz, and dance. Here is some of what's on offer: MeFi faves Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip on hip hop, These New Puritans' Jack Barnett, Johnny Marr on folk (parts 1, 2), but isn't all just interviews, there are also a lot of performances, e.g. Michael Nyman and David McAlmont, Badly Drawn Boy, Susanna Wallumrød covers Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak, and Cornershop cover Norwegian Wood.
posted by Kattullus on Apr 26, 2010 - 8 comments

California Schemin'

Your dreams of rapping superstardom are stymied by your Scottish sound, so what do you do? Simple: reinvent yourself as a West Coast wild boy, with American accent and history to match. Keeping it real might be murder, but even when it all falls apart, at least you got to tour with Eminem and D12 – and you can salvage something by writing a book about it all.
posted by Len on Apr 18, 2010 - 67 comments

You Can Do What You Wanna Do

Debuting 20 years ago, In Living Color launched the Hollywood careers of Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, David Allen Grier, most of the Wayans family, Jennifer Lopez and Rosie Perez. The comedy might not have aged all that well, but the musical performances and parodies are still a lot of fun. [more inside]
posted by empath on Apr 14, 2010 - 86 comments

"There is not enough Africa in computers." - Brian Eno

Often ignored when critics talk about the history of electronic dance music - "booty music" has long played an important role. Raw, bass-heavy, hyper-sexualized, its the exact opposite of the androgynous, slick techno and house that gets most of the attention. (all links NSFW, probably) [more inside]
posted by empath on Apr 12, 2010 - 52 comments

In February, it is good to know a plow guy

Granite State of Mind - an ode to New Hampshire by SuperSecretProject, copping the blueprint from Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind
posted by not_on_display on Apr 10, 2010 - 16 comments

A glimpse of Seba Jun, aka Nujabes: 1974-2010

Seba Jun, aka Nujabes, was a quiet and rather reclusive Japanese hip-hop DJ/producer/label head, as far as hip-hop personalities go. He didn't do many interviews, and his two albums and 15 or so vinyl singles which were released on his own Hydeout Productions label, all of which were only released in Japan. Regardless of the limited push, he gained renown world-wide for his relaxed, jazzy hip-hop, due in part to his music being featured on the anime series Samurai Champloo. The musician's life was cut short in late February, following a car accident. He was 36 years old. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 3, 2010 - 27 comments

Supreme Clientele – 10 Years Later

Supreme Clientele – 10 Years Later [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Apr 2, 2010 - 25 comments

I made you a ghost!

If you're Jay Z, you have an Empire State of Mind. If you're Darth Vader? Best appreciated by watching the videos in order.
posted by lazaruslong on Mar 31, 2010 - 21 comments

Dubtitled

Kung Faux*, the most widely broadcast show you've never heard of. (*Audio Warning) [more inside]
posted by P.o.B. on Mar 30, 2010 - 7 comments

Longest Mixtape Ever

On February 3, 2010, Autechre celebrated the month-early release of their new album Oversteps with a 12-hour netradio broadcast. [more inside]
posted by mkb on Mar 18, 2010 - 42 comments

Do it again!

The Heavy performing on Late Night, with "an unprecedented encore by request from Dave." (second video courtesy CBS, including off-air encore) [more inside]
posted by hypersloth on Mar 14, 2010 - 93 comments

Take you with me, baby, I'll take you to my mamahouse...

A dynamic mix of rock, funk, hip hop and comedy, a cappella sextet Duwende has been winning nearly every award the industry has to offer with original songs that challenge traditional conceptions of what contemporary a cappella music can be. Duwende's latest album, Collective, can be downloaded for free or previewed on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Mar 1, 2010 - 12 comments

Paying Wade is Better Than Paying Lebron

A Common Misunderstanding of the Lyrics of Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind: The intricacies of rap lingo dissected by the intelligentsia, with predictable results. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 18, 2010 - 45 comments

"I'm like all these different people fucked into one person."

Die Antwoord is a "next-level rap-rave krew" from South Africa. Their incredible video, Enter the Ninja, is probably the best introduction to the group. The group consists of a white MC named Ninja, his mulleted wife Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek (aka Leon Botha), a painter who at 24 one of the oldest living sufferers of progeria syndrome. Further viewing: Zef Side. [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Feb 1, 2010 - 68 comments

Keynes vs. Hayek hip hop

For economics nerds: fun Keynes vs. Hayek hip hop song on PBS Newshour.
posted by Jacqueline on Dec 18, 2009 - 12 comments

m(n,m)

Eminem's "Lose Yourself" re-envisioned as a high school math course. The math and film departments of Madison East High School collaborate on a video, starring math teacher Philip Galarowicz. Not to be confused with The Rappin' Mathematician (hear "The Number Line Dance" here), or these high school math rappers, or the rap battle of TI-83 and Fitty Slope. The quadratic formula, rapped. The quadratic formula, rapped again. The quadratic formula, rapped, strangely compellingly, by a teacher in a tie.
posted by escabeche on Dec 5, 2009 - 28 comments

Do You Like Bright Lights?

Izza Kizza - I'm The Izza Kizza (lyrics nsfw) by Yoram Benz of Decon Media (YouTube channel). [more inside]
posted by battlebison on Dec 2, 2009 - 18 comments

Drop that zero and get with the hero.

"The name Vanilla Ice evokes the sweet charm, the unknowing innocence of another time. In a world of school shootings, mass murders, endless wars, and economic despair, we miss that time." Catching up with Ice Man Robert Van Winkle after his career in music cooled down.
posted by porn in the woods on Nov 29, 2009 - 95 comments

Coming soon to a ghettoblaster in Dolores Park.

All You Haters (Suck My Balls) (slightly NSFW) by LA- and Denver-based short-film makers Nix Bros
posted by MiltonRandKalman on Nov 16, 2009 - 48 comments

Russell Jones, aka The Ol' Dirty Bastard, aka Ason Unique, aka Osirus, aka Big Baby Jesus, aka Dirt McGirt, aka Joe Bananas, aka Ol' Dirt Schultz. Always for the children.

Five years ago today Russell, also known as The Ol' Dirty Bastard, passed away in a recording studio in New York City while finishing what was to be his final album. [prev] He is remembered by those close to him. [more inside]
posted by paisley henosis on Nov 13, 2009 - 46 comments

Knife? Check. Mic? Check. Cow? Dead.

If the worlds of upmarket foodie porn and hip-hop collided, what would you find at the crash site? Behold, The Rhyming Chef, who will threaten local cows and sing you through the preparation of dishes like the Barbuda Get Laid Salad. [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Nov 5, 2009 - 7 comments

when hip hop arrived

It was 30 years ago today... October, 1979: Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang was released. 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.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 14, 2009 - 32 comments

Hip Hop Violin

Violinist Paul Dateh and turntablist Inka One bring it. Violin and turntables, like peanut butter and chocolate. If there are equivalent examples of where music is headed in the 21st century I'd like to see them. For a bit of a background on this, here's an interview with Paul Dateh the violinist. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 9, 2009 - 31 comments

I can't blab such blibber blubber! My tongue isn't make of rubber.

Fox in Socks with beatbox
posted by ardgedee on Sep 23, 2009 - 24 comments

It’s on and on and on on and on like the hot butter on the what? Popcorn!

Mark Skillz, hip hop historian of a sort and an occasional writer for Wax Poetics, represents the old school of hip hop and lets others tell their stories on Hip Hop 101A. From Eddie Cheba recalling his time as a top DJ in the small world of hip hop in 1977, to the life of Sparky D, who took up the good fight for UTFO and started the Roxanne Wars, one of hip hop's first rap battles. Read up on the fall of funk and the rise of Planet Rock, and reminisce with Reggie Wells about the birth of hip hop from black club deejays in Manhattan who were refining a slick style of talk over disco records to open hip hop jams in the park. As a bonus, Wells throws out a playlist straight from Club 371 (videos after the break). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 18, 2009 - 23 comments

You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.

SLYTFilter: MC Frontalot - "It is Pitch Dark"
You are likely to be eaten by a grue. / If this predicament seems particularly cruel, / Consider whose fault it could be, / Not a torch or a match in your inventory.
Directed by MeFi's Own™ Jason Scott for his documentary about text adventures, GET LAMP. [previously] Featuring MC Frontalot [previously] and Steve Meretzky. More grues on MeFi.
posted by not_on_display on Sep 1, 2009 - 30 comments

Christmas in Hollis

Hip-hop has another warrant of bourgeois respectability to place on the shelf: Run-D.M.C. have had a street named after them in Brooklyn.
posted by shothotbot on Aug 31, 2009 - 37 comments

210 songs in 10 minutes

Last week, Eddy Temple Morris, a DJ on UK radio station XFM, challenged Twitter to remix as many songs as possible into 10 minutes. The previous record was held by Wizard of Deekline and Wizard - it is now held by rapper, producer and all-round renaissance man Akira the Don, who managed to fit a staggering 210 tracks into 1/6 of an hour. He's just put together a video to accompany the mix - watch it here
posted by muggsy1079 on Aug 26, 2009 - 22 comments

Music To Hack To

"In a hotel room in Florida during the summer of 2008, we were given an exciting preview of a "Nintendo Mixtape" by burgeoning rap group, No Question? As we listened, we felt like Mario must have felt during his first ingestion of a fire flower. In other words, we knew immediately that this was some good shiz." [more inside]
posted by kableh on Aug 11, 2009 - 58 comments

Tony & Tupac

Tony & Tupac [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Aug 4, 2009 - 3 comments

So You Think YOU Can Dance?

Little Boy Dancing [SLYT]
posted by humannaire on Jul 28, 2009 - 37 comments

When keeping it real(ist) goes wrong

Back when he was younger, Jay-Z was a merciless, ruthless killer in the "beefs" which define hip hop politics. [...] As Jay-Z got older and more powerful, the marginal benefits of such battles declined and the costs increased even as the number of would-be rivals escalated. Just as the U.S. attracts resentment and rhetorical anti-Americanism simply by virtue of being on top, so did Jay-Z attract a disproportionate number of attackers.
Marc Lynch compares international relations to rap feuds, with Jay-Z as the hegemon and up-and-comer The Game as the "insurgent." [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Jul 22, 2009 - 16 comments

All that glitters ain't shit

Why hip-hop sucks in 2009. by Dr. Lawyer Indian Chief of FreeDarko [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jul 21, 2009 - 113 comments

everything is international now

Root magazine analyzes "Blipsters" (with photo examples). In an era when Hip-hop is on the presidential I-pod (Atlantic Roundtable on Hip Hop) while more and more multiracial rock, hip-hop, and crossover acts are appearing on the scene, is mainstream culture ready to move beyond racial fashion dichotomies? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 20, 2009 - 79 comments

Blending the Elements of Hip Hop

Hip hop is made of four elements: Deejaying and turntablism, Emceeing (rapping and freestyling), Breaking (more previously), and Graffiti. And don't forget beatboxing (more), which blends turntablism and emceeing. But what if you can't make the wikka-wikka sounds with your mouth? You could learn from others, or you could dust off your flute with Nathan Lee, or bust out your sousaphone with Nat McIntosh (formerly with Youngblood Brass Band (interviewed on NPR), now with Dallas Brass).
posted by filthy light thief on May 19, 2009 - 19 comments

Flaming garbage cans in hip hop videos

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.
posted by Demogorgon on Apr 5, 2009 - 19 comments

Korean Hip Hop Party

Dynamic Duo do an attendance check, DJ Doc run to you with Epik High and Younha's help, Epik High and Younha love love love, Buga Kingz hear a siren, Drunken Tiger has a good life with T (윤미래) and bizzy, and Dynamic Duo check whether you're solo and still here!
posted by needled on Apr 3, 2009 - 23 comments

Filling up the city skies with righteous grooves

Four Hours of Free Funkiness Filter: Pretty Lights [more inside]
posted by jammy on Mar 31, 2009 - 20 comments

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