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.
Remember iamamiwhoami? Jonna Lee's previously mysterious little music project complete with codes and secrets, has begun releasing new song-length videos every couple of weeks. On Valentines Day, Sever
, then Drops
. Today, Good Worker
. The videos are just as odd as when the project first started
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.
Hip hop’s last enigma.
90 minutes of music and interviewing one of the best lyricists there is, via the Red Bull Academy Lecture series. [more inside]
"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.
John Mayer visits Berklee to speak to students
and offer insight on learning music theory, making music, listening to music, and the temptation to publish yourself. [more inside]
Music artists have long talked about trying to get into the game
, getting pestered
by those trying to get into the game, and unceremoniously falling out of the game
. Want to get your music heard by the industry? Violator's Chris Lighty has an answer. Pleaselistentomydemo.com
In the early 1990's, a young Kejuan Muchita put to use a recording from 5 years before he was born. The recording was Herbie Hancock's 1969 song "Jessica".
Not ringing a bell? Well perhaps this brief video
will help you listen to how it morphed
into something just as beautiful
, and perhaps more familiar. [more inside]
You may have seen the Chrysler commercial during the Super Bowl that featured a hip hop act, with the narrator going on about how outsiders didn't know anything about a certain city in Michigan? But we're not talking about that Detroit City, we're talking about this
Detroit CYDI. Yeah Bitch
. [more inside]
Singer, beatboxer, electric ukelele player Merrill Garbus says "It was about a woman selling her child to the butcher
," referring to her puppet show that led to her first written songs. Her one-woman band Tune-Yards
(24:59 video) is like Imogen Heap's live performing
, mixed with some Phoebe Snow
and Nina Simone
. [more inside]
Comedian Affion Crockett, most remembered for appearing on MTV's "Wild 'n Out"and for his impressions of Jay-Z, manages to play Jay, Kanye and Chris Brown in a spoof of Jay-Z's song with Rihanna, "Run This Town"
Two pens for sticks, table for a drum, listen to Lyric
bang out Let the Beat Ride.
] [more inside]
Dance! Rye Rye
, and RaTheMC
are 3 burgeoning emcees that will have you up
and on the floor, getting your groove on
. [more inside]
Eric 'MC' Breed
, a well known rap artist popular in the 90's, died yesterday
at the age of 36. [more inside]
Best Rapper Alive
? No Krs-1, no Rakim, but Scarface is there. No MF Doom, no Pharoahe Monche, but Lil Mama
is there. [via
] Voting starts July 21st.