In a year where Frank Ocean makes headlines
by being forthcoming about his sexuality and Community star Donald Glover delivers a celebrated performance (warning: autoplay)
on the BET Hip-Hop Awards, it may seem that honesty is a prevailing trend in a genre consumed by braggadocio. New York rapper Angel Haze continues this with a heart-wrenching rap
that transforms Eminem's "Cleaning Out My Closet" from an adolescent boy's angry confessional to a young woman's crushing autobiography.
posted by raihan_
on Oct 23, 2012 -
President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will have the final debate
of the US Presidential race tonight. Yawning at the thought of a formulaic back and forth, while secretly hoping for a rap battle? Then look beneath the fold for examples of explicit lyrical parodies. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Oct 22, 2012 -
Hot Potato Style
is a video by New Orleans rapper Nicky Da B made with a little help from Jean Luc Picard, Pee Wee Herman, John Stamos, and Charlie Chaplin (among others). Lyrics are probably slightly not safe for work.
posted by codacorolla
on Jun 3, 2012 -
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 -
"Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors - the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world
" says LulzSec (previously)
in their latest release, Chinga La Migra
. "We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement. We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 (previously) and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.
is a new track from nerdcore rapper ytcracker (previously)
posted by finite
on Jun 23, 2011 -
is a hip hop EP inspired by Duncan Jones' fine science fiction film Moon. The beats, which heavily sample Clint Mansell's score for the movie, were created by Max Tannone, best known for mashup album Jaydiohead, Doublecheck Your Head and Mos Dub/Dub Kweli. The MC is Brooklyn rapper Richard Rich.
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 23, 2011 -
, also known as dc Basehead and Basehead 2.0, is an American alternative hip hop group formed by Michael Ivey in suburban Maryland in 1992. Basehead's 1992 debut album
, Play with Toys
, was recorded at Ivey's home
with various studio musicians (hits: Ode to My Favorite Beer, Not Over You
, 2000 BC
). Ivey formed a touring band for live performances, which contributed to Basehead's second album, Not in Kansas Anymore
(which contained what some consider his best song, Split Personality
). [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Jan 17, 2011 -
Legendary hip hop producer DJ Premier interviewed in the XXL Icon Interview
and The Smoking Section
. Remarkably candid conversations about his life in East Coast hip hop, with interesting stories about his work with Jay-Z, Biggie, Puff, Nas, Jeru the Damaga, Group Home, Suge Knight, Christina Aguilera and of course, Guru. On finding records to sample: "Well, there’s still diggin’ spots. If you’re in that world like I am, you know the spots, you see everybody—Just Blaze, Alchemist, Large Professor, Pete Rock—we still pop up in those spots. You got Big City records, you got Turntable Lab, you still have A1, you got Academy, you know. I’m not gonna tell you all the digging spots."
posted by the mad poster!
on Dec 20, 2010 -