Get right to it: Who is Nas feeling among the newer school artists of now. Cole & Kendrick, certainly. But Weezy though? Interesting, but much too short from Nas, clip from Revolt’s “Music Talks” Series.
Think the kids have lost their way in Hip-Hop when they can say ‘Tupac? Who is that?’ while we have debates about Pac’s place in your all-time Top 5 list. Watch, as the kids get familiar with some work from the late, great rapper/actor.
Before you click play, how do you think the millennials in the video will react? Might surprise you.
Talib Kweli tells Vlad that Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Ugly God and the other young’uns in the rap game have something to teach the rap vets. No, helllll nooo; not about putting out good music. Rather, they know how to get a buzz that gets heat for an artist without
paying playing the radio game. And that game has gotten even more expensive and more ‘in the shadows’ nowadays.
F*ck radio…don’t need no radio… [and] F*CK Gene Simmons!
Dope track. Dooooope dancehall track! Bet money in any current currency that if you ride out and pull up with this bumping out your speakers, any attention you get will be the right attention. Smooth overall, with rough elements and an indescribable ‘night life’ feel to it. Popcaan got another one with this “Nah Idle” (visuals above).
Okay, so Skillz submitted his “Rap Up” for the year. Think Uncle Murda ain’t gonna check in with his?? Shiiid! Murda a fool with it. Hahaa. Grimy but funny in spots with the shots. Check out his “Rap Up 2016” below. Produced by Reefa & Teddy Da Don.
Who can get it for 2016? Well… ask The Game, Meek Mill, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Kaepernick, Brad Pitt and more… all in this jawn. It’s an annual tradition: Skillz tripping on the trip that we called 2016. Here’s the latest “Rap Up” from Skillz.
Ima go off. Ima go off right now.
Shout to the homie Eff Triple Dot! Aftermath Records’ producer Focus… The music making pedigree is there: his pops was the bassist for Chic (they did that song “Good Times” …these are the good gimes …keep it going)! Focus… speaks on his dad’s desire for a strong legacy, his work producing and ‘ghost producing’ and more.
Chuck Lawayne put down a gritty up-tempo beat and Lloyd Banks is like…Let’s GO! Street heat dropped as the next installment in his Blue Friday series.
Ha! This is fun! Busta Rhymes this “Grinch 2000” for the “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” soundtrack back in 2000. Even got a feature on it from the film’s star, Jim Carrey. Produced by DJ Premier to boot. So how could this have not made it onto the final release? Who knows? But now it gets dropped, and appreciated. Happy Holidays!
Hot from the shot, the late great J Dilla’s musical estate let off 15 from the heater in time for the holidays. “Jay Dee’s Ma Dukes Collection” is available now for streaming and purchase below.
David Kelly is the general counsel and vice president of the Golden State Warriors. He’s also Hip-Hop artist Capital D, a popular Chicago rapper who put out eight albums by himself and with the group All Natural. We interviewed him, and played his music for Draymond Green and other Warriors.- San Francisco Chronicle
(Check out the expo piece above, and hit the jump for some Capital D throwback footage.)
Nas shares some insights, including some regarding his “Hip-Hop Is Dead” album on the 10th anniversary of its release, above. Footage from the sit-down continues after the jump, including discussion about the album’s title track.
A true story. The words of Norman Brown, read by Pusha T. Powerful testimony on what a second chance can mean to a person and to society. A quick watch, but a good one!
Wow, 20+ years… on the way to much more in the pen… But freedom granted by President Obama gave the brother a chance to write a new ending to the book of his life. Maybe he can help others with their ‘rewrites’ too.
I’d be among the first to stand at the meeting and say, “I’m @ojones1… and I’m a Skyblew fiend…” But I bet I would hear a nice-sized gathering give an appreciative heartfelt Hip-Hop, “Hi @ojones1,” in return. So HA!
But, hey, I am an addict to dopeness in general, like the stuff we post on here. This time the new dopeness is SkyBlew’s video for “Revenge Of The Chicken From Outer Space!” It’s a like ‘hunhhh?’ title from the Sky Painter’s latest release “SkyBlew The Cowardly Boy!” And it’s the eclectic kind of nerdcore cool we expect from the homie SkyBlew.
Talib Kweli Speaks On His Times Meeting President Obama, Relationships With Other Artists And Much More (Video)
Tell the truth, we ‘never thought that Hip-Hop would take it this far’…
According to Talib Kweli (above), President Obama got his favorite artists together in a room to share ideas on and declare his desire for criminal justice reform to be part of his administration’s legacy… and ask for their inputs & help. Talk about a work-play moment! Imagine a concert featuring Talib, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole, Busta Rhymes, Pusha T and others? Why not? It’s the White House! But nah, country first. Still sounds like a cool meet-up.
(The story about his Grandma though… wow!)
Kweli also speaks on his next project (with Styles P), Yasiin Bey, the experience of working with Q-Tip and getting on the A Tribe Called Quest album, Jay Electronica and more. DOPE interview!
Pretty mellow overall. Dope. Something feels ‘west coasty’ about this… maybe it’s the beat. Check out the J57 x G Koop Remix of DV Alia Khryst’s “Lights Out” (yeasted up by a feature from Redman).