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Baba Brinkman Is Dropping Science… Brain Science… In His “Rap Guide to Consciousness” (Trailer)

Not sure if you know like I know, but there are folks in Hip-Hop whose works I admire yet will probably never totally ‘get.’ Like, I know Raekwon is dope, but sometimes he goes into some bushes I have never seen before… and I can’t follow what he’s doing. I just chalk it up to him doing him doing Hip-Hop… and I stay on a Hip-Hop path because I know he will come back and stomp down a familiar path (or at least one I can follow) and we’re good. That kind of thinking is not just for Hip-Hop. I think about Neil deGrasse Tyson or Gary Vaynerchuk or some of the far-out science/tech articles I post here… not knowing all of what is going on, but knowing there is something there; that this is something I should be following.

This cat, Baba Brinkman. He’s like that; with his lyrical presentations about consciousness and such. I just dug some write-ups about him out of the inbox and peeped this trailer that came with them… I’m seeing critical acclaim, some building buzz, association with work I often follow into some of those aforementioned bushes (see Mega Ran – who I ran across while staying up on the moves of the homie SkyBlew). Yeah. So I subscribed. I get a good amount of what he is spitting about (yeah, like rapping about) in his rhymes that engage and explore the mind. And while I am sure Baba will head off into some bushes I’m not eff’n with from time-to-time, I get the feeling that he will brink it back (come, rewind). Like Chef Raekwon and Dr. Tyson do for me.

Check dude’s trailer out and see if you can keep up with what he’s putting down. One time for your mind!

@ojones1

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Jimmy Fallon Welcomes His ‘Second Favorite Rapper’ For A Chat (Video)

Tarik Trotter aka Black Thought of The Roots and Jimmy Fallon discuss the 10-minute Funk Flex Freestyle that smoked and left the Interwebs wide open. Look back on here and see how Thought got down and shut the off-top rhyme game down… AFTER you watch the talk clip above.

@ojones1

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Black Thought | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #087 (Video)

Funk Flex got Black Thought of The Roots to fall through and freestyle, too?? MANDATORY watching… this is not up for discussion. Tariq is that BEAST emcee that your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper is not trying to see!!

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Watch Thought do just like how you thought he’d do on here. Mic. Left. SMOKED!

@ojones1

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Talib Kweli – “Heads Up Eyes Open” feat. Rick Ross x Yummy Bingham (Live Performance)

Above: Coming up next to Jimmy Fallon’s set… Talib Kweli and Rick Ross and Yummy Bingham doing “Heads Up Eyes Open.”

(Note to artists: Don’t front. You WANT The Roots to get your back on stage! So dope!)

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Dee-1 Speaks On His New Album, His Career & Life Thus Far, And Kills It On The “Five Fingers Of Death” Challenge (Video)

Sway started off by saying, “God is great.” Truth! And Dee-1, on that mic, not too shabby. Gotta recognize that. If not now, after you watch dude SNAP on the “Five Fingers Of Death” freestyle segment of this interview, you will!

But don’t skip past the interview. Compelling content. Dee-1 talks about how a male executive ‘tried him’ (e.g. tried to make him do sexual favors). Now that is way past Industry Rule #4080 sh!t there.

Good to see Dee-1 make it through. Still standing. On God, and His Word.

Salute!

@ojones1

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Iman Shumpert | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #085 (Video)

Yoooooo! NBA players out here rapping better than many of the mainstream mumblers. Iman Shumpert is doing the work on that mic though, spitting flames like the old NBA Jams video game… He’s on FIIIIIIRE!

Small forward, Iman Shumpert makes it very clear that he’s more than just a ball player! Reppin’ Oak Park, IL, Iman comes through Funk Flex with some bars!
– Hot 97

And, yeah, he got BARZ!

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Big K.R.I.T. Kills An ‘Imaginary Player’ In Epic Lyrical Freestyle (Video)

When you get it out the mud, you come up with some leeches.

Wooo hoo hooo! Tell y’all what… Challenge K.R.I.T. on his mic skills if you want. Your fave emcee will get dealt with!! Dude’s gotz BARZ, son! Peep the freestyle. Tell a hater and give ’em something else to hate on. Ha!

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CyHi The Prynce Lyrically Murders This Flex Freestyle In 84 Ways (Video)

If you ever wondered if CyHi had the pedigree to run in the rap circles he does, no you know! And if you needed MORE proof that he is so A-T-L… dude said he had it locked from Douglasville to Conyers!!

You know how when Fred The Godson said that ‘to stay true’ is ‘the right thing’ in his freestyle? Well, on this The Prynce is doing the right thing for damn sure. Click play now. Let’s GO!

@ojones1

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15 Minute Hip-Hop Instrumental Medley By An Ochestra (Video)

Remember a good while back when we posted on Sir Mix-A-Lot performing with the symphony orchestra backing him (here)? Not quite like that but it sort of is… for me. Music I love done by folks who love a different kind of music. Dopeness, with crossover appeal! Check this out.

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Watch The Roots, Getting LIVE At The Tiny Desk (Video)

The Legendary Roots Crew. The get LIVE every night with Jimmy Fallon. But for the tiny crowd gathered for The Tiny Desk… Well, let’s see if they take things up another tick!

(C’mon son, it’s The Roots, Sun!)

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Boyz II Men – “I’ll Come Running Back To You” feat. Brian McKnight (Live) [Video]

Nice! Saw Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight on GMA last week doing this and had to stop everything. Not really an R&B head, but these are two of the great acts of my early years. Respect.

And respect for what they are coming back to the table with this go ’round. Doo-wop sounds. For real! Watch above. For more golden-voice goodness, follow link to the new album (below).

BOYZ II MEN – UNDER THE STREETLIGHT (ALBUM)

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Papoose | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #076 (Video)

Yooooo! Pap came back and snapped on his flow for the Funk Flex show. And before you ask, he did not bring his luscious, lyrical wifey, Remy, this time. But you know he had to rep for her, too… with these “Cash Rules” BARS!

@ojones1

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Method Man x Black Thought Cypher Live On Air (Video)

Respect! For these flows, AND for Meth going into the phone to ensure he was NOT caught slipping when he was on the mic live KNOWING that Black Thought was about to hop on and BEAST it with him!

These Legendary Roots Crew-Tang flows though! They KILT IT! Throw a plaid skirt on this sh!t!!

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Don’t Walk! Run The Jewels… NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (Video)

Let the E&J and lyrics and booming beats FLOW! RTJ on NPR for an intimate, but no-less-energized [Tiny Desk] Concert with rhyme buddies El-P and Killer Mike. Okay, in case you don’t follow Run The Jewels… have any kids leave the F**KING room NOW! Liquor and lyrics laced with profanity and adult dopeness. Party time! Let’s GO!

Mina Tavakoli | February 6, 2017 — Like any good pair of twins, Run the Jewels have a freaky sort of unspoken fraternity. When El-P and Killer Mike strode in with their usual uniforms — Mike in a gold chain as thick as a garter snake, El in a fitted Yankees cap and pair of blue-mirrored sunglasses — the two didn’t have to do as much as nod to one another before upending three tracks from their latest LP, RTJ3, in strange and perfect symbiosis.

El-P (née El-Producto, née Jaime Meline) — rapper, producer, and all-around godfather of the backpacker scene of the late-90’s — and Killer Mike — known for guest features on tracks by Atlanta’s Dungeon Family in the early-aughts, solo work in the mid-to-late ’00s, and perhaps most widely for his very public support of Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign last year — have out-mused each other in a supergroup that somehow seems to get better, louder, and more pertinent since their start in 2013. They represent an ideal evolution of underground hip-hop to mainstream success, mixing a fundamentally activist animus with IMAX-level production without losing a speck of vital force.

On an unseasonably beautiful day in D.C., Run the Jewels was sweaty and sulfuric, ad-libbing with one another in an exchange so slick, easy, and conspiratorial, it felt like we were in on their shared language.

Run the Jewels 3 is available now!

– NPR Music

EL-P X KILLER MIKE – RUN THE JEWELS 3 (ALBUM)

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Missy Elliott – “She’s A Bitch” (Live) [Video]

Wonder how many tuned into the return of VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors show. Compared to the buzz leading up to show’s past, this last one came back on low volume. But if you saw this performance, you witnessed a textbook example of how to turn up! Missy Elliot was definitely a 90s Gamechanger, and she is one who can still deliver the goods. Believe the hype!

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Common Does A Soulful ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ At The White House (Video)

The White House is often at the center of some controversy, more so nowadays. But there was a recent time when there was less ‘crazy’ – as Keith Olbermann might say (here) – coming from the White House …or, at least, a different type of ‘crazy.’ Even then, something like this probably would not have made headline news. But it was certainly worthy of being documented. And I am glad NPR did. And after you watch, bet money that you will be, too.

We’ve never done a Tiny Desk Concert that wasn’t behind my desk at NPR. But when the White House called and said they were putting on an event called South by South Lawn, a day-long festival filled with innovators and creators from the worlds of technology and art, including music, we jumped at the chance to get involved. We chose Common as the performer and the White House library as the space.

This Tiny Desk Concert was a convergence of art and soul, mixing politics with heart. Common’s choice of songs dealt with incarceration as the new slavery, imagined a time where women rule the world and honored the man he looked up to all his life, his father. For this occasion, Common put together a special six-piece band of close friends that includes the great Robert Glasper, with his eloquent and delicate touch, on keyboards and Derrick Hodge, whose music spans from Hip-Hop to folk and has made a big imprint on the world of jazz, on bass. Common also asked his longtime friend and collaborator Bilal to sing on two songs. The performance includes three brand new songs, along with one classic, “I Used To Love H.E.R.”

Bob Boilen

Yooooo! Brother Common and his crew rocked a [Tiny Desk] Concert at The White House. DOPE!

(Oh, and the girl on the flute is Elena Pinderhughes, who played flute on Future’s “Mask Off.” Hella cute! Especially in that form-fitting dress. Yes!)

@ojones1

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Fred The Godson | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #072 (Video)

Hard to contain myself. Know what? I’d heard that Fred The Godson was a beast, but I was not ready for him to get on with Flex and snap this hard! Let me put it this way: When heads talk about how they wish Jay-Z would go back to rapping like this or that… What they really wanna say is they want Hov to step his bars UP to Godson’s level. That’s right. Godson > Hov. Yeah, that’s today’s math! Watch.

(Shot to Jaquae for amping things up and doing the most with the hook.)

@ojones1

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Watch Rapsody’s In-Office Performance (Live) [Video]

“Laila’s Wisdom” drops this Friday, September 22nd. But good news for us, Rapsody & Okayplayer dropped off this footage of a free mini-concert of some old and new joints in advance of that. Bonus: I dropped that pre-order link for y’all below!

We’re live with Rapsody for an in-office performance ahead of the release of her album “Laila’s Wisdom” this Friday. Tune in!

RAPSODY – LAILA’S WISDOM (PRE-ORDER)

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A Choir Comes From Texas To Sing “Lean On Me” And Jimmy Fallon Puts A Million Dollars In The Collection Plate For Hurricane Harvey Relief (Video)

Now THAT’S how you use your platform! Salute to JJ Watt of the Houston Texans and to Jimmy Fallon. That fund Watt has going to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey keeps growing a million bucks at a time, and The Tonight Show just added another million!

On top of that, Jimmy invited a Houston area Gospel choir to come take his audience to church in less than 5 minutes flat. If you’ve never been ‘full’ from some good church singing… get ready for that and press play above.

#HelpHouston

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Z. Rich – “SideTracked” (#LifeRap Ep. 02) [Video]

Yooooo! Did you know Z. Rich (TAFKAP, you know… The Artist Formerly Known As Phene) put out another #LifeRap after “FAME” (Ep. 1)?? And not just another ONE, but like SEVEN more??? If you knew, why didn’t you tell me???! And if you did not know, you’re welcome! Because all these shiz is doooope!

Check out Episode 2 above and all the rest after the jump.

@ojones1

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