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Talib’s Back! New Reflection Eternal Video features hallmarks of MC’s style

April 16, 2010 by

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Reflection Eternal just put out the first video from their new album, Revolutions Per Minute, and it’s everything you would expect from the legendary duo. Featuring a scarily on-point Bun B, “Paranoid” showcases not only Talib Kweli’s masterful flow, but solidifies his reputation as a quote-unquote “conscious rapper’, whether he likes it or not. The […]

Waka Flocka Fact Check: Why Lyricism (still) Pays in Hip-Hop

March 3, 2010 by

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LYRICS LYRICS LYRICS. Lyrics are a huge topic in hip-hop. Not only are they responsible for much of the criticism that hip-hop receives, but lyricists have really come to define the entire genre. And now, the issue of lyricism and its role in hip-hop has become a hot topic of debate. If you haven’t yet […]

“We are the World” Remake kills Hip-Hop, pisses of Jay-Z, inexplicably includes Vince Vaughn.

February 17, 2010 by

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By now we all are acutely aware that the We Are the World 25 for Haiti was a big fucking musical mess. It took something that was original and  kind of touching from the 1980’s and made it into an auto-tuned trainwreck of forced, sappy pop idiocy. Seriously, pop-idol/far-t00-young-celebrity Justin Bieber sang the opening verse. This […]

True.

February 16, 2010 by

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“And what gift of America to the rest of the world is actually most appreciated by the rest of the world? It is African-American jazz and its offshoots. What is my definition of jazz? ‘Safe sex of the highest order.’” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

FREE KANYE WEST!

February 11, 2010 by

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Kanye West is gone, and I want him BACK.

Jay-Z’s Latest Video Artistic, Makes Conspiracy Theorists’ Heads Explode

January 13, 2010 by

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Ever since Jay-Z first threw up the Diamond Cutter sign (which apparently was stolen from WWE wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, DUH), Dungeons & Dragons lovers everywhere have been speculating about his (and his cohorts’) possible ties to occult secret societies, namely the Illuminati, the Freemasons, and Lucifericists. And with his new video for “On to […]

White Like Me: Loving Hip-Hop from the Outside

December 29, 2009 by

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It’s the holiday season, and like so many of my 20-something counterparts, I’ve spent the past week at my childhood home, surrounded by family, old friends, good food, better drink,…. and absolutely nothing even remotely related to hip-hop culture. I grew up in the mountains of Western MD, where the dominate musical culture is caught […]

Stephen Colbert is White. And Sometimes he Raps.

December 18, 2009 by

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On last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert pulled the old “it’s funny when white people who aren’t rappers rap” bit by joining Alicia Keys in an updated rendition of Empire State of Mind. more about “Colbert Thrills Nation With Launch of…“, posted with vodpod   Now, I kind of like this. Stephen Colbert is endearing […]

What It Do: Revisiting the Ebonics Issue

December 2, 2009 by

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If you were awake in 1996, you probably remember the uproar surrounding the Oakland School Board’s proposal to use African American English (known as AAE or Ebonics) in the Oakland School system. For those of you not in the know, here’s a Quick Break-Down: The OSB passed a resolution that recognized the legitimacy of Ebonics […]

Stuffy Turkey: Thelonious Monk, Thanksgiving, and Music’s Place at the Table

November 26, 2009 by

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While I hate to run over The Q’s eye-opening introduction to love, dating, and internet-savvy in the 21st century below, I’m going to have to bump his latest take on contemporary issues with a tribute to a great from our past. Today is Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving will always remind me of one very important thing: […]

Welcome to the Beat

November 3, 2009 by

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Axiom (n.): 1. a self-evident truth that requires no proof. 2. a universally accepted principle or rule. 3. a proposition that is assumed without proof for the sake of studying the consequences that follows from it.   Break Beat (n.; v.): “The best part of a great record.” – Grandmaster Flash “While playing hits from […]