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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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.
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 […]
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 […]