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Radio Show #7: Pioneers of Sound

April 18, 2010 by


The theme of the show this week was the firsts of the firsts. It took a whole lot of work to compile the playlist, and even more work to judge whether or not something truly was the first of it’s kind, but in the end T and I were pretty happy with the result. If […]

First Show over, Weezy too Hott to handle

March 4, 2010 by


After much obsessing, running around, and song editing, the BreakBeat Axiom Radio show went on the air yesterday (or perhaps today, depending on where you put midnight to 1 am). The entire day was plagued by technical issues (Murphy’s Law for the win), ever since I started editing Q-tip’s Won’t Trade for radio use. I’m […]

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

March 3, 2010 by


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 […]

The Roots Announce the 2010 Picnic Lineup

March 2, 2010 by


As if the cheese-steaks weren’t reason enough to trek down to Philly, the icon of cool use of punctuation, ?uestlove, has announced the lineup for the third annual Roots Picnic Hometown Festival, which includes Nneka, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Mayer Hawthorne, the Very Best, Tuneyards, Das Racist, Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew, Pattern Is Movement, […]

Nyle “Let The Beat Build” Video

February 28, 2010 by


Easy T sent me this video (courtesy of her main man, Kool Keith) and it seemed worth sharing, so here it is (apparently I was living under a rock and missed this): The artist, Nyle Emerson, did this during his senior year at NYU for a school project. It’s amazing what a $2,000 NYU grant, […]

The BreakBeat Axiom, Now in Stereo!

February 24, 2010 by


It seems like this series of tubes we call the internets isn’t enough to hold T and me. Next Wednesday (03.03.10), T and I will officially launch our radio show (also called The Breakbeat Axiom) on WMBR 88.1. A radio show and a blog might seem excessive, but that’s probably because you haven’t had the […]

Reggie Watts (and our very own HQ!!) at the ICA

February 13, 2010 by


That’s right. Kick-ass comedian/performance artist/dancer/musician/beatboxer/all-around-interesting performer is exhibiting his show Disinformation at the ICA on Saturday, February 13th, and The Q is a big ole’ part of it! Watts’s website describes Disinformation thusly: “It’s 2012. The end of the world. What do you do? In DISINFORMATION, Reggie outlines humanity’s refusal to accept a global paradigm […]

WhoSampled.Com: Amazing.

December 24, 2009 by


Just a quick (non-) holiday post. I stumbled across the site yesterday, and I’m completely obsessed. The tagline, “Exploring and discussing the DNA of music”, is a good descriptor; this site makes no judgment calls on the legitimacy, legality, or ethics of sampling, but simply serves as a roadmap of where songs have come […]

HQ’s Hotties of 2009

December 21, 2009 by


So every year I like to take a retrospective moment and think about all the women over the last year from film, music, the arts, etc, and appreciate what they have done…to my nether regions. Is it crass? Totally. Does it make me a terrible person? Yeah probably. If I published it in a magazine, […]

A Hip-Hop Education? Yes, Yes Y’all

December 16, 2009 by


On Monday night, the Portland School Board approved plans for a new charter school that focuses on hip-hop music and culture . The board voted 6-0 in favor of the school’s creation, noting its “innovation, creativity and potential to draw students who aren’t being served in the district’s current system.” So it should go without […]

Clipse: Wordgamin’

December 15, 2009 by


Now, I love Clipse. The Q doesn’t care for them so much. But both of us are self-proclaimed intellects (read: nerds), so we can both appreciate a psuedo psychoanalysis of anyone via linguistic cues. And no one can resist the charm of Pusha-T and Malice in this interview, where Combat Jack of Daily Math TV […]

And the Winner is HOV! 2009 Grammy Nominees are Awesome/ Kinda Bad.

December 8, 2009 by


The 2009 Grammy Nominations came out on December 2, and some of my favorites are in the running. Then again, some things that I’m not so down with are also representing (and does anyone else think that it’s a little strange that The Lonely Island & T-Pain’s “I’m on a Boat” is in the running […]