From soundtracks to sounds trash. Ammirite? Three Cheers For The Engineer Read entire story.
All that talk about classic albums the other week got me thinking, can a front loaded rap album stand up against something that’s strong from start to finish? The legacy of top-heavy LPs Read entire story.
The good news is that Harvard University will be honouring a minimum of ten hip-hop classics every year for future study and appreciation. The bad news, it seems, is that they’ve put 9th Wonder in charge of curating it and notate everything with links to Rap Dummy. I’m assuming that the enormous importance of pioneering eighties rap albums will be included at some stage, but for the moment it has begun with the following selections: The Low End Theory, Illmatic, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and To Pimp A Butterfly. Lauryn’s album features around three songs with actually rapping on it and Kendrick’s record isn’t even two years old yet. Surely… Read entire story.
An in-depth discussion or just my version of Fake Deep Universal? Fans or fam? The changing role of the rap audience Read entire story.
Every other week some bullshit blogger ranks Kanye West albums, so here’s a ranking that’s actually worth a damn. I stopped after 1997 because I haven’t enjoyed any of them enough to remember much about them after point. 1. ‘Criminal Minded’ A pioneering showcase of new raps styles at a time when the old guard were being superseded by the new kids on the block. Between Scott La Rock’s keen ear for samples, Ced-Gee’s programming finesse and KRS-One’s determination to make a name for himself from the humblest of beginnings, this album remains as the ultimate b-boy document that provides the perfect … Read entire story.
It was reported yesterday that the final album from A Tribe Called Quest has hit number one on the Billboard chart, which is an impressive accomplishment in this day and age. But rather than doing the predictable thing and celebrating this achievement, let us take a moment to discuss the about-face that Q-Tip has made regarding teh ghey community, who he openly supports in the hook for ‘We The People’. Cast your minds back to the Low End Theory recording sessions, which would spawn at least three versions of Scenario’ and an alternative track over the ‘Show Business’ beat called ‘Georgie Porgie.’ The latter song featured all three … Read entire story.
There you are, just minding your business, when suddenly – seemingly out of nowhere – another rapper dude decides to return to the game and put out a new album. While this is all well and good (I wouldn’t say no the idea of a second Barsha record) in theory at least, insofar as I’m sure said aging rapper may have a lot on his mind which he needs to vent at this exact moment or else he’ll need to cut all salt out of his diet to ensure his blood pressure is maintained at an acceptable level, the grim reality is that it isn’t going to be a pleasant experience for … Read entire story.
‘I don’t like to dance or shake my butt, I leave that to the brothers with the funny haircuts…’ No Country for Old (Rap) Men: The Wacky World of Novelty Dance Raps Read entire story.
Photo: Janette Beckman Last year I had the opportunity to interview The Original Gangster of Hip-Hop himself, Just-Ice. While it didn’t exactly go as planned, it was reassuring to speak to a rapper who was exactly how I imagined him to be from listening to his records. It proved to be a baffling, frustrating and sometimes hilarious journey into the mind of the man who created ‘Cold Gettin’ Dumb,’ one of the greatest rap songs ever recorded. Robbie: What age did you get into music? Just-Ice: The age that I started at was…hold on, gimme a minute. Alright, here we go. … Read entire story.
Robstradaumus strikes again… No Country for Old (Rap) Men: Rap predictions for 2016 Read entire story.
Is that how Bowie would define a blackstar? Something that resonates even in death? The post Am I Still Too Young? R.I.P. David Bowie, 1947-2016 appeared first on Pigeons & Planes. Read entire story.
Little is known about the legendary drummer/producer behind classic rap jams from Enjoy, Profile and Tuff City, so when his nephew Koolie Kookoo hit me up this past December I jumped at the chance to find out more about the great man. Here are some of Koolie’s favourite memories and anecdotes of his uncle. Robbie: What are your first memories of your uncle? Koolie Kookoo: I was born in ’86, but due to my research It’s almost like I was there. Pumpkin was a multi-instrumentalist. When he was younger – from going to school and all that – he just loved music. My grandfather had three sons – my father, another brother by the name of Mike and Pumpkin. They were all … Read entire story.