Growing up white (still am) in the suburbs in the 80′s, there was Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince … and the Beastie Boys. Rap was new to white people and generally hated by white suburban parents. Credit the Beasties–not Eminem– with inaugurating an entire generation into the inner sanctum of hiphop. What was different about the Beasties […]
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May 5, 2012
March 25, 2012
We found Frontalot here on Kickstarter. Pretty obvious he’s really talented…and doing what hiphop used to do: tell stories about everyday life. There’s a lot of tired raps out there going over the same tired topics. Nice to see yard sales…er, stoop sales…getting their due.
March 12, 2012
Fremdschämen. Learn the word. Because it’s that feeling you have when you watch this video: specifically, utter embarrassment for someone else. It’s that same thing you feel 90% of the time watching Reality TV. But it begs the question: why do people think rap lends legimitacy to their diatribes?!
February 14, 2012
7 Minute Love from Saint Diggidy It’s uncanny how Diggidy’s voice sounds just like Luda, or at others, like 50. Diggidy can rap, but the production needs to beef up. Diggidy’s from Detroit, but he’s got a lot of competition now with the likes of Black Milk, Big Sean, and others…
February 13, 2012
Master and King opens with a riff that sounds like a way slowed down version of Heavy D’s “Now that We Found Love” (see below too). But the melody’s slightly different and very current. It’s an addictive song…the best off ”The Extraordinaires from The Holstar (Zambia) and Teckzilla (Canada, bwo Nigeria).
February 11, 2012
Inception features Sullee J’s unique rapid-fire mono-flow. It’s a different kind of flow. Worth a listen. Sullee’s a positive rapper, so no narcorapping here. And how does he do that double chinstrap beard thing?!
January 30, 2012
Learn a thing or two from these hustlas from Philly, Ground Up: in just a few years, they’ve recorded with guys like Freeway and toured with names like Rick Ross and Mac Miller. In short, they know how to brand and promote. More on them below…
January 8, 2012
This video is…awfulsome. It’s a combination of one of the worst beats you’ve heard with the What-the?! hook that kills you at first. And just when you’re about to get that, “I feel-bad-for-you-you’re-so-bad feeling, Danny raps… and he’s not half bad! Far from the worst you’ve/we’ve heard. Also…
December 25, 2011
So, in the previous post with Kurtis Blow rappin bout Christmas, we mentioned Run DMC. Well…here’s their Xmas take 7 years later. Look how far rap came. Keep your eye out for…