Hip-Hip Category Archives
It’s a blessing when two of your heroes are also your colleagues. Check out this CBS piece on Grammy-winner 9th Wonder and Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal. I’m so proud of what these two have accomplished. They are an inspiration for artists/academicians in general, and for Durhamites/North Carolinians in particular. Shine on, brothers.
I’m working on a documentary about an after-school program I’m involved with called Poetic Justice. Check out this poem from one of our students and peep an article I wrote about the program below: North Carolina is emerging as one of the hotbeds of the international spoken word and slam poetry scene, with several nationally […]
A few months ago I started working with an incredible spoken word artist, Kane “Novakane” Smego, a member of the Sacrificial Poets. He was in the midst of developing a curriculum called YouTh ink, which empowers teenage youth through spoken word. We combined YouTh ink with the Blackademics curriculum (learn more about that here) and […]
I’m teaching a new course at North Carolina Central University called: Hip Hop, Music and Politics. The class explores the relationships between music and various political movements. By addressing music of artists like KRS-One, Bob Marley, Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill we gain invaluable insight into the Stop the Violence, Rastafari, Anti-Lynching and Women’s Movements. […]
The Beast – Freedom Part 2 from BECAUSEUS on Vimeo. On Tuesday The Beast’s new anthem Freedom Part 2 was released to the masses (check us out on 2dopeboyz.com). I wrote an article about the song, which was published in the News and Observer entitled, When Freedom Disappears. The articles talks about how and why […]
[Ringing] Yo. Hip Hop? What’s up? You’re alive! Can’t stop, won’t stop. Thanks for letting me interview you, I know you’re busy. It’s cool. I got to take advantage of this opportunity to represent myself. You’re breaking up a little. Can you hear me okay? Yeah. I’m on a cordless house phone and I stepped […]
This Black Music Month our interview is with professor and public intellectual Dr. Mark Anthony Neal. We discuss the role of the public intellectual, Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks and Dr. Neal’s contribution to Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic. Enjoy!
Backstage footage from The Roots concert I wrote about in my last post: Kicking it w/ ?uestlove (well, kinda). The Roots and Joss Stone perform You Got Me with the ill Kid Cudi reference on verse 3.
This afternoon I have the honor and privilege of speaking with one of my inspirations, the founder of my favorite band, blog and tweets: ?uestlove. I’m interviewing him for a musical and scholarly project I’m working on called Freedom Suite. Freedom Suite is a jazz and hip-hop mixtape from my band, The Beast and jazz […]
Guru passed away Monday after a lengthy battle with Cancer. He was 43 years old. The influential emcee was half of the legendary band Gangstarr and founder of the visionary jazz/Hip-Hop fusion experiment, Jazzmatazz. The best way to cherish Guru is to celebrate his life’s work and passion. Below, you will find a gem from […]