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A phone call with Hip-Hop personified

Published on 18 Jun 2010 at 12:14 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under Hip-Hip,music.

[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 […]

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June 2010 Interview: Mark Anthony Neal

Published on 15 Jun 2010 at 11:59 pm. Comments Off on June 2010 Interview: Mark Anthony Neal.
Filed under black culture,Hip-Hip,history,music,popular culture.

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!

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Re: “Kick’n it w/ ?uestlove” Roots+Joss Stone perform You Got Me

Published on 30 May 2010 at 12:46 pm. No Comments.
Filed under Hip-Hip,music,Uncategorized.

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.

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Kicking It w/ ?uestlove (well, kinda)

Published on 26 May 2010 at 11:24 am. 2 Comments.
Filed under Hip-Hip,jazz,music.

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 […]

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Racial Politics and Represenation in, THE BEAST

Published on 4 Oct 2009 at 1:24 pm. 12 Comments.
Filed under Hip-Hip,music,racial rhetoric.

Wei: So what’s up with The Beast? Me: Yo the music is amazing I can’t wait ’till you to hear it! Wei: Yeah, me too. So live instrumentation, huuh? Me: Yes – piano, bass, drums and me on vocals. Wei: Word, word.. so where they at? Me: Right over there setting up (point to the […]

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Forever Gone: A review of Blueprint 3

Published on 8 Sep 2009 at 9:57 am. 22 Comments.
Filed under art,Hip-Hip,music,popular culture.

Thank God for bootlegs! During a recession when every penny counts, no one wants to waste money. So I was happy when I got my hands on an early copy of Jay-Z’s highly-anticipated, eleventh studio release, Blueprint 3. After I listened to it, I instantly knew where fifteen of my dollars wouldn’t be going this […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (Part 4.2)

Published on 19 Jul 2009 at 2:08 pm. 21 Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,black image,entertainment,Hip-Hip,mainstream culture,music,popular culture.

Welcome back for the second segment of 1996 as we focus on two titans, Jay-Z and Nas, and their landmark albums, Reasonable Doubt and It Was Written. These two classics were released within one week of each other, instantly causing the summer of 1996 to become “history in the making.” In an era where most […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (part 4.1)

Published on 1 Jul 2009 at 8:05 am. 15 Comments.
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Welcome back for the fourth installment of Coming of Age with Hip Hop. This week, I have the pleasure of tackling one of the biggest years in Hip Hop: 1996. Due to the six heavyweight releases that I have selected as the premier albums of 1996, I will break this installment up into three segments. […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (part 3)

Published on 20 Jun 2009 at 6:11 am. 21 Comments.
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1995 Who remembers the rawness of 1995? This year was dedicated to the grime and dirt of the B side as rappers moved impervious to mainstream tastes. During this year, it was almost a guarantee that you wouldn’t hear “your shit” on the radio unless you were prepared to stay up all night on weekends […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (part 2)

Published on 11 Jun 2009 at 3:44 pm. 17 Comments.
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Welcome back for the second installment of “Coming of Age with Hip Hop.” As promised from last week, we will be critically reviewing Hip Hop circa 1994. However, before I begin, allow me to recap the best albums and honorable mentions from 1993. You all will see an extra album placed in 1993’s Honorable Mention […]

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