With what would have been J Dilla’s 41st birthday being on February 7 and Dilla Weekend in Miami kicking off at the same time, it’s only appropriate that the DJ trio of Manuvers, Sharpsound and LouiArson put together this instrumental mixtape of Dilla beats.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Statik Selektah announced on his Showoff radio show that he’ll be dropping a joint project with KXNG Crooked in the very near future titled Statik KXNG. Listen to the two discuss the project.
The Pro Era emcee takes his talents to France to perform a track off of his recently released album for a bunch of fans who probably have no idea what he’s talking about. He still killed it though.
Hip-Hop as a tool for education? That’s exactly what the documentary focusing on producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University explores.
The Hip-Hop Fellow is a 78-minute documentary following Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University as he teaches ‘The Standards of Hip-Hop’ course, conducts research for his thesis and explores hip-hop’s history, culture and role in academia.
The film centers on the emerging significance of incorporating hip-hop studies into academic curriculum and spotlights the scholars and musicians at the forefront of preserving 40 years of hip-hop culture.
Interviewees include Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Kendrick Lamar, Young Guru, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Phonte, Dr. Marcyliena Morgan, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Ab-Soul, Rapper Big Pooh and DJ Premier.
The young rhymeslinger jumps on the Swedish band’s single for a little remix treatment.
Here’s a rule of thumb: Don’t ever heckle an emcee that everyone adores in an intimate setting because bad things will happen. This fan didn’t realize that giving the middle finger to Ghostface would result in getting his ass kicked but that’s exactly what happened in Texas. Not smart.
Detroit’s V Stylez drops the visuals for the J Dilla produced heat rock “Rough, Rugged & Raw” that features KXNG Crooked and Bumpy Knuckles. Off of his recently released At Odds Til I’m Even album.
Mike and El-P head to Graffiti’s SWAG Shop in Atlanta, Georgia and talk to four kids about real shit: girls vs. boys’ intelligence, Iggy Azalea, non-violent drug offenses, and more. Don’t sleep on the wisdom of the youth.
With Your Old Droog preparing to hit the road with PRhyme later this month, it’s appropriate that the emcee drops a new EP to whet the appetites of fans who are still reeling for his excellent debut LP. Kinison finds the Coney Island rhymeslinger kicking the linguistics over some vaguely rock fueled production courtesy of frequent collaborators which included DJ Skizz, El RTNC and Marco Polo.
Rolling Stone premiered the EP and caught up with Droog to discuss the project.
“It’s not like something we planned,” Droog tells Rolling Stone. “I was mentioning a lot of people from the rock world in my rhymes. It was like, ‘Yo, I think I gotta tie this thing around, ’cause it’s happening too much….Porno for Pyros…it’s like a dope way of saying your shit is fire. It’s kind of like useless trivia, so I’m making use of it. I just got memory for useless shit. I remember Meredith Brooks; I don’t know why.”
As heard on the latest episode of “Fuck, That’s Delicious,” Alchemist cuts loose the full track to Action Bronson’s “Big League Chew.”