J. Period‘s “Rise Up!” is a protest-themed song featuring Black Thought of The Roots, De La Soul‘s Posdnuos, and Pharoah Monch. Featuring snippets of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy speeches, the piano laden record has a somber but uplifting vibe centering around the importance of creative solidarity during these difficult times. J. . . .
It’s been a few decades since rock band Living Colour was prominent, but they are making an interesting return to the scene with a remake of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya?”, featuring Black Thought, Chuck D, Pharoah Monch, Prodigal Sunn, and Kyle Mansa. The band is releasing a mixtape on September 9th called MIXTAPE, . . .
Black Thought links with fellow veterans Styles P and 9th Wonder for the clanging, boom-bap-influenced sounds of “Making A Murderer.” Black Thought has rarely, if ever, disappointed as a lyricist, and he flexes once more on this new cut, which draws inspiration from Netflix’s successful series of the same name. Setting the crime scene off with . . .
Black Thought has been on a tear in recent weeks appearing on other rapper’s records like Freddie Gibbs and PRhyme; now we get a solid solo Black Thought cut courtesy of Statik Selektah. This track was left off of Statik’s ‘Lucky 7’ album, most definitely not for lack of quality. Stream or get the free download . . .
Black Thought joins PRhyme for “Wishin II,” so you should already know that admirable levels of lyricism are about to be in effect. PRhyme is composed of Royce da 5’9″ and DJ Premier. On “Wishin II,” Premier provides an attention-grabbing, rock influenced instrumental while Royce trades slick bars with Black Thought for the track’s duration. . . .
It’s like a generation gap-bridging, lyrically intensive musical match made in heaven. Freddie Gibbs teams up with the legendary Black Thought for “Extradite,” a Mikhail-produced single paying homage to earlier eras of hip-hop. Stream “Extradite” below, and check out the recently released “Packages” afterwards. Pre-order Freddie’s Shadow Of A Doubt album via iTunes.
Lyricism abounds on Statik Selektah‘s “The Imperial,” thanks to verses in succession from Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9″, and Black Thought. Cinematic strings and background vocals give the record a very cinematic, 1970’s sort of feel, and Black Thought absolutely destroys the last verse. Stream “The Imperial” below, and look for Statik’s What Goes Around . . .
Benny Starr has been working diligently this year, as he’s on a mission to put the state of South Carolina on the map. In a beautiful open letter, dedicated to black women, Starr put all of his feelings on the table: “As a Black Man, expressing my appreciation, in words, for Women of Color, especially Black . . .
Many people take inspiration from Kanye West. Who can blame them? Bronx native Black Dave is one of them, and he delivers with “Aløne,” a new anthem inspired by Kanye. The record sees Dave take a trip down memory lane and speak on the state of NYC right now. He also gives us some more . . .
What happens when you can’t be yourself around those you’re supposed to identify with? Anti-blackness is pervasive enough. Leave homophobia at the door. We work to understand who we are. We deserve to be accepted. In the early hours of June 12, a gunman, Omar Mateen, opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub called Pulse . . .
In midst of all the violent turmoil our country has faced in the past 2 weeks, it has been refreshing to see our favorite entertainers speak out and voice their opinions so passionately on the racial issues plaguing us. In a recent attempt to advocate peace and awareness a new petition was formed with the . . .
I feel better than I ever have, you know? I’ve been sad my whole life, but fuck that. I know I have good things ahead. I don’t know honestly if I’m fully, 100 percent happy, but I’m starting to get there.”- Kaytranada (The Fader, 2016) A few days ago I turned 23, and I’ve never been . . .
You’re probably reading this saying, “I thought Black History Month is over!” Well, you’re technically right. Technically. But, like the anarchist I am, I believe that it should have the maximum amount of days a month is allowed, therefore, as for me and my house, it extends into March 2nd this year. The early half . . .
Editor’s Note: This was originally written in November 2013 by Christiana A Mbakwe, but the words still ring true and pose some important questions. This is especially true today, in the wake of the catastrophic Twitter war between Kanye, Wiz Khalifa, and Amber Rose that we all saw unfold. Read Christiana’s Thoughts on the Current Incarnation . . .
David Banner draws upon trap influences and conscious thought to call for change with “Black Fist,” a thought provoking track that addresses some of the issues with white supremacy. Produced by Street Symphony, 8×8 and D.O. for Track or Die, “Black Fist” will be featured on Banner’s forthcoming album, The God Box. Stream “Black Fist” . . .