23 years ago, “Southernplayalisticcadillacmuzik” dropped and Outkast burst onto the scene. Today, J. Period released his live recording of Outkast: Refixed, an hour plus of classic Outkast cuts remixed with all types of beats. Some may catch you off guard – like the “Hot N*gga” instrumental paired with “Elevators,” but they all work and give . . .
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. . . .
Stream J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only LP December 1st was an eventful day as we got news of J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only becoming available for pre-order. He trended at #1 on Twitter for an extended period of time and fans worldwide were talking all things Cole. The next day we were treated to the Eyez . . .
5-Word Description: Complex, Vulnerable, Lyrical, Cohesive, Adaptive. 4 Standout Tracks: “Villuminati,” :Forbidden Fruit,” “Let Nas Down,” “Rich Niggaz.” 3 Memorable Quotes: “12 years later when my song come on, he asks, Momma, did you fuck J. Cole?” -Trouble “How momma gonna teach you how to save when she don’t know money? Barely on the boat, . . .
To say that this project is “star-studded” might actually be an understatement. Broadway play The Hamilton is given a new set of wings by its newly released mixtape, which includes guest appearances from the likes of Nas, The Roots, Usher, Alicia Keys, Common, Wiz Khalifa, Sia, Miguel, Chance the Rapper, Busta Rhymes, Ashanti, Ja Rule, . . .
Unless you’ve been out of the country for the past year you most likely have heard of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical. This 11-time Tony Award winning Broadway show, led by a cast of mostly black and Latino actors, came like a tidal wave and has reported sold out ticket sales through July 2017. Riding . . .
The latter half of the 1990s, from 1995 to 2000, was the beginning of a wide takeover period in pop culture for black musicians, artists, and singers. Black artists experienced great crossover appeal from the urban market to topping Billboard’s hot 100. During this time, black artists were found to be lucrative in various arenas. . . .
The early ’90s are often cited as a period of great musical growth for black music. It was the time of the “Golden Age of Hip-Hop”. The music was groundbreaking and sonically innovative. A lot of albums considered to be classics were produced during this era. Nas‘ Illmatic, Wu-Tang‘s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was . . .
Monday was the inaugural “Yams Day” memorial concert in New York City. If you weren’t able to attend the show and missed the live stream, you’re in luck due to video footage of the entire show being archived and provided below. A$AP Mob, A-Trak, Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, French Montana, Danny Brown, and more performed, as . . .
It is August 11, 1973. The party is at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, New York. Dj Kool Herc, the man known as the “father of hip-hop,” is face to face with the largest crowd he has ever played for, to this date. At that time, what we know as hip-hop today was born. Known for his idiosyncratic style of using . . .
I fell in love with hip-hop late. I was on a vacation with my parents. We were roaming a mall, and for the first time they let me go off on my own. Naturally, I found myself in a music store. Without parental supervision and with a few twenties in my pocket, I was able . . .
Words by Dominique Bailey & Michell C. Clark. Picture above courtesy of Mister Fili. If you’ve gone to a major music festival of any sort before, you understand what I’m about to say. No amount of video footage, pictures, or write ups can adequately convey the emotions and memories that concertgoers experience. EpicFest 2014 was . . .