I had the good fortune this past weekend of seeing my sister from another mister, Miss Manners, host of Hip Hop Hooray on KOOP Radio in Austin. Naturally, we quickly began talking about what records we were listening to, which quickly transitioned into a discussion about not only how good the new P.O.S. record is, but how excited we both were to listen to it. When you listen to a large volume of records and keep up with new releases, it can become difficult to get genuinely excited about a particular album.
Last year, Columbus emcee/producer released his excellent sophomore solo album, Adventures In Counter-Culture, on Rhymesayers. It was an album a long time in the making, which resulted from a period of intense songwriting and experimentation with style for Blueprint. As it turns out, that period was so fruitful, when Blueprint went back to the excess material to see if there was anything he wanted to release as bonus tracks or maybe an EP, he surprised himself to find that he had fifteen songs that he felt were strong enough to release to the public.
You might remember the name Amerigo Gazaway from the mashup he delivered last year, the fantastic and enjoyable Fela Soul, in which he mixed together the music of Fela Kuti and De La Soul. The Nashville artist is back with another creative pairing, this time bringing together A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde.
Sir Froderick is a producer from Philadelphia, and on his latest release he’s teamed up with the French label Cascade Records. The project in question is an instrumental hip hop album that tells the tale of, in the words of the label, “...a story about a nomad that got a little money, [who’s] been playing the backseat all his life. Traveling with just a guitar and a pack of smokes, taking heavy inhales of lah on stressful times. Thinking about his past, but looking forward to the future.
Hip-Hop Culture In College Students' Lives: Elements, Embodiment, and Higher Edutainment by Emery PetchauerWritten by Chi Chi on October 15, 2012
More and more scholarship today is focused on different perspectives in hip hop, and conversely, hip hop has a greater presence on college campuses than ever before. It’s being taught in the classrooms, it’s being played on college radio, touring acts are being brought in to play shows, and student groups and official university activities are incorporating the culture in various forms. With all this in mind, it was only a matter of time before someone applied some serious analysis to the various ways that hip hop culture intersects with the life of a college student.
Piece of Mind, the Toronto-based group consisting of emcee G-Roc Gayle, deejay/producer Gedsi, and graphic designer Yuro Jay, release their debut this fall. Admittedly fans of early ‘90s NYC hip hop like Gang Starr, Brand Nubian, and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, they aren’t looking to re-invent the wheel with their first album. Instead, it’s just classic soul-based hip hop production and lyricism, and they do it well.
Artifakts is the fairly new production duo of Garret Meyer and William Thompson. The South Carolina/Wisconsin pair have teamed up to make their own brand of instrumental hip hop, which they have delivered on their debut album, Like This If.
Skyzoo is a Brooklyn emcee who’s been making waves since his debut album, The Salvation, dropped back in 2009. He’s achieved this not only through that record and his collaboration with !llmind, but also through a steady stream of mixtapes. Because of this barrage of music coming out of him, it might seem a little odd to realize that A Dream Deferred is actually only his second official solo album.
While I do have a significant back log of albums to review, I haven’t waited so long to get to the last entry of Maggz’s Soundscape series that I missed the season completely - Maggz himself didn't release this volume until the end of September. As a result, we don’t get to enjoy his latest EP as a soundtrack to the current season. Instead, it has to serve as a reminder of a warmer and brighter time as the brisk weather and gray skies become more and more familiar.
Despite living in an age where the internet is supposed to bring us all together, there can still be big cultural gaps in pop culture. London artist Plan B has been very successful in the UK, where his sophomore effort going platinum in Europe, but he remains largely unknown in the States. His latest effort is actually the soundtrack to a film he that he wrote and directed, which was designed to have six songs serve as the narration for the film, telling the tale of eight characters as they deal with violence in the streets of London.