For all of us who grew up listening to A Tribe Called Quest, last Friday was like winning the lottery with the first new album in 18 years (RIP Phife). How it went down (read it here), the timing, etc. all aligned at the right moment. Don’t believe me? Have you listened to the album?! Plus Pitchfork just gave it a 9.0! Now comes the first music video for the lead single, “We The People…”
When we announced the 2015 lineup for Life is Beautiful it was amazing to me how many friends lost it over Atmosphere. I knew the excitement was going to be there but personally it was a great feeling to hear how geeked up everyone was. The Minnesota duo who have been around for years and there is no doubt that fans are going to be getting one heck of a show in a couple weeks.
Also in honor of Slug’s birthday today, here’s a mix by my friend DJ ZO. Give a listen and enjoy.
Over 600,000 spins in less than 24 hours for Kendrick Lamar’s new video for “King Kunta” off To Pimp A Butterfly which was shot in his hometown of Compton. Pair this with the release of the trailer for the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton and it’s been quite a 24 hours for the California community.
Lucky 13! Getting closer to Life is Beautiful 2014 and one of the acts I am pumped we were able to add this year is Vegas’ own, Dizzy Wright. The 23 year old rising hip-hop star is poised to be the next musician to break from the neon desert. Anyone who’s see Dizzy live can attest to his on-stage presence but it’s his lyrics that make him a champion. The 2013 XXL Freshman Class honoree raps a positive message and awareness. So far so good because the fans keep lining up to see him and you won’t want to miss his set on Sunday, October 26 on the Ambassador Stage at 3:35 p.m.
Open a hip-hop museum inside the Kingsbridge Armory with Afrika Bambaataa, as the museum’s chairman? Check out THIS read from the New York Times.
Thanks to De La Soul you can click HERE and “keep the love spinning” as the iconic hip-hop trio have made their ENTIRE catalog available for free download today! Happy Valentine’s Day!
TGIF and this Friday we head across the pond for some righteous new music courtesy of Clement Marfo & The Frontline. The seven member posse led by Marfo is a mixed bag of fun incorporating everything from hip-hop, rock, funk, pop, R&B, soul, ska and more. Think energy and excitement when listening to this London group and look out for big things in 2012.
Below is the video for the current single “Overtime” but click HERE to listen to “Shock & Awe” my favorite so far.
New music Tuesday is here and a good week if you love hip-hop.
- Drake’s much anticipated sophomore effort, Take Care, drops and should come firing out the gate and reach number one on the charts.
- Donald Glover and his alter ego, Childish Gambino, release his debut album CAMP, a follow-up to his heralded EP.
- Betty Wright: The Movie with The Roots, a soulful album with plenty of guest spots may be the play however.
- And on the indie front, Los Campesinos! are back with their latest full length release, Hello Sadness.
He was one of my favorite performers at Bonnaroo and now that he just signed to Glassnote Records, Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover is already dropping some new tracks. Give a listen to “Bonfire” and hear for yourself. Also I don’t know if it’s just me but at times the beat sounds like Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot.” Can’t wait for the album!