Archive for the ‘Hip-hop (General)’ Category

In this vast expanse of a genre that we call Hip-Hop, I think it’s important that each artist brings something specific to their particular group of listeners. What does Illogic bring to the table? From what I’ve heard so far, it sounds as though they tend to write music for Emcees, for any one who has every tried to emcee, and for those who deeply appreciate the actual craft of rhyme writing. They get a bit more intricate, and they say a lot of things that few artists really speak on. To entertain, tell stories, or even to just pretend can be entertaining in Hip-Hop these days. But at the end of the day I think that people will always gravitate towards lyrics written about things that they can relate to personally. KRS said it best!

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Alright… It’s been a while.

A few weeks back I was at a music festival in Halifax, Canada, and had the pleasure of listening to a local act and legendary Canadian Hip-hop group called Universal Soul. You may not have heard about Universal Soul, as I hadn’t, but they have been steady rocking in the background since the mid 80s. Apparently they’re one of Classified’s main influences. But more than that, it’s good to witness acts like these who are relics in their own zone, so much so that they put way more effort into winning the hearts and minds of their local fans than on achieving global fame. The song that caught my ear was “Where I’m From”, which I was able to get a small clip of. But to appease your curiosity about this group, I’ll feature their song “Back and Forth”, which is just as moving. These cats put Halifax on the map before many others, and believe me when I say that the people where they’re from appreciate their dedication to their roots. It was a beautiful sight to see. Enjoy!

 

Forgot about this!! Haven’t heard this song since 1996!

I remember my older brother was watching TV and this music video was on. At the time I liked the beat (but remember it being faster for some reason). Asked him who the artist was and he said “A Plus”… later on I was checking the archives, trying to find out more about this emcee. But for some reason I couldn’t. After a while I thought that maybe my brother had meant to say “AZ”… I dunno, both are from New York, and for some reason I heard a resemblance in flow, crazy? Looks like they collaborated early on though. Anyway, I’m feeling invigorated off of this; not only does it bring me back, but it reminds me of how I came into loving this artform.

PEACE, and enjoy.

Forgot how nice this one was. Buying this… Again.

And yeah, it’s Murs Day-Thursday 😛

I know I post a lot from this cat, but this song is like aether for me. Not even fire… AETHER.

Hope you enjoy it too!

And happy February 31st, Peace!

Our man Shad… Did I tell you that he and his sister babysat me?

Naw… ’cause that would be weird.

And yeah, as you know by now, I dig the breakbeats. And the boom bap. But I can’t really figure this beat… fresh.

From Ali Tomineek’s brand new mixtape: I Ain’t Sorry. Production is TIGHT, and homie is paying his respects, as always!

Available on ITunes