Just Blaze x Jay Electronica Live @ Yoshi’s SF

Lately San Francisco shows have been particularly saturated with rhythmically challenged white people who confidently mis-quote Gang Starr (RIP Guru!) lyrics and furiously nod their heads…off beat.

Ready Or Not, Here I Come…

My trusted readers, I appreciate all of your love and support throughout the recent dry spell of updates. I got caught up in the tide of life but I have returned with renewed energy and momentum moving forward.

BET Cipher 2009: Dante, Black Thought & Eminem

A cipher among equals! Dante, Black Thought & Em revive hip hop over and over again. Salute! Shout out to the Culture Capture Champs over at Frolab for the extra footage of 75 bars

Rhapsody Redemption?

In an interesting turn of events (*gasp* another coincidence?!), the Rhapsody advertisement for Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 (released today) recreates past iconic Jay-Z album covers. To quote tastemaker Steve Pristin, “Blueprint 3 Commercial > Blueprint 3 Album”. It’s an impressive feat to put out a one minute advertisement that eclipses an entire album. Record breaking, indeed. … Continue reading

14kt Shines On

Fret not fellow hip hop enthusiasts, the karat gold classic kid (14kt) is here to make it all better. I’ve been following this Michigan based renaissance man for a cold minute and he continues to deliver the goods. Throughout the week he’s leaked a few tracks off of his upcoming album Nowalataz (set to drop … Continue reading

Amanda Diva’s “Neon” = FAIL

Sigh…where to begin. In my defense, I don’t use my blog as a haterade platform but I also never run away from an opportunity to offer critique when it’s (desperately) needed. Now, our generation is no stranger to gimmick hip hop, we practically birthed the genre of whack rap all on our own. Amanda Diva’s … Continue reading

Blackberry Freestyle

I think we can all agree that technology has switched up the game. I recognize the irony in knocking Drizzy for reading a “freestyle” (whatever that means these days) off his Blackberry while quoting tweets from older heads disillusioned with the ever-changing nature of hip hop. The absurdity of twitter aside, FWMJ spurred quite a … Continue reading

Slingshot Hip Hop

“Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of … Continue reading

Never Say Never: Phoenix vs. Letterman

Hip Hop’s newest addition, Joaquin Phoenix, redefines “awkward” on Dave Letterman last night: (Via Himanshu) It comes as NO surprise that he’s already co-signed by Diddy + BadBoy *SMH* Look out for future Phoenix/Danity Kane/Day 26 collaborations, LOL!

City of God’s Son

“City of God’s Son is an experimental hip-hop opera starring Nas, Jay Z, Ghostface, Biggie Smalls, Raekwon, “Samuel Jackson, Delroy Lindo, and Laurence Fishburne. It is a crime drama/coming of age tale of three fictitious characters growing up in a crime ridden mythical city in a jungle. This project explores the icon of the gangster … Continue reading