The day after Dilla’s birthday, who better to recount the greatness and the legacy he has left through his amazing musical approach than his longtime friend Common? Hear the Chicago rapper speak highly about his partner from Detroit here. Rest in beats, J Dilla. Your imprint on Hip-Hop and the music world will never fade away.
Prepare to be quite perplexed before positing a few questions for the quality poetry @MickJenkins performs. Chicago rapper, Mick Jenkins, has not stopped killing the game since he got everyone’s attention with his tape, ‘The Water[s].’ The Chi-town martyr frequently brings light to the dark, sad, and often times hidden truths of society in his rhymes. Jenkins uses his voice to preach words of wisdom and resiliency to his audience.
His most recent project ‘Wave[s]’ featured the single “P’s & Q’s” where Mick utilizes some slick alliteration to call on not just his fellow Chicagoan’s, but many around the nation to follow their words of justice, equality, and integrity, with action. The gifted emcee makes a point of not preaching over the crispy Kaytranada-production and instead decides to express himself thoughtfully. Directed by Nathan R. Smith, the video which accompanies the song makes it hard to not picture Mick Jenkins at the top in the very near future as the camerawork adds yet another dimension to the “P’s & Q’s.” Check out the mind-blowing visuals here.
The Man on the Moon, Mr. Rager, the WZRD, the Chosen One or simply, a kid named Cudi. Today is Kid Cudi’s birthday and we’re not letting a moment pass without paying homage to one of our favorite musicians. Join us today as we listen to: “Make Her Say” by Kid Cudi, Kanye West, and Common
A few nights ago, Kendrick Lamar stopped by the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to continue his “Untitled” live performance series. You may remember his last “Untitled” performance on the Colbert Report with Thundercat, Terrence Martin, and Anna Wise. The funky on stage performance was heralded for weeks by fans of the 11-time Grammy nominee as a sign of more great music to come. ‘Cornrow Kenny’ kept true to this with his second installment in the saga. Honestly, it’s hard to not funk with the thoughtful lyrics of Kendrick as he’s joined on stage by the talents of the Roots and QuestLove to declare he’s “the one.” Enjoy the grooves provided by King Kunta in “Untitled 2” here.
Today, many woke to the shocking news of David Bowie’s passing. Bowie, a rock legend and pop culture star more massive than a supernova, lost his 18-month battle with cancer on Sunday–just two days after he turned 69.
The mastermind songwriter set the art, fashion and music worlds on fire when he arrived on the scene. He challenged millions to rethink everything from how big they dreamed, to their place in the universe with his lyrics and ideas. Bowie courageously embraced the limelight in a way no one before him had done when he underwent various identity reinventions, most notably as ‘Ziggy Stardust.’ The impact of this feat from the early 1970s is felt even to this day; Stardust’s presence redefined the atmosphere of the rock genre, the importance of visual storytelling, and commitment to role on and off stage. Musicians like Queen, Madonna, Kanye West, Kurt Cobain, Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, John Lennon and KISS have have called David Bowie an inspiration for the innovations, fearlessness and true heroism of his free self expression.
Recognized by his closest friends and family as ‘Starman,’ David Bowie often looked to the astronomical arrangements in the sky for inspiration. It frequently served as the content of his genius writing and it seemed that his two different colored eyes allowed him to see something far beyond what we could perceive. Maybe the man who fell to Earth was just waiting for the day that he’d return home.
What can’t Pusha T do? Rapper, designer, and now he can add actor to his prestigious résumé. King Push starred in a short film titled “Darkest Before Dawn” which was released 24 hours prior to his album of the same name. The Kid Art-directed film sees Pusha T in his natural habitat, struggling with the vices that surround him. Drug abuse, greed, lust, and murder all plague the mind of Pusha and his crew as they fight to remain men of virtue in God’s eyes. Laced throughout the 22-minute movie are glimpses of tracks on the prelude project and rich visuals that illustrate the album’s atmosphere. Check out the masterfully executed film here and wait til the end credits for the special bonus track, “Switch It Up.”
“Sample Saturdays” is back from its holiday hiatus! But, since we’re still full of holiday cheer, we’re going to Christmas-it up a bit. This weekend’s edition will home in on:
Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis.”
While some of us were out doing some last minute Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts and sippin’ on egg nog, the legendary Kendrick Lamar blessed his fans with an inspiring short film. The West Coast-rapper is seen playing ball with his younger brother and giving him a brief lesson on the rewards of working hard. Fans of Lamar stopped to congratulate and praise the humble recipient of 11-Grammy nods. Watch K. Dot enjoy some downtime in the Dave Meyers directed clip here.