Following two successful collaborative efforts alongside fellow producer/rapper The Alchemist as the power duo Gangrene - 2010’s Gutter Water and 2012’s Vodka & Ayahuasca - and the 2011 gem with The Alchemist as Gangrene & Roc Marciano, the Greneberg EP; The Oxnard, California based beat-smith and emcee Oh No returns for a solo mission.
Oh No (born Michael Jackson; younger brother of Madlib and son of singer Otis Jackson) was granted unprecedented access to the Rudy Ray Moore/Dolemite audio archives and given free rein to slice, dice, chop and sample his way through the classic-yet-absolutely-filthy catalog. He was able to use legendary material from The Human Tornado, Petey Wheatstraw, the Dolemite Soundtrack and more, plus a multitude of previously unreleased and alternate acapellRead more
The mighty Yasiin Bey, formally known as Mos Def, will be performing in London on Saturday, May 26.
Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic medium. With the release of 'Universal Magnetic', Mos became an underground favorite in the hip-hop world, leading to his legendary collaboration with Talib Kweli. The two formed the group Black Star, whose debut album, 'Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are...Black Star', would become one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop albums. Mos followed that release with his 1999 solo debut, 'Black On Both Sides', which was certified gold and credited by critics as bringing hip-hop back to its soapbox roots.
He released a new studio album in 2007 titled 'TrueRead more
War: A consequence of our natural tendency to dominate. A physical manifestation of our innate desire to crush the competition. An evolutionary examination intended to single out “The Best”. On June 9th 2012 war will be waged and history will be made. In the Hip-Hop world, battling is perceived to be the rawest form of the culture; after all, it is one of the foundations on which the art was formed. Two rappers go head to head with each other and come up with their best insults, while flexing their lyrical, rhythmic, and artistic muscles in an attempt to discredit the artist opposing them. Over the years, battling has moved away from the streets into the mainstream; moving to larger venues with larger crowds packed around the "ring" to see their favorite artists perform. The atmosRead more
"Pass Dat" featuring King Sun is the second official single off of Fokis' upcoming "Vintage Album", Produced by HipHipHeredia (Fokis' Older Brother).
King Sun was one of the first and most successful Afrocentric hip-hop artists in the early 90's, he was a force on and off the mic. His Gold Selling album Righteous But Ruthless featured the smash single "Be Black" which solidified his place in Hip-Hop history.
The Vintage Album is scheduled for release this summer and features Hip-Hop legends Kurtis Blow, DMC, Grandmaster Caz, Brand Nubian, Kool G. Rap, Spoonie Gee, King T, MC Eiht, Mic Geronimo, N.O.R.E. and more. Created with two purposes in mind, "The Vintage Album" was intended not only to salute Hip-Hop’s pioneers but also to re-create the sound and feel of the early 80’s thrRead more
RAPSTATION/HIPHOPGODS: You've got such a distinct style and are always pushing the boundaries of what a DJ can and should be. When you were coming up and building your skills, who did you look to for inspiration?
DJ NU-MARK: Thank you, for production I really looked up to Marley Marl, Full Force, Prince Paul, Uncle Jams Army etc... DJ's that inspired me were Mix Master Ice, Howie Tee, Bambaataa, DJ Aladdin, Steve D....list goes on.
RAPSTATION/HIPHOPGODS: You've been on both sides of the fence, dealing with major labels, indy labels, and now being completely independent for your Broken Sunlight series. In 2012, what are some of the pro's and con's of being independent as an artist?
DJ NU-MARK: Well for the first time I'm a completely indie artist. In the past I was labeled aRead more
In commemoration of the 20-year-anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, journalist turned filmmaker, Mark Ford, recaptures the events, as seen through the eyes of those who lived it. Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots chronicles how a simmering beef with police reached its boiling point.
Ford screened the film at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles Thursday (April 26) night, followed by a panel discussion with Kurupt, Too Short, John Singleton, Arsenio Hall, Henry Watson, Mathew McDaniel, and Cheo Hodari Coker; all of whom were featured in the documentary.
Narrated and executive produced by Snoop Dogg, Uprising takes a look at Hip-Hop's role in foreseeing and encouraging the riots that cost the city of Los Angeles $1 billion, and took 53 lives. Notable rap records like N.W.A.'s "F**k tha PoRead more