Daily Archives: October 11, 2015

Cookin Soul-Narcos

Cookin Soul has reworked the theme song to the Netflix series Narcos, and made it into trap music. Narcos is the popular series about the life of the late Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Cookin Soul’s trap version is appropriate considering trap music’s association with drug dealer culture and the fact that Escobar once controlled 80 percent of the world’s cocaine market.

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Nitty Scott, MC-Generation Now

Nitty Scott MC released The Art Of Chill mixtape last year and it has appearances from Big Pooh, Sene, Ski Beatz, Stacey Barthe and Kendrick Lamar. She just released the Hindu-inspired video for “Generation Now” and the Erykah Badu comparisons are inevitable.

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The Weeknd On SNL

The Weeknd made his Saturday Night Live debut last night he performed “The Hills” with Nicki Minaj and gave a solo performance of “Can’t Feel My Face.”

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Throwback: YoYo-You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo Featuring Ice Cube

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YoYo’s Make Way For The Motherlode introduced her as the leading woman rapper on the West Coast in the 90’s. Her emergence as Ice Cube’s outspoken protege was the perfect counterbalance to the misogyny of N.W.A. and rap music in general. YoYo’s first collaboration with Ice Cube was “It’s A Man’s World” inspired by James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” from his AmerKKKa’s Most Wanted album. “You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” was another rare instance of a woman’s perspective in a male-dominated genre. She called her posse the Intelligent Black Women’s Coalition, which she promoted in her video for “Stompin’ To Tha 90’s.” Her exploration of unpopular topics included colorism on her Black Pearl sophomore album. Another collaboration with Ice Cube came in the form of “The Bonnie and Clyde Theme” from her third release, You Better Ask Somebody. She also used her success to speak before Congress about censorship in rap music. For three episodes of the TV show Martin, she played the character Keylolo. There were other television show appearances and she started doing film work with Boyz In The Hood. Her appearance on Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down” remix is another one of her defining moments in rap. YoYo ultimately recorded five albums and four were released before she left music to become a radio host and start her YoYo School of HipHop.

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