Daily Archives: March 23, 2016

Oddisee-Alwasta EP


Oddisee’s 7-song  Alwasta EP is dedicated to the person in the community who connects people. As described on his Bandcamp page, “wasta” comes from the Arabic colloquial term “wasat” which means “middleman” or the one who brings people together. The Alwasta EP is free and it kicks off Oddisee’s current tour with his Good Compny band which is booked through the summer. The follow-up album to The Good Fight is scheduled for the Fall.


Saul Williams-Down For Some Ignorance


Saul Williams critiques political news media and chops it up to “Down For Some Ignorance” which is the latest single from his MartyrLoserKing album. The television is identified as the thing feeding ignorance to the masses with mislabeled news reports about political unrest around the world. The ignorance is also willfully spread by people like former president George W. Bush who appears in an old TV news report.


R.I.P. Phife Dawg





Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest died today at age 45. Dawg’s famous vocal interplay with Q-Tip came into its own on their second album, The Low End Theory. He appeared on every Tribe Called Quest album and released a solo project, Ventilation: Da LP in 2000. Q-Tip and best friend Phife Dawg created A Tribe Called Quest in 1985 while they were in high school. In 1990, the group which also included Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi released their debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm. They introduced a culturally aware and jazz-influenced style of rap that attracted universal appeal from college rap fans to street listeners. Their Native Tongue collective of open-minded, creative sampling peers included The Jungle Brothers and De La Soul. Dawg, who was born Malik Taylor, discovered he was diabetic in 1990 and his battle with the illness and the band’s journey was the subject of Michael Rapaport’s 2011-directed Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest. He had planned on releasing his second album, Muttymorphosis later this year and last year  he posted a video teaser of the J.Dilla-produced “Nutshell” for an EP called Give Thanks. The 25th Anniversary Edition of People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm was released last year and the group celebrated the release with their first television appearance in 15 years with a performance of “Can I  Kick It” on The Tonight Show.

A Tribe Called Quest – Check The Rhime by Larolke