Daily Archives: November 13, 2017

Big K.R.I.T. Freestyles Over René & Angela

Big K.R.I.T. is promoting his 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time and he stopped by the L.A. Leakers’ studio and gave a breathless freestyle over René and Angela’s “Imaginary Playmates.” Fans are excited about his impromptu performance because his affinity for bars is seen as a rebellion against the trap style dominating mainstream rap.

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Prophets Of Rage Drop Video For Hands Up

Prophets Of Rage have a video for “Hands Up” and it is a compilation of black and white tour footage. The clips of their shows move fast with the urgency of their message about being fed up with the state of the world. The idea that music with a message does not sell is destroyed by the camera’s pans of the huge crowds at their shows. Prophets Of Rage self-titled album is out now.

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NxWorries (anderson.paak & Knxwledge) Remix Suede

anderson.paak and Knxwledge have a remixed version of their debut album Yes Lawd! coming out this week. “Suede (Uptwnmixx)” is a sample of the project that Knxwledge exclusively reworked and effectively turned Yes Lawd! into two different albums. Yes Lawd! Remixes will be released by Stones Throw on Friday (November 17th).

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Flying Lotus Brings 3D Tour To Detroit

Flying Lotus’3D Tour landed in Detroit last night at the Royal Oak Music Theater and his show was a colorful trip through pieces of mostly his catalog and music from his influences. His stage set consisted of a podium that resembled a mini volcano or a root and the 3D display behind him close to the ceiling. The audience wore the provided 3D glasses and got to experience holograms of skulls, flowers and falling heads. There were moments when a shimmering sarcophagus moved in the direction of the crowd and opened itself to invite them to lay inside it. They were also invited into a tunnel that disappeared as quickly as it seemed to materialize. Flying Lotus moved through a set that included a smoky background for the eerie “Coronus, The Terminator” but changed into a dance-worthy club atmosphere when he played Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta.” He directed the crowd’s exuberant singalongs to Thundercat’s “Friend Zone” and his “Never Catch Me” collaboration with Lamar. Before the evening was over he shared a snippet of new music with anderson.paak but stopped playing it after receiving a text from paak to keep it a secret. When he wasn’t performing his songs or those of his colleagues he took the time to play a piece of Parliament’s “(Not Just) Knee Deep.” The contrast of the music with the dreamlike 3D images made the show feel like a fun excursion that happily combined the virtual with the irreplaceable pleasure of the live communal experience.

 

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Throwback: RoyalCash-Radio Activity

 

RoyalCash’s “Radioactivity” had an essential place in the 1983 world of pop-locking and breakdancing. Darryl Cash wrote and performed the music and Reggie Calloway who was successful as a founder of the Midnight Star and Calloway bands, co-produced “Radioactivity” with Cash. The Roland drum machine and the blend of computerized and live vocals in the electro sound was another instance of R&B becoming more electronic outside of house music. “Radioactivity” is one the last songs of the subgenre to emerge before Run D.M.C. arrived with a new style of hip-hop but still has a pulse in the younger generations from being sampled in rap and YouTube.

 

 

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