Category Archives: HipHop

Throwback: The Detroit Experiment-Think Twice


The Detroit Experiment was a collaborative album helmed by techno maestro Carl Craig as a follow-up to Rope A Dope Records’s Philadelphia Experiment. Craig and various cross-generational Detroit artists crafted techno, jazz, hip-hop and R&B into a unique fusion representing the city’s past, present and future in sound. Donald Byrd’s “Think Twice” is reworked and set to a torrid house groove that gets hotter with each note from Marcus Belgrave’s trumpet. Byrd was also a native Detroiter and his version of Larry Mizell’s composition kept with the album’s theme. The Detroit Experiment’s inventive sound produced by some of Detroit’s best musicians made the album an instant artifact reflecting Craig and company’s longstanding innovation in each genre.

Media Questions Of The Week

Is 50 Cent’s assessment correct about AT&T being racist for not renewing its distribution deal with the Starz channel which airs the TV show POWER?


Is is true that Eminem will take Eazy E’s place on the N.W.A. European reunion tour or should it be Snoop Dogg, The Game or Kendrick Lamar?


Is the BBC right about Ed Sheeran being the most important act in Black and Urban music?

Jamall Bufford & Kensaye-Freedom Is Documentary

London podcaster/radio show host Kensaye and Jamall Bufford of Michigan’s The Black Opera are releasing their joint collaboration album Freedom Is on July 28th. The Freedom Is documentary is an introduction to them and how they came together to record the project.

Will Smith & Jay-Z Executive Producing Mini Series On Emmett Till


According to Entertainment Weekly Will Smith and Jay-Z are executive producing a miniseries about Emmett Till for HBO. James Lassiter, Jay Brown and Aaron Kaplan are also executive producers on the as yet to be titled project. Emmett Till was a 14-year old teenager from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955 when he was beat and shot to death for flirting with a white woman. Till’s brutal death resulting from racism and his mother’s decision to show his drowned, mutilated body in an open casket funeral was a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. In 2003 PBS released the documentary, The Murder Of Emmett Till.

Janet Jackson-No Sleeep Featuring J.Cole Official Video

Janet Jackson’s official video for “No Sleeep” with J.Cole takes place in a beautiful, dimly lit mansion with family photos of Janet on the walls. She just completed the J.Cole version of the song and his appearance in the video is a nice surprise.

One Be Lo-10 G.R.A.M.S.

One Be Lo’s 10 G.R.A.M.S. is a limited edition live recording with The Gorilla Funk Mob from April of 2006. The music is from One Be Lo’s 2005 Sonogram album and he has his Subterraneous Crew with him including Magestik Legend, RoSpit, ILLITE, Nick Speed, and Kodac. 10 G.R.A.M.S. is also a limited edition T-Shirt and the number 10 commemorates the time in years since Sonogram was released. Both items can be purchased together from One Be Lo’s Bandcamp page.

Open Mike Eagle, Flying Lotus & Thundercat-Ziggy Starfish On Why With Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress has a new show on Comedy Central called Why? With Hannibal Buress. Flying Lotus is the show’s DJ and each week Buress will host a different artist. This week Open Mike Eagle, Thundercat and Flying Lotus performed Mike’s “Ziggy Starfish (Anti-Anxiety Raps)” as the first musical guests.

Janet Jackson-No Sleeep Remix Featuring J. Cole


Janet Jackson and J.Cole recorded a remix to her single, “No Sleeep” two weeks ago and it will be on her 11th studio album coming out this fall. Jackson and video director Dave Meyers, who has directed Janet in past visuals, just filmed the official video for “No Sleeep.” The second leg to her North American Unbreakable tour was just announced and 28 cities were added to her schedule.

Dr. Dre And Ice Cube Talk About Police Brutality With The Hollywood Reporter

Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the main cast of Straight Outta Compton discuss police brutality during the days of N.W.A. and today with the Hollywood Reporter. It’s been 27 years since N.W.A. recorded “Fuck tha Police” and both Dr. Dre and Ice Cube talk about how the problem is still going on in America with situations like the Mike Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri. Straight Outta Compton comes out August 14th and they are planning an N.W.A. reunion tour in Europe with Eminem in place of Eazy E.

Slum Village-Love Is Featuring Bilal & Illa J Official Video

Slum Village filmed their video for “Love Is” in Montreal minus Bilal and together they enjoy the summer sun and tour life with female company.

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