Category Archives: HipHop

The Making Of J.Dilla’s The Diary

Hi-Tek, Bilal, Nottz and others talk about J.Dilla and the making of The Diary. In between their testimonies are vintage clips of J.Dilla at work discussing his craft and performing in the club with Slum Village.

KEMBA-The New Black Theory

YC The Cynic has reinvented himself as KEMBA and “The New Black” is the first single from his upcoming Negus debut album. The song references Pharrell Williams’s term that positions Blackness as a mentality that is free from victimhood and asserts itself through mental stamnia. KEMBA is  also talking about respectability politics and uses the likeness of Raven Symone for the artwork as an example. He describes it as “A portrait of the oft tone-deaf, oft-offensive, torch bearer of the New Black theory Raven-Symoné.” Negus comes out independently on July 22nd via all digital platforms.


Tracklisting for Negus:
1. FLY (Intro)
2. Caesar’s Rise
3. Kings & Queens
4. The New Black Theory
5. Super Hero
6. Already
7. Psyrens (Curious)
8. Greed
9. Heartbeat
10. Hallelujah
11. We Made It
12. Brown Skin Jesus (Outro)

M1 & Bonnet-Number One With A Bullet Featuring Prodigy

M1 of Dead Prez and Italian producer Bonnet just released their Between Me And The World album. “Number One With A Bullet” featuring Prodigy from Mobb Deep is their second single and it’s a hard street tale about the precariousness of life.

Shabazz Palaces-Dawn In Luxor Official Video

Shabazz Palaces releases a new video from their Lese Majesty album for “Dawn In Luxor.” A montage of scenes including beaches, forests, plants blooming, waterfalls and spaceships flow by and the clip ends with Palaceer Lazaro enjoying a night walk on the street.

Black Milk & Nat Turner-Sunday Outtakes Part 2

Black Milk & his Nat Turner band share more outtakes from the just released Rebellion Sessions. Hear The Rebellion Sessions here.

The Rebellion Tour Dates:
6/15/2016 Pittsburgh – Spirit
6/16/2016 Philadelphia – Johnny Brenda’s
6/17/2016 New York City – The Studio at Webster Hall
6/18/2016 Burlington – Signal Kitchen
6/19/2016 Buffalo – Iron Works
6/22/2016 Minneapolis – 7th St Entry
6/23/2016 Milwaukee – Cactus Club
6/24/2016 Nashville – Foobar
6/25/2016 Atlanta – Aisle 5
6/27/2016 Asheville – The Mothlight
6/28/2016 Charlotte – Snug Harbor
6/30/2016 DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
7/08/2016 Lansing – Common Ground Festival
7/09/2016 Chicago – Subterranean
7/25/2016 San Diego – Soda Bar
7/26/2016 Santa Ana – Underground
7/27/2016 Las Vegas – Beauty Bar
7/28/2016 San Francisco – Brick & Mortar
7/29/2016 Los Angeles – The Echoplex
7/30/2016 Fresno – Summer Sweat Festival
7/31/2016 Sacramento – Harlow’s
8/01/2016 Portland – Doug Fir
8/02/2016 Boise – Neurolux
8/03/2016 Denver – The Other Side
8/04/2016 Albuquerque – Sister Bar
8/06/2016 Phoenix – Monarch Theatre

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Divinity Roxx-We Are Official Video

Divinity Roxx’s multi-genre alternative cool is her unapologetic observation of pop, soul, hip-hop, rock and jazz all at once. “We Are” is a single from her third studio album, ImPossible. The Atlanta native has been busy working as a bass player and musical director for a couple of Beyonce’s previous tours. In between supporting Knowles and others like Erykah Badu and Patti Labelle, Roxx releases her own music.

Listen to ImPossible here

Illa J Instrumentals

Illa J’s self-titled solo album was exclusively produced by The Potatohead People and now their work is open to being used by anyone with the release of the instrumentals today. Stream and buy the Illa J Instrumentals at his Bandcamp page.

Black Milk Announces US Dates For Rebellion Tour With Live Band Nat Turner


Black Milk and his live band Nat Turner will bring their Rebellion tour back to the US in June. They are currently touring the instrumental Rebellion Sessions album in Europe to sold-out crowds.

Stream The Rebellion Sessions here

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Kaytranada-Lite Spots

Kaytranada’s 99.9% debut album was released this past Friday and today he shares his video for “Lite Spots.” The Toronto producer and his robot friend dance together around town and with other people they meet along the way. He’s currently on his European tour until May 24th when he returns to the United States for his show in San Diego and other US dates until June.

Oddisee-The Odd Tape Stream


Oddisee has had a busy year so far with the release of his free Alwasta EP in March, his tour, the promise of a new album and now his instrumental Odd Tape. The 12-song album was made available to stream at NPR’s site last week ahead of the May 13th release date. You can pre-order The Odd Tape and catch him on tour this spring and summer.

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