Category Archives: HipHop

Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp A Butterfly Album Stream


Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly unexpectedly became available for streaming last night and has the internet buzzing and calling the album classic already. Thundercat, Ron Isley, Bilal, Rapsody, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, Anna Wise and James Fauntleroy all appear on the album which officially comes out March 23rd.


Throwback: The Sequence-Funk You Up


Angie Brown Stone (Angie B), Cheryl Cook (Cheryl The Pearl) and Gwendolyn Chisholm (Blondie) destroyed the myth of New York City being the only viable place for hip-hop in the late ’70’s when they formed The Sequence. The South Carolina natives knew each other in high school and had already been performing locally by the time they auditioned for Sylvia Robinson backstage at a Sugar Hill Gang concert in their hometown. “Funk You Up” was the song that influenced Sylvia Robinson to sign them to Sugar Hill Records. The song was the first commercial rap recording from a female rap group and the second single released by Sugar Hill Records. They were also the first southern rappers to get a deal long before the rise of crunk and trap music. “Funk You Up” was their most popular song but they had also had success with the P-Funk tribute “Funky Sound (Tear The Roof Off)” and “I Don’t Need Your Love (Part One).” It was during this time period when Angie Stone appeared in the film Wild Style. The Sequence were one of the most prolific acts on Sugar Hill producing 3 full albums of original music unlike some of the artists who mostly had their 12-inch singles packaged as albums. As backing vocalists they were heard on Spoonie Gee’s “Monster Jam” and West Street Mob’s “Let’s Dance (Make Your Body Move).” Their last recordings for Sugar Hill came out in 1985 and The Sequence was no more. Angie Stone later joined the groups Vertical Hold and Devox, worked with ex-lover D’Angelo and had a successful solo career in the ’90’s and 2000’s. Dr. Dre eventually purchased the publishing for “Funk You Up” from Sylvia Robinson and sampled it for “Keep Their Heads Ringin.” Erykah Badu remade “Funk You Up” as “Love Of My Life Worldwide” with Angie Stone, Queen Latifah and Bahamadia on her Worldwide Underground album.


Ms. Lauryn Hill-Turn Your Lights Down Low

Lauryn Hill performs Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low” in New York City at the Cutting Room on one stop of her Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series tour.


Media Questions Of The Week

Marvin Gaye Performs In Rotterdam

How will the “Blurred Lines” verdict that found Pharrell and Robin Thicke guilty of plaigirizing Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” affect the music business in the long run?

Did hacker group Anonymous really make a video to threaten to teach Kanye West a lesson in humility?


Will Jay-Z’s Tidalhifi music streaming service change the music streaming business?


Roga Raph-Visionary Shift (Album Stream)


Roga Raph is an emerging emcee from Mt.Kisco, New York and Visionary Shift is his debut album of ’90’s jazzy hip-hop for 2015.


Murs-Okey Dog (Official Video)

Murs’s video for “Okey Dog” has him playing two roles as a storytelling grandfather and the protagonist of which the song is named. The whole thing ends with Murs as Okey Dog meeting porn star Asa Akira. Have A Nice Life comes out May 19th on Strange Music.


Oddisee-That’s Love

“That’s Love” finds Oddisee defining the emotion with several examples over a self-produced beat. The song is from The Good Fight coming out May 5th.


Azealia Banks-Wallace (Interactive Video)

Azealia Banks’s “Wallace” video is an interactive experience that allows the viewer to control Banks’s movements and to place themselves into the backdrop of the video with their computers. You can watch “Wallace” here. Broke With Expensive Taste is out now.


Mello Music Group’s Persona Compilation (Stream)

Mello Music Group’s Persona compilation is out now but you can stream it before purchase and hear from Nottz, Oddisee, Quelle Chris, Phonte, Big Pooh and a host of other rappers and producers that have helped build the label’s brand.


Jay Electronica At London’s Koko This Saturday


Jay Electronica will appear at Koko’s in London this Saturday for the first time since 2011. The show is presented by Soundcrash and is highly anticipated especially with the posting of “Road To Perdition” on his Soundcloud account last week. Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased through Soundcrash.