Category Archives: Rap

Media Questions Of The Week

 

Will the feminist group  Ultraviolet get their wish and have Nelly, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Brown, Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent, Don Henley, Tekashi6ix9ine and Eminem removed from Spotify’s playlists? 

Did Meek Mill miss out on a good opportunity by canceling his meeting with President Trump for a prison reform summit at the White House? 

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Magestik Legend Shares Detroit Mental

Magestik Legend shares his next single “DetroitMental”  from his All This Time album coming out Friday. He raps about being an independent artist from Detroit and not using big-name artists to bring attention to his music. But it is also a tribute to the city because since he relocated to California he thinks a great deal about his hometown. He says, 

With all the ups, downs, memories and new beginnings, sometimes I feel like my city and I are living the same life. Detroit is my city. I call it ‘my Detroit’ because my personal experiences in this beautiful city shape my perspective of it. I’ve always shied away from making a typical ‘Detroit song,’ partly because it’s become such a soulless trend where I’m from. But since I moved to California a couple years ago, I’ve really missed my city. Though the landscape seems to change every time I leave, it will always be my Detroit. My Detroit is constantly on my mind, especially when I’m away.”

Listen to “DetroitMental” and All This Time is available for pre-order

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Childish Gambino Gives Commentary In This Is America Video

Donald Glover hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend and Childish Gambino was the musical guest. Glover previously said that he would retire his Gambino persona but he has re-emerged with the single “This Is America.” He performed the song on the show and debuted the video online. The video looks at senseless violence in America and has sparked several discussions because of the graphic images. 

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R.I.P. John “Jabo” Starks

 John “Jabo” Starks who helped provide the backbone of James Brown’s most revered lineup died Tuesday at his home in Mobile, Alabama after suffering from luekemia. The 79-year old drummer was responsible for creating the rhythms some of Brown’s most celebrated work with Clyde “Funky Drummer” Stubblefield including “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine,” “Funky Drummer” and “The Payback.” Starks worked for Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker and  Bobby “Blue” Bland in the early ’60s before joining Brown’s organization. It is Starks’ drums heard on Lyn Collins’ “Think (About It)” that was sampled on Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two.” He left James Brown in the ’70s and was a member of  B.B. King’s band for a while. A reconnection with Stubblefield led to them releasing music as The Funkmasters and recording the 2007 Superbad soundtrack. They also made instructional videos discussing their legendary sound that has been recycled in hip-hop since its inception. 

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Gza Performs Songs From Liquid Swords For NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Gza made his Tiny Desk Concert debut with three songs from his ’90s classic Liquid Swords. He was joined by New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels and they performed “Living In The World Today,” “Duel Of The Iron Mic” and “Liquid Swords.” The band and Gza’s words were an unexpected match and their sound turned the space into a bigger room. 

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