Articles Posted May 2011

  • Rihanna – “Man Down”

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    Rihanna – “Man Down”

    Bold move by Rihanna to depict abuse revenge in such a graphic manner. Bigger move by BET to approve this without subjecting us to the usual kerfuffle.

  • Cuban Linx – A Very Precious Time

    Cuban Linx – A Very Precious Time

    We interrupt our regularly scheduled Cuban Linx programming for a special edition; an overview of Gil Scott-Heron tributes from around the web. Some are podcasts, some are tribute mixes, some are just some heartfelt thoughts. All miss the inspiration he brought us. Thanks Gil.

  • Snap Judgement: Kool G Rap – Going In

    Snap Judgement: Kool G Rap – Going In

    Kool G Rap drops his eighth album today. There are emcees bestowed with titles like ‘veteran’ or ‘pioneer’ but when it comes to G Rap, even those fall short. The man is a mothaf*****g cornerstone of the culture.

  • Listen: Aloe Blacc live at Sasquach Music Festival

    Listen: Aloe Blacc live at Sasquach Music Festival

    A while ago I had the good fortune to catch Aloe Blacc live during his current tour. I can honestly say that I think I have an idea now of how it must’ve felt to…

  • Fathers of Rap, Volume Four: Gil Scott-Heron

    Fathers of Rap, Volume Four: Gil Scott-Heron

    Several Gil Scott-Heron memorials have popped up online, and rightfully so, but few are done as impressively comprehensive as Hip Hop Is Read‘s fourth entry into the ‘Fathers Of Rap‘ compilation series. Gil Scott-Heron was…

  • Video: Saigon Ft. Faith Evans – Clap

    Video: Saigon Ft. Faith Evans – Clap

    The weather is getting nice again and this Saigon joint sure sounds good with the sun beaming down on it. Miss Evans drops a soulful chorus that’ll hopefully lead to some crossover appeal and you already know we love that Just Blaze shit.

  • Snap Judgment: RZA- “Only the Rugged Survive”

    Snap Judgment: RZA- “Only the Rugged Survive”

    RZA- Only the Rugged Survive The clansmen have not collaborated on a traditional LP since 2007’s 8 Diagrams, but with numerous solo releases and the compilation/collaborative effort Chamber Music, there has been no shortage in…

  • R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron

    R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron

    Gil Scott-Heron has left the building. He was, of course, a poet and soul man. Scott-Heron had a steady run in the 70s, battled drug addiction, and ultimately returned to music with 2010’s I’m New…

  • Erykah Badu – “Out My Mind, Just in Time”

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    Erykah Badu – “Out My Mind, Just in Time”

    I could tell you why it’s a beautiful song. I could tell you why the concept makes sense. I could tell you why the video will blow your mind. But my words will get in…

  • A Conversation with Erykah Badu

    A Conversation with Erykah Badu

    I finally met Erykah Badu. Well, sort of.

  • Fat Tony + Two Star Symphony = Genius

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    Fat Tony + Two Star Symphony = Genius

    Fat Tony and Two Star Symphony, two seemingly antithetical acts combined forces last night for the first time. The collaboration was reminiscent of El Michel’s Affair’s work with Wu-Tang. Watch and enjoy.

  • Snap Judgement: Bad Meets Evil – “I’m On Everything”

    Snap Judgement: Bad Meets Evil – “I’m On Everything”

    Last month, we covered Royce’s “Writer’s Block”, which featured a pretty meh hook from Eminem. Now that Bad Meets Evil has realigned, we expect a certain quality of track from these two assassins.

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