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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Questlove (of The Roots) Explains How “Hip Hop Failed Black America”

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(AllHipHop News) Questlove released his first memoir Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove back in June of 2013 but has not put the pen down. Today (April 22nd), the walking Hip Hop encyclopedia that is Questlove examines how Hip Hop has failed Black America.
Last week, Forbes announced that Dr. Dre, Sean Combs and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter had a combined estimated wealth of over $1.7 billion. According to Questlove, Hip Hop has developed into a popular genre whose popularity has become so pervasive that it is used to describe the entire Black race. After claiming artists such as Rihanna and Beyonce are labeled Hip  Hop because of their association with Hip Hop artist, he explains how the culture of Hip Hop has become subjugated:
And that’s what it’s become: an entire cultural movement, packed into one hyphenated adjective. These days, nearly anything fashioned or put forth by black people gets referred to as “hip-hop,” even when the description is a poor or pointless fit. “Hip-hop fashion” makes a little sense, but even that is confusing: Does it refer to fashions popularized by hip-hop musicians, like my Lego heart pin, or to fashions that participate in the same vague cool that defines hip-hop music? Others make a whole lot of nonsense: “Hip-hop food”? “Hip-hop politics”? “Hip-hop intellectual”? And there’s even “hip-hop architecture.” What the hell is that? A house you build with a Hammer?
One of Questlove’s fears with this development is that individuals who wish to eradicate the Black culture would “need only squelch one genre to effectively silence an entire cultural movement.” Questlove explains the difficulty to provide meaningful music and make it popular in Hip Hop. However, he does admit that Kendrick Lamar may be the exception to the rule:
The winners, the top dogs, make art mostly about their own victories and the victory of their genre, but that triumphalist pose leaves little room for anything else. Meaninglessness takes hold because meaninglessness is addictive. People who want to challenge this theory point to Kendrick Lamar, and the way that his music, at least so far, has some sense of the social contract, some sense of character. But is he just the exception that proves the rule? 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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01 Pharoahe Monch Bad MF
02 Vinnie Paz feat. Jarren Benton & Lawrence Arnell The Devil's Ransom
03 Smoothe Da Hustler The Hustle Don't Love You
04 Dynasty Street Music
05 Yancey Boys Quicksand feat. Common and Dezi Paige
06 Step Brothers Step Masters
07 Pusha T feat. Kendrick Lamar Nosetalgia
08 White Crows (Mista Lawnge & Ras Kass) Kick Rocks
09 Akrobatik Built To Last
10 Ana Tijoux Vengo

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Underground powerhouse, Mykill Miers, one of Los Angeles’ most revered lyricists is embarking on a collaborative album with his protege Tony Clifton titled ‘Sick Cinema’ this July.
A bold, mature release; ‘Sick Cinema’ is a vision of Mykill Miers to not only allow some shine to be placed on Tony Clifton, but a project that has been a vision of his for several years. An opportunity for his sidekick Tony Clifton to go from a relative unknown on the scene, to cut his teeth and earn his respect.

With the impending release of ‘Sick Cinema’, Mykill Miers has enlisted the talents of Prince Po, Rasco of Cali Agents fame and the likes of savvy veteran Toquan The MC. Sick Cinema also features the Turn Table assassins DJ Johnny Juice of Public Enemy, DJ Crown from the universal powerhouse group Tha Grimreaperz to bring the project to life.
The undeniable lead single ‘Double Dare You’ which Mykill Miers and DJ Crown produced, is the perfect introduction to ‘Sick Cinema’, and captures the intensity and conviction of the Carson California Hiphop veteran, and his Long Beach California protege. ‘Pulp Fiction’ produced by Mykill Miers himself, serves as the perfect companion track, and in turn captures The Myk & Tony Shows’ true underground appeal in a way not many other Cali emcees dare venture to.
Mykill Miers has, throughout his career, continued to grow and evolve pushing his music to fans from a grass roots level via his company ‘Abnormal Media Group, INC’ and various mediums from Television commercials to film score work. His ability to translate emotion and intricate story telling within the confines of the corporate world as well as the diverse spectrum of Hiphop, has enabled Mykill Miers to embrace a legion of fans around the world and maintain a respectable career that has taken him around the world.
‘Sick Cinema’ is a welcome return to Hiphop’s renaissance, with a modern and mature take on the traditional formula of raw beats and rhymes, Tony Clifton and Mykill Miers are seasoned veterans that solidify their place in the halls of West Coast Hiphop excellence.
For More Information, Please Contact: Walasia Noor Shabazz (707) 633-8818 ogaudiohustle@gmail.com.
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