If you were around and into music in the 2000s, you’ll remember the phenomenon of Nu-Metal. Essentially, a blend of metal and rap. Bands like Linkin Park, Korn, and System of a Down, and yes even Limp Bizkit helped popularize the go-to genre of the … Continue reading This guy did a metal cover of WAP – and it rocks!
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Prepared To Be Scared: 10 Albums Perfect for Halloween
Halloween and music make a deadly combination. Here are a few of our favorite soundtracks for Hallow’s Eve. Dare Iz A Darkside – Redman (1994) This album is like an LSD-trip. You can experience both heaven and hell. A heady venture into Redman’s creative process … Continue reading Prepared To Be Scared: 10 Albums Perfect for Halloween
The Scourge of the White Rapper
In hip hop these days there is an urban legend of a “culture vulture,” often hurled as a pejorative towards white rappers. This Rumplestiltskin figure weaves straw into gold by essentially selling out black culture for vast amounts of wealth.But is that reality? I mean … Continue reading The Scourge of the White Rapper
Editorial: The Lost Souls Who Help
I’ve been thinking about death lately. There’s been a recent spate of deaths in the news lately albeit for a variety of different reasons. The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, and the murder of Florida rapper XXXtentacion in broad daylight, in addition to … Continue reading Editorial: The Lost Souls Who Help
Top 10 Ways Brands Have Used Hip Hop
For decades, brands have tried to use hip hop to sell us goods. It has only been in the last two decades or so as rap has become more commercial in it’s own aesthetic has it worked. Below are examples of times brands successfully used hip … Continue reading Top 10 Ways Brands Have Used Hip Hop
How DJ Khaled Went from Club DJ to Mogul
We all know DJ Khaled as the living meme he has become today. Through his prolific posting on Snapchat, his involvement in several chart-topping pop singles and his unparalleled chauvinism, DJ Khaled has cemented his place in hip-hop culture. Now, what if I told you … Continue reading How DJ Khaled Went from Club DJ to Mogul
Albums That Were Worth the Listen – 2017
1. ROZE AZURA NJANO – CunninLynguists Cunninlynguists return with a full fledged LP that is both insightful and timely. The album is a celebration of black music. Boasting powerful production with its artsy, jazzy, and smooth sound. It’s reminiscent of the days of J Dilla … Continue reading Albums That Were Worth the Listen – 2017
Stream Eminem – Revival
We have all waited a while to see what Eminem would do this go round so without further ado here is the Eminem album. You can stream below.
The album has come with mixed reactions from fans since the release of the first single, with Walk on Water ft Beyonce. Since then, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live doing a medley that included Walk on Water, Stan and Love the Way You Lie.
Will the Real Eminem Please Stand-Up?
Partnering up with Rick Rubin once again, Em has seemingly created another stadium rap album in the same vein as Berserk from his album MMLP2. For die hard fans, this might be a misstep. So will the real slim shady please stand up? Eminem has been increasingly losing relevance in the rap world of today and losing the good will of his fans. Where are the rap features? Regardless the album will still be a commercial success but for a guy who prides himself as one of the best lyricists still making music – is that enough?
What more can be said of a guy who was once considered a “Rap God” and made powerful emotive music to now chasing trends like a dog chasing a car. Eminem seemingly hasn’t produced something relevant since his Bad Meets Evil project with Royce Da 5’9. Maybe Eminem should take a step back and focus more in position as a producer or label head? It also is very telling that he overshadowed once-an-up-coming rapper Yelawolf who now seems like a Shady records backbench player. Em seems frustrated and so do his fans, so nobody wins when he puts out lackluster music. I don’t know at this point. Take a listen. Judge for yourself. But I am getting off this Shady rollercoaster.
The Spectre of Abuse Around Big Pun’s Legacy
The Question of Big Pun and Abuse Recently, Chris Rivers, the son of Big Pun put out a song that dished out the details of Big Pun’s abuse that both he and his mother suffered at the hands of his father. So while Big Pun … Continue reading The Spectre of Abuse Around Big Pun’s Legacy
How Rappers Sound in 2018
For a genre of music so focused on words, hip hop seems to be lacking lyricism these days, focusing more on sound. Artists are continually leaning on hip hop tropes to pad their bars. “Fuck bitches get money” has become a shorthand criticism of the … Continue reading How Rappers Sound in 2018