My obsession with hip hop generally starts with the lyrics, but the beats always have to grab me, too. SKYWLKR’s work with Danny Brown brought me to him, but I listen to his Strawberry Cough mixtape as much or even more. I love how dirty the drums are and how roughly he cuts the samples.
Te wonderful history of indie Hip Hop label Stones Throw Record is being brought to life in a deserving documentary entitled Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton. Since 1996, Stone Throw has released critically acclaimed albums and now the label has launched a Kickstarter pledge to help fund the incomplete film. The pledge ends November 29.
Mike Corbett, aka Maccy, is a proper hip-hop don whom I had the pleasure of living with many years back in a (chaotic) share-house in Australia. Whilst his epic t-shirt, tape and toy collections are gold dust in themselves, it’s all about the collectable skateboard decks this time around. Maccy D’s even commissioned one himself from artist Mark Drew, a collection of his favourite album cassettes stacked on top of each other. This collection was recently updated with the Beastie Boys signed one ‘5 Boroughs’ deck, done before MCA’s passing.
Stranger Day’s hip-hop is fun, original, and party-worthy. Stranger Day is the moniker of Shane Coble, a North Carolina native who has a knack for clever and catchy rhymes. Coble stays true to his underground hip-hop roots, and he and his crew Permanent Vacation play parties and gigs at clubs across the state. Stranger Day […]
Sid Pattni hails from one of the most isolated cities in the world: Perth, Australia. It is in this cultural vacum that he has managed to create a sound that is as much soul as it is a personal diary account. His music is rooted in traditional soul music, adding elements of Jazz, South Indian […]
As Jay-Z says in his book, Decoded: ‘Hip hop is the only art that I know that’s built on direct confrontation’. Based on that premise, rappers wrote some of the best lines of hip hop just saying ‘how dope they are’. These lines inspired Brazilian illustrator Raoni Marqs to create portraits of some of the most famous, legendary, and controversial figures rap has ever seen.
AJG is an independent rap artist from Rialto, California, who has been rapping for almost seven years. He directs all his music videos and has recently put out a music video entitled Latokyo, which showcases an independent clothing line of the same name. He has worked with Ace Hood and has opened up for KRS-One. […]
As a fan of Hip Hop who grew up in the 80s, it’s sometimes difficult to reconcile with what the genre has recently become. Few and far between are the artists who continually attempt to push the art form toward its next iteration. But they do still exist. Most recently, I’ve become enamored with the […]
Mike Jaggerr. Hip Hop extraordinaire. The name is insanely similar to rock and roll legend, Mick Jagger, which leads to a bit of confusion with new fans. But, just like Mick, once you listen to a sample of Mike Jaggerr’s music, you’ll become an instant fan. His melodies are unique, his voice is alluring, and […]
Godly MC, a young emcee hailing from the Washington D.C. area, is a witty lyricist, rhyming over well mixed beats. In a world where rap has become so commercialized and shallow, this guy gets back to the roots of true Hip Hop. He gives us his story, his dreams, and even his shortcomings, using clever […]
Astronautalis blends hip hop, talking blues and occasional indie rock synths in his music, which is coupled with lyrics that almost seem poetic. The single, Contrails, is a collaboration with Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.
Twitter can be an interesting place. I first heard of Stevie Crooks sometime near the end of 2010 when a couple of dudes I knew were super hyped about this guy from LA rocking out with a ski-mask on his face.