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College Dropout: Ten Years Later

February 9, 2014 5 comments

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I was encouraged by a friend to write something about one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time. Tomorrow marks the 10 year anniversary of Kanye West’s “College Dropout” and I found it fitting to reflect back on it’s release and impact on my life.

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Throwback Thursday: The Roots – “What They Do”

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Lost generation, fast paced nation
World population confront they frustration
The principles of true hip-hop have been forsaken
It’s all contractual and about money makin
Pretend-to-be cats don’t seem to know they limitation
Exact replication and false representation
You wanna be a man, then stand your own
To MC requires skills, I demand some shown…

– Black Thought

This is one of my favorite records by The Roots. The video is brilliant too.

Previously: Throwback Thursday: The Fugees – “Ready Or Not”

The Lost Reviews of 2010 Part 1: The List

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Music has always served as a page marker in the book of my life. Certain songs bring back memories of where I’ve been, some allow me sit in the present, and others take me where I want to go. Last year was the beginning of a new decade, which means new stories were written.

As we turn the page to 2011, I’d like to revisit the albums that stood out and some that were overlooked.

Coming Soon: Update: The Lost Reviews of 2010 Part 2: The Five

Related: Lists & Album Reviews

Hit the jump for The List…

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Throwback Thursday: The Fugees – “Ready Or Not”

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Video: The Roots – “The Fire”

July 26, 2010 1 comment

Here is the latest video from The Roots How I Got Over album, which is in stores now. The video was directed by Rik Cordero and is pretty much a mini-film. This is what Rik had to say about the song/video:

“‘The Fire’ is one of my favorite tracks off HIGO and really feels like something you’d hear in the theater. The line ‘you don’t say good luck, you say don’t give up’ inspired me to create a period piece narrative that stays true to the lyrics while adding another layer to the interpretation.”

Don’t forget to pick up the new John Legend & The Roots album Wake Up,  in stores Sept. 21st.

via: OKP

Video: Nas Speaks on “Born To Use Mics”

June 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week at the Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Nas took some time out to speak on the book Born To Use Mics. The book breaks down Nas’ 1994 classic LP Illmatic track by track and if your a hip-hop head like myself, it is a must read (I actually used this book to preface my review of Drake’s Thank Me Later).

I’ve seen some footage of the Bonnaroo festival and it looked amazing. I don’t think anything is going to touch the Rock The Bells lineup this year though. Unfortunately I won’t be in attendance, but I’m going to try my best to make it next year.

Throwback Thursday: Common – “The Light”

June 10, 2010 Leave a comment

“It’s kinda fresh you listen to more than hip-hop
and I can catch you in the mix from beauty to thrift shop”

A friend of mine once asked me to pick a hip-hop song that I wish I had written. I don’t think I was able to name only one, but this was definitely on my list. We need music like this. Not enough love in our music anymore, or our community for that matter.

I’ll be posting something soon about Slim Thug’s recent comments. Until then, Enjoy.