I remember picking up Robert Glasper’s In My Element and being surprised to hear the Hip Hop, soul and elements of other genres dispersed throughout the album. Although, already a Jazz fan, I was elated at hearing my generation’s music represented in an art form that was previously, largely guarded from exploration and breaking form. It seems from that moment until now, as the 2010s come to a close, Jazz has reversed its position and also permeated itself into the prevalent genres of music. Glasper aside, Jazz musicians have become the new rock stars it seems – Common even took Jazz musicians (Glasper, Karriem Riggins, Keyon Harrold, Derrick Hodge, & Elena Pinderhughes) to perform at the White House. The soundtrack to Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed album, To Pimp A Butterfly was largely composed and performed by the West Coast Get Down, and some of your favorite emcees can’t perform without cats like Robert “Sput” Searight, Nate Smith & Maurice Brown.
In a movement of showing love to Rapsody, who dropped another great album today, Laila’s Wisdom, go download and support REAL HIP HOP and just great music, I thought I’d post this Tiny Desk Concert. On another not I think I have too many commas in that last sentence. I get at my kid about that all the time and now I’ve done it. Life
On this episode we sit down with Director/Filmmaker Raoul Peck. Mr. Peck was nominated for an Oscar for his recently released “I Am Not Your Negro”, which was based on the perspectives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King from the lens of the esteemed James Baldwin. Sit back and cleanse your mental palate as we continue to #RaiseTheBar
I’ve been late to this party kinda, I saw the teaser and this episode when it dropped because I follow Premium Pete on Instagram and Periscope, dude is an ill cook, which is what I thought he’d do with Periscope… Oh well. I’ve only gotten up to the Dallas Penn episode and I missed the Snitches one because I’m not really feeling Tax like that but here is a great first episode.. One smother note I really have no idea what happened with Pete and Combat Jack and whatever episode he shitted on Pete it must’ve been with a guest I wasn’t too into to attempt to checkout.
In this inaugural episode, Premium Pete introduces his new co-host Miss Lissa Knows, opens up about leaving the Combat Jack Show and lets the “internets” in on what’s to come. Miss Lissa dishes on why Love & Hip Hop starlet, Cardi B is underestimated and how Cardi is actually way smarter than people realize. The duo drops gems about platonic friendships and if you should remain friends with an ex. Plus, Phone-A-Friend feature, Just Blaze shares his thoughts on the passing of late/great Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest and explains the importance of health care. He also reveals he prefers boxers over briefs.
This week on the Final Level podcast with Ice T and Mick Benzo, Ice and Mick are joined by producer and New York radio legend, DJ Chuck Chillout. Mick, Ice and Chuck talk about the recent death of Prince, what that means for the future of music, the death of Billy Paul, Tom Clancy’s The Division for Xbox, this summer’s The Art Of Rap festival and how DJ Chillout became a New York radio legend
It’s been a minute since I posted any podcasts I’ve been checking out. Of course I been trying to keep up with The Combat Jack Show and here is the latest one I;ve heard.
Geto Boy and H-town legend Willie D, on the wave of dropping his incendiary song “Coons” discusses his contribution to this culture, the importance of rapping about social issues and gives us one of the realest interviews ever.
What does artists such as: Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim, UTFO, Doctor Ice, Samantha Fox, Patti LaBelle, Jasmine Guy, The Force M.D.s, Britney Spears, James Brown, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, La Toya Jackson, and Selena have in common? They’ve all worked with the great producer/music group, Full Force. Two of the group’s members, B-Fine and Bow-Legged Lou, joined Mick and Ice T to talk about their extensive production credits, career, the first meeting with The Kangol Kid, how The Police influenced the track Roxanne, Roxanne, the passing of Nancy Reagan and Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone in the new movie, Nina.