Getting Tech N9ne and Kendrick Lamar together pretty much means amazing and that's exactly what this song and video are. It's a beautiful thing, and a sign of the times, that two hardcore emcees can get together and create a song that talks about feelings getting hurt over something as personal and sacred as their craft. Kendrick does talk about retribution at the end of his verse and its certainly a valid feeling although usually not the best course of action. Think Columbine. Tech on the other hand ends his verse, as I would expect of the older man, with a poignant statement that disarms the offender and really sends the message of the song home as he says, "I'm an artist and I'm sensitive about my shit."
With a soul searching flow Hired Gun shares himself with the public in his first music video of 2014. The touching song is supported by a ZQ produced track with some captivating keys and a dance of pure expressive beauty. Simple yet profound is the way I would describe this video in three words or less. As always Hired Gun delivers plenty of ear candy with his simply marvelous and spiritual flow. A man of many skills; who knew he was such a good dancer?
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This entire album is available on Bandcamp and the artist(s) made it a name your own price project. It is a well conceived project with a host of features and production styles although its all the work of a single producer. With tracks like Distant Reality feat. Rabbi Darkside where the emcees take the listener to deep space and Android Media where the album's leading star Schlick Smit delivers his commentary on modern society this project is sure to captivate and entertain. Mi only complaint is that even with 20 tracks it all seems to pass too quickly; definitely needs a rewind.
Here is a song that is hugely controversial and vitally necessary. I personally don't buy into the idea that he is hijacking the culture to use it as a voice for the gay agenda (whatever that is?). Those same people arguing that should be screaming about all the corporations that are hijacking the culture to use it as a marketing tool for their goods and products. This is simply a long overdue wake up call to a culture (both Hiphop and America) that is mostly happily asleep right now. Thank you Mackelmore, kudos.
The Grand Affair has done it again; organic love magic in the music seems to be their mo. They grabbed the intro, Chord Left, off of Agnes Obel's new album and made a killer beat and song out of it. Mozian's flow on this track is simply superb and Ms. Anne delivers delicious vocals for your desiring ears. Kudos the Grand Affair on this one.
Tech N9ne Brings some serious heat on this song and with the imagery in the video. One line that really catches me is, "we are the children of your rivals/holding guns while reading bibles." From his new album Something Else, this is just one of the songs that will make you play it again and again and again. And I love the drinking of the holy oil by the smiling masks...I wonder who those people are? Thank you Strange Music, thank you Tech N9ne.
The brother Peter Tosh is a consummate performer of the highest caliber. Check him out on stage in this concert clip as he orchestrates the band in his unique, theatrical style. He has an incredible stage presence and such a purely powerful aura. It is a shame that he was taken away from us at such a young age, and that more people don't know who he is. Rest in Peace Peter Winston McIntosh.
Here is a great song and super cool video released earlier this year by Smokey Robotic. Their album Musium is a scorcher and well worth the listen. The full band features in this video and the song is catchy as ever.
This is the first video off the album Prospect Avenue and it is a statement, both visually and lyrically. Without being on a train he captures the feeling of the crush and confusion that is NY transit. And the lyrics are right on point, all the while imploring the passengers on this journey to THINK and QUESTION the words that are being fed to them. Enjoy
The Grand Affair is Ms. Anne and G. Mozian. They are a couple that makes music, art and food and put their loving magic into all that they do. Their passion for art is evident in the meaningful lyrics of the song Broad Strokes and what's not to love about a songstress that can paint a beautiful picture of Ella Fitzgerald while serenading you with a song that Ella would have enjoyed singing as well. Personally, I really enjoyed the bubbles. Kudos to The Grand Affair for this one.
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