Category Archives: hip hop

Action Bronson talks food in delicious new show

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Potty mouth, Rap Genius and Foodie, Action Bronson, recently debuted his new food show, Fuck, That’s Delicious. In this first episode, Bronson discusses his world tour with Eminem and the food he got to sample on his travels. I particularly enjoyed him talking about visiting Mzoli’s Place, a fantastic spot for good times and excellent barbecued meat, in my hometown, Cape Town.

 

Enjoy the show and catch more food related content at munchies.com

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Have you heard | I’d die without you – Childish Gambino

Have a listen to this fantastic cover of PM Dawn’s nineties classic by the infinitely talented Childish Gambino. I love this dude.

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Ah Wednesdays.The I’m so glad it’s not Monday but it’s so far from Friday day. To help get you over the midweek hump, I’ll be sharing mixes I’ve been listening to from various sources including Mixcloud, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, 8tracks and NPR.

Up first is a great mix from London DJ, Ali B on Mixcloud. Oh Shit! (Paradise) Vol.2 moves seamlessly between Funk, Soul, Blues and Hip Hop and is bound to make you bob your head and completely forget about that pile of work on your desk. Enjoy.

Have you heard | Parallax – Hip Hop Philosophy

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Check out this great new video from London rapper, Parallax off his debut EP, Depth Perception. Great boom bap sound that’s a throwback to the more conscious golden era of Hip Hop.

Be sure to check out his Soundcloud too. https://soundcloud.com/parallaxofficial

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YOU’VE GOTTA WATCH THIS | OUR VYNIL WEIGHS A TON

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In 1996 the album My World Premiere was released. The work of best friends Charles Hicks aka Charizma and Chris Manak aka Peanut Butter Wolf, it was an incredibly significant album. My World Premiere was launched three years after the tragic, untimely death of Charizma, but it also marked the beginning of Stones Throw Records, one of the most influential record labels in underground music.

Since its inception, nearly twenty years ago, Stones Throw Records has consistently released critically acclaimed albums by some of Hip Hop’s most influential artists, including Madlib, MF Doom, Peanut Butter Wolf and the late, great J Dilla. It’s also home to an eclectic array of artists including soulful crooners Aloe Blacc, Myron &E and Mayer Hawthorne.

A new full length documentary, directed by Jeff Broadway, entitled Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (a play on Peanut Butter Wolf’s, My Vinyl Weighs a Ton), pays homage to the label with concert footage and archival material as well as in depth interviews with the likes of Kanye West, Tyler the Creator, Snoop Dogg and Questlove.

The film will be making a tour of limited screening across North America, so make sure you get your tickets here.

Check out the film’s website and check out some of my favorite Stone’s Throw offerings.

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HAVE YOU HEARD | Hawk House – Tidal Tendencies

What a fantastic throwback tune from London’s, Hawk House off their mixtape A Little More Elbow Room. 2013 really is turning out to be a great year for Hip Hop.

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Sneaker Appreciation 101 | The Adidas Superstar

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The Adidas Superstar is as iconic in early Hip Hop culture as Caselle glasses, boom boxes and gold chains. While we may not see boomboxes on the streets anymore, the shell toe sneaker is very much alive and kickin’ it.

This 44 year old street icon, with it’s recognizable shell toe and full leather upper, was created by adidas in 1969 as the first low top basketball sneaker. Basketball players loved it. Just a few years after being introduced, a staggering 75% of all NBA stars were wearing them. And the biggest of those stars was the Lakers’, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar. The shoe that was owning the basketball court was soon going to be a dominant feature on the street.

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walked through concert doors
and roamed all over coliseum floors …

Breakdancers, whose feats of athleticism were as impressive as their basketball counterparts, started wering Superstars because of the shoe’s durability. Enter Run DMC, the Hip Hop crew from Queens, NYC, who rocked the Superstar on stage. As they captivated audiences with their performances across America, sales of the sneaker soared. The trio penned a deal with adidas and became the first Hip Hop performers to be endorsed by a clothing manufacturer.

In 2005 the shoe celebrated it’s 35th anniversary and has continued to be a staple of street culture across the globe. Much like the Air Force One by Nike the Superstar now comes in a variety of colours and textures. They’re sturdy, comfortable and super stylish and if you’d never owned a pair, perhaps you should consider getting some. Find them at any good sneaker store or online at adidas.com

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HaveYouHeard | Kool & Kass – “Peaceful Solutions”

Reminiscent of the early nineties Hip Hop of Tribe and Native Tongues, Kool and Kass take us back to a time when the genre was fun and goofy and didn’t take itself so seriously. The group consists of  former Das Racist member KOOL A.D. and Kassa Overall. Here’s the crazy awesome video for Peaceful Solutions, the title track of their mixtape, which is available for download at:

http://koolandkass.bandcamp.com/

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MASHIN’ IT UP WITH TENDJZ

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I love a good mashup. Well, only if it’s interesting, well executed and doesn’t have shout outs to the producer every ten seconds.

Russian-born, Miami-based DJ/producer, Tendjz (pronounced tenjeez), has created three mashup gems. Blending 70s and 80s Russian jazz instrumentals with the Hip Hop of his favorite artists, he manages to create seamless and utterly enjoyable jams. De la Soviet, the first of the trilogy, features De la Soul classics with Soviet soul and jazz samples. Next, the music of Q-Tip gets the same treatment on Q-Tipokratiya. And finally Nas and Common are mashed up on CommoNasm.

All three albums are available for free download via soundcloud. For more about this fantastic producer check out his website: tendjiz.com

HaveYouHeard – Statik Selektah – Bird’s Eye View (Ft. Raekwon, Joey Badass & Black Thought)

A dope new track off the upcoming Extended Play album by super producer Statik Selektah.

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