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"A setback is just a setup for a comeback." --from Bebe Moore Campbell's "72 Hour Hold"

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Akua Naru's "The Block"

Akua Naru's "The Block"

Akua Naru is sort of flying under the radar these days. She's been featured on Okayplayer and she has a rich voice and a monster presence on stage.

However, this Philly native has found her livelihood in Europe. Her summer concert tour schedule is almost exclusively in and around central Europe with stops in Belgium, Romania and Germany, where she currently resides.

I peeped her performance while visiting Budapest at the end of May. The show was hot! I mean, the energy was off the scale. She rocked the mic w/some call and response and an amazing band and the audience was all about it.

Hip hoppers, the lady's got skills, check it out for yourself. kfox.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

VIDEO: Scrufizzer "The Truth"

Scrufizzer "The Truth"

This guy's from the UK and is a good example of basic potential. The platform - hip hop - has evolved, but this performance is staid. And it's less than 3 minutes. That's unfortunate. So why post it? Well, folks in the comment section were jockin and I'd like to see what you think.

Time to weigh in hip hoppers. What say you? kfox.



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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Okayplayer's Complete Guide To SXSW 2014

Okayplayer's Complete Guide To SXSW 2014

There's been a lot of talk about this year's SXSW festivities in Austin. So a big thanks to Okayplayer for coming to the rescue to sift through the sounds and bring us this curated guide.

You don't have to travel to the festival to enjoy the fruits of the festival. Here's a chance to discover some new music and expand your listening palette.

Okayplayer's Complete Guide To SXSW 2014

Let's dive right in hip hoppers. kfox.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

▶ Home (Housing Is A Human Right) | Nomadic Wax

▶ Home (Housing Is A Human Right) by Nomadic Wax

This is an original remix interweaving music and commentary on housing.

It's a global collab btwn the Cornel West Theory and Nomadic Wax. And get the backstory too.

Check it an enjoy hip hoppers. kfox.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Questlove on NPR's Fresh Air

Questlove on NPR's Fresh Air

This is a repeat and it's a good one in case you missed it earlier this summer. NPR's Terry Gross is an incredible interviewer and The Roots' Questlove has great stories and is a wonderful storyteller.

Listen as the two come together for a 40 minute interview segment on NPR's Fresh Air from June 2013.


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

VIDEO: Jarren Benton's "Life in the Jungle"

VIDEO: Jarren Benton's "Life In The Jungle"

When you're trolling through a long list of emails from hip hop artists and promoters, you never know what you'll get when you click the link of an artist who's known to you.

But Audio Treats almost never fails to deliver and that's the case with Jarren Benton's video for "Life in the Jungle." He's new to me, but apparently he's got some experience under his belt at least it sounds like it.

After a few seconds into the vid, I almost dumped out of it. I thought that it was another hood vid about gang bangers - and in a way it's a little bit about that. I won't give it all away.

Oh, and for the hip hoppers who can remember: "...it's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under." kfox.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Jon Waltz "Bang (Left My Home)"

Jon Waltz "Bang (Left My Home)"

This track caught my attention randomly (as does most of the good stuff that I discover). It's a mix between current day music and a little bit of honesty. It's not astounding, but something about it stands out. Still trying to figure that out. It's certainly worth a listen.

I don't know much about Cupcake Jon, except that his Twitter handle is @CupcakeJon.

"Bang (Left My Home)" is his latest. Check it out and enjoy hip hoppers. kfox.

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