Indy Hip Hop World

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Pardon the Interruption ...

Hey, hey, hey ... I have a lengthy stack of what promises to be 'this year's best and brightest in hip hop.' Well, in my humble opin, that is an exaggeration. But, heck, I won't really know until I check it out now, eh?

Whatever the case may be, the cds keep piling up and the entire stack was recently ignored because I discovered a highly acclaimed disk that I thought was never sent my way (the love, it does exist; people to organize the onslaught of music mail to seek out goodies sent my way ...? Well, you know how that one goes).

So what is the high charting lovely that has left me pumpin my fist? Wax Tailor! Ooooooh wee... Labeled as electronic & dance (and ask me if I'm mad about that ...?). It is what it is and it is good music. Lots of it is instrumental, interspersing snippets from movies and other pieces of aural archives, Tailor's "Tales of the Forgotten Melodies" is genius. Awesome arrangements of social commentary and memories of days gone by.

I still need to get back to the task at hand and that is giving you the low on:
  • Lupe Fiasco - for someone so anxious to get this, I sure as hell am slow at giving you some insight, huh?
  • Common Market - likin this one mostly; need to listen more thoroughly
  • Sol.illaquists of Sound - if I judged a disk by its cover, I'd say I'd like it; it's colorful with some drawings (could I give a sorrier description?)
  • Finless Brown - Originally based in Cleveland, they bounced to the west coast a few years back to pursue their music career (gotta give love to Paulie Rhyme yall)
  • There is more, but I don't want to give you an idea of how behind I am on listening to the music (I wish I could say I've been listening to overly academic topics submitted by overzealous researcher-type students, but you already know ...)

I'm out hip hoppers ... off to prep for another full day 'on the quad,' kfox

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

countdown and count'em

So here is what is goin down my way, I had promised to post the most recent WMCO Hip Hop charts (for those who are new to the blog, I am the station manager and hip hop music director for WMCO, Muskingum College's radio station). And it is all good.

So count'em:

1. Oh No :: Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms
2. Jurassic 5 :: Feedback
3. Earmint :: Another Early Evening
4. J Dilla :: The Shining
5. The Roots :: Game Theory
6. Aloe Blacc :: Shine Through
7. Cut Chemist :: The Audience is Listening
8. Strange Fruit Project :: The Healing
9. DJ Shadow :: The Outsider
10. Pigeon John :: ...And The Summertime Pool Party

Gotta love that ... if you did not know, this is one hot ass chart, baby! And you need to get down with it.

Now, the countdown ... the Roots are scheduled to be in my neck of the woods in less than a week. I can hardly contain myself. It is going to be a pretty crazy weekend. I hope to not only have stories to tell, but pix to show and tell because bloggin is what it is all about ... it's the way of the new media world yall!

Let's keep lovin each other ... kfox

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Monday, September 18, 2006

look who's flying the coop ...

Hey folks ... I'm trying to get my rhythm. But it was a slow music period for a minute, now ... swamped!

So much so, that I will be brief and hopefully be back with the full mantra in a few days.

Pigeon John is back, yall! I love this guy. He is so quirky cool. Just speaks his mind, no matter how silly, but he still has a point to make. The project is called "Pigeon John ... and the Summertime Pool Party." Good stuff.

The DJ Shadow EP that came out a few weeks back, threw me for a loop. I don't even recall what genre I had labled it as ... point is, the full disk is now avail and I am lovin it. It does include the genre-defying tracks, but he gets down on the hip hop side - "Outsider."

The Lupe Fiasco is now in my hands. I'm diggin that one, for sure. There's a collabo with Jigga as well as Jill Scott. I will definitely get back to this one, since I have been hypin it for some time "Food & Liquor."

Other notables:
  • Ken Starr
  • X:144 and SPS
  • Dan the Automator
  • Black Ice
Oh, and Mojoe. I've briefly previewed all and need to go back and listen more closely and attentively.

Here are the projects that I will listen to definitely before the week is out:
  • Finless Brown - that Cleveland connection
  • Common Market
  • Sol.illaquists of Sound
I'll post up the most recent WMCO Hip Hop chart later in the week.

Much is goin down ... but no flippet remarks hip hoppers, kfox

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

a double dose of my kinda hip hop love

Yo Clev Hip Hoppers and especially those who dig hearing and seeing The Roots perform LIVE!

We apparently get two shows in one night:

The Roots - part one
On Saturday, September 30, 2006
@ CWRU's Adelbert Gym
@ 7:30 p.m.
Tix are $20 (available 9.28 for the general public) ... call 216.368.2438

The Roots - part two
On Saturday, September 30, 2006
@ the Mirage on the Water
2510 Elm Avenue (on the west bank of the Flats)
For more info, call 216.348.1135

I am soooooo going to be at both shows! I've been checking out their performances on various TV shows including "Breakfast with the Arts." Good stuff. Yeah baby, I'm hooked on this here six pack.

Stand up for something, yall, or else you will fall for any damn thing! kfox

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Where the hell is my hip hop ... ?

Well ... it's kinda slow around my way. The flow of hip hop has been drastically reduced. I wish I could explain the situation, but I have no idea.

But because I want you all to know that I am here for you, I devised a little something for a rainy day like so simply called TEN QUESTIONS:

1. Why is it that hip hop continues to be male dominated?

2. Does anyone other than teeny-boppers like Fergie's new song "London Bridge"?

3. If you can get down wit the get down, what keeps you up ... ?

4. Are independent record companies really being run by the big dogs?

5. How much will it cost to get a portable music player that has satellite radio, plays a variety of audio files, terrestial radio, can record all sources, build playlists, is compatible with several music players and has video capability?

6. Am I asking for too much?

7. When is it NOT okay to educate kids using hip hop?

8. Do you really think that Kanye West thinks he is NOT really arrogant and egotistical, but merely 'confident'?

9. What do you think keeps Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri together?

10. Will The Roots ever get it wrong?

That's all for now ... keep showin the love, kfox