Indy Hip Hop World

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

Friday, September 28, 2007

Finless Brown

Who is Finless Brown? I don't really know who they are, but I do know that Paulie Rhymes is a part of the crew. Rhymes is a hybrid of so many trades, but I guess that is the guise of many independent hip hoppers. There is the craft itself, but once you get the beats and lyrics, someone has a promote the product, book the shows and interviews, plan the travel, etc. But Rhymes is not just full of one dimensional talent - he's an all around good person to boot.

I met Rhymes in Cleveland several years ago while he was working on an independent film project w/David 'Velo' Stewart.

With that said, whatever he's associated with should be better than good; he will give it his all and motivate others to that level. And with a title like "Public Radio", well, my heart just swells at the thought. Hop on over to
MySpace and listen to how they do it.

I like their sound because it hard to compare them to anyone else. They are a hip hop band w/a female singer, whose voice is distinct; Rhymes does some of the, well, rhymes and as a group, they've been at this for a while. I have an affinity for the live band too (I am a fan of
The Roots, ya know). But really ... you gotta decide for yourself though. Does this sound cryptic - that is unfortunate ...

Let's keep supporting the indy hip hoppers ... yeah, kfox

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Spear of the Nation

Oh, yeah ... this one's got some longevity! Spear of the Nation's disk is called "Speakitalk". How cool is that? This is bonafide hip hop yall - socially conscious, impressive beats and lyrically challenging.

I will treat this disc much like I treat my Michael Franti, Common, Stephen Marley, Gnarls Barkley, Amy Winehouse and of course, The Roots.

It's on one of my fav labels, Nataural High Records. They're behind Bavu Blakes, Lunar Heights and a barrel of others.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Who Wants Da T.R.U.T.H.?

So I was flippin through the channels on Sunday morning and I landed on BET. I think it was "Lift Every Voice" ... but the spotlight was on Da T.R.U.T.H. I must admit, I have not done my research on this guy, but the energy in that video was crazy hype. What would you expect w/the hypemen supreme team of Tye Tribbett and Kirk Franklin ... ?

Christian hip hop is goin there ... good stuff.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Dancing Mascots ...

... yeah, this video is humorous. It's a little cute and fun and the dancing mascots can actually dance!

Gym Class Heroes are finally getting their due. I just hope that they don't go out like the Black Eyed Peas (I like BEP, but ... well, ... this post ain't about them).

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Cornel West won't let you (or me) forget

Cornel West - the name may be familiar to lots of folks, probably from an academic standpoint. Which is correct? But people tend to diversify and branch out into other arenas. West has highlighted race and politics in many (if not most) of his diatribes. Good stuff, especially if you get to hear him in person; he's captivating and animated and challenges you to think differently about numerous issues.

West teaches at Princeton University.

I am not surprised that West has a hip hop cd out w/BMWMB (Black Men Who Mean Business): "Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations". Actually, he has a growing catalog of audio/music material.

I wonder if this will be available at my nearest Wal-Mart ... ? I'll get back to you on that one. It's all in the name of 'keepin it real'. ;-) kfox

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