“Now I slay beats… ‘member when I would slay freaks.” Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe’s smooth sound and positive vibes are a breath of fresh air, complemented by soulful backing vocals and jazzy instrumentals as he performs Houston Tribute, Caged Birds, Against the Grain, Shine, and I’m Dope. at the NPR offices.
(PG-13: Language) “Somewhere in the middle of all that s**t was the hope that one of us was gonna make it.” Showtime’s Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men is a four-part documentary series about the rise and the legacy of rap’s one true supergroup. Premieres Spring 2019.
“Success brings sacrifice. And if you thinking it’s a piece of cake, you can have a slice.” Hall of fame MC Rakim dropped by NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert to perform King’s Paradise from the Luke Cage Season 2 OST, as well as his classics Paid in Full and Know the Ledge.
“I don’t waste ink, brother, I think. I drop megaton bombs more faster than you blink. ‘Cause rhyme thoughts travel at a tremendous speed.” Watch the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA perform three tracks from his classic album Liquid Swords alongside brass band The Soul Rebels.
The Wu-Tang Clan teamed up with StockX for Charity Rules Everything Around Me, a raffle where all proceeds will be used to help children in marginalized communities. The pieces are clothes, shoes and gear that have been used, signed or both by the members of the group.
(PG-13: Language) “I am Killmonger, no one’s perfect, but no one’s worthless. We ain’t deserving of everything Heaven and Earth is.” Kendrick Lamar enlisted both established and up-and-coming stars to create music for and inspired by the upcoming Black Panther film.
“Sex, money, murder – our DNA.” King Kenny opened the 2018 Grammy Awards with a hell of a set. He used his verses from XXX., DNA, New Freezer and King’s Dead to talk about war, hip hop, the media, and the crowd admiring the messenger while missing his message.
Following up on their alternative and electronic music blueprints, Dorothy is back with a circuit-style chart of the connections between more than 700 important MCs, DJs, producers, turntablists, musicians, graffiti artists, b-boys and b-girls. Measures 80x60cm (~23.6×31.5″).
Pop hiphop “boy band” Brockhampton closes out an insane year of productivity. We love the raw vibe of the previous LPs, but Saturation III is proof that these young men are growing in confidence and talent. Though producer Romil Hemnani, has been on fire since day one.
(PG-13: Language) “Looking for justice and it’s just us. It ain’t fair. There’s a riot going on out there, and it ain’t fair. When your protector is your predator – it ain’t fair.” The Roots and Bilal dropped by NPR to perform their contribution to the soundtrack of Detroit.
(PG-13: Language) From Migos to Chance the Rapper, the triplet flow has defined 2010’s rap. Vox looked at the flow’s origins and how it works. We think they missed Snoop’s point though. It’s overuse combined with mumbling that makes for a homogenous sound.
(PG-13: Language) NPR Tiny Desk Concert chose the perfect guest for its first DJ set. DJ Premiere and his live musicians The Badder Band performed some of the producer’s best hits, including tracks from KRS-One, his buddy Royce Da 5’9″ and of course Gang Starr.