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Robert Grasper + Mos Def = Stakes Is High

Robert Grasper + Mos Def = Stakes Is High

Robert Grasper has been an unsung pillar of Hip-Hop. He’s been quietly collaborating and remixing jazz-influenced Hip-Hop for years. And even though classic Hip-Hop is supported less by Black people and more by the Hipster community these days, it feels good when artists from other genres show their love to the foundation. #salute

Listening to Biig Piig

Listening to Biig Piig

Listening To: Earthgang

Listening To: Earthgang

A fellow DJ/co-worker turned me on to EarthGang. Been really enjoying them today. They feel like early Off Future, which I was all over back in the day.

Now Listening to The Do Yo Thangs

Now Listening to The Do Yo Thangs

In the vein of The Internet, Moonchild and Kaiyote Hiatus, The Do Yo Thangs have their own distinctive style of soul music. I found their 2016 debut One Plus One a little late, but it still felt new and fresh. Their new album, Mind Full will be dropping May 25th and I can’t wait.

Now Listening to PRhyme

Now Listening to PRhyme

I’ve always been a big fan of Royce Tha 5’9″. But I always thought his beat selection was a little sparactic.. solo and with Slaughterhouse. But when he teamed up with DJ Premier to from PRhyme, that talk was over. Their first major release was epically dope, and judging from this video, their sophomore release is going to be even doper.

Now Listening to Shaqdi

Now Listening to Shaqdi

Listening to Charlotte Dos Santos

Listening to Charlotte Dos Santos

Listening to “In Celebration of Us” by Skyzoo

Listening to “In Celebration of Us” by Skyzoo

Mini Documentary: The Soulquarians

Mini Documentary: The Soulquarians

In 1998, the neo soul movement was near its peak when a collective of like-minded artists came together to push the wave even higher. They called themselves the Soulquarians, and before the decade ended they’d help birth some of the modern era’s greatest recordings.

The Mini Documentary: How J Dilla Humanized His MPC3000

The Mini Documentary: How J Dilla Humanized His MPC3000

There’s a halo of reverence around J Dilla, a producer and beatmaker from Detroit who made some of the most fascinating and influential beats in Hip-Hop history. Before his early death in 2006, J Dilla worked with countless artists and producers – from Erykah Badu and Janet Jackson to Busta Rhymes and Madlib – and developed an off-kilter style of rhythm and sampling that transcended the machine he used to create music, the Akai Midi Production Center, otherwise known as the MPC.

— Taken from Vox Youtube