For Those Who Can't Sleep On Hip Hop

A year ago, the brilliant and always fascinating KRS-One traveled to The Netherlands to grant Hip-Hop scholarships to worthy recipients & discuss…well, I’ll let you find out for yourself. If you haven’t seen this video yet & “think” you know what Hip-Hop is, let this serve as your refresher course. Props & Respect go out to The Teacher!

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The Afghan Whigs is packing more Hip Hop in their new video than most rappers today ever will. Beyond a sizzling track, the break crew is killing it on the “Matamoros” video.

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It’s been a while since a female emcee has approached the game on lyrical prowess instead of glam. Here, the French-Chilean artist drops some jewels reminiscent of early ’90s “Cool Like That” crew Digable Planets. (As a side note, the fact that the latter group didn’t blow up like Black Eyed Peas is a travesty.) It’s time to dig into some of Aana Tijoux’s “1977.”

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Public Enemy continues to show and prove what Hip Hop is. Enough said.

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Musical Statesman and “King of The Blues”

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BB King: The Life of Riley is a powerful documentary, which shows the origin of the legend we now know as the “King of the Blues”.  Born into poverty and a segregated Mississippi, King went on to become a true music statesman and revered music legend.  As a child, King literally worked in the cotton fields’ sun up till sun down – but even the ruthlessness of segregation and a Jim Crow South could not stifle the dreams of a young kid who just wanted to play his music for the world.  This documentary shows the obstacles and the struggles BB King faced while making his journey from a little town in Mississippi to literally around the world, meeting with heads of states, the Pope and royalty.  I would dare say, his journey was befitting for a true King, BB King that is! [click to continue…]

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