For Those Who Can't Sleep On Hip Hop

Since Run DMC’s “Christmas In Hollis,” a holiday rap song has been a rare find. However, this year, Murs steps in and drops a track with some genuine holiday spirit- something quite rare in rap today.

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You can know Kanye, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and yes, even hip-pop’s newest darlings, Mac Miller and Macklemore, but if you don’t know Jimmy Spicer, you don’t know Hip Hop. He was making hit records during the golden era of rap. His “Adventures of Super Rhyme” was early to the game with a 1980 release. In many ways, he was the predecessor to Hip Hop’s greatest storyteller, Slick Rick. Spicer was one of the first artists managed by Russell Simmons’ Rush Management. He was one of the first to be released on the iconic Def Jam Recordings label. He was produced by the great Rick Rubin. Tracks like “The Bubble Bunch” and “Dollar Bill” were mainstays on urban radio during the early 80s. If you were a kid hitting the roller rink or summer carnival rides in the earlier 80s, these were the jams you’d look forward to hearing; and to this day, can be heard on midday urban radio old school mixes. Later in the decade, LL Cool J used Spicer’s raw b-boy anthem, “This Is It” as an opening theme track to set the mood before hitting the stage. You’d be hard-pressed to find a self-proclaimed “Hip Hop head” today who has a clue as to who Jimmy Spicer is. Ironically, he’s never had a full-length album. However, in many ways Spicer helped shape the genre’s early days and is a rapper’s rapper, even if rappers don’t know the lineage of their own influences. Deep props go out to Jimmy Spicer for his contributions to this multi-billion dollar genre’s industry that had such humble beginnings. – I. Vasquetelle As found on YouTube:

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As a kid in the Bronx, I remember asking my step Dad’s step Dad one day how Santa made it into the tenements to deliver toys without a chimney. Clearly, this was never an issue on “The Brady Bunch,” “Eight Is Enough” or for that matter any other TV family’s household that I watched growing up. My step grandfather explained that Santa was able to squeeze through the heating pipes of the building’s furnace. I had plenty of questions after than, but never did pursue an answer. Sharon’s new Christmas song brings back those days, and is much more eloquent in breaking down what I’m sure many kids asked in the projects. -I. Vasquetelle

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Cube

Ice Cube needs no introduction, he’s conquered music, film, and most currently television. In this interview, Cube talks about his transformation from gangsta rapper to film star and entertainment mogul. He also sheds insight into his journey within this turbulent industry. As well, he gives advice and shares a valuable lesson learned from his own experiences in the entertainment business. Cube also discusses the plight of the recorded music industry, and the importance of putting a value on music. This candid discussion with music industry magazine, Insomniac, is both intriguing and inspirational, and provides a distinct perspective into the success of this talented entertainment icon.

(Listen to Israel Vasquetelle interview the icon and entertainment mogul about his career in movies, TV, and of course the Hip Hop music industry.)

Related article: Ice Cube discusses his television show.

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Another dope vid from Gel Roc and AWOL One aka The Cloaks. The Cloaks have unveiled the music video for “Invisibility” off of their upcoming self-titled album. Produced by Half Element Productions and directed by Isaac Klotz, ”Invisibility” is the follow-up video to “Rule by Secrecy.” “The Cloaks” are Awol One (ShapeShifterz | Mass Men) & Gel Roc (EX2 | Mass Men) with producer Awkward (Machina Muerte). Scratches by DJ D-Styles (Invisibl Skratch Piklz | Low End Theory).

 

The Cloaks – Invisibility (Official Video)

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