With all the Nicki, Remy, Kim and Iggy talk lately, one female lyricist has been notably absent from the conversation. Jean Grae has consistently proven herself to be the go-to-girl for quality on the hip hop scene. Yet the media seems to focus on her more pop oriented contemporaries. Regardless, Jean made a brief reappearance on Twitter early this morning to blast Jon Caramanica’s August. 11th Times article on female rappers. He stated that from the mid-1990’s to the early 2000’s female emcees were at the top of the charts selling millions of records, “but to find a critical mass of female rappers in 2014, you have to turn to another industry: reality television.”
Jean strongly disagreed and posted, “No they’re not. Do whatever you want…Seriously that is absolutely infuriating.” She continued to comment for the next hour and a half, which leads me to believe poor Jon wishes that he had written a piece on female parking lot attendants instead of rappers…Anyway, Jean made her point clear. Artists shouldn’t be put into a box. Creatively, the sky’s the limit.
Below is a throwback video plus Part one of her online web sitcom, “Life with Jeannie.”
Super lyricist, Vince Staples drops the teaser trailer for “Blue Suede,” the new single from his upcoming Def Jam release, “Hell Can Wait.” ‘Too quick to fully absorb…but we’re interested. Check it out.
Drake makes iLoveMakonnen’s underground joint, “Tuesday” his own…Literally. You’ll never listen to the original again.
Many hip hop artists took to Twitter to share their memories of Robin Williams. Questlove of The Roots recalled entering an elevator with his group during the 2001 Grammys when he heard a voice yell out, “Questlove…Black Thought…Rahzel…The Roots from Philadelphia!” Questlove was surprised to see that the person calling him was Robin Williams…and even more surprised that Robin could name check each member individually. Apparently, Robin’s son turned him on to the group. Anytime they would meet afterwards, Robin would try to top his Roots trivia knowledge just to impress Questlove and make him laugh. Another incredible artist(and Insomniac fave) Immortal Technique recalled meeting Robin and being surprised when he spoke to him in Spanish. We all knew this, but Robin Williams was a truly special man. He will be greatly missed.
Below are throwback videos from The Roots and Immortal Technique. Enjoy!
Wiz and Miss Minaj send some new music our way. Oh Nicki, what will that Pink Print album cover look like? We won’t tell.
Check it out below.