“True Believer” is a comparatively restrained, slow clipping. track, and the new video matches the subdued-but-intense atmosphere. Splendor & Misery, the 2016 concept album by the avant-rap group featuring Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, was just nominated for a Hugo Award in the category Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
Clipping, the experimental hip hop group featuring Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, made their TV debut when they performed one of their more approachable tracks, “A Better Place,” on the Late Late Show with Tony Award winner James Corden.
With this performance, he raised what it means to perform at the Grammy to a completely new level. Wow.
He also won all of the rap categories. Album of the year, however, went to (the also very talented and wonderful) Taylor Swift. Oh, well. I might just be old, but I was interested in 1989 for as many plays as I needed to get into To Pimp A Butterfly.
New Kanye West track feat. Kendrick Lamar. Damn, this sounds so timeless.
I wanted to say that this finally puts Kanye-the-music-genius over the Kanye-the-awkward-celebrity again, but people are already debating whether Kendrik is taking shots at Kim Kardashian, or whether or not Nori is wearing real fur. Then again, this is basically another step towards reality star celebrity battle rap.
The longer I listen to it, the more I’m reminded of the 30 Rock skit about Tracy Jordan losing his contact to his roots and how it affects his stand-up routine. Still sounds really slick, even if it is lobster rap.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, author and star of the amazing musical “Hamilton”, and Tariq ‘
Black Thought’ Trotter do a “Wheel of Freestyle” on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.
Safe to say, this made my day.
by Kendrick Lamar
Prod. by Rahki
Mixed By Ali
Kendrick Lamar’s new release “i” is going to be a smash hit. It’s funky and fun on the surface. the hook is infectious, the mood reaffirming. Lamar can do even better, and I think his darker material is more interesting. He Lamar can flow like few others, and I love how versatile his voices (both vocally and narratively) are.
Angel Haze freestyled over the beat and Mary Lambert sung hook of Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ – and turned it into the queer song it should’ve been all along.
This is brilliant. Some of the lyrical highlights, via buzzfeed:
At age 13 my mother knew I wasn’t straight
she didn’t understand but she had so much to say
she sat me on the couch looked me straight in my face
and said you’ll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS
it’s funny now but at 13 it was pain
to be almost sure of who you are and have it ripped away
and i’m sorry if it’s too real for some of you to fathom
but hate for who you love is not exactly what you’d imagine
and i guess it was disastrous
cause everything that happened afterwards was just madness
locked away for two years to keep me on the inside
because she’d rather see a part of me die than me thrive
and it’s tougher when it’s something you can’t deny
and ignorance teaches us it’s something that you decide
you’re driven by your choice is an optical illusion
here’s to understanding that it’s not always confusion
Later referencing Andrea Gibson’s “Andrew”:
No i’m not gay
No i’m not straight
And i sure as hell am not bisexual dammit
I am whoever I am when I am it
Loving whoever you are when the stars shine
And whoever you’ll be when the sun rise
Macklemore’s version was alright for it’s initial purpose: Ally support for a Washington State same-sex marriage bill. Damn right, I support it. But apart from that – eh. Macklemore’s actual lyrics aren’t great and at times problamatic. That a white cis-het dude’s ally song turned into THE GAY RAP ANTHEM in mass perception isn’t surprising, but annoying.
Check out Angel Haze’s soundcloud profile for other amazing freestyles to hit dude tracks (New Slaves! Kendrick’s Backseat!)
[via many wonderful women on facebook]
Favorite Songs of the Yeah: Speech Debelle – Sun Dog
London-based rapper and songwriter Speech Debelle came to my attention through the cover story on her in Germany’s feminist pop culture magazine Missy. Her story intrigued me, and thanks to Spotify (finally available in Germany!) I checked out her 2012 record Freedom of Speech. By the time Sun Dog came on, I was in love. (by IndieHipHop1)
Favorite Songs of the Year: Watsky- Wounded Healer (Deer Tick Sample)
The Roots, Jasiri X, Speech Debelle, Watsky: I think I listened to more ~ hip-hop this year than in the last 5 combined. I discovered Watsky through his verse as Shakespeare in the hilarious Shakespeare vs. Dr. Seuss Epic Rap Battle of History (also a must see: The Obama vs. Romney epic rap battle. The only battle romney won.) I really like Watsky’s flow and wit, the mixtape this track is on is highly recommended (by gwatsky)