We’ve told y’all about Black Opera before, on MCMI RADIO, but some of y’all weren’t listening. Now’s your chance to redeem yourselves. The original was tough, but of course Oddisee kills it on the remix. This one comes with a damn good video as well. And its free! You can’t beat that! Props to MelloManMusicGroup.
With this deep and poignant video, KendrickLamar reveals new meanings to his song B-tch Don’t Kill My Vibe, pronouncing death to an enemy of the community that is claiming too many sons and daughters in the name of ‘party and bullsh-t‘. Kendrick brings the hearse and coffin to the battle, proclaiming “You gon’ get this work!” to one of society’s ills that has crept into the collective consciousness and found a new marketing campaign in Hip Hop. Don’t understand what I’m talking about? Good. Watch the video. Salute Kendrick Lamar on this one, my new favorite rapper (again).
When I was a young pup, growing up in the Golden Era of Hip Hop, ULTRAMAGNETIC MC’s dropped a single that blew my mind and literally changed my life. Up until then I knew I wanted to rhyme, but it was the song Ego Trippin’ that made me really take notice to the scratching and the production. the beat was so funky, the breakbeat, the baseline, the synth stabs and the scratches on the chorus made me want to some day also produce and DJ. I am sure countless artists have similar stories of inspiration from this seminal pioneering Hip Hop group that also was the first (that I know of) that had rhymes that didn’t – well, rhyme – not always at least.
So I got real exited when I saw that ULTRAMAGNETIC MC’s are on a European Tour, marking the 25th anniversary of that first album “CRITICAL BEATDOWN” with 10 shows
The Ultramagnetic MC’s have come back together to give Hip Hop Fans all across the globe what they are missing, a true authentic hip-hop show! This tour is not only for the fans they made 25 years ago but also serves as an introduction to those of a younger generation who may have never heard of them, showing them where their favorite rappers got their style from!
This just in, the Queen is back! Lauryn Hill, with an added “Ms” to her name, had this to say about the rushed release of this new music:
Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!
I assume this was part of her new deal with SONY. Wow, to think after years of hating the IRS, we now have reason to thank them! Things do happen for a reason, huh?
Jay Z is back with a second song within one month (he dropped “Open Letter” previously). This one is off the Great Gatsby Soundtrack. The movie, staring Leonardo Di Caprio, hits theaters May 10th. Pretty dope chopped and screwed track, with Hov comparing himself to Marvin (Gaye), Malcom (X) and (John F.) Kennedy.