Tag: hip-hop

Hey, you wanna hear a good joke?

Thursday, 25 August, 2016 0 Comments

Joshua Paul “Josh” Davis is better known by his stage name DJ Shadow and he’s said to own an exceptionally large record collection consisting of more than 60,000 albums. Run the Jewels is a hip hop supergroup formed by New York City-based rapper El-P and Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike in 2013. Their “fist and gun” hand gesture is iconic and beloved of graffiti artists. Nobody Speak is the title of their remarkable joint venture.

The lyrics are intriguing and the language is cryptic. This is English evolving.

“What more can I say? We top dealing it
Valiant without villainy
Viciously file victory
Burn towns and villages
Burning looting and pillaging

Murderers try to hurt us we curse them and all their children
I just want the bread and bologna bundles to tuck away
I don’t work for free, I am barely giving a fuck away”


Coffee cold, chess hot

Saturday, 13 February, 2016 0 Comments

Fact-crammed sentence coming up: In 1968, the Oscar for Best Original Song was awarded to the French composer Michel Legrand for The Windmills of Your Mind, which featured in The Thomas Crown Affair, starring the late Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, who was 75 last month.

The film also included a jazz tune, Coffee Cold, by Galt MacDermot, the Canadian composer who had just written the music for Hair, his greatest commercial success. The 88-year-old MacDermot enjoyed a moment a decade ago when his music became popular in the hip-hop scene: Busta Rhymes sampled Space from MacDermot’s 1969 album Woman Is Sweeter for the chart-topping Woo hah!!, rapper MF Doom sampled the MacDermot song Cathedral for his Pennyroyal, and Oh No released an entire album of MacDermot samples titled Exodus into Unheard Rhythms.

MacDermot’s music here is a perfect complement for two great actors in their prime.


Bob Brozman RIP

Saturday, 4 May, 2013 1 Comment

“Constantly touring, he was a master of styles, playing everything from blues and jazz to calypso and gypsy swing, even experimenting in later life with modern hip hop and ska rhythms, on which his finger work was so rapid that many observers mistakenly assumed he was using electronic effects. Always acoustic, he was equally adept on mandolin and ukulele, but was best known for playing slide on the National steel resonator guitar — an instrument on which he became a leading authority as well as being one of its greatest proponents.” The Telegraph.

“Guitarist and ethnomusicologist Bob Brozman, who progressed from an early fascination with the delta blues of the South to a consuming passion for the traditional music of Hawaii and became a leading authority on the National steel guitar, has died. He was 59.” The Los Angeles Times.


Willie Nelson at 80

Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 0 Comments

“A man of eighty,” said Lord Byron, “has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.” And then, of course, there’s music. Willie Nelson, who celebrates his 80th birthday today, has met the scholars of jazz, blues, folk, rock and roll, disco, punk rock, hip hop, New Age and World music going the road of popular entertainment and out of these encounters he fashioned a school all of his own called “outlaw country”. Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Willie Nelson is “a poet and a one-man band.”


Last Night with Lucy Spraggan

Saturday, 15 September, 2012

A-FLOP is a mixture of acoustic, folk and hip-hop. Well, that’s what Lucy Spraggan says and that’s what the native of Canterbury in Kent performs. Spraggan’s irreverent, ironic style is catchy and bigger things are in her stars. To start with, she will support Joan Armatrading at Indigo2 at The O2 in London in November.

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