Odd Future gets signed (FOD video)

After Odd Future’s performance on Jimmy Fallon a few weeks ago, not only was I impressed but it looks like so was most of the hip-hop nation. Now, in typical fashion, these guys went from underground buzz to everybody hating them because, hey, that’s what the hip-hip/internet world does. Although, I am not a fan of all of their songs and especially the rape lyrics but they do represent something to me. Hip-hop’s revival period. In the way that PE & KRS ushered activism, Dre ruled the west, and Wu-Tang & Biggie brought back the east, I see Odd Future in the same vein. We got a resurgence of great hip-hop artists (esp from California). Odd Future has taken the helm (very boldly) in going against the Ross/Gucci/Trap hip-hop out there and gives a new air of social rebellion. To learn more check out these links:

NPR on Odd Future

The Rap Up’s Definitive Guide on OFWGKTA

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Posted on March 3rd, 2011

Wu-Tang on All Things Considered

Download: Wu-Tang on NPR’s All Things Considered (mp3)

It seems after Jay-Z’s Decoded broke the seal for NPR’s intimidation of hip-hop. So why not go for one of the most influential and gulliest groups of hip-hop? Go big or go home, right? The piece is entertaining and if you are a guru of all things Wu-related, you probably won’t find much new info here.  But, now you have a cool talking point to your boss who listens to NPR on the drive to work. Source.

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Posted on January 31st, 2011

Biggie’s flow mentored by Jazz Great

You know Biggie’s original moniker? MC CWest.  See, if you read a little more, you’d be smarter.  My homie, Dave, hit me up to this NPR broadcast where Biggie was named one of the “50 Greatest voices”.  Most of us know Biggie’s story but NPR did their research and found the origins of Biggie’s trademarked flow.  AZ even has a few words to say. Full article after the jump.

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Posted on August 18th, 2010

Aziz Ansari on NPR

Aziz gets the NPR lady to say tatties. That’s all you really need to know. Just listen. And you should’ve have seen his Comedy Central special already.  If not, come over, I have it DVR’d. Source.

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Posted on February 9th, 2010

Rapper Feud Mirrors World Politics


Swiped from Marc Lynch at NPR.

“The way that rappers compete with each other — this is soft power. This is the way you try and make a reputation, try and get what you want, and you have to do it through this very intricate series of alliances.”

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Posted on July 24th, 2009