Ladies and gents, round 3! Are you ready??!!??!
Ladies and gents, round 3! Are you ready??!!??!
Listen, I love me some Wu but there are 9 active members as of now. You mean to tell me all 9 were okay with this atrocious hook on their new single “Ron O’Neal?” The song itself seems fine for 2014. It’s what you might expect, especially based on that new album cover. But daaaaaaaamn, we really gotta continue with these cheesy Miguel-type hooks for this group? I’m thoroughly pleased they’re all back and looking happy. Meth is on another planet the way Jon playfully puts his hand over his face while he is talking. U-God looks healthy. Cappadonna looking like the freshest cabbie we know. Masta Killa looks like an extra from Sons of Anarchy. Rae mumbling about some philosophical bullshit but at least he’s getting paid now. All of this is good news but that hook. Yuck! What do you think about the latest Wu single?
The actual interview
Well that was quick. Yesterday we launched our new quiz and it took off like wildfire. Social media had people disgusted with their miserable scores. I realize I’m the one creating these questions so I’m bias, but there were definitely a few freebies I thought we gave you. Apparently that wasn’t the case and even the top scholars I know got a few questions wrong. Not many scored 100%. So, let’s try this one more time before we go to break. These quizzes will be published on The T.R.O.Y. blog bi-weekly, so yesterday if you did poorly, now is your chance to redeem yourself. I don’t want to say I dumbed this down, but it should be significantly easier than yesterday. I’ll continue to make these entertaining and informative, but I also want to add something for everyone. No site. No blog. No app. Nobody is fucking with us. This is fucking M.I.T. when it comes to hip-hop.
A lot of sites do these cute little quizzes. There are even apps you can download and play on your phone, but on T.R.O.Y. we’re not messing around. Ok, well maybe for our first quiz we took it easy on ya’ll. Here is a fun 20 question quiz. You won’t always be given lay-ups, but we’re in the beta stage so let’s give this a shot and be sure to post your results in the comment section. Don’t cheat!
De La has a plethora of great songs, but are any better than I Am?
What is your favorite De La Soul song?
BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Stories: Benji B tells the story of hip-hop legend Q-Tip – founding member of A Tribe Called Quest. Hear from Q-Tip at length as well as Pharrell, Nas, The Pharcyde and more. Benji speaks at length with Tip about his musical upbringing in Queens in the 70’s, releasing a debut LP as a teenager, his reluctance to fame and the part he played in introducing the late J Dilla to the world. There is also an exclusive Tribe announcement and Tip gives more details about his forthcoming LP, The Last Zulu, which he describes as “The Evil twin to Tribe.” – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047759k
Here’s a quote from Q-Tip about the 25th Anniversary Release of “Low End Theory”…
“We’re going to come to 25 years on Low End Theory pretty soon, and I’m going to put out a special edition. I’m announcing it here first to the world. I will be putting out a special edition 25th year anniversary album. We’re going to include all of the stuff you guys probably never heard, different mixes. And one of those songs I’ll include when we get to the Low End Theory is this song that we did – I think it was called “Silence” and Leaders of the New School were on it.”
Here’s a DL link of a nice quality rip for the show via core news.
Canibus reunites with Kurupt, Killah Priest and Ras Kass to drop “Historic”, the first new Four Horsemen single in five years was premiered today by Vibe.com and appears on Canibus’ forthcoming Canibus LP Fait Accompli, which will be released on 6-10-14 via RBC Records. The single is now available on Itunes, Fait Accompli retail and deluxe editions are available for pre-order on Amazon, Itunes and more.
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The fluctuations in format that naturally stem from ever-advancing technology seem to play a larger role than one may realize, in determining the overall climate, even culture, of particular time periods in hip hop music.
DJ Kool Herc was first to isolate and elongate what is now known as the break, beginning the proliferation of sample culture as we know it today. That was August of ’73. The members of Chic didn’t hear that their familiar hit Good Times had been looped up by The Sugarhill Gang ’til it had already been on the radio, just after the summer of ’79. From when Herc set it off ’til hip hop first met wax, all sorts of creative people were busy honing their craft at home and in the streets. By ’77 some of the live park jams started to get recorded and passed around the projects, dubbed and traded from one giant ghetto blaster to the next. These boomboxes would sit outside a speaker set to record, which sounded great when listening to the mix, but not so good once the MC got on the mic. The tapes made from these sessions remain largely hidden, lost, destroyed, or forgotten to this day, still shrouded in mystery, guarded like cherished religious texts or any historical artifact. Fragments are therefore treasured as precious, regardless of quality. And so the first half dozen years of hip hop music, the roots of the culture, remain largely buried, lost to the sands of time. What’s left behind however, is the stuff of myth and legend. Conflicting, juxtaposing stories, filled to the brim with details of who started what, the way it was, and how it all became the way we know it to be today. Read the rest of this entry »