Smif-N-Wessun: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Good concert….

Brooklyn-bred hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wessun – consisting of partners in rhyme, Steele and Tek – illuminated the Tiny Desk with their signature, 80-proof poetry: straight, no chaser. Their music, inspired by their gritty and pre-gentrified Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville neighborhoods, offers the vocabulary of veterans who survived the grimy streets. These original members of the Duck Down Records group Boot Camp Click represent quintessential ’90s true-school hip-hop from the bedrock, when Timberland boots were standard issue. Backing Steele and Tek for the first time is D.C.’s own Black Alley band. Continue reading

Big Daddy Kane: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

King Asiatic Nobodys Equal

Feb. 19, 2018 | Abby O’Neill — One of the greatest to ever bless the mic, Big Daddy Kane treated Tiny Desk to an office block party in the true essence of hip-hop. He performed a short set of classics, including “Smooth Operator,” “Ain’t No Half Steppin’,” “Raw” and a bonus freestyle. Through his warm, engaging and devilishly self-effacing style, the pioneer used an interlude between songs to address the intergenerational divisiveness defining rap today and the importance of fans of all ages supporting whatever they like, while “focusing on what’s positive and keeping that in the spotlight.” Continue reading

Loyalty No Royalty, The Breakup Of Tony! Toni! Ton’e! Full Documentary W/ Out takes

Always wondered what happened with them….

LTNFF Winner for Best Documentary Loyalty No Royalty, the untold story of the break up of the legendary R&B band from Oakland, CA. The trio, in fact began as a six member band in 1988 and successfully climbed the charts into the late 1990’s. Unfortunately greed fueled mistrust and eventually the demise of the original band. EXTRA CREDITS TO SOUL TRAIN AND SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO. Soundtrack and 3TOB single is available on ambitiousrecords.net
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Talib Kweli And Planet Asia Talk Cali Agents, Wu, Hieroglyphics, Alchemy, 5% Nation

This should be good…

On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with longtime friend, collaborator, and legendary West Coast lyricist — Planet Asia. Throughout the interview, we get profound insight into numerous topics including PA’s upbringing in Fresno, CA, linking up with Rasco to form their group Cali Agents, his desire to leave a legacy as an emcee staying true to form throughout his career, and carving out his niche in the game as a West Coast lyricist cut from the same cloth as East Coast acts like The Wu-Tang Clan. Yep, the deep hip-hop heads are gonna eat this up. Continue reading

For The Record – Rob Markman | Episode w/ Royce Da 5’9”

After a relatively quiet year following his 2018 critically-acclaimed album, ‘Book of Ryan,’ Royce da 5’9” has confirmed he has an album on the way. He stopped by ‘For The Record’ to discuss his upcoming 2020 project, ‘The Allegory,’ with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman.
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Talib Kweli And Ras Kass Talk Nature Of A Threat, Dr. Dre, Jail Time, Royce da 5’9″

On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh converse with long-time friend and Kweli-collaborator Ras Kass. They discuss the MC’s legacy as a lyrical heavyweight on the west coast and he reflects on how he feels about his song “Nature Of A Threat” almost 25 years later. The trio also talks about the latest Ras Kass album “Soul On Ice 2” and how the original Soul on Ice album is more relevant today than ever. Continue reading