A very sharp-looking RZA recently sat down with Bloomberg Business to share his feelings about Martin Shkreli buying Wu-Tang’s ultra rare record, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. Suffice it to say, he doesn’t really give a shit who bought it. It’s art.
They sold it.
Take Flight, the debut album from The Write Brothers, equal parts rapper Devon Ewalt and producer Dante Davinci is a seamless blend of geeky wordplay and hip hop. It’s a fun, engaging record, one that’s catchy and intimate at the same time.
There are few things I enjoy more than hearing music played in a different way, especially when it’s hip hop music being played by an entire orchestra. It’s like the musical equivalent of getting a new haircut, you still recognize yourself but you’re just different enough that you come in with a completely brand new…
With their furs and bling and 'tude, today's rap stars are a lot like the aristocrats of yore. A hilarious tumblr chronicles the accidental convergences of hip hop and pre-16th century art.
Did you listen to the Serial finale yet? Good for you, now please don't tell me what happens. Instead, you should listen to this Notorious B.I.G. remix featuring the Serial theme. Fafu, the New York-based producer behind this little work of genius, even made it downloadable so you can listen to it on the go—just…
Lately, you're hearing about Killer Mike because of Run the Jewels, his follow-up collabo with rapper El-P. But before he and El embarked on this project together, there was R.A.P. Music. And now as ever, this track and the message behind it feels appropriate.
T-Pain premiered this song over at the Fader yesterday. He says its one of 127 songs he already has recorded off his forthcoming album, and it's an autotune-free, heartfelt beauty.
Designer and data scientist Matt Daniels charted this neat comparison of vocabularies in hip hop. At the bottom of the chart you can see DMX with only 3,214 unique words. Outkast has more unique words in their lyrics than Shakespeare, but everyone is way behind Aesop Rock, who rules with 7,392 words.
Kendrick Lamar released a track today called "i", his first new track since good kid, m.A.A.d city. It's... something else. It's upbeat and all about self-love and also just a little off. Listen to "Cartoons and Cereal" instead.
Back in May, data scientist Matt Daniels crunched some numbers to determine which rapper has the largest vocabulary in hip hop. Now, Daniels is back with a brand new version of the chart that incorporates 20 additional artists renown for their expansive command of language.
Today would have been Tupac's 43rd birthday, so what better time than tonight to post the classic "Changes"?
Examining rap lyrics to measure quality of life in Compton. An ambitious housing plan from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. How Boston is changing thanks to one architecture firm. Why Atlanta is putting all its money on the BeltLine. Plus, Bike Month! All in this week's Urban Reads!
Who's got the largest vocabulary in hip hop? A data-scientist crunched the numbers to find out. [UPDATED]
Era-defining hip hop legends De La Soul have decided to make their entire back catalog available for free download today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album.
Off the 2007 album Curtis, this song is an oldie, but a goodie. Since we met with 50 Cent last week as he was hawking his #SMSAUDIO headphones at CES, and the song says freaking tech-nol-o-gy in the title, well there's your tech peg, nerds.
LA-based MOORS—comprised of actor/emcee Keith Stanfield and producer HH—go deep and heavy with their new single, "Asphyxiated." This is the best track you will listen to this week. Maybe this month.
Earlier this week, Bob Dylan graced us with an interactive music video for "Like a Rolling Stone" that featured a bunch of faux cable channels you could click through. Today, the seemingly omnipresent Pharrell is giving you another reason to love music videos yet again, with a 24-hour vid for the song "Happy."
In May of 2000 three legends of hip-hop formed a supergroup and created something nobody saw coming: A futuristic, sci-fi rap album. Over the years, Deltron 3030 has developed an almost fanatical cult following. The long awaited sequel—officially released today—is likely to do the same.