Originally aired back in 2003 and features cameos from Chuck D, Richie Havens, Clive Davis, The Last Poets, Mos Def, and more. Gil recounts growing up in Jackson, TN, moving to Brooklyn while the Black Arts movement is beginning, and the influences around him. Seeing him and Brian Jackson (rocking the Mortal Kombat shirt!!) recount meeting each other at Lincoln University is pretty cool. From the recording of their first album, Pieces Of A Man together to . You would be hard pressed to find another artist who is more important to the hip-hop music industry. Their songs ring just as true today as they did when he first recorded them. Imagine being able to hear “In The Bottle” on the radio today or in clubs when you went out. I’ll shut up, just watch and soak it all in.
IAMNOBODI with a some new heat taken from Snapshots of Berlin a project inspired by and dedicated to Berlin. They are doing some interesting stuff with the vinyl release so be sure to check it out.
“Better” featuring Eric Roberson and Shana Tucker from Foreign Exchange’s Love In Flying Colors get’s a nice little black & white video. Certainly one of my favorite songs on the album, which is hard to do on an album of it’s caliber. Phonte and Nicolay keep putting out quality music and I’ll keep supporting it. I’m pretty excited about the Eric Roberson and Phonte project dropping next year, as long as they don’t flake on us.
Purchase: Foreign Exchange – Love In Flying Colors
Plan B is working Kendrick, and the hearts of the people are worth more than platinum and gold. Imagine Dragon’s remix to “Radioactive” features the Compton rapper murdering everything. In the grander scheme of things this is going to strengthen Kendrick’s brand. David Dennis at Smoking Section wrote a great article on it yesterday, check it out here. You can also pick up the track on iTunes. It’s going to be a HUGE year for TDE, Schoolboy Q’s album, Oxymoron, is getting ready to drop in a couple months and you can believe that there will be some fall out hype for his project.
This is my essential snowy day track, I haven’t been able to listen to it properly for a few years now. So I’m going to take this time to get some spins in for the day.