In 1985 LL Cool J was hired to play a show with Cut Creator in Portland, Maine. He puts on a great performance WATCH HERE
"Ladies and gentlemen, all of this is known as ‘rapping.’"
Ahmed Eprahem is pretty much a typical middle-class Egyptian teen. He attends high school, works a side job, lives with his family in the same home he grew up in, hangs out in coffee shops and along the Nile, and isn’t shy about showing his romantic side. At 17, he’s also a champion kung fu competitor, which he quit after badly injuring an opponent.
He also belongs to “Egy Cripz”, explaining that he and his friends’ interest in the Crips, and imitating their look and codes, is more about its association with West Coast hip hop than gang culture.
Youth subculture in post-revolution Egypt. Fascinating.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, who got his start in SAMO, a graffiti collective in Manhattan’s early-’80s downtown scene, and became a famed painter before his death at 27, has been name-checked in numerous tracks in the last two years by the likes of Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West and Rick Ross, bringing his story and work to the attention of a new generation.
I went a little over the top with Spotify today since it was the first day of non-stop use. One of the first things I searched for was Madlib’s discography. Spotify didn’t disappoint, satisfying my Stones Throw craving with a thorough archive including 2004’s Madvillainy.
I have a feeling road trips will forever change.
Feels like it was just yesterday I was listening to this for the first time. It will be 15 years in November since its original release.
The album was conceived as an effort by Shadow to make an album completely based around sampling. It is structured almost entirely out of sampled elements from genres ranging from hip hop, jazz, funk, psychedelia, as well as samples from films and interviews. All sampling on the album was done on an Akai MPC60 MKII sampler.