Posts Tagged ‘Rap’

T5

November 12, 2016

Swet Shop Boys : “T5” (Official Music Video). Riz and Heems at JFK’s Terminal 5, flying while Muslim. Video directed by Sofian Khan.

Related:

“Typecast as a terrorist,” Riz Ahmed, The Guardian

Swet Shop Boys website

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Just A Dream

May 28, 2016

“Just a Dream,” by Nelly, joined here by vocalist Sherine.

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Kick, Push

March 27, 2016

Kick, Push
Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco narrates the joys and sorrows of urban skateboarding in Grammy-nominated “Kick, Push”:

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Watch These Hands

January 9, 2016

Lyrics by Sean Forbes, music by Jake Bass, mixed by the late Steve King at 54 Sound, mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering.

Video performers: Sean Forbes, Julie Ottinger-Smith, Connor Smith, Harrison Smith, Addy Smith, Scott Forbes, Jake Bass.

Directed and edited by Adrean Mangiardi, Assistant Director Mark Levin, cinematography by Wayne Betts Jr. ASL translation by Jules Dameron and Sean Forbes. Produced by Joel Martin and D-PAN Entertainment.

More about D-PAN, The Deaf Professional Arts Network, here.

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Christmas In Hollis

December 25, 2015

“Christmas In Hollis,” by Run DMC (Russell SimmonsJoseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jason Mizell), a rap track originally released in 1987. Hollis is a neighborhood of about 24,000 people in the borough of Queens in New York City.

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Christmas Rappin’

December 25, 2014

“Christmas Rappin'” (Mercury Records 1979). Kurtis Blow (Kurt Walker) recorded this seasonal hip-hop classic.

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Classic Hip-Hop: Rap for Geezers

October 20, 2014

Classic Hip-Hop: Rap for Geezers

A Houston news radio station changed formats last week:

“. . . Rechristened Boom 92, the station declared that it would become the first major market radio station dedicated to classic hip hop. Instead of Drake and Nicki Minaj, it would play “the hip hop you grew up with”—assuming that you grew up with Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott. If that sounds awesome to you, you’re going to love a recent Boom 92 playlist.

In many ways, this is an idea whose time has come, which is another way of saying that hip-hop, and its first-wave fans, are, well, old. Dre will be 50 in February; Ice-T is just 10 years away from his first Social Security check. Licensed to Ill topped the Billboard charts in 1987; three years later, hip-hop made up one-third of the Hot 100. By 1999, it was the country’s best-selling genre, with more than 81 million albums sold. The fans who propelled the early boom probably don’t know Young Thug from Rich Homie Quan, and don’t want to.

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Hangover

June 12, 2014

Hangover

Korean novelty pop star Psy (Park Jae-sang) hosts LA’s Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus, Jr.) on a binge-drinking tour of Seoul in a new music video. The hard part must have been convincing Snoop to forgo his customary herb for Korea’s potent soju (소주) distilled spirits, the best-selling booze in the world.

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SxSW and The Indie Vibe

March 25, 2014

SxSW and The Indie Vibe

“As South By Southwest shuttered its 28th year Sunday, participants debated the growing corporate influence on the conference. Critics say SXSW has evolved past its core mission: to help new bands get discovered. Instead, they say, the media focus has shifted to already-established stars such as Jay Z, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, CeeLo Green, Rick Ross, Keith Urban and many more whose heavily promoted appearances are underwritten by international brands.

It’s poor vs. the 1 percent in miniature, and this change in vibe is relatively new. Even those who’ve found the spotlight before say it’s getting harder to break through.”

— “Has SXSW Sold-Out, Lost Sight of Its Mission?” Chris Talbott, Associated Press via Billboard

“It was, in a way, the income-inequality debate carried into the realm of attention: The tiny fraction of a percentage of performers who have made it big were grabbing even more exposure away from the struggling majority.”

“Big Money Upends a Festival,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

More:

“Cool Musicians And Bands Say SXSW Is Now A ‘Corporate Gang-Bang,'” Brandon Martinez, Business Insider

“Lady Gaga gives mixed message at SXSW about corporate interference,” Tim Jonze, The Guardian

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Image (“Washington Crossing Town Lake, after Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze)”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Brian Williams: ‘The hip, hip a hop ….’

February 21, 2014

Members of the classic rap crew Sugarhill Gang are from Englewood, New Jersey. Newsman Brian Williams grew up in Middletown, on the Jersey Shore. Maybe that’s what motivated this supercut-and-paste of Williams performing Sugarhill’s 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight.” Nice assist from Lester Holt, too.

Jimmy Fallon brought video editor John McDonald and his amazing found-sound rap videos to the Tonight Show with him. Wise move.

More:

“‘Bang, Bang!’ Brian Williams and Lester Holt Cover ‘Rapper’s Delight,'” Ronnie Polidoro and Mary Kozelka, NBC News

“The Rap- ification of Brian Williams,” Ben Teitelbaum, Newsweek

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