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Hip-Hop Links August 27 2009

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Here is the video for Kid Cudi’s song Make Her Say: This song is off of Kid Cudi’s album Man On The Moon: The End of Day which will be released on September 15, 2009.

Joel Ortiz has a new video called Food For Thought and sponsored by Joel Ortiz basically does a version of Common’s “I used to love H.E.R.”

Here is Lonely Island’s On A Boat song mixed with Bert and Ernie on a boat:

Hat Tip Andrew Moylan has a neat roundup of stories about hip-hop and politics is such places as Senegal, Guinea, and Bolivia.

I found this video of Nas being interviewed by eccentric Canadian host Narduwar.
Narduwar interviews are always highly entertaining.

Jay-Z – "DOA" on Autotune

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

So Jay-z has his new song out “DOA” about the Death of Autotune. Last Friday Hot 97 premiered the song on Funkmaster Flex’s show making it out to be a big deal that they had a new Jay-z song first repeatedly playing the song over and over. Then song itself is okay. The beat contains a sample from Janko Nilovic with a guitar lick that Jay-z doesn”t even that great rhyming over.

Essentially,Brandon Soderberg is right that the song is essentially a concept rap song in which the rapper tries to prove they are real hip-hop by taking on whatever goofy trend is currently popular. I do disagree with Brandon Soderberg’s defense of autotune. Autotune does make club/dance style music but it certainly should not be called hip-hop or rap.

It is confusing to understand Jay’s attack on autotune when he has defended T-Pain, Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne. Ron Brownz seems to be the only person Jay-z is addressing.

When Jay-z speaks, hip-hop listens. Jay-z criticism of Autotune will probably have some effect at the margins in terms of pushing up and coming rappers and producers to turning to voice effects.

New Music Stuff May 1, 2009

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Here is a video for Kanye West’s “Amazing.”

Amazing from kwest on Vimeo. I like the visuals in this song but I kind of missed the earlier Kanye West when he used to rap. This is good background music though.
Buy “Amazing” as a digital song from Amazon here.
Link via Notes From A Different Kitchen

The Meaning of Dope has a great clip from The Pharcyde performing “Passing Me By” on In Living Color. Great song but in this clip as in many hip-hop performances on In Living Color the show would usuallly end before the song would finish.

Buy the CD of Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde at Buy “Passing Me By” as an .mp3 at

Robbie at Unkut has up an interesting interview with Dante Ross, the famed A&R behind De La Soul, Digital Underground and many other acts. Here is Part 2 of the interview with Dante Ross where he talks about working at Elektra turning Busta Rhymes into a solo artist and other things.

Murs has a new video for “The Science” off of his album Murs for President

Murs – The Science from on Vimeo.

Link via 2 Dope Boyz Murs raps about racism, hip-hop and problems in the criminal justice system among other things.

Here is a new video for “Be By Myself” featuring Cee-Lo off of Asher Roth’s new album Asleep In The Bread Aisle. It’s a so so song but Asher Roth is enjoyable:
Buy the .mp3 of “Be By Myself” here.

New Music Stuff April 23, 2009

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Here is a video of Kid Cudi performing “Day and Night:”I have to say this song is certainly growing on me.

I’ve been a fan of Slick Rick for a long a time and it is good to see him on this Asher Roth Track “You Are You.” It’s a fun song and is always good to see Slick Rick doing his thing.
Link via The Full Clip

5 Random Music Links

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

More Random Music:

Rhymefest has a video out for his song “Stolen.” Rhymefest raps about genocide in Africa over a well produced No I.D. beat.

Kanye West has a new video for his single “Champion” off of last year’s album Graduation. The video features a puppet version of Kanye West.

1 Time 4 Your Mind has posted the promo video for Nas’s first classic album Illmatic.
Featuring many of the producers talking about their impact on Nas’s classic Illmatic.

The Meaning of Dope posted an old story CBS 48 Hours did with Ice Cube.
Bernie Goldberg should go back to journalism like this instead of just complaining on Fox News about liberals which he seems to do for a living.
Buy Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted here.

Anthony Hamilton has a new song which David Banner appears on for a verse.

More Random Music

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

More random music:

I saw this great remix to the Jay-Z song Roc Boys by K Def. The horns are replaced with a smooth guitar lick. Instead of being a party song the song switches to a laid back song emphasizing the lyrics with occasional blasts of sirens for a sense of urgency.

Link via

Here is the new single “Touch & Go” from Joe Budden. Joe Budden will release his new album Padded Room on October 28. Fun Joe budden song with an electronica sound.

Here is a new song from Q-Tip called “Gettin’ Up Clean.” How we all miss A Tribe Called Quest. Hopefully Q-Tip will get a release for the album he has been working on.
Link via Hip Hop Flavas

Here is a new video by Detroit female emcee Invincible for her song titled “Sledgehammer”. Invincible covers topics such as gentrification and urban decay briefly in this song.

This song by Invincible is off of her new album Shapeshifters which will be released on September 9th.

There is a new Jay-z song called “Jocking Jay-Z” produced by Kanye West that is floating around the internet. More Jay-z talk about how rich he is and famous he is; Jay-Z’s act of exclaiming how famous he is getting a little boring but his rap flow is still great and the Kanye Beat is amazing with the simple guitar distortion and straight forward hard rap drum beat.

Kanye’s Flashing Lights Again

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Kanye West has a second video out for the single “Flashing Lights.” This is the second video of three videos that have been made for this single; the three videos are this version, the video with Rita G directed by Spike Jonze, and a version which has been shot but not released.

The video features a bunch of stills of a girl partying which goes along with the theme of the video. Another quality video from Kanye West. Kanye West is one of a small number artists who still make a large number of high quality videos. It seems like artists have adopted a grainy budget video recording technique which is due both to the record companies massively cutting the budgets spent on artists and the recent growth of video sharing sites like YouTube and OnSmash which partly lowers consumer expectations for the quality of music vieos; thankfully, Kanye West has bucked the trend of low budget music videos.

VIdeo: Kanye West "Flashing Lights"

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Kanye West has come out with a video for his song “Flashing Lights.” The video is co-directed by Spike Jonze. The video really goes along with the storyline making a song that seems to just fade into the background when played to have a powerful story much in the same manner as Eminem’s “Stan.”

Rumors on the internet are saying this is not the “official” video these mostly seem to come from people who do not like the video for one reason or another. Watch the video below and see what you think for yourself.