Knxwledge. is probably best known for having more beats than molecules in air. One of the hardest working men in showbusiness, his output has noticeably dropped recently, but it’s something I think will work out pretty well as it offers more focus for whatever he’s working on currently (which is a release for Stones Throw, nonetheless). Anyway HexualSealings.Prt.7 is a typically sparkling, brilliant series of Knx reworks. Very hexual.
It’s always great hearing posse joints that cuts several rap eras such as this solid tune from DJ EFN. He links up with DITC member Buckwild who crafts a menacing backdrop for emcees Your Old Droog, Royce Da 5’9, Reks(on the chorus) and OC to bless. As expected, it oozes that raw,gritty New York style of rap and with 2 DITC members involved you definitely can’t go wrong here.
Who remembers Madlib, Wildchild, & DJ Romes as The Lootpack? If you can go back all the way to 1998 when they first signed to Stones Throw, Madlib has already produced a large body of work, which ended up being released as his 3LP debut album called Soundpieces. So with the re-release of the original album as an EP, Stones Throw used those rare out-of-print tracks from the original masters and put them together for you to enjoy. Stream the EP above, and purchase it if you like it!
After leaving listeners with a great taste in their mouth from last week’s leak of Planet Paradise, DMV-rapper GoldLink drops his debut album, The God Complex. This future-bounce (as GoldLink describes it) EP floats nicely somewhere between the golden era of hiphop sound and the electro-bounce vibe rappers have been slowly infiltrating into their work – GoldLink being on the more successful side of that effort. I can’t pick a favourite.
Shay D is an incredible rapper and our special guest for this edition of The Word is Bond Rap Radio Hour. We are celebrating International Women’s Day with our 4th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular. In this chapter of the show, Chase March Interviews Shay D about her work with the Lyrically Challenged Collective, her solo work, her involvement in the hip-hop community, must-have rap records, and the issues involving women in hip-hop culture.
Zion I boast an extensive body of work which incorporates many different styles of hip-hop, so much so that it’s hard to pinpoint one particular sound they embody; instead he duo from California take bits and pieces from sub-cultures of hip-hop and reinterpret them through their own unique angles, oozing creativity and ideas.
I don’t know if Abnormal is sparking a new wave in hooking up, but if he’s going to state something like Pretty Girls Like Dope Beats you’re under pressure to deliver the goods – and he does. The St. Louis native delivers a sweet six track EP on Expansion Collective, full of instrumentals that vibe and swing with that electronic soul (who says computers can’t feel eh?). What I really like about it is that he brings guests to the table in the form of Jay Lotus, Ben Jamin,
I was very humbled to be the only person to get an interview with hip-hop group, Atmosphere last week when they came to London, Ontario. They put on an amazing concert and I was able to hang out backstage with them to record an exclusive interview. I talked to Slug about his writing process, the lack of love in hip-hop, Maya Angelou’s legacy, and the key to longevity in hip-hop.