This week we lost another pioneer and legendary MC of Hip Hop. He was an original member of one of my favourite hip hop groups, Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest.
I don’t remember when I first heard them, but their beats influenced my love for hip hop music.
It’s jazzy like, with a taste of funk, and smooth like butta’. It was different and I soaked it up
MC Phife Dawg had some of the greatest lyrics:
“When’s the last time you heard the Phife was sloppy/ Lyrics anonymous you never hear me copy”
“Me sweat another, I do my own thing/ Strictly hardcore tracks, not a new jack swing”
“Mr Energetic, who me sound pathetic/ When’s the last time you heard a funky diabetic?
Like no other Phife….
I was lucky enough to meet Phife Dawg about 5 years ago in L.A., backstage at “Word Revolution: A Celebration of the Evolution of Hip-Hop,”. He was ever so sweet, with a down to earth energy, and a openness to others. Funny enough, he was definitely shorter that I thought he would be. Nonetheless, the evening was amazing. Comprised of great performances by Naughty by Nature, Arrested Development, Everlast, DJ Jazzy Jeff with Chrisette Michelle and of course Phife who performed “Check the Rhime”. He rocked the rhymes so comfortably on stage. He was smoove like that.
Upon writing my dedication to this lyrical genius, I came upon this viz of Phife Dawg spitting freestyle, supposedly one week before his death. Da man killin’ it!
5ft MC, you will be missed by so many of us, but your rhymes, rhythms, and undeniable lyrical flow will be everlasting. R.I.P Phife
I LOVE THIS SONG!
A definite departure from the usual punk sounds of the CLASH. RADIO CLASH has a much more funky beat with an 80’s rap influence. The song as a whole is the band’s tribute to New York rap acts such as the Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
I am fan of MC LYTE. A legend of hip hop and a top female MC in the business..an Originator.
Her voice represents the sound of HIP HOP…the Beginning
Here’s a recent interview on Ebro in the Morning in which she talks about her independent release of her newest lp “Legend”, her collaboration with other female MCs, the history of hip hop, and a SHOUTOUT to our own MICHIE MEE at 18:18. It’s a great look into her journey
And, If you weren’t lucky enough to pick up “Legend”, stay updated on the digital release on her site
Lastly, for those who are fans, as I am…I share with you a Hip Hop Classic and one of my favourite MC LYTE jams
Alright Y’All…first of all I am huge fan of Snoop’s music. I love the way he raps to me so smoothly and his jams are always so funky and tight. “Peaches N Cream” does not disappoint. Produced by Pharrell, it has the groove of the 70’s, the smoothness of Snoop and the deep funkiness of the Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson. A true Delight
Huge fan of rap music,and bigger fan of CYPHERS. Thought I’d share this one with y’all
Here are the rap nominees for this year’s JUNO AWARDS doin’ their own CYPHER
The talent here in Canada is crazy. Check it out!
First let me say, I love female MCs….
I just discovered this tune after my weekend viewing of HOT 97 interviews with Ebro and Rosenberg
With my constant curiosity of new music, and my obsession with “celebratism”, out comes the wonderfulness of Nitty Scott MC.
I had never heard of her and honestly was attracted to her “look”.
I continued to listen and found out that she’s an MC, from Brooklyn, and thanks to youtube I discovered her collaboration with other artist. This one, with Tanya Morgan. I love the sound because it reminds me of summer
Here’s another great tune, with the amazing rapper/poet Kendrick Lamar
This tune has a very Digable Planet feel and she sounds identical to Ladybug Mecca, from the same group
Uhmmmm yeah, well she is 1 of my very favourite, well… everythang. SHE IS SO DAMN FUNKY and KOOL…That is all
I LOVE HIP HOP and RAP and I am a HUGE FAN of the CYPHER, featured every year as part of the 2014 BET AWARDS. Its freestyle rap featuring up and coming rappers as well as some legendary hip hop artist. I chose this one because…well, I just did.
I LOVE ME SOME HIP HOP!
You can check them all out right here
Jay-Z performance art film, “Picasso Baby”, enlisted some beautifully creative people in the art world to make this video an enriching and unforgettable one. Fan of Jay-Z’s music, but a bigger fan of the artistic diversity. I AM INSPIRED