Category: hip-hop

New Audio: Pharell Williams’ Atmospheric And Sensual Remix of A Tribe Called Quest’s Beloved Bonita Applebum

More than enough ink has been spilled throughout A Tribe Called Quest‘s lengthy and influential run together, so delving deeply into their backstory will likely seem unnecessary. But what I can tell you is that […]


Blaccout Garrison is an up-and-coming, Minnesota-based artist and singer/songwriter and on his recently released EP, Hungry Soulful, the Minnesota-based artist teams up with the Chicago-based R&B vocalist and singer/songwriter The Elle, Jackson, WY-based emcee Abstract on “Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert.”

The song features Garrison and Abstract trading verses about the women they’re in love with — and they do so in old school terms, as they talk about these women as being confident, strong, stunning and smart as hell, and how they’d treat their women like queens and goddesses while The Elle contribute the soulful and seductive hook over production from Dthr33, who uses what is a familiar sample to real hip-hop heads — the soulful and jazzy sample that comprises A Tribe Called Quest‘s “Bonita Applebum,” to craft a song that channels golden era hip-hop and its positivity.

Certainly in age in which contemporary, male hip-hop artists refer to women as “thots” hearing an old-school leaning love song is much-needed and refreshing — and is perfect for a Sunday afternoon with that special someone.

Brooklyn-based emcee Shabaam Sahdeeq has had a lengthy 20 year career in hip-hop — and considering that hip-hop has long been a fickle genre, lasting more than a decade is a rather impressive feat. Of course after two decades, some people would think that an artist would start to slow down; however, Shadeeq has been hungrier than ever, as he proves on “Get It,” the first single off his Modern Artillery EP, slated for an October 13 release through Dutch/Swedish label, Elite Fleet Records. You can also purchase the EP on cassette when it’s available for Cassette Store Day on October 17.

“Get It,” produced by Dutch producer Big Ape features Sahdeeq spits some fiery verses full of braggadocio and pertinent advice for future artists while priming folks for what to expect on this EP and future projects — pure hip-hop comprised of emcees spitting bars and lyrics over dope beats. Speaking of production, Big Ape’s production consists of bright, brassy bells paired with a chopped up guitar sample backed by tweeter and wooter rattling, boom-bap beats and some incredible scratching throughout. The track channels hip-hop’s golden age, complete with a street banging grittiness.

Live Concert Footage: The Source360 Festival at BRIC Brand Nubian “360 (What Goes Around)” Live

Over the weekend, I was busily covering The Source360 Festival in Downtown Brooklyn. Created by Northstar Group and The Source founder L. Londell McMillan, the festival emphasizes and focuses on positivity as the festival’s mission is “to […]

New Audio: maticulous Teams Up With Pittsburgh-based emcee Beedie On the Haunting New Single, “The Journey.”

maticulous is a Pittsburgh-born, Brooklyn-based producer, who has worked with the likes of Doom, RA the Rugged Man, Ruste Juxx, and is one half of emcee/production duo Audimatic, with Audible Doctor of the renowned hip-hop collective, Brown Bag AllStars.  As a producer, […]