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Album Stream: The Get Down Soundtrack

Netflix‘s hit series, The Get Down, has quickly become a cult favorite with music fans.  Loosely based on Hip Hop‘s humble beginnings in the late 70s, its soundtrack is just as colorful as the scenes portrayed throughout by director Baz Luhrmann.  A mix of classic Hip Hop, R&B, Disco, Gospel, Funk and original tracks written and performed by executive producer Nas, the mood is celebratory, yet also heartfelt during the latter part of the album.  Other contributing artists include Miguel, Raury, Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae and Jaden Smith.   Listen below via Spotify.

Hip Hop News 5/21

Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” video beat Vevo’s single-day streaming record with 20.1 million views. (Read More)

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Marina Abramovic apologized for claiming Jay Z stole her ideas and left her with nothing after “Picasso Baby.” (Read More)

Lil’ Wayne and Wiz Khalifa are now getting paid to DJ parties. (Read More)

Young Buck blamed Snoop Dogg for failing a drug test. (Read More)

Chinx‘s family is raising money to help cover his funeral costs. (Read More)

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OG Maco inked a deal with Motown/Capitol Records. (Read More)

Grandmaster Flash joined Baz Luhrmann‘s Netflix series The Get Down(Read More)

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 9

Did you know?…
90. According to Rolling Stone, A$AP Rocky’s style mixed with high and low fashion used to get him and the A$AP crew accused of being gay.

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89. Leonardo DiCaprio and director Baz Luhrmann attended Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild” studio session.  “Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as Jay-Z was recording ‘No Church in the Wild,’ and the collaboration grew from there,” Luhrmann stated referring to Hov (who executive produced and recorded original music for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby). 1

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88. One of Ludacris’ favorite songs growing up was “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by the Geto Boys.

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87. Big Sean’s mother was an actress and even took acting classes with Denzel Washington. 2

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86. Juicy J used to take his Oscar for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” everywhere – including strip clubs.

(1:12 mark)

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85. Nas was almost suffocated while he was shooting his I Am… album cover.  In order to make the iconic mask featured on the cover, the photographer, Danny Hastings, and his crew put a clay mold on his face and poked air holes so he could breathe, but he almost suffocated after clay got lodged in his nose. 3

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84. Eminem is one of the top 20 Donkey Kong players in the world. 4

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83. Busta Rhymes sampled the Psycho score for his track “Gimme Some More.'”

Psycho driving scene (0:31 mark)

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82. Redman used to play the drums in church as a kid. 5

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81. John Legend played the piano on Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything.” 6

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References:

1. [http://hiphopwired.com/2013/03/14/no-church-in-the-wild-is-what-got-jay-z-involved-with-the-great-gatsby/]

2. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2011/08/big-sean-my-complex-interview]

3. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.15285/title.photographer-almost-suffocated-nas-on-i-am-cover-shoot]

4. [http://donkeykongblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/eminem-donkey-kong-scores.html]

5. [http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Redman.aspx]

6. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everything_Is_Everything_(Lauryn_Hill_song)]