If you’ve been wondering where the quality female MCs have gone, look no further. Chicago’s Noname (formerly Noname Gypsy) provides a mystical project entitled Telefone that successfully fuses elements of Hip Hop and Neo Soul. Honest and reflective about matters of the heart, the album is a wispy mix of lyrical glory and wispy production that channels the likes of D’Angelo and Jill Scott. Listen below via Soundcloud.
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410. Long before working with Adidas, Kanye West once destroyed a pair of their sneakers on film. (4:46 mark)
409. Drake‘s producer Noah “40” Shebib mixed and mastered So Far Gone at the Beverly Wilshire hotel on a pair of AKG 240 headphones and a iHome clock radio. 1
408. Snoop Dogg used to record with 213 in the studio at VIP Records in Long Beach, a record store that Ab-Soul‘s grandfather founded. (6:46 mark)
407. Dr. Dre and Suge Knight once had their own custom lowrider shop called Let Me Ride Hydraulics. 2
406. “Ken Kaniff” on Eminem‘s Slim Shady LP was the only skit not voiced by Em. A Detroit rapper named Aristotle did the vocals. 3
405. In 2007, J. Cole tried to hand Jay Z a CD full of beats outside of his Roc the Mic studios. Jay replied, “Man, I don’t want that,” and Cole considered him to be evil at that point. 4
404. Logic can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute.
403. When Method Man first met Mary J. Blige, she told him she woke up to his song “Bring the Pain” every day. 5
402. Tyler, The Creator named the roach in the “Yonkers” video Nissan, and yes, he really bit into it. (12:50 mark)
401. J Dilla was present when DJ Premier recorded “Devil’s Pie” with D’Angelo. 6
2. [Vibe Magazine, September 1995]↩
It’s that time again. The following list includes my personal favorite Hip Hop & R&B albums of 2014.
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron – Representing Hoover Street, Q brings West Coast Gangsta Rap on his first major label project with catchy, chant-like hooks and A-list guests. [My Review]
<Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata – Gangsta Gibbs’ gritty lyrics sound exceptional over the raw and standout production Madlib is famous for.
Theophilus London – Vibes – Listen to a melodic and electronic alternative R&B album that boasts executive production from Kanye West and an appearance from Leon Ware.
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2 – Rapper Killer Mike and producer El-P solidify their impressive chemistry as a duo on their hard-hitting sequel with unorthodox, but satiating beats.
D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah – D’Angelo’s much-needed album feasibly addresses political issues and meshes various eras of R&B over upbeat instrumentation.
Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica – The self-proclaimed King of the South spits transparent rhymes, and his production manages to surprisingly resemble beats from Outkast’s classic, Aquemini at times.
PRhyme – PRhyme – Royce da 5’9″’s raw lyrics over DJ Premier’s exquisite beats create an exceptional 9-track album you’ll need to play multiple times to truly appreciate all of its clever wordplay.
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! – Experience a Jazz infused death trip accompanied by Kendrick Lamar, Snoop, and Thundercat interspersed among psychedelic, funky and divine instrumentals.
YG – My Krazy Life – Take a trip through Bompton with beats that embody the traditional West Coast sound reminiscent of classic acts like early N.W.A. and Tha Dogg Pound.
Pharrell Williams – G I R L – Enjoy a feel-good, uplifting album rejoicing femininity from the legendary Pharrell Williams featuring everyone from Daft Punk to Alicia Keys. [My Review]
Enjoy the new surprise D’Angelo album, Black Messiah. The follow-up to 2000’s Voodoo includes writing credits from A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip and Parliament Funkadelic’s Kendra Foster.