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Video: A Tribe Called Quest – “We The People”

A Tribe Called Quest releases the visual to their politically charged single “We The People,” which is bound to resonate with post-election America.  The video is a call to protest power, practice tolerance and includes a talking mural of late member of Phife Dawg, who was recently honored with a NY street corned named after him.  Watch the first Tribe video to drop since 1998’s “Find a Way” from their final album We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service below.

Album Stream: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service​

Today, legendary Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest has finally delivered their final album, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service.  After recording their first project since 1998’s The Love Movement, fans of the eccentric group can revel in vibrant production that pays homage to old school in a uniquely modernized way.

Late member Phife, who passed away earlier this year due to diabetes, recorded his last verses and frequently traveled for the project that Q-Tip believes may have ultimately cost him his health.  Recorded together at Tip’s house after the two ironed out their notoriously tumultuous relationship, the group reunited after rediscovering their chemistry during their Jimmy Fallon performance last year.  Recruiting current favorites Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, Anderson Paak and OGs Busta Rhymes and Elton John, Q-Tip observed he “hadn’t seen Phife that happy since (they) were kids” during its making.

Listen to the long-awaited masterpiece below via Spotify.

 

 

Album Stream: Solange – A Seat at the Table

Solange‘s latest, A Seat at the Table, is already drawing whispers as a potential top 10 album contender.  With its quality R&B production and intention to provoke joy and healing while taking the listener on a “journey of self-empowerment,” the project is not one to be missed.  Lil’ Wayne, Sampha, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Q-Tip and Kelly Rowland also offer incentive to listen below via Spotify.

Pusha T – Darkest Before Dawn

Pusha T’s solo career is taken to new heights with yet another impressive body of work.  After dropping the lyrically impressive My Name Is My Name, Pusha T returns with his solid sophomore album, Darkest Before Dawn.  Pusha brings the bars again and the eclectic production is provided by Kanye West, Puff Daddy, Timbaland, Q-Tip and Hudson Mohawke.  Stream below via Spotify.

Video: Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip – “Go”

Chemical Brothers and Q-Tip team up for their first collaboration since “Galvanize” released 10 years ago.   Watch the new video for “Go” by Oscar-winning French filmmaker, Michel Gondry.  The track will be on the British duo’s forthcoming Born in the Echoes.

 

 

Hip Hop News 1/26

After dropping “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna & Paul McCartney, Kanye West is rumored to release a 7-Track EP featuring Big SeanPusha T, John LegendJay ElectronicaCommonQ-Tip, and Pharrell soon.  (Read More)

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A quiet memorial service for A$AP Yams was held yesterday at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York (where Aaliyah and The Notorious B.I.G. were also put to rest). (Read More)

Lil’ Wayne is reportedly planning to sue Birdman for $8 million in advances and is still trying to leave Cash Money.  (Read More) 

Big Sean‘s new album Dark Sky Paradise is due 2/24 and will feature Lil’ Wayne, Kanye, DrakeJhené Aiko & more. (Read More)  He also plans to start his own label.

Bobby Shmurda‘s gun charges will be dismissed, but he still faces a slew of other charges.  (Read More)

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Nipsey Hussle has sold 60 copies of his $1,000 mixtape, Mailbox Money. (Read More) 

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx with a documentary about the album. (Read More)  

A$AP Rocky’s upcoming album will be co-executive produced by A$AP Yams and Danger Mouse. (Read More)

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 34

Did you know?

340. When Kendrick Lamar was 21, he claims a vision of Tupac appeared to him and said, “Don’t let the music die.” 1

 

339. Tyler, The Creator doesn’t eat the skin on apples.

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338. Q-Tip was responsible for informing Kanye West about blood diamonds in Sierra Leone. 2

 

337. When Tupac misbehaved as a child, Afeni Shakur would make her son read The New York Times as punishment. 3 

 

336. Swizz Beatz sampled video game Golden Axe for Jay Z‘s “Money, Cash, Hoes.”

335. Snoop Dogg  is a fan of Bollywood music – especially the artist Singh. 4

334. Pharrells brother, Cato, is a pro-am skater. 5

333. Amy Winehouse wanted to start a supergroup with Questlove and Mos Def.

332.  Puff Daddys “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” beat was originally created for Foxy Brown6

331. Prince and Eve have a song together called “Hot Wit’ U.” 7

References:

1. [http://www.gq.com/moty/2013/kendrick-lamar-men-of-the-year-rapper?currentPage=2]
2. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/04/20-things-you-didnt-know-about-q-tip/blood-diamonds]
3. [http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/20-things-you-might-not-know-about-biggie-2pac-0#3JVl29DQBzH3uElp.99]
4. [http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1hgnhk/i_am_snoop_lion_back_again_ask_me_anything_pt_2/cau4qgn]
5. [http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2008/nov/23/pharrell-williams-neptunes-sport]
6. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/07/magnum-opus-the-making-of-puff-daddy-cant-nobody-hold-me-down-f-mase (3:30 mark)]
7.[http://www.mtv.com/news/517823/best-of-99-rapper-eve-finds-paradise-on-albums-chart/ ]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 24

 Did you know?

240. Joey Bada$$ named Seattle and Santa Ana as two of his favorite places to tour. 1 

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239. Jhene Aiko is cousins with Lil’ Fizz from B2K.

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238. A$AP Ferg’s dad designed the Bad Boy Records logo. 2 

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237. Kid Cudi sampled “Going to Cleveland” by Mychael Danna (from the Antwone Fisher score) for his unreleased track “The Rain.” 3 

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236. Vic Mensa used to be a big Backstreet Boys fan. 4 

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235. Ab-Soul received his nickname “Black Lipped Bastard” as a child when he suffered from Steven Johnson syndrome and it affected his lip skin.  “I caught (it) when I was ten. I don’t have it still. I’m fine now,” he told Complex. 5  

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234. Q-Tip and J Dilla had planned on doing a collaborative project called Buddy Lee. 

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233. Before gettting signed, Isaiah Rashad used to work at Hardee’s. 6

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232. Bruno Mars wrote Cee-Lo’s “Fuck You.” 7 

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231. Mos Def cites designer Paul Smith as one of his influences. 8   
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References:

1. [Joey Bada$$’ Twitter https://twitter.com/joeyBADASS_/status/438050362327826432]

2. [http://www.asapferg.com/about/]

3. [Track 12 http://www.allmusic.com/performance/going-to-cleveland-mq0000624093]

4.[Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2014/02/who-is-vic-mensa]

5. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2012/07/who-is-ab-soul/his-nickname-black-lipped-bastard]

6. [LA Weekly http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2014/02/12/last-year-isaiah-rashad-worked-at-hardees-now-hes-raps-next-big-thing]

7. [http://www.vulture.com/2010/08/guess_who_wrote_cee-los_awesom.html]

8. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/style/2012/01/interview-a-conversation-on-style-with-yasiin-bey-the-artist-formerly-known-as-mos-def/page/2]

Album Stream & Download: Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip – The Abstract and the Dragon Mixtape

It’s the year 2013, and Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip have finally reunited to drop their highly anticipated  mixtape The Abstract and the Dragon.

Download and stream it here: http://pitchfork.com/news/53319-download-busta-rhymes-and-q-tips-the-abstract-and-the-dragon-mixtape/

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