There's one thing certain about Quannum's most hyperactive showman Pigeon John–he's always worth trekking to the venue to watch perform. Last year's Summertime Pool Party–which featured appearances from RJD2, Rhettmatic, and J Live–was a small taste of what the L.A.-based MC is capable of on the mic, and anyone who has been to a P.J. show knows his soul-infused hip-hop and spastic moves on stage only add to his artistic appeal.Read more »
In the midst of “philosophical” differences with record label Atlantic, Pat Douthit (a.k.a. 9th Wonder), has announced his departure from hip-hop trio Little Brother, in a decision apparently meant to ensure that other members of the group can pursue individual careers.
Afrobeat collective Antibalas recently left their homebase in Brooklyn to record their latest full-length. Thanks to a collaboration with producer and Tortoise member John McEntire, Security takes a slightly darker turn than previous efforts, though fans of the band's horn-driven, Fela Kuti-inspired sound will still find plenty to enjoy about the new album.
Originally released in 2003, Ruff Draft proved to be a turning point in the career of late hip-hop producer James Yancey (a.k.a. J Dilla). The sample-heavy nature of the tracks, along with the aggressive synth work on the album gave the record a far more experimental tone in comparison to the minimal beats Yancey created for groups like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and The Roots. But taking–and succeeding with–such musical risks only further established Yancey as one of the foremost producers in hip-hop.
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