Category Archives: Hip Hop

November 06

Pharoahe Monch – Broken Again (music video)

Pharoahe Monch has been a top tier emcee for over twenty years now. He’s practically “vocally unmatched,” and he’s been that way since he was with Organized Konfusion. Listen to a track like “Bring It On” to hear what I mean. And he’s killing it today as much as he was back then – more […]

November 04

Big Grams – Fell In The Sun (music video)

Have you heard of Big Grams? It’s a hip hop/electronic rock super group – Big Boi and Phantogram mixed together. Big Boi is from the legendary Outkast, and Phantogram is a popular electronic rock group. They first worked together on Big Boi’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors album, on the track “CPU”. It worked well enough […]

September 20

Run The Jewels with TV On The Radio – Angel Duster (Live on Colbert in 2015)

“Angel Duster” is the last track on RTJ 2, and it stands as my favorite track on the album. It’s got an insistent, driving beat that opens up wide in the coda of the song. I check the ‘Tubes every now and again to see if they’ve made a video for it. Well, still no […]

August 23

Run The Jewels – Early (music video)

“Early” is from Run The Jewels 2, and it gets a starkly beautiful treatment in this video from earlier this year. The video is like a darkly light, animated graphic novel about police violence. This verse captures the chilling essence of the song’s story: “And I apologize if it seems like I got out of […]

August 08

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg – Deep Cover (music video)

There’s a lot of excitement out there about Dr. Dre’s new Compton album. I downloaded it today, and I’m looking forward to giving it a listen this afternoon. Here’s something interesting, though: no music videos for any of the songs on YouTube. That’s because it’s an Apple music “exclusive”, which I’m not particularly a fan of […]

June 17

John Legend & The Roots – I Can’t Write Left Handed (Live on iheartradio)

John Legend and The Roots covered “I Can’t Write Left Handed” on their 2010 collaboration Wake Up!. It’s a fantastic album, mostly covers of  classic soul tunes from the 70s. “I Can’t Write Left Handed” is one of those songs. It’s written by Bill Withers, and it’s from his Live At Carnegie Hall double album. The […]

June 01

Common – Real People (Live on Letterman in 2005)

Ten years ago this past Tuesday, Common released his greatest record, Be. It’s an album about Chicago through the vision of one man’s eyes. And it’s also an album about living – taking to time to just be. Living in the present, as they say. We’re going to live in the past for a moment, though, […]