Woah, Boston Calling Festival Lineup: The Replacements, Neutral Milk Hotel

boston callingIf you’d told me a few years ago that The Replacements OR Neutral Milk Hotel would be playing anywhere for any reason, I would have punched you in your damn face for lying so hard. But the new reality in 2014 is that both beloved bands are performing at the fall edition of Boston Calling Music Festival, to be held September 5-7 on City Hall Plaza. The spring edition is happening in May.

In addition, the festival will host The National, whose Aaron Dessner has contributed to the curation of prior incarnations of Boston Calling, as well as Lorde, Nas with The Roots, Childish Gambino, The 1975, Spoon, Girls Talk, Future Islands, Volcano Choir, Sky Ferriera, plus Boston’s own Lake Street Dive. AND MORE.

Learn more at the Boston Calling website. Watch the announcement video here:

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Nas Remixes "Let Nas Down"

To have your idol praise a song you wrote about said idol is an accomplishment in itself, but J. Cole has taken it a step further this morning be recruiting the person he admires to appear on a track about letting that person down. It’s an interesting twist and a perfect way to start the new week.

“Let Nas Down” is one of the most discussed tracks off J. Cole’s new album Born Sinner. The track deals with the release of Cole’s debut album and rumors he heard through the grapevine that his childhood idol was no a fan of his radio-friendly single. That moment has haunted Cole, and on the track he describes his remorse for releasing the song. On the new remix, Nas replies and let’s Cole know he’s more proud of him now than ever before. It’s as close to a lyrical passing of the torch as we may ever see, so click below and enjoy the remix as soon as possible. (more…)

Exclusive Q and A: Classified Talks Beats, Rhymes, And Life

Nobody can talk about grassroots success like Canadian hip-hop artist Classified, who has been blazing his own independent trail since 1995. The emcee and producer has toured with the likes of Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, and Busta Rhymes, and has sold over 100,000 albums in Canada alone. Oh, and that awesome song in Madden ’12, “That Ain’t Classy?” Yeah, that was him. We sat down with one of the biggest names in Canadian hip-hop to chat about the Nova Scotian scene, his production styles, and his love/hate relationship with Kanye.

OS: What’s the Nova Scotian hip-hop scene like?

Classified: The scene is very Nova Scotian [laughs]. If you’re down here and you’re involved in the scene, you know what’s going on. You can go to the shows and check it out. But besides me and maybe two other guys, there aren’t many guys getting past just Nova Scotia to even the rest of Canada. We’re very secluded. We don’t get as many shows as they draw in Montreal or Vancouver. But it’s a dope scene. There’s been great artists coming out of here since ’95, when I started. People putting out albums, putting out their viral videos and stuff. It just still seems like a lot of people in the rest of the world haven’t been exposed to it because a lot of the artists aren’t pushing their stuff that hard. But really dope scene, great DJs, breakers, graff writers, emcees. (more…)

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Grind

The first thing you have to know about TAMPPA is that he loves his hood. Born and raised in Brooklyn, the rapper considers the borough his muse. On Brownsville Grind, a nod to one of Brooklyn’s public housing projects, TAMPPA paints a picture of his hustle. The track is a soulful, brassy, hip-hop hot cooker with an intro by none other than Ludacris. TAMPPA’s got connections”his cousin is Anthony Cruz, a.k.a. the rapper and frequent Nas collaborator, AZ. As you can hear, talent runs in the family. TAMPPA’s tracks are filled with lyrical smart bombs. On Gotta Be More he talks about rising above his situation and chasing the dream, rapping, Like the late, great Michael, I gotta go thrill ˜em. By Fix Your Face he’s arrived. Over rattling textures and a fat bass line he proclaims, We are kings, and ghetto legends. All hail the next great MC of Kings County.


Bonus update. Tamppa has a personal message about his latest collaboration:

Hip-Hop's Verse Problem: Who Is Writing The Rhymes?

It shouldn’t be necessary to explain the importance of lyricism, historically speaking, in hip-hop. Sure, many could argue that, in today’s rap game, complex wordplay and internal rhyme schemes have taken a back seat to hashtaggable punchlines and atmospheric delivery. They’re basically right. But going back to the ’80s and ’90s, to the cultural conventions that helped birth hip-hop, what you said and how you said it was of upmost importance. So what happens in hip-hop when your words aren’t your own?

Writer dream hampton is deeply ingrained within the New York City hip-hop community. She’s hobnobbed with emcees, producers, and musicians for most of her professional writing career. And not for nothing, but she’s pretty good friends with Jay-Z. Hampton is so close with the second richest man in hip-hop that she co-wrote his quasi-autobiography Decoded in 2010. She’s also written with Q-Tip and filmed Notorious B.I.G. for a project she worked on during her days as a student at NYU. It is safe to say that she is a voice of authority in the hip-hop community. So imagine the fuss she caused when she tweeted a rather incendiary assertion.

In response to a message regarding Jay-Z’s perceived image concerns and rapper Nas‘ 2008 album Untitled, hampton wrote, “I think Jay writes what he believes. Nas’ “Nigger” album was largely written by [stic.man] of dead prez and Jay Electronica.”