Sunday, February 27, 2011
I knew the roots were something special when I bought their "Distortion to Static" single with "The Lesson" on the B-side back in '94. Since then, I've found them to be the most consistently creative rap group out there, not to mention the premier band called on by hip hop's elite to supply the backdrop for life altering live perfomances. If you need proof, watch Jimmy Fallon every week night on NBC for an unmatched dose of musical dexterity. The film "The Legendary: A Film About The Roots" is a brief lesson for those who have thoroughly dozed on one of hip hop's greatest groups. Take notes on how to rock live, embody versatility, and still keep it hip hop regardless to who's watching.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Wow, this made my day. Five years ago, hip hop lost an icon. J-Dilla aka Jay Dee outta Detroit, the father of the neo-soul sound, creator of classic beats blessed by Erykah Badu, Common, De La Soul, Janet Jackson, Q Tip, Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, and many, many more, passed away from Lupus, leaving a musical legacy that is to this day unmatched. In the link below, fellow hip hop enthusiast B Kyle from www.okayplayer.com has compiled a wonderful 40 minute film honoring his memory and the impact he had on music as a whole. I mean, this cat influenced those who influenced him musically. Who can say that??? We truly miss him in the music industry and pray that his genius is never forgotten. Enjoy.
"J.Dilla: Still Shining" from B.Kyle on Vimeo.