NYTimes: Pop Keeps Changing. And the Grammys Turn a Deaf Ear, Again.

👏👏 The New York Times: “Pop Keeps Changing. And the Grammys Turn a Deaf Ear, Again.” by Jon Caramanica

“But you would not know that had you watched the Grammys. None of these songs were featured, and none of these artists, apart from Cardi B, were granted a performance slot. There are many root causes of this lack of representation: unsubtle racism and reverse ageism; a fundamental misreading of hip-hop’s power, reducing it to an accent piece when truly it is the main course; and presumably a fear that Grammy viewers would be more comfortable seeing Bono and Sting multiple times than any rapper apart from Kendrick Lamar, who delivered an imaginative and deeply invested show-opening performance.”

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GRANDGOOD.COM: Standout Rap, 2017 [Mixed by DJ Sheep]

This collection of music focuses on the independent voice in hip-hop, where the tension of selling records to mass markets tends to be less pronounced. This doesn’t exclusively mean unsigned and you’ll note some music from career musicians. But even with long term artists the songs we selected felt less encumbered. Because of my heavy hand you’ll also have to deal with an east coast bias but yo that ain’t necessarily a bad thing all the time, is it?

Thanks to DMC champion DJ Sheep you can listen to the professionally mixed version featuring 40 or so of the 55 tracks listed below, recorded live in one take on 2 turntables and a mixer at the Bulletproof Crates lab in Brisbane, Australia on New Years Day 2018. You can also stream a warm @cv_ tape version and it might make you recall what it was like dubbing tapes for your close friends in ’88. We also have playlists on soundcloud and youtube you can hit shuffle on (yea we know, but Spotify doesn’t have most of the music).

Goes without saying but special thanks to the artists, we appreciate what you do. The Hip-Hop community suffered great loss in 2017 and not enough can be said about the lost talent. At the same time, enthusiasm from young heads and old heads alike keeps it going. Lest we forget, many founding artists, like Coke La Rock pictured above, continue to walk among us. So again, big up to all the artists but also the rest of the community of listeners, show promoters, podcasters, writers….

Special shout to Dj Sheep for lending his hand, literally. Peace to Ming for capturing stunning images of the legends throughout the year. And of course @CV_ for his dedication and influence. Participation is critical. Thank goodness for contemporary rap.

Agallah – Wolves Of Now Why ft. Milano Constantine, Lord Tariq
Airospace – Dusk
Ancient Astronauts & Azeem – Poetic Occupation ft. Divine Styler*
Ancient Future (Aceyalone, Orko Eloheim, Self Jupiter, P.E.A.C.E) – Telepathy*
BEAK> – Sex Music
Billy Woods – Groundhogs Day
Black Thought – Funk Flex Freestyle
Bully Preston (Jumbled, Dwell) – I Want Money**
Everything Is Recorded – Close But Not Quite ft. Sampha
Gensu Dean & Wise Intelligent – DAMN
Grand Analog – Mutations ft. Posdnuos
Greyhat – Tell All Ur Friends ft. J’Von
G.S. Advance – CounterClockwise
Hus Kingpin – Mind Sex God**
Infinito 2017 – Interrupted Moments In Living* **
Jalal Salaam – New Consoles
Jay-Z – The Story Of O.J.*
Jihad The Roughneck MC – H.O.M.D. **
Justo The MC – Regular**
Keith Murray – No Exceptions (Prod by Erick Sermon)
Kila M Da Pro Buckets ft. Cauzndefx **
Kool G Rap – Capitol Hill ft. Manolo Rose, Sheek Louch, Cormega
Kool Keith & Bushwick Bill – Mantronix
Labtekwon – Womb World**
LiL Eto x Jai Black – Blessings
Lisaan’Dro – You Already Know**
Lukey Cage – Stan Lee & Joan B**
Mary J Blije – Love Yourself ft. Kanye West
N3LL – While I’m Up
N8NOFACE – Kings and Queens
Nine – Fiyah
NYOIL – Me and The Mic (Prod by Johnny Juice)**
O.C. – Good Man
Pedestrian – Oakland Hosanna**
Peedi Crakk – Good Life (Prod by 4th Disciple)
Prodigy – No Religion
Quelle Chris – BS Vibes ft. House Shoes
Rock – Just Rap*
Sam Dew – Remember*
Sean Price – The 3 Lyrical Ps ft. Prodigy, Styles P (Prod. Harry Fraud)
Shirt – Pressuring Her Is Corny (Nigga You Corny)**
s.habIB – raezah bumps
Showbiz & A.G. – Live with Show & AG ft. Roc Marciano, John Robinson
SmooVth – Rotten Apple ft. Crime Apple, Eto
Snoop Dogg – Mount Kushmore ft. Redman, B-Real, Method Man
Sticky Fingaz – Ebenezer Scrooge ft. N.O.R.E.
Tha God Fahim – 9 Ether
Therman Munsin – Exquisite
Tom Caruana – Continuation ft. J-Live
Tree – Fall In Love Everyday
WESTSIDEDOOM (Westside Gunn, MF Doom) – 2 Stings
Wu-Tang Clan – People Say ft. Redman
Y2The3rd – Memory Graveyard (Prod by Shozae)
Your Old Droog – G.K.A.C.
Your Old Droog – You The Type

*not currently available on soundcloud
**not currently available on youtube

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Slate: “This was a year of acute star fatigue”

The Music Club, 2017 Entry 3: This was a year of acute star fatigue by Jack Hamilton

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NYTimes: Jay-Z In Conversation With Executive Editor Dean Baquet

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(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 8.26.16

(NOTE: Since O.P.P. took an unexpected hiatus for the last three weeks or so, some of the following links might be old. Unfortunately, we had to cut a lot of links, but significant news (in case you missed it) includes: A Tribe Called Quest reportedly recorded an album before Phife’s death, and Big Boi and Killer Mike have been working on an EP together. Also, for the record, Fuck The NY Post.)

Stealing The American Dream: The True Story of Brooklyn’s Lo Lifes Crew.
“There were so many of us, we would just rush the stores and take all that we could carry.” Excerpt from the Bury Me With The Lo On book. By Thirstin Howl III with Tom Gould
[Cuepoint]

Top Gear: The Oral History of Hip-Hop’s Love Affair With Tommy Hilfiger.
With co-signs from Grand Puba (“I was like a blessing in disguise for that clothing line”), Snoop Dogg, and Aaliyah, Tommy Hilfiger catapulted to success—until a vicious rumor helped dismantle his hip-hop empire. By Karizza Sanchez
[Complex]

De La Soul’s Legacy Is Trapped in Digital Limbo.
“We’re in the Library of Congress, but we’re not on iTunes,” Mr. Mercer said. By Finn Cohen
[New York Times]

Quincy Jones: The day Michael Jackson’s pet snake got loose in the studio
Article also includes this crazy quote: “All I saw were dead bodies, tommy guns and stogies, and piles of money in back rooms. I had my hand nailed to a fence with a switchblade when I was seven. When you’re a kid, you want to be what you see, and I wanted to be a gangster till I was 11.” By Stephen Smith
[The Guardian]

Retrospect For Life: Remembering Common’s Golden Era.
A look back at when Common wasn’t just an ex-Gap model and gun-toting goon from Suicide Squad. By Zilla
[Passion of the Weiss]

20 Years, 20 Questions: Big Boi Reconnects With OutKast’s ATLiens.
Daddy Fat Sax reminisces about the making of his and André 3000’s breakout sophomore album, and hints at upcoming solo work. By Corbin Reiff
[Spin]

Chuck D: ‘Black Lives Matter is a defensive movement’
The Public Enemy leader says: “If we don’t treat all lives equally, then no lives matter.” By David Ma
[The Guardian]

White Rappers, Clear of a Black Planet.
“White rappers — especially in the wake of the success of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and, to a lesser degree, Iggy Azalea — are now finding paths to success that have little if anything to do with black acceptance…. we have arrived in the post-accountability era of white rap, when white artists are flourishing almost wholly outside the established hip-hop industry, evading black gatekeepers and going directly to overwhelmingly white consumers, resulting in what can feel like a parallel world, aware of hip-hop’s center but studiously avoiding it.” By Jon Caramanica
[New York Times]

Black America & The Police: A Bloody History.
How police departments evolved from slave patrols and a look at possible solutions to correcting racist authority. By David Banner
[Uptown]

The Cipher: David Banner.
From Crooked Lettaz to The God Box. Interview by Shawn Setaro
[The Cipher]

EPMD On Drake Sampling “You’re A Customer” & New Rap Making Kids Dumb.
PMD: “It’s a sign of respect, and also it’s a sign that at the end of the day, everybody wants to be associated to real authentic Hip Hop. To us, that’s a compliment and reassuring that we made our mark.” By Dana Scott
[HipHopDX]

The Making of Casual’s Fear Itself.
Casual and Domino talk about the making of their prolific album, track by track. “To me it was just raw artistry,” says Casual. By David Ma
[Passion of the Weiss]

#SleptOnSoul: Ladybug Mecca – Trip The Light Fantastic (2005).
“My parents allowed me a lot of freedom when I was a child — freedom of movement, freedom of expression — and that has always spilled over into my work.”
By Michael A. Gonzales
[soulhead]

West Coast Hip Hop’s Underground Queen Medusa Still Reigns.
“I’ve been told I’m a millionaire waiting to happen. And there are so many different ways that I would like to give in the community and causes. My millions are coming and I’m here to agitate the maker.” By Ural Garrett
[HipHopDX]

25 Years Later, Cypress Hill’s Debut Album Remains an Ahead-of-Its-Time Classic.
“This was the other L.A. — smoked out but still dangerous. Attacks on crooked pigs, Spanish raps, and sampledelic instrumental tracks still ahead of their time, a quarter century later.” By Jeff Weiss
[LA Weekly]

An Oral History Of Latin Americans In Hip-Hop.
Featuring Charlie Chase, Tony Touch, Fat Joe, Homeboy Sandman, Kemo The Blaxican (Deliniquent Habits), Q-Uniqe, Joell Ortiz, Bodega Bamz. By Phillip Mlynar
[TrackRecord]

Why Lost G-Funk Classic Uncle Sam’s Curse Is More Relevant Than Ever.
“We were empowering ourselves,” collaborator Kokane says about working on Above The Law’s third album (which reportedly is out of print). “We were always talking about [how] the only way we’d be able to get back is if we had the type of organization to mobilize ourselves. But we were doing it with music, with a Nat Turner lick and a Marcus Garvey flow.” By Pete Tosiello
[LA Weekly]

“Summoned By Aliens”: How Beastie Boys, Pete Rock, Q-Tip & Others Changed Rap Music With The Pause-Tape.
Ad-Rock: “It’s some caveman shit, that’s what we used to work with. Banging stones together to make a fire.” By Gino Sorcinelli
[Medium]

Unearthing Biggie’s Lost Recordings.
Interview with Chopped Herring Records boss Bob Lipitch about the Junior M.A.F.I.A demos featuring Biggie and produced by Daddy-O that were recently released. By Mike “DJ” Pizzo
[Cuepoint]

Root For The Villain: Rap, Bullsh*t & A Celebration of Failure… Behind “The One’s & Two’s” with Rapper, Producer, The Du-Rites Drummer & Jack of All Trades, J-Zone.
By Matt Horowitz
[The Witzard]

Contact High: Eddie Otchere, Jamil GS & Joe Conzo Discuss Photographing Black Star, Jay-Z & Cold Crush Brothers.
By Vikki Tobak
[Mass Appeal Link 1, Link 2, Link 3]

Counter Intelligence: Atlanta.
ATL record shops. Photos by Maxwell Schiano
[Red Bull Music Academy]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 8.26.16