“Madvillainy” turns 10 years old

10 years ago on March 23, 2004 Madvillainy was released on indie label Stones Throw. It was the debut album of the super duo Madvillian (MF Doom and Madlib). Madvillainy is one of the quintessential albums for the indie Hip-Hop movement of the late 90s, early to mid 2000s. The album featured tracks with abstract lyrics, short track lengths, minimal beats, mixtures of obscure samples, few choruses, which has become a style MF Doom and Madlib have embodied on other projects over the years.

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Rest in Rhymes: Big Pun’s Legacy 14 Years Later – Mix & Videos

One of the great emcees of Hip-Hop passed on 14 years ago today February 7th. Big Pun (short for Big Punisher), whose name is mentioned along side other great emcees such as Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Tupac, and The Notorious B.I.G. A skilled emcee, known for his use of alliteration, internal and multi-syllabic rhyming schemes, who at the time of his passing had two albums out; Capital Punishment (1998) and Yeeeah Baby (2000). Pun passed away while his music career was just about to take off

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Diplo’s 2013 Year-End Mix

DJ, producer and Major Lazor member Diplo makes a year-end mix for 2013.  “I made this mix because I loved 2013 a lot R.I.lP. I’ll miss her,” he tweeted. The mix features Drake, Kanye West, Baauer, King Krule, Rihanna, Young Jeezy, Disclosure and a lot more. Diplo is an interesting and busy dude always globe trotting into something random. He sold a movie loosely based on his life to 20th Century Fox. He flew to Jamaica and produced some Reggae-influenced beats for the Dibble

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17-year-old kid gets racial profiled and records it-video

  This mini documentary is about this kid Alvin in Harlem, NYC getting harassed by New York City’s finest. It also gets into the stop-n-frisk law that gives police officers in New York the authority to illegally stop and frisk (pat down) or arrest any body that looks suspicious. Do you remember hearing the stereotype that cops write tickets to meet quotas? Record your own racial profile incident. Get the stop and frisk app here. via Upworthy

Film: 12 Years A Slave-trailer

12 Years A Slave is about Solomon Northup of New York, he’s kidnapped and forced to work on a plantation in New Orleans during the 1800’s. Based on a true story, its directed by Steven McQueen, responsible for acclaimed films, Hunger and Shame. McQueen is known for his vivid detail and stylish cinematography. He isn’t apologetic about his choices, but now that he’s official, this latest project feels like a personal homecoming of sorts. Although this trailer is uplifting with

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