The Birth of Hip Hop

The theme this week is the birth of hip hop. It’s a special day. The 11th of August in 1973 DJ Kool Herc held a party where he mixed tracks together to create the first hip hop track. One of the tracks he mixed is featured today, Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose. Hip hop has evolved since …

England vs. America

The theme this week is England versus America. The english rap scene, the grime scene, has been growing in popularity in recent years. We got two young rappers who has been getting a lot of radio attention versus a newcomer in America and a more experienced one. What’s your favourite scene? J Hus calls himself a “doughnut …

Pass The Torch

The theme this week is pass the torch. All the artist have a “bigger brother” to surpass. Kirk and Nyck have Joey Bada$$ as the frontman for their group. Eli Sostre is from Marcy, just like Jay Z, whom Eli keeps mentioning. YGTUTS grew up in the same block as Isaiah Rashad and has the same vibe. As founding members of the …

Soundcloud Based

This weeks theme is soundcloud based. A lot of famous rappers today gained their fame through Soundcloud. Probably the most vital platform for new rappers to promote their work. One of this weeks artist, Chance The Rapper, also one of the biggest names in music today, credit his success to this platform. And it’s sinking. Hope it …

Self Produced

This weeks theme is self produced. It’s common to work with different producers and create different synergies between rapper and producer. That’s one thing I like with hip hop. But I also appreciate when the rappers produce themselves; it usually feels like there’s a greater connection between the track and the rap style. The rappers this week …

No Features

This weeks theme is no features. There’s a meme surrounding J Cole and his “went platinum with no features” after his album release. The genre is known for inviting features on tracks. It can be too much as well though, something that The Game got heat for when he released the album ‘Jesus Piece’ – 21 features …

Larger Than Music

This weeks theme is larger than music. Jay Z said “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man!” which is something as true today as it was when he said it. He’s running Tidal, investing in a lot of startups, has his own sports agency, previously co-owner in the NBA team Brooklyn Nets (which he sold to a record …

The Rookie and the Vet

This weeks theme is The Rookie and the Vet. We got rappers from all eras, newcomers from the east coast, like Dave East, to oldies like Rocye Da 5’9 (shoutout to his new mixtape, the Backseat Freestyle/Mask Off is crazy). Vince Staples released his album this morning. Mr Staples believes Ray J is one of the most influential …