Afro Pop

The Very Best – We Ok ft K’NAAN

Between “Rain Dance” and “Warm Heart Of Africa”, The Very Best were already mandatory for Summer playlists. The K’NAAN featured & Bruno Mars co-written “We OK” continues that trend and even adds some synth and stutter drum to the mix. One week til 4th of July! Catch The Very Best on tour this Summer: August […]


Thursday Linkage: k-os, Wale, MoogFest, Freddie Gibbs, and more

Lots of rap/hip-hop news this week. Makes sense. I was a little underwhelmed with Nark & Loathing in Las Vegas. A) Its been a big week for hip-hop mixtapes this week. Long awaited efforts from k-os and Wale dropped for free and are well worth multiple listens. k-os – The Anchorman Mixtape Wale – More […]

2009 albums Hip-Hop Lists Rap

2009 Wrap-Up: Top Hip Hop Releases #10 to #6

I think the hip-hop albums list gets tougher each year. Last year, the caliber of mixtapes that came out (see Wale and Kid Cudi) warranted placement on the list. This year, artists like Kid Cudi, Mike Posner, Drake and K’Naan made albums/mixtapes that encompassed more than just hip-hop. So this year, EPs were added to […]

2009 albums Lists

2009 Wrap Up: Top Albums – #9 to #5

The 2009 best of lists continue… 9. K’Naan – Troubadour Talk about a come from nowhere surprise. I saw K’Naan perform a couple songs at Lolla ’08 and was hyped for more after hearing an early version of the socially conscious “Take A Minute”. I had no idea he would craft an album that I […]

Hip-Hop Mixtape Nark Rap

New Mixtape: Nark Trek

Well, if you haven’t downloaded these rap/hip-hop mixtapes because they were too hip-hop or ghetto, Nark Trek might be your thing.  This is probably the pop-iest (not a real word, I know) Nark, I’ve made in years.  Thats alright though, as long as summer-time music has good beats, I’ll sacrifice lyrical quality.  For better or […]

Hip-Hop Mixtape Nark

New Mixtape: Nark Got A Room

There was a slight drought in rap/hip-hop from Feb. to early March, but I finally gathered enough material for a decent mixtape.  More acts from the past seem to be trying to reclaim glory from yesteryear (or they need some more pay checks).  Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony somehow got all the members in the same […]

JayeL Audio Mixtape

New Mixtape: JayeL Audio 3-3-09

This round is a little less “melon collie” (as Logan put it) and a little more diverse. Alice Russell joins the growing list of British soul singers I’m starting to confuse with one another. The welcome return of Phoenix (“1901”), Razorlight (“North London Trash”) and Jack Penate (“Tonight’s Today”). A couple of “growers” are the […]