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Having one of the most mysterious personas in Hip-Hop Jay Electronica remains on brand with his debut. Announced out the blue only 40 days prior and released during what some propose are the end times the enigmatic MC shocks, pleases and perplexes with his first official LP. Jay Electronica garnered massive hype among Hip-Hop purists in 2007. The allure continued to grow with is sporadic releases and growing Hip-Hop connections, befriending heavy weights like Just Blaze, Erykah Badu, Nas & P. Diddy over the years. The hype reached a fever pitch in 2009 when super producer Just Blaze leaked 2 tracks they had worked on, and perhaps never intended to release, Exhibit A and Exhibit C. Both tracks took wings and spread throughout Hip-Hop sending a shock-wave through the culture unlike anything seen before. Jay Electronica’s reclusive and mysterious persona only added to the bubbling attention. When such attention is garnered fan’s naturally want more from the artist, Jay Electronica gave less, a lot less. The standard industry rules did not seem to apply to him, the rookie hype and attention was simply left to exist, Jay did not seem inclined to capitalize on it at all. …


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Charles Hamilton

“They say I’m going crazy and we’ve seen this before, but I’m doing pretty good as far as geniuses go”. Kanye West rapped this line in 2007 on his track ‘Barry Bonds’ off of his third album, the omnipresent Graduation. Charles Hamilton would sample this song only one year later, in his barrage of unconventional mixtape releases during his break out XXL Freshmen cover year. In this issue XXL would describe Charles Hamilton’s sound and persona as a mix between ‘Eminem and Kanye West’, a tall comparison to live up to but also the most accurate description. At that time sampling a Hip-Hop song was rare, other than the occasional vocal snippets for a DJ scratched in hook, and sampling a current song was even more taboo. Charles Hamilton’s out-the-box thinking, his double edged sword, would break both these rules quite often- almost too often. The song ‘My Wonderful Pink Polo‘ also samples Kanye West’s song ‘I Wonder’ -or it’s original sample- doubling down on this disapproved technique. In his breakout year he would almost exclusively sample current or relatively recent songs for his beats which traditionalist would shun. The upside of this odd production quirk was that Charles Hamilton’s alternative sound now had a wing-man for listeners who would normally overlook the underground/alternative music he was offering. A memorable sample triggers something in a listener, it is a Trojan Horse into the ears of the reluctant, if you can crack the door open some way then you had an opportunity to connect with a new fan. Breaking the unwritten rule and sampling the obvious was Charles Hamilton’s way. His breakout major label single ‘Brooklyn Girls’ was the deepest crate digging he did, sampling K.P. …


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Black Thought during his legendary 2017 Hot 97 freestyle.

The number one scorer in any athletic sport is the person who has simply scored the most points at a professional level than all of the other players. After deep analysis Black Thought of the legendary Roots crew may be the number one Mumble Rapper, a term normally given as a derogatory classification for a certain type of modern rap that does not emphasize the once core component of lyricism. Is mumbling bad though? Spontaneity, rhythm and improvisation are key elements in music and specifically in black music. The human voice, the first instrument discovered on planet Earth, most likely quickly followed by the drum or the concept of percussion, is just another layer of sound manipulated on top of a rhythm. You can’t mumble on an instrument because you can’t speak on an instrument but nonsensical lyrics are not foreign to music and where never looked down upon before. Jazz, and other highly rhythmic improvisational music, tends to naturally gravitate to this concept. …


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Beastie Boys Book (Cover)

Hip-Hop as a genre only being in it’s mid-forties gives little to a list of current groups that survived the torrential journey that is the career of a band; Public Enemy, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called quest — though their 18 year hiatus may disqualify them for this exclusive list- are among the only bands in Hip-Hop that continued to innovate and maintain stability through the 80s to the present day. …

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