Album Review, Emcee, Issues

Twenty Years Later: Illmatic

Story originally published on The 5th Element Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Issue Do you remember Hip-Hop in 1994? Some key events may come to mind:  Warren G heralded the G-Funk era previously established by Dr. Dre, with his West Coast anthem, “Regulate.” Southern hip-hop flourished with OutKast’s debut and the release of Scarface’s The Diary . […]

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DJ, Emcee

ATCQ Releases “People’s” 25th Anniversary Edition

Today is release day for the legendary group’s 25th anniversary edition of “People’s Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm.” Accompanying Tribe’s milestone is a world tour of sorts through the media waves. Included stops were Sirius XM, Hot97, and a very special visit to ESPN where the Sportscenter set was decked out in ATCQ cover art as […]

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Emcee

BBC Radio 1 + BBC 1Xtra: The Story of Q-Tip

BBC’s Benji B couldn’t have alluded to Q-Tip better within the sum of 11 words: “Sometimes an artist or group comes along that changes people’s perspective.” A modern-day discussion on artists that presently fit that quota, folks will list out the Pharrell’s and the Kanye’s, but rewind their story and you’ll hear one name that […]

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Emcee

Peep This: Nas x Q-Tip x The Roots Perform on Jimmy Fallon

Whatever Illuminati-fountain-of-youth-elixir that Pharrell and apparently Nas and Q-Tip have access to, we want in. Does the blogger-Illuminati not have a connect or what?! Anyway, a week away from the drop of his special edition 20th anniversary “Illmatic XX,” Nas and Q-Tip paid a visit to Jimmy Fallon and the Roots last night to remind […]

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Emcee, Lifestyle, Media

The Friday Five

In keeping on with the Dilla Month theme for the Friday Fives this February, we’re taking a look at my favorite joints from The Ummah – a musical collective that joins together the forces of J Dilla, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and part-time members Raphael Saadiq and D’Angelo.  So click through and get ready to […]

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Emcee, Events, Lifestyle, Media

The Friday Five

November marks the month when one of hip hop’s greatest and most influential albums of all time, A Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight Marauders”, turns 20 years old.  As a young dude growing up, Tribe was definitely the most prominent sound that was molding my taste for hip hop.  To this day, whenever “Award Tour” comes […]

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Emcee, Lifestyle, Media

The Friday Five

You on point Five?  Once again Tip.  Congrats, we made it through another week, taking us into the welcoming arms of Friday and the five joints that will have you startin’ off the weekend right.  We’ve got a lil bit of Tribe, some Cam, even some BJ the Chicago Kid.  Listen and vibe out.

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