In the past forty years, no music form has had a bigger impact on American culture than hip hop. But what we don’t often think of, is how hip hop has impacted people across the globe. Director Adam Sjöberg turns his attention to this global aspect, specifically how it empowers youth in the third world. Hip hop since the beginning has taken four forms: rapping, turntablism (or DJing), graffiti art, and b-boying (or breakdancing). Through some incredible footage and surprising access, Sjöberg focuses on breakdancing in Yemen, Uganda, Colombia, and Cambodia, showcasing how hip hop can be an incredible lifeline for children looking for expression and purpose in even the most difficult circumstances. Continue reading “Shake the Dust Review”
For many years, Big Boi was the slightly lesser half of one of my favorite hip hop acts, Outkast. It’s not that he wasn’t a crucial part of every Outkast album; he just seemed to be a little more one-sided than Andre 3000. Big Boi focused more on dominating the rap game with a strikingly smooth and original flow, all while incorporating his tack-sharp wit. Andre, on the other hand, covered a lot of the musical bases and focused more on fusing genres by incorporating elements of jazz, funk, and blues into the hip hop world. This contrast was exemplified on their 2003 double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in which each album belonged to a different member; Speakerboxxx was Big Boi’s project and Andre’s was The Love Below. Although Speakerboxxx was very enjoyable, Andre’s efforts on The Love Below cast a shadow over Big Boi’s work, essentially leaving Speakerboxx in the dark.
After Andre’s 6 year absence, Big Boi has stepped up his game, continuing on with what he does best but also taking over Andre’s role of fusing additional elements of music into his own brand of hip hop. Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is Big Boi’s third solo album (if you inlcude Speakerboxxx, which you should) and further proves to show us that he can very well hold his own, and not just in the rap game. Big Boi manages to branch out musically, blending multiple genres together in a new way. Continue reading “Big Boi Review Royale: Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors”
Who ever decided John Legend should be featured on every major hip-hop release to come out, and when was this decision made? God, that’s who. It is true God rested on the seventh day, but in all actuality he spent the majority of that seventh day contemplating the creation of singer/songwriter John Legend almost 8,000 years later. Hit the jump for the main talking points of why John Legend was actually not a gift from God, but a curse. Continue reading “The Legend of John Legend”
We are inching closer to our end of the year lists. It’s really just a month or so away until we release the definitive account of the year in music, including albums, songs, and new artists. With that in mind, I want to recognize more artists who have made a mark on 2012. I hope everyone enjoys these five songs we put out most Fridays, but more than anything I like to use these lists just as much for myself. It is convenient to have a record of what music we were enjoying at particular moments during the year. I can look back to a LxListening post from early in the year and refresh my memory as to why I liked a certain track or was digging a certain artist. It’s kind of like Todd’s sex journal, only instead of trying to refresh his memory to figure out who gave him the clap, I identify certain moods or trends in my musical tastes. After that tasteless jab, I have no choice but to press on and give you five more tracks to brighten your Friday. Continue reading “LxListening: The Time is Nigh”
It ain’t easy being the child of a famous musician I am sure. Just like being the kid of an actor or a famous athlete, there always seems to be a lot of pressure for that child to follow in their parent’s footsteps, and become the next guitar hero, all star QB, or the next Oscar nominee. Although in some cases, these children turn out to be wildly successful, most of them are exposed for exactly what they are … a money grubbing pile of no-talent ass clowns, attempting to ride the coattails of their parents fame their entire life. Generally after enough exposure this renders the rest of these types lives useless and withering away on some reality television show:
Luckily, the opposite does exist. In honor of The Wallflowers upcoming release and the fact that Jakob Dylan’s father, Ole’ Bobby Zimmerman himself, just released an album as well, we give you our greatest descendants list. To make this list easier on ourselves, we limited ourselves to direct descendants, so the offspring musician must directly be the son or daughter of the parent musician. Someday we will have to do the inverse of this list so we can have more fun with our pal ^Kelly up there. Onto the list: Continue reading “Top Ten Thursday: The Descendants”