What Mannie Fresh’s career teaches about ‘Homeboy Business’

Fact: Mannie Fresh is one of the best hip-hop producers of all time. He may be too humble to claim that, so I’ll say it. That distinct New Orleans signature sound that got the world’s attention would not have been the same without him. As a producer, the sonic architect gave us epic and memorable … Continue reading What Mannie Fresh’s career teaches about ‘Homeboy Business’

What rap legends have in common with Nina Simone

Maybe this is why Nina Simone is one of the most sampled musicians in hip-hop music. Her art resonates with the underdog story. In addition to her remarkable talent, she remained unapologetically true to her authenticity. But being (and remaining) true came with a price. The price Nina faced is waiting until time ran out … Continue reading What rap legends have in common with Nina Simone