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

Recently murdered rappers share striking similarities: They ‘got it out the mud’ and had next

Hip-hop doesn’t pull triggers. Jealousy does. Anger does. The storyline of murdered rappers in the hip-hop game has striking similarities. Young rappers who ‘got it out the mud.’ Emerging stars who had next, but next never came. Artists who never had nothing handed. Took nothing for granted. But somehow managed to get a glimpse of … Continue reading Recently murdered rappers share striking similarities: They ‘got it out the mud’ and had next

Demystifying the mutation of music genres [Mississippi delta blues + folk + rock ‘n roll]

Blues singer Mississippi John Hurt never got the credit he deserved. I mean, what African-American musician born in the late 1800’s did? He came into this world in 1893 - barely free, broke, and somehow discovered his own unique style that easily turned him into a musical treasure.  Hurt worked as a sharecropper, singing the … Continue reading Demystifying the mutation of music genres [Mississippi delta blues + folk + rock ‘n roll]