NxWorries – Yes Lawd! review

NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knx), 2015 (1914x1072)An album like Yes Lawd! does not come around every year. It’s a collaboration between Anderson Paak and Knxwledge, two tirelessly creative musicians who, as Stones Throw puts it in the album’s liner notes, are no “stranger to the head-down hustle”. Both are in heavy demand right now, having worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Dr Dre, and released their own solo work (Malibu, Hud Dreems) to great acclaim. So Yes Lawd! is a special bonus. Paak and Knx have put together a 19-track mix of songs, skits and snippets for you to kick back and chill. Continue reading

Choice Cuts: J Dilla – Ruff Draft

Stones Throw Records, 2007
J Dilla in the studio, surrounded by a producer's paradise of instumentals, synthesizers and rare vinyl records (Roger Erickson/Stones Throw)People of a certain persuasion still don’t consider hip hop an art form. And it doesn’t matter how many conscious cats you bring up, because, to them, when it comes to sampling and beat-making, they don’t believe the act of reusing musical phrases in new ways constitutes ‘real music’.

They’re wrong, of course, because without being moulded, shaped and, crucially, edited, songs as we know them could never be formed. This role of editing gave rise to the music producer and, today, they are very much originators in their own right. Continue reading

Does liking rock music make you ‘less black’?

Shingai Shoniwa of Nosiettes, by Kmeron (Oct 2009) (1448x815)So it turns out I’m wrong. Musical prejudice is alive and well here in 2013, despite the internet and its supposed ability to make the digital age a more progressive one. Continue reading