Born Free: The Hip Hop Scene In South Africa

shockwebpic_bornfree_africanhiphopIn recent years a new generation of hip hop artists has emerged in South Africa, who are taking it back to the roots and celebrating the many cultures that surrounded them growing up in the townships. They are reshaping the sense of identity of South Africa’s youth and expressing what it means to be born free.

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SHOCKLEE’s Sonic Realm – New Feature At Clash Magazine

shockwebpic_clashHSfeatureClash Magazine spent some time with SHOCKLEE – check out the new exclusive feature and mix at Clash. Words by Robin Murray and pics by Paul Hyde…

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► Maxine Ashley – Lobster

shockwebpic_maxineashley_lobsterNew music from Bronx native Puerto-Rican and Pharrell co-signee Maxine Ashley.

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► Jorja Smith – Blue Lights

shockwebpic_jorgasmith_bluelightsNew smoothed out debut single from 18 year old rising talent Jorja Smith. Video directed by Drew Cox.

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► Flatbush Zombies – This Is It

shockwebpic_flatbushzombies_thisisitBrooklyn’s own Flatbush Zombies just released a visual for ‘This Is It’ off the debut album 3001: A Laced Odyssey. Directed by Phillip T. Annand. Bringing us back with that New York rap.

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How We Made Public Enemy’s Fight The Power

shockwebpic_ftp_guardian_mar2016The song could have gone a lot softer, a lot neater, a lot tighter – but it would have lost the chaos. When something is organised and aligned, it represents passivity. But any resistance, any struggle to overcome, is going to be chaotic.

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► Black Atlass – Tonight

shockwebpic_blackatlass_tonightNew Fool’s Gold – Canadian producer/singer Black Atlass is out with a new wavy track – Tonight. Video directed by fashion photographer Kenneth Cappello.

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Beat Box: Inside Joe Mansfield’s Drum Machine Collection

shockwebpic_dubspotdrummachineCheck out this video feature by our friends at Dubspot of Boston-based beatmaker and collector Joe Mansfield and his fantastic drum machine collection.

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► Massive Attack, Young Fathers – Voodoo In My Blood

shockwebpic_voodooinmybloodNew Massive Attack track featuring Young Fathers – ‘Voodoo In My Blood’ featuring British actress Rosamund Pike and directed by Ringan Ledwidge. Taken from Massive Attack’s forthcoming Ritual Spirit EP.

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Sampulator Brings Beat Making To Your Browser

shockwebpic_sampulatorCheck out Sampulator, a simple yet fun HTML5 based in-browser sampler. You can trigger and play samples with your computer keyboard [laptop or desktop] and even record and save your track ideas.

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