Red Bull Music Academy Talks To Hank Shocklee About The Making Of Bell Biv DeVoe’s Poison

shockwebpic_rb_bellbivedevoeRed Bull Music Academy talks to our own Hank Shocklee in this look into one of the most influential tracks and groups to combine hip hop and R&B, Bell Biv DeVoe.

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► Fantasma – Eye Of The Sun

shockwebpic_fantasma_eyeofthesunEye Of The Sun is the title track from Fantasma’s new EP of the same name which also features Moonchild and is directed by Travys Owen.

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► Okmalumkoolkat – Holy Oxygen

shockwebpic_Okmalumkoolkat_HolyOxygenPeep this Afrofuturistic themed video from Johannesburg’s Okmalumkoolkat aka Smiso Zwane directed by Wim Steytler. Okmalumkoolkat is also half of the rap/electronic duo Dirty Paraffin though this track is from his recent solo EP Holy Oxygen I.

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Did The Decline Of Sampling Cause The Decline Of Political Hip Hop? The Atlantic Interviews Hank Shocklee

shockleewebpic_atlanticdeclineofsamplingfErik Nielson, Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Richmond, where his research focuses on African American literature and hip-hop culture, has written a thought-provoking piece on sampling for The Atlantic which Hank Shocklee was interviewed for.

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Rap Quotes: Artist Posts Street Signs At Places Referenced In Famous Lyrics

shockleewebpic_rapquotesstreetartAfter schooling New Yorkers on etiquette via numerous unsanctioned interventions, artist Jay Shells channeled his love of hip hop music and his uncanny sign-making skills towards a brand new project: “Rap Quotes.”

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The Crate Diggers Series Celebrates J Dilla’s Life, Work & Vinyl Collection

shockleewebpic_jdillarecordcollectionThe Crate Diggers series by Fuse explores the late J Dilla’s vinyl collection. Producer and rapper J. Dilla was best known as a member of Slum Village, the Soulquarians and for his work with Talib Kweli, Common, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Madlib and countless others.

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1.65 Billion Music Purchases Took Place in 2012

Over 1.65 billion music purchases took place in the U.S. in 2012, an all time high according to a new report just released from Nielsen and Billboard. Physical albums, digital albums and digital songs accounted for the sales figures which are up overall 3.1% from 2011.

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Sample This – New Movie Trailer For One The Most Sampled Breakbeats Of All Time

Sample This is a documentary about The Incredible Bongo Band, a 1970′s band project that produced a song called Apache which became one of the most famous and most sampled b-boy breakbeats of all time.

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Cash Kings 2012: Hip-Hop’s Highest Paid Artists

Forbes Magazine has compiled a list of the top earners in hip hop for their 2012 Cash Kings list. All together these top 20 entertainers earned a total of $415 million in the last year.

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Immortal Technique: US Government At War With People Who Say ‘No’

Check out artist & activist Immortal Technique in this thought provoking interview with RT.

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