A Walkin’ Chunk a Mean-Mad: Pretty Boy Floyd & Robin Hood

I love a good man outside the law
 just as much as I hate a bad man inside the law. — Woody Guthrie (1940) Legend On October 22, 1934, Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd – a bank robber suspected by the FBI as a gunman in a 1933 Kansas City … → read more

KENDRICK LAMAR: To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly

          KENDRICK LAMAR To Pimp A Butterfly Top Dawg / Aftermath / Interscope www.kendricklamar.com   American popular recording artists’ coming-of-age have often produced works of simultaneous high creativity and crystallized style. Think Coltrane’s Love Supreme, Dylan’s Highway 61, Beatles’ Revolver, Michael’s Thriller or Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation … → read more

SHABAZZ PALACES: Lese Majesty

          Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop www.subpop.com   Shabazz Palaces is an experimental Seattle-based hip-hop duo comprised of Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire, son of Mbira master Dumisani Maraire. Their sophomore album Lese Majesty was released a month ago on Sub Pop Records. Although Lese … → read more

BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR: Afropolitan Dreams

          Blitz The Ambassador Afropolitan Dreams Jakarta www.blitz.mvmt.com   Samuel Bazawule was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. In his youth he was introduced to the Highlife and Afrobeat sounds popularized in West Africa, but it wasn’t until his older brother played It Takes a Nation … → read more

BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR: The Warm Up EP

          BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR The Warm Up EP Jakarta Records 062 www.jakarta-records.de   If you’re looking for a world music perspective in hip-hop, look no further than Ghana-born hip-hop artist Blitz the Ambassador. His third release on Jakarta records, The Warm Up EP (available for free … → read more