Villain Park - We Out Here

| Keith

How about a little hip-hop for your hump day? LA's Villain Park reminds me a whole lot of some of my favorite acts from the new underground movement in the late 90's. Think Jurassic 5, Souls of Mischief, Dilated Peoples and the like. They've got a few singles and an EP out on Spotify and it's all solid, the latest "We Out Here" being my favorite of a terrific bunch.

RIYL: Dilated Peoples, Jurrasic 5, Earl Sweatshirt, Flatbush Zombies, Injury Reserve

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Incredible Bongo Band - Apache (Grandmaster Flash Mix)

| Kerri

It's the 44th Anniversary of Hip-Hop y'all! As the legend goes, DJ Kool Herc introduced the world to the extended break ("merry-go-round") by setting up two turn tables at a block party in the Bronx, and the Bongo Band featured prominently. (Disco haters need to pause here to respect that this way of setting up equipment originated with the disco DJs). I imagine we have all heard samples from "Apache" mixed into other hip-hop and dance tracks, as well as appearing in the background of commercials and films. I had a great time learning about the early days of hip-hop recently from episodes of the podcast Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty - I finished the miniseries yesterday, in fact. Woke up today to this Google Doodle and violá! Hope you enjoy this blast from the past, and whatever it reminds you of. 

Skepta - Konnichiwa

| Keith
By now you should know I hate waitin'
I got no patience
Right now man are tryna get out the matrix
Far from the agents
Tryna stay far from the devil in the red dress
Far from the pagans
Only time man are gonna see me again
Is if I share location

It's been a little while since we had any hip-hop up here, so let's fix that with "Konnichiwa" by London grime-ster Skepta. The song comes from his 2016 album of the same name. It's a fairly angsty album, and a classic capture of early 2000-style grime. Think The Streets, Dizzee Rascal and the like: grungy beats, rapid-fire vocals, quick cuts and the occasional club jam all done with a techno flair. If this wets your whistle, have a dip into his back catalog, there's a lot of hot tracks in there.

RIYL: Dizzee Rascal, The Streets, Gorillaz, Wiley

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