The iconic movie director, producer, and screenwriter passed away today after suffering from a stroke since April 17th. A family spokesman issued the following statement:
“We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” the family said in a statement.
While not an music artist or a producer, Singleton made a big impact on hip-hop with his movies. He casted artists such as Ice Cube, Janet Jackson, and Tupac Shakur. These movies included “Poetic Justice”, “Boyz in the Hood”, and “Higher Learning”.
It’s been almost four years since Sean Price’s untimely passing. Many have paid tribute to the late rapper in many ways. And when artists pass away, someone usually releases a posthumous album that compiles some unreleased tracks. Before Sean died, Small Professor worked with him on some tracks and released them as an album earlier this year called 86 Witness.
Small Producer is from Philadelphia, and originally was known as MC Esther. In 2004, he tried to write a whole album but it just wasn’t cutting it for him. So he went ahead and made beats instead. It was at that point he was known as Small Professor. Let me give you three reasons to follow him.
His name alone shows love to the old school
After deciding to quit rapping (known as MC Escher, he decided to focus on beat-making. He called himself Small Professor, because of his love for Large Professor and his album “Breaking Atoms”.
His beat making brings the old and new school together
Small Pro brings everyone together. His beats are a mix of Boom Bap and the Southern beats you hear of today. Both generations will like ’86 Witness as a collaboration album with the late Sean Price. Small Professor really brought out the best of P given how little he had to work with this posthumous album. Small Pro brings out the best of P, making his voice as grimey as we’ve known him to be.
His beats have its unique character, separating itself from other beats
If you listen to “Bear Witness”, the first track off ’86 Witness, it sets off the album with a bold positive beat. He’s got Price going off strong. “Word to Mother” is great with its beat changeup and scratch routine. The track not only includes P’s lyricism, but appearances by DJ revolution and Illa Ghee.
Twenty years ago today, Harlem lost one of its well-known hip hop artists.
Lamont Coleman, aka Big L, was becoming one of the top lyrical rappers in the game. He became a big staple in the genre with his lyrical skill and his involvement with pioneering genres like Horrorcore.
On this day, he was shot on 45 West 139th street in Harlem. He was shot nine times in the face and chest.
Twitterheads took the time today to lay tribute to the fallen rappers. DJ Premier had this to say:
CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S 20 YEARS… We Miss You BIG L. Flamboyant 4 LIFE. Harlem’s Finest. D.I.T.C. LEGEND! R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/qRPqmdgf7g
It was 26 years ago today that this group released this album with a single that exploded on the billboard charts, put them on MTV’s heavy rotation, and brought Jazzy instrumentals to the mainstream. If you mention Digible Planets to any kid of the 90’s, they’ll bust out Cool Like Dat.
The only hit from this album was “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”, as it broke into the top into the Billboard top 15. Did you ever buy this album? What was your favorite tracks?
Yesterday, February 7th, was a special day for hip hop fans worldwide because that’s the birthday of notable producer James Yancey. Some of you know him as J Dilla. If you followed his work, you know he produced cuts for many artists such as De La Soul, Slum Village, and A Tribe Called Quest.
A lot of artists and hip hop heads shared their thoughts about the producer, leaving touching tributes on their accounts.
These were great gifs of J Dilla, both posted by @madeinmanchester
Notable celebs, said some words like DJ Premier did. Erykah Badu
Sometimes words and a great photo of J Dilla is more than enough, posted by @IStillLoveHER
It’s gotten a little harder to find up-and-comers who’re getting a buzz lately. I’ve usually checked out the charts on CMJ, but they’ve folded and left a big hole with colleges to report charts to. So I’ve checked out the NACC charts (north american college and community charts) and get intrigued by artists, who’ve self-released their albums. Enter Illism.
Illism is composed of hip hop artist Envy, and R&B vocalist Fancy. They’re a husband and wife duo that worked together in 2015. The two made music, separately before then. In 2008, Envy’s single “Ringtone” cracked Billboard’s hot 100 singles. Fancy’s self-titled track broke out in 2010 after it appears on VH1’s Basketball Wives. You need to check them out, and I’m about to give you four reasons to follow them.
Illism is an incredible crossover between hip hop and RnB
Their sound would make Mary J. Blige insanely jealous. I haven’t heard a duo as good as this since Mary J and Method Man did “You’re all I need”. You hear duo’s, and they’re mostly watered down. Check out “MNSOTA” and “Talk About It”, and you’ll agree that their sound stands above the rest.
They’re a perfect example of DIY-ers getting their name out
They have their own MAGAZINE on their website. Well-done, detailed, and with advertisements (their merch). Cool as hell and a creative way to get their name out. Add that to their website, and Youtube, and you can tell they’re getting their hustle on.
their music has been on over 50 cable series, movies, and commercials
Have you watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians? Jersey Shore? Orange is the New Black? If you said yes to any of these, you probably heard an Illism track on there. It doesn’t stop with TV, Illism’s music was in movies such as Ride Along and Harold and Kumar.
Illism chosen as a finalist in Prince’s “Battle of the Bands” competition at Paisley Park
Prince loved to work with new talent, like The Time and 3rdEyeGirl. To pay tribute, Prince’s heirs are hosting a battle of the bands competition at Paisley Park. Illism was one of the four finalists in the competition where more than 125 acts entered the contest.