Featuring Stevie Nader on vocals, DLRN creates a soundscape within the measure of this song. Sean LaMarr’s rhythmic interplay with the lurching tempo creates a brooding, ominous mood perfect for the subject matter of the song. UPDATE: You can catch DLRN live in Sacramento on 5/29 at Concerts In The Park! For details head here: http://godowntownsac.com/events/signature-events/concerts-in-the-park/
Warning: Strong and derogatory language is present throughout this article. BAMM.tv in no way condones discrimination of any kind. We felt it necessary to present the raw language used in the form of lyrics, comments, and quotes in order present an honest story addressing homophobia and sexism in hip-hop.
A rapper recently told me, “When you say, fuckin’ faggot, that’s like the worst possible thing you can say about someone, besides like, dirty cunt. Those are terrible words and when they’re coming out of your mouth, you have this feeling of, almost, hyper-masculinity, this feeling of like extreme power. When you’re saying those words, you feel badass, you feel like you’re dominating somebody.”
The rapper who said that, Sam “Oh Blimey” McDonald, explains herself as “exactly the opposite of what I know the face of hip-hop looks like.” She’s white, she’s female, she’s homosexual.
I squirmed in my seat when I heard that opening quote; your stomach might have turned reading it. But that’s where hip-hop’s at today. It struggles with mainstream success and its all-too-present misogyny and homophobia. Rap is big enough now that the headliner acts say all the right things about homosexuality and hip-hop. But the truth is, homophobia is still a living, breathing force in the rap game.
A record label representing the now-deceased R&B artist Eddie Bo has filed a copyright claim against Jay Z for allegedly using Bo’s 1969 funk single “Hook & Sling Part 1″ without permission, according to New York Daily News. The label, TufAmerica, claims the sample appears in Jay Z’s 2009 Grammy-winning single “Run This Town,” which featured Rihanna and one of the song’s producers, Kanye West.
Which leads us to a very confusing topic in the Hip Hop world. Just what constitutes “sampling,” when does sampling require permission, and what – if any – monetary compensation is required? Sampling is a fundamental aspect of Hip Hop, and yet it remains a very gray area of the genre.
Host Ian McPherson sits down with BAMM Editorial Director Chris Davies hash it out and test the general public’s opinion in the form of online comments and on-the-street interviews.
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Anyone familiar with reviewer shorthand will know the meaning of the term ‘wallpaper music’. It’s often used to describe the output of MOR giants like Coldplay or Maroon 5 – it’s background stuff, ambient dinner party noise, inoffensive and barely noticeable chatter which uses music more as a pleasant crutch than a blazing center of attention.
Sooooo … if you were a frenzied hip-hop electro-pop mastermind who drops beats like John McClane drops bad guys, you probably wouldn’t want to associate yourself with the word. You’d call yourself ‘Explosion Beast’ or ‘Annihilator’ or ‘Dance Yourself Sick’. That would be the predictable thing to do. The thing is: Ricky Reed – the producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind Wallpaper., our brand new Featured Artist – is anything but predictable.
Interested yet? Want to read on as we get all Home Depot on your ass and really start examining Wallpaper.? Or are you just a big old Doo-Doo Face?
(Note: Doo-Doo Face is the title of his first album. It’s just a joke. We’re not really calling you a Doo-Doo Face. Unless you’re a sadomasochist and are into that kind of thing. This is the internet, after all).
Take a look at the video above – a killer (and totally exclusive) BAMM.tv performance from Atlanta’s crazed psychedelic hip-hop rockers The Constellations. Ever since they treated us to this acoustic rendition of ‘Setback’ at the SXSW Festival a couple of years back, their star has been shining brighter and brighter (ha – see what we did there? Stars? Constellations? Right? Ah, forget it).
Anyway. If you like what you hear here, you should check out the soundtrack to Jennifer Garner’s slippery new comedy ‘Butter’, as The Constellations make an appearance therein. Trailer below …
Whether you like or loathe Death Grips – the Sacramento-based alt-hip-hop crew whose dense, dark beats come shuddering out of your speakers like a derailed freight train – you can’t deny that their approach to the mainstream music industry has always been somewhat … erm … unique. Massive underground hype saw them sign up with Epic Records in 2010, and unleash their first label release (‘The Money Store’).
The thing is: Death Grips are rebellious types. Upset with lack of attention they were getting from their record company – who promised to release their new album ‘No Love Deep Web’ next year – they took matters into their own hands and put the whole thing online today. They released a cheeky statement announcing that “the label will be hearing the album for the first time with you.”
Ouch. If pulsing hip-hop is your thing, you can take a listen below:
Hailing from Mexico City, Aldo Villegas – or Bocafloja to his friends – has become something of an icon in his home country. Following a tenure with both Lifestyle and Microphonk, he has been enjoying success as a solo artist for over a decade now, ensuring that his unique blend of politically-infused hip-hop gains a much-deserved wider audience with each passing day.
BAMM was thrilled to welcome Bocafloja to our hallowed studio, and even more thrilled to see him lay down a live acoustic recording of ‘Quilombo Mocambo/Todo Cambia’ (featuring the additional talents of Favi and Aha). Check it out below.