Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SZA • Z [TDE]

Back in November of 2012, GB brought you the music of electro-pop, future-soul vocalist, SZA, with her awesome release, See SZA Run. Not too long after that, she was rightfully scooped up by Top Dawg Ent. and now we're blessed with her much-anticipated TDE full-length, Z. SZA returns with honest, emotionally-charged lyrics backed by lush, electro-soul backdrops with features from Chance The Rapper and labelmates Isaiah Rashad and Kendrick Lamar. Z plays  well as a genre-shuffling EP weaving slow club grooves ("HiiiJack"), nu-wave electro pop ("Julia") and vintage soul ("Sweet November"). In the often bland field of contemporary Pop and R&B, it's easy to miss the few artists, such as SZA, pushing the music forward with gimmick-free lyrics and next level production. Stream below, click image for purchase.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Roots • When The People Cheer

The Roots are back!!! We love them every night with Jimmy Fallon and now they are blessing us with a long awaited new album ….And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. In a recent interview Black Thought discussed their new project saying, "It’s conceptual; it’s another concept album in the spirit of Undun, but it’s not just about just one kind of character, we create quite a few different characters in this record. It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in–not only the hip-hop community, but in the community." "When The People Cheer" is the first track released to the public and after listening you can see a definite classic in the works.
-Gentleman Hunter


ILL CLIP: Nas & Q Tip • One Love & The World Is Yours: LIVE on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon


2 of Hip Hop's elder statesmen grace The Tonight Show stage backed by The Roots to deliver performances of Nas' Illmatic classics "One Love" and "The World Is Yours" (original AND the Q Tip remix!).




Nappy DJ Needles • Jazzyphatnappy: LIVE from the Dark Room / Vol 1

A portion of the vibe at The Dark Room last Friday.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nas celebrates Illmatic's 20th Anniversary in D.C. at The Kennedy Center

Illmatic turns 20 this year and Nas shares the celebration with his fans in mad style.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A-Game • Still


One of the steadily emerging voices out of the St. Louis Hip Hop scene is that of rapper A-Game. Known for putting lyrics first and not backing down from battles, this brotha definitely gets the GB stamp of approval with his new single "Still". Backed by hard boombap drums and moody chords, A-Game's relaxed yet forceful lyrics tell of his aspirations, love of home and black pride. Check it out below...

Monday, March 24, 2014

ILL CLIP: GZA delivers TED talk about Science education


An interesting and enlightening clip of Wu-Tang Clan member GZA speaking on the need for positive music and the importance of Science education.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

DOUBLE PLAY: Jay Electronica • Better In Tune With The Infinite & We Made It

Jay Electronica and Jay Z just did what true emcees should do...kick Hip Hop in the ass! First, Electronica dropped a seemingly new joint last week entitled "Better In Tune With The Infinite" in which he's as reflective as an emcee can be over an uber-somber yet hopeful track. THEN he drops "We Made It" with none other than Jay Z this week featuring some of the illest lines this year! If Electron keeps this up, we may just see that (dare I say it) album sometime in the near future!