#WEEDREVIEWS

#WEEDREVIEWS
#EASYREADING #CANNABISCULTURE
#WEEDREVIEWS è il titolo di una serie di 9 articoli dedicati ad altrettante canzoni rap, ispirate o dedicate alla marijuana. Sono articoli che mi piace definire #EEEEASYREADING: brevi, leggeri, divertenti ma anche informativi. La selezione delle canzoni proposte è del tutto soggettiva; non segue alcun ordine temporale né si sofferma sulla notorietà [...]

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How Nina Simone Became Hip Hop’s “Secret Weapon”

How Nina Simone Became Hip Hop’s “Secret Weapon”
From Lauryn Hill to Jay Z and Kanye West
In 1996, the Fugees burst on the scene with “Ready or Not,” and most listeners were not ready: for the ominous, eclectic, Caribbean-inflected production, the smooth, sexy menace of Lauryn Hill’s hook (“you can’t hide / Gonna find you and take it slowly”), or the interplay of references in the [...]

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From a Bronx Party to a Global Force

From a Bronx Party to a Global Force
Hip Hop's History & Evolution
Many, many people with an internet connection, including yours truly, spent a fair amount of time on 11 August 2017 entranced by a Google Doodle. This wasn't your typical such creation, no short animation linking to a Wikipedia entry. This particular Doodle was a full-blown, interactive immersive into the world of [...]

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The story of the funky drummer:

The story of the funky drummer:
The most exploited man in modern music
  “Give the drummer some”, said the voice of funk soul pioneer James Brown as it rang out above his band on the 1967 recording of Cold Sweat. The drummer in question was Clyde Stubblefield who was said to be one of the most sampled and exploited musicians of all time. His playing on [...]

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A History of American Protest Music

A History of American Protest Music
Nina Simone Sang What Everybody Was Thinking
On June 12, 1963, in the early morning after president John F. Kennedy’s Civil Rights address, activist Medgar Evers was shot in the back as he stood in the driveway of his Mississippi home. He was returning from a meeting with NAACP lawyers and officials, and carried an armload of [...]

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The origins of hip hop

The origins of hip hop
Inside Kool Herc’s parties
When we hear “hip-hop” or “rap” (we hardly hear just one of those term separately, because of their common origins), we talk about a musical and cultural phenomenon that covers at least five decades, now consolidated as a real music trend: Kanye West, Jay-Z and before them Eminem, Dr. Dre, [...]

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#HipHopDance

#HipHopDance
From Bboying to Hip Hop Freestyle Dance
How the B-Boy and B-Girl Became Choreographed Count-By-The-Numbers Dancers Prologue: Ihave a dilemma. Every time I pull up old clips of Def Comedy Jam’s first season all I see is the comedians. Which is cool. Bernie Mack made his name with “I ain’t scared of you mothafuckas” on that jawn. But we [...]

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“All Hail The Queen – 30th anniversary

“All Hail The Queen – 30th anniversary
It Sparked Joy at a Time When Everything Burned
Itwas 1989 and I was eight years old when I arrived at the colossal red-brick building in Brooklyn where Mama, Daddy, and I lived. After hustling through a cracked cement courtyard and passing a thick metal door, I ran through the marbled lobby, bounded up the stairwell two steps at [...]

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So Misinformed – Snoop feat Slick Rick

So Misinformed – Snoop  feat Slick Rick
The video
Vorrei dire a questo signore e a tutte le altre persone / Che non sono state benedette dalla melanina / Per far loro capire ciò che è successo nella nostra storia / Sei stato male informato tanto quanto noi siamo stati male informati. Una voce femminile in sotto fondo. Le [...]

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Grass is Greener

Grass is Greener
Intervista a Fab Five Freddy
Incontri/«Grass Is Greener», il debutto alla regia di Fab Five Freddy, è un documentario sulla legalizzazione della cannabis. Il graffitista e conduttore tv coinvolge anche altri artisti e fa il punto sull’oscuro rapporto degli Stati Uniti con la ganja.  All’inizio degli anni ’80, Fab Five Freddy è una figura centrale della [...]

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PHASE 2’s Party Flyers

PHASE 2’s Party Flyers
HIP HOP's VISUAL LANGUAGE
In the South Bronx in the 1970s, hip-hop culture was just beginning to form at large musical gatherings called jams. In abandoned buildings packed with people, a group of DJs developed techniques like sampling, breakbeats, scratching, cutting, and backspinning. But news of a jam didn’t spread by word of mouth [...]

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