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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Tupacsquiat

Tupacsquiat
Boom Traps Remix
!llmind celebrates Tupac‘s “birth, death and musical resurrection” today with the release of the “Tupacsquiat” (BoomTrap Remix). The release – a rework of Pac’s “Life Goes On” – is anchored by artwork from Naturel, which finds the wildly popular artist fusing elements of Tupac’s music with the time-honored style of [...]

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Inspired by Illmatic

Inspired by Illmatic
10 writers reimagined the album tracks as short stories
Few albums have left such an indelible mark on any genre as Illmatic, which is why, 20 years later, it's still held up as the high watermark for pure rap album expression. To commemorate the album's 20th anniversary (April 19, officially), Nas has already performed the album in its entirety backed [...]

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