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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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 Story Of O.J.

The Story Of O.J.
Still a Nigga
Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga / Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga / Still nigga, still nigga. Così rappa Jay Z nel ritornello del singolo The Story of O.J. tratto dall’album 4:44, nuovo lavoro del rapper, imprenditore e moghul di Brooklyn. Il pezzo, accompagnato da [...]

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