How Tommie Sunshine’s Subtle Tweet Changed My Perspective on the Artist / Media Relationship

By Christopher Lavinio on October 1, 2013
To start, the original idea of writing this article came from my boredom of my Managing Multinational Enterprises Class with a professor who I can barely understand. As I tend to do in larger classes, I throw up the powerpoint on one half of the screen and this lovely gem of a blog on the other. But suddenly, as I begin to scroll through Twitter, I see DJ/producer Tommie Sunishine praise the latest Afrojack single that I, myself thought of as a tune that "brings about a big of a wannabe B.o.B feel that makes me wondering if this tune will be a chart-topper." So, I instantaneously gravitated towards Sunshine's tweet (below) about he EXACT opposite opinion on the tune.  

10 Years Later: A Look Back At Outkast & The Last Revolutionary Hip-Hop Album

By BiggDogg on September 23, 2013
Today, September 23rd, 2013 marks the 10-year anniversary of Outkast’s landmark album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. When I realized this, the first thing that went through my mind was “Damn, time flies.” It seems like it was yesterday that I was listening to “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move” on 102.7 KIIS FM while my mom was driving me to school. I remember “Hey Ya!” being played at those awkward-ass middle school dances. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below also has personal importance to me because, along with The Black Album, it’s the first hip-hop record that I actually went out and bought (it’s hard to imagine a time before iTunes, but buying CDs was actually a thing 10 years ago). Now, some might be asking why, of all the hip-hop albums released around this time, am I writing about this particular one. Well, quite simply, Outkast raised the bar with Speakerboxxx/The Love Below as far as hip-hop goes, and that bar has yet to be matched.

Out Of "Control": What Kendrick's Verse Means For The Future Of Hip-Hop

By BiggDogg on September 2, 2013
Some of you may be wondering why I waited so long to comment on Kendrick Lamar’s verse heard ‘round the world from Big Sean’s “Control.” Well, there was so much hysteria surrounding it that if you made a comment, you were either branded a Kendrick Lamar dick-rider, or someone who doesn’t know shit about hip-hop. Seeing as I am neither, it was a debate that I had no intention of putting myself into. But now that everyone’s calmed down, allow me to provide some brutal honesty: Kendrick’s verse on “Control” doesn’t mean a damn thing. Now let me tell you why.

DJ AM: Four Years Later + Unreleased Mixes

By James Donnelly on August 28, 2013
Four years ago today the DJ community lost a true legend of the industry. DJ AM or Adam Goldstein, from Philly, is considered one of the best turntablists to have ever lived. Today his style of mixing can still be heard by some of the greats including A-TRAK. The last year of his life was filled with many highs and lows. Both AM and Travis Barker teamed up to put together a truly remarkable mixtape called "Fix Your Face VOL 1.," which can be listend to and downloaded for free below. The mix includes such an incredible array of artists from Biggie Smalls, to Daft Punk, to Kanye, and everything in between that you can imagine. This was one of the first major collaboration between two different genres that was one of the first landmark events of electronic music becoming mainstream. Shortly after the release of the mixtape AM and Barker were performing together in the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The following year was when Deadmau5 rocked the world with his iconic cube on television for the first time.

Mad Decent Block Party Philadelphia Hits Home

By Hill Coulson on August 8, 2013
Earlier this week we gave you our review of the Mad Decent Block Party as it touched down at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in the DMV area. But did you know that back in 2008, Philadelphia hosted the very first Mad Decent Block Party? Taking place on the basketball courts of 12th & Spring Garden, this free concert and barbecue was held in response to the growing popularity of the Roots Picnic. The event showcased new sounds and styles coming from the burgeoning Mad Decent label, featuring the likes of Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega, Nadastrom, Flosstradamus, and more. Fast forward to the present day and, besides the venue and production value, the party’s still going strong.   IMG_1254-Clarity

BiggDogg's Top 5 Most Ignorant Rappers

By BiggDogg on August 4, 2013
Seven years ago, Nas released a record called Hip Hop Is Dead. Many hip-hop die-hards, including my colleague Reuben Friedman, hold the same opinion and I agree for the most part. However, with the recent mainstream success of Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore and the emergence of young bucks like Joey Bada$$, things seem to be looking up. To me, the state of hip-hop is like the U.S. economy: things aren’t that great right now, but they sure as hell are better than the way they were five years ago. But in order for hip-hop to reach that same level that it was 15-20 years ago, there are certain people who need to change their ways or just disappear all together. Now, if there’s one thing in this world that I absolutely hate with every ounce of my being, it’s ignorance. And as an African-American, nothing pisses me off more than grown-ass black men being ignorant, so this issue is one of personal importance for me.   trinadad james
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