The anticipation for Danny Brown’s new album has been building steadily over the last few months, even more so since he unveiled the list of contributors involved, including the likes of Q-Tip, Run The Jewels, JPEGMAFIA, Blood Orange and Flying Lotus, who takes on the role of executive producer. Dirty Laundry is our first peek at what the project holds in store, with Q-Tip laying down a wonderfully twisted beat for Danny to get to work on. The video is class too, as the Detroit MC takes on the role of what looks like a washed-up old lounge singer to great comedic effect. The album, uknowhatimsayin¿, is due for release on 4 October via Warp Records.
Poignant final video from Tribe for one of the joints from their last album, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. Filmed posthumously following the death of Phife back in 2016, the video sees Tip and Jarobi rapping against an isolated space age dystopian backdrop. In a testament to Phife’s popularity and the sense of unity that groups like Tribe brought to the hip hop world and beyond, his contributions are mimed by various music luminaries, including Erykah Badu, Questlove, Vince Staples and Janelle Monae. All in all a fitting tribute to Phife and Tribe as a whole.
I don’t really need to say much about this, other than it is out today and I am already hearing very good things. I am yet to experience it for myself, but you can stream the album on Apple Music and Spotify (no embed codes for WordPress unfortunately) right now and hear for yourself. I’ve included the links below. Continue reading “A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”
I don’t tend to do obituaries on here, in fact I think this is probably the first, but for a good reason. Phife Dawg was part of A Tribe Called Quest who were one of the first cres to steer me away from the gangsta rap obsession I had developed during my early teens. Hearing Low End Theory for the first time, was a seminal point on my timeline as a rap fan and my first foray into ‘conscious’ lyricism (a term I try to avoid but fail to find a better alternative as I write this). Continue reading “Phife Dawg RIP”