When I sat down recently to interview New York-based starlet Cameron Hill, it was difficult to reconcile this outspoken young woman with the playful former elementary school classmate I had once known. Gone were the ribbons and pigtails, and in their place was an obvious confidence and unforced sex appeal, which is ironic, since she pointedly denied seeing herself as sexy. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVEN’T HEARD OF MS. HILL…. ….You must be living under a rock. Just ask any New Yorker about the “Pum Pum Song” and they’ll tell you all about Cameron Hill. With a lyrically raunchy first offering on her EP and the Reverbnation Songwriting Competition win under her belt, Cameron Hill is set to follow in the footsteps of other successful Caribbean artistes such as Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. A MUSICAL AWAKENING With a background in gymnastics, swimming, and water… [Read more]
Are you easily manipulated? I am quite sure you answered no to my question but if you are a Twitter user then chances are you have been manipulated and led to anger by someone’s tweets. Think about it, were you one of those people who got suckered into championing a cause off of Twitter only to find out later that you were wrong? I’ve noticed something about Twitter and I am sure that many of you have noticed it too. Twitter has become the staging ground for passive aggressive attacks and for goading celebrities into responding. As a writer I know all too well how easy it is for people to mistake my intent and miss out on context whenever I write. Throw in my cynical and sarcastic wit and you get a huge divide between those who get it (and laugh) and those who… [Read more]
Can you imagine a company that has no respect or want for your craft and you only learn about this after you’ve earned them millions of dollars through promotion? I can’t imagine it but Hip-Hop music has been burned so many times by this narrative that you would have to wonder at the intelligence of the artists who do it. The latest fallout before Hip-Hop’s reeducation was probably the Cristal wine boycott issued by Jay-Z after years of it being the unofficial, over-priced wine of the Hip-Hop crowd. after the managing director of Louis Roederer answered a question in The Escapist magazine about rappers drinking Cristal, Jay-Z responded and put a stop to anymore rappers referring to the wine in their lyrics and buying it up in any clubs: “It has come to my attention that the managing director of Cristal, Frederic Rouzaud views the… [Read more]
From blaming Video Games for gun violence to blaming rappers for rape, it never ceases to amaze me how the fad of generalizing becomes so popular when it never fixes the problem at hand. Do you know what I find funny about the current assault on Hip Hop with labels such as “rape culture” (since Misogyny is no longer the popular word of the day)? I find it funny that while the implications are serious, the people making the most noise do not buy, have never bought, and will never buy the albums of the rappers that they are going in on. Look at it this way, it comes off as if they are skipping over everything else wrong with radio hip hop in order to find the few instances of alleged rape. Bear with me here rape is a brutally terrible crime but what… [Read more]
Hot women, sepia toned cinematography, plastic, and alpha males acting like alpha males… what’s not to love? Check out this awesome video and song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and 2 of our 10 best dressed men in hip hop (Pharrell and T.I.). It’s the kind of video that reaches back to a time when boys could be boys, hell even the lyrics would make a feminist cringe but for this guy, it made me smile. Oh and if you’re not at the job and want to see the real version of this video where the birds are fully naked… search for it. Funny how nudity comes off as less offensive when it’s done in an artistic way eh?
The name Jamiroquai is synonymous with that of fast cars and funky disco grooves but they are a band that has created a sound unlike any heard out in the music industry today. With confusion to those unfamiliar with their music, people often assume that the band’s front man Jason “Jay” Kay IS Jamiroquai. Perhaps they’ve seen a few of their videos and one can easily make that assumption but the fact of the matter is that they are such an influential band musically and artistically. Jamiroquai is a derivative of the word “Jam” and the Native American Tribe “Iroquois” mixed together as one word but there is a much deeper meaning to the band’s name as they commemorate the tribe in a few of the songs from their first couple of albums. The centralized Native American theme is a representation on the subjugation of… [Read more]
Recently I ran into world class photographer and artist extraordinaire Bayete Ross Smith and we began to talk about Hip Hop, the culture, the music, and whether or not the movement was dead. My argument was that the Hip Hop we cherished since childhood was on it’s deathbed and that we need tor accept that as fact. Bayete disagreed on the death sentence of Hip Hop, reminding me that it was so much more than popular music and personal preferences. He explained it so eloquently I had to share it: If Hip Hop is something you are, you’ll find it thriving. You just can’t expect to get it through mainstream media outlets very much. Connect with the M.C.s, DJs, Graffiti writers/visual artists, B-Boys/physical performers and other creative innovators locally. I find Hip Hop wherever I go. But you have to seek it out. Counter Culture… [Read more]