Missy Elliott – WTF

For all of you who’ve grown tired of talking about Drake, you’ll be relieved to know that Missy is back.  Check out WTF below, and find out that you’ve always wanted to see a marionette version of Pharrell Williams.

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The hip hop musical you didn’t know you needed

NPR has a full cast recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.   It’s a fantastic hip hop musical of the life and times of Alexander Hamilton.  You’d never have known you needed this in your life.  But you do.  So listen.


The last Audio Cassette Factory


(via digg)


Key & Peele – Rap Confessions

A funny sketch, but not that far off what happened to garbage rapper Tiny Doo.


Witness – Fingers on a Violin

Dope hip hop from a skinny white guy.


Pete Rock – One, Two, A Few More

Photo by Martin Star"
Photo by Martin Star”
Pete Rock’s releasing a sequel to his now-classic beat record, Petestrumentals (although I actually prefer The Surviving Elements). Yesterday he dropped the first track from the new album, “One, Two, A Few More.” Obviously it has that classic Pete Rock bounce – how else do you describe that groove? – and it heralds good things to come. I’m especially looking forward to the Dilla tribute.

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Shad is the new host of Q

CBC’s Q Radio Program has been embroiled in controversy the last little while.  Ever since the fall of Jian Ghomeshi 4 months ago (as of the date of this article), it has been a whirlwind of a search to find a worthy successor.

And they have one.  A cerebral, excellent, talented rapper and interviewer.  Shad has been announced as the new permanent host of Q.

A Juno Award-winning musician who has been nominated three times for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, the performer known as Shad takes the reins of the show after CBC managers were impressed by his ease in speaking with other artists during a week-long audition as a Q guest host in late January, Shad interviewed a range of artists including cartoonist Art Spiegelman, opera star Christine Goerke, filmmaker and author Miranda July and actress Evangeline Lilly.

We here at 4080 welcome him.  While Shad has never reached the market saturation he deserves, his albums have been incredible.  He’s a critical darling, and one who is a worthy successor to such an institution.

And I leave you with Rose Garden:


A moment for Large Professor

I feel like I’ve been asleep at the controls lately.  Somehow I just haven’t turned my mine to many of the classic greats.  Case in point is Large Professor.  Dope producer and lyricist.

Ordinarily here’s where I would  want to get into some details of this talented man, but my brain is barely functional so you’ll have to google it.

Check out his single “Own World” ft: Fortune off his upcoming album RE:Living Legend, which will be coming through this Spring sometime (which is now!).  Get your inter-webs ready.


The 1978ers (yU & SlimKat) – Without A Clue

From The Album “People Of Today


Rapper Big Pooh – Augmentation

Rapper Big Pooh - Augmentation
Photo by Moritz Guth.

New music from Rapper Big Pooh, with Apollo Brown on production. Called “Augmentation,” the track is off Rapper Big Pooh’s upcoming album, Words Paint Pictures, out on March 24.

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