Author Archives: Twice

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.

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.

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

Mingering Mike

This is a fascinating story in the Guardian about a mysterious (and fictitious) soul singer named Mingering Mike.  Jon Ronson (a talented author who wrote the Psychopath Test) details his quest to meet and talk to the creator of Mingering Mike, and his journey to having his albums wind up in a museum.

Hadar was a true soul aficionado, with an encyclopaedic knowledge and 10,000 records at home. Which is why he was so amazed to discover 38 albums by a soul singer he had never heard of. His name was Mingering Mike. Hadar stared at the record covers. He read the liner notes. There was Mingering Mike’s 1968’s debut, Sit’tin by the Window. The cover art was a painting of a young man in a green T-shirt, good-looking, serious. The comedian Jack Benny had written the liner notes, calling him “a bright and intelligent young man with a great, exciting future awaiting him”.

Zion I is breaking up

Photo by Ron Henry
Photo by Ron Henry

Let me start this off by saying I have not independently verified this.  Relying on Teambackpack.net (which, if you haven’t checked them out on the web or on Facebook, you are missing out) which in turn relied on MassAppeal.com, I discovered this morning that Zion I has released what they claim to be their last project as the original duo.  The EP, Sun, Moon and Stars is 5 tracks.  An eclectic mix for an already eclectic group, it’s worth a listen (check it out below).

According to TBP, the duo is going their separate ways, but AmpLive will continue to contribute the occasional production while Zumbi continues on under the Zion I banner.  What’s unclear to me is whether Zumbi will be getting new talent in on a full time basis, or just bring in the occasional featured artist.

Danny Brown – Grown Up

Dope track.  I for once read the YouTube comments on this, and found a lot of kids advocating to check out Danny’s back catalog.  So go do some searching and report back