Author Archives: Twice

Hip-Hop Hamilton – The New Yorker

We’ve covered Lin-Manuel Miranda before, but we’re back with a quick update.  When we last discussed, Mr. Miranda had made an appearance at the White House and performed a rap about Alexander Hamilton.   The New Yorker has an extensive look at our friend, and how he has turned that one song into a full fledged musical that opens soon.

It’s a pretty amazing look at the the process behind creating this production, and worth a read.  Check out a snippet below:

At a workshop production in May, Miranda had delivered a final rap in which Hamilton gives an account of his preparations—“The sun is in my eyes and I’m almost giddy / As I watch it slowly rise over my New York City”—and weighs whether or not Burr has it in him to kill. Both musically and lyrically, the song hadn’t conveyed the high stakes that Miranda sought to capture, in which Hamilton’s fears about Burr’s lack of integrity extended to broad trepidation about the uncertain direction of the country. Nor had the song fully delivered a sense of tragic inevitability, in which Hamilton’s uncharacteristic reticence and Burr’s uncharacteristic forwardness ruin the lives of both men. Miranda was still revising the song, and expected to be still worrying over the scene in rehearsals. He said, “There are things that don’t exist, and that are not going to exist, until we have actors in the room, and I go, ‘Oh!’ ” Kail, who sets deadlines for Miranda, and reacts to every draft of every song, explained, “Lin’s response to pressure is to generate more material.”

Liquid Swords

I was browsing Reddit today, as every productive day starts, and came across a thread about the most under appreciated album of all time.  One user mentioned Gza’s Liquid Swords.

I remembered this album from when I was much younger, and honestly don’t remember it that fondly.  But I took the advice in the thread and gave it another listen.  That one listen made me realize I was a giant idiot in my youth, and I had missed out on gold.  So, to publicly embrace my idiocy, here is an album you all probably know and love.

The Underachievers – Amorphous (Feat. Portugal the Man)

#whenTipTweets

Most of you by now have probably been reading all about the Iggy Azalea feud on Twitter. For those who haven’t, Azealia Banks (who we featured before) took her to task for appropriating black hip hop culture with seemingly no understanding of what she was doing. So, to be clear, not just because she was white. Iggy then proceeded to have a PR meltdown and completely condescended back.

Q-Tip, a personal hero of mine, then took to Twitter in an epic 40 tweet lesson in hip hop history and its ties to black culture. It’s a beautiful read.

Mic.com has an awesome recap here.

For what it’s worth, we here #standwithTip.

Jay-Z – I can’t get with that

I’ve been reading Decoded recently, which is a surprisingly good read.  The usual self-rationalization etc., but Jay-Z shows some surprisingly insightful moments.  In the book, he discusses the track I Can’t Get with That, as one of his first music videos when he was really trying to get out there.  Back before labels took him seriously.  He describes it as as a showcase for his various flows, and it’s a pretty amazing thing to watch.

Nieve – California

Silly, feel-good track in advance of the weekend.

Inell Young – “What Do You See In Her”

Inell Young – “What Do You See In Her”

I’m always so mesmerized by watching a record spin and spin and spin.

Omar – The Man

I’m really digging this.

I don’t know too much about Omar (besides what I read on Okayplayer of course).  The whole album is pretty dope, so make a point of checking it out.

 

The Internet – Dontcha

Two days in a row.  It’s ok to be impressed.

Myron & E – If I gave you my love

It’s been a minute.  New jam.