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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 28, 2017

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Hey, I’m pretty glad we’re more than halfway through 2017, and man 2020 can’t come quick enough. In the meantime, here’s some rap I picked out for you to listen to today.  Note the local NiYahPEACE on the playlist – she’s having an album release on Saturday at Kick Butt Coffee at 10pm, and you can hear Froggy Fresh with local openers The Triggermen and Protextor at Sidewinder on Monday.  The summer show lull is ending, so I hope you go out and listen to some local rap! You can hear interviews I did with NiYahPEACE and The Triggermen last Sunday over here.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

April 28, 2017

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Sometimes it feels like we’re entering another Golden Age of hip-hop, where the records released elevate the art form and challenge other artists to produce better music, and the albums consistently redefine the genre’s edges and limits. Of course, as a result of the speed at which new hip-hop is produced, it feels like we get a new Golden Age a couple times a year. In fact, I’m sure I’ll look back at this playlist in six months and see it as a time capsule of what we thought the last Golden Age would be, and I’m sure I’ll be wrong then, too. Oh well.

I’ve pulled together some Kendrick, of course, and Joey Bada$$ but there are some gems in there that you won’t want to miss, including Your Old Droog’s intense track with Danny Brown, the frenetic grime of Stormzy, and the melodic tilt of Austin-based …&more… with Clifton Dukes. Check out my playlist of Best Hip Hop of 2017 (So Far) here:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

March 31, 2017

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We’re nearing the end of Women’s History Month, those 31 days a year when educators and lawmakers put the spotlight on women’s contributions to this great nation of ours.  I’ll add to that today by spotlighting women’s additions to the genre of hip-hop in this month’s playlist.  Women make amazing music even as obstacles exist to them doing so in a genre whose mainstream aspect is characterized by rank misogyny.  Here are some of those women. Listen up and party down.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

January 27, 2017

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This past Sunday on my show, inspired by the more than 2.9 million who participated in the Women’s March in Austin and other cites, I played tracks from women in hip-hop. The talented and determined ladies below in some ways represent how all women battle to be heard, both literally and figuratively. While hip hop has come a long way in the last 40 years, it’s still a young genre and it remains steeped in the inherent sexism of our broader culture (haha … “broader culture”) but especially in the machismo and misogyny that’s so prevalent in the sturm and drang of the genre. It’s inching towards becoming the voice of all peoples, and it’s been a great progressive tool in the last several years to assault the forces that keep people down, but the popular side of hop hop – the albums that sell or stream millions – still predominantly portray women as objects.  Well, here are the women in their own voices and words and they are just fucking killing it.

I strongly urge you to listen to – really hear – and patronize these artists and all who are voices that are outside of the mainstream because, hey, the future is female.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

October 28, 2016

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Happy Halloween, my spooky ghouls and ghastlies! Here’s your playlist for costume parties, trick-or-treating, or making fun of trick-or-treaters!

:Run D.M.C. – It’s Tricky:
:MC Chris – Halloween:
:Doug E. Fresh – Spirit:
:Dr Dre – Murder Ink (Instrumental):
:Geto Boys – Mind Playin Tricks on Me:
:DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street:
:Foggy Fresh – Halloween:
:Swollen Members – Odd Goblins:
:RJD2 – The Horror:
:Binary Star – Wolf Man Jack:
:Big L – Devil’s Son:
:Braille – Frankenstein:
:Snoop Dogg – Murder Was the Case:
:Mac Miller – Born on Halloween feat. Ghosty:
:Beastie Boys – Egg Man:
:Ras Kass – Interview with a Vampire:
:Bone Thugs N Harmony – Hell Sent:
:Felt – Ghost Dance Deluxe:
:Aesop Rock – Homemade Mummy:
:DJ Signify – Costume Kids:
:Something Anything – Monster Rock:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

September 30, 2016

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Happy first weekend of ACL Fest everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the place you’re staying while your AirBnB guests enjoy your house! Here’s some tunes to listen to in your car or with headphones so you don’t annoy the people whose couch you’re crashing on.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me feat. Kendrick Lamar:  You’ll see these two artists at ACL on Friday and Saturday, respectively, and they are not artists you want to miss.

September Mix:

:M.I.A. – Bird Song (Diplo Remix):
:Camp Lo And DJ Przm – Hold the Floor:
:The Avalanches – Harmony feat. Shaggs Chamberlain, Jonathan Donahue & Jonti:
:BADBADNOTGOOD – Lavender feat. Kaytranada:
:Vince Staples – Smile:
:Mac Miller – Dang! feat. Anderson Paak:
:Frank Ocean – Slide on Me:
:Bionik – Ball Like Beijing feat. Lizzo:
:Busdriver – Eat Rich:
:Danny Brown – Ain’t It Funny:
:Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Mud:
:Action Bronson – Nordic Wind:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

August 26, 2016

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In lieu of me attempting to encapsulate some small part of the hip-hop universe for you this month, I’ll just pass on this accurate, amazing, and hilarious article from Mass Appeal called You’re Not An Old Head, You’re Just Old. Let’s all read that, listen to this mix, and reflect on how we talk about this genre of music and its artists.

SONG OF THE MONTH: The video for Nobody Speak by DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels. It’s a knock-down drag out political battle, and seeing old white men say the words of El-P and Killer Mike is somehow very stirring.

:A Tribe Called Red - R.E.D. Feat Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear:
:De La Soul – Royalty Capes:
:Eve – She Bad Bad:
:Danny Brown – Pneumonia:
:Madchild – Nature of the Beast:
:Lizzo – BGSW:
:Ana Tijoux – La Bala:
:Rae Sremmurd ft. Lil’ Jon – Set the Roof:
:Maurce “Mobetta” Brown – Meanwhile Back at the Ranch feat. Jean Grae:
:Slug, Aesop Rock & M.F. Doom – Put Your Quarter Up:
:DOOM – Gazzillion Ear:
:Step Brothers – No Hesitation feat. Styles P:
:Kate Tempest – Don’t Fall In:
:Bambu – Ain’t No Future in Yo’ Frontin’:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 29, 2016

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This week, the ruling came down that no officers in the Freddie Gray case will be indicted for murder, and we’ve lost at least two black men to blatant racism in the last month. The Austin Police Department has also demonstrated a reprehensible attitude towards its citizens. The continued treatment of black bodies as disposable enemies of the state by a racist police force is despicable and it needs to stop. I’ve made a mix and contributed to my local Black Lives Matter coalition. I will be writing to my police force and attending meetings in the coming months to be an ally to the movement, and I hope you will too.

:Janelle Monae – Hell You Talm Bout:
:Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry:
:Lauryn Hill – Black Rage:
:Innatesounds Crew – Police State:
:Cole James Cash – Hands Up feat. Crew54:
:Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five – The Message:
:Taina Asili – Freedom:
:Vince Staples – Hand Up:
:Talib Kweli – The Proud:
:Supastition – Black Bodies:
:10isee Williams – Nat Turner:
:OT-C3 – Black Rose feat. TreeG:
:Public Enemy – Beyond Trayvon:
:Zion I – Unity feat. Bambu And D.U.S.T.:
:ZiplockDomo – BlackLivesMatter:
:Tink – Tell the Children:
:Hermit Kingdom – That Blackness:
:Jaheal – BlackLivesMatter:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

June 24, 2016

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Exciting news! Starting July 6th, Austin Mic Exchange is moving to Wednesday at 8PM at Spider House Cafe and Ballroom. This means that you work-a-day stiffs (read: me) will finally be able to hear the dope shit coming straight out the mouths of Austinites and still get home in time for your secret Whataburger binge and 11PM bedtime. What a time to be alive!

In other news, it’s hot out, so everyone who just moved here from colder locales, drink a lot of Lone Star, stay out of my secret swimming spots, and please pay your property taxes.

Song of the Month:

:The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra feat. Danny Brown: The Avalanches are back! This Australian electronic band’s debut LP was beloved in critical and popular circles alike, but that was 16 years go. They drop this single in anticipation of their next album, Wildflower, and they sound as though they’ve retained that keen ear for samples and meticulous beat-craft.

June Mix:

:Tasha the Amazon –  Picasso Leaning:
:Chance the Rapper – No Problem feat. 2Chainz and Lil Wayne:
:DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak feat. Run the Jewels:
:Despot – House of Bricks:
:Spank Rock – One Hunnid:
:Mos Def – Auditorium feat. Slick Rick:
:Kam Moye – MK-Ultra feat. Baba Zumbi:
:Scuare x BeetFarmAssist – Deluxe:
:Blu and Exile – O Heaven:
:Homeboy Sandman – Keep It Real feat. Mystro:
:Bionik – Ball Like Beijing feat. Lizzo:
:A Tribe Called Red – Stadium Pow Wow feat. Black Bear:
:Blue Scholars – Slick Watts:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

April 29, 2016

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Losing Prince has made this a tough month, but at least we have his music. I made you this mix! It doesn’t feature Prince. Sorry.

:DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak feat. Run the Jewels:
:Busta Rhymes – Hello feat. Chance the Rapper:
:10isee Williams – Nat Turner:
:Open Mike Eagle & Paul White – Smiling (Quirky Race Doc):
:BJ the Chicago Kid – The New Cupid feat. Kendrick Lamar:
:Def Jef – God Made Me Funky:
:Royce da 5’9″ – Quiet feat. Tiara & Mr. Porter:
:Domo Genesis – Dapper feat. Anderson .Paak:
:Samiyam – Mirror feat. Earl Sweatshirt:
:Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz:
:L’Trimm – We Can Rock the Beat:
:Azatat – Serpentine:
:Atmosphere – This Lonely Rose feat. Blueprint & Aesop Rock:
:Phoniks x Raashan Ahmad – I Fell in Love wih a B-Girl:
:Cross Border Players – Higher feat. Gift of Gab:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

March 25, 2016

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We lost Phife Dawg this week at the age of 45 due to complications with diabetes.  Phife was a formative artist for pretty much everyone I know. A Tribe Called Quest both laid the groundwork for and perfected the Native Tongues sound, and were one of the most influential hip-hop groups in history.  Phife’s melodic delivery seemed so casual but is so difficult to replicate, as anyone knows who’s tried to queue up Can I Kick It? for karaoke. He and Tip were the perfect foils – Tip was cheesily romantic, while Phife made self-deprecating and often crude jokes. Phife always seemed to be having the most fun. To lose him at 45 is such a blow to hip hop, and so sad. There has been much already written about Phife, so I’ll just present you with some music to enjoy while you reminisce over how his lyrics shaped you:

:A Tribe Called Quest – Ham N Eggs:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario:
:A Tribe Called Quest – One Two Shit:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got):
:A Tribe Called Quest – His Name is Mutty Ranks:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Buggin’ Out:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Verses from the Abstract:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Find a Way:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

February 26, 2016

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Where did Noah keep his bees?

In the ark hives.

:Da Phenoms – Old School Rules (Drum Mix):
:Pete Rock and Camp Lo – No Uniform feat. M.O.P.:
:Despot – House of Bricks:
:Vince Staples – Lift Me Up:
:B.B. And The Underground Kings – Smoke Sumthin’ feat. Trill A.G.:
:Freddie Gibbs And Madlib – Knicks (Remix) feat. Action Bronson:
:Fashawn – Golden State of Mind feat. Dom Kennedy:
:Cole James Cash – Hands Up feat. Crew54:
:OT-C3 – Black Rose feat. TreeG:
:Aesop Rock And Homeboy Sandman – Get a Dog:
:Fugees – Ready or Not:
:Magna Carda – Banger Jones:
:Run the Jewels – Blockbuster Night Pt. 2 feat. Despot And Wiki:
:&more… – Fantasy:
:Astronautalis – Sike:

 

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

October 30, 2015

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Hey all you Halloweeners! Hope you have the spookiest holiday ad enjoy this hip hop Halloween mix!

:Dr. Dre – Murder Ink Instrumental:
:Run DMC – It’s Tricky:
:Binary Star – Wolf Man Jack:
:MC Chris – Halloween:
:Doug E. Fresh – Spirit:
:Ill Gill and TG – Halloween Costume:
:Run DMC – Ghostbusters:
:Felt – Ghost Dance Deluxe:
:People Under the Stairs – Carried Away:
:MC Esoteric – Zombie Combat:
:Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks on Me:
:DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street:
:Braille – Frankenstein:
:DJ Snyder – Monstrous:
:Swollen Members – Odd Goblins:
:Foggy Fresh – Halloween:
:Cousin Fik ft. Droop-E – I am a Vampire:
:Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Hell Sent:
:Ras Kass – Interview with a Vampire:
:Da’Shade Moonbeam – They Are Coming:

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Return Of Weird City (Leah)

October 23, 2015

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Weird City Hip Hop Fest 2015 as it was originally planned did not come to fruition. The fest suffered some setbacks that unfortunately meant that we had to reorganize and make a new plan.  Since the fest has always been about promoting local artists and bringing together the hip hop community in Austin, we’ve reworked it around an amazing line-up of local acts at Spider House Ballroom.  And as a bonus I’ve made a mix that includes a bunch of them for you to listen to as the fest gears up. Details of the fest are below. It’s an insane value, all the money goes to the artists, and you should come. Get all the info here.

Tonight: 7-10pm
The Battleground Freestyle Battle & Competition
Hosted by Protextor & DJ RecSpect
***Admission to Battleground gets you into the Afrofreque Can I Kick It ATCQ Tribute party featuring JahLeelFahReal, JunioR, and more afterwards for only $5***

Tomorrow: 7pm – 2am
A 3-stage, 30+ act party celebrating the uncanny level of quality, variety, and musical range in Austin’s fastest growing musical scene! Join us the Saturday before Halloween for the biggest #ATXhiphop party of the year!!!
Also featuring the official launch of HypeHop, a new gameified freestyling app for iOS and Android where you can literally trade bars with anyone!

:Crew54 – Gentlemen’s Toast feat. Don Street:
:Scuare – Recursive:
:Protextor – Third Coast Rising feat. Cap N Kirk:
:Hermit Kingdom – That Blackness:
:Magna Carda – Juice:
:KB the BooBonic – Farrah Flossit:
:Space Camp Death Squad – Fuck Sally May:
:Clemits – No Nostalgia:
:No1important – Over the Bridge:
:Afrofreque – Illumination:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

September 25, 2015

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Ever thought to yourself, “Self, man I think I’d like hip-hop if it weren’t for all that rapping?” Well, here’s your chance to enjoy it rap-free with my mix of instrumentals provided below! Happy zoning out to these sweet beats, friends.

:Hudson Mohawke – Chimes:
:Prof – Bar Breaker:
:Bootsy Collins – If 9 was 6 (Prince Paul Remix):
:Chaos And Order – Logan’s Mind:
:Jaylib – McNasty Filth:
:Black Milk – Danger:
:Pete Rock – Pete’s Jazz:
:J Dilla – Time – The Donuts of the Heart:
:Flying Lotus – Osaka Trade:
:DJ Shadow – I Changed My Mind:
:Doomtree – Beacon:
:Dizzy Bull – Soul Connection:
:Alexander Spit – Said the Joker to the Thief:
:BPos – We All Gotta Get It:
:Mr. Scruff – Nice Up the Function:

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