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VIDEO: Bob Marley & The Wailers “Stir It Up” (Live)

Was reading an excellent story in GQ Magazine’s January 2011 issue by John Jeremiah Sullivan about his traveling to Jamaica to find Bunny Wailer, the last living member of the original Wailers (the precursor to Bob Marley & The Wailers). The story recommends the above clip—a live performance of “Stir It Up” on BBC show The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973—for those unfamiliar.

Bunny Wailer (sporting a fez) is to Robert Nesta Marley’s left while Peter Tosh is on his right rocking a purple sweater and sunglasses looking spectacularly fresh. In the clip below the group performs “Concrete Jungle” on the same show. Greatness.


The Essential Bunny Wailer Playlist [GQ]

December 26, 2010 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Music, News | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip through Hip Hop’s 36 Chambers

Book written by yours truly dropping April 30th, 2011 via Praeger. Stay tuned for more info while I get my self-promotion (ugh) game together. Big up to

December 24, 2010 Posted by | Aqua's Clips, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , | 2 Comments

VIDEO: Redman x Karmaloop: REDMANIA

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Redman is hilarious. Dude is sipping Four Loko out of a mug, riding a bike through the Karmaloop offices, playing dice and hollering at chicks on the customer service line; all during what is supposed to be a typical work day.

Redman can rap too. The Jersey MC’s seventh album, Reggie, is in stores right now. Not as good a record as Reggie Noble is capable of, but it still has joints (see: “Tiger Style Crane, “Rockin’ Wit Da Best” and “Full Nelson”).


December 21, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | 2 Comments

VIDEO: Aloe Blacc “I Need A Dollar” Live On Jimmy Fallon

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Aloe Blacc absolutely killed his performance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Most crooners would have been gasping for breath after the first couple of moves and their voices would have been cracking like they were 13. Hard to believe this was his first time on national TV. Stop snoozing folks; Aloe’s R&B debut Good Things is available now. The Roots on the beats, obviously. [Nod to The Smoking Section via Yardie]

VIDEO: Aloe Blacc “I Need a Dollar”

Luis Guzman x Rasta Monsta x How to Make It in America

Please Don’t Call The Roots A House Band

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, T.V. | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

VIDEO: The Niceguys “The Good Shepherd”

Did a quick profile on The Niceguys over at TheBVX a little while back. Here is a visual to “The Good Shepherd” from their debut album, The Show, which is FREE.99. That’s gotta be worth a spin. Fresh Hip-Hop coming out of Houston (the vid was shot in NYC, though). Respect it. [Nod to AudibleTreats]


December 17, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , | Leave a comment

Mos Def x Antenna Magazine Cover

The inimitable Mos Def covers the Winter 2011 issue of the good Antenna Magazine. Speaking of, Mr. Beze is appearing in the John Guare play “A Free Man of Color,” currently at Lincoln Center. Add that to your check list.  [via Collab Society]


Rare Joints: A Tribe Called Quest’s Lost Intro x Mos Def

The Root Interview: Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def on ‘Free Man of Color’ [The Root]


December 14, 2010 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , | 5 Comments

VIDEO: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Trailer

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Captain Jack Sparrow rocking with mermaids, zombies and Black Beard. This is a win. Penelope Cruz gets the thumbs up to because I always found Keira Knightley to be hella annoying anyway. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, due May 20 on IMAX. [via io9]

December 13, 2010 Posted by | Films, Hip-Hop | , , , , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Dr. Dre “Kush” f/ Snoop Doog and Akon

“Still I am, tighter than the pants on” —Snoop Dogg

Still won’t believe Detox isn’t a figment of Dr. Dre’s imagination until I see it in stores—or as a ZIP file on my hard drive. ‘Til then, this “Kush” joint with Snoop Dogg and Akon has grown on me. Pretty good visuals can’t hurt. “Inhale, exhale…”

December 10, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , | 1 Comment

DOWNLOAD: Raekwon “Butter Knives”

Slang you may never decipher, kung-fu samples and a mean string loop equals a tastey dish from Shallah Raekwon The Chef. “Butter Knives” off that RZA free Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang dropping next year. [Propers to Nah Right]

DOWNLOAD: Raekwon “Butter Knives” | Mediafire


Raekwon Says That “Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang” Is Coming In March [HipHopDx]

Raekwon – The Coke Cooker (Best of 2010) [Hip Hop Is Read]

December 8, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Music, News | , , , | 2 Comments

VIDEO: Print That Sh*! with Noah Callahan-Bever

If you have been reading authoritative Hip-Hop mags for any significant amount of the time, the name Noah Callahan-Bever should be very familiar to you. In the above clip, the Editor-In-Chief of Complex Magazine drops jewels on how he got his start and the importance of carving your own unique lane. [Spotted at Al Lindstrom]

December 6, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, News | , , | Leave a comment