Brother Ali has been one of my favorite rappers ever since “Shadows on the Sun” came out. I was immediately hooked on the subject matter, rhymes, and flow, and, of course, Ant's (of Atmosphere) production.
It's been two and a half years since we last heard a release from one of my favorite hip hop groups CunninLynguists, but they finally came out with a new EP. The Rose EP contains three tracks, which might be considered short even for an EP. However, as per usual, CunninLynguists put out a piece of art that is perfectly on point from the concept itself, to the lyrics, the artwork, and the production. As far as I‘m concerned, a three-track CunninLynguists EP is worth significantly more than a double album from many other so-called artists.
Last month, A Tribe Called Quest released their sixth and final studio album after the passing of Phife Dawg earlier this year. As far as chart positions go, it’s also their most successful album, topping the US billboard charts, peaking at number 3 on the Canadian charts, and securing top 20 and top 30 positions in New Zealand and the UK.
18 years ago, Lauryn Hill published her first, and, to date, only, studio album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It is one of the most influential hip hop albums of all time and had a significant impact, particularly on young women in the late 1990s to early 2000s. It was also the first hip hop album that won a Grammy for “Album of the Year.” The album had everything: a great sound, meaningful lyrics, Lauryn Hill’s outstanding voice, visually beautiful music videos. It put a strong emphasis on seeking knowledge and women’s empowerment, African American women, in particular. The album is one of a few truly timeless records and is just as relevant today as it was almost 20 years ago.
I got into hip hop when I was about 13 years old. At that time, it was quite rare for someone living in a medium sized town in the north of Germany to listen to rap music. Germany did have a hip hop scene, but, naturally, it was concentrated in large cities.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.