Black Music Month Musings: Imagine The Roots as the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Each season of the National Football League culminates with the Super Bowl, an event that’s one part championship game, one part pop culture spectacle, and annually the highest rated live broadcast on American television. NFL players spend their entire careers […]

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Sound Check: Brave Williams—Brave & Fearless

Bravery is a badge of honor, and singer/songwriter Brave Williams is wearing it well. After many years of roadblocks thrown


Sample This: Leon Haywood’s “I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You”

*Editor’s Note: contributor Montrose Cunningham’s new weekly column bridges the ol’ school with the new as he explores the original songs sampled in

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Event Recap: Pepsi Funk Fest Reunites the Sounds of Rap and R&B

There’s no better way to celebrate Black Music Month than with a concert that resurrects the soundtrack of many our lives with ‘80s and

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Gifted Lessons: Guru’s 10 Most Influential Songs

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Born Keith Edward Elam in 1961, Guru (an acronym for Gift Universal Rhymes Unlimited) became a critically acclaimed performer


Bring The Noise: Black Music Needs Public Enemy Now More than Ever

Music influences. With popular black music today, many tunes consistently encourage attitudes of carelessness and self-indulgence, actions of intoxicated partying, and promiscuity.

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Q&A: Cool V–Good Vibez and Better Inspirations

Recording and entertainment industry branding expert Cool V wanted to begin this, his second exclusive interview, by making

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Sound Check: Special Ed—The Return of King Edward

It's been over a decade, and rapper Special Ed is back to prove he's still in charge. In 1989, he released his

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Concert Recap: Project Cypher 2

HighTyde was in for a big surprise, and was there to see it. The indie hip-hop star’s 2nd annual charity/unity concert,

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Q&A: Pete Rock–The Remains of The Day

Iconic DJ, producer, and recording artist Pete Rock has a number of fond childhood memories. One of his most significant was his mother

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