Dec 14, 2012 — Chris Morris is one of NCPR's Adirondack correspondents, and a serious hip hop fan. He sent this awesome list of the best of hip hop from 2012:
I need to preface this list by saying that it was close to impossible for me to narrow this list down to 10 - 2012 was easily one of the best years for new hip-hop music in close to a decade.
(I listed the album, the artist, a brief description of why I loved it, and then the album's best track)
Note: Three of the artists on this list - Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul - belong to a Los Angeles super-group called Black Hippy. I encourage all of your listeners to go out and listen to EVERYTHING they've put out in the last three years. (The fourth member is Jay Rock - go back to 2011 and check out his freshman release "Follow Me Home" - it would have made the list this year.) Go to full article
Potsdam, NY, Oct 13, 2009 — Deep African beats and environmental activism make a special appearance in Potsdam this week. Toronto-based band Mr. Something Something is playing at La Casbah Moroccan restaurant Thursday night at 8:30 pm. The band's music is rooted in Afrobeat. It's a style created by the legendary musician and political activist Fela Kuti of Nigeria. It features lots of drums playing hypnotic grooves, horns punctuating phrases, and lyrics with a message. The band describes its music as "the soundtrack to a joyful revolution." Mr. Something Something was co-founded by John McLean, who's actually a Potsdam native. He hasn't been here since he was little, and he told David Sommerstein he's excited to return. McLean says he and childhood friend Larry Graves have played together since they were in first grade. Advance tickets are $8, $10 at the door. You can get yours by calling 315-274-9696 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to full article