I was in the barbershop the other day and the topic of lyricism among today’s hip-hop artists was being “discussed” while 106&Park was on. Names like Drake, Wayne and Em were mentioned of course. There were teens in the room and 106 was on so that was to be expected. One of the barbers that I know has decent taste in music mentioned Jay Elect and Mos Def so I co-signed and added Black Thought to the list as one of my favorites. This dude tells me that “the guy from the Roots” is just aight and if he was that nice he would have put out a solo by now. I hit him with a c’mon son and pulled up 75 Bars on my phone. Not only is this one of my favorites from Black Thought but it has one of the best lines EVER by ANY rapper in my opinion. Black is like your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Again, c’mon son.
Check the link for Gorillaz’ new video STYLO off their latest “Plastic Beach” which is in stores now. The vid reminds me of the good old days when MTV was still “Music Television”. The Gorillaz are known for their unorthodox, amazing collaborations and STYLO as well as the rest of the album’s tracks hold true to that. Mos Def, De La Soul, Paul Simon and AA favorite Little Dragon make appearances to name a few. Undoubtedly there’s plenty more to come from the team behind this virtual band’s newest release.