Okayafrica TV: I Know Where I'm From ~ Joakim Noah on Fela Kuti

Chicago Bull's center, Joakim Noah, whose father is tennis star and singer Yannick Noah, and whose grandfather is Cameroonian soccer star Zacharie Noah, grew up listening to Fela Kuti. In this piece, Joakim talks about Fela's audacity to speak the truth on behalf of his people, Tupac as a new generation's Fela, Noah's gift for Obama, and the importance of knowing one's roots.

illume sessions: nneka (in her own words) [part 1]

illume sessions is a mini-documentary series that highlights artists and changemakers. this episode was born during nneka's east african tour (made possible by the goethe institut) when she stopped by kigali, rwanda in february 2012. here is part 1 of 'nneka...in her own words.'

illume creative studio: an afropolitan collective::purveyors of awesome:: being the change we want to see in africa and the world.

Part 2 Below

Ab-Soul ~ ILLuminate f. Kendrick Lamar [prod. Skhye Hutch]

controlsystem drops this Friday (May 11th)

Akua Naru ~ Poetry: How Does It Feel Now??? (Live Performance)

Hailing from New Haven, Connecticut and joined by her band DigFlo, well-travelled wordsmith Akua Naru gives us an exclusive live performance of "Poetry: How Does It Feel"; a sensually exquisite, jazzy jam of spoken word

G dep feat Faith Evans ~ Everyday (video)

Former Bad Boy rapper G. Dep was sentenced to 15 years in prison this morning for a murder that took place 20 years ago. 
Once considered to be a cold-case murder, Dep, real name Trevell Coleman, 37, confessed to the mugging and shooting last year when he turned himself in so he could square himself, he has explained, with God.

The OCS ~ Heart Of A Hustler f. Kendrick Lamar, Cisco Adler & Jag

4th track off The RPD20X Project Ep . H.O.A.H. Feat Kendrick Lamar, 
Cisco Adler, Jag 

Gensu Dean ~ Ramesses feat. 7evenThirty & Homeboy Sandman

“Ramesses” is a term for ancient Egyptian royalty, Pharaohs to be specific. If Hip-Hop was Kemet, The Imperial Gensu Dean would be among the regal few. At a time when the music is drowned in a sea of thin synths and weak stock drums, Dean consciously keeps it analog, relying on the tried and true SP-1200 and stacks of records. 

For his newest single, "Ramesses", Gensu Dean enlists two up-and-coming rhyme kings in their own right, the dexterous Homeboy Sandman and the ferocious 7evenThirty, to compliment his apocalyptic beat. Matching a mean guitar riff with gunshot drums and a wailing vocal sample, Dean provides intense energy, allowing 7evenThirty to wild out and rap about busting through the side of mountains, mummifying opponents and riding on the back of the Sphinx. Homeboy Sandman provides a good counterbalance; rapping with equal lyrical intensity but taking the everyman route, reminding us of when he would drink water to quell hunger and lie about cutting McDonalds out of his diet.

DJ M-Rock ~ The Best Of The Beastie Boys ((Mixtape))

DJ M-Rock ~ The Best Of The Beastie Boys

Large Professor Ft. Action Bronson, Cormega, Roc Marciano & Saigon ~ M.A.R.S. (Video)


Sunni Colòn ~ Dearly Beloved ((Album))

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