This latest release from Flying Lotus, "You're Dead!" pushes genre bending to its extremes. Although centered around the hip-hop structure, the album incorporates jazz, experimental electronic music and even some orchestral sounds. The album is intensely thematic, with every melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre and lyric focused on death in a playful and mocking tone.
Some people claim that the art of the music video is dead, but I believe it's simply moved from the industry-controlled cable stations to the nearly limitless world of the Internet.
This was my first full calendar year attending concerts for KDHX as a photographer and journalist, and it certainly helped keep me regularly attending shows.
Perhaps it was simply an early show on a Tuesday or perhaps there just wasn't enough exposure and promotion, but St. Louis did not show up to support Spose and the others from Preposterously Dank Entertainment. The low turnout was certainly not for a lack of talented performers.
For fans of A Tribe Called Quest and, in fact, for anyone interested in the hip hop scene, first time director Michael Rapaport’s Beats, Rhymes and Life is an informative and enjoyable documentary. Through recent interviews and archival footage, Rapaport weaves together the rise, the fights, and the reunion of Tribe’s two central rappers, Phife Dawg and Q-Tip.
The second annual Saint Louis Underground Music festival, a hip-hop showcase featuring over 60 performers, was held at Atomic Cowboy this year.