ArtOfficial already took a step into the Hip Hop/Jazz-scene in Japan with their release ‘Fist Fights and Foot Races’, but there are more plans for the near future. Together with Kevin Nottingham and Illroots they are working on a mixtape, have a brand new album in the making and are still intensively on tour. We talked to Logics about all of this, ArtOfficial in general and of course, their music.
Hip Hop has expanded from something that was local (United States) to something that impacts the world. American based hip-hop CD’s have been impacted by the influx of international talent, such as Shuko, 20 Syl, Dj Honda, Dj Mitsu The Beats, The Returners, Hitfarmers, Snowgoonz, Jazz Liberatorz and more. Dela is a French producer who is sought after by emcees worldwide because his style is nostalgic and reminiscent of when hip hop producers utilized the sample as well as soul and jazz music.
In this category we write an open letter to a specific artist or group. It could be advice, criticism, a request, a text to show love or hate or something else related to the artist. This time it’s an open letter to Danger Mouse.
‘Uncommon Approach’ is a column written by Paul “Nasa” Loverro, owner of independent label Uncommon Records. With this frequent column, he gives readers an all access look at the ups and downs of running an independent Hip Hop label in this day and age. An in-depth column from the perspective of an Indie label owner. This time, part 1 of his column “New York Shitty”.
This is a question that has been eating away at me for a while now. Yet the question is not as straight forward as it might suggest. There was a time when Hip Hops standard bearers were also at its forefront. When the most skillful and charismatic MCs in the game were the major players. When any new artists wanting to join those at the top had to be something special.
Character is definitely style – and style of character is definitely what Hip Hop & Street Art are all about. So when it comes to character in street art, what is that? I pitched 20 Questions to CAX to hear about his inner views on what character and style are all about.
Sabzi, one half of collectives Blue Scholars and Common Market, is a remarkable producer. Unfortunately, not everyone knows his skilled productions and he definitely deserves more attention. That’s why we hooked up with him to talk about his music, both projects and upcoming releases.
Most lovers of jazzy Hip Hop will know Kero One for his critically acclaimed debut Windmills Of The Soul. It’s been three years since that release, and now he’s back in full effect! You can find his sophomore album Early Believers on the shelves of your local record store or online music retailers.
Character is definitely style – and style of character is definitely what Hip Hop & Street Art are all about. So when it comes to character in street art, what is that? I pitched 20 Questions to SINNA to hear about his inner views on what character and style are all about.