Archive for the ‘history’ tag

If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably gonna have some serious downtime in the next couple of days.  So, to help you pass the time, here’s a mini-documentary on the history of the boombox courtesy of NPR.  


As always, Fab 5 Freddy comes through with the hip hop history.  But, really, I’m surprised that there’s no mention of or clips from “Do The Right Thing” featured in this video.  If anyone is the quintessential representative of the late 80s boombox culture (as far as fictitous characters go), it’s Radio Raheem, no doubt.

The fellas over at The Heatwave (one of our all time favorite dancehall blogs) recently played a little homage to the last 25 years of digital dancehall on their Rinse FM radio show, starting with King Jammy and Wayne Smith’s prototype “Sleng Teng” and moving forward at a rate of about one track per year.  Whether you just wanna reminisce over the last 25 years of dancehall music, you need a little history lesson to get you up to date or you just want to listen to some big, big tunes, you should download this mix (right click, save as) immediately. 

Just in case you need a little more convincing, peep the tracklist after the jump.  

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As some of you LxNxM readers might already know, Nas and Damian Marley have been working on a highly anticipated album titled Distant Relatives.   Not surprisingly, while working on the yet-to-be-released album, the two artists had some great conversations about life, music and history.  The stories and ideas they exchanged eventually grew into a shared vision of a project much bigger than just an album:  a documentary film and series of events set to examine the complex history and often under-appreciated relationship between reggae and hip-hop.  Sounds like a great idea, right?

Thankfully for us the National Geographic Society thought it was a good idea too, and last night they hosted Nas and Damian Marley’s first event, a panel discussion, also titled Distant Relatives, at the Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington D.C.  The event, sponsored by VTech, was moderated by Sway, of Wake up Show and MTV News fame, and included the likes of such living legends as  Kool Herc, Rakim, Big Youth, and Kool DJ Red Alert (who just happens to follow our blog on twitter), among others.

Peep the full two hour discussion after the jump.

This is a great live performance of the song History, which comes off of Mos’ June 2009 release, The Ecstatic.  The album version of this track, produced by J. Dilla, is a certified heater.  With the Roots  flippin the beat and Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle of the Dirty Projectors on background vocals, it’s just bananas.

I don’t watch Jimmy Fallon’s show, but I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the musical performances I’ve caught on the net.  Yes, yes, the Roots are the shit, of course.  But watching classy artists, like the ones above, collaborate and perform these soulful tunes on good ol’ broadcast television – it’s just great.   30 or 40 years from now this clip will be part of a Time-Life compilation of classic live performances from the 00s.  Can’t you see it?  One night, when you’re up late watching TV, clicking through channels, you stop at the infomercial just in time to catch a 10-second snippet of Mos and Talib.  You’ll be all like “Ooh!  Let’s get that, honey.  It reminds me of our youth.”

Go ahead and marinate on that for a minute…  And while you’re marinating, listen to this cover of the Dirty Projector’s Stillness is the Move by Solange (ooh, that’s nice).