Videos That Make Hip-Hop Good

 |  June 2, 2009
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I thought this Brother Ali video was really cool.  Ali made some real evaluative statements on where American society is.  Brother Ali tells a story about his friend who was in a situation where he was selling drugs to provide for his family.  His friend was murdered, and in a monumental failure on the part of the Minneapolis Police department, no justice was even attempted to be brought to the victims family.  Ali just speaks the truth, and identifies one of the many problems with the American criminal justice system.  Check it out.

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Bun B did a nice little interview with the Vibe that you should check out.  Bun B is one of the most articulate and sensible artists in hip-hop in case you haven’t noticed.  It’s just a nice little 5 minute interview.  Bun talks about the development of the UGK sound, and how most likely this is the last UGK album he will be a part off.  However, he’s pretty confident the label will try to capitalize on Pimp‘s legacy for every possible last dollar considering they own the masters.  Fucking record labels.  Also be sure to scope this track Bun B did with La Coka Nostra called “Choose Your Side” because it’s the hardest track I’ve heard in a minute.  Produced by The Alchemist of course.

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This is a dope video from J. Cole for the track “Simba”.  J. Cole was signed by Jay-Z himself to Roc Nation, and I personally see a lot of potential from the Fayetteville, NC native and NYC transplant.  I like how BB Gun shot the video in a guerrilla type style.  J. Cole is just walking in the streets on NYC and spitting.  We need more videos like this.  It’s not like they’re expensive.  They’re cheap, organic, realistic and ORIGINAL.  That’s what hip-hop used to be about.  Also be on the lookout for my interview with Cole in the the coming weeks.

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Marco Polo & Torae at a gun range.  Guns and witty banter?  I can’t be mad at that.  Double Barrel in store now.  Cop it.

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Mazzi from S.O.U.L Purpose when to Palestine to do some hip-hop shows, and it just took me aback.  Traveling has always been a passion of mine, and it’s really cool for me to see hip-hop’s influence in some of the places you would least expect it it.  Palestine.  It’s shit like this that gives my job purpose.

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Finally I wanted you guys to check out an interview Drake did with DJ Semtex at Hyde Park in London.  Drake is not only extremely talented, but the kid just knows how to present himself.  He talks about the whirlwind that has become his life, and even touches on his professional/personal relationship with Rihanna.  More importantly he talks about developing his album Thank Me Later, with Kanye West and possible features.  All I know is that Drake is talking about architecture and shit.  Not your typical rapper.  That’s a good thing by the way.

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