Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Classic Underground Hip Hop | eMC (Wordsworth, Puncline, Masta Ace, Stricklin) - M3RRY XMAS MIXTAPE

We first heard underground legend Wordsworth after we set up the first WUW? office in Glendale, California. While shopping at Backside Records, in Burbank, California, we came across a couple albums from the Tunnel Rats.

Wordsworth's guest appearance on Raphi's track "It Goes Down," off the the Cali Quake album, Cali Quake was arguably the best album to be released by the Los Angeles hip hop collective - The Tunnel Rats - and Wordsworth's verse was what place the album into the next sphere. 

Our next encounter with Words was on the Rawkus Records Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1 album in which he an Punchline joined forces for the track "Da Cypher." After listening to this track we became lifelong Punch & Words fans. 

After devouring the Punch N' Words Ep, Mirror Music, and the many guest appearances with Tribe, Black Star, etc, we were excited in 2008, when Punch & Words hooked up with Stricklin and Master Ace ("check it out baby, check it out y'all, check it out baby, we was born to roll") to release The Show under the group name eMC. Since then, the collective has released a number of solo and group tracks including Wordsworth's The Photo Album and Punchline's Underground Superstars.

As we wait for the next full release from the eMC collective, we are are excited to share this M3RRY XMAS Mixtape to hold you over.

The Santa of Mixtape Blogging,

The Unexplainable World of Google Searches | Hip Hop Songs for Sexing Hoes

One of the most entertaining, or disturbing, things about is reading what keywords were used in a google search to find your paper. Not sure what this person was trying to find but they ended up at my thesis paper: 

Hip Hop Blogs for Sexing Hoes,

Friday, December 21, 2012

Cleveland Hip Hop Production | The Kickdrums x Dee Goodz - The Higher EP

We first heard of the Cleveland hip hop production duo, The Kickdrums, in 2008 when they remixed Adele's "Melt My Heart" for the Mick Boogie mixtape Adele... 1988. We became instant fans and proceeded to collect every mixtape they released. 

Composed of Alex Fitts (producer, singer, songwriter) and Matt Pentilla (Dj/producer), The Kickdrums have produced tracks and remixes for artists such as Peter Bjorn and John, Kanye West, The Black Kids, Lil Wayne, MGMT, Justice, Talib Kweli, Kidz in the Hall, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Freeway, and Joe Budden among others. 

The Kickdrums have also released a couple indie rock albums showcasing Fitt's talents as a musician and songwriter - Just a Game, There Might Be Blood, and their official release Meet Your Ghost.

The Higher EP collabo with hip hop artist Dee Goodz, follows their tradition of blended dope hip hop beats and lyrics with the indie rock instrumentation and songwriting that has established The Kickdrums as a leader in the postmodern era of music fusion.

The KickBlogs,

Bonus: Check out some of the Kickdrums remixed tracks on the Smash the System Mixtape.

Hip Hop Production | Talib Kweli - Fly Away (Re-Produced) EP

Here is a little holiday treat from possibly the greatest lyricist of all time (the GLOAT) Talib Kweli. "Fly Away" was originally released on the Attack the Block Mixtape with Z-Trip but with the help of Apollo Brown, Shoden! 1, and Willie B, the track is given three new identities. 

Blog Away,

Monday, December 17, 2012

Deconstructing the Newton, CT Shooting | Violence, Religion, Race and the Rhetoric of America

The following is a Facebook post by a friend of the WUW? organization. We have been perplexed by the political debate and rhetoric that has surrounded the most recent mass shooting in Newton, CT. We haven't been able to properly express our thoughts in writing - but Lawrence expresses our thoughts in a succinct and insightful fashion. Thanks to Lawrence Heru for his courage to speak truth.

Deconstructive Blogging,

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Teaching at Texas A&M | An Open Letter to My Contemporary Social Theory Class


            First, I want to say thank you for a semester full of great conversation, insight, debate, struggle, and fun. We covered some of the hardest material you will ever read (Foucault, Derrida, Horkheimer and Adorno, Habermas) and some of the toughest topics to discuss in public (politics, economics, race, religion, gender, sexuality). We have done so with grace, humility, and open minds. Everyone in the class may not have agreed with every reading or every point of view brought up in class, but y’all conquered the almighty task of discussing these things with civility – congratulations! Your journals displayed a depth of insight that is not common to most people at any level of education. I hope that you continue to read and think deeply. You have spent a great amount of time reading and writing, so I would like to reflect in the same way and offer some of my thoughts about or readings and discussions.

I have been keeping notes all semester of suggestions for you as you continue your academic, professional, and personal journey – think of this as my final paper.

Read, Read, Read

The brain is a muscle that must be exercised and the world of social beings is more complex than a thirty second sound bite or an hourlong political debate. There is a history of ideas and competing paradigms that coalesce into what we assume to be common sense, necessary, and true. 

We can only understand things like political debates by understanding the history behind them, how they developed, what they assume, and how we have arrived where we are. So don’t be afraid to tackle difficult readings. It is not necessary to understand them immediately rather you will build a body of knowledge that will lead to a deeper understanding of life as you continue honing this skill.

Recognize your subject position

Always consider your viewpoint, and recognize, as McLaren suggested, that it is only a point from a view – not THE point of view.

Understanding our personal worldview and how it effects the way we perceive others is a tough task to undertake but when we do so with open minds, it can be an incredible source of personal growth.

Ask questions

Maybe, the postmodern turn reflects the necessity to ask better questions and to focus less on absolute answers. Ask more than what is right – ask what is good.

Ask why you hold the opinions that you do. Ask what objectives or power (Foucault) is behind the movies and newscasts you watch. Ask what the underlying assumptions are to different political positions. Ask what will make a better world.

Interrogate answers

As we have read, the modern world was obsessed with neatly defined answers that created nice and neat boxes to explain the world as we experience it. Everything had its place and with that we felt some sort of comfort by knowing where we fit. 

But like W.E.B. Du Bois, C.L.R. James, Cornell West, Betty Friedan, Charlotte Gillman, Ben Agger, and Charles Lemert explained – these definitions were anchored to a center of assumptions about reality that reflected the interests of a specific set of people. 

While these assumptions have benefited those in the center, they marginalized, dehumanized, and delegitimized those outside of the center.

Discuss tough subjects

In our culture, we are paralyzed by the fear of disagreement. We are afraid to discuss subjects such as race, religion, and politics because we are afraid to be wrong. We are improperly oriented to each other and these subjects because our modern orientation to knowledge demands that one person be right and the other wrong. Don’t engage discussions to sway the other person to your view from a point but to learn and grow.

Thus keep an open mind, embrace ambiguity, and recognize that truth is ever allusive. Just when we think we know what is true - society changes, we change, and the world changes. 

This is what Derrida, Lytoard, Foucault, and the rest of the crew mean when they say there is no such thing as truth or proclaim the death of the meta-narrative. It is not that some things are not true but that truth changes, people change, and what is true at one time for a group of people will change with time and as people learn and adapt to the world around them.

Keep an open mind

When you discuss tough subjects, do so with an open mind and take pleasure in the journey of understanding. We have recognized, along with many of our theorists, that it is difficult (if not impossible) to uncover an absolute truth for every person and every group. 

This should relieve us of the feeling that we need to be right. Being free from the black and with nature of right and wrong, we can pursue a journey of understanding.

Embrace ambiguity

If everything could be explained, there would be no room for play (as Derrida emphasized), creativity, or adventure. Life is something that we cannot control and maybe that is what makes it beautiful. 

We are comforted by the structures of our society because we have been conditioned to but most of us understand how gray life really is. Embracing ambiguity allows us to be ok without explaining why we are ok.

Relax and have fun

Life will not unfold the way you have planned. The ups and downs of life are part of the journey. You will experience varying levels of success and disappointment. Recognize that everyone, despite his or her perfect life on Facebook, is experiencing the same rollercoaster of life. Take it for what it is worth, learn from it, and grow as a person. The sooner you accept the journey of life the sooner you will be content with the outcomes. 

Although at times everything will seem nothing less than serious, life is not that serious. Steer free from the entrapments of the material race. Don’t allow your possessions to control you rather use your possessions to create a better world for yourself and those around you – this will enable you to relax and enjoy your journey.

Never stop learning

This sums up all of my other thoughts. We will never know and understand life completely but we can keep striving to understand and know more. Utilize your job, discussions, success and failures, books, classes, friendships and family, and all the experiences you will have to develop a depth of understanding that embraces diversity and promotes the pursuit of a better world.

Never lose sight of the possibility of a better world

We have read about the benefits and consequences of modernity. One thing that many of the classical theorists that wrote at the dawn of modernity and those that are writing in postmodernity had in common was that they were theorizing about the good society. Some ideas led to the creation of better living conditions and some have led to the creation of greater inequality. 

Adam Smith and Karl Marx may have disagreed about how to get there but they both were attempting to get to a better place. After a century of war, destruction, and genocide we seem to have accepted that the world and man is incapable of evolving to a better place where poverty, disease, prejudice, and inequality are eradicated. 

We have been consumed by the dreams created by the culture industry and have been lulled into political complacency – where the statement “what does it matter if I am involved or not” has become commonplace. Maybe we cannot reach utopia, but why in the hell would we stop trying?

In conclusion:

This has been an enlightening class for me to lead and I have grown from our discussions and from reading your journals. I have been pushed to consider life on a deeper level and continue to wrestle with these big ideas. The comments I provided in your journals are meant to be the continuation of our conversation. 

My hope is that you take what you have learned and apply it to your life wherever it leads – business, teaching, nursing, mission work. 

My take-away from the semester is that life is complex and though we may not have all the answers, we can ask the questions that open a greater arena of discourse. 

Whether we agree or disagree on the specifics, we all want to create more humane society, we all want happiness, and we all want to achieve our full potential. So why not join each other on the journey and promote understanding and love.

Maybe our reorientation to truth and experience is the answer. Maybe allowing ourselves the freedom to be wrong is the answer. Maybe embracing the ambiguity of life allows us the opportunity to relax, laugh, and love.

Thanks again for a great semester and good luck on the rest of your journey,

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Video | Kirk Thurmond - Matter of Time

Here is another Kirk Thurmond video for the single "Matter of Time" from the forthcoming album Only Love.  Jam it and make sure to check him out live at the album release party, December 15th.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Dallas Acoustic Soul Music | Kirk Thurmond - Only Love | Album Release Party

We just finished listening to Dallas recording artist Kirk Thurmond's forthcoming Only Love (available December 15th). Kirk's gospel influenced acoustic soul highlights his talents as a songwriter and his ability to connect with the listener on the deeper level of emotion that will keep his album on repeat all day.

Check out the in studio recording of the lead single "Break My Bones."

If you are in Dallas, make sure you attend the album release party on December 15th at The Crown and Harp on Greenville ave. Check out the Facebook event page.

Blog My Bones,


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

College Station Hip Hop | Shawn Noize - N.O.I.z.E (No One Iz Everything) Mixtape

Recently, the WUW? crew has brought to you some new hip hop coming out of College Station. Artists like Caleb Mak, Justin Wilson, and GQ Marley have been steady on their grind, putting out quality material. Shawn Noize has been right there in the mix and displaying the experience of an artist that has been consistently and relentlessly improving. Shawn's third mixtape showcases his laid back east coast influenced southern sound and comes off as more of a complete album than your typical mixtape. Make sure to follow the homie on twitter @ShawnNoize, like him on the Facebook, and support that up & coming 979 talent.

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No Blog Iz Everything,

Dallas Indie Dance Synth Pop | Mystery Skulls, Black Tie Dynasty, & Mon Julien

Don't know much about these guys other than the fact that we found them on Bandcamp and they are dope.

We do know a little bit about one of the best Dallas in the last 10 years. Unfortunately, Black Tie Dynasty broke up a few years ago. Check out this remix ep by local D-Town hip hip producer Picnictyme. Fortunately, you can check out lead singer Cory Watson and keyboardist Brian McCorquodale, in their new band - Mon Julien.

Check out the new sounds of Mon Julien.

Indie, Synth, 80s Influenced, Dance, Art Pop Bloggers,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Video | Emilio Rojas - Whisper

For those of you who don't know, considered yourself informed. Emilio Rojas has sat on the WUW? list of hottest new MCs for about 4 years now. Emilio's lyrics are unmatched in delivery, wordplay, depth, and cultural insight. Rojas continues to deliver visuals that bring his words to life and this video for "Whisper" adds to superior reputation.

While most hip hop heads are declaring the supremacy of wack raping gimmicks like Chris Webby, Mac Miller, Asher Roth, Wiz Khalifa, Timeflies, Hoody Allen, and Machine Gun Kelly - they continue to sleep on lyrical giants like Rojas - concerned more with dope lyrics instead of college kid cliches. 

Make sure your check out some of our favorite Emilio Rojas videos and mixtapes here!

Deep in the Blog Game,

Download Now | Fashawn - Champagne and Styrofoam Cups Mixtape

Fashawn comes hard with another mixtape that makes most of the new school of hip hop look more like 4th round draft picks as opposed to rookies of the year. Download Champagne and then make sure you check out a couple of our other favorites Fashawn projects: Ode to Illmatic and Higher Learning 2.
"I be eatin lunch with whites like Condaleeza Rice." 
Track 10: Just a Man

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Champagne & Styrofoam Blogs,

Monday, November 19, 2012

WUW? Recommends Hip Hop Production | Dag Savage (Exile & Johaz) - Salvation Mixtape

Los Angeles hip hop production guru is a household name in the underground rap scene. Fusing eccentric sounds, boom bap drums, and an always impressive list of MCs to rep over his beats, Exile is widely regarded as one of the most progressive hip hop producers in the game. Salvation is the precursor to Exile's collabo album with San Diego MC Johaz, from the group Deep Rooted, and is also Johaz's solo introduction the the hip hop world. The album contains a list of collaborators that stay on top of the WUW? list of hottest MCs including Fashawn, Blu, and Aloe Blacc

Boom Bap Blogging,

Monday, November 12, 2012

Documentary on the Third Coast Legends UGK | All Star Tribute to UGK

Pretty dope little video. Features interviews with 9th Wonder, ASAP Rocky, Big Boi, Brother Ali, Freddie Gibbs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Killer Mike, Lupe Fiasco, People Under the Stairs, Rapsody, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def - among others.

Unfortunately, coming from the Nasti Nati, we were late comers to that P.A.T. sound but no one can doubt Bun B and Pimp C's legendary status.

What's your favorite UGK track?

Pocket Full of Blogs,

Make sure to bang that WUW? Dirty South Classics Spotify Playlist:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Leaders of the New School | Skateboards, Bikes, and Raps

Fashawn - Skating Down the Block

Kooley High - Pedals

The Cool Kids - Black Mags

The Pack - Vans

Trunk Boiz - Scraper Bike

And of course, Lupe Fiasco - Kick Push

Skatin Down the Blog, 8 Pt Font,

Bonus: WhatUpWally? New School of Hip Hop Playlist:

Listen Now | RZA - The Man With the Iron Fists Soundtrack

The RZA has surpassed even his own legacy as hip hop royalty. Not only did he mastermind the greatest hip hop collective of all time but he has also become one of the premier film scorers (of course if you love Tarantino and kung fu flicks). Has released both the soundtrack (stream and purchase below) and the film score. 

On top of all this, RZA also published one of the best hip hop memoires (in the opinion of the good folks at WUW?), The Tao of the Wu.

This soundtrack features Kweli, Monch, Black Keys, Ghostface, Corrine Bailey Rae, The WU, M.O.P., Pusha T, and M-E-T-H-O-D Man. 

Jump kicking our way through the blogosphere:

Why Torture Matters | George W. Bush, Abu Ghraib, and the Responsibility of the America Citizenry

For the past couple years we have been trying to make sense of how the American people have understood the role of torture in the war on terror. From our unscientific polls of friends and acquaintance, we have come to the conclusion that Americans are in favor of anything they think will make them safe. We have heard FORMER! presidential candidate Mitt Romney profess that he would return to the Bush torture paradigm and we have watched as Fox news pundits have advocated the use of torture on suspected terrorists. What we have missed in this dialogue is that the actions of our government and our military have profound consequences on our long term security as well as the security of our troops.

For those of you interested in the subject, we would like to offer just a small snippet of the research we have been working on. We offer an analysis of the media, the president, and public opinion in an attempt to understand the role that "we the people" play in the actions of our government. Hopefully, we are able, in plain language, able to present the multiple layers involved in this dilemma (Click on this link: Framing Abu Ghraib). 

Now that the election is over and we have spent so much time thinking about what makes the best government, maybe we can start thinking about what the best way to operate that government is. This is just one issue but it cuts to the core of who we are as citizens and what our responsibility is as actors on the world stage.

We the People,

Here is a snippet of the conclusion of the our paper. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Night in America | Thoughts On a Better America and the Inherent Value of Mankind

Congratulation to Barack Obama! Our president overcame great odds to win reelection and endured a great battle with Mitt Romney. Yes, it is true, most of us at WUW? have a serious dislike for the former governor of Massachusetts. But Barry O. was correct, in his acceptance speech, when he said that the deeply held values of Americans are worth fighting for. 

Obama and Romney stand on opposite sides of a divide that has existed in our country since before the revolution. The WUW? crew thinks it is OK to disagree on these things and that they are worth battling it out for. But, what is beautiful about our system of government is that every 4 years we engage in an ideological civil war and then we move forward in a civilized fashion without assassinations, coups, or an actual civil war. 

For all of the ways the system seems to not work, we are reminded of all the ways the system does work. We cannot expect perfection from the government as much as we cannot expect perfection from ourselves. As individuals, we recognize our flaws but we don't destroy ourselves because of them. However, we often want to destroy our government because of its imperfections. Maybe it is time that we recognize the flaws, work to learn from them, and toil to make the government and the nation better. To look past the belief that the highest priority is profit and start to make our highest priority people. Maybe it is time to start showing compassion to those who are less fortunate and start reconstituting our nation as one that thinks deeply about how to increase the quality of life for everyone in the nation.

Maybe the government is inefficient in the ways it provides programs of assistance but instead of destroying the programs that provide health care and assistance to single moms below the poverty line, we should start thinking about new ways to make the government more efficient, to enable all Americans to benefit from the great wealth that is created in our country. 

Men and women have been reduced to units of economic productivity. Our greatest worth is measured in income, investments, and productive value. We are only valuable as utility maximizers. We have lost sight of humanity. Of progress. Of the good society. We have been stripped of our ability to dream of a better world. We have accepted inequality and have embraced it as a fundamental component of human nature. But, we, as Americans and as humans, are not economic species. We are social beings that love, cry, laugh, and want to live a life that embraces the fullness of our being. 

We can be a nation that embraces its history as the project of enlightenment, a historical manifestation of the belief that no man is born with a greater value because of their noble birth. A nation that believes in the inherent worth of the individual.

We should be a people that celebrate the attempt to make sure that every person can receive medical check ups, prenatal care, and cancer treatment without fear of being overburdened by the costs. We should be a people that embrace the freedom to love who you love. We should be a people that think about the greater good and not just our next vacation or Lexus. We can be a people that recognize that the ultimate end of life is not wealth.

Our value is not found in our utility. We are not defined by our bank accounts. We are humans that want to live a full life of health, love, and happiness. 

It may not be possible to create utopia but it is not impossible to make a better world.

Blogging Toward Utopia,

Monday, November 5, 2012

The History of Cincinnati Hip Hop and the Experimental Sounds of Ill Poetic | Ill Poetic - Synesthesia (Free Album Download)

Cincinnati (and the surrounding areas) has become the home of one of the most serious hip hop movements in the nation. This may be shocking to many of you but you should remember that Cincinnati actually has a long history of musical creativity - in funk , blues, jazz, and rock. Cincinnati, as the home to funk and R&B legends Bootsy Collins and the Isley Brother; jazz great Count Base D, the music industry legend L.A. Reid; and path breaking hip hop artists Mood, Hi-Tek, and IsWhat? was projected to be the next major music city. Artists from Led Zeppelin to James Brown came to the Nati to record making Cinci a sort of mixture of Nashville and Detroit. Later, Cincinnati hosted the first major hip hop festival, Scribble Jam (1996-2008), which predated today's festivals such as Rock The Bells, and helped launch the careers of Wordsworth, Murs, Slug, Eyedea, Brother Ali, Lyrics Born, Eminem, Sage Francis, and Rhymefest

In 1997 Rhymefest defeated Eminem in the Scribble Jam freestyle battle: watch for :38 "Ima keep this nigga bouncin like a Suge Knight check" - Rhymefest

Along with The Scribbling Idiots, Mr. Dibbs, Copywrite, and Tanya Morgan, Jermiside, the emcee/producer, Ill Poetic, has been representing this tradition for over a decade. He continues to push himself outside the restrictive boundaries of hip hop and into the the world of creative expression filled with live instrumentation, atmospheric samples, and intricate lyricism. In this new project, Ill Poetic moves into that "next realm" of hip hop production inhabited by masterminds like RJD2 and El-P.

Ill Blogetic, 

Bonus: Check out the WUW? Cincinnati Hip Hop Spotify Playlist:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WUW? Presents Justin Wilson - Sick-A-Mundo Mixtape

A few months ago, WUW?'s College Station talent scout, DJ Rob, introduced us to the newcomer and College Station native, Justin Wilson and his Hometown Hero Mixtape. Without delay, JW jumps right back into the mixtape game with the Sick-A-Mundo Mixtape. Fans of JW will notice tremendous growth on this new project, from beat selection to lyrics to flow, Justin demonstrates how serious of a competitor he is in the Texas rap scene.

Justin wastes no time, starting off the tape with the soulful, 90s throwback jam - Charge it to the Game. After getting your ears warm, JW goes in on Greatest, over one of the best Fun. sampled beats we have heard yet. Track 3 features Wilson holding his own over Jay & Ye's Niggas in Paris beat (which is not easy to do). Other highlights are the grimey track - Tribute, Just Ridin, and a freestyle over the club bangin beat from Snap Back & Tatoos. 

Although Justin's smoked out style is evident throughout the project, he succeeds at avoiding the cliched mary jane themed mixtape that has flooded the hip hop scene over the past couple years. From start to finish, Justin provides just what you are looking for in a mixtape: witty punchlines, dope sample, hard rhymes, and nice freestyles. 


Make sure you also check out JW with the rest of College Station's finest perform the 2012 College Station Cypher:

Download Now | Kids These Days - Traphouse Rock (Free LP)

WUW? favorite and eclectic hip hop sensation, Kids These Days, released their new album Traphouse Rock yesterday as a free download. Our Cincinnati correspondent, Gerald, had a chance to watch these Chi-Town youngster perform this summer at the Bunbury Music Festival, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he was blown away by the depth of their sound (check out the video here). Kids These Days is composed of a trumpet, trombone, southern rock guitarist and vocalist, MC, drummer, Adele-esque keyboard player, and a bass. Not only do KTD pull off the peculiar mixture of sounds but they put on a live performance that not many bands or hip hop artists would not want to follow on stage.

Traphouse Rock features 7 tracks produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Check out the recent Rolling Stone article and enjoy the album.

Traphouse Blog,

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Video | Sleeperstar Live at the Grand Stafford Theatre 10-18-12

The WUW? organization humbly began in early 2004 in Los Angeles, California as a mediocre crew hip hop producers, DJs, and cultural philosophers. A few weeks after attending a 19th birthday rollerskating party for Ashley Simpson we met 5 wide eyed, Baylor Bears that had just moved to the city of Angels to record a record under Joe Simpson's (yes the infamous Dallas youth pastor turned pimp and reality tv show "star") Papa Joe Records. 

The band's name was Barefoot and they were fronted by the good looking Chris Pearson. A few years later the WUW? office moved to Dallas and started hosting a local music showcase featuring the likes of Jonathon Tyler, Larry (G)ee, Chris August, and Pearson's newly formed band Sleeperstar. Sleeperstar's first EP was laced with singable choruses, harmonies, and the energy of a pop punk band in an indie pop soundscape. The five piece band has come along way since those shitty soundsystems at Knox Street Pub. They have continued to hone their sound and create energetic songs to shuffle your toes to.

WUW? had the opportunity to watch the matured sounds of Sleeperstar in the booming metropolis of Bryan, Texas (that is the city next to College Station which is the city where Texas A&M is located). Beyond the blended harmonies, keys, killer drumming of Shaun Menary (photographer extraordinaire and former CS resident), we were impressed with the stage presence of Pearson. As comfortable covering Jay-Z and Garth Brooks as he is slamming the keys - Pearson delivers the kind of performance we have come to expect from top 40 mainstays like Maroon Five and the Fray. 

Check out our video footage of Sleeperstar performing live at the Grand Stafford Theatre in Bryan, Texas.

Texas Rain - One of the WUW? crews favorite songs of the evening... Couple problems with the video - The damn video intern is always messing the videos up... he will get it fixed shortly


Late Night With Jimmy Fallon | Wu-Tang x The Roots - Protect ya Neck


Bonus: Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuttin to Fuck Wit Spotify Playlist

Protect Ya Blog,

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Tour Through the Hip Hop 90s | DJ Chief One - 1991, 1992, and 1993 Mixtapes

DJ Chief-One has been undertaking the enormous project of capturing the 90s, by year, to present an all encompassing experience of 90s hits, b-sides, and remixes. The WUW? staff encourages you to travel with Chief-One to experience the songs that defined a generation, discover the hidden paths less traveled, and reflect on the decade that solidified hip hop music as one of the most important emergence in popular culture. Check out the full track lists at Okayplayer and sit back and enjoy this quest through the bizarre stories of love theories, sawed off shotguns, loot giving, down'em shutting, beat jacking, nature of naughtiness, mic passing, around jumping, Tennessee traveling, and neck protecting police sounds.

Sawed off shotblogs hand on the mouse,

Boom Bap ReMixtape | DJ Jazzy Jeff Presents... My Favs Vol. 1

Not much commentary needed here... just one of the best producer/ DJs of all time remixing some of his favorite tracks. A little Nas, Biggie, Pharcyde, Jay-Z, etc... is enough to get your heads noddin.

It Ain't Hard To Blog,