Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dear White Friends of Facebook | A Brief History of American Racism


Dear White Friends of Facebook, 

Maybe it would be more constructive to stop getting so angry about the fact that racism still exists and, rather, admit it and actively fight against it. Your replies to mine and others Facebook posts are peculiar in the fact that you are free to ignore any post at will, yet, in angry and emotional tirades, you waste valuable energy that could otherwise be focused on solving the problem of racism. 

The resurgence of hateful and violent rhetoric in the recent years towards black American, latinos, and other people of color is alarming and further proof that we do not now, nor have we ever, live in the postracial society you so adamantly insist upon.

I am at a loss here. I read your comments about how the race card is being played and about how this is all one big media spectacle. 

I am left to wonder if you have ever taken time to listen to the stories told by black Americans. If you have ever listened to the stories of discrimination and of hatred. Have you ever taken seriously the black voice in America? Do you care about the lived experience of those denied basic citizen and human rights? Have you ever stopped to reflect on the fact that your experience as a white American is incredibly different from those that are not white? 

Why are you so violently against the pursuit of equal rights? Why are you so violently convinced that racism is a conspiracy theory conjured up by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?

Why does your heart not break and the continual lack of care for black lives? Why are you not outraged that young black males are continually murdered by white police officers? What will it take for you to connect the dots between theses stories of injustice and the actions and reactions of white Americans?

What is it going to take for white people to realize that just because whites are not hanging blacks from trees and referring to them as niggers (a word that is still used and is being used more often as days go by), that the underlying perceptions and prejudices whites hold about blacks informs their emotions and interactions with blacks? What is it going to take to connect racism with the continual use of words like - animals, thugs, ghetto, those people, criminals, etc - with racist beliefs and behaviors? 

I realize that for most of you, there is nothing that can be said, written, or done to change your heart or beliefs. 

However, I know there are may whites that feel uncomfortable with what is happening in our country and are paralyzed by the fact that they are unsure of what is real and confused about what to do. For those of you, who like me, feel it is no longer possible nor moral to stand by and watch, I have only a few recommendations:

  1. Read about our history and the history of racism
  2. Be open to facts and stories that do no fit the what you have been taught and the frame through which you view the world
  3. Listen to your black friend, hear their stories, legitimize their experiences, and learn more about our society
  4. Speak up. When white friends tell jokes, use racist language, or misrepresent the history and contemporary circumstance of race in America 
  5. Finally, be empathetic. Don't feel pity rather actively engage your ability to listen, understand, and feel along with those that society treats as less than
I write this for those of you that want to understand more and develop a more critical knowledge of how racism works in this society. I by no means pardon myself from the ways in which racism is enacted and perpetuated through me. I am white and I am privileged in this society because of my whiteness. But I can always strive to do better, to be better, to listen and to empathize.

Below, I have provided a brief history of American racism that I hope can be a valuable resource for those of you seeking a deeper understanding. Read it or don't read it, but it is my small and hopefully humble attempt to be better and do better.

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Music From Talib Kweli and Friends | Javotti Media Presents: The Cathedral (Free Download)


Video | The White Savior Industrial Complex - Who Wants To Be A Volunteer?

We found this video this today on the Mic.com email. Anyone, especially those who work at a University in the United States and those who have a lot of Christian friends on Facebook, will recognize the humor in this parody.


Stream the video below and click here to read the world.mic article.







The Industrial Blogging Complex,

WhatUpWally?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thinking Sociologically | The Biographical and Historical Intersection of the Sociological Imagination


“No social study that does not comeback to the problems of biography, of history and of their intersection within a society has completed its intellectual journey.


Whatever the specific problems of the classic social analysts, however limited or however broad the features of social reality they examined, those who have been imaginatively aware of the promise of their work have consistently asked three sorts of questions:




(1) What is the structure of this particular society?
    1. What are its essential components, and how are they related to one another?
    2. How does it differ from other varieties of social order?
    3. Within it, what is the meaning of any particular feature for its continuity and for its change?
(2) Where does this society stand in human history?
    1. What are the mechanics by which it is changing?
    2. What is its place within and it meaning for the development of humanity as a whole?
    3. How does any particular feature we are examining affect, and how is it affected by, the historical period in which it moves?
    4. And, this period – what are its essential features?
    5. How does it differ from other periods?
    6. What are its characteristic ways of history making?
(3) What varieties on men and women now prevail in this society and in this period?
    1. And what varieties are coming to prevail?
    2. In what ways are they selected and formed, liberated and repressed, and made sensitive and blunted?
    3. What kinds of ‘human nature’ are revealed in the conduct and character we observe in this society in this period
    4. And what is the meaning for ‘human nature’ of each and every feature of the society we are examining?
Whether the point of interest is a great powerful state or a minor literary mood, a family, a prison, a creed – these are the kinds of questions the best social analysts have asked.

They are the intellectual pivots of classic studies of man in society – and they are the questions inevitably raised by any mind possessing the sociological imagination.

For that imagination is the capacity to shift from one perspective to another – from the political to the psychological; from examination of a single family to a comparative assessment of the national budgets of the world; from the theological school to the military establishment; from considerations of oil industry to studies of contemporary poetry.

Back of its use there is always the urge to know the social and historical meaning of the individual in the society and in the period in which he has the quality and his being.

That, in brief, is why it is by means of the sociological imagination that men now hope to grasp what is going on in the world, and to understand what is happening in themselves as minute points of the intersection of biography and history within society….

The sociological imagination is the most fruitful form of this self-consciousness.”

Source: C. Wright Mills. 1959. The Sociological Imagination.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washington D.C. Hip Hop | Diamond District - March on Washington (Album Stream)


Diamond District (yU, Oddisee, and X.O.) - March On Washington

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rage Against the Jewels | Run the Jewels x Zach de la Rocha - Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)


Here is the latest track from Killer Mike and El-P's new Run The Jewels album. The first RTJ album was one of WUW?'s top albums of 2013 and probably one of the best hip hop albums released in the last decade (click here to stream). Run the Jewels 2 is set to be released October 27th. 

Head over to therealrunthejewels.tumblr.com to sign up to download the album for free when it is released.



Check out the previously leaked tracks from the new album.

Running the Blog,
WhatUpWally?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hip Hop, News Media, Racism, and White Denial | Hip Hop as a "Sign" of Black Immorality and a Justification for the Murders of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin

The following is an excerpt from the introduction of my forthcoming dissertation on hip hop, the culture industry, and systemic racism. You can access my masters thesis version @ academia.edu

Negative Framing of Black Victims Through Associations with Hip Hop and Gangster Rap



In the past two years, two killings of unarmed black teenagers, Trayvon Martin (February 26, 2012) and Michael Brown (August 9, 2014), have ignited national debates and commentaries about racism in contemporary America. 

In each case, the defendant, George Zimmerman (Trayvon Martin’s killer) and Darren Wilson (Michael Brown’s killer), claimed that race was not a factor and that deadly force was required as self-defense. Many citizens, journalists, politicians, and public personalities justified these killings on the basis of self-defense, denied the role of racial prejudice, and vilified the victims by portraying them as “gangsters,” “thugs,” and “wannabe gangsta rappers.” 


Martin and Brown were framed, through identification with “gangsta rap,” as violent, aggressive, criminal, and dangerous. 

As evidence that George Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin was justifiable self-defense, Ted Nugent claimed that Martin was a “dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe” responsible for “his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route.” 

Geraldo Rivera claimed that photographs of “Trayvon posing as a ‘gansta’ rapper, holding weapons and sporting an elaborate grill on his teeth” were proof that he was a threating individual. Rivera also argued that the hoodie sweatshirt worn by Martin warranted Zimmerman’s suspicion because it made Martin look like “every 7/11 robbery suspect ever caught on tape.”



"And so it was for a few weeks until the race-baiting industry saw an opportunity to further the racist careers of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route." (Ted Nugent, Rare.us, 7-18-2013)

"That image of Trayvon as a non-threatening, harmless youngster was later muddled by photographs released by the other side showing Trayvon posing as a ‘gansta’ rapper, holding weapons and sporting an elaborate grill on his teeth. Additionally, store surveillance video from earlier on the evening Trayvon was killed showed the young man wearing a hoodie and looking like every 7/11 robbery suspect ever caught on tape." (Geraldo Rivera, Latino.foxnews.com 8-15-2014)


Friday, September 19, 2014

Rhymin Slow Down South in Dallas | A.Dd+ - Nawf Ep (Slowed-N-Chopped)


Them boys from Dallas have been busy making quality music. A.Dd+ dropped their new Nawf EP in August and then hit us with the chopped & screwed version a few days ago as a free download. 

Stream and download below and then support the homies on their grind by picking up the EP on Itunes.



For more A.Dd+, check out their dope 2013 mixtape DiveHiFlyLo: Every Man is King.

Chopped & Blogged,
WhatUpWally?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cincinnati Hip Hop Performed as a Story Book | Sleep - Branded: The Damon Winton Story (Free Download)


Not to sound like a broken record (or blog), but Cincinnati is producing some of the most innovative, artistic, and culturally and politically powerful music. 


Now add to that list the rapper story teller Sleep (one half of the duo - 2 Man Cypher) to that list. Frank, the new WUW? Cincinnati correspondent, sent Sleep's new album Branded: The Damon Winton Story over to our main office today. We have had the album on repeat all day. 


Not at all like most hip hop albums (or any music for that matter), this concept album is more of a story book than a music album. Channeling storytellers such as Nas, Public Enemy, NWA, and Rakim - Sleep narrates the story of young Damon Winton, the troubled youth growing up in a more troubled environment. 

Each track begins with a question about Damon as the social worker assigned to the case attempts to make sense to the tragic ending to the story. Sonically, the production of Dope Antelope is haunting and melodic, not necessarily following the rules of traditional hip hop production. Lyrically, Sleep pulls you into the story and paints a visual picture that places the listener at the center of the story as an intense observer.

At a time when pop culture is flooded with simple lyrics and formulaic production and the most commodified and one-dimensional messages, Sleep's biography of Damon Winton reminds us of how hip hop remains a powerful tool of social critique and imaginative creativity.

Take a moment to listen and make sure you follow Sleep Twitter and head over to Bandcamp to listen to his previous albums.

From the Nati Underground,
WhatUpWally?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Rhythm & Soul Hop from Nino Augustine | Nino Augustine & the OPE Band - Blow (Free Download)


Last year, the WUW? crew voted Nino Augustine's debut album From the Bottom of My Soul one of the top 13 hip hop albums of 2013

Rapping personally vulnerable and socially conscious lyrics, Nino Augustine elevates his style above the hip hop game and crosses over into the soul and R&B realm (no not like Drake but actually in an organic artistic way). 

The whole WUW? office was excited to hear this new single from Nino Augustine and the OPE band and we are impressed with his growth as an artist and lyricist. 

Stream "Blow" below and be on the look out for the new album in October.
Follow Nino on the Twitter and head over to www.ninoaugustine.com for more music and videos!



Blogging live from the underground,
WhatUpWally?

Friday, August 15, 2014

J. Cole Responds to the Michael Brown Murder | J. Cole - Be Free


J. Cole posted posted this song overnight. His words are more powerful than ours, so we will cut and paste his statement from his Dreamvillain blog.
"There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal.
I made a song. This is how we feel."
- Cole


"Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free." - Cole

Spotted @ Okayplayer

Protect and Serve not Harass and Kill,
WhatUpWally?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Original Symphony of Los Angeles Nerd Rappers | Rootbeer (Pigeon John & Flynn Adam) - 18 Minutes EP



LA Symphony may be the most underrated hip hop crew of the last 20 years. Representing the counter gangster rap culture of the Los Angeles underground, LA Symphony, as a crew and through various side projects and solo albums, have been making heads nod, bodies dance, and faces laugh consistently since before Composition #1 dropped in 1999. 

Pigeon John, the most prolific member of the symphony, joins forces with fellow nerd rapper Flynn Adam Atkins to drop another humorous, narrative driven, dancing EP - 18 Minutes.




The WhatUpWally? Blogging Symphony,
WhatUpWally?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rappers You Need to Know | Mickey Factz - 740 Park Ave (Free Download)


As a XXL Freshman Class alum, you would have expected to hear Mickey Factz in every club rapping over some sort of trapped out electronic dance track. However, as a true descendent of New York hip hop, Factz released a collection of underground tracks and mixtapes. The price of creating authentic art is to be relegated to the margins of the music industry, only to be kept alive by blogs and hip hop fans not amused by the culture industry's one dimensionalization of the culture.

In 2012, Mickey Factz released the most creative mixtape and possibly on of the best albums of the year: Mickey Mause. 
"Mickey Mause is a pseudo character created by RCA artist Mickey Factz who is thrown into the 1980’s as a graffiti writer who was among the stars of that decade: Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Fab Five Freddy, then mentor Andy Warhol, etc." 



In 2008, Factz dropped the track "I'm Sean (50 Shots More)." Written from the perspective of Sean Bell, who was shot and killed in Queens by undercover officers the morning before his wedding, Factz demonstrates the creative power of hip hop artists to offer political and cultural resistance and critique.



Never satisfied with cliche'd and simplistic lyrics, Factz pushes himself to create, inspire, and critique and in doing so, makes himself one of the truest voices of his generation.


"I'm just another black man shot dead
Cuz the pig that was holdin the gun was a hot head
And tell Rodney King, I think we'll never get along
There's Bulls eyes on minorities this shit is wrong
Now I'm just another punchline in niggas songs
And ever black leader now wanna get involved
I just wanna be with Nicole 
Plus my soul is yearnin for my two daughters hearts cold
Next day I was supposed to get married, damn
Right now I'm supposed to be a married man
Racial profilin is so violent, 
The way things going, I Don't think they'll ever stop it
I just wanted my story to get across
I'm rested in peace for now
Truly yours"



Stream Mickey Factz's latest release below and hit Datpiff for the download.




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Bloggy Factz,
WhatUpWally?

Uncle Snoop and His Little Cousins Bring Back Some West Coast G Funk | Snoop Dogg & The Eastsidaz - That's My Work Vol. 4


No disrespect to Snoop Lion or Katy Perry and her California girls, but we here at the WUW? office prefer the D O Double G when he is riding that West Coast G funk bass line. 

Stream the new mixtape below and hit Datpiff for the download.

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Typing that pure blog funk,
WhatUpWally?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jasiri X takes Drake's fluff and turns it into Malcolm's Sermon | ‪Jasiri X - #‎NeverLovedUs‬


"Man we need Farrakhan security 
For every Black child that made it outta puberty " 

"Dangerous black kids we ain't welcome in suburbia 
All we want is justice and equality the nerve of us 
Still deny services criminalized by journalist 
Turn the other cheek and get killed by christian conservatives 
Mass incarcerated in prison is where they herding us 
Calling us thugs you see em try and Richard Sherman us 
They act like ain't nothing worse than us"
 

London Southern Blues Rock | Greighwolfe - Black EP (Free Download)


The distance between the UK and the US has never been far when it comes to the blues, soul, and good old fashion rock music. From the 60s British Invasion, when the Rolling Stones Europeanized the American soul sound, to the recent radio takeover of Sam Smith, our friends and former colonizers have continued to master the sound that sings the blues to the American soul. 

Greighwolfe, exists in that same oceanic gap where R&B, soul, southern rock, and the blues floats beneath the surface of public consciousness, sometimes peeking its head above the charts, but most of the time remaining submerged beneath the waves of popular music. 

Greighwolfe's sound exemplifies the best of all worlds, combining the southern rock sensibilities of The Black Keys and the dark synthetic sounds of The Weeknd. Never giving into the cliche, Greighwolfe vibes within diverse tempos and styles to place his flag in between the crashing waves of transformation to create beautiful and innovative music.

Stream below and head on over to Soundcloud for the download.

Spotted @ AFROPUNK

American Blues Bloggin,
WhatUpWally?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cincinnati Alternative Hip Hop | Those Guys - Bueno

Those Guys, from the Nasti Nati, released their new project today on Soundcloud. Bending the new school hip hop sound with some innovative experimentation, this album by Those Guys is a refreshing alternative to the programatic sound of contemporary hip hop.

Oh, and.... Production on this album is on point!



Make sure you follow Those Guys as they progress along their journey:
The Facebook
The Twitter
The YouTube
The Bandcamp

Just Another One of Those Blogs,
WhatUpWally?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cincinnati Hip Hop | Rawkus Records, the Legacy of Mood and New Music from Main Flow





The 1996 launch of Rawkus Records was more than just the start of a new label, it was the initiation of a new conscious and creative turn in hip hop music. Acting as a counterbalance to the culture industry's commodification of hip hop culture, Rawkus opened an avenue for artists such as Punchline, Wordsworth, Bahamadia, Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Hi Tek, Eminem, Last Emporer, Big L, El-P, and Pharoahe Monch




However, the history of the Rawkus era is incomplete without including the foundation laying album from the Cincinnati hip hop group Mood - Doom.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Time is Now to Be OK to Be Great | The New Testament of Kanye West




"These kids need some type of real truth. 


The time is now for it to be ok to be great. 

People in this world shun people for being great. For being a bright color, for standing out. 

But the time is now to be ok to be the greatest you. 

There's a lack of creativity in every field because people are afraid, the time is now, the time is now, to express and for people to believe in themselves. 

We have the resources on this planet to have a human utopia, to have respect for each other, mankind, we have that. 

There's an old regime, an old guard, 
that's controlling whether or not your going to be able to feed your kids.

They want creative people to shut up and be quite.

But these are the people, 
with the real ideas, 
that can actually change, 
can reorganize,
can design cities, 
can restructure a curriculum, 
can make life easier, 
and thats the part of the game I want to be in. 

I figured out that my dream is every dream, 
my dream is every dream, 
I won't be limited to one dream. 
I want to create something better for you. 

We have been limited."


"If you're a Kanye West fan, you are not a fan of me, you're a fan of yourself"
"Rap the new rock & roll, Rap is the new rock & roll, We the real rockstars and I'm the biggest one of all of them, I'm the number one rock star on the planet."
"I showed people that I understand how to make perfect.... I'm a creative genius... for me to say I wasn't a genius, I would just be lying to you and myself."
I am a Blog,
WhatUpWally?


BONUS: GQ MARLEY - YEEZY TAUGHT ME THAT

Monday, June 9, 2014

Music to Deconstruct the World To | Death Grips - Niggas on the Moon


We don't post much rock music on WhatUpWally? so it is quite a coincident our excitement for the new Linkin Park album would be interrupted by our introduction to the mind bending sounds of Death Grips. We stumbled upon this album when Okayplayer posted a link to it through their Afropunk website. 

The whole office stopped typing as a strange mixture of Saul Williams, Nine Inch Nails, and The Bomb Squad almost tore the speakers off our wall.

Not much we can say to describe the sound so we strongly suggest you stream the album below and follow this link for the free download.

Enjoy!


Music to Stop Your Blogging,
WhatUpWally?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Austin Rhythm & Hip Hop | Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu Mixtape

Fusing the best of neo-soul, southern rock, hip hop, and traditional R&B, Gary Clark Jr's Blak and Blu Mixtape picks up right where The Black Keys - Blakroc left off. 

According to a scientific poll taken of all WUW? employees, this is the best mixtape of the year so far. Stream below, download at www.garyclarkjr.com/BlakAndBluMixtape, and then head over to Itunes to purchase the official album.



Rhythm and Blog,
WhatUpWally?

Download Now | Mac Miller - Faces Mixtape


Admittedly, when Mac Miller first blew up the spot, we here at the WUW? office hated him. However, we are open to being persuaded by creative innovation and after the Ohio native and independent mastermind released Delusional Thomas last year, we were converted. Mac has proven to be a creative lyricist and musically progressive. Faces continues in the direction of innovation and away from the stale and redundant style that plagues his freshman cohort.

"I did it all without a Drake feature" - "Here We Go"

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We too did it all without a Drake feature,
WhatUpWally?

Dallas Experimentally Dark Hip Hop | Blue, The Misfit. - Child in the Wild

Blue, The Misfit is the newest mc/producer to emerge from the fertile soil of the Dallas hip hop garden. Visit the Redbull to learn more about Blue, stream the album below, and head on over to Soundcloud for the download.




Experimentally Bright Blogging,
WhatUpWally?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Zealand Electro Neo Soul Hop Production | Electric Wire Hustle

We shuffled upon this New Zealand production duo on Soundcloud today. This has some serious Dopacicity!



Cincinnati Neo Blog,
WhatUpWally?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

O.H.N. The Original Hipster Nerds of Hip Hop (Pigeon John & LA Symphony) | An Autobiographical History of Christian Rap Music

Most people loathe weekly office meetings regardless of their profession. This is not so at the WhatUpWally? office. Here at WUW? headquarters in College Station, Texas, our staff meets every Tuesday, first discussing any pertinent new album releases, then moving onto any new hot remixes on the internets, and we end our meetings with a discussion on emerging music scenes and undiscovered indies. 

Today, we started as usual but derailed quickly when we started to discuss the new album from Pigeon John, Encino Man. Before we could even start discussing the musical direction if the album we broke into an all out civil war concerning the origins of post 2000s hipster nerd hip hop. 



Dallas Electronic Dance Hop | Mystery Skulls x The Notorious B.I.G. - Unstoppable Party & Bullshit



We first stumbled upon Mystery Skulls on Bandcamp in 2012, and since then, those mysterious skulls have been killing the indie electronic dance scene and became one of the most recent Dallas bands to sign with a major label (Warner Music). 

First, check out some new shit:



Second, peep this mashup of MS's Unstoppable and B.I.G.'s Party & Bull Shit.




Third, for those of you that reside in the CinciNasti, make sure you check out Mystery Skulls at this year's Bunbury Festival. They will also be on stage at Hang Out Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Skull Blogging,
WhatUpWally?

Bonus: Stream and Download (for $1) the 2012 Mystery Skulls EP

Monday, April 21, 2014

Coachella 2014 Video | Nas w/ Lauryn Hill - If I Ruled the World & Ready Or Not

It has been confirmed, the Coachella two weekend experiment has been a success. Who is ready for a Fugees reunion tour??

If Blogs Ruled the World, 
WhatUpWally?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Coachella 2014 Video | Full Video of Oukast's Reunion Performance

Guess we should have just went to Coachella this year!
Blogs Over Baghdad, 
WhatUpWally?

Coachella 2014 Video | Nas Performs Illmatic with Guest Appearances From Jay-Z and Diddy

We've had the opportunity to see the GOAT live a couple times but would love the opportunity to watch the greatest lyricist of all time performs the greatest hip hop album of all time! 

For now we will settle for this full concert footage of Nas at Coachella 2014. We may start a petition for a Nas & Jay-Z Tour...



Life's a Blog and then You Die, 
WhatUpWally?

Listen Now | Pharoahe Monch - PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)


WhatUpWally? Says Get the Fuck Up,
WhatUpWally?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cincinnati Jazz Funk Soul Hop Fusion | Under New Order - Under New Order (Free Download)


We randomly came across this phenomenal, Lauryn Hill-esque album today while sampling some local Cincinnati artists on Bandcamp

Under New Order, is a hip hop/jazz/soul/funk band, from the Nasti Nati, composed of Lox' Lane (Vocals & writer), Suave (Vocals & writer), Styx (Drummer), Greencloud (Bass), and BaBa Charles (Percussion). 

According to their Facebook page, expect a new album this summer, but until then, jam these sounds and head over to Bandcamp for a free download or name your price to support the band.

Cincinnati Soul Bloggin,
WhatUpWally?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An Ode to Johnny Football | Drake - Draft Day


Well... I guess you know you have become a pop culture sensation when the biggest name in pop music puts your name on a track that causes little twitter heads to lose they got damn mind! I am not sure what we enjoyed more, the lyrics or the Boi-1Da beat sampling Miss Lauryn Hill's 1998 hit "Doo Wap (That Thing)."

Here's to the most entertaining college football player of all time... H-Town you better jump on the remix and get your city to act right on draft day!

Complete with a subtle Jay-Z diss, Draft Day is a continuous connection of quotable punch lines in which Drake sounds like he is imitating the flow and delivery of J. Cole on his mixtape (#5 on the WUW? Top 13 of 2013 MixtapesTruly Yours 2


Our favorite punch line also included a name drop of one of WUW's favorite Chicago MC - Chance The Rapper


"And if I left this shit to chance, I would've picked a name like Chance the Rapper, No offense 'cause I don't know that n---a/I focus on making records and getting bigger."


The Johnny Football of Bloggers,
WhatUpWally?

Bonus: If you enjoyed the beat more than the actual track, check out a better beat with the same sample, produced by Platinum Pat - GQ Marley - The Fame:



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mos Def x Marvin Gaye | Amerigo Gazaway - Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One)

We have been waiting for this project to be released since we heard the first leak - "Inner City Travellin' Man." 

Amerigo Gazaway is the producer who brought you Fela Soul (De La Soul x Fela Kuti) and Bizzare Tribe: A Quest to the Pharcyde (forced off the internets by the evil sony empire - read the story here). 

Now Gazaway has dropped this Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey) and Marvin Gaye remix project. Enjoy!



Spotted at Okayplayer.com

Mos Bloggin,
WhatUpWally?

Dallas Trap Re-Production | Play-N-Skillz x Jay-Z - MCHG Trap Remixes


Our first encounter with Play-N-Skillz was their production on Dallas hip hop artist, Dustin Cavazos, 2013 album Until the Summer Ends, and we have been fans ever since. 

The two time grammy award winners, P-N-S, have produced tracks for Lil Flip, Lil Wayne, David Guetta, Pitbull, Akon, Flo-Rida, Lil Jon, Hillary Duff, Ludacris, and Bun B.

The dopeness doesn't stop with hip hop production. The brothers from Irving, Texas have also released some nice trap remixes, including this MCHG remix album:



Make sure you get your follow on: The Facebook, The Twitter, The Soundcloud, and The Tumbler.

Trappin that Blog,
WhatUpWally?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Video Download | Justin Timberlake x Jimmy Fallon x The Roots - The History of Rap 1-5


Full history of rap (Jimmy Fallon Ft. Justin Timberlake & The Roots) from Simon Ng on Vimeo.

History of Rap Part 1:

  1. Sugarhill Gang - "Rapper's Delight"
  2. Run-DMC - "Peter Piper"
  3. Beastie Boys - "Paul Revere"
  4. A Tribe Called Quest - "Award Tour"
  5. Digital Underground - "The Humpty Dance"
  6. Snoop Dogg feat. Dr. Dre - "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
  7. Tupac Shakur - "California Love"
  8. The Notorious B.I.G. - "Juicy"
  9. The Roots - "The Seed"
  10. Eminem - "My Name Is"
  11. Missy Elliott - "Work It"
  12. Soulja Boy Tell 'Em - "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
  13. T.I. feat. Rihanna - "Live Your Life"
  14. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - "Gold Digger"
  15. Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys - "Empire State of Mind"

History of Rap, Part 2