Week 2. Another one. Full of classic anthems and jams of yesterday, today and forever. Vibe.
From the sunny streets of Cali to the brick city blocks of Newark, New Jerusalem soul-hop artist MoRuf never disappoints with a sick drop of a freestyle, “mosdef.(freestyle)”, over Mos Def’s smooth instrumental, “May-December.”
Last night, Black Congolese journeyed into the burrows of Brooklyn to join BRIC Media House in their grand opening reception of their latest curated gallery, “Art Into Music,” featuring incredible artists from Dread Scott to Ward Shelley. Guest writer, RGB V CMYK, accompanied me and took field notes of the evening. Enjoy.
“This past Tuesday, the self-identified gangster rapper invited me over to his humble abode up in Harlem to preview his album before it hit the Internet, and also to converse on general topics ranging from Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, the military and prison-industrial complexes, death of black-owned businesses, the falsehood of nationalism, and corny conscious rap in between our listening to his album. From our private listening session, I discerned a list of my top 10 favorites from a 20 hour-long listen through of this monster 20-track project. Below is a neat fragment from my afternoon with Luck.
“Proclaimed as “King of the Northwest”, Luck-One Conscious from Portland recently put out his 7th independent release at 12AM EST yesterday morning and shattered the ears of the Hip-Hop Interwebs. Titled “K.O.T.N.W. II: Curse Of The Pharaoh”, Luck’s album serves listeners with a palate of prolific sound that is crafted with committed and furious detail, providing a careful balance between conscious and party rap. Between incorporating the elements of nostalgic hip-hop of the mid-90’s – conscious rap of industry favorites like Black Star and Nas as well as classic party rap of Biggie and Pac at their peak – this body of work proves to be diverse and eclectic in taste, giving listeners a continent of choice and endless opportunity for discovery in a fresh-water of sound.”