TED Talks Given By Rappers

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a media organization which posts talks online for free distribution. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling.

Among the Nobel Prize recipients, CEO’s, and politicians, the occasional celebrity’s invited to speak.

Here are a couple TED Talks given by rap artists:

George Watsky

 

Kid Cudi

 

Macklemore

 

MC Jin

 

Lecrae

 

Who do you think delivered the best lecture?

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Sam Lachow Announces New EP

A couple days ago (August 6th), Sam Lachow announced his upcoming project is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Play Pretend (feat. Maggie Lou May) – EP will consist of five songs and is scheduled to arrive August 29th. If you pre-order the album, you get one of the tracks early.

 

According to Lachow’s facebook:

“It’s my most personal project to date and features all original composition by my best friend, Maggie. For everyone who wondered what I’ve been going through and where I’ve been the last year, this is for you.”

 

What are some of your favorite tracks from his past releases? Are you excited for the new EP?

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Rare Eminem Tracks

Some people call him the greatest rapper of all time while many dispute that claim… The only thing everyone can agree upon is that Eminem is very talented. According to a recent report from HITS Daily Double, Shady’s next album is expected to arrive this fall.

In celebration of the news, here are a few rare Eminem tracks that you might not be familiar with:

“Where I’m At” by Lloyd Banks (feat. Eminem)

“The Apple” by Eminem

“Difficult” by Eminem

“Cocaine” by Eminem (feat. jazmine sullivan)

“Fly Away” by Eminem

 

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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Raz Simone

An introduction to the talented up-and-comer

Raz Simone’s a Seattle-based songwriter and member of the hip-hop collective, Black Umbrella. In 2014, industry executives Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz, and Kevin Liles signed Raz to their newly established 300 Entertainment. With his unique voice, unusually staccato delivery and the support of 300 Entertainment, Simone has unlimited potential.

 

“Still Mobbin’”

This is probably my favorite Raz Simone record. The catchy chorus, smooth vocals, and fantastic beat are all the ingredients needed for a masterpiece.

 

“They’ll Speak”

“They’ll Speak” is the first track I heard from the artist and I instantly knew he was special. The song is basically a five-minute freeform poem backed by Hans Zimmer’s score from The Dark Knight.

 

“Pulling”

“Pulling” tells an incredibly vivid and dark story. Only a truly talented artist can convey such emotion.

 

“Hometown”

“Hometown Glory” by Adele has to be one of the most heavily remixed ballads in hip-hop music. This is a very impressive remix though.

 

“Nothing’s Gonna Change”

Raz teams up with fellow Black Umbrella artist, Sam Lachow, to deliver “Nothing’s Gonna Change.”

 

“Same Problems”

Simone shows his tougher, more agressive side with this one. “Same Problems” also features verses from Fatal Lucciauno and Gifted Gab.

 

“Sometimes I Don’t”

Accompanied by Sam Lachow, “Sometimes I Don’t” is a smooth jam to ride to.

 

“Shoes On”

Although he doesn’t always talk about it in his music, Raz Simone does hustle hard.

 

“Don’t Shine”

“Don’t Shine” reminds me of “Heaven at Night” by Kid Cudi for some reason… Both good songs though.

 

“Respect For The Dope Fiends”

This track is from Simone’s project Trap Spirituals in which Raz experiments with a more trap sound.

 

What do you think of Raz Simone? Which was your favorite song?

 

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Luke Christopher: Album of the Year

Luke Christopher released his debut album today…

TMRWFRVR might be my favorite project of 2017 so far. Don’t get me wrong, Kendrick is still king but Luke blew me away with this album. When I first heard Section.80, I saw something special. I get the exact same feeling listening to TMRWFRVR.

 

The beats are incredible and Luke’s voice fits perfectly over each, switching between rapping and singing with jaw dropping grace.

 

The awesome thing about this project is that each song feels like a completely unique masterpiece. I can’t even name standout tracks because they are all that good.

Click here to buy the album… You will be so happy you did.

What do you think of the album?

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Ultimate Party Playlist

I believe I’ve created the formula for the perfect playlist to get everyone on the dance floor at a party.

  1. All songs must be danceable… No slow jams.

 

  1. The lyrical content needs to fit the party atmosphere. Nobody wants to hear life lessons when they are drinking. There is a time and place for conscious rap and it isn’t at a party.

 

  1. At least 75-85% of the playlist needs to be made up of popular songs that people know. This doesn’t mean play only songs from the past two years. Look over the past 20 years and dig up some throwbacks. In college, I tried playing underground artists like Kendrick and J. Cole before they were popular. Unfortunately, this resulted in guests constantly requesting song changes. On the whole, people don’t want to be introduced to unfamiliar artists at a party. They just want something they can jam to.

 

Click here or follow the link below to check out my ultimate party playlist.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7UByn5HCKTDMg_EszFbZJ73ZB4MJfCOf

 

What do you think of the playlist? Is there a different kind of playlist you’d like to see?

 

Leave comments and requests for different lists below.

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