For those of you lamenting the supposed death of ‘real’ hip-hop and the rise of mumble rappers, Common has put together a compelling retort with these four tracks released over the past few weeks. Agree? If so which one is your favorite: “Home”, “Letter to the Free”, “Black America Again” or his remix of Solange‘s “Cranes in the Sky”?
– Usher, Janelle Monae, Common, De La Soul and More to Performed at the White House for BET Concert Special.
– President Obama Speaks at BET’s “Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience”
The latest track, “Destiny” by Atlanta MC and #DK11 alum, J.Nolan with singer, Jae Franklin is a banger! Here’s the science on the track and the EP it comes from:
What’s going on good people? I haven’t written a blog post in awhile and I think it’s long overdue. So, quick update! My new EP, “Above The Fray” will be released primarily here on realjnolan.com on November 4th! It will be available for digital download and hard copies will also be available to order. You can pre-order your digital copy now here: http://realjnolan.com/productsep/above-the-fray
In tandem with that, I’d like to announce my official single from the project, “Destiny” featuring Jae Franklin. This song means a lot to me because it details when I first started writing songs and how I feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing, despite all of the hardships I’ve endured along the way. Jae Franklin is an incredible songwriter and vocalist, some of you may remember the collaboration we did awhile ago called Cheers to Life. She actually ended up naming her album the same thing, so I’m honored to be a part of her journey.
I really need those of you that support me to really show up on November 4th because I’m doing this 100% independently. There’s no big blog sponsoring the project, no background financier, no popular artist endorsing or helping to present this release so this is strictly for the ones that have been down for the longest. It’s only gonna be $5 for the digital, and $8 for hard copies. Let’s show these people what real music is all about! God bless.
Must confess, I don’t know a ton about this kid, K. Forest from Brampton (a suburb community of Toronto for those not knowing), but his name came up when I was re-touting my feature piece from Nation of Billions about Canadian rappers besides Drake you should get up on. I should have been more aware given the kid’s song, “Guidance” is featured on Travis Scott‘s new album. Time for a new article, perhaps?
New track by FL rapper, Brian Breach featuring #DK11 alum, Mickey Factz.
ICYMI: second single from The Weeknd‘s forthcoming Starboy album dropping Nov. 25. Ya dig??
Rumors of the passing of Phife Dawg, from the legendary hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, which started to surface just as I was going to bed last night, were like a baseball bat to the head. Even though it was well known that he was a long time sufferer of type II diabetes and […]
Picking our Top 10 favorite albums this year was tough! It was an especially good year for music. Many of the Honorable Mentions below could have made it into Top 10 (the same Top 10 I submitted for my Village Voice Pazz & Jop ballot) if I was in a different mood. Truth be told […]
The 2015 list of favorite songs or singles at The Kitchen is kind of in rough order and not much different from what I picked for my Pazz N Jop ballot. Jidenna‘s “Classic Man” was most definitely my favorite song of the year without a doubt although The Weeknd‘s “Can’t Feel My Face” gave it […]
ICYMI, last week I wrote a piece for BBC 1Xtra‘s DJ Semtex‘s new A Nation of Billions site on the Canadian hip-hop scene. Here’s a quick taste: It’s been a busy past few months for Drake. A couple weeks back, he rode to the top of the Billboard album charts yet again with, What A […]
Second premiere of the week after the DJ Emkay remix of Fetty Wap‘s “RGF Island” this past Tuesday??! The Kitchen got its swagger back! Check out this traptastic, hip-hop flavored original track by the west coast-based duo, Neza x Alxndr. Peep the full bio: NEZA x ALXNDR are 2 musicians based in LA making hip-hop […]
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