I grew up on a diet of NWA, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest…as different as bands like these were in the tone of their social commentary, they were unified in their subject matter. The streets of the US. A land of drugs, of prostitutes, police brutality, black-on-black violence, guns. Spike Lee joints. Hot urban landscapes of hopeful but challenging working class Americana through the 80s. Today, twenty years later, I listen to a huge range of music but my heart somewhat still lies with hip hop and music that has a strong influence from African American urbana.
It’s the 33rd anniversary of Roscoe Holcomb’s death today.
RIP Mr. Holcomb.
Holcomb was the godfather of bluegrass and a stunning banjo player, one of the best musicians there’s ever been and a personal favourite.
I remember a lovely friend gave me a Roscoe Holcomb CD when my dad passed away so he has a really special place in my heart.
The Holcomb clip I’m about to post is from the amazing Alan Lomax Archive (curated by musician Nathan Salsburg), so it’s worth noting here that there is an Alan Lomax archive presentation and Nathan Salsburg live solo show in Dublin on April 11th…
Saw seminal hip hoppers the Ultramagnetic MCs last night! What a show, Kool Keith and co rocked it.
And I even got my Critical Beatdown record signed. Woop!
Thanks to the Choice Cuts massive as always!
So good to see the hip hop community becoming more diverse and tolerant every day. This is a cool song/video by Mykki Blanco…
Shadow Pico featuring One Direction. I must be the last person to not know this. It’s bloody funny.