Hip Hop

Andree / Doble D + Hedras Ramos, “Revolucion” (2015): One Track Mind

Andree / Doble D + Hedras Ramos, “Revolucion” (2015): One Track Mind

Andree / Doble D featuring Hedras Ramos preview their new album with “Revolucion,” a hard-hitting track with biting lyrics and screaming guitar.

Beastie Boys’ ‘Some Old Bullsh*t’ found them at a crossroads

Beastie Boys’ ‘Some Old Bullsh*t’ found them at a crossroads

Twenty years ago, we got a more complete look at the punk-thrash beginnings of the Beastie Boys — and a hint as to what would come next.

Martin Luther King Day songs by Stevie Wonder, Queen + U2, others: Gimme Five

Martin Luther King Day songs by Stevie Wonder, Queen + U2, others: Gimme Five

We celebrate Martin Luther King Day songs by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Queen, Public Enemy, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and more.

Yoko Ono mulls over options for next project, from acoustic to hip hop: ‘Let’s just go forward’

Yoko Ono mulls over options for next project, from acoustic to hip hop: ‘Let’s just go forward’

Yoko Ono considers what’s ahead, and it might surprise anyone who has thrilled to her impressive run of No. 1 songs on the dance charts.

Funkadelic – First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate (2014)

Funkadelic – First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate (2014)

‘First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate’ includes 33 songs, both mirroring Funkadelic’s 33 years away and creating an almost exhaustively comprehensive return.

Bryan Murray – Balto! (2014)

Bryan Murray’s nutty but endearing hip hop/jazz hybrid ‘Balto!’ is a homegrown concoction worth checking out.

D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah (2014)

D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah (2014)

With D’Angelo’s pertinent message, color-blurring harmonics and a total lack of slickness, ‘Black Messiah’ is a worthy successor to ‘Voodoo.’

Body Count – Manslaughter (2014)

This long-awaited follow up is, in some ways, superior to their debut album.

One Track Mind: Body Count, “Talk Sh*t, Get Shot” from Manslaughter (2014)

There’s little, if any, redeeming value to the message. And yet I can’t get the song out of my head.

Ozomatli – Place In The Sun (2014)

I can say without reservation that the Los Angeles-based Ozomatli puts on the best live show I’ve ever experienced. The term “show” doesn’t do the band’s live gigs justice since the audience can’t help but be caught up in the “Ozobeat.” There’s no passive involvement in an Ozomatli concert.