Few artists can say that they wrote a hit song and even fewer can say that they created a bona fide anthem. Talib Kweli’s got both of those bases covered with ‘Get By,’ a motivational soundtrack to the lives of strugglers and strivers the world over.
Talib Kweli isn’t just one of hip-hop’s premiere lyricists (just ask Jay Z), he might just be the hardest working MC in the game. Not only does he do nearly 300 shows a calendar year, he also lives up to his “MCEO” title by running his own independent label, J
Roman GianArthur wears his musical influences on his sleeve, unafraid to give props to the artists he loves. No wonder he's putting out 'OK Lady,' a project that features reimaginings of Radiohead and D'Angelo songs blended together to become something familiar but, at the same time, new.
You may not realize it, but if you're a Janelle Monae fan, you're probably a Roman GianArthur fan, too. You've gotten a taste of his work on Ms. Monae's 2010 album, 'The ArchAndroid,' in which he composed and arranged the album's 'Suite Overtures' and contributed to 'Ba Bop Bye Ya.'
Get familiar with the name Roman GianArthur, you're going to be seeing it a lot soon. A member of Janelle Monae's Wondaland Arts Society collective, GianArthur is a singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and producer. But with all of that musical talent he doesn't call himself as musician.
We told you to look out forRaz Simone a while back and now the Seattle MC has dropped his 'Cognitive Dissonance: Part One' album, a glimpse into the mind of a good but conflicted street kid who made the best out of some bad circumstances.
"Friends ... how many of us have them ...?" If you're an old head or just into old school hip-hop, you remember that question from Whodini's 1984 classic 'Friends.' We've already looked at Nas and MF Doom's respective takes on the song and now we get another clever interpretation from Meshell Ndegeocello for our Off the Record Series.
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