Aug 052013
 

In Memoriam pays tribute to those who have left this world, and the songs they left us to remember them by.

One of Walt Whitman’s most famous lines is, “I am large, I contain multitudes” and nowhere is this more evident than in Adam Yauch.

He was MCA – one-third of legendary hip hop troika, Beastie Boys. He was Nathanial Hornblower, Sir Stewart Wallace and Nathan Wind as Cochese. He was an MC, a bassist, a director, a film distributor, a punk, a hip hop head, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a practicing Buddhist and a staunch advocate of civil rights and the Free Tibet movement. He was a son, a husband, a father, and (despite being an only child) a brother. He was cooler than a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce.
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Jun 062012
 

Beginning a 10-day fundraising effort called (RED) RUSH TO ZERO, experimental afro-beat pop artist tUnE-yArDs and The Roots’ ?uestlove have joined forces. Offering up a high energy cover of Fela Kuti’s “Lady” featuring rapper Akua Naru and African singer Angélique Kidjo, the track was recorded for an upcoming tribute called Red Hot + FELA. The album which is scheduled for release in the Fall will include songs paying tribute to Nigerian musician/singer and social activist Fela Kuti. Continue reading »

Apr 182012
 

The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in Cleveland on Saturday. Sadly due to his struggle with illness, the Beastie Boys‘ Adam Yauch announced he would be unable to join his bandmates in celebrating the evening. Telling Rolling Stone “The Beastie Boys regret that Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch will be unable to join Mike ‘Mike D’ Diamond and Adam ‘Adrock’ Horovitz at the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Mike, Adam, and Adam are truly grateful for the honor but with only two of the three Beastie Boys attending, they will unfortunately not be able to perform at the ceremony.” Continue reading »

Feb 102012
 

In 1961 the Freedom Riders set out to protest segregation in interstate travel, leaving from Washington, D.C. into the Deep South. Their buses were ambushed and set on fire, their bodies beaten by mobs, the Klan and Southern police. Many of them ended up in Mississippi’s Parchman Penitentiary. Expressing their determination, the prisoners would often unite in one voice singing “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round.” The song is based on a spiritual called “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You ‘Round.”  With recordings and performances by Joan Baez and other artists, it became known as a freedom-song for civil rights. Continue reading »

Oct 312011
 

Justin Timberlake appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon over the weekend. As it has twice before (here and here), the occasion necessitated a look at the “History of Rap.” The duo once more busted a move dropping lines from classic hip-hip tracks with the Roots backing. Continue reading »

Jul 202011
 

Last September, Justin Timberlake appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and blew all our minds with a hip-hop medley. Timberlake appeared on Fallon again last night and gave the crowd what they wanted: a sequel. Continue reading »