Nov 282011

Early hip-hop Pioneer Heavy D died earlier this month and, as tends to happen when an icon passes, the first awards show to come around featured a lavish tribute. Instead of getting a bunch of youngsters who barely know the music, though, the Soul Train Awards recruited a bunch of his ‘80s and ‘90s peers to cover a medley of Heavy D hits. Heavy D in fact won Best Rap Album back in 1990 with Big Tyme, so the tribute seemed especially apropos. 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 »