After a six-year hip-hop hiatus, Escobar season returns. Nas—one of the most iconic bar stars of the hip-hop galaxy—has released his 11th studio album, Nasir, which is a much-anticipated follow up to his 2012 LP, Life Is Good.
My definition of urban alchemy is using the elements of the environment to achieve the highest elevation of one's transformation. Just as base metals were used in the traditional form of alchemy, heavy base sounds and heavy metal loops are required to achieve the same goals of an urban alchemist.
Around ten years ago, I coined the phrase “Quantum Hip Hop’. It was my feeble attempt to express the unknowable potential that Hip Hop possessed in a time when creativity laid dormant. The recycled flows, verses, cadences, and styles which gave birth to a flourishing “rap” industry was killing the emcee.
Bull market. Bear market. These may have been among the terms you have been hearing lately when tuning in to your favorite (or least favorite) 24-hour news station as they report on the current hot and cold state of the stock market. You may have no idea what these terms mean or what their relevance is to investing. Although the stock market (and its terms) can be rather complicated, it’s not as hard as one may think.
Yes, I said “science”. Most will find this statement to be an oxymoron, but please allow me to explain. Anything that we, the Hip-Hop community and Black people in general give our energy, time, and creativity to usually results in something magical, yet is always rooted deep within the subconscious streams of our DNA.
Kemetic theology and high spiritual culture, is in many ways, an early antecedent to the modern hip-hop aesthetic. Hip hop, in its original intent, involves taking bits and pieces from a wide variety of musical soundscapes to create something exciting and new.