Tag Archive: hip hop

Kendrick Lamar’s lead single off his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city— “Swimming Pools (Drank)”— is about alcohol.  But, even given that subject matter, it’s about as far away from what you’d expect for a Dr. Dre/Interscope debut album.  The bigwigs are counting on making money off this album, yet its radio-ready song is about the dangers of drinking too much.  If we can take any hints from songs about the opposite, that straight-edge approach doesn’t sell.  But that’s what makes Lamar one of the best in hip-hop (what others have been saying for a while— even though it took me a while to get on board with).  He’s from Compton, working with Dr. Dre, yet analyzing alcohol’s benefits and disadvantages in a thoughtful, almost anti-party song.  He’s really really good at rapping.

This is part of our ongoing series discussing ways of getting on the radio.  To read stories about the successes and failures of great bands that have tried to get on the radio, check out our list of related articles.  To get radio airplay, click here to submit your music to Earbits Radio.

What is your band name?

K. Sparks

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Hip Hop Artist, Recording for 10 years. Biggest accomplishment is selling 25,000 Albums Independently. Present goals are to win a Grammy.

It would be easy to start a review about a John Graham release by comparing his thinking-man approach to the boatloads of non-thinking-man hip-hop that has been “running things” for the last decade or so. Such a comparison would definitely make my job easier, and save us all some time. I’d be done writing this in a few minutes, you could glance over it and assume we’re talking about another smart rapper who has golden age sensibilities. He’ll get put in the generic creative hip-hop box that contains thoughtless comparisons to DeadPrez, Immortal Technique, Jay Electronica (the ever-albumless), KRS-One, Talib Kweli and others who have fought various good fights before him. And while it’s true that he wouldn’t be in bad company (by a long shot), it would be a tragedy to miss what Mr. Graham is accomplishing on his own by putting him in that box. For his lane is truly his own.

When he emerged, Kanye was all about the Windy City.  After achieving fame, he dipped out quick to globetrot and, among other things, to pursue a fashion career in London.  Sure, he and Chris Martin reminded us of his love for his hometown, but at that point ‘Ye seemed like the guy that’s getting too old to be going to all those Homecoming tailgates.  He’s an international superstar, no longer confined to the Chi-town underground.

This is part of our ongoing series discussing getting on the radio.  To read stories about the successes and failures of great bands that have tried to get on the radio, check out our list of related articles.  To get radio airplay, click here to submit your music to Earbits Radio.

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Teddy Ware

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GLC has released a video for “Nation Piece,” a new single that’s set to appear on his project entitled Cathedral.  The song is diverse, switching from smooth, jazzy trumpet-assisted soulful hip-hop in the chorus to drum-machine electro bass in the verse.  The track is also wholeheartedly Chicago— the productions arrives courtesy of that city’s Blended Babies, and the live instrumentation was done by Greg and Nico from the awesome Chi-town band Kids These Days.  Also, the woman in the video is “Ms. Jacqui Jackson from the south suburbs of Chicago.”  Blended Babies is also set to provide the production for the entire Cathedral album.

This is part of our ongoing series about getting your music on the radio.  To read stories about the successes and failures of great bands that have tried to get on FM radio, check out our list of related articles.  To get radio airplay, click here to submit your music to Earbits Radio.

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Substance Abuse

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Hip hop. Been together since the late 90’s though we been since homies since elementary school. We put out the classic album “Overproof” and we’re ’bout to drop the soon to be classic “Background Music”.

(Written by Eso Tre: one-half of Los Angeles Hip Hop duo, Substance Abuse. Check them out!)

If you are a true Hip Hop fan, chances are, you know of the legendary NY-based underground rapper, Percee P. Gaining notoriety in the underground scene thanks to years of success and perseverance, as well as legendary battles with Fat Joe, Eminem, and Lord Finesse (among many others), Percee P is one of the innovators and originators of today’s DIY Hip Hop scene. Read a fantastic interview by Substance Abuse’s Eso Tre, and learn a little about the origin of old-school Hip Hop: Underground style!

Really Unofficial Guide to SXSW

Earbits is very happy to announce our streaming music ‘Really Unofficial Guide to SXSW’!

We are sure that you’re familiar with South By Southwest – one of the most infamous music conferences in the world, held annually in Austin, Texas. With live music all day, every day in dozens of venues throughout the city, SXSW is a dream destination for any music fan. But it can also turn into a line-standing, door-begging disaster quite quickly if you don’t plan ahead.

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Blu is almost singlehandedly proof that Los Angeles has one of the best and most unique hip-hop scenes in the country right now.  He’s one of this generation’s rare enigmatic MCs— the type of guy that’s not constantly updating fans on his personal (or even professional) life.  He dropped his debut album Below The Heavens, with exclusive production from Southern California’s Exile, in 2007.  Since then he’s been consistently releasing experimental tracks and albums (despite the rapper’s somewhat mysterious qualities, he’s quite prolific).