“A dialogue of funk, you love to pop it in your trunk
I win, more disciplined than a Shaolin monk
Pete Rock and C.L. well set to spark it
The powerful target to destroy the black market.”
“You have to bear in mind that [Questlove] is one of the smartest motherfuckers on the planet. His musical knowledge, for all practical purposes, is limitless.” —Robert Christgau
MO’ META BLUES
The World According to Questlove
Mo’ Meta Blues is a punch-drunk memoir in which Everyone’s Favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world. He digs deep into the album cuts of his life and unearths some pivotal moments in black art, hip hop, and pop culture.
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is many things: virtuoso drummer, producer, arranger, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandleader, DJ, composer, and tireless Tweeter. He is one of our most ubiquitous cultural tastemakers, and in this, his first book, he reveals his own formative experiences—from growing up in 1970s West Philly as the son of a 1950s doo-wop singer, to finding his own way through the music world and ultimately co-founding and rising up with the Roots, a.k.a., the last hip hop band on Earth. Mo’ Meta Blues also has some (many) random (or not) musings about the state of hip hop, the state of music criticism, the state of statements, as well as a plethora of run-ins with celebrities, idols, and fellow artists, from Stevie Wonder to KISS to D’Angelo to Jay-Z to Dave Chappelle to…you ever seen Prince roller-skate?!?
But Mo’ Meta Blues isn’t just a memoir. It’s a dialogue about the nature of memory and the idea of a post-modern black man saddled with some post-modern blues. It’s a book that questions what a book like Mo’ Meta Bluesreally is. It’s the side wind of a one-of-a-kind mind.
It’s a rare gift that gives as well as takes.
It’s a record that keeps going around and around.
Video: Has-Lo | “Hindsight” (produced by Apollo Brown)
Has-Lo, has a new video remix utilizing new footage, new filters, and new angles for the Apollo Brown remixed version of the song “Limit”, now titled “Hindsight”. The new version from Apollo is a stripped down and haunting affair that puts Has’ man on the edge lyrical display in focus.
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FREE DOWNLOAD/MP3: F. Stokes | “1954”
From his upcoming album Fearless Beauty, to be released June 17th.
”I wanted to capture the spirit of the Negro Migration between 1940 and 1970,” F.Stokes begins, speaking on his main inspirations for the track. “My Godfather and my family history was my inspiration. My family like many many Negro families in Northern cities often struggle with identifying with our culture beyond the move…values and traditions were lost in the process of trying to make a decent living.”