WATCH IT | Princess Nokia Debuts 'Kitana' Music Video

While her musical influences have a wide range, Princess Nokia's music is laced with common themes drawing from pop culture and digital media inspiration. 'Kitana' surges with powerful lyrics and Princess Nokia's raw vocal talent.

November 19, 2016 by Matt Scheffler

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Listen to the Jamie xx, Young Thug & Popcaan Collaboration “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”

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The song that will give you the best summer vibes is finally here. Though the leaked version of the Jamie xx collaboration with Young Thug and Popcaan has been floating around, The xx producer has officially released the album version of “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times).” The fresh cut is a hip-hop-meets-soul-meets-electronic single that will appear on his upcoming and first solo album, In Colour. It samples The Persuasions’ “Good Times” and combines Jamie xx’s marimba-style synth with Young Thug’s infinitely quotable lyricism. The leaked version didn’t have Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan’s soulful goods, so the official version is infinitely more soulful (and better).

BAMIN NOTES | Trend: Fresh Dressed Documentary, the History of Hip-Hop Through The Lens of Fashion

Fresh Dressed: The Revolution Of Fashion Born On The Streets, a documentary that explores the evolution of hip-hop through the lens of urban fashion, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last weekend. Directed by Mass Appeal’s creative director Sacha Jenkins and co-produced by Nas, the film combines old-school video footage with insightful commentary from icons like Big Daddy Kane, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams. Jenkins takes the viewer on a journey through the history of hip-hop and fashion; from the ‘70s South Bronx B-boys’ custom outfits to ‘80s hip-hop tailor of Harlem Dapper Dan’s remixed clothing to the ‘90s mainstream rise of urban sportswear and its on-going influence on the modern day.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Rihanna x Kanye West x Paul McCartney Collaborate in “Four Five Seconds”

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With absolutely no prior announcement, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney dropped surprise new track “Four Five Seconds,” a melodic new single that’s a prefect blend of hip-hop and country. Paul McCartney, who also collaborated with Kanye on his track “Only One,” provides the emotive acoustic guitar accompaniment to Kanye and Rihanna’s emotive belting. The heartbreak-tinged song is deeply confessional piece and is a big departure from Rihanna and Kanye’s earlier collaborations—“All Of The Lights” and “Run This Town.”

MOMENTS | Acronym: The ‘H.E.R.’ In Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.” Stands For ‘Hearing Every Rhyme’


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In 1994, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., aka Chicago-born rapper Common, released his LP Resurrection, and his single  “I Used to Love H.E.R.” became one of hip-hop’s greatest recordings. ‘H.E.R.’ is an acronym for ‘Hearing Every Rhyme,’ which transforms the title of the song to “I Used To Love Hearing Every Rhyme”. The song samples its jazzy beats from ”The Changing World” by George Benson and is an extended metaphor that uses the degradation of a woman to represent the changes Common saw in hip-hop music in the ‘90s.

MOMENTS | 808: The Movie Roland TR-808 Drum Machine Documentary


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808 is an upcoming documentary about the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Introduced in 1980, the instrument played a major role in shaping the sound of hip-hop, synth pop, and dance music. And if its name sounds familiar, it’s probably because Kanye West devoted an album title to the instrument’s unmistakable sound.
The documentary will include interviews with artists like Diplo, Pharrell, New Order, Rick Rubin, Questlove, Damon Albarn, Fatboy Slim, Lil Jon and many more.