Category Archives: Greatest Hits

The ten most popular indie-rap artists…

So who are the ten most popular indie-rap artists right now? I decided to find out using Rhapsody’s internal reports. The music service generates a weekly spreadsheet that ranks artists according to the amount of “plays,” or the number of … Continue reading

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Midnight marauder: TOKiMONSTA

Jennifer Lee, who goes by the name TOKiMONSTA (“toki” is Korean for rabbit) has managed to surf above a deluge of L.A. beat music. As she’s the first to admit, she doesn’t have a particularly unique “sound signature,” certainly nothing … Continue reading

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A beautiful mine: Flying Lotus

I find it hard to embrace the new Flying Lotus album, Cosmogramma. It’s not as if it’s a bad album — it’s great, in fact. But the secret is out about FlyLo. He’s not mine anymore. I wasn’t one of … Continue reading

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VH1 Soul is dead, long live Centric

Today, the lovely folks at MTV/Viacom removed VH1 Soul from Comcast’s programming slate in my area. Instead, there is a new Viacom channel called Centric. What is Centric? “What we’re creating is a brand-new network targeted to adult, upscale, sophisticated … Continue reading

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Enter: The Plug One 2000s

This is an introduction to a failed project that will, over the next few months, provide a measure of redemption. The Plug One 2000s was originally conceived to document some of the changes that took place in hip hop culture … Continue reading

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Mary Anne Hobbs’ “100 percent positive topspin”

“A term like ‘wonky,’ I mean it’s just hideous, disgusting and it’s really dumbing down what people do as producers,” says Mary Anne Hobbs during a phone interview in late August. Yes, even the queen of bass hates “wonky,” “funky” … Continue reading

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Vibe’s demise

The apparent collapse of Vibe Media Group, and the end of Vibe magazine, is something less than a surprise. Rumors have circulated for months that Vibe may fold at any moment. The same rumors shadow every major newspaper and magazine, … Continue reading

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Nosaj Thing, new romantic

Jason “Nosaj Thing” Chung is the latest to emerge from the Low End Theory beat camp, a weekly club night that has given name to a wave of talented Los Angeles producers – Flying Lotus, Daedelus, the Glitch Mob, Daddy … Continue reading

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The Plug One Q&A: Flying Lotus

Steven “Flying Lotus” Ellison represents a new wave of beat production. His style encompasses the French electro-house of Ed Banger Records, classic IDM-techno such as Autchre, the techno hip-hop of Prefuse 73, and the visionary funk of J Dilla. But … Continue reading

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The Plug One Q&A: Andrew Lojero’s “From L.A. with Love”

Andrew Lojero, a promoter of funk, hip-hop, and soul happenings in Los Angeles, talks to Plug One about the fomenting underground scene and his new compilation, From L.A. with Love. Continue reading

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Remembering James Yancey, one year later

February 7 would have been James Yancey’s birthday. Instead, one of hip-hop’s great producers died three days after his 32nd year on Feb. 10, 2006 and then achieved a most bittersweet triumph with two posthumous albums: The Shining and Donuts. … Continue reading

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