What I saw in Carter’s ascendancy was
lemmings swimming toward someone else’s manifestation of their own wet
dreams of gaudy consumerism. If hypertension, diabetes and heart
disease won’t kill black folks, then grabbing for luxury items someone
else convinces us we need will.
For all intents and purposes, Michael Franti’s songs
should be considered World music. While coming up playing Punk in the
group The Beatnigs and then moving on to Hip Hop sounds, Franti’s musical journey continues to
evolve while retaining attributes of all of those grooves.
O.N.I.F.C. feels like the logical
next step in Khalifa’s development and ability to blend Hip Hop
mentality with Pop melody. Tracks like “The Plan” (featuring Juicy J),
“Let It Go” (featuring Akon) and “No Limit” are among the songs that
feature sleek, synthesized melodies that flow around rapped vocals.
There are more than a few surprises in
the long and fairly illustrious timeline of Nappy Roots. The Hip Hop
collective first assembled in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1995, and then
spent the next four years honing their craft and sharpening their skills.
In the short amount of time it takes to get through the
EP Synesthesia: The Yellow Movement (just under 24 minutes), Ill Poetic takes the listener on a funky,
soulful trip through his creative process.