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Luchini (This Is It)

Artist Camp Lo
Year 1997
By Richard Bamford | 11 November 2009
Published in: BAAAck In The Day
Taken from rappers Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede’s Uptown Saturday Night debut album, this personifies simplistic, great hiphop.  Liberal samples of the horn stabs from Dynasty’s Adventures in the Land of Music, bass-drum beef injected to lay the foundations for Sonny and Geechi’s slick and solid, fast and ferocious flows.  Their bragging verses of good times, mo’ money and mo’ women is wittily woven around the catchy chorus with light-hearted amusement; unlike much of the macho posturing skilllessness that many… Continue>

Jamming with Jazmine

By Reah Brown | 10 November 2009
Published in: Video Interviews
Jazmine Sullivan has already carved comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill and Nina Simone. But, on the eve of becoming the next R&B legend this side of the century, the Philadelphian native takes it all in her stride. Catching her at her most energetic and sporadic form, Black Sheep gets the scoop on love, disappointment, movie roles, Kanye West, and busting a window or two. Be prepared to witness Miss Sullivan as you’ve never seen her before. Continue>

Hey You 

Artist Rock Steady Crew
Year 1983
By Andrew Kay | 09 November 2009
Published in: BAAAck In The Day
We’re going way, way back this week with 1983’s crossover hit ‘Hey You, The Rock Steady Crew’ from the breakdancing crew collective, The Rock Steady Crew. Set up in 1977, the group was formed by b-boys named Jimmy D and Jojo. But soon after, it branched out into other locations, with the most famous being the Manhattan Rock Steady’s created by Crazy Legs and Lenny Len. Continue>

A Grand Engagement.

By Jermaine Dobbins | 06 November 2009
Published in: Video Interviews
Old and new? That’s neo-soul! Curtis Mayfield. Al Green. Leroy Hutson. Smokey Robinson. Mayer Hawthorne? At first glance, the last name in the list may scream of soul sacrilege but Mayer’s recent release A Strange Arrangement is more than mere homage. Continue>

'In the Ghetto

Artist Eric B and Rakim:
Year 1990
By Andrew Kay | 02 November 2009
Published in: BAAAck In The Day
Arguably the greatest lyricist in rap, Rakim penned this beautiful, autobiographical narrative, weaving in elements of black pride and Diaspora, over a 24-Carat Black sample ('Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth'). Obviously not designed for the clubs, this track nevertheless showed the power of rap to tap into the consciousness of its audience - those weaned on Public Enemy, X-Clan and Brand Nubian to name but a few. Continue>
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