The first of two mixes by Zero 7 from 2010, packed with an hour of the best hip hop and electronic music. Zero 7 are idols of mine and PixMix1 feels like it was made for me personally. Why? Well, it features the likes of Mos Def, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, and Q-Tip for a start. But it’s also because the tracks chosen formed the…

Hip hop receives stellar representation at the Kennedy Centre in the form of hip hop star Q-Tip as its first artistic director. I’d like to think Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter was listening to Q-Tip’s Johnny Is Dead when she made the decision to induct the New York rapping legend as their first director of hip hop. The arts center is commemorating the 100th anniversary…

Ashton James Brown interviewed the exciting jazz/hip hop quartet Sumochief and discussed their origins, their thoughts regarding London’s vibrant music scene and how music technology is incorporated into their creative process. The UK hip hop scene has an abundance of talent when it comes to emcees and producers, however live hip hop bands are few and far between. Sumochief are a London based four-piece whose…

The legend that is Q-Tip will be performing a DJ set at Koko on 14th July. London has been spoiled with hip hop legends this year so far and it’s about to get even better. After ATCQ were announced for Wireless a few months back, Q-Tip will also be doing a DJ set of his own at Koko on 14th July. Q-Tip will perform an…

Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and the Soulquarians celebrates his 43rd birthday. It’d be hard to imagine hip hop without Q-Tip and his influence on not only the music but the culture as a whole, being a member of the Zulu Nation. He’s one of the few people in the game to be held in such high regard as both an emcee and a…

In our latest instalment of “How Did I Miss That?”, we have Pharrell and DJ Premier joking around backstage. Yesterday, we discussed what happened when Madlib and J Dilla, two of the best hip hop producers out there, got together and now we’re talking about two more: Pharrell Williams and DJ Premier. This video, which we assume was filmed backstage, shows Pharrell talking about tracks…

We look at one of J Dilla’s first forays into a more “commercial” sound, with Q-Tip’s Amplified. J Dilla’s inclusion into the ATCQ clan, forming the production team The Ummah, was unfortunately ill-timed as the group tensions began to rise until they disbanded in 1998. However, this wasn’t the end of any affiliation between Dilla and the group members. In 1999, Q-Tip released his debut…

The antepenultimate Day 10 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’ve finally leaped into the future. Well, 1994 anyway… NAS – Illmatic (1994) Produced by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock and others I previously proclaimed that Enter the Wu: 36 Chambers was the greatest Hip Hop album of all time, which is something I wholeheartedly stand by. But I think…