Musa Okwonga Compared Football Nations To Rappers And It’s Dope As Hell

The multi-talented poet and musician was spot on with his reasoning, covering every nation and some of the all-time greats in the process. We’re just two days away from kick-off and we’re getting excited. We already compiled a playlist to get you into the mood but now we have some more music-related football content for your enjoyment. Musa Okwonga is a modern polymath (“poet, author,…

DeepBeat – A Program That Writes Its Own Rap Lyrics. Apparently.

A group of Finnish programmers have come up with “DeepBeat”, an algorithmic program that learns how to rhyme based on the analysis of nearly 10,000 songs. It’s unlikely to generate the words of Shakespeare or Rakim, but DeepBeat could give you some “rhymespiration”. The machine-learning algorithm has been cultivated by a team of computer scientists from Finland and what makes it particularly unique is its…

Interview: Davu Flint

We interviewed Philly’s Davu Flint about his musical upbringing, how his home state has moulded his music and another life as an international gigolo. Of all the social media I use, Facebook is arguably the worst for content that doesn’t make me want to throw my laptop out of my bedroom window. However, I’ve done my best to surround myself with like-minded individuals and music…

VIDEO: Ice Cube – Ghetto Bird (Muppet Flow)

Big Bird and the Sesame Street gang star in a video for Ice Cube’s classic Ghetto Bird. There was Barney rapping to Tupac and Barney rapping to Ludacris and the Muppets jamming to the Beastie Boys but now the folks at Sesame Street have lent their talents to another fine piece of hip hop work thanks to BENITOLOCO (aka Benoit Neuveglise), a London-based producer. The song in…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Marshall Pope’s Failed Bible Freestyle

Not even the Good Book could help bible rapper Marshall Pope with his attempted freestyle, a short but sweet feature video for Saturday Matinée. It’s a lazy Saturday so rather than give you a full documentary or film, we’ve decided to show a comical video of how not to freestyle live on TV. Marshall Pope is a author-cum-rapper-cum-poet who appeared on ABC’s Talk of Alabama…

Word Up! Data Scientist Maps Out The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop

Data scientist Matt Daniels has examined rappers and their lexicon and discovers who has the largest vocabulary in hip hop. It’s fair to say words play a pivotal role in hip hop music. Contexts have changed over the years but you just can’t beat a fine example of wordplay, no matter what the topic and a data scientist named Matt Daniels has used this as…

INTERVIEW: Latyrx

We interviewed hip hop duo Latyrx. A sixteen year gap between albums isn’t that common within the realms of hip hop but for Latyrx, the timing was perfect to drop their sophomore offering, The Second Album. We caught up with Lateef and discussed what the reasons for the “hiatus” and what we should expect from the album. Sampleface: Some of our readers might not have…

Hip Hop And The “F” Word

Hip hop hasn’t always had a harmonious relationship with the F word – feminism – but where does it stand now and is it any better in other genres? Taytula Burke ponders on the subject. I’ve been a fan of hip hop ever since I made my debut on this planet. No other genre of music is able to quench my thirst for intricate wordplay…

Hip-Hop Word Count – A Database Of Every Word In Every Rap Song Ever

Imagine a database of every word from every recorded rap song. Ever. Well, it is now a reality thanks to Hip-Hop Word Count. “Who’s the best MC of all time?” Probably the most controversial question in hip hop (depending on who you ask). People can lose friends over questions like that. While there’ll probably never be a definitive answer, a Harvard student has been working…