New Reels: ‘Wow’ by Beck

New Reels: ‘Wow’ by Beck

Everyone’s favourite multi-award winning, genre hopping, geek outsider singer/songwriter is back… …something which is, as you may well agree, a cause for some small kind of celebration. His 13th as-yet-untitled studio album drops around about sometime fairly soon and there is a justifiable sense of expectation, coming after 2014’s Grammy winner Morning Phase. ‘Wow’ is the second single (after last years ‘Dreams’) to be taken from that album and sees Beck in full b-boy mode. It’s funky, a little grime-y even, and comes with a video that at first appears to be a bunch of random stuff – Beck on Read more »

New Reels: ‘Drowning’ by Mick Jenkins feat. BADBADNOTGOOD

New Reels: ‘Drowning’ by Mick Jenkins feat. BADBADNOTGOOD

The upcoming Chicago rapper collaborates with Canada’s BBNG on his latest single which comes with this thought-provoking video. Mick Jenkins has been building an underground reputation for the last couple of years as an intelligent, creative and socially-conscious rapper via a series of mixtapes and one EP Wave[s] which was released in August of last year. This month sees the release of his debut LP The Healing Component from which this new single is taken. As for BADBADNOTGOOD, they’re a Canadian three piece specialising in intrumental music that covers an experimental area in and between free jazz, hip-hop, electronica, and Read more »

One Hit Wonders: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn

One Hit Wonders: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn

A song that immediately brings back a time and place (dated but still sounds good). A great sample. A colorful video. 1991 at its best. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – PM Dawn For our second One Hit Wonder post we thought we would pay tribute to recently deceased Attrell Cordes aka Prince Be, founding member of PM Dawn last Friday, 17th of June from renal kidney disease. P.M. Dawn was an American hip hop act (the third hip-hop act to top Billboard Hot 100 in 1991) formed by Prince Be and Jarrett Cordes. Their first album was critically acclaimed, and Read more »

New Reels ´Sorry´by Beyoncé

New Reels ´Sorry´by Beyoncé

Unless you have been living under a rock, Queen B stunned the world her new, musically awesome and visually gorgeous album Lemonade earlier this year (here at MVD we love it). Well, now she has released a video for her song ´Sorry´and it includes Serena Williams and we get to see her sing the famous lyric “You better call Becky with the good hair“. Sorry – Beyoncé Regardless of who the song is actually written for, the song is catchy and innovative and the video is eye catching. Watching Serena William´s flaunting her body after all the body shaming she has Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.41: She-Rappers

The Tuesday Playlist No.41: She-Rappers

For this week’s 15-song collection we decided to celebrate female rappers old and..well…mainly old… Because to be honest, we here at MVD like our hip-hop old-school. Must be an age thing I guess. That and the fact that we really don’t dig Nicki Minaj and her like. So included here is the mighty Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill from back when she could be bothered to use her considerable talents, the original Queen of hip-hop Roxanne Shante, Missy Elliott of course, rap-poetry from Sarah Jones and her predecessor Sarah Webster Fabio, Britain’s own pioneer Monie Love, and yes, we’ve also included Read more »

New Reels: “Trap Tears” by Raury

New Reels: “Trap Tears” by Raury

Raury first came to our attention when he went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert wearing an “I Love Mexico” t-shirt with Donald Trump´s name crossed out on the back and made all of us fall in love with him and his obvious talent. It was a great “silent” protest against Trump, and as he said so himself “Trump embodies separation, solving problems with anger, fear, and personal differences. I’m all about the opposite, about being inclusive and open.” We couldn’t agree with him more. Well, fortunately this 19 year old is here to stay by the looks and sound Read more »

Banned! As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew.

Banned! As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew.

For the latest in this series we take a look at one of hip-hop’s most notorious groups and how their highly controversial album As Nasty As They Wanna Be saw them end up in court. The roots of what became known as gangsta rap, which in turn served as an ideological blueprint for much of the hip-hop that came after can be traced back to a number of acts, rappers, and records that sprang up towards the end of the 1980’s, a time when this fledgling music was beginning to find it’s teeth. N.W.A. arrived full of anti-authoritarian fuck-you attitude, Read more »

Dummy by Portishead

Dummy by Portishead

This week we look at a band that combined hip-hop, jazz, and devastating torch songs to stunning effect to create one of the most original albums of the 90’s and one that defined the Bristol trip-hop scene. Like any serious music lover I have a list of favourite albums too long to compile, and too ever-changing to put in to any kind of order. Throughout the course of my life so many brilliant albums have come and gone that simply remembering them all is an impossible task. However, ask me which albums have had the greatest impact on me and Read more »

Fight The Power: When hip-hop spoke loud and said something.

Fight The Power: When hip-hop spoke loud and said something.

With the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton currently riding high in the box office we look back at a time when hip-hop was maybe the last truly anti-establishment music in America and three seminal and revolutionary acts, N.W.A., Public Enemy, and KRS-One. Since it’s birth as a cultural movement in the late 1960’s and 1970’s hip-hop has come a long way. Some might say it has come too long away from it’s roots, and no longer resembles the cool streetwise movement it once was and has instead become irrevocably linked with rap music, it’s watered down commercial counterpart which embraces Read more »

Me I’m Supa Fly: Video dopeness with Missy Elliott

Me I’m Supa Fly: Video dopeness with Missy Elliott

We take a look at 3 of the best from one of hip-hop’s biggest female stars and one of the most inventive video artists of her time. Back in the days when MTV still played, y’know, actual music videos and not an endless stream of vacuous reality shows some artists managed to create a ‘buzz’ reputation around their videos, and Missy Elliott was definitely one of those. For a while in the late 90’s and early 2000’s many conversations around the world began with “Have you seen the new Missy Elliott video?” or words to that effect. Of course it Read more »

Fight For Your Right: How the Beastie Boys crashed the party.

Fight For Your Right: How the Beastie Boys crashed the party.

Following on nicely from our post on Run DMC and Aerosmith we look at the other big rap-rock hit of the 80’s and the Jewish trio who changed hip-hop, the Beastie Boys. In 1986 hip-hop was still in it’s infancy, barely 10 years old and still viewed by many as a bit of a novelty, notwithstanding the success of ‘Walk This Way’ and the role it played in bringing the sound of guys rapping in to the mainstream. However, Run DMC hadn’t managed to sustain the level of success and in commercial terms at least their career would be one Read more »

New Reels: “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” by Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha

New Reels: “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” by Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha

Former Rage Against The Machine man and hot hip-hop duo Run The Jewels bring you this beefy track coupled with a video that seems to be continuing a current and very welcome vogue. When I penned this review of the latest Pussy Riot single I was ruminating on how there seems to be almost nothing in the way of protest songs in 2015, a lack of social commentary borne of a fear of alienating any part of an artist’s fan-base. The Pussy Riot song dealt with the emotive contemporary issue of cop-on-black violence in 21st century America. Then a couple Read more »

Tuesday playlist No.3: Reggae, reggae

Tuesday playlist No.3: Reggae, reggae

The weekly MVD playlist featuring Stevie Wonder, The Police, Augustus Pablo, Aswad, Asian Dub Foundation, and Linton Kwesi Johnson… Welcome to this 3rd installment of our weekly playlist, which this week has a big dose of reggae running through it in one form or another. There’s no particular reason for that, it just sort of came out that way – reggaed. From Latin Quarter’s big hit, some great live footage of The Police, killer tracks by Judy Mowatt, Aswad, and Augustus Pablo, The Specials ripping through ‘Monkey Man’, and some imperial ambient-dub from The Orb and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. And Read more »