WBEZ | rap http://www.wbez.org/tags/rap Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Good food and good samaritans http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-09/morning-shift-good-food-and-good-samaritans-107991 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Health Food-Flickr- @10.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WBEZ political reporter Tony Arnold previews lawmakers&#39; trek back to Springfield when they&#39;ll revisit pension reform and conceal and carry. And, ChicagoTribune reporter Monica Eng discusses how to educate people on eating well. Plus, when have you acted as a Good Samaritan?</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-good-food-and-good-samaritans.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-good-food-and-good-samaritans" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Good food and good samaritans" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-09/morning-shift-good-food-and-good-samaritans-107991 Raise the roof, y'all: Architects' rap video a minor sensation on YouTube http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-06/raise-roof-yall-architects-rap-video-minor-sensation-youtube-107889 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Screen Shot 2013-06-28 at 11.09.02 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Uloc1iW-pgc" width="560"></iframe></p><p>After making its debut at the American Institute of Architects convention in Denver last week, the above music video of bespectacled architects rapping about their profession is now a YouTube favorite.</p><p>&quot;I Am an Architect&quot; has rung up close to 150,000 views since it was uploaded a week ago. The two men in the three-minute video are unnamed, but the production was created by <a href="http://www.ykkap.com/about.asp" target="_blank">YKK AP America</a>, a Georgia company that designs, engineers and manufactures complex fenestration systems.</p><p>The company is part of Tokyo industrial giant YKK, a company whose initials are stamped on untold millions of zippers across the planet.</p><p>Set to a hip-hop beat, the rap &mdash; &quot;I picture Frank Lloyd Wright, while you think I&#39;m Mike Brady; and engineers devour our work and call us crazy&quot; &mdash; won&#39;t make you forget <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVtpXvzzXiA" target="_blank">Talib Kweli</a>, but they&#39;re fun.</p><p>The intersection between rap and architecture isn&#39;t quite as unusual at it might seem. Consider this bit from PBS educational show <em>3-2-1 Contact</em> from way back in 1987:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7bWUfpDDVi4" width="420"></iframe></p><p>In 2012, the marketing department at architecture firm SmithGroupJJR made this one for kicks and giggles:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pHkjzG50QJw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>And my favorite, Ted Kamp&#39;s &quot;Mies van der Rohe&quot; from 2007. It&#39;s not rap, but the hook is a monster:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/x5Ujve7PuWk?list=PL1E6317EFE760B7DA" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-06/raise-roof-yall-architects-rap-video-minor-sensation-youtube-107889 Rising rap star King Louie performs and talks about his upcoming album, his early days as a rapper and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/rising-rap-star-king-louie-performs-and-talks-about-his-upcoming-album-his <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/kinglouie2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>King Louie, one of Chicago's fastest-rising rappers, talks about his upcoming CD, <em>Dope &amp; Shrimp</em>, as well as about, well, dope and shrimp. Louie also talks about his beginnings as a rapper, his work ethic and more. Plus, he performs his viral hit "Too Cool." If you don't know Louie's music now, you soon will.&nbsp;</p><p>(Some adult language, so use headphones at work.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kdXM94OPnSo" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>(The next <em>Interview Show</em> is May 3, 2012, at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Guests included writer Chuck Klosterman and <em>Delocated</em> star Jon Glaser. More info <a href="http://www.markbazer.com">here</a>.)</p></p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/rising-rap-star-king-louie-performs-and-talks-about-his-upcoming-album-his Chicago hip hop group BBU dish on social activism and their new mixtape http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hip-hop-group-bbu-dish-social-activism-and-their-new-mixtape-96929 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-02/BBU-9.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>From the very beginning, the members of Chicago hip hop group <a href="http://www.itsbbu.com/">BBU</a> have been passionate activists: both in community organizing and in their music. Combining danceable beats with social commentary, the group has been generating buzz in underground circles and dance clubs alike. Their new Mixtape, <em>bell hooks,</em> is filled with songs exposing chauvinism, sexism and institutional racism. MCs Epic and Jasson Perez joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about their songs, and what sparked their passion and dedication to social activism.</p></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 02:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hip-hop-group-bbu-dish-social-activism-and-their-new-mixtape-96929 The Moses Gun discuss 90's rock music and their new self-titled LP http://www.wbez.org/story/moses-gun-discuss-90s-rock-music-and-their-new-self-titled-lp-95711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-20/405140_10150473404247073_208481352072_9327265_1259453294_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Vell Mullens and Rich Harris met up and started jamming on Chicago's South Side in 1989.</p><p>Inspired by rock and grunge of the era, the two formed <a href="http://www.facebook.com/themosesgun">The Moses Gun</a> in 1995 - a rock group with heavy guitars, thick bass lines and poignant lyrics. Their self-titled LP is out now on <a href="http://www.dktrecords.com/">DKT Records</a>.</p><p>Vell and Rich joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about how they became such avid rock fanatics as well as the pre-conceived notions that others have about Black rock musicians.</p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/moses-gun-discuss-90s-rock-music-and-their-new-self-titled-lp-95711 Video: Rapper Psalm One's appearance on 'The Interview Show' http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-25/video-rapper-psalm-ones-appearance-interview-show-89587 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-26/Psalm One_Flickr_Brodie Adler.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's been a while since Chicago rapper Psalm One's acclaimed Rhymesayers Entertainment debut, <em>The Death of Frequent Flyer</em> — "My record label wants <em>The Miseducation of Psalm One</em>, and we're going to make it for them," she says —&nbsp;&nbsp;but in the meantime there's been no shortage of her music. Psalm One put out three online mixtapes last year as part of her <em>Woman@Work</em> series, and you can find her latest track, "Juke Me," from the forthcoming <em>Get in the Van Vol. 3</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://psalmone.bandcamp.com/track/juke-me">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Psalm One stopped by <em>The Interview Show</em> recently to talk about her career, growing up in Chicago, her love of the "idea of Oprah" and more. She's performing at The Hideout Sept. 2. Video is below.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m8W5GW_O_e8" width="505" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>And the next Interview Show is Friday, Aug. 5, at <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com">The Hideout</a>, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. $8. Guests will be:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.wtfpod.com/">MARC MARON</a>, comedian and host of "WTF With Marc Maron" podcast</li><li><a href="http://www.bloodshotrecord%E2%80%8Bs.com/artist/jon-langford">JON LANGFORD</a>, founding member of Mekons, Waco Brothers, New CD/Book "Skull Orchard Revisted"</li><li><wbr><a href="http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/music/node/24664">LAWRENCE PETERS</a>, leader of the Lawrence Peters Outfit, Debut CD "What You Been Missin'" and the Hardest-Working Country Musician in Chicago.</li><li><a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop%E2%80%8B.org/">JAMES O'SHEA</a>, author of "The Deal From Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers" and editor of the Chicago News Cooperative.</li></ul><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr></p><p><wbr></p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr></p></p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 14:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-25/video-rapper-psalm-ones-appearance-interview-show-89587 Das Racist on the four elements of hip-hop, white wine and how they'd like to be described http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-15/das-racist-four-elements-hip-hop-white-wine-and-how-theyd-be-described-89 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-15/dasracist_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With Pitchfork this weekend, a lot of the attention has been been on shock rappers&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oddfuture.com/en/">Odd Future</a> performing, but <a href="http://dasracist.net/">Das Racist</a> is the fest's rap group that would be on my must-see list (they perform tonight at 6:30 p.m.) if I didn't have to spend the evening saying, "No, you can't have/do that" to my 6-year-old son.</p><p>The threesome, which first gained attention with the song "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" and has since released two mix-tapes (that is, free albums), are smart and funny and also physically strong and very good-looking. If I could use one word to describe Das Racist, it'd be rippling.</p><p>The group, which has its first CD, <em>Relax</em>, coming out sometime soon, performed and talked on <em>The Interview Show</em> when we recently did the show at <a href="http://www.unionhallny.com/home.php">Union Hall</a> in Brooklyn. Here for the first time is the video of their appearance.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jVsgDnKMWmA" width="560"></iframe></p><h3 style="color: red;">IN OTHER NEWS . . .&nbsp;</h3><p>I'll be reading/performing at <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">The Paper Machete</a> tomorrow (Saturday). It's at 3 p.m. at The Horseshoe (4115 N Lincoln Ave.). It is FREE.</p></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-15/das-racist-four-elements-hip-hop-white-wine-and-how-theyd-be-described-89 Lupe Fiasco: Two Sides To Everything http://www.wbez.org/story/music-interviews/2011-03-11/lupe-fiasco-two-sides-everything-83600 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//lupe_vert.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Wasalu Muhammad Jaco grew up in rough neighborhoods in and around Chicago, where crack addicts would pass out on his front stoop. But, while his friends were drifting in and out of jail, he joined the chess club and the academic decathlon at high school. He was also a drama geek.</p><p>This is the story of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15332413/lupe-fiasco" target="_blank">Lupe Fiasco</a> — that's Wasalu Jaco's stage name. Now 29, Lupe Fiasco is arguably the most innovative rapper to hit the scene in more than a decade. He raps about cops and drug dealers, but he's also known to quote Nietzche, Orwell, Chomsky and Howard Zinn. Fiasco celebrates the idea of being an oddball — he is a living juxtaposition.</p><p>"I always saw two sides of life," Fiasco tells <em>Weekend All Things Considered</em> host Guy Raz. "I saw the dudes who would be the gangsta, big-time guys on the block, but would also be dedicated fathers. It was kind of weird to see that dual story that everybody has."</p><p>Fiasco's parents divorced when he was young, and he spent time with both of his parents, who each exposed him to the world outside his neighborhood.</p><p>"My mother had a massive collection of <em>National Geographic</em>s," he says. His father's tastes were even more eclectic: "There would be a massive collection of swords from Pakistan, and then a ton of <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17093771" target="_blank">Ravi Shankar</a> vinyl, and then a set of bagpipes, and these vases from China. It was just all these little knickknacks and pieces of the world strewn around the house."</p><p>Music was a big part of Fiasco's global education. He listened to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16853156/n-w-a" target="_blank">N.W.A</a> in the car with his father, but also had access to an extensive record collection that spanned world music and jazz. Known to use a range of styles in his songs, Fiasco says his father was instrumental in building this base of music knowledge.</p><p>"I have an understanding of <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90283085" target="_blank">Queen</a> and the way Freddie Mercury did his harmonies," Fiasco says. "I know what tablas sound like, because my father played a lot of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan." Fiasco says his knowledge base has made him uncompromising as an arranger: "I can't play any instrument for the life of me, but I know what I want to hear."</p><p>In "Words I Never Said," from his new album <em>Lasers</em>, Fiasco explores another part of his upbringing: Islam. Growing up around potentially dangerous influences in his neighborhood, Fiasco managed to keep out of trouble. He attributes this in part to the tradition of faith in which he grew up.</p><p>"I was born Muslim, but for a large part of my life, I wasn't necessarily raised Muslim," he says. "My father always kept everything around us, from Western philosophy to Eastern philosophy." That air of tolerance is reflected in the song, which is in part a reaction to Islamic extremism. Take this couplet: "Jihad is not a holy war, where's that in the worship? / Murdering is not Islam, and you are not observant."</p><p><em> </em></p><p>Fiasco says he sees his music, which pulls influences from prog and experimental rock, as a way to bring different groups of listeners together — including those who are wary of hip-hop. "Kick, Push," the Grammy-nominated single from his first record, <em>Food & Liquor</em>, became a skater anthem, popular with skateboarders black and white, urban and suburban.</p><p>Fiasco has continued to experiment. Last year, he introduced Japanese Cartoon, a post-punk side project in which he affects a mock British accent in the mold of Joy Division's Ian Curtis. Even <em>Lasers</em> was originally meant to be part of a genre-spanning three-disc set — which he'd hoped would satisfy his current contract and release him to take a new direction.</p><p>That decision, he says, "got lost in translation" — but he says he isn't discouraged.</p><p>"This will not be my last album," Fiasco says. "I have three more to do with my record company, and I will continue to do music until I decide to stop." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. </p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 17:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/music-interviews/2011-03-11/lupe-fiasco-two-sides-everything-83600 Global Notes: Sudanese rapper Emmanuel Jal pushes non-violence http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-notes-sudanese-rapper-emmanuel-jal-pushes-non-violence <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//ej.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>While the vote to determine whether southern Sudan becomes an independent country continues, Jerome and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/radio-m">Radio M</a> host Tony Sarabia examine the work of one of Sudan&rsquo;s most celebrated young artists. In this week's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes">Global Notes</a> we take a look at the rapper, peace activist and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Track List:<br /></em></p><p><em>1. We Want Peace<br />2. Gua<br />3. Baai<br />4. 50 Cent<br />5. Mother<br />6. War Child</em></p><object width="560" height="340"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/g1ZEJWVSiEI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed width="560" height="340" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/g1ZEJWVSiEI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-notes-sudanese-rapper-emmanuel-jal-pushes-non-violence