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Alchemist Dug Samples In Paris Record Stores Then Made An EP With Local MCs (Audio)

Lush, abundant, playful; these three words perfectly describe Paris L.A. Bruxelles the recent project by acclaimed producer (and MC) Alchemist. This project sees him team up with a crew of French-language rappers. DOOM & Alchemist Together Is Two Thumbs Up For Hip-Hop (Audio) Released via Red Bull Music Academy/Konbini Radio, the project... Read more

Cape Town’s Oldest Township Gets Adorned in Graffiti for a Good Cause (Video)

Established in 1927, Cape Town's Langa township carries with it decades of history. Before the apartheid era (which began around 1948), Langa was a site specifically designed for Black Africans, much like the formally segregated neighborhoods commonly found throughout the United States post-slavery through the mid-20th century. As the oldest... Read more

Was 1980s New York The Greatest Age Of Hip-Hop On Radio? (Video)

In the upcoming (April 22) Revolutions On Air: The Golden Era of New York Radio (1980 – 1988), Red Bull Music Academy takes us way, way back to the early days to witness a crazy time in New York City when things were really happening and a new culture was... Read more

D’Angelo’s Black Messiah Hits Stores Tonight. Here Are Details and a Review.

The wait is over. After nearly 15 years since the release of his Voodoo album, D'Angelo and The Vanguard's Black Messiah LP will hit stores at midnight (12/15). We were fortunate enough to attend an intimate listening session held at the Dream Hotel in New York's Meatpacking District. The event,... Read more

Ever Heard of Bob Power? He’s Worked on Some of the Best Hip-Hop & Soul Albums Ever. Here’s His Story (Audio)

For more than 30 years, Bob Power has been one of the unsung heroes of Hip-Hop, R&B and Soul. The producer, engineer and composer has worked with many of the most respected and influential artists during that time period, including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Stetsasonic,... Read more

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force’s Producers Are Forever Looking For The Perfect (Video)

With DJ Kool Herc credited as founder, Hip-Hop music is often credited with three godfathers. In addition to the Jamaican-born Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash are honored as the two other mixmasters known for bringing the funk to the people. By the '80s, while Kool Herc still played parties,... Read more

?uestlove Speaks at the Red Bull Lecture Series (Video)

This Red Bull Lecture series has been dope so far. This week's installment with ?uestlove makes it even better. ?uest drops a wealth of knowledge about The Legendary Roots Crew, working on Fallon and music, generally...and, he even gets on the drums. This is one of the most intellectual discussions... Read more

Q-Tip Speaks at the Red Bull Music Academy (Video)

Wow. Here's an incredible treat for any fans of Q-Tip and hip-hop, generally. The iconic MC/Producer/DJ sat down with Chairman Mao for an in-depth conversation (like 2 hours deep...) . He also plays a ton of music on which he's worked, including some unreleased music from Kanye. Whether you watch... Read more

Big Boi Speaks on Apple of My Eye, His Love for Music, OutKast and More (Video)

Here's some cool behind the scenes footage of Big Boi. He talks about his love for music, the meaning of "Apple of My Eye," the difference between making a solo album vs. an OutKast album and more. Check out the video. Related: Big Boi – Apple of My Eye ft... Read more

In the studio with Bun B and 14KT (Video)

Here's a really dope behind the scenes video that shows Bun B working with 14KT, the winner of Red Bull's 2010 beat-making competition (Big Tune). It gives insight into Bun's process of making music and, more importantly, who he is as a person. Though he is undeniably a legend, he... Read more