Wednesday, November 21, 2012

College Station Hip Hop | Shawn Noize - N.O.I.z.E (No One Iz Everything) Mixtape

Recently, the WUW? crew has brought to you some new hip hop coming out of College Station. Artists like Caleb Mak, Justin Wilson, and GQ Marley have been steady on their grind, putting out quality material. Shawn Noize has been right there in the mix and displaying the experience of an artist that has been consistently and relentlessly improving. Shawn's third mixtape showcases his laid back east coast influenced southern sound and comes off as more of a complete album than your typical mixtape. Make sure to follow the homie on twitter @ShawnNoize, like him on the Facebook, and support that up & coming 979 talent.

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No Blog Iz Everything,

Dallas Indie Dance Synth Pop | Mystery Skulls, Black Tie Dynasty, & Mon Julien

Don't know much about these guys other than the fact that we found them on Bandcamp and they are dope.

We do know a little bit about one of the best Dallas in the last 10 years. Unfortunately, Black Tie Dynasty broke up a few years ago. Check out this remix ep by local D-Town hip hip producer Picnictyme. Fortunately, you can check out lead singer Cory Watson and keyboardist Brian McCorquodale, in their new band - Mon Julien.

Check out the new sounds of Mon Julien.

Indie, Synth, 80s Influenced, Dance, Art Pop Bloggers,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Video | Emilio Rojas - Whisper

For those of you who don't know, considered yourself informed. Emilio Rojas has sat on the WUW? list of hottest new MCs for about 4 years now. Emilio's lyrics are unmatched in delivery, wordplay, depth, and cultural insight. Rojas continues to deliver visuals that bring his words to life and this video for "Whisper" adds to superior reputation.

While most hip hop heads are declaring the supremacy of wack raping gimmicks like Chris Webby, Mac Miller, Asher Roth, Wiz Khalifa, Timeflies, Hoody Allen, and Machine Gun Kelly - they continue to sleep on lyrical giants like Rojas - concerned more with dope lyrics instead of college kid cliches. 

Make sure your check out some of our favorite Emilio Rojas videos and mixtapes here!

Deep in the Blog Game,

Download Now | Fashawn - Champagne and Styrofoam Cups Mixtape

Fashawn comes hard with another mixtape that makes most of the new school of hip hop look more like 4th round draft picks as opposed to rookies of the year. Download Champagne and then make sure you check out a couple of our other favorites Fashawn projects: Ode to Illmatic and Higher Learning 2.
"I be eatin lunch with whites like Condaleeza Rice." 
Track 10: Just a Man

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Champagne & Styrofoam Blogs,

Monday, November 19, 2012

WUW? Recommends Hip Hop Production | Dag Savage (Exile & Johaz) - Salvation Mixtape

Los Angeles hip hop production guru is a household name in the underground rap scene. Fusing eccentric sounds, boom bap drums, and an always impressive list of MCs to rep over his beats, Exile is widely regarded as one of the most progressive hip hop producers in the game. Salvation is the precursor to Exile's collabo album with San Diego MC Johaz, from the group Deep Rooted, and is also Johaz's solo introduction the the hip hop world. The album contains a list of collaborators that stay on top of the WUW? list of hottest MCs including Fashawn, Blu, and Aloe Blacc

Boom Bap Blogging,

Monday, November 12, 2012

Documentary on the Third Coast Legends UGK | All Star Tribute to UGK

Pretty dope little video. Features interviews with 9th Wonder, ASAP Rocky, Big Boi, Brother Ali, Freddie Gibbs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Killer Mike, Lupe Fiasco, People Under the Stairs, Rapsody, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def - among others.

Unfortunately, coming from the Nasti Nati, we were late comers to that P.A.T. sound but no one can doubt Bun B and Pimp C's legendary status.

What's your favorite UGK track?

Pocket Full of Blogs,

Make sure to bang that WUW? Dirty South Classics Spotify Playlist:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Leaders of the New School | Skateboards, Bikes, and Raps

Fashawn - Skating Down the Block

Kooley High - Pedals

The Cool Kids - Black Mags

The Pack - Vans

Trunk Boiz - Scraper Bike

And of course, Lupe Fiasco - Kick Push

Skatin Down the Blog, 8 Pt Font,

Bonus: WhatUpWally? New School of Hip Hop Playlist:

Listen Now | RZA - The Man With the Iron Fists Soundtrack

The RZA has surpassed even his own legacy as hip hop royalty. Not only did he mastermind the greatest hip hop collective of all time but he has also become one of the premier film scorers (of course if you love Tarantino and kung fu flicks). Has released both the soundtrack (stream and purchase below) and the film score. 

On top of all this, RZA also published one of the best hip hop memoires (in the opinion of the good folks at WUW?), The Tao of the Wu.

This soundtrack features Kweli, Monch, Black Keys, Ghostface, Corrine Bailey Rae, The WU, M.O.P., Pusha T, and M-E-T-H-O-D Man. 

Jump kicking our way through the blogosphere:

Why Torture Matters | George W. Bush, Abu Ghraib, and the Responsibility of the America Citizenry

For the past couple years we have been trying to make sense of how the American people have understood the role of torture in the war on terror. From our unscientific polls of friends and acquaintance, we have come to the conclusion that Americans are in favor of anything they think will make them safe. We have heard FORMER! presidential candidate Mitt Romney profess that he would return to the Bush torture paradigm and we have watched as Fox news pundits have advocated the use of torture on suspected terrorists. What we have missed in this dialogue is that the actions of our government and our military have profound consequences on our long term security as well as the security of our troops.

For those of you interested in the subject, we would like to offer just a small snippet of the research we have been working on. We offer an analysis of the media, the president, and public opinion in an attempt to understand the role that "we the people" play in the actions of our government. Hopefully, we are able, in plain language, able to present the multiple layers involved in this dilemma (Click on this link: Framing Abu Ghraib). 

Now that the election is over and we have spent so much time thinking about what makes the best government, maybe we can start thinking about what the best way to operate that government is. This is just one issue but it cuts to the core of who we are as citizens and what our responsibility is as actors on the world stage.

We the People,

Here is a snippet of the conclusion of the our paper. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Night in America | Thoughts On a Better America and the Inherent Value of Mankind

Congratulation to Barack Obama! Our president overcame great odds to win reelection and endured a great battle with Mitt Romney. Yes, it is true, most of us at WUW? have a serious dislike for the former governor of Massachusetts. But Barry O. was correct, in his acceptance speech, when he said that the deeply held values of Americans are worth fighting for. 

Obama and Romney stand on opposite sides of a divide that has existed in our country since before the revolution. The WUW? crew thinks it is OK to disagree on these things and that they are worth battling it out for. But, what is beautiful about our system of government is that every 4 years we engage in an ideological civil war and then we move forward in a civilized fashion without assassinations, coups, or an actual civil war. 

For all of the ways the system seems to not work, we are reminded of all the ways the system does work. We cannot expect perfection from the government as much as we cannot expect perfection from ourselves. As individuals, we recognize our flaws but we don't destroy ourselves because of them. However, we often want to destroy our government because of its imperfections. Maybe it is time that we recognize the flaws, work to learn from them, and toil to make the government and the nation better. To look past the belief that the highest priority is profit and start to make our highest priority people. Maybe it is time to start showing compassion to those who are less fortunate and start reconstituting our nation as one that thinks deeply about how to increase the quality of life for everyone in the nation.

Maybe the government is inefficient in the ways it provides programs of assistance but instead of destroying the programs that provide health care and assistance to single moms below the poverty line, we should start thinking about new ways to make the government more efficient, to enable all Americans to benefit from the great wealth that is created in our country. 

Men and women have been reduced to units of economic productivity. Our greatest worth is measured in income, investments, and productive value. We are only valuable as utility maximizers. We have lost sight of humanity. Of progress. Of the good society. We have been stripped of our ability to dream of a better world. We have accepted inequality and have embraced it as a fundamental component of human nature. But, we, as Americans and as humans, are not economic species. We are social beings that love, cry, laugh, and want to live a life that embraces the fullness of our being. 

We can be a nation that embraces its history as the project of enlightenment, a historical manifestation of the belief that no man is born with a greater value because of their noble birth. A nation that believes in the inherent worth of the individual.

We should be a people that celebrate the attempt to make sure that every person can receive medical check ups, prenatal care, and cancer treatment without fear of being overburdened by the costs. We should be a people that embrace the freedom to love who you love. We should be a people that think about the greater good and not just our next vacation or Lexus. We can be a people that recognize that the ultimate end of life is not wealth.

Our value is not found in our utility. We are not defined by our bank accounts. We are humans that want to live a full life of health, love, and happiness. 

It may not be possible to create utopia but it is not impossible to make a better world.

Blogging Toward Utopia,

Monday, November 5, 2012

The History of Cincinnati Hip Hop and the Experimental Sounds of Ill Poetic | Ill Poetic - Synesthesia (Free Album Download)

Cincinnati (and the surrounding areas) has become the home of one of the most serious hip hop movements in the nation. This may be shocking to many of you but you should remember that Cincinnati actually has a long history of musical creativity - in funk , blues, jazz, and rock. Cincinnati, as the home to funk and R&B legends Bootsy Collins and the Isley Brother; jazz great Count Base D, the music industry legend L.A. Reid; and path breaking hip hop artists Mood, Hi-Tek, and IsWhat? was projected to be the next major music city. Artists from Led Zeppelin to James Brown came to the Nati to record making Cinci a sort of mixture of Nashville and Detroit. Later, Cincinnati hosted the first major hip hop festival, Scribble Jam (1996-2008), which predated today's festivals such as Rock The Bells, and helped launch the careers of Wordsworth, Murs, Slug, Eyedea, Brother Ali, Lyrics Born, Eminem, Sage Francis, and Rhymefest

In 1997 Rhymefest defeated Eminem in the Scribble Jam freestyle battle: watch for :38 "Ima keep this nigga bouncin like a Suge Knight check" - Rhymefest

Along with The Scribbling Idiots, Mr. Dibbs, Copywrite, and Tanya Morgan, Jermiside, the emcee/producer, Ill Poetic, has been representing this tradition for over a decade. He continues to push himself outside the restrictive boundaries of hip hop and into the the world of creative expression filled with live instrumentation, atmospheric samples, and intricate lyricism. In this new project, Ill Poetic moves into that "next realm" of hip hop production inhabited by masterminds like RJD2 and El-P.

Ill Blogetic, 

Bonus: Check out the WUW? Cincinnati Hip Hop Spotify Playlist: