Friday, May 31, 2013

Dallas Hip Hop | Leon the Professional X AYAN - BEAST Reborn

Joining the growing community of new school hip hop in Dallas, Texas, Leon the Professional is making his own mark with a unique style that combines progressive Eastern European production (handled by AYAN) with the east coast meets the south lyricism. Although, Leon the Professional fits well within the musical landscape painted by artists such as Dustin Cavazos, A.Dd+, and the Sore Losers, his style is in a gallery of its own.  

BEAST Reborn, is a reinterpretation of LTP's 2012 (B)east Mixtape, which the Dallas Observer named the top mixtape of that year. Although (B)east, showcased LTP's verbal dexterity over throwback east coast production, the highlight of BEAST Reborn is the sometimes atmospheric and eclectic and sometimes progressive east coast production of Kazakhstan native, Ayan. The pairing of a southern rapper and an Eastern European producer may seem strange, but it is exactly for that reason that BEAST Reborn is able to create a new canvas to paint its own mural.

BLOG Reborn,

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Download Now | Dice Raw - The Greatest Rapper Never: The Mixtapes Vol. 1

Dice Raw, frequent Roots collaborator and 1/5 of the super group - The Money Making Jam Boys (Black Thought, Dice Raw, STS, Truck North, and P.O.R.N.), released the Greatest Rapper Never mixtapes a few months ago. As far as underrated MC's are concerned, Dice Raw is at the top of the list.

The Greatest Blogger Never,

Bonus: Dice Raw - Game of Throwns Freestyle (Gotye Sample)

Friday, May 24, 2013

The WUW? Top 5 Hip Hop Groups of All Time

The debate of today at the WUW? headquarters is about the best hip hop groups of all time. But... we decided to make it interesting by excluding the obvious choices as well as duos from our consideration. Our hope is that we may introduce you to some of the most important hip hop groups that you may not be familiar with... You have the WUW? guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

Top Obvious Choices (Not in Rank Order):
1. The Fugees
2. Wu-Tang
3. De La Soul
4. Beastie Boys
5. The Roots
6. A Tribe Called Quest
7. Public Enemy
8. N.W.A
9. Run DMC
10. Ghetto Boys
11. Leaders of the New School
12. Cypress Hill
13. Goodie Mob
14. Digital Underground
15. Bone Thugs & Harmony
16. The Pharcyde
17. Naughty By Nature
18. 2 Live Crew
19. Boogie Down Productions
20. Arrested Development

So Here are the Non-Obvious
(or underground if you prefer)
Top 5 Hip Hop Groups of All Time
That We Tentatively Agree On:

1. Jurassic 5



2. The Visionaries

3. Little Brother

4. Slum Village

R.I.P. J Dilla

5. Living Legends


Honorable Mentions: 
Freestyle Fellowship, LA Symphony, Dilated Peoples

Top 5 Bloggers Dead or Alive,

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hip Hop From the Heart | Nino Augustine - From the Bottom of My Soul EP

Hip hop music continues to occupy an ambiguous role in pop culture. No genre of music, and really no part of culture in general, has remained untouched by the influence of hip hop (unfortunately exemplified in the Brad Paisley & LL Cool J collabo). While hip hop purists lament the death of hip hop, college students celebrate the emergence and creativity of the new school of hipster rap. So which is it? Dead or alive? We have this debate at least once a month in the WUW? office and the only answer we can come up with is... both... or maybe hip hop is in purgatory?

But there in lies the nuance of art and contemporary pop culture, hip hop may appear to have been co-opted and cartooned by the culture industry - even by the independent hipster scene - but beneath the surface and out of the reach the average music fan is a current of creativity within the hip hop culture that harkens back to the soulful longings of Muddy, Buddy, and B.B. This current may flow easier down the delta then it does while entrenched in the bricks of Brooklyn. This music, is hip hop, but not the hip hop that reminds you of the 90s nor the hip hop that sounds better remixed by Skrillex - this is the kind of hip hop that sounds better live, with a sax, a piano, and a brush kit. 

Hip hop in its purest form is music, it is an art, it is an expression of the soul. When it is performed correctly, it can move your heart and produce reflection. It should make you laugh, cry, and dance all at the same time. This is music that is alive. 

You may never hear it on the radio because clear channel doesn't think that white kids will buy it, but if you listen closely you will find artists like Nino Augustine. 

Jameson the WUW? Blogstar and VP of Undiscovered Music,  discovered Nino Augustine, on Soundcloud, in the Spring of 2012 and the entire office began to tell our friends. Last month, and a year after our initial Nino tweet, he released his debut EP, From the Bottom of My Soul, for free on his website - . This album continues to pop up on our Itunes as we shuffle throughout the day and often prompts a new conversation about art, music and life. 

Favorite Tracks:
Another Reflection, Rolling Stone, 
When the Music Stops, and Until Reality Hits

Although FTBOMS could be classified as hip hop, we think it is better thought of as a jazz/ blues album with a hip hop influence. Combing soulful melodies, insightful rhymes, and engaging instrumentation, Nino Augustine's storytelling paints a vivid picture of the multiple dimensions of life.

Indeed the music of hip hop is alive and well. Please take some time to listen to Nino's album and support his art:


From the Blog of My Soul,

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cleveland Music Production | The KickDrums - Inspiration for Conversation EP

Hip hop production duo, remix team, indie rock band, and WUW? office favorite, The KickDrums are back with a new 4 song instrumental EP. There is no other musician or group of musicians that can fuse indie rock, electronic, and hip hop music together better than The KickDrums.

Click here to check out more of The KickDrums

Dallas Indie Rock | The Baptist Generals - Jackleg Devotional to the Heart

The Blogging Generals,

Download Now | Gilbere Forte - Pray (Free LP)

This is the last album in Gilbere Forte's album trilogy. Characterized by dark synthetic downtempo beats and lyrics fused with indie hooks, Pray sounds like a more hip hop influenced version of the Weeknd.


Bonus streams:

Part 1: 87 Dreams

Part 2: Eyes of Veritas

Monday, May 6, 2013

Music Musts | New Lauryn Hill Track - Neurotic Society

We have waited too long for Ms. Hill to release some new material, but it seems to have been well worth it. Neurotic Society, is on some sociological, spoken word, Saul Williams isht.

Unfortunately, it looks like Lauryn may still be going to jail (read the spin article) - leave the woman alone and let her create beautiful music!

Neurotic Blogciety,

Bonus: Lauryn Hill Discography Spotify Playlist

Pre-Release Album Stream | Talib Kweli - Prisoner of Conscious

Talib Kweli's new album Prisoner of Conscious releases tomorrow, but he offered it up for streaming today... needless to say, the WUW? office is enjoying this Monday's weekly office listening party. Tell us what you think.

Spotted @ Okayplayer

Blogger of Consciousness, 

Bonus: Mick Boogie - The Best of Talib Kweli Mixtape 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mixtape Musts | Marco Polo, J Cole, Wycleff, and Add-2 (Free Downloads)

The WhatUpWally? summer intern, Franklin, has been busy his first week on the job. We have had him swimming through the plethora of mixtapes that have been released over the last couple weeks. Here are some of our favorites so far. Enjoy!

J. Cole - Truly Yours 2

Marco Polo - Newport Authority 2

ADD-2 - More Missed Calls

This may be our favorite!

Wycleff Jean - April Showers

Hip Hop at it's Finest | Mos Def, Black Thought, and Eminem - BET Cypher

Three of the greatest to ever do it. 

Derek Webb Sings for Questlove's Forgiveness | Derek Webb - #UNBLOKME

This video has had the WUW? office ROFL'ing. It seems that Questo blocked Christian music artist Derek Webb on the Twitters because of Webb calling him out for twittering too much.