Racquel Jones is a strong woman with a powerful voice and a guiding vision. Her newest effort, IgnoRANT, is a searing commentary on the world we find ourselves in today, and in my opinion, Racquel has hit the nail directly on its proverbial head.
2X Grammy Winner Daru Jones is one of the most respected drummers of his generation who has recorded, performed, and toured with an eclectic mix of renowned artists and producers.
Adam Deitch is the long-time drummer for the legendary contemporary Funk outfit, Lettuce. With a background in golden age, NYC Hip-Hop, and an affinity for old-school Funk, Adam brings the fire and the backbeat to Lettuce.
On May 25th of 2020, the murder of George Floyd Jr. was the match that ignited the flame that would become the latest incarnation of the Black Lives Matter movement. During this time, I did my best to support my friends and others by lending my voice and my patronage where I could. I like to think I helped make some sort of difference, but at the same time I realized I seemed to always take my privilege for granted.
Danny Veekens is a jack of all trades. Call him a musical Swiss Army knife. As a freelance journalist, founder of The Find and Rucksack Records, Danny has exercised his passion for his passions through words, articles and physical music.
Marc Smith AKA DJ Emskee is one of the true legendary DJs out there today, and he has been since the mid-80s. Marc’s take on record collecting (hoarding?) as well as his refreshing views on social media’s impact on music and the industry as a whole were truly enlightening.
Somewhere beyond the depths of our reality and comprehension, DOOM is sitting back behind his mask and smiling. Wherever he is, I hope DOOM has an audience and that he’s still creating art the only way he knows how. At the very least, I hope the big man is at peace and resting. I know this…the next time I hear thunder, I will be wondering if that’s DOOM out there somewhere from the beyond sending beats our way.
I would say somewhere around 2009, I finally began to regard Hip-Hop as the amazing musical art form that it should be seen as. My life changed after I heard the Illmatic for the first time.