B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco, who toured together this last year, have teamed up with Janelle Monae on this chilled out, funky-with-a-hint-of-metal version of “Tightrope.” According to B.o.B himself, this is “one of the best collaborations of the year.” If you missed Janelle’s newest album, The ArchAndroid, make sure to grab yourself a copy.
After years of almost total silence from Lauryn Hill, she finally opened up to NPR about her music, why she left the game, and where she’s headed next. While her classic solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was groundbreaking in part because of her unique ability to sing over hooks she also rapped, she’s focusing now on “opening up [her] range, really sing more.” According to Lauryn, “Most people have never really heard me ‘sing sing sing’… if I do record again, next time perhaps it will be in an expanded context.” And for those have been missing Ms. Hill’s voice, she’s starting to perform again, including the Rock the Bells tour this summer. She told NPR, “I think it’s just time [to perform more], I’m starting to get excited again.”
Read the full interview here.
And watch Lauryn’s classic “The Ex-Factor” video above, just to remind you of exactly how dope she is, in case any of you forgot.
Ghariokwu Lemi, the man behind all of Fela Kuti’s classic album covers, speaks with Vibe on his relationship with Fela and the stories behind the artwork.
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Rox, the 21-year old Jamaican/Iranian singer from the UK has already been featured on The BBC, has performed with some major stars around the world, and she’s had an internet hit floating around for more than a year with her single, “My Baby Left Me.” The track was released to critical acclaim from big-time blogs like Pitchfork, Pretty Much Amazing, and Discobelle.
Thanks to our friend Maiya at Blind I for the Kids for turning us onto this new unofficial Quadron video (but with the appearance of vocalist Coco, it’s official enough). We can’t get enough Quadron even after their show in Brooklyn last night. But really, what does being ‘into your old jeans’ mean? Anyone?