• Fela Kuti Lives

    With over 40 albums and an unassailable legacy as the originator of one of Africa’s most popular and enduring sounds, the job of curating Fela Kuti‘s catalog for the 21st century is a difficult and enviable task. Ink 19 dives into the Knitting Factory’s Chop n’ Quench, Fela’s first nine albums re-released, and gives a heads up on the Na Poi set of albums due to drop on May 11.

  • Fela Kuti Lives

    Fela Kuti Lives

    With over 40 albums and an unassailable legacy as the originator of one of Africa’s most popular and enduring sounds, the job of curating Fela Kuti‘s catalog for the 21st century is a difficult and enviable task. Ink 19 dives into the Knitting Factory’s Chop n’ Quench, Fela’s first nine albums re-released, and gives a heads up on the Na Poi set of albums due to drop on May 11.

  • J Dilla

    J Dilla

    Ruff Draft (Stones Throw). Review by S D Green.

  • Q-Tip

    Q-Tip

    On the historic day that America elects its first African-American president, an eloquent messenger for “change,” Q-Tip releases The Renaissance. Coincidence? John-Thomas Crockett sits down with “The Abstract” prior to the outcome to discuss The Renaissance, Obama, and how he feels about Q-Tip vs. Lil Wayne.

  • Brother Ali

    Brother Ali

    Chris Catania is utterly floored by Brother Ali’s recent Chicago performance. Is the future of indie rap an albino Muslim who comes off equal parts Muhammed Ali, KRS-One and southern preacher? Maybe you should find out for yourself…

  • Common

    Common

    Finding Forever (Geffen Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

  • 3582

    The Living Soul (Hum Drums/Groove Attack). Review by Bill Campbell.

  • Illogic

    Got Lyrics? (Weightless). Review by Bill Campbell.

  • Ozomatli

    Embrace The Chaos (Almo Sounds/Interscope). Review by Julio Diaz.

  • The Philadelphia Experiment

    The Philadelphia Experiment 12-inch (Rope-a-Dope/Atlantic). Review by Kiran Aditham.

  • Common

    Coming off the Spit Kickers tour with De La Soul and Biz Markie to his new album, Like Water for Chocolate, going gold, it’s clear that Common’s message and his hip hop grooves are finally making it to a wider audience. So what is his message? That’s what Nirav Soni found out, as they discussed politics, inspirations, and spirituality.

  • Common

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