Why Kanye West Should Be Twitter’s CEO

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Twitter should ask Kanye West to be its CEO -- or at least a member of its board. In 72 hours, Kanye has done more to make Twitter relevant and compelling than anything its beleaguered executive team has done during the past year. First came the #SWISH moment on January 24, when ...

Rapper Mike Lo: “Those Beats Talk to Me”

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

He's Mike Lo if you didn't know. Underground rapper Mike Lo sings with the swagger of Eminem and smirks like one of the Beastie Boys. He lives in two worlds -- the one he needs to make ends meet and the one he creates for himself. His day job consists of ...

A Slice of Hip-Hop: “Hotel x Music” by BruthaZ-N-ArmZ

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

The song "Hotel x Music" by BruthaZ-N-ArmZ has been going through my head for a few months now, which is a good sign that I should highlight it on Superhype. The video for "Hotel x Music" seems prosaic on first viewing: a bunch of slow-mo shots of guys hanging around in ...

The hip-hop journey of Prince Mick

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

The music and film of hip-hop artist Prince Mick takes you on an extraordinary journey: his own. The journey begins on the streets of the west side of Chicago, where Prince Mick once lived the violent life of a gangbanger. His song and video “Imma Beast” captures that life with ...

Jermaine Dupri builds a real community with Global 14

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Look at the headlines Facebook has generated lately: the company files for a multi-billion dollar initial public offering. Mark Zuckerberg spends $700,000 flying private planes in one year. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg begins building a new mansion in Menlo Park, California. There’s one important element missing from these stories: ...

A slice of hip-hop: “Put My Mack Down” by Aye-P

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Aye-P performs some sweet alchemy with “Put My Mack Down.” He takes a familiar scenario – a guy coming on to a woman in a club – and creates a funky rap built on top of his own beats and samples of Isaac Hayes’s version of “Look of Love” and ...

A slice of hip hop: “Wait for Me” by ILL Son

Monday, January 9th, 2012

“Wait for Me” by ILL Son requires a close listen to appreciate. When I first heard the sweet female chorus and the gentle chimes that open the song, I thought ILL Son had shared with me another love song like his lush production of “Get 2 You.” But then ILL ...

A slice of hip hop: “Imma Beast” by Prince Mick

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

“Imma Beast” by 22-year-old Prince Mick is raw and powerful, as is the video featured here. The gritty groove, built on top of a driving drumbeat, captures the feel of the stark, bleak Chicago cityscape captured in the video. Prince Mick raps with conviction and hell-bent fury. And no wonder: ...

Music I like: “Get 2 You” by ILL Son

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

"Get 2 You" by ILL Son is sweet. The song evokes hip hop and urban contemporary (for some reason I thought of "Knockin' Da Boots by H-Town when I first heard this song). When you listen to "Get 2 You," you feel a sense of urgency for ILL Son to get ...

Music I like: “Be With-Without You” by Symon G. Seyz

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Be With-Out You by SymonG,Seyz “Be With-Without You” by Symon G. Seyz caught my ear because of its smooth arrangement reminiscent of better ‘70s R&B. What makes the song is SymonG’s soulful rap punctuated by a recurring Isley Brothers-style guitar riff (listen for it 27 seconds into the song). Symon ...