Category Archives: Music

Celebrating Guru

This week we remember Keith Elam aka Guru. Half of the iconic hip hop duo Gang Starr and founder of the genre-bending series Jazzmatazz, Guru died almost two years ago. Lost but not forgotten, check out our libation to the trailblazing artist entitled: Guru Legacy. Guru Legacy EP by The BeastContinue Reading

Robert Glasper Experiment: “the most dangerous musicians alive”

These dudes are so dope: #3 on iTunes, #1 jazz album, I’m so thrilled that progressive music is appreciated. Go get Black Radio. Right now. Then check out my interview with ?uestlove from Guru Legacy where he calls The Experiment “the most dangerous musicians alive” (at the 3:45 mark) – prophetic!Continue Reading

Roots To Rap at NC Museum of History Friday

Tomorrow The Beast presents Roots To Rap: A Musical Conversation at the North Carolina Museum of History to kick off their 11th Annual African American Cultural Celebration. Our soul sister Shirlette Ammons opens up at 7PM. $11 advance tickets!Continue Reading

The Black Candle Soundtrack

I wrote a Kwanzaa anthem which appeared on MK Asante Jr’s award-winning documentary narrated by Maya Angelou entitled, The Black Candle. Produced by Derrick Hodge, this track features some of The Beast’s biggest inspirations: Robert Glasper on piano and Chris Dave on drums. Happy Kwanzaa yall!Continue Reading

Cole, Phonte, 9th Drop #Sept27

North Carolina. I know we’re in a recession.. but it’s time to break out the credit cards, check books, food stamps and big face 20s, in support of three titans of North Carolina hip hop. Tomorrow, on September 27th, 9th Wonder drops The Wonder Years, Phonte drops Charity Starts at Home and J. Cole dropsContinue Reading