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Marvin: What Was Going On?

Marvin: What Was Going On?

This September marks the 50th Anniversary of the landmark recording of Marvin Gaye’s opus What’s Going On, a truly timeless album made that much more pertinent with societal tensions bubbling over today. The title song and others like “Save The Children,” “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology),” and “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” retain a certain social commentary that transcends generations and reconstitutes itself when the unrest begins to reach untenable levels. Is it Marvin at his best? That’s debatable, of course, but it’s the beginning of a body of work in the 70s that is unquestionable in its...

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Enacting Change: A War of Attrition

Enacting Change: A War of Attrition

Every movement that captures the people’s minds and hearts starts off with fervor. The enthusiasm, the momentum, and the overall passion espoused by the proponents of the cause is breathtaking, if nothing more than an inspiration to us all at the most basic levels, challenging each of us to better ourselves in some form or fashion. It’s the select few that protest, affect policy, lobby, or creatively contribute as a means to add something to the overall push for change. Even if you just post, keep posting! It’s truly “the sum of its parts” that makes a movement successful or...

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Does Hip Hop’s Voice Still Matter?

Does Hip Hop’s Voice Still Matter?

Hip Hop has always been viewed as a rebellious form of expression, a music and culture that defied boundaries, labels, and popular trends. It took what already existed and appropriated it for its use and outward message to the world. If you have any question about this, cue up any of the several documentaries on Netflix chronicling Hip Hop’s stylistic display and it’s evident from the innovative fashion to the slick talk to the rare breaks being spun from all genres the world over. Hip Hop took what it wanted, regardless of origin and made it better, or at the...

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The journey of music production: An interview with Ski Beatz

The journey of music production: An interview with Ski Beatz

    Life, for many of us, is seldom linear. Our trajectories take twists and turns, not always ending up at the destination we expected, but then again…that’s life. It’s the journey that matters -the impact you have, the legacy you leave, and the people you help -and help you- along the way that bring with it the rewards and satisfaction. And, if you keep evolving, your worth to self and others evolves as well. We had the chance to catch up with Ski Beatz recently and he’s someone who personifies the evolution of the music producer/sound designer. He’s recorded...

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