From DJ to Hit

Who’s writing and performing those catchy basslines on today’s top hits in rap? DJ Dahi. Read NPR’s article here.

 

 

Dahi has a lot to say about the music industry:

“I was really inspired by watching the [2015] MTV Video Music Awards show —Kanye’s acceptance speech about listening to kids. It made me think about the kids who were also watching it. Are we giving them information that’s vital to their upbringing — or are we lying to them? I want to give kids a sense of the world through not only my eyes, but through the eyes of artists they love.” That means less celeb bickering and trivial boasting, and more thoughtful direction for an audience that Dahi feels has been led astray.

Stromae the Belgian rapper, singer-songwriter

Stromae’s second album Racine Carrée has catapulted him to international success. The album, released in 2013 in Europe and 2014 in the US, is full of socially critical yet catchy songs that are a mixture of R&B, dance, Afrobeat, and electronic music. He has a lot to say about his music and where it comes from.

Adorable little boy rapping with his dad

Don’t miss this kid’s smile…seriously:

Understanding Life Through Rap: “I have to have empathy.”

I think that there is a narrative that’s been lost in American culture, but definitely in rap music. It’s very consumer-based. It’s very narcissistic in a way. But I just want to talk about practical stuff, about regular people, because I think our regular lives are amazing, beautiful things. –Michael Render, Killer Mike

Read the full interview on NPR Music here.

What Fiona is Listening to:

Crossover Kidz

“This video is an awesome combination of rap, strings, vocals, and percussion.”

Matt Rosewood & Drew B – Deluge