ASK ALEX: How did Rock and Roll become White and how did the Rolling Stones – a band in love with black music – help lead the way to rock’s segregated future?

Rock and Roll in its evolution was coded more white than black even though lots of rock and roll bands and musicians are of African -American descent. For example Little Richard and Chuck Berry through to the Dominoes, Ike Turner, and Howlin’ Wolf, rock and roll’s founding figures were African American. Hamilton’s book states “ […]

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ASK ALEX: What elements of African music ended up in the blues?

The blues is centered around a strong harmonic progression, that comes directly from traditional European counterpoint. The use of the I (tonic), IV (subdominant) and V (dominant) is directly related to the fact that African musicians would have been exposed to these new sounds. Wikipedia tells us that … There are few characteristics common to […]

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ASK ALEX: HIP HOP (old school) … some of these artists’ best albums

Contemporary music editor Alex M writes … SUGARHILL GANG: Rapper’s Delight (1979) Sugarhill Gang (1980) Jump On It! (1999) GRANDMASTER FLASH/FURIOUS FIVE: The Message (1982) Kings of the streets :the definitive (2006) Its Nasty(genius of Love) (1982) KURTIS BLOW: Blow(1980) Deuce(1981) Ego Trip(1984) GRANDMASTER CAZ: The Grandest of them all (1992) Mid Life Crisis (2008) […]

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RAP: How has it evolved over the years, and what has driven this evolution… where is it going?

Contemporary music editor Alex M writes … Rap can be split into several eras depending on the time period of their release, eras like pre 2000’s /old school, Rap in the 2000’s and modern hip hop / mumble rap can all be differentiated and identified by the beat, style, writing(lyrics) and sound effects. Hip hop […]

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ASK ALEX: Latin Hip Hop / Korean Hip Hop / Norwegian home-grown Rap

Contemporary music editor Alex M writes … Q7: latin hip-hop. Worth listening to do you think? if yes then are there essential recordings yet? Latin Hip Hop is a growing theme also i would recommend rap songs that have Spanish artists featured. songs with Spanish artists featured that have come out recently are linked below […]

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