Nishimoto has written features for Wax Poetics, Paste, Venus and Prefixmag.com, liner notes for Tuff City funk reissues, and more than his allowable share of forgetable book reports. When he’s not DJing weddings, working on his footwork, balancing budgets, shaking hands or kissing babies, you can catch the kid blahgging at sintalentos. He also detests bios and lists. Wait a second…
Wednesday, May 17 2006
Beastie Boys take you to the stage with their concert film Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That!.
Wednesday, February 15 2006
Though many of his production techniques had been innovated by other producers, Dilla arranged them in a new fashion and took them to a logical extreme. In a sense, he helped bridge hip-hop's transition from Pete Rock, Prince Paul and Premier to Pharrell and Timbaland.
Tuesday, November 15 2005
Nearly 20 years later, Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab continue to spark the fire.
Monday, October 3 2005
Snap your fingers and clap your hands and say, 'Run-DMC is the King of All Bands!' Reissue of the group's first four lets new jacks catch up while old timers reflect.
Wednesday, July 27 2005
Her story is readymade fable, but she's just plain ol' Annie.
Sunday, November 2 2008
Either Obama's "hip-hop candidacy" makes him appeal to a heretofore disaffected and/or untapped voting bloc, thereby legitimizing his claim as a candidate of hope and change; or this unwelcome connection to a controversial art is a liability.
Sunday, August 10 2008
Heat and beats make for a good combination. No surprise then that most of my memorable experiences related to hip-hop happened during the summer.
Wednesday, June 4 2008
The recent "censure" of The Boondocks demonstrates the difficulty art faces in raising a critical converation in a corporate setting. Considering hip-hop's deep embedding into corporate culture, how can radical change happen?
Monday, March 31 2008
Hip-hop, like most other arts, intentionally pays humor less mind because, hey, it's not supposed to be taken seriously! But seriously.
Monday, February 4 2008
A pack and purge process got Nishimoto to thinking about Jay Electronica, who may be the M.I.A. that hip-hop has been waiting for.
Thursday, January 31 2008
Thursday, July 19 2007
The persistence and permutation of memory (or the truth about cats, blondes, Hitchcock, video games, and the post-apocalypse) -- what more would you expect from Chris Marker's entry into the Criterion Collection?
Wednesday, July 18 2007
I majored in history, but failed math: strongly agree, strongly disagree, or I don't remember. If you chose the first option, continue reading.
Wednesday, July 11 2007
It took a village to raise the Electric Prunes to both its highest and lowest.
Thursday, May 17 2007
Funk's first feminist Betty Davis resurfaces.