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  1. Questlove Addresses Hip-Hop’s Illuminati Speculations Questlove is a man that walks in many circles. Aside from being amongst the elite when it comes to musicianship or anything media related, he’s also a well versed culinary enthusiast. And on rare occasions, he even takes on the role of conspiracy theory debunker. At a recent foodie-exclusive event at NYC’s prestigious Core Club, El Capitan responded to an inquiry pertaining to exactly where he stood in terms of hip-hop’s freemasons AKA the Illuminati. Not surprisingly, Questo made quick work out of tying the rumors of hip-hop’s veiled hand to that of American music mythology, but admits that even he gets a little jumpy when he sees his good friends Jay & Bae acting too comfortable around him. I suppose we’ll never definitively know, but take it from Questo, it’s a bit more bark than bite. What do you think? “I think there’s always been this theory of selling your soul to the devil for success since the days of the Delta Mississippi Blues, that folklore has always been sort of prevalent in all of music. I guess it’s unprecedented how most people think Jay Z is the Illuminati leader.” And often times, even though I don’t believe it, I’ve been in a few situations in which I feel uncomfortable with how comfortable they are being in front of me. Like, we’re friends and so sometimes I feel like ‘oh I shouldn’t have seen that’ and now they’re going to kill me.” What do you think? http://www.okayplayer.com/news/questlove-on-hip-hop-illuminati.html
  2. this is doppe!! http://maimounayoussef.bandcamp.com/track/i-got-a-man Working with The Roots certainly has its perks. Five years ago, local singer/MC Maimouna Youssef sang the hook to the Philly crew's "Don't Feel Right" and earned a Grammy nomination for her work on the song. And if you look fast enough, you'll see a teenage Youssef on Dave Chappelle's Block Party, jumping abundantly with rappers Dead Prez as they perform "Hip-Hop" in front of a raucous Brooklyn crowd. Since her turn with The Roots in 2006, Youssef has proven her worth as a double-threat performer, with formidable singing and rapping talents that draw comparisons to Lauryn Hill. Here, Youssef slows it down with "I Got A Man," the affectionate first single from her debut album, The Blooming, which comes out next month. The song, co-produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Demeien DeSandies, is offset by a quiet, touching backdrop, allowing Youssef's voice to shine.
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