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Dope or Nope #007: Q Dot | “State of The Union II”

For Dope or Nope #007 we’ve got Washington native Q Dot with his latest single “State of The Union.” If you’re a fan of conscious, soulful hip hop Q Dot will most def strike all the right chords. Considering the polarization of our nation, the necessity for music that speaks for[…]

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Dope or Nope #006: Styles in Black | “Natural Wisdom”

For Dope or Nope #006 we’ve got my good homie Styles in Black with his new single “Natural Wisdom”. If you’re a fan of Nujabes-style chill-hop, or 208 locals like Spin-Master Mugen, “Natural Wisdom” should be right up your alley.

Another reason I dig Styles in Black is that he donates all of his proceeds to charities–his latest Estilos EPreleased via Philos Records, will donate all its proceeds to the ACLU. Anyway, check out “Natural Wisdom” below, and let us know what you think:

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A Precursor: The Future of Music Technology is a Double-Edged Sword

Alright, so I’m reading about innovations in technology and entertainment, and I came across this article about Selfie Tickets. It’s basically just a ticket on your phone with your picture (your selfie) associated, meant to speed up the check-in process by eliminating barcode scanning. It’s a little gimmicky, but I can see its practicality (especially beyond music-related events).

Anyway, it got me into thinking about where we’re going with music and technology in the future. If you haven’t read my first post on music and tech, “The Connection Between Hip Hop, Technology, & Kung Fu” feel free to peruse it, but in it I make the contention that Hip Hop as a culture and an art form is inextricably connected to technology and the pursuit of liberation via knowledge. To me, technology (when decentralized) is the great equalizer and the great liberator of our time.