Articles in Interviews
Ed Garnes , Raphael Saadiq, & Tboz Talk, Going Solo, September 11, Tony! Toni! Tone!, And Why Soul Music Will Never Die (Another Excerpt from Ed’s Book Other Side Of The Game)
Hip hop journalism aint dead. And it surely lives in the south. Roni Sarig’s tome Third Coast: OutKast, Timbaland, and How Hip-Hop Became a Southern Thing is one of few books to trace southern musical roots from Mc Shy D to booty shake.
Black is the new cool. With the superstar status of Obama and suburban youth still bumpin’ hip hop in their Volvos, black identity continues to be redefined and appropriated by mainstream consumer culture. And as we all the weather the Matrix, burgeoning photographer Carla Aaron-Lopez captures the grace and underappreciated complexity of black folks with her visual playground My (black)American Life.
Chrisette Michele has been here before. Inheriting the vulnerability and matchless vocal character of queens like Billie Holliday and Phyllis Hyman, she plainly personifies loves vacant assurances as well as its soul stirring potential. Michele’s musical gifts vacillate between the sonic mysticism of smoky jazz clubs and the boomin’ system vigor of hip hop. In this exclusive with Ed Garnes, Michele represents for everyday sistas.
Celebrating his Definitive Collection release, Kuti talks freedom, black music, and second slavery in a rare interview with Ed Garnes. The following interview is an exclusive excerpt from award winning writer Garnes’ long awaited collection Other Side of The Game: Rare Testimonials On Music & Black Cultural Production to be published by Home Grown in 2009.