Posts Tagged ‘Hip Hop’

It’s hard to find sisters representing their own uniqueness especially as a producer in an industry dominated by men. We see more and more female emcees rockin’ mics, female DJ’s taking on the profession, female entrepreneurs, but what about producers? I can think of a handful of female producers from Lauryn Hill, Nigerian artist Nneka, Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Missy Elliot to name a few. Beats I love, more so than lyrics depending on what I hear, one always out weighs the other when listening to music.

I came across this composer of all things rhythmical, lyrical and visual (yes, she’s an artist too!) whilst randomly checking out blogs in the wee hours of the morning last week sometime. One name kept popping up: PURSUIT GROOVES. I read blog after blog, short blurb after blurb, then decided to investigate this producer from downloading mixtapes, listening to releases, albums and watching youtubes interviews. I came to one conclusion: Vanessa Smith aka Pursuit Grooves can hold her own!

Being in the game for over 15 years, this Brooklyn native beat maker, DJ, singer/rapper is definitely one we’ll be hearing more from. Pursuit Grooves produces music that stretches over several genres from broken beat, dubstep, experimental hip hop to down tempo groove. It’s soulful, melody driven, atmospheric, sweet, mechanical, broken, dirty and heavy depending on which track you listen to. It’s music that you can use as a musical landscape to a movie scene in your head. I like that. Live performances often entail her behind turntables, a mic, banging on an MPC and on a loop machine – I won’t even pretend to know what kind!

Pursuit Grooves makes noise like her life depended on it.




I may be very late with this discovery, but I came across this dope ass track on youtube couple of days ago by a Canadian rapper who calls himself SHAD. This track posted below is off his new album released through independent Black Box Recording (May  2010). Little did I know that this 28 year old rapper already had a strong following around the world since his debut album in 2005 entitled ‘When this is Over’.

Bi-lingual Shad Kabango was born to Rwandan parents in the city of Kenya, then moved to London, Ontario. His first album was self made which gained him immediate respect and notoriety for his intensely politically charged lyrics. He featured his mother’s poetry which graphically depicts personal accounts of the political climate during the Rwandan genocide, in a track called ‘I’ll never understand’. It’s moving. Intense. Powerful.

His second album released in 2007 entitled ‘The Old Prince’ saw him receive two nominations  – one for a Juno Award and the other for the 2008 Polarize Music Prize award. Exclaim magazine picked his 2nd album in the top ten albums of 2007 whilst The National Post favoured him as ‘Canada’s best rapper’. If you’re looking for a conscious fresh mind, with phat beats and great word play than make sure you peep this fellow. I realized a consistent trait whilst listening to the last two albums of Shad – his humility. He’s definitely not prone to talking himself up, or bathing his witty antics in egotistical bravado – he’s real. He raps about what’s real to him, and if people don’t like it, he’s quick to respond with a ‘Meh’…

His upcoming 2010 album release called TSOL will feature this banging new single below. I lost my shit when I heard this: