MC Yogi is a talented up and coming MC who will be dropping his sophomore album, Pilgrimage, June 19th. Yogi is not only an MC, but also a yoga instructor in California. He has a great past - he dropped out of high school and became a graffiti artist, and then became a student of Hindu philosophy, a yoga teacher, and of course, a noted MC. The first single off his album is titled "Give Love" and it already has over 200,000 views on YouTube. He will also be headlining at this summer's Wanderlust Festival. Check out his biggest inspirations and his back story below!
With the eerily realistic resurrection of Tupac via hologram at Coachella this past weekend, we couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to see more of our favorite lost legends come back to life. What we'd pay to see them in the flesh (kinda) once more! This is an open letter to the Hologram Gods, here's a list of icons you need to get to work on next. Chop chop.
10. Kurt Cobain/Nirvana
Creative Control incorporated the talented Nneka into their spoken word and poetry series "WORD" by documenting her live performance last month. Okayafrica, okayplayer's new cultural guide to the freshest music of the new African renaissance, invited Nneka to the stage at SOB's in New York City where she gave a live and unplugged performance.
For decades, the Rasta have been stereotyped as people with dreadlocks who just smoke all day. But in fact the Rastafarian, or Rastafari, movement is a religious one whose followers all have different looks and strive to live a natural and peaceful life. The movement started in Jamaica but now has followers all over the world.
Just like other religions, the Rastafarian also has food restrictions or guidelines. Of course they’re not as strict as other religions since most Rastafarians practice it outside of any congregation and it’s based upon your own conscience. But the basis of their dietary habits is trying to only eat raw and natural food, or ital. By eating only natural ital foods, the Rasta maintain a “clean” diet. The Rasta want to only exist on what Jah, or God, provides.
Every year, reggae artists are put together to celebrate the life of icon Bob Marley in a festival on Miami's Bayfront Park. This year, the Bob Marley Festival is now the "9 Mile Music Festival".
Why the change in name after 18 years as en emblem in the Miami music scene? The answer is not exactly known, but it all points to the power wanting to give the festival itself a second wind, for, albeit, non-reggae acts have performed at the festival before, but this year seems to be even more eclectic.
You have Major Lazer, Thievery Corporation and even the Sublime-esque Slightly Stoopid performing which, combined with the all-timey-great-roots-reggae-music of the likes of Stephen, Damian, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley should make for a fun-time out this Saturday, March 12th at Bayfront Park. You do not have to have dreadlocks to attend.
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I've always wondered what famous artists do listen at home, or while driving their Escalade. You probably know that a lot of people who work on TV don't actually watch it at home. I was also curious to see if my favorite artists shared my tastes. I was astonished to see that Chris Martin from Coldplay could actually be able to listen some good sh!t (hate Coldplay).
You have here fifty different artists ready to share their Top 10 songs on one theme they care about. Wanna know what MGTM's 10 best psychedelic songs are ? Are you curious to see what king of blues does Mick Jagger listen at home ? I find that pretty entertaining.
Pralazrel "Pras" Michel is probably best known for his involvement in the infamous group The Fugees. Not only was Pras a lead vocalist in the group, he also met and introduced Lauryn Hill to fellow hip-hop sensation, Wyclef Jean. Pras' other artistic interests led to appearances in several feature films, including his own documentary, Skid Row. Through his music and film projects, Pras has been able to accomplish his main goal-to make others aware of the important social and humanitarian causes while maintaining constant originality. You go Pras! And off he goes-pariculary by continuing his goal with his new group AXIXS. AXIXS, represents a fresh hip-hop mix with electro funk, alternative rock, and reggae. Selina Carrera (originally a poet) and singer Stefi Nova complete the distinctiveness of the group and add to the lyrical originality and stellar vocals of AXIXS.
One of the first things that DJ Erick La Peau said to me when I met him (and I almost missed it) was "I'm very soft-spoken." While the duration of our conversation certainly confirmed this, La Peau's message is loud and clear: "I want to take the world by storm," he says. And by the looks of things, he's well on his way. La Peau has all the discipline, wisdom, and (of course) talent to accomplish everything he intends to. P. Diddy himself requested DJ La Peau to spin at his 29th birthday party, and La Peau played for Prince at the Benefit Life Concert he hosted. Not too shabby at all. Best yet, even though La Peau is routinely recruited to play for the hottest celebrities worldwide, he's a normal guy and watches lame TV shows just like the rest of us. "I've been DVR-ing shows a lot recently," he says, "like Vampire Dairies and For The Love Of Ray J. I'm hooked."