Category Archives: This is Musicology

Letter to my Dad, in re: J Dilla’s “Donuts”, a record I gave him for Christmas 2015

Hi Dad, In re: Jay Dilla (James Yancey), and his Donuts, I’ll offer a few entry points. As you surely suspected, this question has inspired an endless disquisition. Here’s the highlights; – He did the music for that Common song … Continue reading

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Hip Hop and Africa, Letter to Hugo Burnham 3/29/2015

Hugo, I’ve been thinking about the issue you’ve brought up, and I have to admit; because I can’t play music, I really don’t know anything about compositional or technical motifs common to African music and hip hop. Considering the beat’s … Continue reading

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Remembering my friend Seth Boyd, aka Cadence

  From my musicology thesis, University of Edinburgh, Summer 2011: III. PERSONAL HISTORY   “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm” – title of A Tribe Called Quest’s debut record (Zomba, 1990)   “Hadn’t I just been a special … Continue reading

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So misunderstood / but what’s the world without enigma?

Wayne and Mr. Gunz, killing it!

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Don’t Write Record Reviews

But if you must, here’s some advice I once gave a friend. Continue reading

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Perhaps not-so-shocking? Aloe is good on Velvet(s)

I mean, those dudes belong under SOMEthing. Underground, wherever, just cover it. You can’t really miss. Continue reading

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