[Updated] Hip-hop now occupies the place rock ’n’ roll once did in a number of ways. It has been the soundtrack for teenage rebellion (I’d argue that EDM does that now), and it has been around long enough that it’s clearly not a fad. But it hasn’t been around so long that it enjoys widespread cultural respect. For that reason among others, its history has been only occasionally and selectively told, and The NOLA Hip-Hop Archive hopes to remedy that.
On A Very Decent Christmas, the artists on the Mad Decent label do Christmas music their way. Diplo continues his exploration of bounce with Nicky Da B on "Frosty Bounce," while DJ Snake folds "Jingle Bells" into his "Bird Machine." I'm particularly entertained by Vijuan Allure's "RUDE-OFF 2013," perhaps because of my affection for computer-generated voices.
My Spilt Milk picks our favorites for the week, including twerk-worthy mixes from Gypsyphonic Disko, new albums from the Scorseses and Local Natives, raving with Yellow Claw, a night of Latin music, and a TV show for Big Freedia.
DJ Quickie Mart's roots are in hip-hop, but he has broadened his musical horizons. He still makes hip-hop with Gotham Green, has done a Girl Talk-like mash-up mixtape, and has recorded dubstep remixes of The Vettes and Ricky B. Still, bounce remains a through-line in his career. He has done yacht bounce remixes, and he's half of Gypsyphonic Disko, which mixes bounce with Klezmer and Balkan folk music.