Evomusic – Why did you pick your style?

The Evomusic crew discuss there music preferences.


HIP-HOP – The New Era


Since the early 00’s there has been a change in style for Hip Hop new artists like Schoolboy Q, Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar who all put out their first mix tapes at this time, signalled a shift in both the sound and aesthetics of the genre. By 2010, the floodgates were opened, and riding in on a lifeboat built upon web 2.0 countless other new artists were born, unafraid to boast their own creativity and pushing it out to their own digital fanbase. The past two years felt like the best in hip hop for a long time, seeing a new legion of internet born artists – Kendrick, A$AP, Danny Brown, Tyler – come good on their hype, all making assured debut records or genre bending mixtapes and visuals. But it turns out, just as 2011 was the introduction to 2012, last year was just the prologue to 2013. This year has been more colourful, varied, and produced the most consistent run of exciting hip-hop LPs in a generation. Here are some videos of artists that are making a big impact on hip-hop culture today.









We cannot forget how influential hiphop is becoming in the 21st century, more people are becoming aware with the different styles. Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay-Z is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2014, Forbes estimated Carter’s net worth at nearly $520 million.He is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records, while receiving 19 Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.Consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers ever, he was ranked number one by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006.Three of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001), and The Black Album (2003), are considered landmarks in the genre with all of them featured in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Few of my favourite songs (politics as usual and can’t knock the hustle) come from his album Reasonable Doubt.



HIPHOP session 2- The Golden Era

The golden age for hip-hop was during the 80’s-90’s it was called the golden age because of the diversity, creativity, quality, innovation and most importantly influence. The artists most often associated with the phrase are Run–D.M.C., Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Gang Starr, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, EPMD, A Tribe Called Quest, Slick Rick, MC Lyte, and the Jungle Brothers. One artist that suits my taste is “Pete Rock & C.L”. As a producer, DJ Pete Rock (Peter Phillips) tended to prefer obscure soul and jazz sides for sample sources, frequently making use of horn-driven hooks. Lead vocalist CL Smooth (Corey Penn) was more philosophical in his raps, and he mostly avoided profanity. Their signature hit was “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”, a dirge for fallen friends—namely Troy “Trouble T-Roy” Dixon, a member of Heavy D & The Boyz, who died in 1990. Here are a few songs that are great for listening when you’re going for a drive or just kicking back at home.




HIP-HOP – Notorious

Too many people are unclear as to what Hip Hop Culture really is and tend to use the term frivolously. Hip Hop Culture is commonly recognized by its main elements: Graffiti, Djing, Breakdancing (B-boying), Mcing (Rapping), and Beatboxing. However, these elements are simply forms of art designed to express a deeper meaning. At its core, Hip Hop is so much more than mere art and entertainment. Hip Hop is the constantly evolving spirit and consciousness of urban youth that keeps recreating itself in a never-ending cycle. It is joy, sorrow, pleasure, pain, victory, defeat, anger, happiness, confusion, clarity, humor, intensity, dream, nightmare, life, death, and everything else in between. It is the spirit that connects the past to the present and lays a path towards the future. Hip hop as music and culture formed during the 1970s when block parties became increasingly popular in New York City, particularly among African American youth residing in the Bronx. Now speaking about the Bronx, the first artist I’d like to introduce is Notorious B.I.G, At the age of 17, Biggie was arrested for selling crack, and spent nine months in a North Carolina prison before making bail. As he navigated his young, uncertain life, Biggie started making music. He hooked on with a crew called the “Old Gold Brothers,” and began experimenting on his own.Around his neighborhood, Biggie Smalls, as he called himself then, began building a reputation as a musician. After a tape of his landed in the hands of Mister Cee, a well-known DJ, Smalls was featured in the hip-hop publication.


No. 1 Popular Songs of the Summer 2000s :)

The best pop songs of 2000’s include a wide variety of music from teen pop to hip hop and dance music.This list contains the top ten songs that held the #1 spot on the Billboard Pop Charts for the most amount of weeks during the summer . The 2000’s was definitely a decade filled with successful acts including the rise of girl/boy band groups such as Black Eyes Peas and Santana and individual pop artists such as Mariah Carey, Ashanti, Nelly, Beyoncé, Usher and Rihanna . Here are a few of the top ten pop songs of the decade:

You may know some of these tunes so keep an eye out and listen for your favorites!

1) I Gotta Feeling — The Black Eyed Peas (2009) (14 weeks)

2) We Belong Together — Mariah Carey (2005) (14 weeks, non-consecutive)

3) Boom Boom Pow — The Black Eyed Peas (2009) (12 weeks)

4) Maria Maria — Santana featuring The Product G&B (2000) (10 weeks):

5) Foolish — Ashanti (2002) (10 weeks):

6) Dilemma — Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland (2002) (10 weeks, non-consecutive):

7) Crazy In Love — Beyonce featuring Jay-Z (2003) (8 weeks):

8) Burn — Usher (2004) (8 weeks, non-consecutive)

9) Hot In Herre — Nelly (2002) (7 weeks):

10) Umbrella — Rihanna featuring Jay-Z (2007) (7 weeks):


Who’s Got the Blues Now?

The Blues has definitely not paled into the background of contemporary music. In fact, if anything the Blues has become a genre of music that has been embraced by performers of many different styles of music.  This is seen with the interest that the ‘Byron Bay Bluesfest’ has generated since its beginnings in 1990.  Every year thousands of people gather to hear the Blues and just as many artists want to be a part of the festival, and it gets bigger each time.  An artist who has had world acclaim for his talents on the guitar but still manages to divide audiences because of his off stage antics is John Mayer.  But no matter what you think of him as a person, no one can deny that he can play the Blues as good as (or dare we say) better than most.  He has also done more during recent times to introduce the Blues to a whole new generation with commercial success with his ‘John Mayer Trio’. Below is footage of the ‘John Mayer Trio’ loving what they do.

There are many Blues players I have not mentioned over the last few weeks.  This has been an exercise to introducing anyone new to the Blues with a snippet of where it came from and where it now. It’s up to you to take it from here. Enjoy the Blues, it’s from the heart.