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Seun Kuti – Rise (Swizz Beatz Remix)

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Seun Kuti is Fela Kuti’s youngest son and Swizz delivers the remix to his latest single.

Download: Link

Props: VIBE

Related: Swizz Beatz vs. Fela Kuti Pt. 1 (Monster Mondays)

A Definitive Short w/ ?uestlove

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Slowing down a definitive moment in a day captivates sincere moments of detail. Juxtaposing detail and simplicity leaves room for complexity.

By @definitiveB & ?uestlove.

After the jump check out another clip of ?uesto spinning at The Shrine in Chicago, blended with interview footage with Fela Kuti’s son Femi.

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Swizz Beatz vs. Fela Kuti Pt. 1 (Monster Mondays)

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Swizz Beatz, with the help of DJ Runna, blended some of his biggest hits with seven Fela Kuti songs. Surprisingly, the “Money In The Bank” and “Get Me Bodied” mash-ups aren’t that bad.

Download: Swizz Beatz vs. Fela Kuti Pt. 1

Or stream on MonsterMondays.com

Props to Roc4Life, who have sadly never heard Nigerian Gangster.

Previously: Swizz Beatz x Reebok (Gray Colorway) (PICS) | Swizz Beatz in Aston Martin Ad (Pt. 3) (Video)

Video: Young Jeezy Talks Fela Kuti

Monday, March 8th, 2010

“He might be an African Jizzle.”

Previously: ?uestlove Talks Fela Kuti (Video)

Video: ?uestlove Talks Fela Kuti

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

?uestlove from The Roots talks about when he first discovered Fela Kuti’s music, and walks us through Fela’s influence in yesterday and today’s hip-hop — including works by Mos Def, Macy Grey, D’Angelo, X-Clan, and Leader of the New School.

Previously: The Cast of Fela! @ The Roots Holiday Jam

J. Period & K’Naan – The Messengers (Mixtape)

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


We missed each individual drops but here’s the long-play version of their trilogy.

Three weeks after introducing the first of their groundbreaking Messengers tributes, J.Period & K’NAAN present their final offering: The Messengers (Deluxe Edition), a long-play version of their epic trilogy, including previously unreleased bonus tracks and selected 12” singles. Taking hip hop fans on an unprecedented journey into the legacies of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan, J.Period & K’NAAN’s The Messengers has racked up over 85,000 downloads/plays in only a few short weeks online, making this mixtape a bonafide phenomenon, as well. Remixing and re-imagining the classic work of these legendary artists, The Messengers is already being called “one of the year’s best albums or mixtapes” by top hip hop journalists, including HipHopDX.com.

Download: J. Period & K’Naan – The Messengers (Deluxe Edition)

J. Period & K’NAAN – The Messengers (Digital EP)

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009


This is a three track preview to J. Period & K’NAAN’s tribute to musical “Messengers” such as Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan.

The Messengers will be released in 5 parts over the course of 5 weeks, beginning with the first installment—a 3-song digital EP featuring one Fela remix, one Marley, and one Dylan—on Tuesday, August 18. Following the EP release, J.Period & K’NAAN will pay tribute to each of “The Messengers” individually with a new release every Tuesday in September, beginning with a tribute to Fela Kuti (September 1), Bob Marley (September 8), Bob Dylan (September 15), and culminating in the release of The Messengers in its entirety (including additional bonus tracks and artwork) on September 22.

More info on the project here.

Download: J. Period & K’Naan – The Messengers (Digital EP)