Lonnie Lynn Jr and Dion Wilson met in 4th grade growing up on the South Side of Chicago. Together they grew up and as young men produced three seminal hip hop albums as rapper Common and producer No I.D.. After those first three Common albums they parted ways and blossomed apart, No I.D. as a producer and A&R exec for Jay-Z (“Run This Town”, “Holy Grail”, etc), Drake, Kanye, Nas, Big Sean, and more, and Common as a rapper, actor, and author.
Common’s Nobody’s Smiling, released Tuesday, is the first Common/No I.D. full album collaboration since 1994. To commemorate Beats Music had Common and No I.D. sit down together and talk about each song on the album. If you’ve heard the new Common album or not, take a listen with Common and Dion’s ruminations at least once through.
Listen to Common’s Nobody’s Smilin, Beat By Beat edition, on Beats Music.
This is my failed attempt at making an electronic dance music playlist. What started out as a playlist that would solely be electronic music ended up becoming it’s own weird little journey that includes a wide spectrum of music where James Brown is only two songs away from Mazzy Star… find out how I made that leap and kick back with this one. Headphones required!
Listen to Pulling Stars Out of The Sky on Beats Music.
When I was 13, Dave Conway invited me to have a show on LittleRadio… and the rest is history. At MIT, WMBR was a huge part of my life. I had a show for all four years, worked as program director for half a year and GM for 2.5 years. Anyway, I didn’t know how much I missed WMBR until I made it into the Stanford radio station a couple of months ago. KZSU has quickly become my new home away from home. I am the new Co-Music Director, and Tuesday, I did my first installation of ZoeRadio on KZSU. For your listening pleasure: The playlist from the show. Enjoy!!
Listen to ZoëRadio 7-7-14 on Beats Music.
Thrasher playlists never disappoint. If you’re looking for the right playlist for holding lit roman candles in your hand or putting an M80 in your bitchy neighbor’s mailbox, check this reminder of what it means to be born (and R.O.C.K.) in the U.S.A..
Listen to Born In The U.S.A. by Thrasher on Beats Music.
But Summer is just starting and you’ll need a soundtrack to get you through. Thrasher delivers with the only summertime playlist to include Otis Redding, Surf Punks, and The Dictators. Enjoy.
Listen to Here Comes The Summer on Beats Music.