In the beginning:
When I came to the realisation that, to hear good music, I couldn’t solely depend on radio, television, record labels and all the other components of the ‘formal’ music industry for music – because for many, it is simply a business, man.
I stumbled upon DJ Chicken George. Talib Kweli either tweeted about him or tweeted him and, for some reason, that I can’t remember, I felt compelled enough to search out his podcasts, Peddlin’ Jazztronica!, starting with iTunes and then also on his site.
While hip hop remains a strong foundation, Chicken George marries that cultural aesthetic with a range of genres particularly jazz, downtempo and soul music. It is ‘grown folk’ music that, at least, doesn’t perpetuate the idea of hip hop and rap as youth culture/music, which is what seems to be the overarching theme when it comes to the music industry and the young in pushing the music today.
As we celebrate 40 years of hip hop, Chicken George’s mixes draw from the music that hip hop itself sampled to create a culture and music form that has spoken to people the world over.
In digging these digital crates, DJ Chicken George is a must for any digital collection.
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