Low End Theory. We all know it as the famous A Tribe Called Quest album, however, natives LA-ers and also know it as their weekly hub of hip hop music, San Fran-er’s know it as their monthly source of hip hop music, and the homies in Toyko know it as their quarterly income of hip hop music.
In the newest episode of Red Bull Music Academy’s H∆SHTAG$, Low End Theory and the evolution of hip-hop’s flirtation with electronic music are discussed. Among the many interviewed are Flying Lotus my personal favorite, 17 year old XXYYXX, and Shlohmo. They speak about their personal experiences with the speedy circulation of their music on the internet and Low-End Theory as central hub. Bright lights are flashed and kids lose their mind in the audience. There’s even a glimpse of Thundercat, that beautiful man. We can’t ignore that King Dilla, RIP, is the major influence for this newfound beat culture.
The newly revived beat culture keeps expanding. The digital and post-Dilla age is only beginning to skyrocket. We’re all looking forward to what’s next from Flylo and company.- Arianna Aviram