Thursday, April 30, 2009
Former NFL offensive lineman and world renown painter, Ernie Barnes, most famous for his painting, Sugar Shack, died today at the age of 70. The Sugar Shack painting was featured on the TV series Good Times as well as the cover of Marvin Gaye's I Want You album. I frequently visited his website and have used his painting for backgrounds several times. Mr. Barnes will truly be missed!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Peep the hot new track, "The New Wu". This is the first single from Only Built For Cuban Linx 2! Never short for theatrics, the Wu make this joint into a mini mobster movie, with a continuing video to come.
Barack Obama will have a live Presidential news conference tonight in commemoration of his first 100 days in office. It will broadcast on all regular stations, except Fox (apparently American Idol is more important..ha!). It starts at 8pm EST. You can also watch live by clicking the link below.
White House Youtube Page
This is a new documentary soon to be released byJeffrey Levy-Hinte. It chronicles the 12-hour, 3 night concert in Kinshasa, Zaire, which included James Brown, BB King, Miriam Makeeba, and Celia Cruz. It was a tie in with Muhammad Ali & George Foreman's historical fight, "The Rumble in the Jungle". This looks to be a dope movie. I look forward to seeing it.
Murs has come out with a flurry of videos from his latest ill LP, Murs For President. This dude is stays on the grind, and is one of the most genuine MCs in the game! Peep all these videos. The first 3 are a trio of relationship-themed songs, "Me & This Jawn", "Part of Me" , and "Breakup", and they all feature adult film star Roxy Reynolds. They are meant to watch in succession. Why he kissed her?? Ask him! Word! The final video, "The Science" is a conscious joint in which Murs is droppin madd knowledge. Peep it!
So I just got hip to this cat Daedelus. I was wondering what the instrument that he uses is. Apparently it's just called "the box". Peep this video by Daedelus. It was directed by Eli Stonburg. It's pretty damn sick! Then below, read the interview from Urb magazine in which he explains his instrument of choice. Very interesting indeed.
Daedelus LA Nocturn by Eli Stonberg from Alfred Darlington on Vimeo.
THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
DAEDELUS DIALS IN HIS HIS CUSTOM CONTROLLER
For the past two years, electronic artist Daedelus has been perplexing live audiences with a small instrument known solely as "the box." Equipped with 256 buttons, Daedelus hovers over the device, taping away as sounds become warped and skewed or chopped and refined. It's usually not clear what exactly is going on when he hits the stage, but since it is more entertaining than watching an artist sit in front of a laptop, we thought we'd ask Daedelus to reveal the secret behind the box.
URB: So where exactly did the box come from?
Daedelus: It's basically one of three prototypes invented by Brian Crabtree, an old acquaintance of mine. He was talking about all of the mischief he was getting into with making his own instruments. Of courses, that being very much my interest, I kept bothering him and eventually when he developed a working model of the box, I was in line to test it out for real world applications.
How do you use it live?
It is a 16 by 16 grid. Each horizontal row of 16 buttons constitutes a single sample. I am able to play a sample in all numbers of different directions: as a loop or at different pitches or tempos, or a number of other things.
How does this change your performance?
The cool thing is I'm really able to improvise the sounds. I take my preexisting music but can really embellish or fuck-up these sounds a lot further. It allows for very strange things and very linear deviations. I can treat it like a hip-hop MPC-style machine where I'm just playing single beats and notes.
So the box changes your live set from night to night?
It changes everything night to night. Not only am I able to react, but also I can do my best to tame and create the songs I already have. The box also really lets me take my music much further out to whatever is appropriate for the situation. Sometimes people want to dance, sometimes they want to have a very cerebral concert experience; I can use the same setup for all situations.
And you've never found a current product that suits your needs?
I played around with a few sequencers, but there's something with those programs. They're made for very dance-based music that is four on the floor. Those ideas are very limited. It's a shame. But the box definitely feels like a real instrument - I feel like I've gotten better at it from practicing.
Has the box changed how you create music in the studio?
When people sit down with the record, they have this idea of extended listening where they can mine out these different movements over repeated listens. Live, you need to present something that's current to their needs. Part of struggling with this instrument is what people enjoy live. No one is sure exactly what they're going to get and I think that keeps them on their toes. At the same time, the record I'm working on now, which should be out early next year, Denies the Days Demise - it is getting kind of dancier and I think it's because of the box. When I'm in the studio now, it's kind of this dual situation where I think 'this is going to be really cool to play live.'
Apparently this video has been out over a month, but I'm just peeping it, so a lil late on posting it. It ain't the greatest of joints, but it is rather catchy. And the video is quite entertaining!
The Grouch & Eligh "All In" Music Video
The Grouch & Eligh "All In" Music Video
Well, Andrew Bynum is still looking like shit, and the Lakers gave up another big lead, but nonetheless, they dispatched of the Utah Jazz in 5 games with a 107-96 win. Kobe went off with 31. Lamar put up a huge 26 & 15, and Pau had 17 & 12. So now the Lake Show gets a much needed rest, and waits for the winner of Houston-Portland, which is currently 3-2 in Houston's favor. 12 more wins to another title!!
In other NBA news, it's outrageous that New Orleans lost to Denver 121-63! How do you los an NBA Playoff game by 58 freakin points?? Those boys are through. Ain't no coming back from getting your ass kicked that bad!
It's always great news for me to hear that the hated San Antonio Spurs have been eliminated. The absence of Manu Ginobili was too much to overcome against the Dallas Mavericks, who took them out 4-1. Good luck next year Spurs (not really!)
Monday, April 27, 2009
This is the 3rd video released from KRS 1 & Buckshot's interview with Tony Touch. I'm really excited about the upcoming album, "Survival Skills"
Check out these new shirts from theLucratif Street Clothing Spring collection. I'm not too big on pink, but I do like the design on that shirt, and it also comes in white with black print. The Expressive Doubt joint was exclusively designed for the Expressive Doubt Dance Company out of LA. Check em both out!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
One more game and Utah will be done for the year. The Lakers must close them out tomorrow! Kobe was on fire with 38 points! After a slow start, the Lakers got the lead and never let up..that's what I'm talkin about!
Cory "Besskepp" Cofer is a good friend and a mentor to me. He has made a name for himself as a highly talented spoken word artist, a dedicated teacher, and an entertaining author. This album, however, is not your average spoken word album. Actually, it's much more a Hiphop album. When this album was given to me, Besskepp let it be known that he wanted it to stand out amongst other spoken word albums, which usually consists of nothing but a capellas. And no matter how dope the poet, those could be rather boring after a couple of listens. So for this record Besskepp has enlisted several dope producers to back his lyrics and had the project mixed and mastered by the highly regarded DJ Gabe Real. The Hey Movement is Kepp's 2nd release, and from start to finish it does not disappoint. His first album is entitled Bluze Langwij. I broke down this review song for song, which I normally do not do, however, it's just that good! Click the track titles to hear snippets, also click the album cover to purchase from CD Baby.
I usually don't care for CD intros, but this one is dope! It breaks down just exactly how Besskepp is and what he stands for. The Truescribe produced track and Gabe Real's scratches mixed in is perfect for an introduction to a quality LP.
Knack For Rap
This is the first of 3 Hiphop themed tracks. Besskepp reminisces about coming up listening to the legends of the game. Kepp displays the love he has for Hiphop in his heart, and how he has been inspired. Ill Skillz laces the track with an epic beat. Another nice touch is the melodic guitar riffs added by Theo Diaz.
Graduation (the song) feat. Jenee Domino
This joint goes in depth about Kepp's accomplishment of graduating from college and overcoming all of the obstacles he faced. This joint is inspirational to those that have yet to attain such a goal, or any other goal for that matter. Jenee Domino's vocals at the end are rather soothing.
Graduation (the poem)
This is the same piece as the previous track, except it's done live and a capella. It is the only a capella track on the album. Besskepp is great at getting audience participation. So he starts off mimicking the graduation theme, "Pomp and Circumstance", which the crowd joins along in doing.
Since You've Been Gone feat. Bintu
This is a sad joint right here. 'Kepp informed me that the story in this song is fictional, but it's about a female that he was close to that ended up getting locked up in prison. He stated that there's so many songs about men going in, but not about women. Bintu doubled up on production and the hook, doing a very good job on both.
Chosen Pockets feat. LaVoice
Besskepp proclaims, "I'm not going back!!" Everytime I hear this joint I get goosebumps. This is a dope joint about accomplishment and a determination to keep on striving. I can just feel the passion and energy that was put into this song. "Too many missing fathers, too many single mothers, too many homeless people, too many locked up brothers, too many dead bloods, too many dead crips, too many hungry people, too many empty trips" is the hook by LaVoice. I could envision an ill video for this song yo. Holla @ me!
Beat Box Interlude by Brother Ed
Brother Ed cycles through a quick, 48 second litany of dope Hiphop tracks, but like most interludes, I skip after hearing once or twice.
British Knights & Troops feat. Soup the Chemist
This is another ode to old school Hiphop. Besskepp and former Soldier for Christ MC, Soup the Chemist trade reminisces of the illest MCs of the time and the latest fads in comparison to the culture in its current days. It's a pretty quick song. I would have liked it to go one more verse, nonetheless, this track is another head knodder from Truescribe.
First Concert (Dialogue)
Several headz give Besskepp input on their first concert. I actually attended a couple of those that were mentioned. The best part is when he interviews his kids about their first concert experience. And just for the record, my first concert was Michael Jackson's Bad tour! Word!
'Kepp describes vivid memories of his first concert, which wasa festival featuring the likes of Ice T, Slick Rick, Dougie Fresh, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, and Rakim. There's nothing like the feeling of your first dope concert, watching all of the heads tapes you been bumping! The 3AM Music beat along with sick Gabe Real scratches truly set this track off!
"Black girls play jump rope in Stockton, white boys know Hiphop" is how this song starts off letting us know what kind of town Stockton, California is. This is where the MC grew up. He breaks down the trials and tribulations, joys, and memories of the place that shaped him into the man he is now. Many of these kinds of stories are also depicted in Besskepp's book, Up The Street & Around The Corner.
Down feat. Brother Ed & LaVoice
Besskepp tells stories of "being down" for your peeps, and your family, for the cause. Save the turntables on this joint. Brother Ed makes a dope contributions to the song on verbal percussions inputing the word, "down" through the track in addition to LaVoice's melodic singing throughout.
This is an ode to Kepp's wife, Cenia, who is also a dedicated educator. This is the warm and fuzzy song of the album. The hook, "I wanna talk with you, I wanna ride with you, I wanna be up in the car and coincide with you, tell stories with you, tell fables with you, at the table with you, I wanna be with you" is rather long, but it's a dope hook that I could see people at open mics easily singing along with. As far as I'm concerned, any woman that's down to play Yahtzee to the Wakeup Show has got to be dope! This joint will be the one that your girl will want you to keep playing over and over again yo. I can't keep stressing how dope the production is. This is another banger by Truescribe!
The Hey Movement feat. LaVoice
This song covers three different scenarios that all end in the word, "hey!" The opening story is about Besskepp being unfairly harassed by a police officer, then jumps to the ordeals of going out to the club, and finishes off on a serious note in reference to the shock and anger of seeing the Hurricane Katrina disaster on television. Bigups to Truescribe & LaVoice once more. Peace
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Alright, so the boys slipped up on the last game. That's okay! They played horribly and lost by 2 points! Today is the day to make this a 3-1 series over the Jazz and then take it back home to close out next week! Also, just heard that Phil Jackson's mentor and creator of the triangle offense, Tex Winter, suffered a stroke this morning. Get better Tex! Let's do this Lake Show!
Friday, April 24, 2009
My friends over at Narrative Life Clothing have some hot new T's out for the spring season. I got dibs on the Boyz N Da Hood & Casper Ghostface joints! Check em out. They are reasonably priced!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
So while working on Alvin & The Chipmunks II a couple of days ago, I made friends with this Japanese girl, Fumi. She told me to look up some Japanese pranks on Youtube. We spent most of the day clowning off those on my phone. Some of these pranks are just brutal. You could not get away with stuff like this in America. Check it out, and then google more of them..peace!
Check out some ill photos from the homegirl Ellei. She'll also be premiering a new shirt from her clothing brand, Botwear. Also visit her site, Shadowscene. This girl literally gets paid to party and just take pics of people wilin' out! Ellei J. is doin big things yo!! RSVP before it's too late!
Check out this ill freestlye on Tony Touch's radio show, featuring himself, KRS 1, and Buckshot! Also, below is the link to the ill the new single, "Robot", from KRS and Buck's upcoming album, "Survival Skills." It's produced by Havoc and is a straight banger speaking on too many unoriginal people in Hiphop! The album will be released on Duck Down Records August 25. The official press release is also posted below.
Check The Single Out Here:
KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT unveil the first song off their highly anticipated album "SURVIVAL SKILLS" in stores August 25th on Duck Down Records.
ROBOT, produced by Havoc of Mobb Deep, is a hard-hitting track that showcases KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT in true form, highlighting the current auto-tune trend in Hip-Hop and exposing the copy-cat mentality that has rappers hiding behind "the program." Stepping outside the factory that Hip Hop has become, the duo lead the charge in the battle for originality.
The video for ROBOT is being filmed this week by Todd Angkasuwan in Brooklyn, New York with BET providing exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage.
"Survival Skills" has confirmed features from Mary J Blige, Slug, of Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, K'NAAN, Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Naledge of Kidz In The Hall, Smif N Wessun, Rock of Heltah Skeltah and Geo of Blue Scholars.
Production on the album includes tracks from Havoc, of Mobb Deep, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, Marco Polo, Moss, Coptic, KHRYSIS! and Ill Mind
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This was a dope concept by Rhymefest. He goes toe to toe with Big Daddy Kane on Kane's hit joint, "Warm It Up, Kane". Old footage of a Kane performance was contributed by Ming and Grand Good, then pieced together Rhymefest's responses from the crowd to Kane's lyrics by Konee Rok. Peep it..pretty fresh!
Download Rhymefest's latest mixtape, "The Manual" here:
Download Rhymefest's latest mixtape, "The Manual" here:
Monday, April 20, 2009
Come on out to IMIX Bookstore today. It is located in Eagle Rock. Immortal Technique will be on hand to answer your questions...and maybe he'll do a song or two! We'll see..peace