Thursday, 29 September 2011
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Monday, 26 September 2011
“Narrated and executive produced by Ice-T, “Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation” is the first documentary to focus specifically on the connections between crack and hip-hop.
Crack first appeared in the early 1980s, but by 1986, it was raging through the inner cities of America like wildfire, leaving pain, grief, and death in its wake. With candid, never-before-seen interviews from survivors, including Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Raekwon, “Planet Rock” examines the hardships young men encountered growing up in impoverished neighborhoods, which led many to deal crack cocaine as their only way out.
From the gold dookie chain to Gucci, many hip-hop artists were influenced by the look and fashion of infamous dealers like Azie Faison in Harlem, who is prominently featured in the documentary, along with Freeway Ricky Ross, the Godfather of Crack in LA. As hip-hop became increasingly popular, the fascination with crime and gangster culture, specifically the violence inherent in crack culture, became ingrained in the music. And soon the very kids dealing crack were turning their street tales into hit records. After serving hard time in jail, Snoop Dogg became the biggest rapper of his day; after a bullet in the back nearly killed him, B Real went legit with Cypress Hill; and after crafting their business model on the crack hustle, RZA and Raekwon turned the Wu Tang Clan into a hip hop empire. As journalist Cheo Choker reflects, “it’s fascinating to think that Jay Z, a global icon who had better seats at President Obama’s inauguration than Jesse Jackson, was once a New York City crack dealer.”
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Seems like D Double E has become the poster boy for a Japanese fashion label C.E.'s latest promotion.
D Double, big in Japan... Apparently.
Documentary is perhaps a bit of an overstatement.
It's essentially an interview broken up with some footage of Tempz performing in Edinburgh.
Worth a watch, simply for the hilarity factor that is always prominent whenever Tempa T is about.
Seeing wasted Scottish folk is nice too.
Friday, 23 September 2011
London swagism. Download it HERE, if it's your cup of tea.
Piff Breaks & 808s by PiffGang
Rilza Blues though..?
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
"What do you get when you put together afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and rap pioneers De La Soul? You get Fela Soul; a musical tapestry created by Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazaway. More than just a clever title, Fela Soul is an 8-track, 33 minute journey into the world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems. Using dozens of hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul, Amerigo seamlessly intertwines the two into something completely new and original."
Fela Kuti x De La Soul = Epic Win
I'm absolutely loving these remixes.
I was in the pub last night and this came on the screen. It wasn't until I heard the distinct "Uh huh" that it hit me.
"Was that Rodney P?!"
We couldn't believe it and had a lengthy bout of "Can't bes" and "He wouldn't haves" we went home assured that the Riddim Killa would never be approached by Toyota.
This morning I checked the official Toyota blog:
"The second in a series of new TV ads created by Toyota, ‘All New Yaris vs Monster Truck’ features the vocals of British MC Rodney P and the unique visual style of rapper Dotstar."
Turns out it is...
Monday, 19 September 2011
Saturday, 17 September 2011
. Benelux crew qualification for the international final (Montpellier, France)
. One VS one battle (qualification for the international 1 VS 1 battle)
. DJ's: SONAR, CLEON
. International jury: LILOU, RONNIE, LIL JOHN, SWIFT ROCK
. Belgian jury: FEN-X, WHITE SMOKE aka FREE
. Hosted by PHIL'ONE & SHERLOCK
. Special shows & suprrises!
. After-party: AFRIKA BAMBAATAA (The Amen-Ra of the Universal Hip-Hop Culture)
@ KVS Theater - Brussels - 19:30
Friday, 16 September 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
UK Hip Hop pioneers.
You can buy the new album, The Gospel [1994-2011] The Missing Gems of MCM Caveman, now!
Listen to the album sampler HERE.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
If you're a head then you will have heard the samples a million times before - but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
If that's what it takes to keep the youts into what I would call real hip hop, I'm all for it.
You can download his mixtape HERE.
Reports suggest that the album will be executive produced by none other than DJ Premier.
It's shaping up to be a banger.
Show & AG - God Is 4 Us
Show & AG - Here & Now
Sunday, 11 September 2011
With it being the 10 year anniversary of the WTC attack I thought it might be fitting to share this fascinating video about how the twin towers were constructed.
We've all been saturated with the images of that terrible day ten years ago - so why not enjoy the marvel that was the towers themselves for a change.
The description left by the uploader of the video reads:
"For those who think "Jet Fuel" and gravity pulverized that concrete and 45 interior steel columns. Educate yourself and you'll see 9/11 was a planned demolition and WTC Tower 7 collapsed with no plane striking it (Flight 93 was supposed to hit tower 7). Conspiracy theory, new world order, alex jones, david icke..."