Following up his Diamonds & Ice EP, today J Dilla‘s family-run Pay Jay label releases the first cut to the late great rapper’s latest record Give Em What They Want. The five track effort includes Dilla’s 2002 collaboration with Supa Dave West on “The Doe” alongside vocal cuts from 2001 and unreleased heat, “So Far.” The five tracks will be available in translucent 12″ vinyl from Pay Jay Productions on May 6. Stream “Give Em What They Want” here and stay tuned for more from The Diary, a complete album from J Dilla featuring exclusive tracks from associates Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins, and more.
In an age with instant communication at your fingertips and digital marketing on every platform, there are those who still get out messages the old-fashioned way, with a paintbrush and some attitude. They call themselves “wall dogs,” says one veteran of the trade, “because we are chained to a wall all day by our safety harness, and we work like dogs.” Qualifications of a wall dog include: A high level of artistic skill, ability to brave the elements, and the complete lack of fear of heights.
A monument built with optimistic messages and bold colors, Salvation Mountain is located in the Colorado Desert on the Mexican border in Southern California. Made entirely from adobe, straw and paint, the spectacle has been an ongoing project for the last three decades and presents itself as a physical testament to love and hope. In this poignant clip, filmmakers Ben Stoddard and Dave Ehrenreich explore the mountain and learn more about the unassuming man behind Salvation Mountain, Leonard Knight, who’s strung together numerous murals and bible versus in one striking folk art rendition.
Everyone knows that loose trucks save lives, and even at a time where you can tic-tac your way to Tampa Pro glory, its good to see some disciples getting creative with unsecured bushings. Channeling some of Matt Rodriguez’ flowing vibes is Koichiro Uehara, whose part from Lenz II has just been released. The rider boasts some jaw-dropping sharp cuts, quick ollies, and seemingly impossible combinations, like watching a frog leap between lily pads. With tricks from fellow Magenta riders Leo Valls, Jimmy Lannon, and Soy Panday also featured, the latest offering from cinematographer Shinpei Ueno is not to be missed.
Continuing to churn out awe-inspiring videos featuring creative individuals from the realms of skateboarding, art and photography, Leica presents “Let Us Roam”, a short clip based on Arto Saari. In just under 5-minutes, we learn about the Finland-born skateboarder who’s been elevating standards in the sport for the last two decades, how injuries have both been both crippling and motivating in his career, and the decision to shift his focus from skateboarding to photography in the last three years. Aside from footage of Saari showcasing a slew of trickery, we also see examples of his photography and a personal account of his first published photo.
Remember the video of Kelly McGarry doing a backflip over a 72-foot canyon? This equally batshit crazy run was performed on the same track but by a different rider, and will make you either shit your pants and/or puke from motion sickness.
Flatbush Zombies return with “Red Light, Green Light”, the latest in their Day Of The Dead weekly release series, featuring Espa. The track is an ambient heater of a production from Erick Arc Elliot, who leads this joint off with a killer verse before Espa and Meechy Darko commence to wrecking shop. While Zombie Juice is noticeably absent on the track, his bredren are more than capable of knocking this joint out of the park. Check the track below to listen to “Red Light, Green Light” from the Flatbush Zombies.