Nature Sounds Give Indie Artists Chance To Collabo With DJ Babu


To celebration of his new album, The Beat Tape Vol. 2, Dilated Peoples’ DJ Babu and indie label Nature Sounds is offering aspiring artists the change to collaborate with Babu.

Below is how it works:

Send Nature Sounds a song you’ve recorded over one of the beats from The Beat Tape Vol. 2, and the label will pick the best song to be featured on a future Nature Sounds compilation.

After recording your track, head over to to submit your song, or stop by to listen and “favorite” the best tracks.

“We’ll be looking for the songs with the most plays and ‘favorites’, so let us know which tracks you think are the hottest,” the label said in a statement.

Submissions are open until March 15th.

DJ Babu’s The Beat Tape Vol. 2 is in stores now.


Comic With First Batman Appearance Sells For Over $1 Million in Auction


A 1939 comic book, where Batman makes his debut, sold for more than $1 million at an auction on Thursday (February 25), breaking the record for highest selling comic book.

According to the Associated Press, the comic was a rare copy of Detective Comics No. 27. It sold for $1,075,500 by Dallas-based auction house, Heritage Auction Galleries.

The buyer and seller both wished to remain anonymous.

“It pretty much blew away all of our expectations and now it’s the highest price ever raised for a comic book,” Barry Sandoval, director of operations of Heritage’s comics division, told the AP.

Just three days before, a copy of the first comic book featuring Superman, a 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1, sold Monday (February 22) for $1 million in a sale between a private seller and a private buyer.

Both comics were in great condition, said reports, scoring an 8.0 rating on a scale that goes up to 10.

Sandoval said the consigner bought the Batman comic in the late 1960s for $100. The comic features Batman swinging on a rope above city rooftops, with a bright yellow background.

Sandoval calls it “one of the most famous” comic book overs of all-time.

The previous record holder was for $317,000 a year ago, for a lesser grade copy of the Action Comics No. 1, featuring Superman.


Audio: Kidz In The Hall x 88-Keys x Donnis x Izza Kizza “Crowd Control Anthem”


Starting this Sunday in NYC, Kidz In The Hall, 88-Keys, Donnis, and Izza Kizza will be setting out on the Crowd Control tour. To get y’all ready for what’s to come, they put out this posse cut, “Crowd Control Anthem,” produced by Double O and 88. You can purchase your tickets for the NYC show here. Check after the jump for the rest of the tour dates.

Download Kidz In The Hall, 88-Keys, Donnis, Izza Kizza “Crowd Control Anthem”


Mosi Tatupu Was A True OG NFL Player. Respect to Mr. Tatupu For Paving The Way.


ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Mosi Tatupu, a fan favorite who played 13 seasons for the New England Patriots, died Tuesday at age 54.

Ashley O’Brien, a spokeswoman for Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass., said Tatupu was pronounced dead at the hospital. She did not give a cause. The Plainville Fire Department responded to Tatupu’s home on Tuesday and took him to the hospital, Lt. Richard Ball said.

“He was one of those fun guys in the locker room who also had fun on the field,” said former Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan, who was one of Tatupu’s teammates in New England. “When he went to practice, he had a smile on his face all the time because he was having fun. He enjoyed playing football. He could have played in any era, for anybody at any time. It’s a shame that he’s gone at such an early age.”

Tatupu played with the Patriots from 1978 to 1990, starring as a special-teams player (making the Pro Bowl in 1986) and as a jack-of-all-trades running back. He was one of the most popular players of his era and even had his own cheering section at Schaefer/Sullivan Stadium called “Mosi’s Mooses.”

“I think football fans in this area appreciate a lunch pail attitude, someone who shows up for work every day and that’s what Mosi did,” Grogan said. “I think his personality, the spirit and fun he showed on the field, transferred to fans. That’s why they loved him so much.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft echoed those sentiments.

“I was shocked by the news this morning. My sons and I loved to watch Mosi,” Kraft said through a press release issued by the team. “He was one of our favorite players for more than a decade. I don’t think you could watch a Patriots game in the ’80s without becoming a fan of his. He was a dominant special teams player and a punishing rusher who loved the Patriots as much as the fans did. He gave everything that he had on every play and immediately became a fan favorite. …

“He was an iconic player and will be remembered for all of his contributions as a Patriot, both on and off the field. Our sincere condolences go out to all of Mosi’s family, former teammates and many friends who are mourning his loss today.”

Tatupu rushed for 2,415 yards over his career with the Patriots, scoring 18 touchdowns and averaging 3.9 yards per carry.

“The thing about Mosi was that he did everything,” former Patriots center Peter Brock said. “He wasn’t the glamour guy out in front, getting all the carries, he just played football and he played hard.

“A lot of people remember the ‘Snow Plow Game’ and, of course, John Smith’s kick won it, but it was Mosi, who ran for more than 100 yards that day, that really won that game.

“It’s really a shock and it’s so much tougher because we played before the era of free agency, so you really got to know everybody. We were a community. We raised our children together. Because of that it’s just like losing a family member.”

Patriots receiver Wes Welker, recipient of the 2003 Mosi Tatupu Award, which is presented annually to college football’s Special Teams Player of the Year, said, “Mosi Tatupu was one of the first truly great special teams players. He set the stage for a lot of us to follow. It was an honor to win a special teams award in his name back in 2003 and then have the opportunity to meet him here in New England. As a Patriot, I have learned even more about the impact that Mosi had on this franchise and in this community. He will be sadly missed. My heart goes out to his family.” Tatupu was honored as a special-teamer on the Patriots’ 50th anniversary team in September and participated in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium during halftime of the Patriots’ 2009 season opener.

Tatupu was born on April 26, 1955, in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and later moved to Hawaii, where he starred as a high school running back and is considered one of the greatest athletes in Hawaiian history. He played collegiately at USC and was picked by the Patriots in the eighth round of the 1978 draft.

At the time of his death, Tatupu was running backs coach at Curry College in Milton, Mass. Tatupu had also coached his son Lofa Tatupu — now a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks — at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Mass.


Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child Trailer


Offered below is a trailer of the new documentary, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, directed by one of the artist’s close friends, Tamra Davis. The film features never-before seen footage of the prolific yet troubled artist, just a couple of years before his untimely passing in 1988. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child in its entirety was released on February 21st, 2010.


Raekwon The Chef – Latest & Greatest Hits Promo Cassette (1995)


Labeled as one of the greatest classics in Hip Hop Raekwon the Chef’s solo effort “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…” still sounds as fresh as in 1995. Witty wordplay and grimy beats were all a true Hip Hop fan could ask for. Thanks to dirt_dog of Philaflava the music world can now rejoice as a digitized version of Rae’s promotional cassette hits the internet. Here’s detailed information on this special treat.

I had mentioned in the forum a few days ago that I stumbled across a box of old tapes in my basement. Some mixtapes, some promo samplers, some custom tapes from the days of trading. After posting a short list, it looks like the people have spoken and they want to hear just about all of them. So first up is Raekwon’s 1995 promo cassette sampler for the upcoming release of “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.” Nothing mind blowing here, but an exclusive freestyle and (at the time) an advance opportunity to hear a couple album cuts. NOTE: all scans are included in the .rar file as well as a full scan of the sleeve.


Video: Rakim/EPMD Had Their Masters Held Hostage


The new Gasface video recounting the story of PowerPlay Studios and how Rakim and EPMD had their masters held hostage:

This one takes place where Rakim recorded the whole Paid in Full LP, where Nas did the first of It Ain’t Hard to Tell’s many versions… Fat Joe, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, Run-DMC, BDP, Biggie, and Jay-Z also laid classic verses here.

This studio was called Power Play until it was sold in 98. In Ya Ear is the new moniker, Joell Ortiz, Cory Gunz and Cormega are some of the regular customers… Rob and Ax, the new bosses, shares thoughts on the vast legacy of this joint.

Greatest moments include the (long) making of The Big Picture, Big L’s posthumous album, by his friend and mentor Lord Finesse.

Baddest moments ? Power Play was sold for a reason : the old owner was fed up with rappers and labels not paying their studio time. That’s why he kept each and every reel until somebody paid the bills. That’s why Rob and Ax ended up with dozens of masters from Finesse, EPMD, Rakim, etc.

I’m sure you’ve started guessing : the treasure was sitting here, and… something bad happened. In a New York Minute.


Interview With Jay Electronica


Jay Electronica swept onto the hip hop scene in a wave of enigma late last decade. The effect of his quirky, emotional sound was compounded by the erratic methods of their release, drifting out unannounced via the internet – the Myspace leak of Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), a fifteen minute opus laced with movie samples and beatless film soundtracks, represented the beginning of an astounding surge of interest in both the man and his music, back in 2007. Since then, the New Orleans-born MC and producer has garnered heavy support from everybody from Nas to Gilles Peterson, and has worked heavily with soulslinger Just Blaze, dropping two instant neo-backpack classics, Exhibit A and Exhibit C. Only recently he partnered with New York-based “idea studio” Decon, working on his debut album as well as a video project with label founder Jason Goldwatch. With more anticipation around his Act II track than the rest of hip hop’s class of ’10 combined, and another project with fellow supa emcees Mos Def and Curren$y in the making, the future couldn’t look brighter for Jay. To paraphrase his recent collaboration with Talib Kweli und Hi-Tek: he’s only just begun.


Stussy x Haze Exhibition at Known Gallery


Two legends of street culture come together yet again, Eric Haze and Stussy collaborate to put on a gallery show at L.A.’s Known Gallery, opening February 26th.

To celebrate the US launch of the HAZE x Stussy S/S2010 collaborative collection, the artist and brand will present a special exhibition at the new Known Gallery in Los Angeles. The full scale exhibit will feature more than forty pieces including all of the original artwork used in developing the collection, plus other work from HAZE’s archives commissioned by Stussy throughout their longtime creative relationship. Gallery framed and mounted, the original pieces were created in mixed media ranging from paintings to marker and charcoal drawings. In addition to this display, the exhibit will also feature an 8’x 6’ hand-painted mural, video piece and product display. Belvedere 1X vodka will sponsor the opening event and provide refreshment. Celebrity DJs and impromptu performances are expected.

Stussy will release a limited edition T-shirt to commemorate the event, featuring artwork by HAZE ($28). The limited edition HAZE x Pro Keds collaborative sneaker will also be for sale at the gallery. Both items will be available for sale at the gallery all weekend.

Opening Event: February 26, 2010 8 – 11PM
Public Gallery Dates: February 27 & 28, 2010
Gallery Hours: 11AM – 6PM

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036


Video: The History Of Jay’s “Hard Knock Life”


Swedish SVT documents the history of Jay-Z’s smash single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” with first hand narrative from some of the people that helped the record come to fruition. This is an amazing glimpse into one of Jay’s greatest recordings, this is the track that put Jay-Z on the map. This track is truly classic. There are so many nuances to this track, like what made them use the Anne hook? Was it to cross over Jay into the mainstream, was that the goal of the track? This was a turning point in Jay’s career, and it paid off.