With a busy 2010 under his belt, Roger Gastman has taken the time between producing Exit Through the Gift Shop and the more recent Sanrio anniversary exhibition to publish the following book titled Tools of Criminal Mischief. The book presents graffiti all the way back to the 1940s and embodies stories that Gastman personally found riveting. The book is available with a retail price of $25 USD.
Nike caps off the year with a look into a retro version of its Air PR1 Air Pressure, a design which has received heavy consideration for retro in recent years. Although not exactly the same as the original, the shoes still possess most of the genes that made the OG special. Additional elements that are new to the design include Air Jordan III outsoles, darker color shades and a lower cut, as opposed to the super high cut of the original. Certainly catering to more of a lifestyle look, the shoes lose a bit of nostalgia not being exactly the same, but an original would have arguably been impossible to pull off.
Statik Selektah and Termanology’s The Evening News EP is out tomorrow.
Off the Evening News EP that is on sale today on ShowOffHipHop and on iTunes tomorrow.
Not long after news broke out of a possible Dre, Jay-Z, Eminem and 50 Cent collabo, a new record surfaces from the Doc. It’s titled “Topless” and sounds like it could possibly be another sign that Detox maybe going down. A version featuring T.I. over the same production did appear earlier this year. Meanwhile, you can check out the full stream below.
Transworld offers up this 6-minute video documenting the finest of street skating for 2010. Featured content includes the best of the Day In the Life and Neighborhood segments, road trips, Lance shredding the Ridiculous Pool and other street features. Appearances by Chad Tim Tim, Levi Brown, Eli Reed, Tyler Surrey, Jimmy Cao, Theotis Beasley, Julian Davidson, Boo Johnson, Dan Murphy, Elijah Berle, Kelly Hart and Walker Ryan are shown amongst others.
Eminem has been on an uproar lately, especially in this month of December following his recent drop with Dre, 50 Cent and Jay-Z. Well here’s the latest from the gifted Detroit wordsmith, the song is titled “Difficult” and certainly comes as one his more emotional records we’ve heard from in a while.
With news swirling regarding a heavyweight team up involving Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent and Jay-Z, the combined efforts of the group are heard here with the track “Syllables.” Commentating on the current state of hip-hop which is undoubtedly moving along a path towards beat-inspired music without a focus on the lyrics itself, the track will hopefully have the desired effect.
“The letter didn’t exist, which I didn’t… I wasn’t worried about that anyway, “said Primo. “Even if he did write that letter, I know how he writes. I’ve been around this guy for 23 years. I know everything about him and I know his family real well and they’re down with me, they ride with me.”
Primo went on to share intimate details of Guru’s funeral in which he and originating Gang Starr member Big Shug eulogized the fallen rap legend.
“We had a private funeral with his remains there and [I] spoke at the funeral,” shared the prolific producer. “It was a lovely ceremony. I did everything from the heart off my head, which is how you’re supposed to do it.”
P-A Medallions’ Crack Belt Theatre… The Street LP is out today.
We go behind the scenes with Black Milk as they find out how the conditions of Detroit have impacted his music and how J Dilla birthed the Motor City movement you hear today.
Legendary R&B singer, Teena Marie, passed away in Los Angeles over the holiday weekend. She was just 54 years old.
Marie was found unconscious by her daughter at her home in Pasadena, California on Sunday (December 26). Apparently, she passed away in her sleep, her manager told CNN.
At press time, no cause of death has been released, but her publicist said that Marie had suffered a grand mal seizure a month ago, which she was still recovering from.
Born on March 5th, 1956 in Santa Monica, Calif., as Mary Christine Brockert, Marie was raised in a predominantly black area of Venice and began singing professionally at age 8. After graduating from Venice High School, she landed a deal with with Motown Records, where she met the legendary Rick James, who took the young singer under his wing and mentored her throughout her music career.
She released her debut album, Wild and Peaceful, in 1979 via Motown, which featured a duet with James. The album’s artwork didn’t feature a picture of Marie, so many radio programmers assumed the singer — with her powerful voice — was black.
But, her race wasn’t a factor, after Marie won over fans with her talents.
In the early 1980s, after dropping her fourth album It Must Be Magic, Marie got into a heated legal battle with Motown Records over her contract and disagreements on releasing new material. It resulted in “The Brockert Initiative”, which makes it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material. It allowed artists to sign and release with another label instead of being held to a contract by an unsupportive one.
By 1983, she signed to Epic Records, and released slew of albums, including Robbery, Emerald City, Naked to the World and Starchild, which included her biggest chart-topper, “Lovergirl.”
In the early 1990s, Marie left Epic, releasing an album on her own label, before joining Cash Money Records, where she released La Dona in 2004 and Sapphire in 2006.
In 2009 came her last album, Congo Square, which was released with iconic soul label, Stax.
Her influence is felt among many of today’s R&B stars, including the legendary Mary J. Blige who tweeted (@MaryJBlige) that Marie “inspired me vocally as a child. Her songs I sang in the mirror with a hair brush. I’m so hurt. Rest in peace Teena Mari. My Love love for u is forever.”
Some reports said Marie battled a prescription-drug addiction during the latter part of her life.
R.I.P. to a musical great.
Gorillaz unveiled their newest album, The Fall, yesterday, and as a holiday gift to all fans, it’s completely free. All of the material was written and record by the band during their recent tour. You can stream the full project below, while the album is available for free download just by joining the Gorillaz Fan Club.
NYC-based artist Crocheted Olek crochets just about anything you could imagine, best viewed through her website here. She recently made-over the famous Wall Street Bull, done up in mix of neon yarns and covered completely from head to toe. The stunt took about two hours to complete according to Olek, although it was removed shortly after. Not much other details are available, but this is surely some of the coolest street art news we’ve heard in a bit.
Cookin Soul hook up with Don Cannon to remix some classic Nas in anticipation of Nas’ Lost Tapes 2 album which has no release date as of yet.