Produced by Supa Dups & Eminem, off the Bad Meets Evil EP coming out on June 14th.
Following a plethora of impressive drops, the Beastie Boys share with fans yet another treat by making their Hot Sauce Committee Part Two album available for stream. This is the long-awaited eighth album from the hip-hop/rock trio which was produced by the Beastie Boys and mixed by Philippe Zdar. This album marks Mike “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz and Adam “MCA” Yauch’s first full-length effort since 2007′s Grammy-winning all-instrumental project, The Mix-Up. Hot Sauce Committee Part Two drops May 3 via Capitol.
A movie that has created a relatively big stir in Asia thanks to role of Asian superstar Jay Chou as Kato, The Green Hornet & Kato merchandising scheme includes a series of figures by Medicom Toy. The Bearbrick 2-pack features the signature costumes of each of the lead characters played by Seth Rogen and Jay Chou. A release is set for May 20 at select retailers globally.
Here’s a look at the latest trailer from the upcoming film X-Men: First Class. Starring actors James McAvoy as Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, the latest installment in the X-Men series takes us back to the period just before the mutant war began. Feared by the rest world and still uncertain as to the power they hold, the young mutants must choose their own destiny in a war between good and evil. X-Men: First Class is scheduled for release in theaters worldwide starting June 3.
Life + Times recently caught up with legendary NYC artist Lee Quinones for a chat about his past and current endeavors. Lee rose to fame in the 1970s as the New York subway graffiti movement erupted, forever immortalizing him amongst the greats and building a foundation for art that has lasted him a lifetime. Learn about more about the man above.
Vintage-themed releases continue from Nike as the brand drops a new colorway in its Sky Force ’88 Mid VNTG, a design first released in 1988. Much like previous designs given the old school treatment, the shoes feature yellow-tinged detailing throughout white leather uppers, along with varsity royal accents in multiple textile choices. Priced at $95 USD.
May’s Zoom Paul Rodriguez 2.5 release sees a familiar colorway as Nike SB adopts the same scheme used on its “Cali” Dunk Low back in 2004. Featuring a white leather upper, the kicks are complimented by brown suede paneling, red star embroidery and green outsoles, all paying homage to the California state flag. Look for these now through your local Nike SB retailer.
The track from the Movies on Demand 3 trailer from yesterday. Beat is sick.
The new Lupe Fiasco video for “Words I Never Said”–a stark but effective piece directed by Sanaa Hamri that perfectly illustrates the song’s concept, which is all about self-censorship. In 3 minutes Lupe hijacks the PA system on a city bus, kung fu fights his way out of (mental) prison and rescues a hot girl in lace-up boots from a Matrix-like brainwashing machine. It all makes sense when you watch it and listen to the lyrics of the hook. But the verses are what really sell this song. Lupe starts out with “I really think the War on Terror is a load of bullsh*t” and then proceeds to “Limbaugh is a racist/Glenn Beck is a racist” before tracing out jihaadists (and Israel), questioning 9/11 and explaining why he doesn’t vote. I don’t agree with 1/2 the things he says in here, actually, but the fact that we went so balls out is kind of refreshing–and that’s the point!
Planet Asia and Tristate come together as General Monks an this is the first leak off their soon to be released digital project Each Step Becomes Elevated.
This is very ill. Ffiteen minutes of super rare footage of Pac’s infamous bathtub photo shoot with renowned photographer David LaChapelle shortly after his release from prison.
Here are some of Lachappelle’s comments on the shoot:
DM: I feel that a lot of your work emphasises on beauty in people, regardless of colour or size. One of my favourite pieces of your work is “Becoming Clean” with Tupac Shakur amongst others. How was it like work with him?
DL: Tupac was great, he was very sensitive and is truly a good person. I wrote to his mum when he died and she sent me flowers and gave me his last song, “Ghetto Gospel.” When we did the shoot, he had just come out of prison and every shot has a reason, it’s never random, so this was the idea of the photo shoot, him becoming clean. He had given this interview when he was still in prison and he really opened up and was so honest. I had read it and thought it was so truthful so for the work I did with him, there was this idea of washing away and rebirth. And we did another shoot where he posed as a slave on a cotton field. They traced rapping and rhyming to “call and repeat” during slavery time in sugar cane and cotton fields to pass the time. It’s on the Hotel Lachapelle book. Tupac came to the shoot 2 hours early, which was very unusual for a rapper. So I wasn’t ready for the shoot and he didn’t care. He reminded me of my black friends whom I went to art schools with, he was so cool, open-minded and chill. He wasn’t judgemental. Then later on, I found out that he had gone to an art school. He left behind a big bag of socks and underwear because he had just come out from prison and never picked it up. He died shortly after. I still wear his socks sometimes (laughs).
After months of majors clamouring to sign the Los Angeles-based collective known as OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), led by Tyler The Creator, the group has opted to stay independent … with major backing.
According to RapRadar.com, Odd Future are set to start Odd Future Records, inking a distribution deal with RED Distribution/Sony, which would give the group the same creative freedom they’ve been accustomed to.
OFWGKTA’s manager, Chris Clancy, replied to the rumors, telling RapRadar that Odd Future, in essence, will sign themselves.
“It’s based on getting the distribution deal we’ve always envisioned that allows the group to ‘sign themselves’ to their own company and keep their masters,” Clancy said. “They will have 100% creative control of all aspects of their music, art, and release schedule with no 3rd party participation in outside business.
“Freedom and ownership was the whole point,” he continued. “Red and Sony know that its in everyone’s best interest to maintain the group’s authenticity and control. They built it, they deserve it. There’s no cheesy hooks or fluorescent liquor product placements in the works.. It’s about to be fun.. and different..”
Tyler The Creator also address the rumors on his Twitter page (@f***tyler), saying everything will remain in-house, despite having a label and the option to sign other acts.
“Odd Future…..Records? Maybe,” the rapper/skater wrote. “Funny thing is, we won’t sign people like a record label. Same people, same sh**, all in-house.”
Word is the ink on the deal isn’t dry just yet, but it looks like things are pretty set.
Before this news, rumors said that Diddy, SRC Records, and even Jay-Z were among the label heads trying to land the group. But, Odd Future had different plans.
Download Self Scientific – Trials of The Blackhearted [EP]
Self Scientific‘ s new EP, Trials of The Blackhearted, just dropped today. DJ Khalil is one of the more underrated producers out there, and Chace Infinite is certainly nothing to sleep on as far as mic skills go, so I’ve def been looking forward to this ish since it was first announced. Features on the EP include Big K.R.I.T., Krondon, Freddie Gibbs, The New Royales, Game, and Talib Kweli.
This next video from Nas & Damian Marley‘s Distant Relatives project picks up where the last one left off. I mean EXACTLY. For some reason this track didn’t jump out at me when the album dropped but, simple as it is, the relentless walking-at-the-camera motion of the video perfectly captures the forward energy of Jr. Gong’s unstoppable flow as he rock an’ come een like Al Pacin’. And now its my new favorite. Nah mean?
Off Animal Farm’s new album that will be available for purchase May 17th, Culture Shock:
Animal Farm is a hip-hop group who has defied the odds by creating a dedicated following, despite residing in Portland, Oregon, the indie rock capitol of the world.