The Originators Presents – ORIGINAL RADIO With C-Minus, DJ Prophet, & DJ Mir 8-10PM

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Video: Carving the Mountains

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Carving the Mountains from Juan Rayos on Vimeo.

Hailing from Spain, the Longboard Girls Crew take to the mountains of Madrid on a spring afternoon bombing session. Carving down the steep open road, the crew highlights some fanciful footwork and subsequent blemishes in this spirited clip.


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“Art In The Streets” Book by Rizzoli

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Originally previewed back in November of last year, we now get a closer look into the book, “Art in the Streets”, which released this month. Written by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose, the book surveys the global history of graffiti and associated street arts. Focusing on the scenes in NYC, L.A. and San Francisco, a wide array of artists are discussed and showcased including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Blu, Martha Cooper, Shepard Fairey, Stelios Faitakis, Futura, Phil Frost, Os Gemeos, Keith Haring, Todd James, Margaret Kilgallen, Lady Pink, Barry McGee, Steve Powers, Lee Quinones, Retna, Kenny Scharf, Swoon, and Ed Templeton, amongst many others. Available now through Rizzoli.


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Audio: Bad Meets Evil – On Everything

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Em falls off the wagon and brings Royce down with him. Hell: The Sequel is in stores June 14th.


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Tuesday’s Pic

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Photograph by Mary Ellen Mark


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Audio: The Cool Kids “Miami Beach”

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The Cool Kids “Miami Beach”, this one is off their EP The Bake Sale dropping May 20th.


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Gil Scott-Heron RIP

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If you haven’t heard the news, we lost Gil Scott-Heron Friday–a loss that is felt even more sharply because of the run of amazing music he released recently, after years of silence. It seems a shame to dwell on that loss on the day most of us our catching a breeze in the park or at the beach, enjoying our friends and celebrating the start of summer–until you take a second to realize that Memorial Day was set aside, after all, as a day to remember fallen soldiers. So whether you’re cuing up picnic jams on a boombox or sitting in front of a computer workstation in a prison library, take a second to remember Scott-Heron–revolutionary, forerunner of all rap music, one of the towering talents of our time–today. As a person and an artist, Gil was deep and broad as well as tall, so there are many, many ways to remember him. Personally, we prefer to remember him as he appears in the photo above–talking loud and speaking volumes.


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Video: Fashawn “Down That Road” Feat. Sam Hook

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Over the weekend, Fresno emcee Fashawn dropped the video for track #3 off of Higher Learning 2. Check the visuals for “Down That Road” featuring Sam Hook. Video directed by Punit Dhesi… Nemis on the beat.


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Last Day of The Originators Memorial Weekend Online Sale 25% Off Everything

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CLICK TO PURCHASE

Use Discount Code MD25 at Checkout…
Sale Ends Midnight on May 30th.


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Audio: Raekwon Feat. DJ Khaled, Game, Pharrell & Busta Rhymes – Rock N Roll (Remix)

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The Chef comes through with a mega lineup to remix one of latest his singles, “Rock N Roll.” You’ll find guest verses from Game, Busta, Pharrell and DJ Khaled. The original version can be found on Rae’s latest studio album Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang which is available now through iTunes. Meanwhile, an upcoming music video is set to drop any day now for his record with Nas in “Rich & Black.”

Raekwon featuring DJ Khaled, The Game, Pharrell, & Busta Rhymes – Rock N Roll (Remix) by Hypetrak


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ROA In Chicago

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ROA was recently in Chicago where he got busy on a few walls outdoors.


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Friday’s Pic

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Tim Burton Retrospective at LACMA Opening Sunday, May 29th

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Opening this Sunday, May 29th, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will host a retrospective delving into the world of Tim Burton’s creative career, including his work as a director, artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer. The exhibit features over “700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including art from a number of unrealized and little-known personal projects.”


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Audio: Asher Roth ft. Akon – Last Man Standing

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Audio: Statik Selektah & Lord Sear – Open Bar Classics Vol. 2: 90′s R&B House Party (Mixtape)

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Listen to or Download Statik Selektah & Lord Sear – Open Bar Classics Vol. 2: 90′s R&B House Party (Mixtape)

You’re going to need this in your life for this coming weekend.

Crystal Johnson Intro
Mary J “Real Love” (original & remix)
Meth & Mary J “All I Need” (Puff’s Remix)
112 “Only You (Remix)”
Dru Hill “In My Bed (Remix)”
R Kelly “Be Happy”
Groove Theory “Tell Me”
Gina Thompson “The Things You Do (Remix)”
702 “Steelo”
Isley Brothers “Float On (Remix)”
Total “No One Else”
Faith “i Just Can’t”
Mary J “Everyday It Rains”
Aaliyah “Back & Forth”
Adina Howard “Freak Like Me”
TLC “Creep”
Horace Brown “Things We Do For Love”
Shai “Dont Wanna Be Alone”
SWV & MJ “Right There (Human Nature Mix)”
SWV “Anything (Wu Remix)”
Mariah Carey “Fantasy (ODB Remix)”
Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It”
Zhane “Hey Mr Dj”
Eric Benet “Georgy Porgy”
Faith “Love Like This”
Lucy Pearl “Get Involved”
Lucy Pearl “Dance Tonight” (So What Its 2000)
Koffee Brown “The After Party”


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Audio: Lords of The Underground – Prove It

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As the Lords gear up for their 20th anniversary project with Marley Marl, new music has started to slowly trickle out from the camp. Here’s one that will appear on Tha Advocate and Ballerstatus.com’s new Digital Dynasty 16 mixtape.


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Brooklyn: Afro-Punk Festival 2011 Dates & Line-Up Announced (8/27 & 8/28)

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The 7th annual Afro-Punk festival is returning to Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn this August 27th & 28th and the line-up promises pretty much everything you could want from an Afro-punk festival, including Janelle Monae, Santigold, Fishbone, Jay Electronica and Cee-Lo Green (among others) as well as food, skating, film and a display of custom bikes from Brooklyn’s legendary black biker scene.

The Full Line-Up:
Cee-Lo Green
Santigold
Janelle Monáe
Fishbone
Jay Electronica
Toro Y Moi
Toshi Reagon
Ninjasonik
Cerebral Ballzy
Gordon Voidwell
Reggie Watts
Res
Joi
Rocky Business
Straight Line Stitch


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Audio: Wu-Tang “Only The Rugged Survive” feat. RZA

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As much of a Wu-Tang stan as I am, I must admit I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t know about this project. On June 28th the Wu will be releasing their latest album, Legendary Weapons. From what I gather this won’t be a formal Wu album but more of a follow up to their last collab with Brooklyn-based band The Revelations, Chamber Music (verrry slept on album). Legendary Weapons has features from Ghostface, RZA, Method Man, Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and a number of special guest emcees. Production on the album is handled by Noah Rubin, Fizzy Womack (aka Lil Fame from M.O.P.), and Andrew Kelley. Here’s the first single the Noah Rubin produced track “Only The Rugged Survive” featuring RZA.


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Audio: Kidz In The Hall “Break it Down”

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Download Kidz In The Hall “Break it Down”

Kidz in the Hall are back on their rap-rock thing with a beat that sounds like a Master Ace meets Guns ‘N’ Roses, the perfect vehicle for their juvenile delinquent rap style–and the first single off their upcoming LP Occasion, slated to drop by the end of the summer.

Kidz In The Hall – Break it Down [Dirty] by double_0


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Air Jordan 3 “True Blue” Retro

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Jordan Brand offers an official look into the final production model of their upcoming True Blue III. Featuring the same quality construction as the recent cement drop, these are sure to please Jordan aficionados and sneaker heads alike. White leather dominates the upper with trademark elephant print wrapped around the toe and heel, while true blue highlights cap off another solid retro for 2011. An official release is slated for June 4, 2011 with a retail price tag of $150 USD.


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