Video: Trial & Error With OG Skate Member Lamont Holt

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Video: Mac & Retna – Let The Arts Roam

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Let The Arts Roam from I Am Los Angeles on Vimeo.

I Am Los Angeles put together a short video with Mac and Retna giving some insight into the work, motivation and inspiration of the two LA-based artists.

“Wherever they go, they try to make something that makes sense for the neighborhood, and the community. And they always make something positive, something the artists hope people can enjoy — regardless of whether life has greeted them with great fortune. Armed with a vision and their cans of spray paint, El Mac and Retna will transform a forgotten wall into a piece of art.”


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JR in New York

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JR’s been spending time in New York lately for his ongoing project, Inside Out. Along with his massive piece he did on the Bowery which you might have already seen, he’s been busy getting other works up throughout the city.


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Thursday’s Pic

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Joe DeLorenzo’s Sneaker Oil Paintings

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When it comes to oil paintings and sneakers, immediately Dave White comes to mind. However, there appears to be a new kid in town who goes by the name of Joe DeLorenzo. The Philadelphia-based artist takes a more realistic approach to kicks than Dave White who has an instantly recognizable impressionistic style.


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Superhero Gangsters

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It looks like this past week has been all about mash-ups. We went from Sesame Street Fighters to Picasso Superheroes, and now – thanks to Steve Seeley – we bring you Superhero Gangsters.


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Audio: Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun ft. Black Rob – (I’m A) Stand Up Guy

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Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun’s Monumental album is out tomorrow, available for pre-order it on iTunes right now.

Pete Rock and Smif N Wessun “(I’m a) Stand Up Guy” feat. Black Rob by duckdown


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Audio: Jay-Z – Criminology Freestyle (Unreleased)

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Listen to or Download Jay-Z – Criminology Freestyle (Unreleased)

In honor of the 15th Anniversary of the release of Reasonable Doubt, Philly Radio OG Colby Colb has liberated this extremely rare, mostly unheard Jay-Z interview and freestyle from 1995.

Colb explains:

What can I say, this is a historic moment in Hip Hop. At the time I knew of Jay-z from Original Flavor and he had a cameo on this Big Daddy Kane song that was out that summer.

This was before Rocafella, this was best friends Jay and Dame driving down to Philly in twin Lexus GS Coupes with records in the trunk. This was one of Jay-z first interviews outside of New York. You could see the potential in him, he was nervous yet confident. During this interview he talks about life before Reasonable Doubt which didn’t come out until 10 months later. Check out the freestyle over some Wu beats.

Yeah, it’s pretty surreal to hear Jay sounding all young and enthusiastic, talking about his minor accomplishments up to that point and plans for the future. He’s all amped up about the video they had just shot for the “In My Lifetime (Remix)” and the yet to be titled album that would become Reasonable Doubt. Then he spits over “Criminology” and the “Method Man” beat and fumbles a couple of lines. Classic shit.


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Audio: Thoth ft. Raekwon – Make A Move (Prod. by !llmind)

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Listen to or Download Thoth ft. Raekwon – Make A Move (Prod. by !llmind)

Final leak from Thoth’s Volume 1 mixtape with Statik Selektah that will be dropping today.


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Audio: Ghostface Killah, Sean Price & Trife Diesel – Laced Cheeba

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Listen to or Download Ghostface Killah, Sean Price & Trife Diesel – Laced Cheeba

Here’s another one off the upcoming Wu-Tang compilation, Legendary Weapons, out July 26th on E1.


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Audio: Joell Ortiz – Marijuana Man

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Joell from the perspective of the weed man over what sounds like a flip of Big Pun’s “Watch Those”.


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Video: Peter & Cory Gunz, Lord Tariq, Kid Capri & Grandmaster Caz – Live @ Summer Stage Soundview

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Peter Gunz and Lord Tariq do “Uptown Baby” at one of the city’s Summer Stage concerts at Soundview Park in the Bronx recently, before a surprise appearance from Cory Gunz for his “6’7″ verse freestyles from both him and the legendary Grandmaster Caz.


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Violence Erupts Between NYPD & Fans After Pete Rock Album Release Party

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The NYPD isn’t always liked by hip-hop fans and/or artists, and the way things went down at the album release party for Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun’s Monumental on Monday (June 27), it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

According to Gothamist.com, police clashed with patrons outside of Tammany Hall in New York City’s Lower East Side earlier this week, resulting in arrests and — if videos are accurate — police brutality.

Apparently, a fight broke out outside the venue, which resulted in police being called. When they finally arrived, authorities decided to shut down the event … and that’s when things got ugly.

Some reports said Pete Rock and his wife ad daughter were attacked as part of the chaos, but that seems to be untrue.

The legendary producer responded on Twitter (@ChocBoyWunda), letting people know he was ok.

“EVERYBODY IM GOOD, IM WAITING 4 MY MAN TO COME OUT OF DA PRECINCT! COPS WERE BEATING PEOPLE UP AND ITS ALL ON FILM!!!!,” Rock tweeted.

Videos has since made their way to the internet, which show angry patrons yelling at police, right before a fan is seen being beaten on the sidewalk. As the early 9-minute clip continues, police officers get into numerous confrontations with people they were ordering to clear the street.

Mid-way through an officer is scene swinging his nightstick at Rock of Heltah Skeltah. Louieville Sluggah of rap group OGC was also reportedly involved in an altercation that sent him to the hospital because of his injuries.

Stay tuned…


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Audio: dead prez x Stephen Marley “Dead Man’s Shoes”

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Download dead prez x Stephen Marley “Dead Man’s Shoes”

m-1 and stic-man of dead prez just killed a lyrical plantation owner on the super-duty tough riddim from Stephen Marley’s “Jah Army.” I have no idea if the fact that this dropped yesterday is in any way a comment on the fuckery that surrounded the police shutdown of Pete Rock & Smif N’ Wessun‘s release event at Tammany Hall Tuesday night…but this morning in NYC, it sure feels like it.


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Wednesday’s Pic

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Air Jordan V ‘Black/Metallic Silver’ 2011 Retro

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It’s been confirmed for a while now that this year would mark the return of the Air Jordan V in the original black/metallic silver colorway, and after four and a half years the classic sneaker will release in just a few short months just in time for school. If you can’t wait until then, you might want to pick up a pair early on eBay.


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Video: J Dilla, “Last Donut of the Night” [Fan Video]

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Last Donut of the Night from Tuomas Vauhkonen on Vimeo.


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Video: Big Daddy Kane, “Unsung” Hero

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About 10 hours ago ?uestlove asked hip-hop writer/producer extraordinaire (and my longtime homey) Joseph “Jazzbo” Patel: “Why am I seeing all these Kane tweets?” Here’s why: The original dapper rapper was just profiled on TV One’s Unsung documentary series (alongside Deniece Williams and The Ohio Players, among others) which is now online. Watch and learn.


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OG Skate Member Coutney Q. Getting Air…

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Picasso Superheroes

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Last week, we saw what happened when you merge Sesame Street with Street Fighters, and today – thanks to the good people at WonderBros – we get to see what superheroes would look like if Picasso took a brush to them.


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Video: Freddie Gibbs & Statik Selektah ft. Smoke DZA & Chace Infinite – Keep It Warm For Ya

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Directed by Derek Pike.

The Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away EP is now available on iTunes.


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Video: Large Professor (Beat Life Edition) Pt. 2

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Out Da Box TV brings you part. 2 of our exclusive interview with the legendary hip hop producer “Large Professor”. In this portion, Large speaks on the concept of producers doing more with less, how the remix has changed, His favorite producers, and how he feels about the recent “Illmatic” remakes by Elzhi and Fashawn. We also got a chance to capture him in his studio element in Queens. Overall, it was a humbling and fulfilling experience to build with one of our greats. We hope you will be inspired.


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Music Video: Eminem – Space Bound With Sasha Grey

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Months ago, back in February, photos from the set of Eminem’s “Space Bound” music video surfaced online, building anticipation for the clip, which also stars former XXX film star Sasha Grey.

It was to be the next single from Em’s Recovery album, but with the release of his collaborative project with Royce Da 5’9, as Bad Meets Evil, it looks as though this clip may have been scrapped. But, here it is.

In the Joseph Kahn-directed clip, the rapper is picked up in the middle of the nowhere by Grey, before stopping at a roadside dinner. After a quick bite, they hit a motel room … and things get a little crazy.


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