Exile just dropped the first single from his debut self-produced rap album, 4TRK MIND. Contrary to what the cover may suggest, this is not a comedy album. Exile recorded the entire LP on a 4-track recorder (hence the title) and describes it as his most personal album to date. Check above for the first leak, “Klepto” – the official video will be dropping soon. 4TRK MIND will be out October 4th via Soul Spazm/Dirty Science.
This was recorded last night and Spitta decides to release it right away.
Venice Beach-based print shop POST NO BILLS announces its first solo exhibition featuring contemporary American artist Ron English titled “English 101.” The exhibit will feature exclusive limited edition prints and hand-finished multiples from the prolific artist and will house a wide range of pieces priced from $20 to $4000. The artist will be on-site and available for signings at the opening reception on October 6, as well as on October 7. The print-based gallery precedes a showing of English’s highly anticipated new original works, Seasons in Supurbia at the Corey Helford Gallery on November 19.
Post No Bills
1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Renowned graffiti artist turned abstract expressionalist, West One, recently painted a large-scale mural on the side of the Environment Furniture Showroom to celebrate the launch of Freedom Suite. Speaking of his work, West said, “my work is movement and energy. It’s organic. The viewer will see different things – maybe themselves, maybe the city. Maybe the broader environment. I hope to make us look at our space, our environment, a little differently.” Besides the video above, which depicts the creative process, you can see it for yourself at the below address through December 31.
Environment Furniture Showroom
8126 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Aakash Nihalani is a street artist that uses the most ordinary of things to create “art tape.” The Brooklyn-based creative makes shapes and pieces out of brightly colored tape, often humorous examples of what might be or what might have been. Nihalani is very conscious of the environment, and never changes the place where the piece is built. This neon art invites passersby to notice the world around them, without being intrusive.
If you like Mayer Hawthorne, Maxwell, Jamiroquai, Maroon 5 and maybe Joe Cocker remember this name: Allen Stone. He turned out a show at SOB’s last night–I wasn’t there but it couldn’t possibly have been as good as this performance of “Unaware” live from your mother’s living room. Wait, sorry! I mean his mother’s living room (above). He also just dropped this new song “Contact High”, and has an LP (also named Allen Stone) hitting the digiwebs on October 4. Let’s go!
From Blu’s new instrumental album Open (out now), this one featuring rapping. Produced by Blu himself.
It’s been just eight months since Eminem announced the official signing of Yelawolf to Shady Records, and the Alabama rapper already has an October release for his solo debut, Radioactive.
Apparently, the recording process was pretty quick for Yela. He had several records already done, and he went to Em with, who was shocked but excited to here the results. From there, he worked directly with the rap star to finalize his album.
“When I first told Marshall I had an album, he said, ‘You’ve got a what?’ I told him I recorded the album in Vegas, and his response was ‘Let me hear that sh**,’ ” the rapper said in a recent interview with TheBoomBox.com.
“The next day we set up some time to play it for him and he was like, ‘Wow, this sh** could really be something,’ so we took it from there. We already had 12 or 13 really good records — or at least, they were in the direction that we wanted to go — so we worked with him to finalize the album. He became fully involved with the music, which was really dope. It was an honor.”
According to Yelawolf, the forthcoming album is “very personal”. Although he’s dropped two EPs and three mixtapes over the last few years, he’s been through a lot … which he’s yet to share with the world. He promises that on Radioactive, he’ll be getting a lot off his chest.
Another big thing for Yela’s album is features. While he didn’t reveal too much, he called his pick of featured artists “great,” simply because each fit so well with the songs.
“Another achievement was locking down the features that I really wanted to get. Not just features for the sake of features, or just because of who the artist is, but ones that really made a great record,” he explained. “What’s the point of getting two big names but not making a classic? I think we really pulled off great records with our features.”
So far, Yelawolf has dropped the single/video for “Hard White (Up In The Club)”, featuring Lil Jon. He calls the collaboration a “perfect example” of the great features he has coming. (Watch the video for “Hard White” right here )
“I recorded ‘Hard White (Up In The Club)’ in Vegas and my whole crew thought that could be the first leak we put out,” the rapper said. “Then a few day later, my boy KP said, ‘Come listen to the mix,’ and when I got to the studio, Lil Jon was already on it. I was surprised but that sh**’s dope. Lil Jon as classic Lil Jon came out on the track — he was there doing ad-libs and being the crunk man and really the hype man for the record, which he’s known for. A lot of people are getting Lil Jon for verses, but we really wanted that crunk Jon, so that’s what we got and it fit the record perfectly.”
Radioactive is slated to drop October 25th.
Sylvia Robinson, the singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the Sugar Hill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording, died early Thursday morning at a hospital in New Jersey. She was 75.
Ms. Robinson had a notable career as a rhythm and blues singer long before she and her husband, Joe Robinson, formed Sugar Hill Records in 1979 and served as the midwives for a musical genre that came to dominate pop music.
She sang with Mickey Baker as part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia in the 1950s and had several hits, including “Love Is Strange,” which was a No. 1 R&B song in 1956. She also had a solo hit, under the name Sylvia, in spring of 1973 with her own composition “Pillow Talk.”
But Ms. Robinson was revered as “the mother of hip-hop” for her decision to record the nascent art form known as rapping, which had developed at clubs and dance parties in New York City in the 1970s. In 1979, the label Ms. Robinson and her husband had founded, All Platinum, was awash in lawsuits and losing money.
Facing financial ruin, Ms. Robinson got an inspiration when she heard people rapping over the instrumental breaks in disco songs at a party in Harlem. Using her son as a talent scout, she found three young rappers from the New York City area – Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee – and persuaded them to record improvised raps as the Sugar Hill Gang over a rhythm track adapted from Chic’s “Good Times.” The record was called “Rapper’s Delight” and reached No. 4 on the R&B charts, proving rap was a viable art form and opening the gates for other hip-hop artists.
Ms. Robinson later signed Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, recording their seminal 1982 hit, “The Message,” the groundbreaking rap about ghetto life that became one of the most powerful and controversial songs of its time and presaged the gangsta rap movement of later years.
Wale takes a page out of the J. Cole playbook (?) with this Miguel collabo. “Lotus Flower Bomb” is simultaneously abstract and hooky, melancholy and radio-friendly. Right where Wale should be, in other words. If this is an indication of what’s to come from the new LP (finished as of 19 hours ago) then I’m expecting good things. Case you can’t see the pitcher above, Ambition drops 11.1.11. One.
Worldly traveler and photographer Boogie showcases a series of images from a recent trip to Kingston, Jamaica. Being his second trip to the country, Boogie took a more intimate approach. Visiting the local neighborhoods, Boogie captured a dynamic of Kingston the common tourist would undoubtedly pass over on any regular trip. Check out the full set over at artcoup.com.
Rarely understood and often mocked, director/filmmaker Sean Dunne captures a candid glimpse into the perplexing sub-culture of the American Juggalo. Characterized by their love for Insane Clown Posse, face painting, and cravings for violence, Juggalos and Jugalettes from across America converge upon the woods of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, once every year for four days at The Gathering of Juggalos. The same ties that bind familiar communities and close-knit groups scattered across the United States are, in a bizarre way shared with those thousands that flock to the annual pseudo-Thanksgiving Juggalo event. The interview-driven video forgoes excessive editing or censoring to provide an unabashed dialogue with many of the event’s attendees and supporters.
Provocative photographer Terry Richardson is immortalized once again through this figurine crafted by toymaker Uncle York. Prior to this release, some Terry Richardson-related offerings surfaced to coincide with the photographer’s newly released book “Mom & Dad.” Involving Richardson’s infamous camera pose, signature sunglasses and thumbs-up sign, this collectible is available at Colette and Uncle York.
Japanese streetwear brand Lafayette commissioned the homie DJ Soul to put together a tape to celebrate the company’s 8 year anniversary. The result is this 25 track mix of hip-hop rarities and unreleased music from the last few years. Go back in time (but not that far back) with Bun B, Raekwon, Reflection Eternal, Jay Electronica, Pusha T, Kanye West, Nas, Mobb Deep, Jadakiss, Pete Rock, Cam’ron & Vado, Ghostface, and many more.
The nominations for the 2012 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions are in and Eric B. & Rakim are among the honorees. Unfortunately, they’ll probably have to wait another year or so as it’s more likely that the Beastie Boys, who were nominated last year but ultimately snubbed, will be the sole Rap act selected this time around. Other nominees include, Guns & Roses, Rufus with Chaka Khan, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Cure. The induction ceremony is scheduled for April 14, 2012 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.