Well-known sneaker aficionado, music expert and producer DJ Clark Kent has just served up a new track inspired by some of New York’s biggest sounds. The mix is based on the KISS record “Back in the New York Groove,” as it takes the listener through all five boroughs of New York City. Judy Garland, Slaughter, The Dogs, NY Dolls and Rakim all share a piece of the spotlight, reflecting on the greatness of their city.
The Quiet Life drops a new commercial starring Joe Hook who cruises around the city on a less-than ideal day for skating. The rain doesn’t get the skater down who makes the best of it by splashing through puddles and power sliding the wet asphalt. Indeed. When life gives you lemons, make some skaterade, dude.
So apparently before we get to the proper Showbiz & AG comeback album we’ve been promised with tracks like “Here & Now” and “God is 4 Us” it looks like we are going to be treated to an all-instrumental LP from the beat-rocking half of that duo. I know this because the Shogun of the Bronx just dropped this wicked instrumental “The Cloth” and artwork for the new project–apparently titled Still Diggin: Instrumentals Vol. 1 and slated to drop April 24th. I am assuming it’s called “The Cloth” because this is the raw material–the fabric, if you will–from which classics raps are made; ethereal harmonies over an evil drum beat in a hypnotizing loop of constantly-modulating polyrhythms. And I just know AG and executive producer DJ Premier are cutting up some flash three-piece gangster suits from that cloth.
From director Roger Gastman – a producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop – comes Wall Writers, a documentary on graffiti in its innocence.
Through unprecedented access to TAKI 183, CORNBREAD, and a host of other legendary writers, Wall Writers tells the story of a time when underprivileged city kids refused to keep lurking in the shadows, when the streets were so wild that fame and infamy became indistinct, when art became a democracy and self-promotion became an art.
And the narration is done by John Waters!
Six months after penning his deal with Maybach Music Group, Ohio emcee Stalley releases his new project today, Savage Journey To The American Dream. The 14 track project was mixed by Young Guru and has features from Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Curren$y, 2 Chainz, and more with production being handled by The Block Beattaz, Soundtrakk, Chuck Inglish, Chad Hugo, and more. “It’s the most album-sounding project for me as far as the music goes,” says Stalley. “[People] are going to see the growth lyrically, musically, production-wise. There are definitely some surprises on there. But it’s still Stalley, it’s still that Intelligent Trunk Muzik vibe to it.” Find out where Stalley has taken his sound with the download/stream after the jump. NYC: do remember you can catch Stalley at SOBs next Wednesday (4/4) for his release show.
Directed by Eddie Yo, “Ride” is a seven minute video filmed entirely in monochrome and quite nicely captures what it feels like to be riding in the busy streets of Hong Kong. Navigating treacherous streets and back alleys, riders give the viewers an inside look at the Pearl of the Orient from a cyclists point of view. While seven minutes is on the longer end for bike videos, this one is well worth the watch.
New York City rapper/producer Iron Solomon, who is best known for his success in the battle rap circuit, has finally released his full-length debut after years of grinding.
Titled Monster, the 18-track LP (including bonus tracks) features the likes of Talib Kweli, Novel, Paul Wall, Cassidy, and Jean Grae, among others. And, for a limited time, Iron is giving fans a chance to stream the album in its entirety.
Order your copy over at Amazon.com.
Additionally, Iron Solomon will be touring in support of the project with Boot Camp Clik during their West Coast Tour dates. For more info, visit DuckDown.com.
Below is the tracklist and full album stream:
1. “Almost There”
2. “Nothing To Lose” – ft. Isaiah
3. “The Empire” – ft. Talib Kweli
6. “Get On My Level”
7. “15 Minutes”
8. “Classic Girl” – ft. Novel
9. “Cold World”
10. “Tug Of War” – ft. Isaiah
12. “I’ll Be Back”
13. “Wake Up” – ft. Gordon Voidwell
14. “44 Fours” – ft. Big Zoo (Bonus)
15. “Follow Me” – ft. Paul Wall (Bonus)
16. “Classic Girl (Remix)” – ft. Jean Grae & Novel (Bonus)
17. “Rule #4081” – ft. Cassidy (Bonus)
18. “Sucker MC’s” – ft. DMC (Bonus)
The winner of Transworld’s first ever Cinematographer Contest is a video by Dan Mizicko called Skate Harvest. The Ohio native shows just how spoiled us city kids are, and that a bit of creativity can go a long way. With no asphalt, sidewalks, or stairs in site, see what solution these guys come up with. What’s equally surprising is how good they are. Hats off, boys.
After various previews and trailers, Odd Future’s Adult Swim-powered sketch-comedy series “Loiter Squad” finally premiered Monday night (March 26), giving viewers the randomness that has been consistent in their music and music videos since bursting onto the scene over the past year and a half.
Well, the entire first episode made its way to Youtube after the show aired, so here it is. It contains a slew of humorous skits … and, well, randomness.
Yes, Mick Boogie and Slum Village have made good on the threat implied in their leak of the De La Soul and SV collabo “Turning Me Off“–the full Dirty Slums mixtape is here, cut together by M-Boogs and featuring Rapper Big Pooh, Big Sean, Black Milk, Phonte and more, with grips upon grips of dirty beats from slum auteur Young RJ.
1. Mick Boogie & nVMe Intro *
2. Slum Village: God Sent (f/ Rapper Big Pooh & Vice)
3. Slum Village: Just The Past (f/ Big Sean & Black Milk) *
4. Slum Village: Music (f/ Focus…)
5. Slum Talks About The Evolution
6. Slum Village: Hunger (f/ Vice & Focus…)
7. Slum Village: Church (f/ Focus…)
8. Slum Village: Fresh (f/ Rapper Big Pooh & Vice)
9. Slum Village: Turnin’ Me Off (f/ De La Soul)
10. Slum Talks About Native Tongues
11. Slum Village: Beats and Breaks
12. Slum Village: Special (f/ Phonte)
13. Slum Village: They Say Remix (f/ Rapper Big Pooh & Phife) #
14. Slum Village: The Hard Way (f/ Focus… & Joe Scudda) #
15. Slum Talks About The Legacy
16. Slum Village: They Don’t Know (f/ Vice & J Ivy)
17. Slum Village: Mortal Kombat (f/ Vice & DJ Bonics)
18. Slum Talks About The Future
19. Slum Village: Da Essence (f/ Vice)
20. Slum Village: Reppin’
All Songs Produced by Young RJ
Except # Produced by Focus… and * Produced by nVMe
Since the release of their 2006 film Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Jack Black and Kyle Gass have remained out of the recording studio and out of the music scene in general. This new short film parodies their activities over the last six years, and tells a tale of redemption in their quest to reascend to the glory they once had. Ultimately, the clip offers a brief new track from “The D,” entitled “To Be The Best,” as well as a hint of what to expect from their new album, Rize of the Fenix, which is set to be released May 15, 2012.
Miami-based DJ Khaled unleashes his latest track, “Take It To The Head.” In his customary approach, the track sees no shortage of guest artist features from the likes of Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. Arriving in advance of Khaled’s studio album Kiss the Ring, which is expected to release later this year, “Take It To The Head” boasts an overtly radio-friendly rhythm that is highlighted by a hook from Chris Brown as well as accompanying bars from the MMG and Young Money affiliates.
From his early days growing up in Compton to becoming a bonafide hip-hop star, The Game has come a long way … and his journey through the genre is finally chronicled by VH1 cameras in his own episode of “Behind The Music.”
After premiering on the network Thursday evening (March 22), the full episode drops online, so if you’re yet to see it, here it is.
In the special, Game (born Jayceon Taylor) takes viewers on a ride through his life, beginning with experiences he endured as a young child, in which he witnessed his father beat his mother and molest his sister; being placed in foster care and having his world turned upside down; joining a Blood gang as a teenager; and of course, his rise and experiences in hip-hop, including his publicized beef with 50 Cent.