From Inside Out Boy rapper SPEAK! comes a new freestyle called “Sight and Sound”. Presented by DJ Erok, the Los Angeles-based MC delivers two verses on the originally Nicki Minaj track while utilizing his unique style and subject material. Specifically, SPEAK! discusses the challenges he has faced because of his lack of a mainstream style or appearance, instead letting his talent “speak” for itself. Additionally he reminds listeners that his new LP, Gnarly Davidson and The Marlboro Men, is set to be released this summer.
The Vagabond team drops their latest production, a video smorgasbord of skate shenanigans captured off the unsuspecting streets of Vietnam and Thailand. “Hello my Friend” is directed, filmed and edited by Charles Lanceplaine with additional filming credits due to Anthony Claravall, and it features the slick moves and heroic exploits of Cyres Wong, Jay Meador, Dan Leung, Keng Qu, Alex Hwang and Blackie over a two-week trip in Asia.
It seems we really can’t get enough of the timelapse. Most recently we stumbled onto this two-and-a-half-minute video, which was shot at night in downtown Los Angeles with a few Canon 7Ds by Copious Films who nicely edited it to Daft Punk’s music from TRON.
Filmmaker Raphael Haddad spent a night with vaunted street artist Invader where we’re given an insider’s look at the dedication and danger that comes along with being seen as both a genius and pest by varying members of the general public. Set to music by ToBy Screamer, this cinematic exploration contains bubbling excitement and drama despite the lack of dialogue or expository statements. While we’ve already heard of a film titled Midnight in Paris, Invader gives new meaning to stalking through the City of Lights once people have retired to their quarters.
With New Jersey already in the rear view mirror after finishing outside of the playoff sphere, the Nets have unveiled the logo that will follow them to BK. Simplistic in both design and color – utilizing a black and white scheme paired with drawn basketball and team name – the logo has an old-school ABA vibe to it. Designed by minority owner Jay-Z and inspired by the New York city subway signs from 1957, only time will tell if a change of scenery and a uniform upgrade with take the Nets from Eastern Conference dwellers to Larry O’Brien trophy raisers.
Nas has been on a roll leading up to his upcoming Life is Good LP, beginning with last summer’s invigorating “Nasty” and, most recently, the highly personal “Daughters.” It’s the SuperCat-sampling ‘The Don,” co-produced by Salaam Remi and the late Heavy D (as well as Da Internz), that gives us hope that Nas might finally be set to break the curse of mediocre post-Illmatic albums. This song just hits hard in a way no other rap tunes are hitting right now, while Nas’ inclusion of SuperCat (not to mention production from a pair of Caribbeans in Salaam and Heavy) is a positive sign for those hoping reggae-inflected hip-hop will make a comeback.
After teasing the clip with a trailer and Instagram flicks, Nas has finally dropped the video for “The Don.” If you were hoping to catch a rare glimpse of SuperCat or a proper Heavy D tribute, you’ll be disappointed, but why be mad at a video that looks this sharp, and feels this big.
DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: Pick -Up Basketball NYC, a film by Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau, explores the definition, history, culture and social impact of New York’s summer basketball scene – one that is widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport. With 700+ courts spread out amongst the city, and notable names from the past and current scene like Dr. J, God Shammgod, Kenny Anderson, Pee Wee Kirkland, Tim “Headache” Gittens and Corey “Homicide” Williams, it’s estimated that New York boasts 500,000+ streetballers. Garcia and Couliau traveled to over 180 courts in the five boroughs in the making of their debut documentary film. DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: Pick-Up Basketball NYC is expected to be released this summer barring a debilitating ankle injury.
Last weekend in London, ROA painted this mural of a huge hedgehog on Chance Street in Shoreditch. The mural coincides with Belgian artist’s latest solo exhibit currently on display at StolenSpace gallery until early next month.
With the video for “The Don” slated to drop tomorrow, Nas catches us all unawares with the release of “Daughters,” the next single from his forthcoming LP Life is Good (July 17). When I heard the title and saw the artwork for this song, I just assumed the hook would be a loop of his “more conscious of the way we raise our daughters” line from “If I Ruled The World.” It’s not that but I will take this No I.D.-produced slow-banger anyway–kind of the antidote to the “Black Girl Lost” sequel we just got, or a plan to not lose ‘em in the first place maybe. Real grown man talk worthy of Nas.
Detroit musical ambassador, House Shoes, has plans of releasing his first producer’s album entitled, Let It Go, on June 19th via Tres Records. The LP will be entirely produced by Shoes and have features from Danny Brown, Alchemist, Roc Marciano, Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Quelle Chris, MED, Oh NO, and just about any one else you’d want to hear on the mic, I’m sure. But before we get into his new ish, let’s make sure y’all are up to speed with some of the bangers this man has in his back catalog. Premiered by TSS, here is The Makings Pt 1 (part 2 soon come), which gives y’all a rundown of some of Shoes’ past production credits. Features on Part 1 include Proof, MED, Quelle Chris, Invincible, Boog Brown, Roc Marciano, Finale, and more with audio testimonials from Rich Medina, Black Milk, Gaslamp Killer, Phife, Exile, and others. Stream/Download the project after the jump, then look for part 2 and Let It Go, both coming soon.
This Friday April 27th Stones Throw records and MOPLA will present an evening of photography and music at Lot 613 in Los Angeles (full event details after the jump) featuring the photos of B+, Eric Coleman, João Canziani and Viviane Oh and live performances by Madlib, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jonwayne, Gary Wilson and Jonti. You probably would already be willing to pay top dollar for a show like this but that’s not all you get. Before 10pm, there will be a silent auction to benefit the Lucie Foundation’s photography program for at-risk youth, SNAPSHOP and a portion of the proceeds raised at the door will be donated to the Pablove Shutterbugs! How much would you pay to be a part of such an event!?
These kind of things don’t always work, but in this case it definitely does. Covers-specialist Blue Buttonz pushes all the right… no, actually he plucks his kalimba on this rework of De La Soul‘s timeless “Stakes Is High.” There’s plenty more where that came from.
While his Stoned Immaculate album isn’t dropping for over another month, Curren$y comes through for his fans by letting loose a new mixtape, highlighted by a gang of his more favored tracks. Smoke One For Spitta is presented by Rocksmith, LiveMixtapes, Jenesis Magazine, Clique Vodka and The New York Giant, as it notes an impressive 27 cuts. Stoned Immaculate releases on June 5.
As the Beijing Motor Show rolls on, we’re treated to another big concept announcement, this time from British luxury automaker Bentley. Joining the ranks of Lamborghini and Maserati, the EXP 9 F is Bentley’s first foray into the recently coined “Super SUV” class of full-sized and ultra-exclusive luxury/performance vehicles. These so-called “Super SUVs” are essentially tailored to executive customers in the Chinese market. What the EXP 9 F lacks in a purely conceptual “futuristic” design (it’s actually modeled after Bentley’s very early ‘Blower’ models), it more than makes up for with its deep on-board amenity package, and powerful V6 hybrid engine capable of doing the requisite zero-to-sixty in under five seconds.