Spike Lee’s much anticipated Red Hook Summer has released its official trailer, the latest in his Chronicles of Brooklyn anthology. The movie revolves around a young suburban black kid from Atlanta who is sent to the Red Hook projects in Brooklyn to spend the summer with a grandfather he has never met. It was self-financed and took 18 days to film. The crew consisted substantially of NYU students, and the cast list of lesser-knowns reads like this: Clarke Peters, Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, Nate Parker, James Ransone, Thomas Jefferson Byrd. While taking a religious tone, the film honestly resonates Lee’s indie appeal with “old home video”-styled shots and controversial topics of diversity.
The Fat Boys were a pioneering hip-hop trio comprised of Prince Markie Dee, Kool Rock-Sky and the late Buff Love. Their debut album’s cover art featured the trio eyeing various snacks, including a pizza. Now, the Sutra Records release, produced by Kurtis Blow, is being re-issued in a pizza box.
According to HipHopDX.com, the upcoming limited edition Fat Boys: Pizza Box Set will be served up in a special edition pizza box. Inside, it will feature a re-mastered version of the original LP, along with extended liner notes, photographs and some bonus material.
The album dropped in May 1984, and was eventually cerified Gold. It features the singles: “Fat Boys,” “Stick ’Em,” “Can You Feel It,” and “Jailhouse Rap”.
The re-issued version will include all seven original tracks, along with three bonus cuts, interviews, and a Mr. Magic Rap Attack Promo.
Fat Boys: Pizza Box Set drops July 10. Pre-order your copy at Amazon.com.
The Fat Boys had been away from the scenes for more than a decade … until February 2009, when they released a two-disc set, dubbed Original Fat Boys Archives: Fat Boys On Rewind.
Members Kool Rock-Ski and Prince Markie Dee still perform under the group moniker, and have released their own coffee.
Always shinin’ and shinin’ and rhymin’ and rhymin’, the legendary Black Star experience will be coming to Europe this July. We’ve seen how much damage Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli are still capable of inflicting when they hit Paris in March. Now for four shows, you can have the opportunity to witness the juggernaut live and direct –if you live on that side of the ocean.
7/11 – Stockholm, Munchen Bryggeriet
7/12 – Copenhagen, Vega
7/14 – Belgium, Dour Festival
7/15 – Finland, Illosai Festival
If there’s one lesson we all took away from this year’s Roots Picnic, it’s this, Rakim ain’t no joke. After a historic performance of the rap classic Paid In Full LP from front to back, Rakim Allah sat down to build with Okayplayer TV backstage. Besides teasing not one but TWO new projects–his own solo album and a Paid In Full 25th Anniversary LP–Rakim shared his thoughts on the live aspects of Hip-Hop. His own emphasis on lyricism (“I think if i sat down on stage and spit with the same intensity (the fans) wouldn’t care…”) is maybe not surprising,coming from the original rapper’s rapper. But what did surprise us was when Ra shared his vision that live instrumentation is the future of Hip-Hop, expressing a slightly wistful note that more bands hadn’t followed in The Roots footsteps: “I was hoping that I was gonna see…an explosion of that.” It’s not too late, y’all. Watch the magic unfold above and then go pick up a pen. Or a saxophone.
Having previously paired Kanye West with Lana Del Rey and Adele with Daft Punk, the latest mash-up from Carlos Serrano features The Notorious B.I.G. and Ellie Goulding. Pairing Biggie’s classic Ready To Die track “Machine Gun Funk” with the English singer-songwriter’s single “Under The Sheets,” the resulting “Under The Funk” lays Biggie’s verses over a smooth dance beat with Goulding providing the hook.
On June 26th, at 2pm EST our guy ?uestlove AKA el patron AKA the afro-lord will take up the torch for Hip-Hop in a public debate billed as “Hip-hop On Trial.” The other debaters include intellectual heavyweights Jesse Jackson, Tricia Rose, Q-Tip, Michael Eric Dyson, KRS-ONE, Touré, Dream Hampton as well as virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier, P.J. O’Rourke and adviser to UK Prime Minster David Cameron on youth & crime Shaun Bailey. Also some dude from Fox News. It all goes down at the Barbican centre in London, UK, part of a series of called Versus put together by Intelligence Squared and Google+. Versus is the first ever global live debate using Google+ Hangouts, and live streamed on YouTube, bringing together the world’s leading experts and advocates on either side of a particular issue–and connecting the conversation right to the masses with the latest social media technology. Best believe we’ll be covering this trial closely and if you’ll be in the UK and log in via the Versus YouTube channel and Versus Google+ channel to make your voice heard.
Less than two months after releasing his LP with Statik Selektah, Straight, No Chaser, Reks is already just a few weeks away from dropping his new LP. This time around he teams up with producer Numonics for Rebelutionary. “REKS and I made Rebelutionary to express the strong social and political views we both share. Inspired by great leaders like Fred Hampton and Malcolm X, the album sheds light on issues that need to be touched on at this time. Whether it’s institutionalized racism, or pointing out the hypocrisy of the establishment, REKS paints a vivid picture of the world we live in with this project. I feel blessed to have worked with such a strong and emerging voice in Hip-Hop and his immense talent shines throughout this project” opines Numonics. The LP has features from J Nics, Jon Connor, Termanology, Krondon, Sene, Koncept, and more. Watch the latest video off the release, “Unlearn,” above. Video directed by Prime Cut Films. Rebelutonary will be out July 24th via Gracie Productions.
Combining elements of traditional skiing with urban terrain more likely found in parkour videos, Nipwitz presents an exhilarating look at urban skiing. Filmed in Murmansk Oblast in Russia, expansive and dilapidated structures become home to acrobatic maneuvers from the likes of Matti Raty, Kalle Leinonen, Vova Kharlamov and many others. Visually interesting and action-packed, Nipwitz is definitely on to something.
Fool’s Gold head honchos A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs roll out their preliminary volume for what is to be an ongoing series of free EP’s dubbed Clubhouse. Highlighting signature sounds and an eclectic roster that makes the label one of the more diverse collectives in the business, contributions come from the likes of Sammy Bananas, Anna Luneo, Meech, Oscar Luweez, XXXChange, PeoDePitte & Jay Robinson. Fool’s Gold Clubhouse Vol. 1 is available for streaming below.
As one of the top U.S. destinations, Orlando proved to be a perfect location to showcase the cross-country talent that hit the stage at Red Bull Thre3Style National Finals. The three-day event began with semi-qualifiers held the first two nights to determine the final six to play for a chance for the championship title. The 10 competing DJs for the semis represented their region with pride; they include the following, listed with the regional qualifying city won: DJ SKU (Kansas City, MO); Four Color Zack (San Francisco); DJ LayZBoy (Boston); Mike 2600 (Chicago); DJ Dynamix (Los Angeles); DJ Ginsu (Columbus), DJ KU (Charlotte, NC); Abe the Assassin (Austin, TX); DJ Spinser Tracy (Washington, D.C.) and local wild card DJ Rincon (Orlando, FL). Tasked with the innovative Red Bull Thre3Style format, each performed a 15-minute set that included at least three different musical genres. The judges, who included Jermaine Dupri (Producer / DJ), Big Once (2011 Red Bull Thre3Style U.S. Champion), M-Squared (2010 Red Bull Thre3Style U.S. Champion), Angel Riviera (Host of SBK Show), and Shelly Flash (Blogger and Founder of EventJunkies.net), had the challenging task of selecting the winner based on track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence and crowd reaction.
Featured performer and judge, Jermaine Dupri gave an insider tip for the competitors, “Listen to the local radio to hear what is played in that city. This way you are better prepared to understand what the crowd would want and then play to their style.”
Reading the crowd while mixing a special blend of his personal musical influence is what put Four Color Zack in the champion seat. Of all the talented DJs in the finals, he impressed the judges the most and had the crowd rockin’ with a seamless mix ranging beyond just the three genres required. He wove in between Latin rhythms, rock, hip hop, electronic, oldies, and punk.
“I nerded out,” Zack proclaimed. “It’s a give and take relationship with the crowd and to win feels surreal. The road was hard, but to make it to the main stage is something to strive for, it’s indescribable.” The 30-year-old art director and designer has been on decks since the age of 14 when he fell in love with the idea of adding technology to the production of live music. Four Color Zack will head to Chicago in September to represent the U.S. on home country turf as he competes against some of the top party rockers in the world.