Steadily controlling microphones and moving crowds with equal precision, your man Common busted out yet another one of them freestyles while performing at the Metro during Chicago’s Homeless Youth benefit. Over a slightly altered “Otis” instrumental, Com Sense gives us a rundown of all the different ways to incorporate the word “juice” into a metaphor and lets us know that he has love for fellow Chi-native Chief Keef.
Unreleased funkstrumental from the funk doctor who himself Dam-Funk. Sounding like the ultimate Ultimate Breaks & Beats beat–a little Orange Krush, a little Tavares, maybe even a little Aurra?–this sh*t definitely feels the cusp of August feel a touch breezier. In Dam’s own words: “No rocket science. Just a straight up summer ‘glide’ 4 U.” Find his latest Euro-tour dates after the jump.
DAM-FUNK IN EUROPE Upcoming Shows
Aug 05: Dam-Funk, Katowice, Poland
Aug 09: Dam-Funk, Sibenik, Croatia
Aug 10: Dam-Funk, Oslo, Norway
Aug 11: Dam-Funk, Basel, Switzerland
Aug 12: Dam-Funk, Helsinki, Finland
Aug 17: Dam-Funk, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Aug 18: Dam-Funk, Geneva, Switzerland
Better known as KEO or SCOTCH 79, Brooklyn-born graffiti artist and MC Blake Lethem recently sat down with Frank151 to talk about his longstanding collaborative relationship with Daniel Dumile, aka DOOM. Having met in 1996, Lethem helped to create the well-known cover art from DOOM’s debut LP, Operation: Doomsday, before going on to create the artist’s signature mask. In this four-minute video, Lethem touches on his inseparable friendship with Dumile, his influence on the hip-hop world, and the evolution of DOOM’s signature mask from a customized Darth Maul costume to its current state.
Rhyme champion Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) has starred in two new short films produced for couturier Louis Vuitton. In both shorts–titled “Dream” and “Word”, Bey performs the poems (toasts, really, in the Dolemite tradition) of heavyweight champion, icon and iconoclast Muhammad Ali FKA Cassius Clay. Both were originally delivered by Ali in the run-up to legendary fights, “Word” being aimed at Sonny Liston and “Dream” for George Foreman–composed right before the “Rumble In The Jungle” bout immortalized in the film When We Were Kings. For the 3rd installment (?) maybe we’ll get the toast Ali composed right before busting Superman’s a**.
Sorry horn-dogs, this Big K.R.I.T. x Ludacris collabo is not an x-rated video. The a** and t**ties are strictly the black & white artsy stripper vignettes that are generally considered safe for MTV (but just to be on the safe side K.R.I.T. and Luda opted for slim-built video chicks. I wonder if the body-type of your video chick directly affects the FCC approval of your video? Some computer genius on here should write an algorithm to measure this phenomenon.) A hook full of strong language and N-FAPs, however, means this is not recommended for office play. Best to save it for the DVD in your truck or Caddy, to be played while you ride up and down 7-Mile with the volume set to ‘weapons-grade’. Watch below and purchase K.R.I.T.’s album Live From The Underground, on iTunes now.
Hip-Hop crew Odd Future recently stopped by Terry Richardson’s studio for another photoshoot, and as usual, the group found time for plenty of antics. In this new video clip, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler, Domo, and several other members of the crew partook in a raucous four-minute freestyle session that unfortunately ends somewhat abruptly.
Capitalizing on the recent success of this year’s motion picture adaptation of The Avengers, a limited edition 1/6 scale Iron Man Mark VII figurine is forthcoming from Hot Toys. Allowing this figurine to easily stand out amongst others is a clear emphasis on detailed moving parts. Comprehensively offered with this release is a selection of adjustable armor plates for the chest, thigh, shoulder, hands and forearms as well as deployable back-located air flaps and attached forearm weaponry. Adding a further realistic element to this collectible are light-up functions, lifelike battle damage details and an interchangable Tony Stark head option. A price-tag has been set at $380 USD.
California producer Woody has been leaking joints off this project for weeks, and now, it’s finally here: a Notorious B.I.G. remixtape.
The remix album/mixtape is comprised of re-interperted versions of classic Biggie’s songs, with the late legend’s vocals over beats created by Woody.
The tape boasts nine tracks, including hits like “Juicy,” “Going Back To Cali,” “Big Poppa” and “One More Chance,” as well as album cuts such as “Machine Gun Funk” and “N****s.”
Woody is a music producer and recording engineer, who has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists as well as up-and-comers in the worlds of hip-hop, pop, R&B, and even rock.
Download the Woody x Notorious B.I.G.: Remixed mixtape over at WoodysProduce.com.
Below is a stream and tracklist:
1. “Juicy” – feat. Vanessa Pritchard
2. “Machine Gun Funk”
3. “Going Back To Cali”
4. “Big Poppa”
6. “One More Chance” – feat. Carlitta Durand
7. “The What” – feat. Method Man
8. “N****s Bleed”
9. “Mo Money, Mo Problems” – feat. Mase & Puff Daddy
Roots Picnic jammers The Hood Internet mushed two other Originators favs (namely Danny Brown‘s “Grown Up” and Dirty Projectors‘ ”Gun Has No Trigger“) together into this fluffer nutter of an acapella mix, uh, I mean “mash-up.” The results are eminently bumpable, kind of like a portable Roots Picnic basket you can take with you on the train, to the office or just about anywhere you choose to yogi your boo-boo.
Speaking of picnics, concerts, festival and the like, Danny Brown recently announced a new North American tour kicking off in September.
Danny Brown North American Tour Dates:
09/21 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
09/22 – Burlington, VT @ Grand Maple Ballroom
09/23 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
09/25 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
09/26 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
09/28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
09/29 – Springfield, MA @ MassMutual Center
10/03 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
10/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
10/05 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/06 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
10/11 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
10/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
10/15 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
10/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
10/19 – Pullman, WA @ Washington State University
10/20 – Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue
10/21 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
10/22 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
10/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/28 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
10/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theater
10/31 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/02 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/03 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/04 – Houston, TX @ Verizon
11/06 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/08 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
11/09 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
11/10 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
11/11 – Tallahassee, FL @ Potbelly’s
11/13 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/15 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
11/16 – Richmond, VA @ National
11/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Based off the fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel, published in 2001, Ang Lee imagines the epic adventure of an Indian boy adrift with his big screen adaptation of Life of Pi. Following a devastating shipwreck, Pi Patel finds himself stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger – forming an unexpected and life-saving bond. The epic journey full of adventure and discovery hits theaters November 21, 2012.