After spotlighting the Odd Future crew hitting the MTV studios, heckling Times Square tourists and attending a Sagan Lockhart photo exhibition, VICE Magazine‘s Noisey presents the follow-up to part 1 of its video with OFWGKTA in New York City. Building upon the hilarity of part 1, part 2 sees the posse freestyling at a shoot with photographer Terry Richardson before providing a behind-the-scenes look at Frank Ocean‘s performance at Terminal 5 and the wild scene of a Trash Talk show.
Contrary to earlier colorful iterations in the Nike ‘Year of the Dragon‘ collection, the Fall edition of the Air Force 1 is going pearly white. While red is traditionally the color of good luck and prosperity in Chinese culture, white suggests a healthy and wealthy lifestyle, combined with the dragon’s totem of nobility and longevity. This all-white, and silk-lined Air Force 1 retains the shoe’s classic profile, while subtle graphical callouts like a dragon-scale embossed pattern on the leather upper and the Chinese character representing ‘dragon’ clearly delineating its place in the ‘Dragon’ collection. Look for the fall edition of this ‘Year of the Dragon’ Air Force 1 to land at select Nike stockists starting on September 28.
Pioneer‘s latest and most affordable all-in-one two-channel DJ controller is an ultra-compact system that effectively lowers the bar and entry level for DJing. Beginners should love it though — it’s cheap, easy to use and promises to make musical noobs sound like pro mixers. Both Mac and PC-friendly, the portable unit offers five body colors — black, white, red, green and violet — and built-in LED colored lights that provide the visual cues when mixing. For instance, the lights flash at a pulse to help match beats and get brighter as the pitch of the two songs begin to match. The lightweight USB-powered unit already has built-in audio ports and sound card and comes bundled with Virtual DJ LE software so you can plug and play. With a suggested retail price of $399 USD, a release is set for September. Check Pioneer for more information.
From director Will Robson-Scott and Spine TV comes a 10 minute mini-documentary about legendary New York City photographer and downtown personality Ricky Powell.
Now 50, Ricky’s lust for photography and music is still strong. Through his eccentricities such as his love for a transistor radio and feeding squirrels in the park, we gain an insight into his everyday life. Retrospective of New York City and how it has changed over his lifetime, he shows us around the city and contemplates what the future holds.
Skyzoo releases the follow up to his The Great Debater mixtape before he drops his album A Dream Deferred on October 2nd. Skyzoo is offering 6 tracks for free download, while the remaining ones can be purchased off iTunes. The entire project can be streamed for free.
Who’s the greatest NBA player of all-time? That question has been an on-going debate for years, with many believing the great Michael Jordan currently holds the title. But, ever since Kobe Bryant emerged as an NBA superstar in the early 2000’s, during the Lakers’ Three-peat run, led by Shaquille O’Neal, the argument has come into question. While Kobe still has some years left in his career and things he can still accomplish, when it’s all said and done, will he be considered the G.O.A.T.? Can he take the title from Jordan?
The debate is likely to rage on for years to come, so for now, check out this fan-made clip, showing both NBA stars in a series of nearly identical plays, from fadeaways to jumpshots to dunks.
The great Immortal Technique always offers deep dialog during his interviews, and his most recent interview is no different.
He recently sat down with the folks over at HardKnock.tv for an extensive sit-down to discuss a variety of topics — including his feelings on ghostwriting, how rappers glamorize drug dealing, how important lyricism is today, and more.
As the interview continues, Immortal Tech even offers his stance on corporate sponsors at hip-hop festivals, such as unhealthy energy drinks, and more.
To commemorate what would have been Michael Jackson‘s 54th birthday, J. Period laced us with this remix of the King Of Pop’s 1972 single, “I Wanna Be Where You Are.” J. Period breathes new life into this classic thanks to the discovery of an alternate lead vocal take from a 14 year old Michael, not to mention the addition of a new string arrangement courtesy of J. Period himself.
The remix is the latest in J. Period’s Man Or The Music Collection, a series of MJ tributes released as part of Spike Lee‘s annual “BK Loves MJ” events. Unfortunately, this year’s “BK Loves MJ” event was cancelled, and as a result the planned companion mixtape (with contributions from DJ Spinna and ?uestlove) has been postponed until 2013. Until then, grab your download of “Wanna Be Where You Are” (J. Period Remix) from J. Period’s Facebook page!
With their latest video, NY based hip-hop crew Brown Bag AllStars pay tribute to what once was one of the most famed hip-hop landmarks in NYC, Fat Beats at 406 6th Avenue. This song/video holding even more meaning to the crew as they all met while working at Fat Beats. Cameos from DJ Premier, DJ Eclipse, Ricky Powell, and more. Video directed by Photo Rob, edited by Civil Productions (The Audible Doctor on the beat). BBAS’ new EP, Brown Label Pt. 2 drops on September 4th via their website.
That Block Beattaz production on the original version of Stalley‘s “Petrin Hill Peonies” is so tough that I cringed a little when I saw that it was remixed. That is until I realized Harry Fraud was responsible for this remix. Fraud really can’t miss these days, and that certainly would be the case right here with this ‘wavemix’, check it below. Stalley’s Savage Journey to the American Dream is out now.
Thurz had been steady droppin banger after banger off his upcoming 517 W Queen Tape for the last few weeks, but now he takes it back to his solo LP, L.A. Riot for this latest video. One of my personal favorites, “COLORS,” featuring Krondon and produced by Ro BLVD, gets the video treatment. Thurz once again works magic with director Mister Whitmore with these stunning visuals – the visual effects are very dope, check it. Thurz’ 517 W Queen Tape drops tomorrow.
GMB is shaping up to be a monster. Pac Div comes through with another banger today, “Black Acura” featuring Mac Miller and Raven Sorvino with Thelonious Martin on the beat. Look for GMB to drop October 16th.
The audio for this one certainly stirred up enough conversation, now we’ve got some powerful visuals to match with Brother Ali‘s title track, “Mourning In America.” Check out the video below and get some words about it from Ali himself. Video directed by Todd Angkasuwan. Mourning In America and Dreaming in Color will be out September 18th via Rhymesayers.
This is the title track to my new album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. The first half of the album highlights and critiques the dire situation in which we live. The second half outlines the tremendous opportunity we have to re-imagine and reform our society. This song is an observation and a critique of our culture of death and murder. From actual war zones around the world to our own inner cities where this summer’s death rates rival war zones. I also address our national hypocrisy regarding violence. We have a zero tolerance policy of violence committed against us, but we’re a lot more lenient and patient when it comes to the violence we commit. “A life is a life and a killer is a killer”.
As we let you know earlier this month, L.A. and Fresno will be connecting for a collabo album next month, when Murs and Fashawn release their LP, This Generation. They’ve had the momentum on this one building with their Rock The Bells performances this summer, and today we get the visuals for the lead single, “Slash Gordan.” K-Salaam & Beatnick on the beat… and all the other beats on the album. Video directed by Todd Angkasuwan.
The highly anticipated A$AP Mob mixtape Lord$ Never Worry has finally landed. Making appearances are a mix of talents including Danny Brown, Raekwon and Fat Trel among others. While the album can be streamed below, you can also download the whole mixtape in its entirety here.
Say goodbye to productivity! Today marks the official launch of Madden NFL 13 from EA Sports — an awe-inspiring gaming experience that draws admirers from both the avid sports world to the casual gaming fan. Released on all next generation consoles, the celebratory launch trailer finds cinematic music paired with gridiron action from the likes of Megatron, Gronk, Cam Newton, Ray Rice and many other NFL superstars. Having been criticized in the past as being merely a “roster update,” gamers and critics alike seem to agree that this is one of the finest Maddens ever released. For those that have gotten your hands on the game, sound off on your opinion in the comments section below.
The multi-talented and always fun Mayer Hawthorne serves up the official visuals for his single “No Strings.” Looking for just one night with no strings attached, the Ann Arbor-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter is seen serenading a multitude of beautiful ladies with the soulful tune across a number of locales. “No Strings” can be heard on Hawthorne’s second studio full-length, How Do You Do (2011).