Following from a swathe of informative mini docs under the New American Noise series, Nokia Music, in partnership with the Sundance Channel again offers up another unique episode titled Atlanta Dream$, shedding light on the integral relationship between Hip-Hop and strip clubs in Atlanta. Venturing into the neon lights of Atlanta, the clip uncovers how prominent rappers like Gucci Mane and Future have capitalized on their success with help from strip club DJs. In addition to speaking to a number of acquainted strippers, Trinidad Jame$ and T-Pain share thoughts on the debauchery-driven Atlanta sound, before taking a tour around the local stripper supply store, which astonishingly shows just how much a part of the equation strippers are.
Two months ago, news first surfaced of Mac Miller’s forthcoming MTV2 reality series, dubbed “Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family.” Now, it’s finally here.
In episode, viewers are introduced to the Pittsburg’s rap star’s crew, who have all moved into his Los Angeles crib… before he is awarded Complex’s “Man of Next Year” honor, and gets the ultimate trophy, a custom made Fisker Karma.
“Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family” airs on MTV2 weekly.
With this being at least the third time they’ve hooked up, I guess we can call Big K.R.I.T. and Bun B frequent collaborators at this point. And this may be their hardest joint together yet, saying a lot as the “Country Shit” remix and “Pull Up” are both tough. Krizzle’s self-produced “Shine On” serves as the first official single off his upcoming project, King Remembered In Time. From one generation to the next, listen to K.R.I.T. and Bun B get their shine on below.
These Durag Dynasty joints are postable on the strength of the artwork alone; Pat Riley has never looked so wavy. But more than just hilarious artwork, The trifecta of Planet Asia, Tristate, and Killer Ben bring heat with every drop. For their latest Alchemist produced joint, “Spiral Event,” they bring along Evidence for the help out. Peep game below and let the four emcees leave you seasick with their latest joint. Durag Dyansty’s debut album, 360 Waves, entirely produced by Alchemist, will be out March 26th via Nature Sounds.
1. The Next One (Intro)
2. Durag Dynasty Theme
3. Tender Greens
4. Fish Meat (feat. Prodigy)
5. 360 Waves
6. Trailer Mix (feat. Phil The Agony)
7. Spiral Event (feat. Evidence)
8. Yasir Arafat Prelude
9. Yasir Arafat
10. Tetrahydrons on Mars (feat. Chace Infinite)
11. Goon Call (feat. Iman Thug)
12. Bigger U Are The Harder You Fall (feat. Big Twinz & Alchemist)
14. Luxury Whip
You may have heard the music on the MED x Blu x Madlib The Burgundy EP, but you haven’t seen this video. Watch MED and Blu spit rhymes from a classic burgundy Chevy Impala on them Cali streets while Jimetta Rose flows inside the beat perfectly with her rhythmic hook. The video, like the song is simple but effective, just a burgundy whip, and it was something to see. Video directed by Paul Demont and designed by RUFF MERCY. You can cop The Burgundy EP now via iTunes and The Burgundy Tee via Stones Throw.
The All-Star Game was last week, but in a track of similar proportions, A-Trak teams up with Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P, Flosstradamus and hook king Juicy J to release the visual accompaniment to “Piss Test.” With the song originally featured on the Fool’s Gold Loosies compilation of last month, the video certainly brings more substance an already “trippy” song. Shomi Patwary brings his signature guerrilla style to shooting the music video, which even features a guest appearance by Dame Dash. To continue the experience beyond your computer, head over to iTunes to purchase the single.
Italian artist BLU unveiled a new mural he recently completed in Rome. The piece covers the facade of Alexis, a building named after Alexandros Grigoropoulos who was killed in 2008 by Greek police in Athens. The building itself had been vacant for decades and recently was occupied by a group of students.
Vice releases the latest episode of NYC-based food connoisseur/restaurant owner Eddie Huang’s weekly show, “Fresh Off The Boat,” which follows him on his travels and documents … well what he eats.
In his latest episode, he follows Chef Creole to the heart of Little Haiti where food is paramount to the neighborhood’s steadfast Creole roots. The two stop at Creole’s kitchen and trade techniques before grilling up a 100 lb pig and serving it up at the Dolphins tailgate. Bookending Fresh off the Boat’s season finale, Creole’s clan brings Eddie out on Biscayne Bay to barbecue steak and vibe out, Haitian style.
Tyler, The Creator tickles the ivories, while Coco from Quadron croons a torch song and The Roots provide some backative, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the lounge act that will provide the live soundtrack to your oddest future dreams. Welcome to Jimmy’s Jazz Joint, please leave a dollar in the glass bowl on top of the piano if you enjoy the music and here, sip on this. Seriously, this live clip of Tyler’s appearance with the Legendary on the set of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, a medley of “TreeHome” and “Domo 23″ gets less surreal when the rap segment kicks in.
While he was in town, Tyler also chopped it with the Juan Epstein crew at Hot97 aka Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg. After sleepily addressing Peter Rosenberg as Paul, they engage in a lively debate about Frank Ocean’s performance at the Grammys, and the proper/improper uses of the N-word. Scroll down to watch after the Fallon performance.
Joey Bada$$ teams with rising Chicago spitter Chance The Rapper for “Wendy N Becky.” The pair trade quips over the Thelonius Martin track that takes us back to the essence with stripped-down drums and jazz samples, a relic of east coast production that was once requisite, for now Joey Bad got the jazz. In a game of point/counterpoint, their flows compliment one another to round out this ode to promiscuous homosapiens. The production choice makes sense, considering Joey Bad’s recent collaboration with DJ Premier, the king of the boom bap castle, for “Unorthodox.” Joey Bada$$ also recently combined forces with Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA for “Underground Airplay” and announced dates for his upcoming Beast Coast Tour with friends Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers, and it seems like each foray finds the young Brooklyn MC climbing a little closer to the top.
First of all, these animated stories in Pitchfork’s Frames series are hilarious. We posted GZA‘s segment some time back, but the Waka Flocka Flame and Danny Brown episodes will bring you to tears. For the latest installment they get up with Freddie Gibbs where he details the late Michael Jackson‘s return to their shared place of birth, Gary, Indiana. “Mike bough all the motha fuckin’ honey barbecue wings, all the god damn original.” Funny shit, check it below. Video directed by Mack Williams.
The big homie Torae has a new mixtape, Admission Of Guilt, set to drop on March 13th. Features on the tape will include Bun B, Uncle Murda, Skyzoo, Torch, and The Kid Daytona. Tor doesn’t lob in a warmup track for the first leak, instead he comes through with the high heat via “What’s Love” featuring Pharoahe Monch (Praise on the beat). They both go in as you’d expect, but Monch EATS that last verse.
No, as sleek and badass as it is, it is not the latest set of a James Bond movie, but it easily could be. The massive floating yacht pictured is the work of Swedish designer Eduard Gray and Gray Designs, and it’s called quite accurately, the Xhibitionist.
The 75-meter superyacht is a beautifully crafted piece of machinery, but it would also be an achievement of technology and design in its own right: Not only can the interior of the Xhibitionist be reshaped into a car showroom, a partitioned retail space, and luxury lounge for entertaining, the front of the boat opens up to deploy solar panels that form a platform sturdy enough to hold three helicopters or host a rock concert (and other similarly large scale functions).
And if some of you have noticed that the Xhibitionist has a shape that suggests automotive influences, the watercraft was designed together with a matching Xhibit-G supercar that features a 630-horsepower V12 engine and interior with white leather, black carbon fiber and chrome.
Nike‘s Air Safari is getting the VNTG treatment this spring with the release of this “Classic Stone” colorway. Light and airy and perfect for the warmer months, this iteration features light grey suede paneling at the midfoot along with a grey canvas toebox. Nike’s Safari print shows up in light grey too, with the only hits of color coming courtesy of the black Swoosh and blue outsole. Look for this latest colorway to hit retailers soon.
Black Dave (nèe: Dave Willis) embodies skateboarding. Literally transitioning from grind to grind, the young Bronx native has always stayed true to his heritage, looking past skeptics and posers alike to accrue a real credibility in both the hip-hop and skateboarding scenes in New York. Lupe Fiasco, Hopsin, Pharrell and most recently Lil Wayne have all attempted to use hip-hop as a channel to capitalize on skateboarding’s ‘cool’ factor, all with varying degrees of success. Skateboards are cool, but the image is indefinitely more appealing when the rapper knows how to skillfully maneuver one. Enter Black Dave, who for years has been compiling mixtapes, live performances and entertaining music videos into an impressive musical resumè. His latest mixtape, Stay Black, can be interpreted as a summary of the artist’s driven demeanor. Not unlike early Jeezy mixtapes, Stay Black represents both his city (New York) and retains a certain unwavering determination to succeed throughout the lyricism. Accompanying the mixtape release is the Jason Ano-directed visual presentation of “Muthaf*ck My Enemies.” Drawing inspiration from Kids, the video features stunning shots that give an accurate depiction of New York youth culture. Enjoy!
“Working on this video for Black Dave was a creative relief for me because I want to focus on cinema this year. For the treatment of the music video, we decided to pay homage to one of my favorite films, “KIDS”. The entire process from inception to execution was so organic because Dave, coming from the Supreme cult and being a skater himself, truly embodied the lifestyle that movie portrayed. Just like how I would imagine Larry Clark or Harmony Korine in the midst of filming their movies, a lot of crazy things actually happened and we took a lot of risks to get this video made. With blind faith, I handed Darnel my RED rig to hold while he skated and during the rooftop scene, we had a replica gun with no markings on it indicating that it was fake. In the middle of flashing the gun and throwing up 40s, two undercover detectives rushed into our set, but fortunately with a little bit of speech-craft, we were able to finish and get the job done. It was a crazy day to film a music video, but for the other skaters, this was a daily routine.” -Jason Ano
BaoHaus founder, food enthusiast and the self-proclaimed Human Panda, Eddie Huang takes us on another whimsical stint around town, discovering inconspicuous eateries with local figureheads. In this episode, Huang ventures down to Miami and gets his grub on with porn star Jada Stevens and 2 Live Crew’s Uncle Luke. In part one, Huang takes a ride on the infamous Bangbus while Ms. Stevens goes about another day in the office, the two then dine at Morro Castle for some delicious fritas, and learn about the delusions in the porn industry and the conception of the term “food porn.” On the flip side, Huang gets treated to a slew of aphrodisiac edibles and finds out why the line for the local food shacks are longer than those at the strip club’s, as he sample Luke’s favorite rib and smoked chicken in the 305.
Into the Thicket chronicles the journey of a trek into the forests of Vancouver Island by a group of skaters who shred a ramp constructed using the surrounding environment and few other materials. Above check out a short trailer of the video which features such skaters as Chris Haslam, Todd Myers, and Mat Howell.
DJ Nu-Mark aka Uncle Nu offers a peek at his massive vinyl collection, roughly 35,000 pieces, and the history behind it. He discusses procuring 20,000 pieces of the collection for $500, a cost he split with partner Amani Smith aka DJ Burt Blackarach, and details his love for cover art. Having sourced records everywhere, from sales to cereal boxes, Nu-Mark began his career DJing $2 house parties in high school. With his decks set up on an ironing board, the vinyl stacked waist-high on either side, young Nu-Mark and his partners would go through the records one-by-one to keep the party rocking. His collection goes international from Persian 45′s to a stack of vinyl born from a jaunt to a plumbing supply store in Cuba. The stash also includes 3″ hip-pocket records and Uncle Nu’s first party flyer from 1988. With no intention of slowing down, Nu-Mark’s latest addition to the stacks comes fresh off a trip to Nashville.
The Godfather of Gangsta Rap, Eazy-E, now has a film to cement his legacy. The documentary, titled Ruthless Memories, was produced by Ruthless Propaganda Films and directed by Sergio Hernandez. Due out March 26th, the DVD features interviews with friends and business associates. It aims to preserve Eric Wright’s innovative rhymes and unique personality. It also features a breakdown on the last days of his life and many conspiracy theories regarding his 1995 death.