DJ Muggs hits fans with an animated for his Danny Brown-assisted cut, “Headfirst.” In the Monsta-created visual, a cartoon version fires one up, before hitting the club, throwing on a record, and getting the speakers thumping.
The song appears on Muggs’ latest project, Bass For Your Face, out now.
Pharoahe Monch is set to embark upon his first West Coast tour since 2011’s WAR Tour, as he continues work on his forthcoming project, P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
“I really need feedback from the people to make sure I’m in tune with the hardcore Pharoahe fans,” he says of the upcoming trek. “No better way to do that than to play live.”
P.T.S.D. is due out from Monch’s own W.A.R. Media label in late summer 2013. It includes the single “Damage,” which was released in September 2012.
Below are confirmed tour dates:
6/7 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
6/9 – Vancouver, BC @ clubZone
6/10 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
6/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall
6/13 – Carlsbad, CA @ Boar Cross’n
6/14 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
6/15 – Pasadena, CA @ The Terrace
6/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
6/19 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
6/21 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
Late last night, Cole leaked out his latest Born Sinner track, the self-produced ”Niggaz Know.” There isn’t much cross over appeal here, but good to see dude put out a track to let people know he can still rap his ass off.
Born into a creatively engaging environment with a ballerina mother and graphic designer father, James Reka knew from an early age his passion for art would guide him into adulthood as a worldly artist. As an adolescent living close to the train line, the Melbourne native was intrigued by the graffiti-filled train cars he rode each day, which is why today he chooses to paint on the nontraditional canvases of city walls and “found objects.” These found objects are simply discarded items Reka discovers on his travels and manipulates them into works of art, thus reinventing its purpose. The above short documentary provides a glimpse into the process of how the young Australian artist searches for and revives his “found objects” during a visit to Europe in 2012. Film credits go to itdrewitself and verynearlyalmost.
For over 25 years Mike Miller has cultivated a portfolio that offers some of the most recognizable photography across a slew of creative artistries including Parisian couture fashion and early ’90s gangster rap. Influenced by legends like Lindberg, Roversi and Vallhonrat, the California native developed a signature aesthetic in which he utilizes a method of cross processing film and chemical baths to portrait vivid black and white photographs that are both evocative in emotion as well as thought. His work includes commissions for pioneer brand Stussy, MTV, Death Row Records, PUMA and many more. Within the above piece, Mike talks about his start in photography, the evolving industry of directing films and keeping things real.
A few weeks back we shared with you Kilian Martin’s new video, India Within, which was filmed by Brett Novak. While in the South Asian country, Novak also filmed several Indians who had previously never come in contact with a skateboard in person. The footage he shot of these first encounters can be seen in his latest short video, INDIA: Meet Skateboarding. Check it out above.
Earlier this week we showed you David Walker’s new mural he painted on the streets of Paris in preparation for his new solo show which opens this Saturday at Galerie Mathgoth. Above check out the London Artist working his magic creating a beautiful mural using only spray paint.
Detroit soul man Mayer Hawthorne presents Soul With A Hole Vol. 1, his 24-track all-vinyl 45 mix of originals. This is a digital download of a 2009 Stones Throw set tailor made for diggers and lovers of deep soul breaks. The mix features the kinds of tracks that fuel producers like Madlib, DOOM and Just Blaze. Included in this compilation of tracks are gems from Deon Jackson, The Marvelettes, Billy Harner, The Toys and others. The dirty drums, juking melodies and doo-wop vocals pop from these songs like hot grease. With this mix Mayer Hawthorne drops a stack of stone cold joints for the heads and anyone curious as to what raw soul really sounds like. Check the mix below. Look out for Mayer Hawthorne’s forthcoming LP Where Does This Door Go, dropping on July 16th.
That dope ass album, Let It Go, that the homie House Shoes put out last year looks like it’s gettin’ touched up a lil’. Next week (6/4), Shoes will be dropping Let It Go, The Beat Tape Version. It’s the entire instrumental LP with all the music re-cut and re-worked into a beat tape with exclusives that weren’t found on the original LP (like “Tangerine”). It will be out in Cassette format and limited to 200 copies worldwide, will include a digital download with the purchase, so you might want to hurry up and pre-order. While you wait for your order to arrive, check The Originators premiere of one of the Let It Go videos from the vocal version. Take a walk around Santa Monica while Shoes posts up and Co$$ eats up his beat with “Keep On.” Video directed by Clinton J. Beard, III.
Large Professor stops by The Combat Jack Show to drop some gems on his storied career in the first episode of a three-part interview with Combat Jack and the crew. Just Blaze jumps in after an epic introduction to remind Reggie Ossé that Large Professor is the G.O.A.T., and presents a compelling argument to back his assertion. One of the production innovations he credits to Large Pro is the use of sleigh bells in place of hi-hats. The mere mention of Illmatic then sparks a brief breakdown of Nas‘ classic debut and the beats that defined it, including Large Pro’s track for “It Ain’t Hard To Tell”, a joint Just Blaze cites, along with Main Source‘s “Looking At The Front Door” as the best beats in Hip-Hop. Extra P caps the discussion by taking them behind the beats as he details his first meetings with Rakim and Big Daddy Kane. Check the footage below. Keep your eyes peeled for the second installment of Large Professor’s visit to The Combat Jack Show.
By the looks of it, BMX freestyler Tim Knoll has tired of just doing manuals, tailwhips, and backflips, which he all does with relative ease. Sliding and scraping along the pavement and jumping over obstacles only to land on the side of his bike, some of his tricks look he could have confused his ride with a skateboard, but that wouldn’t capture the sheer breadth of his skills. Working with his ride like a gymnast does an apparatus, he blends BMXing with astounding moves you never thought were possible with a bike. Check out the video above and his other videos on his Youtube channel.
Directed by Jason Bergh, the following trailer previews the release of “Rebel Without A Pause, The Induction Celebration of Public Enemy into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, a documentation of the concert event hosted days before the official Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for iconic rap group Public Enemy. Hosted by Doug E. Fresh, the documentary sheds light on the momentous occasion, in addition to in-depth interviews with Eddie Murphy, Russell Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels who share their thoughts on the group’s illustrious career. The enrollment into the Hall of Fame marks a significant cornerstone for the celebrated group, best known for conscious rap styles and seminal Hip-Hop influences since its inception in 1982. The documentary premiers June 1 via Centric TV, meanwhile enjoy the trailer above.
Eric Wareheim (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show fame) blesses audiences with the fitting visual accompaniment to Major Lazer‘s twerk-tastic anthem “Bubble Butt.” While this rendition features no facetime for song contributors Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga or Mystic, the video is thoroughly refreshing. The video finds a typical warehouse apartment party interrupted by an unlikely heroine, injecting party-goers with two healthy scoops of the female anatomy. While this video is infinitely replay-able, we might remind viewers to refrain from doing so in a professional environment. In any regard, enjoy the music video above.
Joey Bada$$ drops his new Statik Selektah produced single “Word Is Bond”, and with a triple combination of blows announces that his forthcoming project Summer Knights (dropping June 12th) will actually be a full-length album, not an EP. “Word Is Bond” is exactly the slice of golden era goodness you would expect from the original 90s Baby. Statik Selekt gives it the proper pedigree, speeding up the Lee Dorsey “Get Out My Life Woman” drums under virtuoso cuts and a piano loop, all of which adds up to the perfect counterpoint to Joey’s new-G Flatbush flow. Check it below:
De La Soul solve the puzzle in the brand new video for their single “Spirit Of The Wu” which just hit the internet about an hour ago. The simple visual metaphor of a Rubik’s Cube works on a surprising number of levels. You figure it out…
Sir Michael Rocks has plans of dropping his sixth mixtape, While You Wait…, tomorrow. The tape is meant to hold the fans over ’til his Banco project is complete. But before While You Wait… hits the internets, Rocks hits us with one more leak off the tape. With The Freshmen produced “Don’t Forget,” Rocks gets deep on The Cool Kids break up, past loves, haters, and more. Dope joint right there, check back tomorrow for the full tape.
Blu and Bombay have been long at work on their collaborative album Good To Be Home. While we still don’t have a release date, the two have dropped a new track featuring vocalist Arima Ederra on the hook. “Summertime” is a fresh take on The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff‘s classic barbecue jam though Blu focuses on life in California rather than Will Smith’s West Philly. It also sounds like the sample flips the fat synth solo on the amazing live version Kool & The Gang‘s “Summer Madness” which provided the Fresh & Jeff version with its natural aphrodisiac. Blu has already flatly stated that this album will be his best to date and based on the few tracks already leaked, we’re definitely anxious to hear the full record. Stream the track below and stay tuned for more information on the release of Blu and Bombay’s anticipated LP.
Springfield, home to everyone’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons, comes to life at Universal Orlando Resort this summer. An expansion of an existing mega-attraction, The Simpsons Ride, Universal Studios’ Springfield replica will feature a Krusty Burger, Lard Lad doughnut joint and Duff Brewery, in addition to favorite hangout spots like Moe’s Tavern and Kwik-E-Mart. For a bit of post-meal entertainment, a new attraction called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl will take “foolish humans” on an intergalactic spin designed to send them into orbit, while Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob are also set to make their debuts within the new space. “This will be a must-see experience for Simpsons fans all over the world,” says Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “For the first time ever, they’re going to be able to enter a world that they’ve only seen on television, and we’re really excited to bring that world to life.”
Nike pay homage to the Puerto Rican community and the upcoming Puerto Rican Day Parade with a special rendition of the Air Force 1. The theme isn’t the first time Nike has paid tribute to one of America’s most notable demographics including both lifestyle and performance drops in the past. The shoe takes on several strong detailing elements including a laser engraved side panel, contrasting front bumper, red cross-hatch stitching and a clear outsole. The Nike Air Force 1 Low CMFT Premium “Puerto Rico” is available now at select retailers. This year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade will take place in New York City on Sunday, June 9.
The beloved adidas Consortium range is back at it for Summer 2013, this time to pay homage to the iconic Superstar 80s as a part of a brand new “Back in the Day” pack. Featuring a trio of bone-white editions of the shell-toe classic, the pack sees the sneakers with an off-white rubber sole and toe cap while colorful snakeskin accents are applied to the Three Stripes branding and heel. Finished with corresponding tongue branding, inner lining, and flat laces, the trio of Superstar 80s are set to hit adidas Consortium retailers on June 8 for £110 GBP (approximately $166 USD) each.
While we await further for details on Mac Miller‘s second studio album Watching Movies With The Sound Off, we get treated to a high-powered offering entitled “Goosebumpz.” Synonymous to your run-of-the-mill Diplo production, the hit single has the Pittsburgh rapper brag over debauch-driven escapades, porn stars, sports cars and a comparison between himself and Irv Gotti. Flaunting stylistic traits from both hit-makers, “Goozebumpz” will undoubtedly fall under your summer playlist with effortless ease. Watch Movies With The Sound Off is due to drop June 10 with an impending tracklist featuring the likes of Jay Electronica, Tyler, the Creator, ScHoolboy Q and more as guest features.
Since we enjoyed those fighting game background gifs from last week, we thought we’d share share another post on the subject. A video full of CG motion sculptures that follow the movements of your favorite Street Fighter characters. Check it: