Brett Novak releases his latest video, Out of Line. Known mostly for his videos of Kilian Martin, the filmmaker’s latest project, a one-and-a-half-minute short film, doesn’t feature the skateboard virtuoso, but a random skater doing tricks and cruising in a range of settings. What makes the video special and unique is the way it was cleverly and impressively edited making it appear as if the skater were doing one long line.
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme, a classic Hip-Hop documentary from DJ Organic (aka Kevin Fitzergerald) showcasing the skilled talent behind the music we love. Coming to you in its second iteration, the film comprises the perfect series of images to capture the mastery required of the most mesmerizing spitters to rhyme off the top and features favorites like Black Thought, Mos Def, The Last Poets, and Pharoahe Monch and tons of lesser known rhymers that never made it to the big time.
If you’re looking for tons of rare footage of early freestyles and a new angle into Hip-Hop history, The Art of Rhyme is not to be missed. After making the rounds on the film festival circuit, and picking up several notable awards, a new trailer for the film was just released that you can check out below. The full feature will be available on iTunes starting July 2 and if you’re in New York, check out the screening at The Nuyorican Poets Café on July 18. It’s making a small tour this summer, so peep the website for other cities as well.
Leading into the collaborative exhibition “Uphill Both Ways” featuring POSE and REVOK, the two Artists have joined forces on a large-scale mural on the famous Bowery and Houston wall in New York. Merging both artists’ street-inspired styles with motifs in pop-art and typography, the mural will go down as yet another public display of street art. As ANIMAL reports, the two will continue working on their mural in the evening since “it’s just too damn muggy and hot.” Curated by Roger Gastman, “Uphill Both Ways” will be opening at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery this Saturday.
Los Rakas follow their recent spring tour with a huge tune courtesy of Major Lazer. This is the latest track to emerge from the Watch Out For This (Bumaye) Remixes EP. This time out, Los Rakas take the reigns from Busy Signal to deliver “Desorden”, an energetic take on the original that features the Bay Area crew dropping a bit of Latin heat over the blazing track. Los Rakas deliver a rallying cry that translates to a call for disorder; this track does double duty as a good excuse to tear the club up or wreak havoc in the streets.
Stone Throw Records just announced the Stones Throw Soul Tour featuring Peanut Butter Wolf, Dam-Funk, The Stepkids, and Myron & E. Some of the more soulfully inclined Artists on the ST roster will join forces to make stops off in Cali, Arizona, Washington, Denver, Utah, and Oregon. This is the first time this lineup have been on the road together. PBW will handle the DJ/video aspect of the show while the rest of the bill will be perfomring new ish off of their respective upcoming projects. Don’t want to miss this one, hopefully it’ll make it’ll make its’ way out east soon enough. Full dates, below.
Fri 8/16 POMONA CA – Glasshouse.
Sat 8/17 PHOENIX – Crescent Ballroom.
Sun 8/18 TUCSON – Club Congress.
Tues 8/20 DENVER CO – Casslemen’s.
Wed 8/21 SALT LAKE CITY – Urban Lounge.
Fri 8/23 PORTLAND OR – Mississippi Studios.
Sat 8/24 SEATTLE – The Crocodile.
Tues 8/27 OAKLAND – The New Parish.
MOCAtv returns with another episode of The Art of Punk. This time featuring the art of the Dead Kennedys and their early influences on art and punk. Featured interviews include DK logo designer and collage artist Winston Smith, DK founding member Jello Biafra, and pop surrealist artist Tim Biskup, each provide context to such an existing era in music. Together, the three outline the impact that simplistic but highly vocal combinations of material from different sources had as they reflect back on their influence. Check it out and let us know what you think.
San Francisco filmmaker Brian Emerick shows his appreciation for the Big Apple with this video he shot over a 12-day visit to NYC. Told in 150 beautifully captured one-second shots, the video blends snapshots of the cityscape while weaving in the city’s character throughout, delivering a heartfelt tribute that both local and non-local fans are sure to feel along with Emerick. Check it out and tell us which shot spoke to you the most.
Tony Hawk is the man. No eloquent passages or braggadocios in Yeezus dialect depicting his excellence needed; this guy did more for skateboarding than anyone with a gnarly kickflip could ever imagine. Matching a perfectionist drive with a kind disposition, he brought an entrepreneurial spirit to the rebellious culture of skateboarding, in turn delivering it to the world through videogame franchises, Hollywood appearances, annual skate competitions, philanthropy and more. Looking back to where it all began, Hawk takes his first ever skateboard out for one last ride before it’s sent to Washington, D.C. to display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Hawk said of his ride, “Bearings that are nearly 40 years old are pretty slow, but at least it stayed in one piece.”
Joey Bada$$ and Kirk Knight rock over a track from the legendary MF DOOM for “Amethyst Rockstar”, the latest single from Joey Bada$$’ forthcoming Summer Knights LP. This track follows “Word Is Bond” and “95 Til Infinity”, which will also be included on the highly anticipated project. “Amethyst Rockstar” originally made its debut during a performance in Toronto at the top of the month and popped up again recently during Pro Era‘s appearance at the Boiler Room cypher. The full-length project originally slated to drop earlier in June was later pushed back to a July 1st release. Having procured a track from the metal faced villain, Joey Bada$$ can count a collaboration with DOOM, a man who is simultaneously considered by many to be one of the best lyricists and producers in the game, off his bucket list. While we can only hope that this is the beginning of many joint projects, Joey Bada$$ reflected on the auspicious occasion as a major career achievement:
Last year, eye was getting used DOOM beats from youtube. A year later and everything comes back full circle.. much love to medalfangaz on this one… #STADIUMMUSIC
Adding to the buzz surrounding his forthcoming project, Joey Bada$$ drops into The Combat Jack Show for the first portion of his recent interview. He discusses his genesis and the role social media has played in the success of his crew. Listen to Joey Bada$$ and Kirk Knight’s “Amethyst Rockstar” below. Scroll down to check Joey Bada$$ on The Combat Jack Show. Stay tuned for more from Joey Bada$$’ forthcoming Summer Knights LP.
For the 13th episode of DJ Jazzy Jeff‘s bi-weekly webseries, Vinyl Destination, Jeff finally makes it back to him hometown of Philly. We get things started with Jeff jamming with The Roots, Queen Latifah, Common, and more at last year’s 4th of July Celebrations. Jeff then takes it to Atlantic City where we take a moment to remember his fallen friend DJ AM. Other segments from the episode include live rehearsals and Jeff’s fun facts about Philadelphia. Watch, below, and check back in two weeks for the next one.
The hustle never stops for Homeboy Sandman. After dropping his last project, Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent, in April, make sure you get that, he’s now gearing up to drop another project, All That I Hold Dear, in August. The calendar will run out of days before this man runs out of rhymes, so I don’t expect this pace to slow up. Boy Sand will also be touring the U.S. and Europe this summer (dates below), but before he sets off, he dropped off a new joint for y’all to rock to. Listen to the Knx. produced, “Give You The World,” below. Listen up.
Jun 29: Syracuse, NY @ Bourbon Street
Jul 4: Sete, France @ Worldwide Festival INFO
Jul 11: Gothenburg @ Pustervik
Jul 13: Vienna @ Fania Live
Jul 16: Amsterdam @ Melkweg
Jul 17: Berlin @ Cassiopeia
Jul 18: Köln @ Subway
Jul 19: Tisno, Croatia @ Soundwave Festival Croatia
Jul 20: Tisno, Croatia @ Soundwave Festival (Soundcrash Boat Party)
Aug 3: New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
Aug 4: Boston, MA @ Church (of Boston)
Aug 9: Buffalo, NY @ Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar
Aug 11: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
Aug 15: Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
Aug 16: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Aug 20: Denver, CO @ Three Kings Tavern
Aug 22: Boise, ID @ The Reef
Aug 23: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Aug 28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Airliner
Aug 29: Yuma, AZ @ The Basement Lounge
Aug 30: Phoenix, AZ @ Stray Cat
Sep 4: Austin, TX @ The North Door
Sep 5: San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar
Sep 6: Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats
Sep 7: Fayetteville, AR @ Smoke and Barrel Tavern
Sep 12: Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
Sep 13: Atlanta, GA @ 529
Sep 14: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
A city with a speed unlike any other, Hong Kong is the subject of this recent hyperlapse video that showcases the gateway to Asia at a blistering pace. Several iconic attractions within Hong Kong are presented from Victoria Harbour and the Big Buddha to various parts of Kowloon and Hong Kong island. The video was created by Patrick Cheung who shot each scene by defining a fixed focal point and then manually moving forward, taking between two and three hours to execute.
Those Hip-Hop roots will never leave Mayer Hawthorne, don’t let the bow tie and hipster glasses fool you. Large Professor goes ahead and hammers in this point with his remix of Mayer’s single “Her Favorite Song.” Extra P goes a little less funk and a little more boom bap with his subtle tweak of the track. Check out the official remix, below. As the release date for Mayer’s next LP, Where Does This Door Go, creeps closer and closer, we get a glimpse at what may be behind said door with this teaser. Behind The Door gives you an in-studio, fly-on-the-wall perspective of the LP’s creation with Mayer and the album’s contributing producers Pharrell, Jack Splash, Greg Wells, Oak, and more. Video directed by Henry DeMaio, look for the full doc coming soon. Where Does This Door Go will be out July 16th via Republic Records.
Gensu Dean and Planet Asia just dropped the latest visual off of their collaborative album, Abrasions. This time around, the video is for what is by far my favorite song off the album, “Bar Mitzvah.” No coming of age story here, just PA hitting y’all with a dizzying rhyme display while Gensu comes through with another fire beat. Video directed by Rasco. Abrasions is out now in digital and vinyl formats.
The homie Yonas Michael takes things a little outside of the box with his new video for “Volvo.” Hop in the passenger seat and take a ride with the L.A. emcee for his new Mainframe produced jam. That whip is dying for a paint job. Video directed by Jon Jon. Look for Yonas’ new album, Blvck Swan Theory, to drop later this year.
The story of Steve Jobs‘ ascension from college dropout to 20th century icon is the subject of Jobs, a new film starring Ashton Kutcher. Formerly titled jOBS, the biopic follows the Apple co-founder from his college days and also takes a look at his relationship with Steve Wozniak, the creation of the first Apple computer and Jobs’ departure from the company. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, the film also stars Josh Gad and J.K. Simmons and will be releasing later this year. For now, here’s a look at Jobs’ teaser. Let us know what you think below.
Nike‘s latest city pack pays tribute to Baltimore with a set of Air Force 1s and Lunar Force 1s. First up, the Lunar Force 1 offers a stark black and white color pairing, the white Hyperfuse upper is complemented by the black Swoosh, “Baltimore” text, ankle strap and Lunarlon midsole. An icy blue outsole adds a nice touch. The Air Force 1 offering pays tribute to the hometown Orioles with a grey, black and orange colorway. The grey nubuck upper features black leather accents including a Swoosh with orange baseball-style sticking and pairs nicely with the black and orange sole. Both pairs will be dropping at select NSW accounts soon.