Directed and shot by Neels Castillon, Sous le ciel de Paris is a collection of fragmented memories of a day of skateboarding in Paris. The approach was to work on the symbiosis between live-action, design and wicked sound design.
Norwegian production company Antimedia has been in the filmmaking industry for 10 years and has garnered a great deal of success for its crafty Cinedrone camera. Using a hexadrone design with a securely-mounted camera, Antimedia is capable of capturing stunning imagery from up to 150 meters above the ground. It’s fully operational in just a few moments. Check out the video above.
Pharoahe Monch drops “Bad Motherfucker” ahead of the release of the PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) LP, his forthcoming fourth solo album, which is reportedly slated to arrive in April. Pharoahe Monch tackles the anxiety disorder on the upcoming project written from the perspective of an indy Artist going up against the formidable industry machine. The David and Goliath narrative discusses the trials of life in the entertainment industry as well as the black male experience. The project boasts guest appearances from Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Denaun Porter, The Stepkids and Vernon Reid with production from Lee Stone, Marco Polo and Quelle Chris amongst others. Check the track below to listen to “Bad Motherfucker” from Pharoahe Monch. Stay tuned for more from PTSD.
The homie J57, of Brown Bag AllStar fame, dropped his debut solo EP as en emcee, Wax Aesthetic. Dude has production credits for days, but this go around he puts his rhymes in the spotlight, with this 5-track release. Features come from ATR777, Denmark Vessey, Tenacity, Mike Maven, Akie Bermiss, Co$$, Johaz, Choosey, and more, with production from Exile, J57, Deejay Element, and more. Get a listen below.
Teasing their possible collaborative project last week, Harlem emcee Cam’ron and DJ/producer A-Trak reveal the first single to their Federal Reserve EP. Mysteriously titled “Humphrey,” Killa Cam picks up where his Ghetto Heaven Vol. 1 mixtape left off with his signature uptown wordplay and heavily sampled beats. Brought to you by Damon ” Dame” Dash, Federal Reserve will release sometime this spring with guest appearances from Dipset comrades Jim Jones and Juelz Santana.
Tengu, God of Mischief is an independent skate video by Colin Read which premiered last August. It was shot in several cities including New York City, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Bordeaux and as far as skateboarding films go, it’s packed with a lot of unconventional and obscure locations. Above is the opening clip of the film which sees a bunch of skaters tear up rooftops in NYC.
J. Cole celebrates his 29th birthday by dropping his a brand new, free mixtape entitled Revenge of the Dreamers. The release has 11 new tracks with appearances from his Dreamville label roster including Bas and Omen, plus the original version of “Crooked Smile.” Also on the tape, he raps over Tupac’s “Ambitionz az a Ridah” and samples Miguel’s “Do You…”.
“This sh** started back in ’07 summertime. Muhammad crib,” said Cole. “Dreamville partnered with Interscope Records (RIP Pac!). Congrats to the Dreamville staff, the movement. This is only the beginning. Enjoy the tape!”
Today team Jamal comes through with their 25-track compilation album, Jamla Is The Squad. 9th Wonder rolls out an impressive collection of bangers with features from Rapsody, Masta Killa, Blu, Rapper Big Pooh, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Phonte, BJ The Chicago Kid, Pete Rock, Terrace Martin, Buckshot, Big Remo, Ransom, Styles P, and more. You can make the purchase via DJ Booth and stream it in full, below.
DJ Jazzy Jeff returns in the latest episode of Vinyl Destination. He heads west with the crew to visit DJ TechTools and Gracenote in San Francisco in the second episode of Season 2. During his time at Gracenote, Jeff is interviewed by company president Stephen White. Jeff caps his time in the bay at the Thud Rumble office, where he chops it up with DJ QBert and his crew. Jeff hits the decks at the Mighty with DJ Shortkut and Fran Boogie before heading to Las Vegas to rock a 90′s party at Ghostbar in the Palms Hotel and Casino. The whirlwind trip ends in New York City, where Jeff hangs with some very special friends. Check the footage below to watch the latest episode of Vinyl Destination, Season 2. Catch DJ Jazzy Jeff at Donuts Are Forever 8 at Brooklyn Bowl on February 16th, and stay tuned for more from Jeff and the crew.
With news of an OutKast reunion fresh on everyone’s mind, Big Boi presents the second installment of his ongoing mashup series: a new take on his Phantogram-assisted Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors cut “CPU.” Created by Organized Noize’s Ray Murray, “CPU 2.0″ meshes the aforementioned track with Sade’s “Nothing Can Come Between Us” off 1988′s Stronger Than Pride.
This past Thursday, French Artist JR kicked off the latest installment to the New York City Ballet Art Series with a collection of posters and floor-bound installations that align with his self-titled “photograffeur” art. As previewed here, the main attraction to this exhibit is displayed on the floor of the Manhattan theater showing strategically arranged ballet dancers maneuvering their bodies against the contours of large paper sheets to form the image of an eye being photographed above. JR’s NYCB Art Series will display again on February 7 and 13.
A visual love letter to New York City through the eyes and talents of its most enduring son, Martin Scorsese. A study in cinema on the aesthetic that Scorsese has distilled and reinvented over a five decade career, capturing America’s most vibrant and gritty urban environment. Edited by Robert Kolodny.
Clips were taken from 14 of Scorsese’s pictures: After Hours, Bringing Out the Dead, Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, King of Comedy, Mean Streets, New York, New York, New York Stories, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Who’s That Knocking at My Door & The Wolf of Wall Street.
The infamous Queens MC Action Bronson joins NOLA native Curren$y on “Godfather Four”, his latest offering from the upcoming full length LP The Drive-In. On this flip of The Jackson‘s “Heartbreak Hotel”, Bronson and Curren$y show us why their amongst the titans of red-eyed faded lunacy in the Hip-Hop game. Its a sophisticated track with some heavily syncopated drops from Bronson tagged up with Curren$y’s subdued delivery. Listen to the latest from Bam Bam and Curren$y below.
Marvel and Medicom Toy team up to produce a Cyclops and Deadpool edition of the 400% Bearbrick. The figurines are 28cm tall and make welcome additions to the lineup of other collaborative Bearbricks that already include more popular character like Wolverine and Spiderman. Both the Cyclops and Deadpool figurines are scheduled for release and delivery in May at a cost of ¥6,800 JPY, approximately $65 USD each.
MURS drops a trapped out explanation for Justin Bieber‘s increasingly deviant behavior entitled “Ju$tin Bieber’$ Black Baby.” The track produced by Curtiss King finds the Mandingos frontman offering a lyrical analysis of Bieber’s antics; according to Murs, Bieber’s moves are ruled by the whims of a little black baby. The track follows Justin Bieber‘s recent arrest in Florida on a number of charges, including a DUI. Check the track below and feel free to offer your own analysis of the track, and/or Justin Bieber.
Imagine Dragons team with Kendrick Lamar to drop the “Radioactive” Remix following a massive joint performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Fans now have the opportunity to get their hands on the hulking track featuring a monstrous verse from K. Dot. Check the track below to listen to the “Radioactive” Remix from Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar. Purchase the “Radioactive” Remix via iTunes and stay tuned for more.
Pete Rock, Lecrae and Rapsody team to deliver “Be Inspired”, the latest joint to leak ahead of the Jamla Is The Squad compilation, dropping January 28th. The track challenges the creators of the world to bring heat instead of settling for the status quo. The Jamla squad continues to prove that they do indeed practice what they preach, dropping a solid set of fiery verses that touch on their individual muses and even some of the material items that motivate them to be great. Check the track below to listen to “Be Inspired” from Pete Rock, Lecrae, Rapsody and Khrysis. Stay tuned for more from the Jamla Is The Squad compilation hosted by Statik Selektah.
Dag Savage is wasting no time. Their latest mixtape, The Warning Tape, dropped just a week ago, and now they’re debut LP, E&J, is scheduled to hit shelves in less than two weeks. Today, we get our first listen to the album with the release of the Blu assisted single, “Don’t Stop.” E&J will be out February 4th via Dirty Science.
Vice‘s Noisey has released the first of its eight part series titled Welcome to Chiraq, a documentary exploring the city with the highest murder rate in America. In this episode, Noisey visits Englewood, Chicago, a gang neighborhood home to Chief Keef and his contemporaries in the city’s drill scene. While Keef doesn’t make an appearance due to his legal problems, 3Hunna members Lil Durk, Lil Reese and Young Chop share their thoughts on the relationship between gangs and the unique strand of Hip-Hop that stems from the Windy City. We also learn about how social media is a prominent tool in showcasing new talent, while also acting as a vehicle to facilitate gang violence. Watch the insightful short above and stay tuned for part 2.
Mibbs of Pac Div returns with a full stream of The Program EP featuring a handful of certified heaters. This 5-track project continues his explorations in the low end with heavy bass and hard lyrics that make this joint perfect for testing your trunks. The EP also boasts guest appearances from Deniro Farrar, Lucc and Polo Donatello. Check the tracks below to stream The Program EP from Mibbs.
Back in the 1981 when he was 22, a photographer from Florida named Christopher Morris was interning at New York photo agency Black Star, and was eager to make his mark. So over a six-month period in 1981, Morris embedded himself in the world of the New York subway system, sometimes riding the trains alone, other times riding with the Guardian Angels volunteer anti-crime group. He’d hang out with groups of teens riding trains at night, and show up in the early morning to catch work-bound commuters.
Using ektachrome film and a magenta filter to offset the florescent lights, Morris found interesting subjects in the relatively safe commuting space of midtown Manhattan, further north in the Bronx, and the eastern wilds of Brooklyn.