Skyzoo & Torae team with DJ Premier and Antman Wonder to serve up a certified classic with the arrival of “The Aura” from the duo’s Barrel Brothers LP, which arrived on May 27th. Skyzoo & Torae kick in the door and a slew of careers with this joint, which is both a proper homage to the classic Gotham City aesthetic and empirical evidence that Hip-Hop is nowhere near dead. Check the track below to listen to “The Aura” from Skyzoo & Torae, and purchase the Barrel Brothers LP via iTunes.
Spanish street Artist Liqen was recently in the Italian city of San Basilio where he took part in the Sanba festival. The large scale mural painted on the site of a residential building depicts a rake cleaning up massive residue and waste left over from various civilizations through time in order for new life to take root. Included in the extremely detailed and intricate piece is everything from Roman pillars and statues to modern day machines and computers.
When grinding and sliding down hand rails, one must accept that falling is part of the process. And while that usually means scrapes, bruises and busted balls, this kid named Smith Varner who goes for a 50-50 down a 19-stair rail, shows us how to fall with style.
Ghostface Killah has been collaborating with a new wave of contemporaries as of late. Following his feature on Flume’s “Space Cadet” with Autre Ne Veut, his latest delivery titled “Six Degrees” enlists none other than Toronto nu-jazz outfit BADBADNOTGOOD alongside support from the always intriguing Danny Brown. “Six Degrees” displays both rappers’ signature flow while BADBADNOTGOOD provides a refreshing backing riff, melding murky samples with lingering jazz notes in a genre-bending rendition. “Six Degrees” will be released as a 10″ single along with the instrumental “Tone’s Rap” on June 24 via Lex Records.
The quest to build autonomous self-driving vehicles has to date been focused largely on retrofitting existing vehicles with the hardware and software needed to make them drive themselves. Now Google has revealed the prototypes of its new vehicles, which the company has built from scratch, and come without the usual features we’ve come to expect from our cars, namely the steering wheel and pedals. Instead, these prototypes come equipped with an array of sensors that remove blind sports and can detect objects up to 200 meters away. These first prototypes will be used as testbeds for Google’s latest driverless technology and will be limited to a top speed of just 25 mph.
Pro Era returns with a short collection of ominous tracks that finds the whole crew dropping heat on their brand new 5-track release entitled The Shift EP. This project is a capsule collection of joints that proves them avowed to much more than just the nostalgic comforts of golden era boom bap. Pro Era’s fourth collective release, The Shift EP features verses from Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, Dyemond Lewis, A La $ole, Dirty Sanchez, Dessy Hinds, Roka-Mouth, Jakk The Rhymer and Powers Pleasant. Check the tracks below to stream the The Shift EP and stay tuned for more from Pro Era.
Pro Era ‘The Shift’ EP Tracklist:
1. “Extortion” [Kirk Knight X Dyemond Lewis] Prod. By Kirk Knight
2. “Come Come” [Dirty Sanchez X Roka-Mouth X Jakk The Rhymer] 47′s Prod. By Roka-Mouth
3. “Hail Razor” [A La $ole X Dessy Hinds X CJ Fly] Prod. By Backpack
4. “On My Life” [Joey Bada$$ X Nyck Caution] Prod. By Kirk Knight
5. “Butterflies” [Dirty Sanchez x Roka x CJ Fly x Nyck Caution x ALa $ole x Dessy x Joey Bada$$]
Raekwon returns with his latest track “Call Of Duty” featuring Akon‘s unmistakable vocal all over the hook. The tough chatter on the single is punctuated by the production. Akon handles the bulk of the melodic work on the track, which bears a strong stylistic resemblance to Rae’s “Soundboy Kill It” featuring Melanie Fiona and Assassin. Check the track below to listen to “Call Of Duty” from Raekwon.
Jay Leno‘s garage welcomes a new example of automotive bliss in the form of an ultra rare and high-powered 1956 Jaguar XKSS. The XKSS enjoys an interesting background, in which existing chassis from the LeMans-winning Jaguar D-Type race car were subsequently modify for American export after Jaguar pulled out of the legendary race. Minor modifications for both street legality and cosmetics meant the car itself was quite similar to its race-ready cousin. Only 16 such cars were ever made and sold largely in the United States, making its way into the hands of Steve McQueen. As often the case, Jay Leno makes sure to put the car through its paces around Los Angeles despite a perceived value upwards of $30 million USD.
It’s only fitting that on the hottest day Brooklyn has seen this year, that two BK rhyme veterans, Skyzoo & Torae, drop their concrete melting collabo LP, Barrel Brothers. We got a little of what’s to come with the sampler some weeks back, now you ca go ahead and listen to the album, interruption free, from start to finish (before you cop it, of course). 14 tracks of that NY raw, with production and guest features from DJ Premier, !llmind, Jahlil Beats, Black Milk, Sean Price, Blu, Guilty Simpson, Oh No, The Stuyvesants, and more. Get a listen, below. NYC: Catch their release show at SOBs tonight.
RIDE Channel revisits its acclaimed “SKATE” city series, this time venturing down under to shred with Nick Boserio in Melbourne. Accompanied, in typical Australian fashion, by a sizable street crew, Boserio and his friends take us for a personal tour of Oz’s second-largest city. Warming up at the dream spot that is Lincoln Square, the crew ventures down to the State Library, purchasing some mid-afternoon man sodas, before ending up at the world-famous IMAX Theatre. Check this installation of SKATE in Melbourne.
Longstanding graffiti artist COPE2, who began his tenure in the late ’70s, recently painted the corner of Bowery & Houston, New York. Without departing far from his trademark “wildstyle” aesthetics, the South Bronx native blended bubble lettering with various traditional graffiti elements in one vibrant rendition. Alongside his signature throw ups, partner in crime INDIE 184 also added to the mural, presenting a compelling piece in homage of New York’s graffiti culture.
Thanks in large part to last fall’s “Better Out Than In” in New York City, Banksy was recently named “Person of the Year” by The Webby Awards. In lieu of an acceptance speech, the ever-elusive artist released this recap video of the buzz-worthy street residency, reflecting on the exhibition’s resonance online as “Better Out Than In” became “less an art show than a city-wide, full-contact game of hide-and-seek.”
In the latest episode of “Adventure Time With Action Bronson,” the rapper welcomes home friend Big Body. Big Body is fresh outta jail, and hits Miami Beach with Bronson, before the crew heads to the Southern states for the second leg of the rapper’s “Blue Chips II” tour. Some of the highlights include Bronson crowd surfing, and later, going for a casual jog around the block mid-performance in Tampa Bay.
Ab-Soul connects with Action Bronson and Asaad on “Stigmata,” the inaugural single off the TDE crony’s upcoming record These Days. The trio do work over the lurching Rahki-produced heater, borrowing Nas‘ hook from God Son’s “The Cross.” The Black Lip Pastor has been leading quite a social media crusade to get his label to release the album, but now it seems we’re inching closer and closer to the release of These Days as it appears to be dropping next month. We’ll have plenty more on the project as details roll-out, but in the meantime, rock with the latest from Ab-Soul, Action Bronson and Asaad and stream “Stigmata” below.
Burgeoning Oregon-born director Lije Sarki introduces a neat coming-of-age tale in the form of a short film, casting some of L.A.’s it-crowd for “BELONG.” The short tells the story of a young skater who, when bullied on a lone journey, continues to aimlessly pursue his passion, resulting in the discovery of his true niche. Even though skateboarding is now arguably the choice activity for this current young generation, it still retains a certain appeal amongst misfits. Sarki tapped soundscape specialist Left Brain to score the clip, while the likes of Lui Elliot, Jacob Messex, and Cash Mathieu all star as skaters. Enjoy the film above.
Cormega returns to drop “Industry”, the first official single from his forthcoming Mega Philosophy LP, produced by Large Professor. The biting commentary about the recording industry describes the state of affairs for Artists and the fleeting circumstance of fame. Cormega, a lingering veteran of the game, is critical of the exploitative rhythms of the music business, which often suck Artists dry and leave them to the footnotes of throwback mixes and discussions of the culture’s history. Whether his digs are justified or not, Cormega keeps it all the way live and calls some folks out by name over the true school production from Large Pro. Check the track below to listen to “Industry”, and pre-order the Mega Philosophy LP via iTunes.