While we await the release of Joey Bada$$‘ debut album B$DA$$, the Brooklyn rapper takes to his SoundCloud to unveil a new single titled “Get Paid.” Released in time to kick start his global ‘B4DAMONEYTOUR’ tour, the track is tinged with Joey’s signature boom-bap approach to Hip-Hop and exhibits the fledging emcee’s ’90s-inspired flow over skittery kick drums and retro organ samples. Check out the number below and stay tuned for more on B$DA$$, which is set to feature contributions from the likes of Hit-Boy, Statik Selektah, DJ Premier, in addition to Kirk Knight and Chuck Strangers of the Pro Era camp.
Nokia has released this video of the same skateboarder skating around a bowl repeatedly in the same scene, in what is known as a time collapse. Starring 15-year-old pro skateboarder Cory Juneau and shot on the Nokia Lumia 930 smartphone, the video portrays seven scenes where Juneau carves around the skate bowl as he seemingly follows himself. Utilizing 60 takes to capture all the variations, each shot was painstakingly arranged over several weeks in post-production as to create such a perfectly choreographed display, with Juneau’s many selves seemingly missing each other by inches as they rip around the skate bowl.
Aleksander Aurdal takes us on a visual story in the exhilarating sport of freeskiing through this short film. The stunningly shot visual depicts Aurdal’s journey to master the dangerous sport and we see footage of the crashes that come along with such a sport. Having had more than his fair share of being hurt, Aurdal can now pull off an extremely impressive range of tricks through trial and error as well as perseverance. Hit play on the video above and check out what it takes to become one of the best in the sport of freeskiing.
Since his “Better Out Than In” residency in New York, Banksy has stayed relatively under the radar but a new piece from the infamous Artist has now popped up in the quaint, little town of Folkestone, England. Depicting an old lady staring at an empty plinth while wearing a museum audio guide, the piece is finished in tonal shades of grey and black. Check out the new piece above and let us know what you think it means.
Another throwback joint from Raekwon. This weeks episode takes a new-school turn with The Chef spinning Sunshine Anderson‘s 2001 hit “Heard It All Before” into some gangstafied love jones type ish. The tracks opens with a quick 16 from the rhyme-cooker before opening up into Anderson’s OG cut. Peep the latest dose of vintage heat from Raekwon and stream his take on “Heard It All Before” above.
DJ Stretch Armstrong presents “WBLS Rap Attack • 12.18.87″, a classic taste of Mr. Magic and Marley Marl in the second installment of the Cassette Culture. Stretch breaks down the entire episode of the seminal radio show from the opening ads and in-studio antics to the closing tracks in a column for Medium. The play by play commentary he provides exemplifies his love, not only for the show, but the culture and the task of preserving its most pivotal and important moments.
The art of Dutch Artist Handiedan involves a complex cut and paste mixture of computer montage and highly detailed sculptural hand cut collages, complimented by conscientiously collected antique ornamental frames. His latest mural is a large-scale piece covering the corner of a five-story residential building in Berlin he created for the ONE WALL Project for Urban Nation.
Jay Electronica adds a few of his own words to the remix of Common‘s combative hit single “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples. What was already a fiery exhibit of top-shelf lyricism, got a boost from the reclusive mic-maven. The original can be found on the hometown hero’s No I.D.- sculpted Nobody’s Smiling LP. Peep what JayElec’s gotta say in the remix of Common’s “Kingdom” below.
British street Artist D*Face is set to exhibit his largest exhibition to date in Los Angeles titled “Scars and Stripes.” The exhibition speaks on the fragility of life, the consumer-led culture that many of us live in, and the misinterpretations of the “American Dream.” Leading up to the show, D *Face teased fans with a new mural titled “You’re Dead To Me” in a West Hollywood parking lot. Coinciding with the exhibition’s motifs, the mural shows the British Artist’s trademark, Lichtenstein-inspired style, whereby a women with D*Face’s signature wings is found sobbing. Check out the mural here and stay tuned for more from “Scars and Stripes.”
Photographed by: Birdman
Theophilus London drops off another joint from his upcoming Vibes LP with this anthem for the conversion-minded lover “Do Girls.” After giving us a tease of the track early this year, the full clip delivers a proper dose of that menacing rib, throwing himself some extra earned shine for recruiting a new member to the team. Listen to the full treatment of Theophilus London’s “Do Girls” below and watch out for the Vibes LP, as it lands October 27th on physical and digital shelves everywhere.
Members of Long Live Southbank and the Undercroft rejoice following an agreement with Lambeth Council, which secures the Queen Elizabeth Hall undercroft as the long-term home for British skateboarding and other urban activities. The clip above shows footage of various skaters who call Southbank home, which include Lucien Clarke, Rob Smith, Chewy Cannon among many others. The agreement has been formalized in a binding plan to keep the undercroft open for use without charge for skateboarding, BMX riding, street writing, and various other recreational activities. Check the clip above as Long Live Southbank continues to put British skateboarding on the global map.
Kendrick Lamar readies us for the anxiously anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough good kid mAAd city LP with the release of the plenty soulful new single “I.” K Dot puts on another brilliant narrative spinning performance, warning youngins of the perils of that street life over a blazing chop of The Isley Brothers‘ “That Lady.” No one but the self-crowned king of NY could hop in and out of that sing-song delivery, making for a track that’s half passionate plea for the future, and overall sanity of our nation’s youth and half sermon on the spiritual benefits of self-love.
In July 2014, Bill Bycroft and Rachel Turner travelled from New Zealand to Phnom Penh to meet the Skateistan Cambodia team. The couple share a passion for skateboarding, traveling and filmmaking, and were inspired to see skating have such a positive impact on kids. Skateboarding is only just emerging as a sport in Cambodia, and the film demonstrates how it can be used it as tool for self-empowerment, access to education and creating better futures. Each week Skateistan Cambodia works with over 150 marginalized youth in the city of Phnom Penh.
“We believe that Skateistan is a unique and worthwhile cause and want more people to know about it, and support it. The short time we had at Skateistan made a real impression on us. It was inspiring to see the positive effect that skateboarding is having on the kids who are part of the program.”
ScHoolboy Q lends his distinctive Fig-bred flow to a remix of the uber-popular electro power ballad “Latch” from UK producers Disclosure and crooner Sam Smith. The track, which dropped in October 2012, miraculously continues to burn rubber with the arrival of the latest take. Check the track below to listen to the “Latch” remix featuring ScHoolboy Q.