“To celebrate the release of director Quentin Tarantino’s 8th film, Hateful Eight, Rza presents “Hands of God,” the commemorative version. This special song serves as a remix to Younge’s Hands of God, the original to be released on Younge’s upcoming Something About April II, January 21. Hands of God synthesizes the audiovisual style of the legendary Ennio Morricone (Hateful Eight composer) with the rugged and raw musical aesthetics created by Wu tang founder Rza. Alongside the abbot, two of Younge’s favorite vocalist are also featured: Karolina and Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab).” (Taken from Adrian Younge’s Album, Something About April II.)
Following up on the success of his latest album, The Incredible True Story, Logic is getting ready to set off on his The Incredible World Tour. Before he hits the road, he drops off this previously unreleased loosie, “Tree of Life”. On the track, Logic teams up with Slug (Atmosphere) and Killer Mike for this melodic, piano driven track, which was produced by TDE’s Tae Beast.
Throughout 2015, El RTNC has quietly and consistently dropped some of the freshest beat tapes in the game. I doubt he has any intention of slowing down in 2016. This week he gives us one more offering before we close the books on the year. Stream the 23 track Muse above, and head over to Bandcamp to pick up your own copy.
ARCA Space Corporation announced that it has created ArcaBoard. ArcaBoard, an electric powered flying machine with 272 horsepower and 203,000 watts of installed power is the most powerful and lightest personal vehicle ever created. ArcaBoard represents total freedom of movement, total freedom of travel. ArcaBoard is a personal vehicle that can move in every possible direction including upwards. “ArcaBoard represents a revolution in motion. For the last 17 years we have developed aerospace technologies that looked to the sky. We took our knowledge and applied it to everyone’s dreams. Dreams of flying,” said Dumitru Popescu, CEO of ARCA Space Corporation.
ArcaBoard is built from composite materials, it has a length of 145x76x15 cm (57x30x6 inches) and a weight of 82 kg (180 lbs). This technology allows a person with a weight up to 110 kg (243 lbs) to be able to fly. The vehicle is able to fly up to 30 cm (1 ft) and with speeds up to 20 km/h (12.5 mph) and the overall performance is limited by the onboard sensors. The maximum endurance is 6 minutes, but with the ArcaDock accessory the user can be back in action in 35 minutes. The retail price is $19,900 and is available for order now. Shipments will start April 15, 2016.
Former Harlem Globetrotters player Meadowlark Lemon, known as the “Clown Prince of Basketball”, died Sunday. He was 83 years old. Lemon was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. He played with the Globetrotters in 1954 at age 22 and traveled with the show until 1978, appearing in more than 16,000 games in more than 100 countries. He was also one of only five Globetrotters to have their numbers retired since the team was founded in Chicago in the 1920s. “For a generation of fans, the name Meadowlark Lemon was synonymous with the Harlem Globetrotters,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “He was an incredible entertainer and brought happiness and lifelong memories to millions around the world. We have lost a great ambassador of the game.”
Mac Miller’s producer alter-ego, Larry Fisherman, comes through with a gift. The Pittsburgh MC slash encompassing musician uploaded his latest instrumental project, Run On Sentences Volume 2, which serves as the follow up to the 2013 OG version. The one-track mix gets fairly experimental, exploring a number of vibes in just under 30 minutes. Listen to it in full above.
New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut were treated to an exclusive throwadown by three of the Tri-State area’s most renowned DJs in the form of Chuck Chillout, Funkmaster Flex and Kool DJ Red Alert. Together, these three legends spun three hours worth of records which defined true school Hip-Hop and the definitive era of the culture. Other Hip-Hop deities such as UTFO, Whodini, T La Rock and Rakim were played at hot octane levels, as the crew shared personal commentary and flashbacks on the era that was. In addition to the ad-libs, listeners were treated to a buffet of break-beats by Spoonie Gee and a sincere dedication to the late, great Larry Smith.
Leading up to the premiere of his HBO documentary, Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming, J. Cole delivers the second episode of his mini-doc series. In the 40-minute clip, entitled “Ain’t Nothin’ Like That,” the rapper offers a peek into his Team Cole circle, as well as life on the road. The full 90-minute documentary airs on HBO on Jan. 9, 2016.
Since news spread that pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli has purchased the single copy Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, fans have expressed their displeasure. With his recent arrest, the fate of the album is in limbo, so emcee/animator ProbCause and Elijah Alvarado take things into their own hands, imagining a plot to retrieve the mythical album. In this animated clip, the Wu teams up with actor Bill Murray for a heist to get the album, using real dialogue from films and albums to further add to the authenticity.
“Firstly I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far. This year has been a special one. After releasing my debut album I wanted to round up the year nice, felt right to release another Drop solely for the people who been on this journey with me. For those who are wondering why i called it Drop X instead of Drop 5, it’s simple this is my TENTH solo project. I know right, madting. I rarely have features on my releases but for this one I had to call on a few of my friends to join me. special thanks to OTG, Chuck20, Josh Arcé, Tilla, Loner Muaka, President Jeff, Deezy, Tiffany Gouché, SiR, Isaiah Rashad, Kent Jamz, Jesse Boykins iii, ALXA, Mick Jenkins, Bibi Bourelly and Wonda Gurl. Love you lot. Peace, blessings and Merry DropXmas. one love. Simbi”
Punch returns with his latest loosie, “Kings.” Over a crackling piano line and big knock drums, Punch spits vivid verses that delve into hood royalty and its nature, where the idolization begins to take on mythological proportions. Hear Punch’s latest joint above, and hold tight for the imminent arrival of yet another in the new year.