Earlier today ESPN debuted a commercial for the upcoming NBA finals featuring The Roots. Now the full track has been released for your listening pleasure. Check out The Roots “Champion” (2016 NBA Finals Theme Song) below. With the conference championships still raging on both coasts, this should get you in the mood for the finals.
John Berry, an original member of the Beastie Boys, died Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts. He was 52. Berry is credited with coming up with the name Beastie Boys when they were teenagers. He attended the Walden School in New York with Mike Diamond. The group formed in July 1981, with Berry and Diamond joined by Adam Yauch and Kate Schellenbach. The first Beastie Boys shows took place at Berry’s old loft at the corner of West 100th Street and Broadway in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where a small crowd gathered to hear the fledgling hardcore punk band.
Berry played on the Beastie Boys’ first seven-inch EP Polly Wog Stew, which was recorded at 171A studios in November 1982. He left the group shortly after, followed by Schellenbach in 1983. Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) replaced both members. Berry was a member of several other bands, including Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars and Bourbon Deluxe.
The Beastie Boys did not neglect Berry’s role in the band. When they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, Horovitz read a speech by Adam Yauch, who died later that year at age 47 of cancer. Yauch’s speech mentioned John as a formative member of the band’s early years. It’s a sad day, no doubt, but the thought of Berry and Yauch banging heads in the afterlife will get us through. RIP John Berry!
On June 17th, Nature Sounds will reissue DOOM’s Special Blends Vols. 1 & 2 for the first time since its initial 2004 release in very limited quantities (1,000 to be exact.) And to ready your ears and hearts for that day, the Brooklyn label has offered us a taste of a rare flip from DOOM; one that takes Method Man’s namesake Enter The 36 Chambers track and puts it to the wispy full breeze float of “White Willow Bark” off Special Herbs Vols. 5 & 6, which loops The Blackbyrds‘ “Love is Love.”
1000volts is comprised of Redman and DJ/Producer Jayceeoh.
“The 1000volts project is a new experience for me working with Jayceeoh! I’m an artist, not a rapper… so my musical genres and library is way beyond the normal rapper. I’m always ready to venture into new music.” – Redman
“1000volts is a dream project for me. If you told me ten years ago that I’d have a group with the legendary Redman, I would’ve never believed you. It’s an honor and an incredible experience to be working with him in this capacity.” – Jayceeoh
Theophilus London makes his return with this brand new single “Stay.” Theophilus picks up right where he left off with the spacey experimental sounds; the replay value is high on this Greg Wells produced jam. The track is said to be the first single off of Theophilus’ upcoming project, NY THEO, his first since his 2014 LP, Vibes.
Tomorrow, a group of Pakistani musicians will recalibrate western perceptions of the country’s centuries long artistic bloodline with the release of the star studded compilation album, Song Of Lahore; where eastern musicians collide with the best of the west for a righteous cause. Today, we have the pleasure of bringing you the album’s first offering with the premiere of a Bilal assisted cover of the late Allen Toussaint‘s “Yes We Can Can,” popularized by The Pointer Sisters on their 1973 debut. Produced by longtime Bilal and Robert Glasper collaborator, Eli Wolf, the track moves and grooves in line with the inspiring original, with Philly’s finest stretching out with some soul smothered vocals and The Sachal Ensemble adding flairs of desert guitar licks, punctuating percussion and whimsical woodwind arrangements. “This track speaks to staying strong and hopeful in spite of adversity and is as important today as it was back then” – Bilal. Pre-order your copy of the album on iTunes today.
“It was 25 years ago that De La Soul released their classic sophomore LP ‘De La Soul Is Dead’, challenging the hippy label that followed the group after the success of their groundbreaking debut ‘3 Feet High & Rising’. To celebrate the anniversary of such a remarkable album, Chris Read has put together this dope mixtape featuring original sample material, remixes and album cuts. Listen up and enjoy!”
1. Jimmy Spicer – ‘Money (Dollar Bill Y’all)’ (sampled in ‘Bitties in the BK Lounge’)
2. Chris Read – ‘Theme #3’ (Scratchapella)
3. De La Soul – ‘Intro’
4. Funkadelic – ‘I’ll Stay’ (sampled in ‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’)
5. De La Soul – ‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’
6. Funkadelic – ‘Mommy What’s a Funkadelic’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’)
7. Stevie Wonder – ‘Hey Love’ (sampled in ‘Talkin’ Bout Hey Love’)
8. Freda Payne – ‘The Easiest Way To Fall’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Talkin’ Bout Hey Love’) 9. De La Soul – ‘Talkin Bout Hey Love’
10. White Lightnin’ – ‘That’s No Lie’ (sampled in ‘Fanatic of the B-Word’)
11. De La Soul – ‘Fanatic of the B-Word’
12. Lee Dorsey – ‘Get Out My Life, Woman’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Fanatic of the B-Word’)
13. Chuck Jackson – ‘And That’s Saying A Lot’ (sampled in ‘Afro Connections at a Hi-5’)
14. De La Soul – ‘Afro Connections at a Hi-5’
15. De La Soul – ‘Pease Porridge’
16. Edna Wright – ‘Oops Here I Go Again’ (sampled in ‘Pass The Plugs’)
17. The J.B’s – ‘Pass the Peas’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Pass The Plugs’)
18. De La Soul – ‘Pass The Plugs’
19. Eric B & Rakim – ‘Eric B Is President’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Pass The Plugs’)
20. Tom Waits – ‘Diamonds on My Windshield’ (sampled in ‘Oodles of O’s’)
21. Biz Markie – ‘Nobody Beats The Biz’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Oodles of O’s’)
22. De La Soul – ‘Oodles on O’s’
23. Lafayette Afro Rock Band – ‘Hihache’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Oodles of O’s)
24. De La Soul – ‘Rap De Rap Show’
25. Lou Johnson – ‘The Beat’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’)
26. The Whatnauts – ‘Help Is On The Way’ (sampled in ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’)
27. The Honey Drippers – ‘Impeach The President’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’)
28. De La Soul – ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’
29. Taana Gardner – ‘No Frills’ (sampled in ‘Bitties In The BK Lounge’)
30. De La Soul – ‘Bitties In The BK Lounge’
31. Lou Donaldson – ‘It’s Your Thing’ (sampled in ‘Bitties In The BK Lounge’)
32. Bob James – ‘Sign of the Times’ (sampled in ‘Keepin’ The Faith’)
33. Aerosmith – ‘Walk This Way’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Keepin’ The Faith’)
34. De La Soul – ‘Keepin’ The Faith’
35. The Mohawks – ‘The Champ’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Keepin’ The Faith’)
36. Instant Funk – ‘I Got My Mind Made Up’ (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
37. Mighty Ryeders – ‘Evil Vibrations’ (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
38. De La Soul – ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’
39. Young Holt Unlimited – ‘Light My Fire’ (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
40. Tower of Power – ‘Ebony Jam’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
41. De La Soul – ‘What Yo Life Can Truly Be’
A remix of Mayer Hawthorne’s lead single from Man About Town has arrived featuring a boogie blessing from Jake One. Hear the Tuxedo recalibration of Hawthorne’s “Love Like That” above, and grab your copy of the new album via iTunes today.
Less than a year removed from the release of their Evermore: The Art of Duality LP, beast coast representatives The Underachievers drop the 10 track ‘It Happened In Flatbush’ mixtape. Check out the tracks above to listen to the full tape, and purchase the Evermore LP via iTunes.
Jordan Brand is bringing back the OG “Chicago” colorway to the Air Jordan 1 Retro Low. The sneaker sports a combination of red, white and black across the upper, as well as vintage sail midsole and the OG Nike Air logo on the tongue. Matching black laces, side swoosh and Air Jordan heel branding finishes the look. The Air Jordan Retro Low OG is available now at select retailers, including Sneaker Politics.