Saturday, January 30, 2010

^ Note: "maybe"

The first collabo off Erykah's new album.
Check it.
-Mike-


He might not take so much heat if he would stop trying to defend himself.
Meh, who gives a shit.
-Mike-

Via Kanye's blog...
WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE, REMEMBER THE FEARLESS, REMEMBER THE DREAMERS, REMEMBER THOSE WHO REPRESENT THE GHETTO…THE FAIRY TALE OF NOTHING TO SOMETHING. I’M BRIEFLY SADDENED BY NEGATIVE COMMENTS, BUT I HAVE TO REMEMBER THOSE PEOPLE ARE SCARED, INCAPABLE OR JUST PLAIN IDIOTS. WE ARE THE FUCKING ROCK STARS BABY. NO COCAINE, JUST LIFE MY NIGGAS!! NO COCAINE, JUST LIFE! IT’S FUNNY TO ME WHEN FASHION BLOGGERS DOWN OUR OUFITS AND THEN SUPER JOCK OUTLANDISH SHIT ON THE RUNWAY BUT THEN THEY DRESS MAD PRUDE AND DON’T LIVE FASHION. WE LIVE IT MAN. FUCK THAT, WE LIVE IT!!! WE LIVE IT SO HARD PEOPLE LIVE THROUGH US! WE REPRESENT YOUR INNER SPIRIT!! THE CHILD IN US ALL, THE BRUTAL HONESTY, THE NAIVETY, THE BRAVE WARRIOR, THE ADRENALINE THAT ALLOWS A MOTHER TO LIFT A CAR IF HER CHILD WAS TRAPPED UNDER IT! REMEMBER, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN EVERYBODY DISSED MICHAEL JACKSON EVERY CHANCE THEY COULD. IMAGINE THE PRESSURE OF BEING A TRUE ICON. VERY FEW HUMAN BEINGS ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE CONSTANT HATE!!! IF WE DON’T DO WHAT YOU FEEL IS THE SHIT, YOU BEAT US UP VERBALLY AND MENTALLY, LIKE A CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHER BEATING A CREATIVE STUDENT INTO SUBMISSION. I CAN HEAR YOU SCREAMING ‘COLOR INSIDE THE LINES!!!’ WELL FUCK YOUR COLORING BOOK, COLOR BY NUMBERS APPROACH TO LIFE. AT THE END OF THE DAY WHO ARE WE HURTING??? OH “THE NEW BLACK???” SINCE BARACK IS PRESIDENT BLACKS DON’T LIKE FUR COATS, RED LEATHER, AND FRIED CHICKEN ANY MORE?! WHEN YOU TRULY UNDERSTAND CULTURAL SETTINGS, BOUNDARIES, AND OUR MODERN DAY CASTE SYSTEMS, THEN YOU CAN FEEL THE GLORY AND PAIN FROM THE DAYS OF KINGS IN AFRICA TO THE NEW KINGS OF THE MEDIA. LET THE BALL PLAYERS DANCE AFTER THEY SCORE! IT’S LIFE MY NIGGAS, IT’S LIFE! REMEMBER CLOTHING IS A CHOICE. WE WERE BORN NAKED!!! FRESH IS AN OPINION, LOVE IS OBJECTIVE, TASTE IS SELECTIVE, AND EXPRESSION IS MY FAVORITE ELECTIVE. NO MORE POLITICS OR APOLOGIES!!!

Initially Wasalu said he put the next mixtape on hold so he could train for his Mt. Kili climb. Apparently that wasn't the entire story.

Via RapBasement...
Lupe Fiasco recently explained how hackers stopped him from releasing his new "Friend to the People" mixtape. "I was plotting on doing the follow-up to [Enemy of the State: A Love Story]," Lupe said in an interview. "Simply because [it] was short. And I felt like it was space to do another one. I was gonna do another one called Friend to the People, but I started to get wind that people had songs they shouldn't have had. I was like, 'This is just gonna open the floodgates if I come out with another record. I know these dudes are threatening to leak records and do crazy stuff.' Sometimes I feel there may be too much Lupe music out there -- whether it be old stuff or new stuff or freestyles. I don't want to have a ton of music sitting out. I made the decision to fall back from it and really focus on the climb. We were a couple of weeks away from doing that."

Friday, January 29, 2010


Via 2dopeboyz...
"It’s always great to hear something new from the North St. Louis rhymeslinger. Folks need to stop sleeping on this dude. “The planet’s wildin’ out, even preacher speaking evil, Pat Robertson’ll vouch (fuck’em!), Lousy mother-fuck-er, argument is weak, judging ‘Clef while he pulling dead bodies out the street.” Yea… I can’t wait for his next project, Choose Your Own Adventure."
The track is called "Precaution." Download it below.


Do you recognize the first verse? You would if you had tuned in to Waitin for the DJ Radio when Rocky was a guest. No worries though, it'll be on the mixtape soon enough.

Keep posted on the mixtape.
Props to Rocky.
-Mike-

PS: This is the second time Rocky has been mentioned on 2dopeboyz and related blogs in the past couple months. Check out the previous-most-recent mention HERE.

Peace.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


TSS says...
As usual Tef relies on his Space Jam wordplay, referencing everything from Vess Soda to Reading Rainbow. His raw intensity on the mic is well complemented by production’s eerie keys.

With Vandalyzm’s mixtape dropping on Monday, St. Louis looks to be starting its own Midwest dynasty.


Word.




Be sure to catch Tef on the forthcoming Waitin for the DJ Live Mixtape.
-Mike-
Live at a show at the Highline Ballroom, the Mighty Mos scorned President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for not being personally present in Haiti. Check it out.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Today we lost a man (historian, author, playwright) who could shake and transform nations with his words. While not directly involved in musical endeavors himself, Howard Zinn was part of a tradition of radical historical thinkers (along with Noam Chomsky, Cornell West, and others) who recognize musical contributions as some of the most moving and politically/socially motivating forces in our nation's history and whose work on law can be applied to the continual infringement and interference of the government on the creative processes required in the creation and distribution of music. His recent documentary, The People Speak, featured musicians (like Lupe Fiasco and John Legend) as well as actors and other entertainers and modern storytellers recounting some of America's most influential speeches. His influence will be sorely missed, especially in times such as those in which we now find ourselves, when it seems that few are brave or intelligent enough to speak out against the world's transgressions, unmotivated by partisanship or other inhibitors.
Rest easy.
-Mike-

Via CNN...
(CNN) -- Noted author and social activist Howard Zinn died of a heart attack Wednesday while traveling, his daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn, said.

Zinn, author of "A People's History of the United States," was 89. Kabat-Zinn said her father, who lived in Auburndale, Massachusetts," died while traveling in Santa Monica, California.

"A People's History of the United States," first published in 1980, tells a history not often in seen in other books -- from the perspective of those not in a seat of power.

The book was the inspiration for a 2009 documentary, narrated by Zinn, called "The People Speak." The film highlighted people who spoke up for social change, according to the Web site of the History Channel, which aired the program.

Zinn was a shipyard worker and Air Force bombardier before he went to college under the GI Bill and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University, according to his Web site. He taught at numerous universities, including Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kabat-Zinn said of her father that he lived a "very full and exciting life" and that there were many social issues that were very important to him. Above all, she said, her father believed that there is no "just war."

Zinn's death on the day of President Obama's first State of the Union address was underscored by his contribution to a recently released special from The Nation magazine called "Obama at One."

"I've been searching hard for a highlight," he wrote. "The only thing that comes close is some of Obama's rhetoric; I don't see any kind of a highlight in his actions and policies."

Zinn said he was not "terribly disappointed because I didn't expect that much," noting that he has been "a traditional Democratic president" on foreign policy -- "hardly any different from a Republican" -- and has been cautious in domestic policy.

"On health care, for example, he starts out with a compromise, and when you start out with a compromise, you end with a compromise of a compromise, which is where we are now," Zinn said.

Zinn also cautioned "that Obama is going to be a mediocre president -- which means, in our time, a dangerous president -- unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction."

Just got my hands on a Mos Def b-side from his Grammy nominated album, The Ecstatic. This is a huge deal. Not only does Mos rarely have b-sides, but he's stated on video (HERE I THINK) that there is probably one, maybe two songs that went unused on The Ecstatic.


Sounds like the song from the Godfather in the background. No wonder the track didn't make the CD - somebody must have made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Ha! Cheesy.

NahRight has pointed out that Mos uses a version of a verse from "The Tournament" in the following video. Good find.

From Michael Sterling Eaton’s upcoming album, Mictape Vol. 1 (which will feature Curren$y, Ernie Gaines, Scoop Deville, Stalley, The Cool Kids and more), comes this track featuring Mos Def.

I present, "White Drapes."



Amazing.
-Mike-

You can catch Will Hump aka William H on the upcoming Waitin for the DJ Live Mixtape. Til then, check out his new track, "Better Days."

DOWNLOAD BETTER DAYS HERE

Peace.
-Mike-
^Remember that? "George Bush does not care about black people."
Check out Mike's face.

Via NY Magazine...
'Popeater's Rob Shuter reports that Kanye West is among the only top stars not invited to appear on tomorrow's George Clooney–organized telethon for Haiti. "After what he said on the Katrina telethon and the way he behaved at the MTV Video Music Awards, everyone agrees it's just best that he does not participate," says a producer. "Kanye has to make everything about himself. He will do anything to steal the spotlight and, well, this night it's just not about him." Can't he answer telephones or help move some cables or something?'
Sonofabitch!


Via email...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The DOOM featuring MOS DEF event RESCHEDULED for SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13th.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the DOOM featuring Mos Def show this Friday must be rescheduled for Saturday February 13th. We were informed that a scheduling conflict resulting from miscommunication between artists’ management would make it impossible for Mos Def to make any of his three MOSDOOM dates which include Toronto, New York and Chicago. As they say, the show must go on…for Chicago just two weeks later, amazingly with the entire original lineup, Saturday February 13th!

ALL TICKETS FOR JANUARY 29TH ARE STILL GOOD FOR THE FEBRUARY 13TH SHOW, SO HANG ON TO THOSE TICKETS!

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. But compared to the devastation happening around the world, this is nothing and we can manage if you can.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010



Via 2dopeboyz...

"Lately the c-section has been boiling about who is better between these two. I don’t really think it’s fair to compare as Lu has two official albums and a ton more material out. Either way… in a upcoming interview with BrooklynBodega Jay Elect reveals that there might be a record in the works.

TCM: On Okayplayer there was a big debate — Lupe Fiasco vs Jay Electronica — going on. I know how I feel about it. I know everyone else knows how they feel about i. But when can we expect to hear y’all on a track together.

JE: We going to be no track together in the immediate future. That’s my brother. He reached out. I got bad phone etiquette so it took me a minute to reach back. But we gonna reach, we gonna talk. We’ve been in communication and we’re going to work. That’s my brother. And his sword is magnificent and he’s a great god at what he does, you know what I’m saying. We’re going to connect."


With all the freestyles being released over Jay Electronic and Just Blaze's "Exhibit C," it's nice to finally have another actual remix of the instrumental.

In my more paranoid moments I casually wonder whether or not the uncontrollable flood of "Exhibit C" freestyles is a step in somebody's twisted conspiracy plot to over-saturate the world with Jay Elect and wipe him off the map before he ever actually takes hold in the realm of popular music.

But maybe that's just the repressed paranoid schizo in me talking.

Anyway, enjoy the track.


Peace.
-Mike-
The album drops March 9th.

Support local hip-hop!
-Mike-

Corey Black, Play it by Ear
(See the review HERE)


Vandalyzm, Vandalyzm is Not the Father
(See an RFT review HERE)


DOWNLOAD VANDALYZM IS NOT THE FATHER HERE

Enjoy 'em.
And look for Corey Black on the forthcoming Waitin for the DJ official Live Mixtape, dropping sometime in the near future. Stay posted here for details.
-M-

This song has been released in every form possible.

First, it was announced.
Then, it was released as a freestyle.
THEN, it was performed live.
Now, it's gotten the video treatment...

KiD CuDi "cudderisback" - Directed by Jason Goldwatch - DatNewCudi.com from DP on Vimeo.


Via J-Dilla.com...

The family of late music producer James “J Dilla” Yancey is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of West Coast probate attorney Alex Borden as administrator of Yancey’s estate, and also to announce the establishment of the official J Dilla Foundation. The developments mark a new chapter in preserving and enhancing the legacy of the legendary artist and secure a means of future prosperity for his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, daughters Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-Monae Whitlow, and brother, John “Illa J” Yancey.

“I’m so excited because it’s like one big organization,” says Maureen Yancey, who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the well-being of her family remains a priority for all involved and her son’s accomplishments are held in a positive and productive light. “We’ve got cutting-edge people all over the country waiting to work and be a part of it. Everybody’s on one accord it seems like the universe is working with us.”

...The Estate will serve as the channel through which the Yancey family will receive financial benefit from the J Dilla/Jay Dee name, merchandise, and recordings; the goal of which is to create a successful, joyous, and profitable enterprise to be controlled by the family once the probate process is complete. All business dealings with the music of James Yancey, Pay Jay Productions, Inc. and the Estate of James Yancey should be directed to the Estate through the newly launched official J Dilla website www.j-dilla.com. The Estate will also manage contracts, copyrights, and other matters relating to the Yancey name and/or Pay Jay Productions, Inc., and welcomes ideas, requests, and licensing opportunities for evaluation and review with the family.

More at J-Dilla.com.

RIP

-Mike-

Monday, January 25, 2010

CURREN$Y - BREAKFAST from Creative Control on Vimeo.



(Check the BlakRoc sticker on the laptop. I'm betting now that he'll be on their next project.)


The official Waitin' for the DJ Live Mixtape release is fast approaching.

19 tracks are engineered so far. Album art is in the works.

All that's left is to complete the mixing with DJ Needles, the cover art, promotion, and distribution.

CREDITS:

Featured artists:
Prince Ea
Black Spade
QB of Family Affair
Tef Poe
Corey Black
Teresa Jenee
Rockwell Knuckles
Nato Caliph
Jabari Pendelton
Bryant Stewart
Shaun Li
MK Stallings
Wayne Scott II
Will Hump
Mike Young
A-Game

Featuring local beats from:
Rome
Nodzilla
Hawthorne Headhunters

Mixed by:
DJ Needles

Engineered by:
Mike G

Produced by:
Mike G
Adrian "Doc Oct" Walker

Promotion:
Made Monarchs

(Tentative) TRACKLISTING:
  1. "Ecstacy" - Black Spade
  2. "Shining Star" freestyle - Rockwell Knuckles
  3. "Afro Fight" freestyle - QB of Family Affair, Mike Young, Will Hump
  4. "Galangal Root" freestyle - Corey Black
  5. "Fire" freestyle - Tef Poe
  6. "Forever" remix - Prince Ea, Corey Black, Tef Poe, Mike Young
  7. Untitled freestyle - Bryant Stewart
  8. "Daps and Pounds" freestyle - Corey Black, Tef Poe, Prince Ea
  9. "She's the One" remix - Black Spade
  10. "Cipher" - MK Stallings
  11. "The Cool" freestyle - Prince Ea, Mike Young
  12. "Let's Talk About/Lightworks" freestyle - A-Game
  13. "Walk Away" freestyle - Jabari Pendelton
  14. "State of Grace" freestyle - Nato Caliph, Corey Black
  15. "Da Shorty's Mine" freestyle - Prince Ea
  16. "Exhibit A" freestyle - Tef Poe, Wayne Scott II, Will Hump, Mike Young, QB of Family Affair
  17. "Planet Rock" - Black Spade
  18. "Thank You" remix - Teresa Jenee, Corey Black, Bryant Stewart, Shaun Li
  19. "Pretty Girls" freestyle - Prince Ea
Keep posted for more details as they develop.
Get ready, it's coming.
-Mike-

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Via StLToday...

Corey Black doesn’t mind being known as the “Finger in My Nose” guy.

It’s the title of his new song, and it could be what puts the St. Louis rapper/poet on the map.

“It’s something everybody does,” he says of the impossibly catchy song, which he has found himself having to defend.

“It can’t irritate you that much if you’re doing the same thing, so there’s no reason to judge me. Don’t take it too seriously. The song makes you want to have fun,” he says of “Finger in My Nose,” which has a video shot at Black Label downtown, King Park in Overland, and Coffee Cartel in the Central West End.

He came up with the idea for “Finger in My Nose” after looking at peoples’ poses they struck in their Facebook display pictures. “Everyone had a distinct pose. I said I’m just going to put my finger in my nose to throw people off, get them to start talking about me, and I wanted to get other people to do it.”

Black had folks talking about him ever since he hit St. Louis’ hip-hop and spoken word scene a few years ago with his skinny jeans and DayGlo sneakers. He hit the scene hard at Got Lyrics, Café Soul, and any other open microphone happenings he could find.

In a rare occurrence, he was immediately accepted. “Somebody said ‘I don’t know where you came from but it seems you’ve always been here.’ I think it’s the whole six degrees of separation thing,” he says.

“My whole thing when I first got on the scene,” says Black, who returned to the area in 2007 after serving in the Marines, “was to see who was doing what. I wanted to get a feel for the culture the city had to offer, and make ties with producers, rappers, writers, singers, and poets.”

He hooked up with local players such as Black Spade, Coco Soul, Tech Supreme, Lamar Harris, Tef Poe, Family Affair, Teresa Jenee, Rockwell Knuckles, Coultrain, C. Jay Conrod, and others, and “everything started blossoming.”

That blossoming is heard on his new CD “Play It By Ear,” out Tuesday. He calls it an album “that captures my arrival per se. I wanted to make a soundtrack about my entry, getting into the rap game in St. Louis and the world. The whole time, I was playing it by ear because I never knew who I was going to meet.”

Black, influenced by acts such as Common, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, and Bon Jovi, calls “Play It By Ear” a diverse effort that’s more than what you hear on “Finger in My Nose.”

“I stuck with what I was comfortable with. There’s some upbeat hip-hop and new school hip-hop, and soul samples,” says Black, who borrows beats from Anita Baker and Beastie Boys on the CD.

“And it’s a very lyrical CD. But I didn’t want to involve my spoken word on the CD,” says Black, who released a spoken word CD, “The Light,” last year.

“Play It By Ear,” boasting an optical illusion-inspired cover, is executive produced by the collective known as the Force. Guest spots include Theresa Payne, Tech Poe, Tech Supreme, and Rome.

In addition to “Finger in My Nose,” the CD includes “Star,” “Sex Drugs Rock and Roll,” “The Immaculate,” and “They Say St Louis.”

Black calls the latter “My ode to the city. I’m saying how it’s a city of legends. There’s so much great talent here, when I walk through the Loop and see all the stars. I’m talking about how I view St. Louis.”

Despite his new rap CD, Black hesitates when it comes to calling himself a rapper.

“I’m on emcee who likes to do spoken word poetry. I don’t call myself a rapper. I make rap songs and I do rap, but rappers make jingles, so I say emcee and poet. I tell stories. But if you call me a rapper I’ll say, yeah, I rap.”

Catch Corey Black Sunday at H.A.I.K.U. (Haiti Advocates Inspiring Kindred Unity) at Nubia Café, and Sunday at Shop Poetry at Klub Klymaxx at the Ambassador.

Get more information at myspace.com/blacksince1982 or at irepstl.com.

...or WaitinForTheDJ.blogspot.com.

Props, Mr. Black.

-Mike-


This is an unfinished demo of one of Kanye's new tracks, "What it Do."

Sounds like old Kanye is back. The first two lines pretty much sum up the mood of the entire song. It's definitely not 808s, that's for sure.


Via Nah Right...
This a preview of DJ Absolut’s upcoming mixtape with Lupe Fiasco, called Vintage Fiasco. Here’s a little backstory: Abso was the first DJ to give Lupe light in NYC (on HOT 97 and mixtape love.) This CD will contain 12 unreleased songs by Lupe (supposedly never heard before) from his Arista Records days.



DOWNLOAD "HEY LUPE" HERE

The reason why this being an official mixtape is significant is because he’s always said that he didn’t like his unreleased songs to leak on blogs/mixtapes, but that if he’d want them to leak, he’d do it himself.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Via Frolab...

HVW8, Union & Frolab present: MOS DEF: ECSTATIC MOMENTS

In honor of Mos Def’s 2 GRAMMY Award nods, HVW8, Union LA and Frolab are ECSTATIC to announce the upcoming photo show entitled “MOS DEF: ECSTATIC MOMENTS” – a one week exhibition showcasing rare performance and behind-the-scenes images captured by Cognito while accompanying Mos Def on the two year journey of making and supporting the June 2009 release of “The Ecstatic”.

The exhibition will be open to the public from January 30, 2010 through February 6, 2010 at the HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, located at 661 N. Spaulding Ave., Los Angeles CA, 90036; open Tuesday to Sunday, 1 – 6 pm or by appointment. (323) 655-HVW8(4898)

You may know HVW8 as the home away from home to local super group Hawthorne Headhunters featuring Black Spade aka Stoney Rock.

Sounds like a killer exhibit.

-Mike-

With special guests Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Diddy, Hi-Tek, and others on stage.

Wicked.
-Mike-


On March 20th, Erykah Badu will release New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh. The production and features on this one look amazing.

For reviews of the tracks and more information, SEE HERE.

1. “20 Feet Tall” (Produced by Erykah Badu and 9th Wonder)
2. “Window Seat” (Produced by Erykah Badu and James Poyser. Featuring Ahmir ”?uestove” Thompson (drums), Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (bass), James Poyser (keys), Kirsten Agnesta (harp))
3. “Agitation” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Shafiq Husayn of SA-RA Creative Partners)
4. “Get Money” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Karieem Riggins (drums), Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (bass), James Poyser (keys), Tommy Trajlio (guitar), Mike “Chav” Chavarria (mooger fooger). Contains an interpolation of “Can’t Turn Me Away,” by Sylvia Strippling)
5. “Don’t Be Long” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Taarak)
6. “Love” (Produced by Erykah Badu and J Dilla)
7. “Umm Hmm” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Madlib)
8. “Fall in Love” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Karieem Riggins. Contains a sample of “Intimate Friends” by Eddie Kendricks)
9. “Incense” (Instrumental) (Produced by Erykah Badu and Madlib featuring Kirsten Agnesta (harp))
10. “Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 1) (Undercover Over-Lover)” (Produced by Erykah Badu featuring James Poyser (keys))
11. “Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 2)” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Georgia Ann Muldrow)
12. Bonus Web-Only Track: “Jump In The Air,” featuring Lil Wayne and Bilal (Produced by Erykah Badu, RC Williams and Jahborn. Contains an interpolation of “Hydraulic Pump” by Parliament Funkadelic)
This one is apparently from 2007, but he's already performing material that would make it onto his Grammy-nominated 2009 album The Ecstatic.

Also, check out that top hat.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Jay Electronica track in the beginning is called "Abracadabra." Look it up if you don't already have it.
-Mike-

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Already another update on the upcoming Gorillaz album. Their 3rd LP will be titled Plastic Beach and will feature Mos Def as a character called SunMoonStars.


The story behind the album goes like this...
“Five years on from the release of Demon Days, Murdoc Niccals and co. return with Gorillaz. The band have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a Plastic Beach HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This Plastic Beach is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet.”
Accordingly, the first track available for download features Mos (along with Bobby Womack) and is called "Stylo."

Gorillaz
"Stylo" featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack



The album will also feature Little Dragon, Snoop Dogg, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and Kano.

Look for Plastic Beach to drop March 8th.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Orchestral Intro (featuring Sinfonia ViVA)
2. Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach (feat. Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
3. White Flag (feat. Kano, Bashy and The National Orchestra For Arabic Music)
4. Rhinestone Eyes
5. Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def)
6. Superfast Jellyfish (feat. Gruff Rhys and De La Soul)
7. Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
8. Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E Smith)
9. Some Kind Of Nature (feat. Lou Reed)
10. On Melancholy Hill
11. Broken
12. Sweepstakes (feat. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
13. Plastic Beach (feat. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon)
14. To Binge (feat. Little Dragon)
15. Cloud Of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack and Sinfonia ViVA)
16. Pirate Jet

Click the image below to read a full article on the band's new project...


Peace.
-Mike-
(The image above is an official piece of the album art from Plastic Beach.)

Mos Def already confirmed a short while back that he would be present on the newest Gorillaz project Plastic Beach. Under the name SunMoonStars, Mos will apparently be a prominent feature on the album. (GET MORE INFO ON THAT HERE)

Since they formed, the Gorillaz have always been something of a mystery group. Obviously, with the group's performers being animated images, it is hard to tell exactly who has participated over the years.

One rumor floating around is that the Gorillaz beloved animated drummer, Russel, is leaving the group. Perhaps this is where SunMoonStars fits in?

We can only wait to see more.

Until then...
(Embedding is disabled so I can't post the video here. Sorry.)

Also, here's a leak of what is allegedly the instrumental to one of the first singles from the album, called "Stylo." The track has also been referred to as "Binge." No word on whether this is an unfinished version or the completed song.



In addition, here's a demo of another track from the album. This one is called "Broken."



Enjoy!
Peace.
-Mike-
The Black Keys, Dame Dash, Mos Def, and Jim Jones were all on hand at the recent Blakroc performance on David Letterman.

Creative Control TV has the exclusive behind the scenes footage. Check it out below.

Peace.
-Mike-

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jay Electronica oozes showmanship. His mysterious travels to Dubai some time ago have slowly been revealed through video trailers. Coupled with the standalone power of his music, these videos promise to be true audio/visual masterpiece.


The newest trailer is for "Exhibit A." Again, it is just a trailer, so don't be disappointed when it cuts off suddenly at the end.



A little while back, Jay released a similar video for his track "Dear Moleskine." Both are beautifully shot and put together. Rather than shed light on his travels, if anything, they help shroud the character of Jay Electronica in further mystery.



If we're lucky, these videos might drop with Act II, which is expected very soon. For further details on the holdups of that EP, see HERE.

Keep your fingers crossed.
-Mike-

Monday, January 18, 2010

This video was posted a year ago.

In it, Mos Def outlines his plans to Jay Electronica for a collaborative album between them. He says the album will be called "Simpatico" and should be a short length disc of 9 tracks. Jay seems intrigued.

What ever happened?
-Mike-

Simpatico from Jay Electronica on Vimeo.

I managed to catch an advanced screening of this at the Missouri History Museum a couple months back. After the movie came a panel discussion featuring local entertainment lawyers and St. Louis living legends DJ Needles and DJ Alejan.

Definitely worth viewing.
Do yourself a favor and sit down to watch it tomorrow, January 19th.

Check your local listings for it on "Independent Lens."
-Mike-

COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS, a documentary produced by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod, examines the commercial and creative value of musical sampling, including the ongoing debates about artistic expression, copyright law and money.

COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS showcases many of Hip Hop music’s legendary figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul and Digital Underground along with emerging artists such as audiovisual remixers Eclectic Method. The film also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as renowned drummer Clyde Stubblefield, the world’s most sampled musician, best known for his work with James Brown, as well as commentary by Funk legend George Clinton.

Watch on JAN. 19th PBS TV!
Check local PBS listings for the COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS broadcast on Independent Lens.

Pre-Order! The Copyright Criminals DVD is currently available for discounted pre-order from IndiePix, which manages the distribution of this film in theatrical, DVD, digital and new media markets throughout North America. The DVD will also be available at Amazon and from local video retailers January 26, 2010.

Left to Right: Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Puff

As if Jay Electronica wasn't a powerful enough force on his own, he called on the help of some very moving friends at Mos Def's recent NY show at the Highline Ballroom. On stage proudly marched Mos Def, Diddy, and Talib Kweli.

Say it with em: "We love Haiti."

Powerful indeed.
-Mike-

Jay Electronica Calls On Diddy to perform "Exhibit C" from Mikey Fresh on Vimeo.



Photos courtesy of Mel D Cole.
http://www.villageslum.com/photos/

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Somali rapper K'Naan and Brooklyn resident MC Mos Def were the featured artists on the most recent episode of Austin City Limits on PBS.

The show, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this season, has been venue to countless classic rock, country, folk, and the occasional world musician throughout the course of its history. Yesterdays episode (season 35, episode 10) was a first for the network program. K'Naan and Mos Def, who shared the spotlight in a 2-part episode, were the first hip-hop artists ever to be featured on the show.

Recently, K'Naan's anthem "Wavin' Flag" was named the official theme of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Mos Def, no stranger to awards in the hip-hop scene, is a 2010 Grammy nominee for best album (The Ecstatic) and best rap solo performance ("Casa Bey").

Congratulations to K'Naan and Mos Def for being the first rappers considered acceptable for network television performances.


Enjoy the show.
-Mike-
After a fifteen year hiatus from releasing material, Gil Scott-Heron is back and as powerful as ever. The latest track from his 40-year career is called "Me and the Devil." The video (below) is as eerie and moving as the words to his poems that accompany it.


Look for his new album, I'm New Here, on February 9th.
-Mike-

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Amidst all the trauma of the earthquake in Haiti, Wyclef Jean (himself a Haitian native) has been in the forefront seeking help for the residents of the country. Through his charity he has managed to raise very necessary funds to aid in the response to the disaster, not to mention that he has traveled personally to the country to assist.

While he was busy doing all this good for the people of his home land, The Smoking Gun had the following accusations to present against his charity organization:
(Via TheSmokingGun) JANUARY 14--The Haiti earthquake has already triggered hundreds of thousands of donations to musician Wyclef Jean's charitable foundation, which expects to raise upwards of $1 million a day in the disaster's wake. However, Internal Revenue Service records show the group has a lackluster history of accounting for its finances, and that the organization has paid the performer and his business partner at least $410,000 for rent, production services, and Jean's appearance at a benefit concert. Though the Wyclef Jean Foundation, which does business as Yele Haiti Foundation, was incorporated 12 years ago--and has been active since that time--the group only first filed tax returns in August 2009. That month, the foundation provided the IRS with returns covering calendar years 2005, 2006, and 2007--the only periods for which it has publicly provided a glimpse at its financial affairs. In 2006, Jean's charity reported contributions of $1 million, the bulk of which came from People magazine in exchange for the first photos of a pregnant Angelina Jolie (the actress reportedly directed that the publication's payment go to Jean's charity, not her personally). As seen on the following pages from the foundation's 2006 tax return, the group paid $31,200 in rent to Platinum Sound, a Manhattan recording studio owned by Jean and Jerry Duplessis, who, like Jean, is a foundation board member. A $31,200 rent payment was also made in 2007 to Platinum Sound. The rent, tax returns assure, "is priced below market value." The recording studio also was paid $100,000 in 2006 for the "musical performance services of Wyclef Jean at a benefit concert." That six-figure payout, the tax return noted, "was substantially less than market value." The return, of course, does not address why Jean needed to be paid to perform at his own charity's fundraiser. But the largest 2006 payout--a whopping $250,000--went to Telemax, S.A., a for-profit Haiti company in which Jean and Duplessis were said to "own a controlling interest." The money covered "pre-purchased...TV airtime and production services" that were part of the foundation's "outreach efforts" in Haiti. No further description of these services was offered, though the return claimed that "the fees paid are below market" and that the use of Telemax was the "most efficient way of providing these services." The group's tax returns also report "consultant" payments totaling $300,000 between 2005-2007, while the 2006 return reported nearly $225,000 in "promotion and PR" costs. These expenses are not itemized further in the IRS returns. (6 pages)
In response, Wyclef had the following to say:


Watchdog organizations like The Smoking Gun are necessary, especially recently as so many financial institutions and groups have been busted doing inappropriate or damaging deals. Just like every other group though, The Smoking Gun is never 100% reliable. All I'm saying is, it's important to judge for yourself.

Peace.
-Mike-
Via 2dopeboyz...

Between a Roc and a Hard Place from Gasface on Vimeo.


Via Frolab:

Jill Scott is about to release two movies, a cartoon series, a new bra for her Ashley Stewart intimate apparel line, new album “The Light Of The Sun” as well as main stage inclusion in the upcoming Lilith Fair tour!

*Scott’s next film project, Lifetime’s Sins Of The Mother which bows February 7th, revolves around a grad student who returns home to face her abusive, alcoholic mother – played by Scott – only to discover that her mom is sober and has a 3-year-old daughter and new life. Directed by Paul Kaufman and Executive produced by Damon Lee, the telepic is based on the novel Orange, Mint & Honey and adapted for television by Elizabeth Hunter.

*Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? releases April 2nd and returns Scott to the widely successful movie alongside Janet Jackson, Michael Jai White & Tyler Perry.

*Marvel Animation and BET Networks have teamed up to create the epic animated mini-series Black Panther out mid 2010. Scott voices X-men Heroine Storm alongside Golden Globe nominated actor Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), Kerry Washington (Last King of Scotland) & Golden Globe winning actress Alfre Woodard (American Violet).

*Following the success of last year’s joint venture w/ Ashley Stewart, a new innovative plunge style bra inspired by Jill Scott will be released nationally in the 2nd Quarter of 2010.

*Jill is currently in the studio recording her 5th album titled The Light Of The Sun. The album embarks Jill on a flurry of emotional poetry as both her career and personal life have skyrocketed with success in Hollywood and birth of first child. The album is expected to be a Spring/Summer 2010 release, just in time for the 2010 Lilith Fair Tour where Jill will be a featured performer alongside Erykah Badu, Mary J.Blige, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat – Dates are still being confirmed and are updated on www.lilithfair.com.

Keep updated at jillscott.com
Excellent quality in this vid.
Props.
-Mike-

Friday, January 15, 2010


This one comes from Twista, who has been on a tear recently, releasing freestyles left and right.

If you didn't see it already, check out his "911" freestyle in support of Haiti (HERE).

Long live freestyle week.
-Mike-

Biggest St. Louis hip-hop lineup I've seen for some time.
Be there.
-Mike-

Thursday, January 14, 2010

At least it is according to ?uestlove, drummer for the Legendary Roots Crew and resident Television Sciences scholar.

In response to the devastation being felt in Haiti (SEE HERE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION), various musical artists were quick to offer support.

Wyclef Jean, a Haitian native, first commented on the issue, his family, and on hearing about the issue directly from some friends in the region on Anderson Cooper on CNN.



Perhaps inspired by Wyclef's heartfelt commentary, Chicago MC Twista quickly produced a remix of Wyclef's classic track "911" to include a new verse reflecting on the disaster.



You heard what Wyclef said - text YELE to 501501 to offer financial support.
-Mike-
As if performing a track with Ringo Starr on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon wasn't enough (SEE HERE FOR DETAILS), Roots drummer ?uestlove had the opportunity to have a little drum off with the legendary percussionist once the show went off the air.

It's a short video, but worth the watch.

Enjoy!
-Mike-

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

(...Did I spell that dude's name right?)

Anyway, he's freaking hilarious, as I'm sure you know.

Check out his recent exploit as he ventures to perform Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothin" good 'ole boy style!

Ringo joined the Legendary Roots Crew live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Together, they performed "Here I Come" off the Root's Game Theory album.

Amazing.



Later, Ringo performed The Beatle's "With a Little Help from My Friends" with a little help from Ben Harper and Jimmy Fallon.


A few weeks ago, somebody from the Lupe Fiasco camp leaked a version of his track "I'm Beaming" off his forthcoming album LASERS. Mr. Fiasco was furious. Here's what he had to say on his official blog:
For The Record:

The track "I'm Beaming" that was leaked last night was NOT authorized or intentionally leaked by myself or my company.

Plain and simple its STOLEN property. And this goes for ANY record or track that leaks or is made available for illegal download from this day forward.

Actions are being taken and the authorities have been notified.

As a personal plea to all my fans PLEASE DO NOT share, stream, or download any unauthorized or stolen Lupe Fiasco music.

A lot of time and energy goes into the creation of this music, not to mention large sums of money, money provided by my record company as well as from my own personal finances. My music is the product of my life. It means so much to me. I take pride in it and i also take pride in how it changes peoples lives and gives them hope. So to see it treated in this manner really numbs the soul. So many of my family and friends rely on me for their well-being and I rely on my music to give me the opportunities that allow me to provide for them.

So this one i'm taking personal. And I will do ALL that is in my power and my circle of influence to make sure that the persons directly or even remotely responsible for this and any future events involving the piracy and illegal distribution and solicitation of my music will be brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Both criminally as well as civilly.

With the history that surrounds the devastating and massive piracy of my first album i'm sure some of you can understand why this very harsh stance that is being taken up. And for those of you unsympathetic enough not to understand i can only compare it to someone breaking into your house and stealing everything not tied down or someone kidnapping you sister or brother and ransoming them back to you. A deep sense of helplessness. I hope you never have to feel this and i wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.

Happy Holidays...
EVEN AT THIS TIME WE ARE NOT LOSERS...
Lupe Fiasco...Friend Of The People...

So (for some reason) his record label (Atlantic) has decided to just release the track themselves. Not the most creative response to a leak. You may notice, however, (if you heard the leaked version) that the instrumental on this is a bit different. No thoughts yet on whether or not this is a good thing.

Without further ado, I present Lupe Fiasco's latest:

"I'm Beaming"
L.A.S.E.R.S.

DOWNLOAD "I'M BEAMING" HERE
(Explicit, radio, and instrumental version thanks to 2DopeBoyz)

Enjoy.
-Mike-

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


In a recent interview on DJ Green Lantern's XM/Serius radio program, "Invasion Radio", Jay Electronica got real on the delayed release of his latest (highly-highly-anticipated) project Act II: The Turn (Patents of Nobility).

Originally, the EP was slotted for an X-Mas Day release, which was then moved back to a New Years Day release. If you read the blog on the regular, you might remember me predicting the delay last month (see HERE).

According to Jay Elect though, the continual push-back of release dates isn't his fault. Nas has been signed on to the project for some time now; however, he allegedly sent in his verses for the project way later than scheduled. Direct from Jay's mouth:
"You wanna know the real hold-up? We had it ready to go on New Years, but...we didn't have the Nas verses yet."
Ouch. Thankfully, he followed up by adding "but we got 'em, we got 'em."

Now that all the verses are in, look for Jay Electronica's Act II: The Turn (Patents of Nobility) very soon.

Check out the full interview over on NahRight.

I don't know about anybody else, but despite all the delays, I'm still excited.
-Mike-

Parents Don't Understand from Gasface on Vimeo.

Looks like Mia has some new music in the works.
This track is considerably more chill than much of her previous work.

Also, this type of video seems to be very popular recently -- just the artist performing solo in front of the camera with generous digital film editing added afterwards (a la Mos Def's "Supermagic" video: SEE HERE).
I dig it thoroughly.

Album release sometime soon perhaps?
-Mike-

RULES from Nato Caliph on Vimeo.

Monday, January 11, 2010

That's what KRS-One says...
Hm.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Hosted by Talib Kweli and mixed by DJ Heathen, this mixtape presents some of the newest and best work by Blacksmith MCs and groups, including Talib Kweli, Strong Arm Steady, Jean Grae, Idle Warship and more.

DOWNLOAD FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC HERE

Look for new shit from all of these artists soon at your local record shop.
Blacksmith is the movement.
Blacksmith is the music.
-Mike-

Saturday, January 9, 2010


The Legendary Roots Crew is back again with a new mixtape called Late Night with The Roots. As you can probably tell from the title and the image above, the mixtape is a compilation of some of their best collaborations and performances at their new gig as the official house band of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.


From the creative minds of DJ Furious Styles and DJ Dub comes the next installment of the Jay Electronica legacy: Victory.


Here's what the DJs have to say about the project:
"In the current state of music, an artist like Jay (Electronica) deserves the attention of anyone who even THINKS they like Hip-Hop. We're not saying that he's the savior but he's been working on the humble for years and Exhibit C opened him up to the world. World, meet Jay Electronica...support his victory for Hip-Hop." - DJ DUB

"I truly believe that everyman has a story and Jay Electronica's story is definitely the current soundtrack to Hip-Hop. He makes the impossible seem possible. Dub and I wanted to share his soundtrack with those that were unfamiliar. Let's welcome back the lyricists to Hip- Hop." - DJ FURIOUS STYLES

Friday, January 8, 2010

Creative Control just came through with a color edit of the already-cool-as-shit video for "History" off Mos Def's new album The Ecstatic.

Mos Def Feat. Talib Kweli-History (Creative Control Color Edit) from Creative Control on Vimeo.

"Exhibit C" by Jay Electronica (produced by Just Blaze) was a killer hit. Accordingly, all kinds of people have jumped on board remixes. First, Just Blaze gave us the "Guido Fist Pump" remix (CHECK IT OUT HERE); then, Hasan Insane remixed it as well and added a Nas verse (CHECK THAT ONE OUT HERE).


Now, various artists have taken their shots at going in over the beat. Check em out below.

C-N-N (aka Capone-N-Noriega) dropped "Exhibit CNN"



Sha Stimuli dropped "Exhibit S"



Joell Ortiz dropped his "Exhibit C Freestyle"



Just to be different, Mickey Factz got on "Exhibit A" and called it "The Lost Exhibit: #Alpha"



You get all that?
-Mike-
 

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