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VIDEO: Ghostface Killah x Supreme London

Ghostface Killah was on hand for the opening of the new Supreme store in London. Not much actual performance footage but worth checking Tony Starks spit the opening bars to “Nutmeg” with the same vintage mic seen on the cover of Supreme Clientele. If you have not, I suggest you listen to said album. [Spotted at Hypebeast]

October 20, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: ?uestlove x And 1 Commercial

Finally found this commercial starring ?uestlove of the Roots that was as part of a Latrell Sprewell ad campaign. Spree was rolling with And 1 at the time and this predated his choking out Coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Roots’ drummer and defacto spokesman runs through the different looks he uses when performing, including one that channels the 6′ 5″, former NBA star guard.

I tell anyone who will listen that Spree’s two handed dunks were things of beauty. Any ballplayer will appreciate the athleticism necessary to go full speed toward the hoop, take off of one leg and cock the ball all the way back before throwing it down with authority. Damn shame the Milwaukee native basically negotiated his way out of the NBA.

Also, peep the vid, not one but TWO afro picks.

October 18, 2011 Posted by | Basketball, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , | 2 Comments

The Roots “Make My” f/ Big K.R.I.T.

Track list dropped this a.m., now the Roots’ lead single from their forthcoming new album undun—“Make My,” featuring BIG K.R.I.T. and produced Khari Mateen—leaks premieres. It’s a good Monday.

undun is in stores December 6.

October 17, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , | 2 Comments

The Roots ‘undun’ Track List

The 13th album (at this point I’ve given up trying to fact check this) from the legendary Roots crew will be a concept project called undun, and the track list (below) has been revealed. ?uestlove previously told MTV News that it will be a “movie without visuals.”

That sounds a bit too DJ Khaled’esque, but the Philly crew has earned the benefit of a doubt. The album’s first single, “Make My,” is due November 1 on iTunes and features their Def Jam labelmate Big K.R.I.T. I need to hear this STAT.

UPDATE: Listen to ‘Make My’

The former B.R.O.ther ?uestion said the following via press release:

 “At this point in our career we’d like for our work to have a unifying theme, and an experiential quality. We’ve been intentionally making our albums shorter in length so that they can be experienced as a continuous work. The music is band-oriented with an eye on the moody cinematic. As a DJ, I am the King of playlists, but I don’t want our albums to feel like a playlist or a mixtape for that matter. We want to tell stories that work within the album format and we want the stories to be nuanced and useful to people. undun is the story of this kid who becomes criminal, but he wasn’t born criminal. He’s not the nouveau exotic primitive bug-eyed gunrunner like Tupac’s character Bishop in “Juice”… he’s actually thoughtful and is neither victim nor hero. Just some kid who begins to order his world in a way that makes the most sense to him at a given moment… At the end of the day… isn’t that what we all do?”

The video above is a song the Roots created in one take while shooting those John Varvatos Fall/Winter 2011 collection ads you’ve been seeing in mags like GQ and Esquire. Respect the swag.

undun Tracklist

1) Sleep

2) Make My

3) One Time

4) Kool On

5) The Jump

6) Stomp

7) Lighthouse

8 ) I Remember

9) Tip The Scale

10) Redford

October 17, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , | 12 Comments

VIDEO: Nas “Nasty” + Common “Ghetto Dreams” f/ Nas

Nas is still nice. Common is still nice. That said, the plan is for these two MCs to drop a collaborative album called Nas.Com (or Nas (Dot) Com?).

Above, Nas’ video for the Salaam Remi produced “Nasty” from his forthcoming album titled Life Is Good. Below, Common’s video for the No I.D. produced “Ghetto Dreams” from his forthcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer, due out November 22.

October 11, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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