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Antenna Magazine x Rashida Jones x Fall 2011

Quincy’s daughter Rashida Jones covers the Fall 2011 issue of Antenna Magazine. This, is a win. Wrote about the good Yu-Ming Wu and alternate reality gaming in said issue. But, you’re probably still looking at Rashida Jones. Currently on ‘Parks and Recreation,’ the video below is of her appearance on Letterman when she was a regular on ‘The Office.’

September 1, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, News | , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation’

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’86 was a dope year, figuratively and literally. VH1 Rock Docs is presenting ‘Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation‘ (trailer above). The hour long documentary is narrated and executive produced by Ice-T (aka Scotty Appleton from crack era movie du jour New Jack City) and features commentary from artists like B-Real, Raekwon, RZA and Snoop Dogg. Looks like the film will be covering the relationship between rap and crack cocaine, as well as notorious (now former) drug dealers like Azie Faison and Freeway Ricky Ross.

A lot of your favorite MCs (BIG, Jay-Z, Nas, etc.) have rapped extensively about the crack era, glamorizing it in the process no matter how clearly their rhymes reiterate that ish was NOT sweet on the ghetto streets. I’ve personally seen friend’s parents ruins their lives thanks to that crack pipe and it made walking the cracked South Bronx pavement a daily adventure. So while the fresh gear, music and good times were great, to hell with the dope fiends, murders for chump change and all around f*ckery. And yeah, blame the CIA.

‘Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation’ airs Sunday, September 18 at 10 PM EST. [H/T The Juice]

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The Source July 1994 issue featuring Eazy-E (includes Part 1 of epic “10th Summer of Crack” story) [THIMK]

August 30, 2011 Posted by | Hip-Hop | , , , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Big K.R.I.T. “Vent” + Need To Know Interview

New video from Big K.R.I.T. for “Vent,” off his Return of 4Eva mixtape. I interviewed Big K.R.I.T. for AOL Blackvoices’ Huffington Post Blackvoices’ now defunct TheBVX.com last May for a column called “Need To Know.” At the time he wasn’t signed to Def Jam and his K.R.I.T. Was Here mixtape was getting repeated burn, and still is. Couldn’t find the original story online, so I reposted it here.

K.R.I.T.’s proper debut, Live From The Underground, is due in stores September 27.

Who: Big K.R.I.T. (meaning King Remembered In Time) is a self-sufficient, 23-year-old rapper and producer representing Meridien, Mississippi as home.

Credentials: K.R.I.T. spent years honing his skills on the mic and — since he couldn’t afford to pay producers — the beats (starting with his Playstation’s MTV Music Generator video game, no less). But K.R.I.T. let the rap world know David Banner wasn’t the only show in his state after he aligned his own Multi label with the Cinematic Music Group and the Dame Dash-affiliated online content label Creative Control — they handle the visuals, shown below — to release “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here.”

Why: K.R.I.T.’s mastery of matching soul drenched production (all his own) to his thoughtfully rendered Southern fried rhyme parables makes him one of hip-hop’s most promising new artists, regardless of region. “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here” isn’t just a glorified mixtape but a full blown album with assistance from Smoke DZA, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa and Devin the Dude. And we dare say, one of the better releases of 2010. Meetings with major labels are being held, but all K.R.I.T. will divulge is, “2010 is going to be a great year.”

Musical Recipe: The double duty talents, rhyming and producing, of the late Pimp C with the fiery delivery of 8Ball & MJG.

Sample Selections:

“Hometown Hero”

“Children of the World”

“KING”

Download:K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
Quotable: “The first time out the gate I want people to understand that I’m human. I have different days. Some days I don’t feel like dealing with the bullshit. Some days it’s just about money. Some days [are] spiritual. You go through so many emotions throughout life; I wanted my album to be just the same. Nineteen records of different emotions, depending on how you felt that day and what you’re going through. I just wanted to put the music out there and let people know that I’m the type of artist you can relate to and I go through the same stuff you go through. The glamor and the glitz of the industry, that’s for television. When you riding in the car, all you hear is my voice and this music, that’s it. I want people to vibe out to my words and hopefully take something from what I said that might inspire [them].”


August 26, 2011 Posted by | Hip-Hop | , , , | 1 Comment

VIDEO: GZA “Liquid Swords” x Wavves x Fuel TV

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This seems totally random, but is nevertheless dope. GZA/Genius performs “Liquid Swords” with musical accompaniment from the Wavves on Fuel TV’s ‘The Daily Habit.’ OG video below. [Spotted at Pitchfork]

August 26, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

RIP KASE 2 x Graffiti KING

Hearing via Twitter that pioneering graffiti legend KASE 2 (CASE)—born Jeff Brown—has passed away. Will add more info as it becomes available. A South Bronx representative, “One arm” KASE got a boost in fame after he appeared in the seminal Hip-Hop documentary Style Wars, which should be in your collectionback in ’83. A clip of KASE in the film below. RIP.

UPDATE: MTV RapFix blog posted some nice words on KASE, who succumbed to cancer, from King Phade.

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KING CASE2 T.F.P! rest in paradise my brother love you! [12OzProfit]

August 14, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, News | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Young Jeezy x Source Magazine Cover

“I think they deserve a classic. They’ve waited long enough. I think that every record on this album is an anthem.”—Young Jeezy

Jeezy covers the August/September issue of The Source. Hits news stands August 23. As for his new album, TM103, September 20 is the due date. Also, wrote about his show at the Highline Ballroom last week for MTV News.

August 4, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Music, News | , , | Leave a comment

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… x The Purple Tape x 16 Year Anniversary

“For real, it’s just slang rap democracy, here’s the policy, slide off the ring, plus the Wallabees.”—Raekwon (“Incarcerated Scarfaces”)

On August 1, 1995, the Purple Tape dropped. Needless to say, sixteen years later, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… remains one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums of all time. Check that, one of the greatest albums of all time, period. [H/T UpNorthTrips]

All the videos from Raekwon’s masterpiece, “guest starring” Ghostface Killah, below.

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VIDEO: Author Alvin Blanco Explains His New Wu-Tang Clan Biography

“Heaven & Hell”

“Glaciers of Ice”

“Criminology”

“Ice Cream”

“Incarcerated Scarfaces”

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Moleskine Limited Edition Star Wars Pocket Diaries

Moleskines plus Star Wars. [Passes out.]

My favorite remnant of the analog writing days links up with the greatest sci-fi series, ever. Jar Jar Binks be damned. You can pre-order the two notebooks seen above, more to come, at Amazon. [Disturbance in the Force felt at High Snobiety]

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

DOWNLOAD: “Excursions: Rarities and Remixes of A Tribe Called Quest” Mixtape

The good folks at UNDRCRWN drop a mixtape of Tribe rarites mixed by Mick Boogie. I have all of these already, but so should you. This also gives me reason enough to post the video to “On the Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs a Ton)” by the Jungle Brothers. It’s one my fav Q-Tip productions and on the vinyl is the version that features a verse from the Abstract. Tracklist after the break. [H/T Kari Cruz]

DOWNLOAD:Excursions: Rarities and Remixes of A Tribe Called Quest”  | Mediafire

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July 19, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Native Tongue x A Tribe Called Quest x New Birth

Despite the tit for tat that Q-Tip and Michael Rapaport are currently engaging in, the documentary they are riffing about, Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest is phenomenal. I said as much, though I’d like to think more eloquently, on ParlourMagazine.com. A moment that stood out for me in the flick is when Q-Tip described how Tribe’s extended crew of family (starting with Jungle Brothers and De La Soul) came up with the name Native Tongue.*

The story goes that the Abstract was at Baby Afrika’s crib cutting up a New Birth record that says “took away our native tongue.” After some digging—through the wonderful world of Google—I figured out the specific song in question is called “African Cry”  [pay attention at the 0:32 mark below] from the Funk/Soul band’s 1972 album Coming Together. The record itself is deep; its soulful lyrics recount African’s getting stolen from their lands and being shipped across the sea and into slavery, over a funky bass line and wailing horns.

I found the MP3 of “African Cry,” which I feel obliged to share since Coming Together seems to be out print (I couldn’t even find it on YouTube). Get it while the gettings are good, to paraphrase ATCQ’s “Ham N’ Eggs.” If you’re so inclined, seek out the entire album because it’s a winner.

Download: The New Birth “African Cry” [Mediafire]

*Note, I’m of the school of thought that when used correctly—though even some members jack it up—the “tongue” is singular. The homie Keith Murphy wrote a great story on the influential crew for Vibe Magazine about four years back.

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Helped on on this too. -> Top 30 Greatest A Tribe Called Quest Songs [XXLMag.com]

July 8, 2011 Posted by | Films, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, Rare Joints | , , , , , | 3 Comments