Saturday, December 31, 2011

Chuck Inglish Presents WRKING (Instrumentals)

I guess this is Chuck's way of saying Happy New Year from The Cool Kids, at least that's my interpretation.  Well, have some music and have a safe New Year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jay Smooth On Discussing Race

Friday, December 9, 2011

Stalley - Go On (Music Video)

Go On is featured on Lincoln Way Nights.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

An Open Letter To Questlove From A Fan

When I initially heard about the concept behind Undun, I was really excited.  It sounded like I was about to get some of that grit that I have been begging for from The Roots.  With such a grim subject, I figured that I would get more than one or two songs with the heart of a Lost Desire, 75 Bars, Here I Come or Water.  Tracks like these are when Black Thought gets to shine most.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Quick Question: How Do You Listen To Music?

Do you listen on your mp3 player?

Do you listen on your phone?

Do you listen on your computer?

Do you listen in your car?

Do you listen on the bus or train?

Do you listen on the radio?

Do you make playlists?

Do you just let an album ride?

Do you just find a song you love and leave it on repeat?

Do you use headphones or ear buds?

Talk to me about your listening habits . . .

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

iFanboy - Episode #240 - Comic Book Art & Artists

Without art and artists, comic books are just words. And what would be the point of that? Ron, Josh, and Conor talk about what makes up their favorite comic book art, what some of the early favorites were, and who is doing the best artwork in comic books today. The idea of art is certainly subjective, but there are a few things all three can agree on; things like Darwyn Cooke, for example. From style to to storytelling, and artists who used to draw one way, and now do it another, we try to cover as much as we can. - iFanboy 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mara Hruby - Character (Shot by @aboutherfilms)

Shot and Directed by Melinda James.
"Character" is a video displaying a day in Mara Hruby's shoes to get a closer look at what makes her happy; Creativity & Music. It was filmed in The Attic Of Love and features a 1964 Porsche Classic, all centered in The Bay Area.
“It’s important to know who you are as a person, all around, so you can take your creativity beyond the ordinary. This video will show a side of me that not a lot of people have seen. It’s all about doing what you love and finding what makes you happy.” -Mara Hruby
**BONUS** Featured at the end of this video is an original song entitled "The Love Below." This song will be on her upcoming original album. (Nate Mercereau on guitar).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

mistamonotone - Taboo Beat Tape

the concept of this beat-"tape"/"cd"/"album"/download is TABOO. certain taboos exist within the beat making world (or at least they used thou shall not sample from CDs! thou shall not useth breaketh beats! thou shalt not use the wretched stock-ed drum recordings! thou shant sample MP3s! thou shalt not loop thine samples! thou mustn't partaketh of the youtubery! surely you shall not sample ******, he/she/they will sue thine a$$ off! ...THAT RECORD JUST CAME OUT, YOU CAIN'T SAMPLE DAT, FOO!!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Red Bull Music Academy Interviews MF DOOM

Hip-Hop's last enigma sits down on the (Red Bull Music) Academy couch to break down the message behind the mask, rap beef behind his different personas, and why good things come to those who wait.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Just Listen: WTF with Marc Maron Featuring Chris Rock

Rock hits on a ton of great topics with Maron:
  • How he was almost a rapper . . .
  • His relationship with Eddie Murphy.
  • Saturday Night Live's treatment of Black performers.
  • Why Dave Chappelle is America's the last great comedian.
  • Why cable television killed the well-rounded comic.
  • How he prepares for his hour specials & tours.
  • His theory on Barack Obama's first term.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Common's 2011 Haiti trip & "Sweet"

A behind the scenes look at Common's Haiti trip and video shoot for "Sweet"


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Music Reviews In A Minute: J. Cole - Cole World, The Sideline Story

Well, rumor had it –  that a man from The Ville (Fayetteville, North Carolina to be exact), caused a Cole World to emerge out in these streets; but the release of J.Cole's "Cole World: The Sideline Story" hastily reset this rumor to a truth.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Dallas Penn On #OccupyWallStreet

#OccupyWallStreet is trying to ruin my dreams of capitalism. 
Only a socialist wants people to be treated like humans. 
True capitalists see people as expendable chattel. 
Where is Ayn Rand when we need her the most?

Black Star - Fix Up Look Sharp [Prod. by Madlib]

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Just Listen: Aisha Tyler Interviews Questlove

Aisha Tyler started her own weekly podcast in July called Girl On Guy.  I love Aisha, but the podcast really didn't do too much for me in the first eleven weeks.  The guests weren't all that interesting and were all white men.  Nonetheless I kept my subscription to her RSS feed hoping to see someone eye catching cross my Google Reader.  Thankfully, ?uestlove of The Roots to the rescue!  The interview is incredible.  It's less comedy and more of a story of the origin of The Roots as well as some details about their upcoming album, Undun.  It's a long listen, but it's definitely worth it.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Random Geekery: Loose Ends by 12 Gauge Comics

No one seemed to notice Sonny Gibson as he stepped back into 'The Hideaway'; a dusty little honky-tonk nestled off the Carolina highway. But before the night was over, Sonny would be on the run. From the law, from the criminals, even from himself.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Beedie - Cardiac Arrest & Beedie Sings The Blues (Music Video)

Cardiac Arrest & Beedie Sings The Blues are featured on The Beat Bully LP.

Gummy Soul Presents Fela Soul (Fela Kuti + De La Soul)

“I came up with the concept for this project in fall of 2010. I wanted to follow through with it not only because it was a good idea, but because of the powerful impact both these artists have had on me and my music. Afrobeat, jazz, funk, and hip-hop are already so interconnected, and I always thought it would be exciting to work on a project that combined all of these elements together.”
“I hope this project will help to bridge the gap between hip-hop and afrobeat, and serve an introduction for hip-hop fans and music fans alike who are unfamiliar with Fela Kuti or De La Soul’s music.”
- Amerigo Gazaway of Gummy Soul

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Stephen Colbert Thinks Google & Facebook Are Frying Our Brains

When I originally watched this segment I had feelings of ambivalence. On one hand is was hilariously brilliant, but on the other hand it hit way too close to home.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne

When you decide to name your release: Watch The Throne, and have your cover art designed by Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, your album is already swimming in pretension.  Hubris of this level comes with incredibly high expectations that can definitely suffocate average artists and certain athletic royalty.  So, with that being said I will admit that my standards are definitely sky high when evaluating Jay-Z & Kanye West's newest offering.

Here are a few of my thoughts:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Wish The News Covered MY Pittsburgh

It's funny, I used to often talk to friends that aren't from this area about my city and my less than positive opinion of it.  Most of those I talk to a pretty smart and know there way around the internet.  I would tell them about how much I dislike my city and why, while they would see different articles online about how livable or affordable it is.  I would always tell them that its great if you're white, but as a Black person . . . not so much.  The images of Pittsburgh and Pittsburghers are pretty much whitewashed on a nationally.  The successful Blacks in the city are primarily athletes that play for local teams (read: STEELERS) and are just passing through.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DOOMSTARKS (MF DOOM & Ghostface) - Victory Laps (Audio)

It was many years ago - 4, 5? - when DOOM was here in Los Angeles playing us a few tracks he'd just begun working on with Ghostface Killah. Like everyone else, we thought it was a great collaboration. And like everyone else, after the years began passing, we thought it would never happen.
Here it is: the first official release from DOOMSTARKS. This is a limited edition picture disc 12" with "Victory Laps" on one side (Vocal, Remix, Instrumentals) backed with Serato Control Tones used to DJ with Serato Scratch Live software. Expected ship date is September 6-13.