The Art of Rap screened Saturday afternoon at the MARC to a more bumpin’ crowd than Sundance usually sees. Stocked with rap artists and hip-hop fans, the audience spent much of the documentary head bobbing and breaking into applause whenever another rap icon threw down a bit of freestyle verse on screen.
The ringmaster, of course, was Ice-T, who conceived of the project and directed it, a first for the music, film and TV star. He made sure to bring several of the producers and subjects of the film to Park City for the premiere — Grandmaster Caz, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Ice’s longtime partner Evil E, associate producer Seane Sean, wife Coco and son Little Ice. When the screening was over, Ice seemed genuinely pleased, having seen the film on the big screen with an audience for the first time. “What’d y’all think?” he said with a big smile. “Shit was kinda good…”
THE TEACHA KRS-ONE INTRODUCES RIP NICHOLSON TO HIS SCHOOL OF HIP HOP.
Oprah visited down under, even Queen Elizabeth and her grandson Prince William walked our red carpets last year. Now we wait, firmly held in 2012 for the inaugural visit of hip hop’s leading protagonist, acting strictly for the cause and survival of a culture. KRS One, (born Lawrence Parker) is poised in San Francisco to board a boat and head for our golden shores. Afraid of flying, Parker will take the month-long trip down under with an agenda to inject knowledge into our our hip hop culture with a “booster shot.” Following some stringent protocol to get him in session, Parker lets loose over 50 minutes with a booming authority over his words. Holding a genuine concern for the upkeep of his culture, Parker lays out an economic model for the survival of Australia’s hip hop scene in today’s new world, which he believes finds the balance of power shifted in favour of it’s forebearers and creative souls who maintain the culture’s equilibrium behind it’s commerce.
What would your main objective be on this auspicious trip down our way?
I’ve waited a long time for this. There is a couple of places I’m trying to go to over the next three years. And Australia is just one of them that I’ve been trying to get to for a many years. There has always been challenges, so when i come to a place i don’t just want to come to the place, perform and leave. I don’t like flying into a country, flying over a country. Beyond that, go straight to the hotel from the airport and to the venue and to the hotel and to the airport and then say ‘OK, I’ve been to Australia.’ That’s not my style at all so i waited it out.
Promoters have been calling me over the last 10 years, people been calling. Some called but the money wasn’t right, others called and the transportation wasn’t right. Others called but there was opening acts on the bill that i didn’t agree with. So now i have a great promoter and he suggested i get over here by sea. So when i realised we can sail from San Francisco, California to Sydney, Australia i was ecstatic to be able to get this opportunity and this is how the tour all starts. That’s the personal reason as to why it’s happening now, in that sense. This promoter that I’m dealing with is pandering to KRS One and the way KRS One would like to come to Australia. Other promoters were telling me how to come to Australia. This certain promoter is assisting me in coming to Australia…
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Following “My God“, “Can I Live” and “Open Your Eyes” here is the latest video from Clipse member/G.O.O.D Music Recording artist Pusha T’s Fear Of God mixtape. Black backgrounds and tons and tons of white substances (Baby powder?) form the visuals for “Blow” directed by Mike Carson and Mike Waxx.
Pusha T‘s Fear Of God mixtape is out now. Read our review and download the mixtape here. Fear of God 2: Let Us Pray EP drops in June on G.O.O.D. music/Re-Up Gang/Decon Records.
They release songs and visuals, daily. (You can’t ever get to far from the blogosphere!) They’re working on solo projects and film guest appearances, all while promoting their compilation album, ‘Self Made Vol. 1,’ out May 23. Does Maybach Music Group have something to prove?
Check out what Maybach Music’s Rick Ross, Wale, Pill and Meek Mill had to say about proving themselves in the second part of The Juice’s two part interview.
BEFORE THEIR SIXTH ALBUM DROPS, MC RAKAA TAYLOR (RAKAA IRISCIENCE) HAS FRAGMENTED THE DISCOGRAPHY OF DILATED PEOPLES TO INCLUDE HIS FIRST SOLO LP, CROWN OF THORNS, IT’S ALL LOVE, HE TELLS RIP NICHOLSON AND INSISTS THAT HIS RECORD IS “LESS OF A DEPARTURE AND MORE OF A CONTINUATION” OF THE GROUP’S LEGACY.
RAKAA interviewed for Rip2Shredz // Street Press Australia // Hiphop.sh @ 14.15 AEST Monday 17th October, 2011
Dilated Peoples has always played a pivotal role in Southern Cali’s left-sided movement, advancing their hip hop to a more consciously-aware state. Before they set to drop their 2012 LP, MC Rakaa Iriscience enjoys his moment in the sun with his solo work, 2011’s Crown Of Thorns. But, despite holding down his own royal affair, it’s fellow Los Angeleno and Dilated Peoples MC Evidence’s Cats & Dogs (just released) that’s held the main focus of Taylor and the Peoples’ as of late. Rakaa takes time out while campaigning for Ev’s album, to discuss the legacy of Dilated Peoples and his own first solo outing.
You said in a recent interview that Crown Of Thorns is the most honest work you’ve done and the most worldly out of L.A.’s illustrious reality rap scene - what did you do to make it more worldly?
I worked with producers and vocalists from different parts of the world, featured multiple languages and cultures, and allowed my worldview to shine through.
The solo experience - did you find freedom or isolation?
Actually both. It was pure freedom, which can be a bit scary and intimidating after years of support that comes from creative compromise. I did feel isolated sometimes, but I also know that I never walk alone – even though I always stand on my own two feet as a man.
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LOS ANGELES– Heavy D, the self-proclaimed “overweight lover” of hip-hop who became one of rap’s top hit-makers with wit, humor and a positive vibe, has died. He was 44. Lt. Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills police said Heavy D died in a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday after collapsing at his condominium building.
Rosen said Beverly Hills police officers were dispatched to Heavy D’s condominium building Tuesday morning after receiving a report of an unconscious person laying on the walkway of a building. They found Heavy D was conscious and communicative but had difficulty breathing and was transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he later died.
Rosen said Beverly Hills detectives found no signs of foul play and believe his death is medically related. He said Heavy D “was returning home from shopping. He experienced difficulty breathing while walking into his condominium building. He was being assisted up to his apartment by building personnel when he collapsed in an exterior hallway.”
The last tweet from Heavy D posted Tuesday morning read, “BE INSPIRED!”
Dwight Arrington Myers, the rapper known as Heavy D of Heavy D and the Boyz, and his crew released their debut album “Living Large” in 1987. Their hits included “Now That We Found Love,” “Who’s the Man” and “Somebody For Me.”
The New York-born rapper was one of the genre’s most integral stars in the last 1980s and early 1990s, as it relied on new voices and star power to fuel its phenomenal growth in the mainstream.
The deep-voiced rapper’s earliest hit, “The Overweight Lover’s in the House,” played up his hefty frame. But while that nickname would stick, his weight did not become part of his shtick, like the Fat Boys. What drew people to his music was his singular style, which celebrated an easygoing, party vibe – sometimes humorous, sometimes inspiring and almost always positive.
In the mid-1990s, Heavy D became president of Uptown Records, the label that released most of his albums and was also the home to acts like Mary J. Blige and Jodeci. He also created the theme songs for sketch comedy shows “In Living Color” and “MADtv” and acted on the TV shows “Boston Public” and “The Tracy Morgan Show,” as well as in the films “Life” and “Step Up.”
“Most know Heavy D as a rap icon,” said actor-comedian Tommy Davidson. “I considered him a brother who made an indelible mark on me as a performer and a human being. I miss him already.”
Combined with the fusion of the “New Jack Swing” musical style, Heavy D was a constant presence on the charts, and also a go-to figure for several performers. He collaborated with such artists as Michael Jackson on the 1991 single “Jam” and the 1997 duet “Keep It Coming” with B.B. King.
Heavy D attempted a reggae-fueled comeback in 2008 with the album “Vibes,” which didn’t contain any rapping. He returned to rapping on his latest album, “Love Opus,” which was released in September, and he performed a medley of his past hits at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards last month.
“I’m so glad that we got to work together for his performance at last month’s BET Hip-Hop Awards,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s president of music programming and specials. “Hev was focused, energetic and happy. He worked hard, as he always had, to excite the crowd. Our condolences go to his family and specifically his daughter who he doted on. He was a unique figure in hip-hop and will be missed.”
He also had a cameo appearance in the new movie “Tower Heist,” starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST BREAK OUT ACTS IN HIP HOP, NAUGHTY BY NATURE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO STRIKE A NERVE, HOLDING DOWN THEIR TRUE IDENTITY WHILE TAKING IT TO MAINSTREAM NOTORIETY WITHOUT HAVING THEIR GHETTO PASSES REVOKED. TWENTY YEARS AFTER O.P.P. STICKERED THE CHARTS, THE NEW ALBUM ANTHEM INC. IS SET TO CEMENT THEM REAL RAP IICONS. VIN ROCK TALKS TO RIP NICHOLSON.
VinRock (Naughty By Nature) interviewed for Rip2Shredz // Street Press Australia // Hiphop.sh @ 09.20 AEST - Aug 25, 2011
Naughty By Nature went back to their gully, Illtown roots of New Jersey to shoot the video for a new single, but as Vinnie ‘Vin Rock’ Brown explains, they never left. Now fresh from a tour with Redman and Method Man stretching from France to Brasil (and Australia this month), the hardcore hip hop trio feel as young as ever on stage.
20 years in the game now! Congratulations. Are you guys feeling that legacy on your shoulders now?
We been movin’ around so much lately… i can’t even tell. We all still young and very youthful and we’re out there working on stage, jumping around and burnin’ them calories.
Does it put pressure on your new work? or does it feel the same as it did 20 years ago?
Yeah i believe that we have no real pressure and we don’t have to live up to those legacies. We just did it and the accolades came along with it. So we take it like, ‘hey we won this for hip hop.’ We doin’ this for a lot of the people and whatever is whatever on the back end, you know?
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The BET Hip Hop Awards was recently served up and apart from seeing the return of DMX and Heavy D live and LL Cool J immortalised this year, the cypher, once again became the show’s highlight package. Lil Wayne took both artist and live performer of the year, but when Chris Brown’s Look At Me Now (featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne) takes most awards including video of the year and the Beastie Boys’ aren’t even nominated, who gives a shit about the rest? The awards won’t be remembered next week but the all-star cypher will go down as one of the most memorable. Everybody got down on their 16 bars, no weak links and scratching each MC in, was none other than the legendary DJ Premier with James Brown’s Payback.
New joint dusted off from the cut tracks of LL’s early Jack The Ripper. Thank to the guys at slice-of-spice.com
DOWNLOAD: LL Cool J – Year of the Hip-Hop | Mediafire
Another sneak peek: 9th and The Chef on this joint off The Wonder Years. (Sept. 27)
DOWNLOAD: 9th Wonder – No Pretending f. Raekwon & Big Remo | Mediafire
Another sneak peek: North Carolina’s The Wonder Years album coming September 27th.
DOWNLOAD: 9th Wonder – One Night f. Terrace Martin, Phonte, & Bird And The Midnight Falcons | Mediafire
01 Changing Of The Guards (f. Diddy)
02 Amen (f. Kanye West & Young Jeezy)
03 Trouble On My Mind (f. Tyler, the Creator)
04 What Dreams Are Made Of
05 O There It Is
06 Feeling Myself (f. Kevin Cossom)
07 Raid (f. 50 Cent & Pharrell)
08 My God
09 I Still Wanna (f. Rick Ross & Ab Liva)
DOWNLOAD: Pusha T – Funkmaster Flex Freestyle | Mediafire
“Reebok Classics and Rock The Bells bring you Classic Albums by Classic Artists featuring Illmatic by Nas.”
Young Jeezy and DJ Drama surprise everyone by letting go of their latest project The Real Is Back 2. Features from Birdman, Freddie Gibbs, Yo Gotti and more.
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