Now hear this: “Moon and Back” (produced by Stro Elliot) – a “Pro-Exclusive” rendition of poetry by L3. After you’ve played and heard this, hear this: you can commission your own “Pro-Exclusive” rendition of your work.
The legendary DJ Tony Touch is gearing up to release his long-awaited project “The Piecemaker 3 (Return Of The 50 Mcs)” due July 9th. People still talk about Tony Toca’s original 50 Mc’s mixtapes to this day & I’ve often overheard artists asking why Tony doesn’t start it back up again when people focused intently on who had the hottest bars. It’s great to see the Brooklyn Puerto Rock get back on it again. During the 50 days leading up to the release of the new project, Tony Touch will be dropping webisodes of classic & never seen before footage up until the July 9th which is the release date of his new project. In this first episode Tony Touch captures video of Busta Rhymes, Ol Dirty Bastard, CL Smooth, Rampage, & 8 Off The Assassin back in 1994 at the Gavin Convention in New Orleans. Classic
Dimelo! Dimelo! Dimelo!
Journalist and music industry insider Matt Sonzala hosts a panel discussion at the Scion AV Music(less) Music Conference. The first segment of the ‘Current State of Rap Music’ is ready for viewing above. Matt has Killer Mike setting it off with straight talk on his story in the rap game. No punches pulled. No anger. Just Mike stating his point of view. Powerful! In part 2 of this exclusive panel discussion, the other panel members (Action Bronson and producer Harry Fraud) join in the discussion with their opinions of major labels. Check that out – as well as the rest of the panel discussion – after the jump.
‘The Scion Music(less) Music Conference 2012 is an exclusive mix of panel discussions and one-on-one conversations highlighting the brightest minds in today’s creative culture. Learn first-hand from industry movers and shakers as they offer their views on art and commerce.’
Great viewing. Watch all the clips. Thank me later!
Creative control, looking out the window, a new beat, good music… These things inspire Detroit producer Apollo Brown. Watch this clip from The Bee Shine Series ‘What Inspires.’ Apollo goes on to list other inspirations – his hometown, his fan base (recognizing the blessing of him having one), and more.
Over 30 years of deejaying is lot of ground to cover on this episode of The Round Up. So, host Shaheem Reid gets right to it with the legendary
Dr. Spank DJ Kid Capri. The two reminisce, dig in the crates, and comment(ate) at Scratch DJ Academy. Talk on the mixtape game, favorite career moments, the present and the future make for a full 20 minutes of good viewing.
Unreleased heat from the lord Rakim. Dominic Owen did the production for the track, recorded in 1995, “Get Visual.” Kept under wraps ever since Owens shares it with the world now.
‘Another classic unreleased Rakim song from my archive.“Get Visual” is the third song out of four I recorded with Rakim. This would later turn up on the “18th Letter” Album as “When I’m Flowin.”‘
- Dominic Owen
Show the skills at the start. Like that! In this episode of Fuse TV’s Crate Diggers, the legendary Kid Capri speaks on his funk and soul days (the 1970s, when he came up, including his love of James Brown and Michael Jackson, his break and sample sources, and shows us the first record he scored back in 6th grade. Kid Capri… aka ‘Poochie’ rocked the house way back then, too… Hahaa!
Banging! The upcoming project from Australian producer Ta-ku entitled “Dowhatyoulove” is scheduled to be released June 21, 2013. However, Ta-ku drops a taste here for you. Stream “Boom” below. To get in early on the release of the rest, hit the other link below:
The world famous DJ Jazzy Jeff returns with episode 9 of his Vinyl Destination series. In this segment Jazzy Jeff & his crew are embarking on the last week of their world tour but this leg finds them in Europe hitting up Norway, Sweden, Ireland, & Germany where they just so happen to also bump into R&B singer Estelle. A few other hilarious situations occur when DJ Jazzy Jeff’s emcee Skillz speaks of a wild fan who have Ruff Ryders tattoo next to his pubic hairs while another fan sports a rainbow-colored Wu-Tang Clan logo on his chest. Not to mention the team discovering some random dude in their hotel lobby watching gay porn in public view. This is truly different in Europe indeed….
‘DJ Rahdu has mixed together 45 minutes of music for you to chill or dance to. From traditional house to remakes of funk jazz classics, “Le Moelleux de Danse V2″ is a listening experience sure to be enjoyed. Put on your headphones or your dancing shoes and let’s start the dance!’
Puerto Rican/American songwriter Angélica Allen has been compared to the likes of Kate Bush and Bjork; and the group she helped start – My Midnight Heart – continues to make moves that put its and her career on par with such greats of alternative pop culture. Latest example of a big marketing move: The “Solace” remix contest. It is drumming up a participant fan base of producers (who have fans of their own) whose appetites will be whet for the first official release from My Midnight Heart, a forthcoming four-track EP entitled “Chest of Hearts.” The winning remix contest submission earns its producer $2,000 and a Converse Rubber Tracks feature. That’s some motivation right there!
This “Solace” remix contest submission is from Oakland producer B! I kinda like it. I think you will, too. Catch other submissions at mymidnightheart.com. Learn more about My Midnight Heart at the group’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/MyMidnightHeart.
Beat Society – the Original Showcase for Beatmakers – presents this ’7-minute look into the history, working parts and talent that make up the Original Showcase to spotlight the art of Beat making.’
Great video short. We’re talking Pete Rock, Oddisee, STS, !llmind, Blu, Statik Selektah, Hezekiah, Marco Polo, Truck North, Dice Raw, Eric G, Reef The Lost Cauze, Skyzoo, and Khrysis speaking on Beat Society, on their art and culture, and more.
1990 was my first first year in radio when I was doing a hip hop show called ‘Strictly Hip Hop’ in Pennsylvania. I had also started a cable access show of the same name later that year & it wasn’t uncommon to receive dozens of new records & videos in the mail every week. Back then most of the videos we would receive from the record labels & indie promoters would arrive in the form of 3/4 inch tapes or on VHS. I need to get on my job like Tampa Bay area DJ Sandman who digitized one of Gangstarr’s old video press kits from back in the day. I know I have this same video on VHS somewhere in storage. I’m literally kicking myself to get on it because I do need to take the time to digitize many of my old shows & interviews from the 90s. In the meantime check out the video of GURU & DJ Premier’s video press kit. Rest in peace GURU! On another note….I’m definitely feeling how DJ Premier is rocking my favorite NFL team’s baseball cap. #RAIDERNATION BABY!
“This was a VHS Promo sent out by Chrysalis Records at the time the legendary Hip Hop group, Gang Starr was getting ready to release their 2nd album, “Step In The Arena” (Released 1/15/91) This video tape has been sitting in a box in my studio for years..I’ve always wanted to share it with Hip Hop fans who may have never had a chance to see it. It includes rare footage of Dj Premier & Guru in the studio working on their album and also a rare interview.” – DJ Sandman
“It’s like all the records got up and died and went to Japan.” – DJ Babu
Whatchu talkin’ ’bout Babu? Watch this episode of Crate Diggers and see.
‘In this episode, Dilated Peoples and World Famous Beat Junkies member DJ Babu talks about his love of country western music and hitting up flea markets in Brazil with Cut Chemist and J. Rocc.’ – Crate Diggers
And he shows us the vinyl collection. It’s D.I.T.C. TV!
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The magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff returns with episode 8 of his web series ‘Vinyl Destination’. After completing his tour of the the Middle East in episode 7, the world traveling producer & spinmaster arrives in Europe for a series of dates in Paris & Norway before running into a few issues in Russia but it was all love. We’d like call this episode ‘From Russia With Love’ for DJ Jazzy Jeff. Yippee Kai-Yay Mother Russia!
Anybody can make a dope beat from digging in the crates, right? Hahahaaa…No! Now imagine if you are digging blindfolded. In effect, you’re not even consciously choosing the records to make that ‘dope beat’… Them’s the rules of Rhythm Roulette!
‘In the second installment of Rhythm Roulette we linked up with Grammy award-winning producer 88-Keys. From a Steve Martin standup record with no music to a hardcore noise metal record, 88 wasn’t given much to work with but stuck with the challenge.’
- Mass Appeal Magazine