Bang & Olufsen, the worldwide provider of high-end home theaters and custom multi-room music systems, announces its fifth video product launched in less than 12 months — the BeoVision 8-40 LCD. The new40-inch version of the acclaimed BeoVision 8 television combines a technologically advanced home cinema viewing experience due to its motion compensation and contrast improvement technology. It allows for maximum flexibility in placement options, as this compact television can easily be moved around and placed high or low. BeoVision 8-40 will be available in all Bang & Olufsen retail locations by summer 2010 and includes the Bang & Olufsen three-year international warranty. MSRP $5400.
Favela on Blast, the directorial film debut from Grammy-nominated DJ and producer, Diplo, and his partner Leandro HBL, documents a vibrant and innovative musical subculture that has emerged in Brazil’s impoverished slums, known as favelas. Well beneath the radar of mainstream society for the last 20 years, they have their own language, style and heroes. Their music and culture have gone mostly unnoticed outside of South America until now. Favela on Blast captures the rarely seen stories of MC’s, DJ’s, dancers, and cultural producers through the eyes of Diplo and Brazilian filmmaker Leandro HBL, with memorable appearances from funk superstars Deize, Tigrona, Mr. Catra, and Duda Do Borell.
Favela on Blast documents the culture surrounding “Funk Carioca,” a musical rhythm that mixes the American electronic funk of the 1980′s with the most diverse influences of Brazilian music. It is one of the most interesting musical movements in the world and it comes from one of the most violent and poorest places too: the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Bombastic rhythms coming from the Miami Bass and loops and samples are united to powerful rap vocals using Brazilian slang. This music is designed to be listened to as loud as possible and with high bass pumping through the tropical nights of Rio. The heroes are the creators- the musicians. Their pace is set between colossal street parties; propped with rudimentary sound-systems, warring drug factions, and an eerily tense city where the Police and societies elite have the upper hand until it comes to their musical culture, always Brazil’s heart and nation’s identity.
Necro Explains The Meaning Of His Controversial Video
Recently, Necro’s video for the song “Human Traffic King” has become the object of controversy and an online petition to force a venue to stop him from performing the song. Necro has responded by releasing this statement:
“Okay, for the record, I will officially say, I DO NOT SUPPORT HUMAN TRAFFICKING!
I am not making this statement to censor myself, or to try to make anyone happy. I am doing this to set the record straight, and to address the organization petitioning me, The Barnaba Institute:http://www.change.org/barnabainstitute/petitions/view/insist_that_the_palladium_prohibit_necro_from_playing_human_trafficking_song/ http://www.barnabainstitute.org
(Who by the way didn’t even quote the correct lyrics in their petition- get ya facts straight!)
I am a rap artist from the streets and I always speak the truth as I see it. I do not support women being kidnapped and used for prostitution by organized crime. I run a record company and release brutally explicit hip-hop albums for a living. I have a mother and niece I love, as well as female fans all over the world that I love and I would never want to see them in a position where they were victims of human trafficking.
My female fans support me 100%. They understand my sick insane art, and they know it’s just that: art. They are intelligent enough to recognize the difference.
Let me make something else clear: I DO SUPPORT insane explicit brutal art, and everything I record and release is based on reality. Human trafficking is a very real and serious subject that has never been touched on by any hip-hop artist. I am the first, but you shouldn’t crucify me for showing you the brutal truth.
My “Human Traffic King” video is not anti or pro, it’s just art, it just is. It’s viewing reality and brutal like a horror movie. Do we persecute movie directors for making brutal gore films with people being viciously killed? NO, these movies are in movie theatres and retail stores all over the world raking in millions, so why when a musical artist does that same form of art through music should it be judged differently?
I was raised on gore flicks and low budget horror movies, so when I make art it has that exploitational feel to it because that’s how I like to paint pictures. The thing that always made exploitational films so good is that they were more true to life than blockbuster movies; more dark, gritty, and realistic. So yes, my video is fucked up. Why? Because human trafficking is fucked up, plain and simple. Any female watching the video can see what could happen if she isn’t careful in this world.
I DO NOT SUPPORT HUMAN TRAFFICKING, but I DO SUPPORT FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE RIGHT TO CREATE ART THAT IS TRUE TO LIFE. You have the right not to watch it, or to watch it and learn from it, you can even hate me, but don’t misunderstand the director or writer for his creation or depiction of reality
You heard it from me personally, if you wanna debate my views, fine, but don’t twist my words into what you want them to be.
Ron Braunstein aka Necro
|Chali 2Na is back on board to deliver the second installment of his Fish Market series,Fish Market Part 2, out June 8th on Decon Records. The renowned rapper is joined this time by compatriot DJ Dez Andres (of Slum Village fame), and the classic pairing of MC and DJ is an exciting return to form. The two combine their efforts to create an album that plays like a mixtape and ultimately deliver one of the strongest hip-hop records of 2010.
From his formative years battling at the legendary Good Life Grocery in Los Angeles to selling out crowds of thousands around the world with Jurassic 5, the Chicago-born MC has criss-crossed the hip-hop landscape for nearly 20 years. Chali’s reputation precedes him, and he relishes the opportunity to step outside of the box with his new album.The Fish Market series are releases comprised of obscure gems and unreleased heaters culled from archives of guest-appearances, b-sides and passion projects and Fish Market Part 2is undoubtedly the baritone-born MCs most interesting work to date.
For the second volume in the series, Chali stretches his baritone over a varied framework of instrumentals. On “Across The Map”, J-Live assists as tidal waves of cadence crash over punchy horns, eastern strings and timeless boom-bap. Never stagnant though, Chalidoesn’t hesitate to flip the script and systematically dismantle Rusko’s dubstep on “Gadget Go Go” with a tangled double-time flow. It’s moments like this that remind us that even when he stylistically casts a wide net, Chali 2na is a rapper’s rapper at the core.
Check the Rusko produced “Gadget Go Go” from RCRD LBL:
It’s been a while. There’s some special things I’d like to pass on to you.
That’s right. My new album hits stores on June 22. It’s original June
15th release date had to be moved back due to technical difficulties.
Truth is, Eminem (who also releases an album on the 22nd) challenged
me to a first week sales competition a-la Kanye/50 Cent. If I outsell
him, he retires. If he outsells me, we continue on with our lives as
if nothing happened at all. I can be very competitive when it comes to
music so I accepted. Good luck, Marshall. If you happen to run into
him, don’t bother asking about it. He’ll probably deny it.
Music? Of course. And the first single is… Ray Charles (Looking For A Star) feat. King Reign…
West Coast vs. Blow…
My good friend, the incredibly talented (and Gemini Award winner)
Miles Davren put together an amazing video for my song West Coast
(which is also featured on Vaudeville) using footage from Blow. It’s
absolutely brilliant. You can watch it here…
Fresh off the heels of his March 30th debut album, “Vintage Experience,” Wordsmith never takes breaks. A month ago Wordsmith was preparing to knock out some more tracks from his next album, “Music for the Masses,” until DJ Delz reached out with an undeniable request Jack Beats! Three and half weeks later both are ready to release some freestyles from the “Wordplay Edition” of the Jackin’ for Beatsseries. Here is the first of two freestyles entitled “I Might Need Security.”
Backed by 2dopeboyz, freestyles titled “I Might Need Security” and “Suplex To The Beat” w/ cutz by DJ Ykcor will get you prepared for future releases off the tape. 2dopeboyz x DJ Delz Presents Wordsmith “Jackin for Beats: Wordplay Edition” drops June 29th, 2010, stay tuned! Check out the second freestyle off the new tape entitled “Suplex To The Beat” with cuts from DJ Ykcor.
Upcoming single of Da Worlds Most Famous album “Genesis”. Written by Darius “Greed” Hammond and DP of the Ugly Boys, “Don’t Need A Thang” is a smooth track that delivers pride and motivation. Produced by Donnell Turner, this should be summer jam! “Don’t Need A Thang” is set to release on June 15th on Itunes. Coming soon to a store near you Da Worlds Most Famous presents “Genesis” the album!
Also you can visit us on www.daworldsmostfamous.com to get more familiar with Da Worlds Most Famous.
Soul II Soul backs talented Londoner
S.E.L. (Soulful Emma Louise) epitomizes everything about modern contemporary British soul music today. Smart, sophisticated and sexy with a truly unique sound; 2010 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for her. Having discovered music at the tender age of five, S.E.L. began playing the violin and the piano and has never looked back. Upon completing a successful degree in music, the classically trained singer has been quick to establish herself on the London soul scene working with industry heavyweights like Alicia Keys, Jocelyn Brown and Kym Mazelle. S.E.L. has also collaborated with reggae pioneer Sanchez and Blue’s Duncan James. S.E.L. currently performs with the legendary London based group Soul II Soul. Jazzie B explains: “Enjoying the breathiness of S.E.L’s vocal on this track. Loving the vibe! It’s necessary for all soul lovers. “Necessary” sounds like Spring!”