The ever expanding, incredibly successful and now two country expedition that is the MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY , this year presented by PUMA®, will continue it’s ascent to outdoor festival extravaganza takeover with 5 parties across North America this summer! Tearing through the USA and Canada with stops in Toronto, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Diplo’s Mad Decent is teaming up with sportslifestyle brand Puma to provide a full day of musical performances with FREE admission, the best local food and drinks, and tons of fun onsite activities for attendees of all ages!
Mixed Martial Arts is back in a big way at California’s largest fitness event, The Los Angeles Fitness Expo Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, South Halls G & H. The Expo will feature two full days of MMA seminars and interactive demonstrations where attendees can learn from the best in the sport, up close and personal. The latest in fight gear and clothing will be featured on the exhibit floor.
“Mixed martial arts competitors are true athletes that employ the training and nutrition principals of strength, power and fitness, the cornerstone of Los Angeles Fitness Expo. We’re are excited to have the biggest names in the sport teaching and signing autographs at our show,” said Erin Ferries, Executive Director, The Los Angeles Fitness Expo.
The Los Angeles Fitness Expo’s complimentary MMA seminar track, presented by Sherdog and MMA Worldwide, will be hosted by renowned MMA referee Herb Dean, featuring many of today’s top fighters and coaches. Up-to-the-minute updates on fighter appearances are available at www.thefitexpo.com.
Attendees can meet and get autographs from former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Tito Ortiz, (Saturday only) and UFC Fighter, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, (Saturday) both courtesy of Punishment Athletics.
Javier “Showtime” Vazquez, UFC fighter named by Sports Illustrated in 2009 as the most inspirational performance of the decade, will appear Saturday. On Sunday, the First Annual Javier Vazquez Kids Wrestling Championships presented by the California Age Group Wrestling Association (CAGWA) will take place at the Expo.
Other MMA appearances will include Master MMA fighter Puni Aumauinuuese, courtesy of PROPTA and UFC Middleweight and United States Naval Academy graduate Brian Stann, courtesy of Gaspari Nutrition (Saturday only).
With Muay Thai being one of the essential training techniques for MMA, Jean Carrillo, world class Muay Thai Trainer and Phil Collen, Def Leppard Guitarist and Muay Thai Kickboxer will both make appearances at the Expo (Saturday only).
Fred George, The Detroit Diesel, Strength & Conditioning Editor for TapouT and MMA Worldwide Magazines, trainer and Inventor of the Machine Shop Training System, which integrates The Burn Machine, The War Machine and Stroops Resistance Band Training systems, will also appear.
Shin’s Xreme Martial Arts Demo Team will perform a blend of martial arts and acrobatics to create the high flying maneuvers you see in movies today.
Expo attendees will also cheer on competitors participating in returning contests including
The Iron Man Naturally Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure & Bikini Championships, All American Strongman Challenge, The Scot Mendelson Pro Bench Press Classic and USPA American Cup Powerlifting.
The Los Angeles Fitness Expo adult admission tickets are $20 per day or $30 for the full weekend. Children 12 years and under are $10 per day and children under 6 are free. Show hours are Saturday, 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM and Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Plenty of parking is available.
For more The Los Angeles Fitness Expo information on ticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, call (818) 545-0290 or visit www.thefitexpo.com.
Souls Of Mischief are excited to announce that they will be one of premier performing acts for the 2011 Rock The Bells Festival. The legendary group, comprised of MCs A-Plus, Phesto, Opio and Tajai, will be performing at each of the scheduled Rock The Bells dates. The four shows will be on August 20th in Los Angeles, August 27th in San Francisco, September 3rd in New York, and September 10th in Boston. This is the 8th time Guerilla Union has put on the acclaimed summer hip-hop festival, and the first time Souls of Mischief will be performing as a part of the traveling festival.
Making things more exciting, not only will all members of Souls Of Mischief be accounted for, but they will be performing their most celebrated album, ’93 Til Infinity, in its entirety for the first time. “It’s going to be really cool to do the album full out for the first time,” says Tajai. “We’ve been touring for the last 20 years, so we’ve performed some of the songs a lot, but performing the full album will be an entirely new experience.” And the album’s performance is anticipated to be as epic as it is ephemeral, according to Tajai, who adds, “It’s going to be a real treat for the fans too, since we probably won’t do it ever again.”
Other notable acts will also be joining Souls Of Mischief, performing their own classics in their entirety, including Lauryn Hill playing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Nas performing Illmatic, Mobb Deep running through The Infamous, and many more. “Guerilla Union is providing the ultimate platform for real hip-hop that isn’t happening anywhere else,” says Tajai. “Seeing names like Mobb Deep, GZA, and Nas… that’s some real army jacket rap! It takes me back to an era when New York was still raw.” Along with these show-stopping performances, Talib Kweli and Mos Def will be reuniting to perform as the duo Black Star and Wu-Tang Clan visionary RZA will be hosting a “36 Chambers Stage,” to discuss everything from Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) to martial arts to new acts.
In addition to reuniting for this special string of Rock The Bells performances, Souls Of Mischief members A-Plus and Opio are hard at work putting the finishing touches on a variety of their own projects. Up first, A-Plus will be releasing a series of four EP’s, each sampling and revisiting the catalog of a legendary rock group. The first EP will take on the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers with a project called Pepperspray. Opio is also putting the finishing touches on project, his sophomore solo LP Vulture’s Wisdom 2.0, which will be released in the coming months via the crew’s Hieroglyphics Imperium label.
Fans can stay tuned to http://www.hieroglyphics.com for more free goodies from the Hiero camp.
In the 90′s, hip hop and skateboarding went hand-in-hand, whether it was tagging the streets with graffiti or witnessing freestyle circles between skateboarders and the famed Oakland rap crew, The Hieroglyphics. Growing up as a skateboarder during this time, it was inevitable that Kero One would be heavily influenced by underground hip hop.
In Kero One’s latest music video, Stay on the Grind feat. Ohmega Watts (from his second album, Early Believers), Kero One visits the skateboarding scene of Long Beach, CA in the aftermath of a gang-shooting that ended the life of Blacc Mike, one of the city’s most promising professional skaters. Says Kero One,
It was dope that we were able to film at places like the Michael K. Green Skate Park, which was created in Blacc Mike’s honor, and being able to meet and skate with the community that was so heavily influenced by people like him. This park isn’t just a simple playground, there are bigger things going on here such as the ability to help to keep many of these kids out of gangs.
Stay on the Grind was filmed in Los Angeles and Long Beach.
More info: http://www.pluglabel.com
The video, directed by Mikey Easterling of TalkBoyTV sets forth a witty interpretation of “Song For All The Girls” an uptempo love jam from Adler to all of the women he has loved. The trailer, which alludes to a bloody Valentine’s Day event, presents all-stars Lydia Hearst, Barbara Stoyanoff and Melissa Brown, supermodels whom have appeared in magazines from Vogue to Cosmopolitan, alongside Adler.
“I’m sick of the same old vanity video. The song is sunshine pop, but the topic is a bit more serious. It’s about all the girls you said you loved only to realize those words are fleeting. So I thought…let’s flip it and shoot a horror film about love lost,” said Adler.
The official short film/music video for “Song For All The Girls” as well as the single will be available on Valentine’s Day 2011.
To listen to Cisco Adler’s “Song For All The Girls” featuring Chris Young the Rapper visit http://ciscoadlerpresents.bandcamp.com/track/song-for-all-the-girls.
Odd Future’s Hodgy Beats and Left Brain together are known as Mellow Hype and are releasingBlackenedwhite on 10/31 via http://oddfuture.tumblr.com/. In the meantime, Hodgy Beats and Tyler The Creator tease the internet with this latest track from the OFWGKTA family and continue to push this new movement for LA Hip Hop to the masses. The track is called “Sandwitches” and was premiered by the Fader earlier this morning (NSFW). Also available for download here and via the Odd Future Tumblr shortly.
BUA, the legendary urban artist, proudly introduces his newest collection of original art, entitled BUA “POPS”, as well as showcasing some of his classic works on Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Hold Up Art, located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district. For BUA, POPS represents more than just popular cultural representations and iconography or the style of art made famous by the likes of Warhol and Haring. Known as the artist “for the people, of the people, by the people”, POPS continues BUA’s message as an homage to the artist’s fan base as well as creating pervasive hip hop imagery recognizable across cultures.
BUA is internationally known for his best-selling collection of fine art works and prints–”The DJ” being one of the most popular selling posters of all time. Born in NYC’s untamed Upper West Side and raised between Manhattan and East Flatbush, Brooklyn, BUA was fascinated by the raw, visceral street life of the city. BUA’s distinct style born on the city walls and subway trains — “New Urban Realism”, captures the essence of contemporary culture as expressed through the memories of BUA’s turbulent youth, navigating the streets and underground worlds of the urban jungle and the birth of the hip hop scene. Following in the footsteps of the great masters, BUA represents the lives of both the revered and the marginalized, the heroes and the underdogs of our time.
In addition to the artist appearance and exhibiting the BUA art, Hold Up Art will also present an exclusive limited edition BUA silkscreen for sale, a live DJ, street performances, and refreshments.
BUA “POPS” @ HUPA
Date: Saturday, 9/11/10
Address: 358 East 2nd Street; LA CA, 90012
Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144849978866876&ref=ts
The electronic leaning showmen behind HARD aim to continue their reign over 2010 this fall withHARD Haunted Mansion on October 30th & 31st. The year has already seen their HARD Summer Music Festival expand from LA to New York, and across the country with their HARD Summer Tour. Now in its third year, HARD Haunted Mansion refuses to be outdone, showcasing some of the most buzzed about electronic acts in the world.
In typical HARD fashion, this year’s HARD Haunted Mansion has a lineup that isn’t content to reach across national borders to gather acts, but also seeks to transcend timelines. Originating in the late 1980′s, Underworld have dominated the electronic music world with 2010 marking the release of their 8th full length record. This Halloween they’ll be joined with famously fierce sets from Bloody Beetroots (Death Crew 77) Live, Rusko, Calvin Harris (DJ Set), A-Trak, Mr. Oizo, Boys Noise, Erol Alkan, Fake Blood, SebastiAn, Busy P, Jack Beats, AC Slater, Brodinski, L-Vis1990, Destructo, Burns, SBTRKT, Strip Steve, Tommy Lee and DJ Areo, and more to be announced.
HARD HAUNTED MANSION 2010
Saturday October 30th and Sunday October 31st
Shrine Expo Center
2 days, 2 stages
6pm – 2am
The Bloody Beetroots (Death Crew 77) Live
Tommy Lee and Aero
Calvin Harris (dj set)
TICKETS ARE LIMITED
Individual daily tickets and 2-Day passes are available through Flavor.us and various retail outlets.
For more information, please visit: www.hardfest.com
After 16 years, Fat Beats has announced the closing of the legendary label’s two remaining retail locations in New York and Los Angeles. Fat Beats will celebrate the legacies of the stores, which are scheduled to close in early September (New York: September 4th, Los Angeles: September 18th) by throwing a series of blow-out sales and tribute parties open to the public during their last weeks. Fans can check www.FatBeats.com for updates.
Fat Beats’ longest running and most famed location is at 406 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. Since the 1994 opening of Fat Beats’ flagship retail location, hip-hop fans have traveled far and wide to visit the iconic store. With locations soon following in Los Angeles (7600 Melrose Ave.), Atlanta, Amsterdam,and Tokyo, the record stores were a place to experience hip-hop culture and its legacy, which became a global phenomenon. “The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away. They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye,” says DJ Premier.
The announcement of the closings is a reflection of the woes that have been plaguing the industry for years. Global chainHMV closed their last US location in 2004. Tower Records shuttered in 2006. Last year saw the close of the last Virgin Megastore, and the story is no different in 2010. For Fat Beats, maintaining two stores well into 2010 is a testament to the stores’ importance to the music and to fans and consumers continuing to support independent hip-hop.
While news of the stores’ closing marks the end of an era, the future is not doom and gloom. Digital sales continue to increase industry-wide; for Fat Beats, currently operating a profitable and growing online retail store, this has provided a boon to business as fans continue to order mp3s, vinyl, and CDs from FatBeats.com. Although digital sales continue to grow, executives at Fat Beats understand the importance of independent retail stores and are planning to re-open a brick and mortar hip-hop lifestyle location sometime in the near future.
The future looks just as bright for Fat Beats Distribution and the label. Fat Beats Distribution, which has been renamed FB Distribution, continues to strike noteworthy distribution deals with independent and major labels worldwide and is now working with different genres of alternative music. Fat Beats Records will continue to release notable albums from their own impressive roster of artists including ILL BILL, TruMaster/KRS-One, Black Milk, Trinity, Sha Stimuli, Q-Unique,and more. Fat Beats owner and President Joe Abajian says, “This is the start of a new era for Fat Beats. We’re adapting to meet the needs of our demographic by revamping and improving our existing systems. While our website, which stocks everything available in our retail stores, continues to do very well, we’re still exploring our options for alternate retail locations in the future. We’re proud of our legacy and will continue to re-invent ourselves. For now, we’ll see you online at FatBeats.com”
Hot or cold? Green or red? Infinity or plunge? The swimming pool has come a long way since the ancient Greek and Roman baths. From an urban concrete jungle to a lush hillside in Asia, Design Hotels™ presents four hotel pools ideal for sunbathing, socializing and of course, swimming! For an eye-catching pool in a vibrant colour Alila Ubud offers an emerald-green infinity pool above a dramatic river valley in Bali. In Koh Samui The Library’s vivid red pool is the place to see and be seen, with an enviable location next to the popular Chaweng beach. For a stylish pool party The Standard, Downtown LA’s rooftop hosts weekend pool parties complete with DJs and underwater LED lighting. Lastly Habita Monterrey in Mexico offers two rooftop pools – one cold, and one hot – so bathers can cool off, or heat up while taking in stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains.
The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand
Just a few steps from Chaweng beach, The Library’s vivid red pool is one admired by guests and passersby alike. Made using mosaic Italian glass tiles in red, yellow and orange, the pool is set on the beachfront and is surrounded by a wooden deck with red mattresses and black bean bags. Guests are welcome to choose from the poolside menu, or take a book from the hotel’s impressive white library complex adjacent to the pool. At night the underwater lights transform the swimming pool in to a dazzling spectacle and provide the perfect backdrop to dinner or drinks in the restaurant and bar next door. The Library was recently voted as one of the top 10 amazing worldwide hotel pools by TripAdvisor in 2010.
The Standard, Downtown LA, United States of America
The rooftop pool at The Standard, Downtown LA is part of one of Los Angeles’ most coveted nightlife hotspots. Situated on the rooftop of the twelve-storey hotel in Downtown LA, the pool has panoramic views of the city. On the opposite side of the terrace there is sculptured topiary, an open fireplace, dancefloor and bar. The turquoise heated pool stands out sharply against the deep red Astroturf of the surrounding sundeck, where there are also bright red water-bed canopies for up to ten. The bar and dancefloor creates a fun and bustling space where nightly international DJs play to a fashionable crowd. The rooftop area can also be hired exclusively for events for up to 240 people, making it ideal for anything from corporate functions to editorial shoots.
Alila Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Cited as one of the most beautiful pools in the world, the infinity pool at Alila Ubud boasts a spectacular location perched on a terrace floating above the lush Ayung River valley. The pool spreads out to form an elongated rectangle until it seems to disappear down the terraced jungle hillside. A daily afternoon tea of traditional local sweets is served by the pool, where guests can relax on sun beds shaded by large Balinese umbrellas. In addition to its 58 rooms, the hotel has four Valley Villas on stilts with wooden decks and four Pool Villas providing seclusion with a private pool.
Habita Monterrey, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
With different views and contrasting temperatures the two pools at Habita Monterrey cater to all tastes and weather conditions. The hot pool is heated to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, making it ideal for a dip in the winter months. There is also a cold pool which is great for cooling off during the summer when temperatures rise. Situated on either side of the eighth floor roof terrace with 360-degree views over the desert metropolis and Sierra Madre, the pools are divided by a chic concrete bar. The bar can cater to up to 80 people and is open for snacks and cocktails from 10am to 2am. On one side there is a view over Sierra Madre and its eponymous Cerro de la Silla, known as the Chair Mountain, whilst on the opposite side there is a view of the El Obispado, a green mountainous area.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park
Downtown Los Angeles
Friday, June 25 – Saturday, June 26, 2010
~ North America’s Largest Electronic Music Experience ~
5 Massive Stages
80 Artists in the Line-Up
200 Performers – Dancers, Firetwirlers & Stiltwalkers
1000s of Beautiful People
200,000 attendees are expected to trek to the 14th annual massive Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), produced by Insomniac, for two fun-filled days and nights of beats, freaks, and festivities at the LA Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park on Friday, June 25th, and Saturday, June 26th. Scores of top-tier artists will appear on five stages, along with a mind-blowing array of attractions, full-size carnival rides, costumed performers, and newly commissioned large-scale art installations. With five themed areas of music, art and activities, this is a truly special Electric Daisy not to be missed.
See this year’s Los Angeles Electric Daisy Carnival line-up here: www.electricdaisycarnival.com/la/stages.php
Including such artists as:
|Above & Beyond
Armand Van Helden
Armin van Buuren
Bart B More
Basement Jaxx (DJ set)
Evol Intent (live)
Fedde Le Grand
|Groove Armada (DJ set)
Infected Mushroom (live)
John “00” Fleming
Marcus Intalex vs Calibre
Moby (DJ set)
Swedish House Mafia
(Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso)
Travis x A-Trak
… + many more
Barely Hangin’ On’s jazz infused beats and live instrumentation make it unlike any other recent hip-hop record to date. In fact, the album was completely remixed after it was finished. Amad-Jamal and his partna Colonious Funk (of The Solution) added live base, drums and sound to all 13 tracks.
Because of the remix, the record was delayed for almost a year, but Jamal hopes listeners will find the album worth the wait. On “Boy Meets Girl,” Jamal laughs at himself and the irony of lost love, while offering the message that pain is about progress and that all experiences—good and bad—open your mind to new truths. “Stop Fuckin’ Around” is an ode to the emcee’s mother, where he recalls her often futile warnings against tagging buses and cruising the Crenshaw strip. On “Going Postal” Amad-Jamal recalls his frustration with his day job as a mortgage lender.
Amad-Jamal has been around Los Angeles music scene since the late ‘90s. In 1999 he formed with the group The Solution with Salt Lake City producer Brisk One, Colonious Funk (base), Kurt Fagan (drums), DJ Kai Wing, Nongenetic (MC) and vocals by Maaya Ota aka Lady Dragon. In 2000, he met ABB Records’ Beni B. and, with Rakaa Evidence, and Defari released the maxi-single “The Renaissance.” Later he released “LA City” with Evidence. Jamal was featured on ABB’s “Always Bigger & Better” Volume 1 where he recorded “What I Need” with DJ Khalil (of Self Scientific).
In 2003, Amad-Jamal was the only West Coast artist booked for the Rock Steady Tour and has performed live and toured with the industry greats including the Beat Junkies, RZA, Defari, Talib Kweli, Cali Agents, Prince Po, KRS-ONE, Myka 9, Dilated Peoples, Freestyle Fellowship, Mr. Fab, Zion I, Prince Paul, Saul Williams, Mos Def, Wu-Tang Clan, Eminem, Q-Tip, Little Brother, and Bahamadia.
Born and raised in LA, Amad-Jamal, named by his mother after the famous Jazz legend, had a pretty typical upbringing, listening to N.W.A records and free styling at The Good Life Café as a teen. He attended John Burrows Jr High with Rakaa Iriscience where they were both immersed in the graffiti scene.
“There must have been something in the water at my college,” quips Amad-Jamal who attended Clark Atlanta University with the likes of Lil’ John, Arrested Development’s Speech, and Saul Williams.
A distinctly Los Angeles record, Barely Hangin’ On harkens back to an earlier time in hip-hop (both sonically and topically) while simultaneously being an entirely modern album.
Big news for the Urban Art movement! LA County Museum of Art named world-famous urban artist, BUA, as the premiere artist at ArtWalk 2010!
BUA is known as one of the most important artists (not just urban art) of our era. His works will be featured in the Plaza Level of the Art of the Americas Building at the LACMA Muse event the weekend of June 12, 2010. BUA’s URBAN ART STUDIO will feature original paintings and drawings as the artist himself hosts exclusive interviews with extraordinary individuals instrumental in shaping urban art, from graffiti writers and musicians to dancers and athletes.
We are so excited to break this news to you first and would love your support in passing this along for not only BUA, but the Urban Art Movement!
HARD ADDS N*E*R*D*, DIE ANTWOORD, SLEIGH BELLS, FLYING LOTUS, JOKER, SWITCH, BOREGORE & JASON BENTLEY TO HARD LA / M.I.A.!
DIE ANTWOORD JOINS HARD NYC / M.I.A.!
HARD LAUNCHES VIDEO CONTEST & GIVES FANS A CHANCE TO WIN VIP TICKETS TO HARD LA / M.I.A
HARD is pleased to announce the addition of N*E*R*D*, Die Antwoord, Sleigh Bells, Flying Lotus, Joker, Switch, Boregore & Jason Bentley to the already incredible HARD LA / M.I.A. July 17th date at Los Angeles State Historic Park. HARD is notorious for bringing the biggest names of electronic, dance, hip-hop and rock scenes together for one amazing show and this impressive lineup will be one of the most talked about events of the summer. By adding some of the hottest live acts to an already amazing line up including M.I.A., Rye Rye, Theophilus London, 12th Planet, Borgore, The Gaslamp Killer, Destructo, Ninjasonik andNGUZUNGUZU, HARD is continuing its legacy of putting the hottest bands together on the same stage. General admission tickets for HARD LA / M.I.A. at Los Angeles State Historic Park are still available for only $60 or the low price of $100 when you purchase tickets for HARD Summer and HARD LA / M.I.A. Online here
Coming out of Coachella 2010 as one of the most talked about acts, South African rap duo, Die Antwoord also join the HARD NYC / M.I.A. Show on July 24th atGovernors Island! Die Antwoord joins the likes of M.I.A., Skream, Benga, Rye Rye, Sleigh Bells, Theophilus London, Borgore, Destructo, NGUZUNGUZU, Ninjasonki, 12th Planet, Destructo & more to the two-stage, one day festival. Tickets can be purchased here
HARD is giving fans an opportunity that can’t be bought -a chance to win VIP tickets to this amazing show! M.I.A. caused quite a stir with her new video for’Born Free’ last week and this week HARD is challenging fans to do the same by launching the HARD Video Contest. Fans are challenged to create their own HARD video and five winners will be chosen and awarded VIP tickets to what is sure to be one of the biggest musical events of the year! Check the HARD website for rules, regulations and information on the contest. Deadline to submit is May 25th 2010.
HARD VIDEO CONTEST
PURCHASE TICKETS TO HARD LA / M.I.A. LA & HARD SUMMER
PURCHASE TICKETS TO HARD NYC / M.I.A.
|PRODUCED BY EVIDENCE, DJ BABU, THE ALCHEMIST & MORE
APPEARANCES BY CHALI 2NA, KRS-ONE, ALOE BLACC,
TIGER JK, TASHA (AKA YOON MI RAE) & MORE
Rakaa Iriscience, one third of world-renowned hip-hop crew Dilated Peoples is releasing Crown of Thorns, his debut solo album after four albums with his group and numerous guest spots, on July 20, 2010 via Decon Records. Produced by fellow members Evidence and DJ Babu with guest production by The Alchemist, El-P, !llmind, Exile, Sid Roams, King Jahzzy, and Eric Bobo & DJ Rhettmatic, Crown of Thorns is the sonic prism that has absorbed the myriad cultures taken in by the travelling emcee and reflected them back in the form of a groundbreaking debut.
The record features a stripped down aesthetic that carries through the duration of the debut, a refreshing minimalism that manifests itself as a unique soundscape. Rakaa’s newfound unlimited lyrical license allows him to fully expand on his heavily conscious ideas about socio-political issues, relationships, family and culture. It’s not an overstatement to say that Rakaa’s whole life has, consciously or not, gone into the production of this album. ”This record is my opportunity to give context so people understand more what I’m trying to do,” says the emcee. “It’s the first time I’m really making a conscious decision to sit down and let somebody come into my house, and after all of this time, I’m welcoming all guests.”Some of those guests include, Defari, Chali 2na, Fashawn,Aloe Blacc, and the legendary KRS-ONE.
Rakaa builds bridges with the international scene on the dj honda produced track entitled “Ambassador Slang”. The song features some of the top Asian-Pacific Islander artists in the world, including Roscoe Umali and Korean lyrical heavyweights Tasha (aka Yoon Mi Rae), Tiger JK(Drunken Tiger), and Tablo and Mithra Jin (both of Epik High). On the title track “Crown Of Thorns”Rakaa traces his musical history and looks toward hip hop’s future, commenting “Ev told me I could be more Emo / Then I just laughed and said, ‘Fuck that we need more Premo!’”, while Aloe Blacc’ssoulful singing carries the hook.
Rakaa’s music career started soon after joining the New York based hip-hop collective Rock Steady Crew as a graffiti artist and MC. He helped found their L.A. chapter and subsequently joined the Universal Zulu Nation. After a series of educational label experiences, Rakaa and partner-in-rhymeEvidence released 1997′s underground classic single “Third Degree” before adding Babu to the ranks. Since then, the team known as Dilated Peoples have put out a series of critically acclaimed albums and developed an international reputation for live performances. Rakaa stays busy traveling around the world hosting events such as the Red Bull BC One (in Johannesburg and Paris) and the R16 (in Incheon, Korea), destroying a variety of studio booths, “chipping away at [his] black belt” in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and attending school as a full-time advertising student.
Delicious Vinyl kicks off Summer 2010 with the release of Frank Nitt’s Jewels In My Backpack EP with lead tracks “Go Girl” (feat. Problem) and “Zoned Out” feat. Kurupt. The 6-track EP is produced by Terrace Martin. Read more…
Clippers guard Eric Gordon has been selected to the Sophomore team for the 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam to be held on Friday, Feb. 12 in Dallas during NBA All-Star Weekend. Gordon to compete in Slam Dunk-In
THIS IS THE G EXPERIENCE
Experience G gives sports fans the opportunity to score some unforgettable major league tickets – from court side at the Raptors to up close with the Habs or killer seats at the Grey Cup – there are over 100 chances to win.
Canadians qualify by becoming a fan of the Gatorade Canada Facebook page and uploading a video of themselves completing a specific challenge that tests their ability, talent and will to win – anything from showing their best game face or touchdown dance to an intense slapshot or crazy ball-handling skills. Check out the Facebook page for more details.
Experience G will be running for a whole year (from January 18, 2010 to January 31, 2011).
TEN ‘G EXPERIENCE’ COURTSIDE OBSERVATIONS
1. Kobe stepped on my left foot in-play
2. Raptors win! Raptors win! Raptors win!
3. Two Raptors sat in the chair directly beside me and took shots during pre-game warmup
4. Yelled “Hey Machine, they let you off the bench?!” and he responded
5. Up close and personal look to agree with Phil Jackson, that Ron Ron’s Peak sneakers truly are made of concrete
6. Drake has two bodyguards in the wings & Superfan has a lot of roll in the ACC
7. Flip minoHD is all you really need to capture proper footage
8. Hedo runs out of gas and Coach Triano keeps him in the game
9. CB4 is a silent assassin!
10. The Cheerleaders are good from far and far from good.
Quick note for today – R&B/funk legend Sly Stone has signed with Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records/E1 Music Canada. The former Sly & the Family Stone frontman is recording an album for release in early summer 2010, featuring new original material and re-recorded versions of his greatest hits. Cleopatra (cleopatrarecords.com), distributed in the U.S. and Canada by E1 Entertainment, is headed by founder/CEO Brian Perera.