East coast witch crew stand up! Mascara, just released a new video and it’s got that psychedelic, hiding in the bushes at some mansion in the Hollywood hills shit going on with the visuals. Mascara says all film used in the video is to enhance the audio experience. They do not take any credit for the amazing footage used, but they are stoked to have found it.
I really like the super slow close up, of what kinda looks like (but isn’t) Cybil Shepard cracking a smile. Also, the part of the same actress on a speed boat was awesome. Footage borrowed from the film L’enfer. Translated to Hell (2005), which is directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. The other film used is Demorol – Future Space footage (1982). Click on over to Mascara’s SoundCloud for more.
When my friend sent me a link to the South African electronic group Popskarr’s new single “The Fighter” she described their sound as “Bloc Party meets Joy Division.” That description is really too accurate to not use. “The Fighter” has the pensive grooviness of Joy Division and the pensive-yet-danceable feel of Bloc Party. It’s also got The same sort of epic, booming vocals. But, Popskarr is a new kind of groovy and dancey than the bands they resemble and were probably inspired by. “The Fighter” mixes driving bass and drums with meditative strings and synth sounds in a really cool way. The lyrics are simple, but they tell a story about perseverance and inner strength:”You think you’ve really lost The Fighter, but he’s only began fighting.” Plus, there’s a dope saxophone solo on this.
Popskarr have a self-titled EP on the way which is great because I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from them. As you await new tunes check out Popskarr’s Facebook page and Tumblr for more information. You can see cool pictures of them on those sites, too. The picture of Popskarr above was taken by Thomas Pepler
Google has a long history of April fools jokes. I guess it’s pretty easy to spend time on ridiculous and detailed pranks when billions of dollars constantly flow into your lap like a busted fire hydrant. For whatever reason they’ve decided to drop this years edition a day early. Unless this is actually real. Which it isn’t.
It’s a pretty awesome looking 8-Bit version of Google Maps, optimized specifically for the NES. Wasn’t there actually a new SNES game released a couple months ago? There’s the commercial for Goggle Maps 8-Bit above, and it definitely feels like a legitimate Google ad. I’m particularly fond of the blowing on the cartridge bit. Though I doubt the NES version will ever see the light of day, you can (of course) play with the 8-bit version in your browser here.
From March 29th to April 1st the Brattle Theater in Cambridge will be home to the 14th annual Boston Underground Film Festival. If you’re in the Boston area you really should check this out because it’s three days of dope feature films, shorts, music videos and more cool stuff! Yeah!
However, I’m VERY familiar with the music videos they’ll be showing. Bryan McKay is running a showcase of hip hop videos called King of the Trill on April 1st at 2:15 PM. King of the Trill has some great stuff by some of our favorite rappers like Main Attrakionz, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Mykki Blanco, Danny Brown, Gita and SpaceGhostPurrp, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky (just to name a few). Bryan’s also showing a couple short films as a part of King of the Trill one of which is our short The Green Monster. The King of the Trill showcase is so cool that it even gets its own trailer up above.
As predicted (and the award for easiest prediction of all time goes to…) Lil B does have a new mixtape coming out in the next few weeks, entitled #1 Bitch, bringing his count for 2012 up to 4 and overall up to somewhere in the 7 figures. Here’s a video for another new song off of #1 Bitch – that is assuming that “Ima Eat That A$$” is on it. Which it better be – entitle “Ho Stop Playin.”
Brandon is still rocking the forehead jewelry, but this time he’s paired it with a different, more New Radicals-type bucket hat, as well as a shawl collar sweater. Nice. It’s not quite as #based as “Ima Eat That A$$”, which found B in completely full Basedgod mode, and sounds more like a midpoint between absurdist B and conscious B. In other news, his NYU lecture gets closer and closer, and I honestly don’t think I could be more excite. The Basedgod is gonna change my life you guys.
The Raider Klan are quickly becoming a movement to be reckoned with and are on the verge of really blowing up now that Purrp signed with 4AD. They keep growing and keep progressing while at the same time bringing it back to a different era of southern hip hop that I grew up with. When I was in middle/highshcool, Joeybagadonutz and I waited for Tuesday to come every week to go buy all the new albums dropping that week.
We would wait for weeks for a certain album to drop and I would even sometimes buy something I never heard of just because of the features. Recently I’ve been feeling the same way about hip hop and I feel it’s because there is this underground movement of like-minded artists who tend to collaborate with each other frequently and are tapped into the same mindset.
Artists from all around the country are linking through the net, making real music, and it is giving me that old feeling again I’ve been missing with rap in the past few years. When I hear SpaceGhostPurrp and all the other raiderz like Amber London, Denzel, Simmie, Dough Dough, Yung Renegade, Mike Dece, Key Nyata, and probably a bunch of other raiders who I’m sure I forgot, it is giving me the same feeling I got back when classic 8ball & MJG, No Limit (Uhhhhhhhh!) and Three 6 Mafia were still underground.
Miami is on the rise big time! With Shuttle Life, Metro Zu, O’Grime, NoEmotion, SkunkApeGang and plenty others making a scene, plus big time players like Gunplay it is going down in South Florida!!! From Miami Shores to Carol City, Miami is a prime example of one section of this movement I’m talking about and it’s got me really excited about hip hop again!
This week we were fortunate to be blessed by a handful of fresh new tapes from Klan members such as Ethelwulf, Amber London, and Young Renegade in addition to a killer new track from Purrp aimed directly at the Trayvon Martin Tragedy. And if that’s not enough, Mike Dece’s debut is right on tap (post on that coming soon).
Lets talk about Amber London for a sec though. While there are a bunch of talented female rappers in the game that I could talk about, when I hear Amber London I get chills. She can hold her own in any cypher and has a flow that is hard to match. When I heard her first song on the tape rapping over a classic Dirty track — and straight kill it to say the least — I was very impressed and excited. Then every song after has been just as good as she grows as an emcee even singing on the hook of the 420 song. Raiderz have talent and she is just another piece to the Raider Klan puzzle, I only get more and more excited each new track I hear and pondering her future along with the Klan. Go get her OG Amber London EP RIGHT NOW!
Amber’s tape was also my introduction to Ethelwulf. This guy has one of the nicest flows and is very reminiscent of that early 90′s memphis hip hop. There’s some old Bone Thugz raps mixed with an Eazy-E attitude. I can see Ethelwulf often collaborates with Yung Raw, Chri$ Travi$ along with a few others but he’s still new to me and I’m digesting his output. Grab his 20-track The Wolf Gang’s Rodolphe (who’s entire second half is a Chopped ‘N Screwed version of the first 10 tracks) and take some time with all of his dope underground tracks on his youtube. You won’t be disappointed. I hope to see a lot more from him and friends down the road.
Rounding things up is No Emotions In Blvcklvnd from Young Renegade. Renegade really puts you into the mindset of living and growing up in the Blvcklvnd with his raw freestyles and his gritty yet laidback style. He also has help from his fellow Raiders -including Purrp along with appearances from Lowaletta & Mr. B the Poshtronaut. Klan Simmie even has a solo song on here as a bonus cut. If his new tape isn’t enough for you, head over to his YouTube page for more.
If you’re just now getting into the Raiderz world outside of Purrp, strap in and enjoy because it’ll take you on a serious musical adventure. SGP and the Raiderz weren’t playing around when they said they are bringing the 90s and phonk back.
This event looks really tight. It’s going to give aspiring graffiti, and street artists a forum to show their work, and you can enter in a contest too. There are products, and prizes to be won! And it looks like you can win some sweet Мишка swag too. So get over to the Isle of Staten!
The contest is judged by Dems.Trace, and Gano Grills. The music is by DJ Outlaw and DJ Tony Tone. One of the grand prizes is cans of Montana spray paint, and $100. That sounds like the recipe for maybe getting locked up tagging, with $90 worth of weed on you, after you just you took all your friends out to KFC to celebrate. Anyway, it’s going to be awesome, and who gives a shit? Come out, and bring your sketchbooks!
March 31, 2012 from 6-10 PM
12 Broad Street
Staten Island, NY 10304
For more information call 718.981.8510
He just dropped his first MMG branded mixtape, Savage Journey to the American Dream. As you can see, the bearded one from Ohio is still not about the title brevity thing.
Featuring mostly production from the Block Beattaz (though there is a cameo from Chad Hugo. Is this where he’s been? MMG?) Savage Journey is sure to be more of Stalley’s precise flow and awesome storytelling.
It’s also got guest verses from the MMG roster including Meek Mill and Rozay himself, not to mention other appearances from 2 Chainz and Curren$y. Check out a video for the Teflon Don guested “Party Heart” above (which yeah, was also on Rich Forever). Is this what the American dream sounds like?