Category Archives: hip-hop

The Uncluded: blending musical genres in the best ways with genius lyrics

What happens when legendary and groundbreaking hip-hop artist/producer Aesop Rock teams up with grammy winning, critically acclaimed singer songwriter Kimya Dawson? This:

Lyrics that are genius, beautiful, heart wrenching and smart. Melodies and beats that are dynamic and vibrant. The blending of genres, styles, and talents. This is music at its best. Self expression, coping, therapy, exploration, fear, adversity, and other fairly weighty subject matter. But it’s handled with a beautiful craft and a touch of humor that keeps it beautifully approachable.

The Current now has the entire album, Hokey Fright, available to stream now pre-release! The album releases on May 7th from Rhymesayers Entertainment.

 

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The Beastie Boys have produced an Epic

An epic in the most traditional sense.

Revisiting the classic “Fight for Your Right” music video and picking up where it left off, the Beasties have produced a 20+ minute long star-studded epic. Danny McBride as MCA, Elijah Wood as Ad Rock and Seth Rogan as Mike D, it’s hard to imagine it gets better. But it does. They battle their future selves, played by John C Riley, Will Ferrel and Jack Black…

and the list of cameos is shocking: Rainn Wilson, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Chloë Sevigny, Will Arnett,  Zach Galifianakis, Orlando Bloom, Amy Poehler, Alicia Silverstone, Maya Rudolph, David Cross, Kirsten Dunst and Laura Dern. Wow.

The short film is full of reverences to previous videos, song lyrics, and random tidbits of the Beastie Boys long and colorful history. Pretty awesome.

In an official statement, the video is hailed for “finally [revealing] the epic tale featuring Beastie Boys of the past, present and future for the world to see. The tale, of course, is the 1987 saga involving the fighting of one’s God-given right to party.”

Sheer brilliance while self-analyzing themselves. About what I’d expect. As soon as I find a full-length stable video, I’ll throw it up here. It’s played a few places/times, but the official release is tomorrow, Saturday 4/23 at 10:30 Eastern at the Beastie Boys website.

some posts just don’t need a title

I know it’s not new, but it still makes me smile. And the added bonus is everytime I hear, see, or hear mention of Kanye, I think of this.

Zach Galifianakis and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

Civilization is going downhill fast

Stumbled across this a while back, and kept forgetting to post it up. Pretty much speaks for itself.

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Now I want a new pair of Nike Frees

Sometimes, I see stuff that just blows my mind. This is one of those things:

W+K Tokyo gathered up Japanese DJ duo Hifana and got Tomoaki Yanagisawa from 4nchor5 la6 to rig up the shoes, which have flexible accelerometers wired through ’em, and Daito Manabe did the sound programming. The result? Awesomeness.

Some more crazy behind-the-scenes photos are over at Daito’s site here.  Now I want to go get a new pair of Nike Frees. That, and some of those orange-box speakers!

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Neurosonics Medical Labs Inc… What?

I’m not even sure what to say about this video featuring the Scratch Perverts. Because I can’t wrap my brain around it.

Done by commercial director Chris Cairns, who also directed the impressive LCD Soundsystem’s “Daft Punk is Playing at My House,” this video transcends any sense of normalcy and is purely bizarre in an amazing and brilliant way.

MCA, Cancer, The Beastie Boys, and how social media is changing the news

Yesterday, The Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch and Adam Horovitz  (more commonly known MCA and Ad Rock) put up a YouTube video as a splash page to the Beastie Boys homepage basically announcing that MCA has cancer of the parotid gland and a lymph node and they would be postponing tour dates and their much-anticipated upcoming new album release.

Fortunately, they didn’t seem all that concerned, so hopefully all will work out well. It’s interesting to see YouTube replacing the traditional press release. The Beastie Boys release their message via YouTube, and the news outlets, including giants like the New York Times, are writing articles entirely based from the video. (NTY article) It’s a unique format in that it offers both information (assuming the creator provides it), and quotes that one can’t extract from a traditional press release. The reporters can comment on mood, atmosphere, setting, and tone, all of which don’t exist in a normal press release. Interesting to see, and certainly speaks volumes for the validity of (at least some) social media outlets.

And as expected, as soon as the news broke, MCA’s Wiki Page was ammended like clockwork.

On a side note I’m amused by the NTY article referring to the guys as Mr. Yauch and Mr. Horovitz. makes me chuckle a bit.

And in other Beastie Boys news, there’s a recently released closer-to-finished version of “Too Many Rappers” featuring Nas. You can check it out here.

illcommunicationAnd one other Beastie Boys tidbit: Fifteen years have now passed since Spike Jonze directed the video for “Sabatoge” and the Beastie Boys have released a remastered version of Ill Communication, complete with a bonus disc of extra tracks. Definitely worth picking up.