Okay, they all go in... but Roc Marci... woooo! Like he was going for that Raekwon spot!! That's how Hip-Hop is done; CohenBeats Remix of "Dirt" (off House Shoes' LP "Let It Go" - featuring OhNo, The Alchemist and Roc Marciano with the strong finish).
When I was in Tel Aviv a few weeks ago I linked with the homie CohenBeats (@cohenbeatsaredope).
While we were Chillin' he played me a joint that had an ill intro on it,
and I told him it would be a great fit for a remix of the Dirt joint off of
Let It Go, my debut record from a few years back. He put it together and here you go.
Check out one of Chi Town's elite (He is in my top 3 Chi Town emcees for sure) artists, Gemstones, as he gives a Chilling perspective of black on black crime with his video "Circles". Gemstones debut album "BLIND ELEPHANT" will be released on February 24th, 2015. Get familiar. Let us know your thoughts.
Chilli joins Harry Shum Jr. and expert Michael Curry to introduce viewers to the art of Faking
(Atlanta, Ga) truTV presents Fake Off, a next generation talent show aimed at incorporating theater, acrobatics, costume, and illusion to recreate pop culture events through various mediums designed to wow audiences. The show is produced by Shine America.
WHAT: Ten teams from around the country compete against each other in an elimination competition, recreating iconic moments in popular culture in hopes of winning the grand prize, $100,000.
WHO: Hosted by Robert Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets), Fake Off judges include Chilli (TLC), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), and Michael Curry (Cirque de Soleil).
WHEN: Premieres Monday, October 27, at 10pm EST
TRUTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. It delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy, and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. household, truTV features such popular original series such as Impractical Jokers, Hardcore Pawn, Lizard Lick Towing, Killer Karaoke, How To Be A Grown-Up, South Beach Tow, Friends of the People, Hair Jacked, and The Carbonaro Effect, as well as the upcoming series Motor City Masters, Way Out West, Fake Off, and Jokers Wild!
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"Love & Hip Hop" star Yandy Smith and her fiance' Mendeecees Harris are expecting their second child together and based on their instagrams post "It's A Girl". Mendeecees posted a picture of him and Yandy with the caption "Chilling with my baby Girl Lol (inny)." and Yandy followed up with her own photos of her and Mendeecees 2 year old son, Omere, with the caption, "Me and my baby boy...oh and my baby girl." Congrats to them. Check out the pictures below...
What's good everybody? Welcome back to another edition of I Am Indie
Wednesdays. Since I've been writing these pieces for ICHH, I am often
asked the question, how do you decide on who you're going to write
about every week? The answer is simple. Like a paperclip to
a magnet, it just comes to me.
One of the many mottos I live by is that if it flows, it
goes. I try not to think too hard and just do the damn thing.
That's what led me to our artist of the week. It was one of the Chillier nights in the A since fall, and I
was sipping a brew, reluctantly smoking a square while
scrolling through soundcloud. Through the sea of orange play buttons, a track called Winter Cold caught my attention. I guess it was the title that reminded me of the season fast approaching, so without hesitation I pressed play. As soon as the strings hit followed by strong female vocals, I thought surely no one is spitting over this. It sounds like Katy Perry could have this joint in her stash! It wasn't a minute later after the chorus,
BlackSmyth busted out the gate with a flawless tone
and delivery. It all made sense as he started going in about his
struggles from addictions to finances. The track is full of drama with a cinematic feel, so I couldn't help but to envision how this video could be. BlackSmyth is a military kid from everywhere and nowhere, and the constant changes growing up enhances his versatility as an artist. He is soon to release an EP in a few months and will drop his LP next year 2015 titled No Comment. Bundle up and be sure to check out his track Winter Cold featuring Rachel.
I was first introduced to K.Sparks from Dead End Hip Hop with the "Tomorrow Today" review. K. Sparks had me at "Sunshine". I've always felt as though he was a great emcee and his "Manic Mondays" proved to the industry and culture that he was going to be here for a while. With that being said, when I was presented with his new project, Vintage Art, to review... had to make sure that I was a part of it.
First off, I have to address the album title. Vintage Art is what K. Sparks is. K. Sparks style literally brings us back to the nostalgic period when hip hop was becoming an art form platform. Within that same vein, he makes it current as a sonic dope dealer (hopefully, you caught all of the puns in that last sentence). K. Sparks comes to reassure all of the "Rosa Parks on the back of the bus to move forward" within their purpose in life.
K. Sparks also shows how diverse he really is switching his flow on tracks like "Everywhere", "Dummin' Out" and "Whateva". His flow is so crazy and fast that it can take your ear off what I feel is the best REPEAT OFFENDER (aka hot bars) on the album on "Dummin' Out" ("I'm Holyfield's ear cuz my flow is enticing/in Tyson) . He then shifts again and speaks on how social media is creating struggles within society with "Feminization". K. Sparks also shows that his storytelling skills can be heart-felt and heart breaking with the emotional and Chilling track "Momma".
Overall, K. Sparks creates a classical album on a hip hop canvas. It is completely balanced with art that can appeal to all coasts, mainstream or underground that will and can inspire. I expect to see this project in many top 10 (or top 5....Top 3) lists at the end of the year. Every song is a REPEAT OFFENDER and embodies what hip hop is. For K. Sparks to capture love and pain so perfectly on tracks is uncanny. Once again, his vintage style takes you back to when you first heard Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Nas, Biggie, Big L, Big Pun, 2 pac, Jay-z and delivers that feeling. At the end, Vintage Art is a masterpiece.
Some 'round the way' chill sh!t from Wiz K. Of course, you can light one to it, but this has a soft touch...audio and visually. Chilling, ballin' on the court with the homies, then baby doll walks up. Niceness. Enjoy this "Promises" joint (produced by Jim Jonsin), and enjoy the rest of your day. iTunes has the LP "Blacc Hollywood" album available for pre-order (in advance of its August 19, 2014 release).
Okay, okay. Been a minute since we came with the Vinyl Destination posts. Apologies all around to all appropriate parties. AND sooo... if you are a stickler for watching in order, we do a solid. Start by watching AFTER THE JUMP (start it from the bottom then come here).
So we come to day 3 of European jaunt for this Vinyl Destination episode. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the best in the biz, riding out in the world's smallest minivan, to Annecy, France. Not always 'deluxe accommodations' but Chilling. Cookies and chips. Then...to get it IN... Pop Plage!! Then off Belfast, Ireland. Then to London...whew, they're working people! And before you ask, yes the title is indeed 'Proper Lube' and NO... not saying anymore about that here. Watch the vid.
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Chilli, HARRY SHUM JR. AND MICHAEL CURRY TO SERVE AS JUDGES ON TRUTV'S NEW COMPETITION SERIES FAKE OFF
The Art of Faking Prepares to Sweep the Nation with Eye-Opening Combination of Theater, Acrobatics, Black Light, Illusion and More
(Los Angeles, CA) Actor and dancer Robert Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets, 90210) will host truTV's new series Fake Off, which will feature ten teams from around the country competing against each other in the captivating art of Faking. The teams better bring their A-game to every performance, as they will face an impressive judging panel that includes music superstar and five-time Grammy winner Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of the mega-group TLC; actor-dancer-choreographer Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, The LXD); and world renowned visual & concept designer Michael Curry (Broadway's The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil's Love).
Fake Off, which is slated to premiere on truTV this fall, will take viewers into the visually stunning world of Faking, a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion. In an elimination competition unlike anything American audiences have seen before, teams will reimagine iconic moments in pop culture to see who's got the skills to be named America's Fake-Off Champions. Produced by Shine America.
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas is the embodiment of a singer-actress-dancer best known as Chilli, one third of the iconic R&B group TLC. Originally a dancer, Chilli joined TLC in 1991. The group topped the charts throughout the '90s, producing four studio albums and establishing their place as pop icons, with continuous television appearances and feature film cameos. In 1996 Chilli was listed as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. In 1999, on TLC's album Fanmail, Chilli had her first lead single, "No Scrubs," which went #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and won an MTV Music Award, two Grammys and various other awards. Following the tragic death of band mate "Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Chilli and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins went on to star in the reality show R U the Girl, followed later by Chilli's own show, What Chilli Wants. Chilli flexed her entrepreneurial muscle in 2005, creating a line of handbags as an ode to her love and dedication to her son, Tron. She also became a proactive child advocate, forming her own non-profit, Chilli's Crew, with a mission of fostering a healthy sense of self in young women from the inside out.
Harry Shum Jr. is well known for his starring role on the hit series Glee. In addition, he has starred in the independent features Revenge of the Green Dragons and White Frog and recently released, Moms' Night Out. His other film credits include Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, Stomp the Yard, You Got Served and Center Stage 2.
Michael Curry works widely as a visual and concept designer for numerous companies, such as Cirque du Soleil, The Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions and the International Olympic Committee. He collaborates regularly with directors like Robert LePage, Nicholas Hytner, Julie Taymor and William Friedkin.
Robert Hoffman has been much sought-after for his skills as a dancer and choreographer. He shared an American Choreographer Award for the film You Got Served, in which he also co-starred. He also starred in Step Up 2: The Streets and has been seen dancing in such films as Guess Who?, Coach Carter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Vanilla Sky.
Fake Off is produced by Shine America, with Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin and James Sunderland serving as executive producers.
Shine America is the U.S. division of Shine Group, an award-winning global production and distribution organization with 30 production companies across 12 countries. Shine America is a leading television studio that creates inspired and compelling programming inclu
This EP by J'Von and LAKIM came literally out of nowhere at least on my radar. I'm here Chilling waiting for the next Theory Hazit album to drop and LAKIM tweets out this project. I've been a fan of LAKIM since he linked up with my homey Jean P. LAKIM specifically said that this is for the fans of his more hip-hop style production since new fans probably got hip to him via his more electronic and house production. This EP was also my introduction to Seattle emcee J'Von. What happens when these two come together on "Left" EP.....let me tell ya it's amazing.
J'Von has a suitcase full of wordplay and while his style is a bit predictable it'll still leave your mouth hanging open because his prowess is impressive. The whole thing starts off with "the.shade [gloom-bap]" and LAKIM comes in with some heavenly production that is so crisp and clean that allows J'Von just to wax poetic and give a bit of his personal story over the track. J'Von makes rapping look real easy flowing effortlessly over this beat.
And this is how the majority of the project goes. Lakim's production has that vintage-sampled sound, but he's evolved it. It's clean and crisp and does something new with the underground sound that I always found myself being drawn to. What adds to the production is the effects that was put over the vocals or just song in general. There's a bunch of static and distortion all over this thing, but it's never to where it's annoying, I felt it was artistic, the effects were placed somewhat strategically. J'Von's lyricism is always on point, never a dull or wasted moment, he fuses clever wordplay with personal pieces of his life.
And then.....there's "wind.memory" which right now is one of my favorite songs of the year and will definitely be one of the best songs released this summer. I actually heard this beat a while ago when LAKIM was selling it, however a couple changes were made from then to where you're listening to it now. LAKIM tones down the drums a bit and J'Von and Dex Amora just go to work. This track is more love-centered and it freaking works wonders from the lyrics, to the production, to the effects over the entire track. Both talk about the battle that love is, everything is covered, the initial attraction, the talking phase, sex and more is discussed between the two and they do it perfectly.
LAKIM and J'Von come through with one of my favorite projects this year and has me fiending for more from these two. J'Von is the dominant voice on this project with only one guest (who slayed his verse) and LAKIM made production that suits him wonderfully. I don't know what is coming next for either person, but I really hope we get another project or an LP from these two at some point because this is amazing. If you're a hip-hop fan to any degree I strongly advise that you cop this FREE project from these two.
The documentary shows how the Koch brothers have used their vast fortunes to oppose government programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, as well as obstruct efforts to raise the minimum wage, tackle climate change and expand voting rights. Democracy Now talks to the film's director, Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films, in its writeup (linked below). The full original release is embedded above.
Deep. Check it out. And considering that the film, and Democracy Now, are fighting the rich and powerful to bring real issues and news to light... maybe consider donating to the cause and/or getting some friends together to watch, discuss, and empower yourselves.
Gotta give ThisIsRnB credit...This is a good find! Sasha Keable calling out somebody fake on their "Sweetest Talk" over some snappy snares. Listen close to the rawness of the lyrics right from the start. Sexy, but there more depth of emotion to this. Run this a few times in your earphones (over your speakers if you're off work and Chilling).
Taken from my forthcoming EP "Lemon Grass & Lime Leaves."
Part 1, Fresh Off The Boat in Chengdu, Eddie (a.k.a. the Human Panda) is at home with his 'interracial' fam (e.g. black and white pandas). Talking about and watching pandas. Don't forget about the panda porn, either (what? yeah). Trekking Chengdu with Eddie and DJ SuperBestFriend (a.k.a. Rabbi), we experience traditions, food and culture... much of which is diminishing as time passes. After the jump, part 2 picks up with Eddie enjoying the fine Chinese living - Chilling in the Dead Sea Resort, taking a refreshing salt burial, a dip in a big (translation: crowded) swimming pool, and later tasting on some baby pig penis (what? yeah). Then part 3 wraps with an exploration of Chengdu culture going forward: a look at Szechuan cooking from a master chef, a visit to the sculpture factory of a feature artist, a climb into a tree-house parlor for Taiwanese tea, and a round table discussion with different generations of Chinese to discuss cultural preservation as China moves forward and becomes open to the rest of the world.
Fantastic episode! Well worth the watch, as usual.