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PBS’ Independent Lens Highlights Hip-Hop

PBS’ Independent Lens Highlights Hip-Hop: "The relationship between sampling and Hip-Hop music will be examined in a new film airing on the PBS series Independent Lens.

The feature, titled Copyright Criminals, will feature rap collectives Public Enemy and De La Soul as it explores the multi-billion dollar Hip-Hop music industry and the impact of sampling on copyright, creativity and technological change.

A long-standing staple of rap music, sampling was utilized freely by a variety of artists and producers before...(read more)"

Virgil lit it up!!

Caught Virgil Donati's drum clinic last night. Such a monster drummer

VIDEO: Helicopter chases two Lamborghini Gallardos around Los Angeles

VIDEO: Helicopter chases two Lamborghini Gallardos around Los Angeles: "Filed under: , , , , ,
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While not quite as in your groin face as Samuel L. Jackson's Snakes on a Plane, the following video is as honest in its title to content ratio. Yes, a camera crew in a helicopter follows two Lamborghini Gallardos (one hardtop and one Spyder) up and down Pacific Coast Highway and through some of the Southland's best canyon roads. Nearly perfect, right?

Well, there's an issue or two. First is the thumping, blasting 'butt-rock' soundtrack. Second, that soundtrack is annoying and obscures the glorious fury of the Gallardo's 5.2-liter V10 -- a motor that can make a four-year-old to burst into tears when cranked from a cold start (true story -- we saw it happen in person). Truly, a beast of an engine.

Had it been our video then, we would've ki…

Aston Martin Rapide to start at $199,950 in the U.S.

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A couple of days after announcing U.K. pricing for the the new Rapide, Aston Martin has now also priced the North American version of its slinky four-door. When Aston starts deliveries of its newest model next spring, U.S. customers will have to pony up a minimum of $199,950. Aston Martin dealers will doubtless provide clients with the opportunity to substantially elevate that price tag via costly personalization options. After all, when you're dropping that kind of coin, you don't want to see yourself coming and going all the time.

The Rapide will be the first Aston Martin produced outside of Great Britain once cars start rolling off the line in Graz, Austria. The special factory was set up in cooperation with Magna Steyr prior to the global financial collapse, back when the Gaydon factory that makes the other Astons was runni…