Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Iron Solomon

Iron Solomon

by Kazeem Famuyide, hiphopwired.com

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Original Page: http://hiphopwired.com/2012/10/31/iron-solomon-killer-mixtape-download/

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

RZA's 10-Step Guide to Transition From Hip-Hop to Hollywood

RZA's 10-Step Guide to Transition From Hip-Hop to Hollywood

by Natelege Whaley, theboombox.com
October 29th 2012 1:30 PM

RZA never stops training for greatness. Almost 20 years after creating the game-changing, trademark sound on Wu-Tang Clan's 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the producer-turned-director is on the brink of releasing his first full-length feature film, "The Man With the Iron Fists."

"If I was to compare this work I would compare this to me making 36 Chambers," he tells The BoomBox of the Kung Fu-inspired action flick. "That's how confident and pleased I am with the outcome of this film and I think it's the start of something beautiful."

Of course, sitting in the director's chair didn't happen overnight. RZA, who also has the leading role in the movie, has been preparing for this moment since he was a young kid, growing up in Staten Island, N.Y. He'd watch Kung Fu movies religiously, which eventually became a lifelong obsession.

The influence from those films first poured out into the fantasized identities of the Wu-Tang Clan, the music they created and eventually turned into a more concrete story idea RZA conceived for a film. He then honed his filmmaking skills under director Quentin Tarantino during the making of "Kill Bill: Vol. 1." After years of his mentorship, RZA began crafting the screenplay for "The Man With the Iron Fists," with the assistance of Eli Roth.

Bobby Digital, born Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, worked with an all-star cast that included Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and Pam Grier. He also directed a crew of 300 to 400 people daily during the production of the film. RZA had his hands full, but he completed the effort with a girth of new knowledge. And he never hesitates to pass it on.

The BoomBox spoke with the 43-year-old director about the ups and downs of the film, due Nov. 2, trusting his actors and even feeling like President Obama at times. Take a look at RZA's directorial guide where he offers 10 tips on transitioning from hip-hop to Hollywood.

1. Be Prepared
"You must prepare yourself for anything, of course. Many people go along the path but they stumble because they're not prepared. But for this particular endeavor, preparation is the key element because they call "on the day." It's a film term meaning the time to shoot.

"There's no chance for error because it costs so much money per day to do what you're doing that if you lose a day, you basically losing twice the amount of money. So preparation is key."

2. Have a Vision
"The same way a lyricist should have vision in his lyrics to tell a story, you gotta have vision as a director, as well on how you want to tell a story through these characters or through a scene or through a moment.

"Vision is imperative because if you don't have vision you won't be able to translate yourself to your crew or your cast. Even if you have a script. It's useless if you don't have a vision."

3. Possess Presidential Qualities
"This is not a job for the weak. I felt like I understood what Obama was going through because you're controlling so many people, money. On an average we probably had 300 to 400 people a day. Somebody said they counted 700 one day.

"So it's a lot of people and you gotta feed 'em. And I remember having cold lunch or making lunch cold because I kept pushing the shot. But perseverance of the director is important. His health, his stamina, is very important."

4. Love Your Crew
"You must have compassion because you do have all these people working for you and if you're compassionate about what you're doing, then that compassion will resonate with them and then it could become synergized teamwork. You hear some stories of directors who yell. They get things done.

"And you know that we yell at somebody and chastise them they'll go do it. But they're not going to do it with that same compassion. I said I had took my crew passed lunchtime. Three days in a row they had cold lunch. Nobody didn't tell me though, because they didn't want to disturb my groove because the director is the captain.

"But on the fourth day somebody came over and was like, 'Yo, it's lunch break.' I said, 'We'll have our lunch break after the shot.' They were like, 'We had lunch three days in a row cold.' I said, 'Why ain't nobody tell me?' Then I said, 'Lunch break!' So yeah compassion is important."

5. Rely on Originality
"You have to bring something original to the table. The old cookie cutter formulas that work sometimes in Hollywood, it works more for established directors. But for somebody who's new tryna enter the business, you better have something original."

6. Do Homework
"How are you going to do something unless you know how it's done? How it continues to be done? There are six basic angles of filmmaking that you should know. If you know at least five of the major lenses they use -- meaning from the frame, from 17 up to 100 as they say -- at least know the five major lenses. So knowledge is the key to any craft.

7. Understand Time Is Money
"Execution leads to efficiency. And execution is an efficiency. The one thing that the man told me and he challenged me because he knew me from the past and shit and he was like, 'RZA, do you know how movies are made?' I said, 'Yeah, determination, focus, good crew, imagination.' He said, 'No, on schedule.' Basically, time is money, kid."

8. Gain an Actor's Trust
"I'll never forget, Russell did an interview on Charlie Rose where he said out of his mouth, 'I'm about to do something crazy.' And Rose said, 'What?' [Russell] then said, 'Well, my buddy has a Kung Fu movie. His name is RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. He has a Kung Fu movie he wants me to do.

"'And a lot of my peers say it's something I shouldn't do because it doesn't match to my serious side of acting.' And Charlie Rose asked him, 'Well, why do you want to do it?' And he said, 'Well, I trust him.' And when he came there I knew he put his trust in my hand and so I had to deliver on that trust.

"And at the same time, when it got to a problem... I also had to trust him back. There was one scene where I was like, 'Yo, I want you to put these kids to bed.' And he's like, 'Well, my character wouldn't put the kids to bed.'

"I said, 'Wait a minute! Everybody got love for children, even in this movie, even the most evilest man will have love for a child.' And it was other scenes we did, one of the characters who's like the most vicious guy, he walks in and plays with the kids. I asked him to do the same thing and he says, 'Alright, Bobby, if you say so.' So it's a big trust that must be shared."

9. Listen to the Talent's Opinion
"[Lucy Liu] knows what she wants and she knows the kinds of things she wants to do. But at the same time she trusted me. I'll tell you a little story about her. When she first arrived in China, she came in when we were already about five weeks in. So everybody was already up to speed and here comes the new talent coming in.

"And she got there and she didn't want to see the producers or nobody and I told her, 'You need to have dinner with me.' And so we had dinner just to reconnect our energy and she was just like, 'What are we doing here?'

"So we went upstairs to the room that I had five weeks of footage, and we had edited down to about two minutes to show the crew and I hit play on it and when she saw the two minutes she was like, 'Oh my God, you're fucking making an epic here,' and it kind of let loose some of her phobias because she seen what we shot already.

"She was adamant that her character herself represented a woman of strength and she had a few books and she said, 'You can keep this.' And I had just got into an argument with my ex woman who said that God was a woman and I said, 'Whelp maybe it was [laughs].' But it's important for yin and yang to be balanced and I think she helped me with that."

10. Collect Wisdom
"[Pam Grier] was like a jewel for me. Somebody that was experienced in movies for many years. I watched and admired her and she was so nice and so sharing of her wisdom and experience. Actually, for her, I would just sit there and listen. After lunch I'd just sit there and listen to all the stories.

"She told me one funny story though that really made feel really proud. Warrington Hudlin is Reginald Hudlin's brother. These guys did movies like 'House Party,' 'Boomerang.' Well, Warrington thrives himself on being a martial artist. Me and Warrington met before and when we met, he said his seafood could beat my seafood.

"After a scene was over, we looked at the monitor and Pam Grier saw it, and she said, 'RZA, Warrington is going to be so jealous. I'm going to text him right now.' And that kind of felt cool because we had this little thing and shit, she kind of put me up in that one. I won that battle."

BONUS: Become a Student & Master
"When I first became [Quentin Tarantino's] student, I went to China to Beijing. And I sat up in the corner for a month, writing, studying. I even took some of the things he said and I wrote it into a lyric so I wouldn't forget. And now when I'm doing 'The Man With the Iron Fists,' he flies himself to China.

"He wouldn't take money from the budget. He wouldn't take money from per diems. He just came and he sat there for some days with us. I never forget the day he sat at dinner with me. He said, 'Bobby, remember this, full circle. I remember you sitting in China... watching me studying, and now the student has become a master.'

"And that actually was one of the moments on the set. A lot of weight fell off me. Like wow, he's right. I'm actually living out the dream and... he's right beside me."

Original Page: http://www.theboombox.com/2012/10/29/rza-the-man-with-the-iron-fists/

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Prince Tears Roof Off Sayers Club at Secret Hollywood Show | Billboard

Prince Tears Roof Off Sayers Club at Secret Hollywood Show | Billboard

by DJ Skee, billboard.com
October 27th 2012 11:00 AM

Prince played a surprise show in Los Angeles on Thursday night -- and Billboard correspondent DJ Skee was there. Below, his inside look at an intimate night with the Purple one.

It all started when someone whispered to me, asking if I wanted to check out Prince's secret show. Despite my typical allergy towards Hollywood events, feeling a little sick, and being jet-lagged after coming back from the presidential debate in Boca Raton, I didn't even have to think before my mouth opened and screamed yes. I mean, it's Prince, or whatever he prefers to go by now since modern keyboards don't have a symbol for the symbol, so I didn't have an option, right? I would have regretted it the rest of my life.

To set the stage, a month ago in Las Vegas, the biggest moment of the massive iHeartRadio music festival, that I was also the DJ for, was when Prince came out as a surprise guest. I watched as every artist backstage literally ran out to catch a glimpse, just to watch him play guitar for Mary J Blige for a few minutes. To now have the opportunity to see him for the second time in a month, but this time in an intimate setting all by himself, would be priceless and impossible to turn down no matter how I was feeling. By the time the night ended just past 2 a.m., I was magically cured from all of my ailments thanks to one of the greatest artists of our time.

The mystique around Prince and the evening didn't just start with that initial whisper invite. He has remarkably kept a unique brand secrecy in this day and age where every typical star's movements are not only shadowed by paparazzi or other press but also broadcast on social media -- good luck finding Prince on Twitter. Before arriving, I asked his team what time Prince actually hit the stage, as I'm not a fan of standing around for any amount of time waiting for anything, and was told to arrive at 10:30 as all bets were off when he was to hit the stage- it was simply a matter of when he felt like it. (His manager would later tell me the band's schedule once I arrived, but echo that no one had any idea when Prince would join them, as it was all on his mood.) I was already all in, so I headed down to Hollywood hotspot/speakeasy the Sayers Club, where surprisingly the line and crowd outside weren't as crazy as I expected. The room had a capacity of about 150, limited to celebrities and the creme de la creme of the entertainment industry (not to mention the half of the room which would be taken up by Prince's band -- more on this in a second). I guess most people didn't even waste their time trying to name- or dollar-drop at the door, and with good reason as everyone trying to get in seemed to be turned away instantly alongside the legion of paparazzi flanking Wilcox Ave.

Once I made my way inside the room, my iPhone was immediately confiscated (I did snap one picture before!) and checked into a huge box that surprisingly wasn't under better security due to the nature of potential content, contacts, and secrets on phones in the box. In the crowd were not only the biggest names in the entertainment business, but current number one paparazzi targets Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who definitely enjoyed each other's company for those wondering. The stage backdrop was simple and elegant with the lone production enhancement being a spot line with the Prince symbol displayed behind the stage in white; a far departure from today's shows where it is all about production elements to hide pre-taped tracks. Oh yeah, about half the room was filled with Prince's musicians, who cradled through the VIP section on the right.

The atmosphere building up to the show was electric. Prince has mastered the art of branding, and as I passed the two hours before he actually felt the timing was right to perform, I was taken into incredible conversations I can't repeat amongst friends who had experiences performing or working with the icon that just seemed to make his legend build. The allure of Prince only seems to grow with time, making him bigger than life. No matter if they were true, made up, or just slightly exaggerated, these stories only made his persona and being in attendance that much more magical.

As the band started to fill the stage just after midnight, and when I say fill, I mean fill, the intimate crowd instantly dropped its conversations and got as close as possible. Luckily I made it to the front of the stage, although even the worst seat in the house was no more than 30 feet from the stage. Earlier in the day I had the pleasure of meeting Prince's new protege, Andy Allo, who not only plays guitar and sings backup in the NPG band, but is an incredible artist in her own right. The tone was instantly set for the evening not only by her performance of "People Pleaser" to open the show as well as our first glimpse at the amazing band in action, but by looking at the back of the stage and realized the man hiding on guitar with the sunglasses behind the drummer was the legend himself, his small stature carrying the huge persona.

When Prince made his way to the front of stage he introduced his band to the crowd simply as "TMP, for Too Many People," with laughter. In raw numbers, I counted well over 20 musicians including a huge horn section, several drummers and guitarists, and back-up singers all inside a venue so small the brass players were literally in the middle of the crowd. Amazingly, the sound quality was second to none with just the right amount of everything. The proof Prince is a true musical genius is beyond the music itself, but the way he meticulously prepares, even bringing in some of his own sound equipment to upgrade the already stellar room and elevating the experience for everyone. With a band so big and songs flowing well past the few minutes they were orginally recorded as and turning into full-blown 10-minute-long jam sessions, as a musician myself I was waiting and looking for even one note or beat to be off during the hour and a half long set, and failed to find one flaw. The feat of this alone is stunning and can't be understated as I have never seen a band as in tune as NPG was last night under the guidance of Prince.

As for the show itself, the audience we treated to one of the greatest experiences that everyone will tell stories about for years and decades to come. There really isn't much to say about the music and performance other than, yes, he really is that good -- still. Never knowing what songs you'll hear at his shows, the audience was treated to an array ranging from classics such as "U Got The Look" and "Pop Life" to covers of Sly and the Family Stone before finishing the night on his second encore to Parliament's "Give Up The Funk," tearing the roof off of Hollywood. Oh yeah, and for kicks, Prince also not only reminded us why he is one of the greatest guitar players of all time with an amazing showcase, but also spent time on stage playing the bass and keys, showcasing his musical diversity while he also conducted not only the band but the audience, with his palm having the whole Hollywood crowd sing, clap, and dance along in unison.

More remarkable than the show was the fact that an A-list and elitist Hollywood crowd, who I am so used to seeing stand in a corner or sit back at a VIP table and not move for ANYTHING, seem to throw inhibitions out the window and enjoy themselves. Every single person in the venue was dancing, singing, clapping, moving, and most importantly, having fun. Mixed alongside the secretive nature of the event, Sayers Club atmosphere, legendary myths that surround the artist, and amazing musical display, the night truly felt like something from a different era. Think Fela taking place in a Hollywood speakeasy. It felt so good that you almost were waiting on someone to come in and bust up the place for being illegal.

As the night ended, it all dawned on me what made it so special. It wasn't the name, the mystique, the celebrity-filled audience, the venue, or even the songs themselves. It was as Prince yelled on stage while he took his mic around to each individual player for a solo showcase, "real music, and real instruments!" Sometimes simplicity even with all of the intricacy is the best formula, and Prince proved that there is nothing better in this world than great music.

Original Page: http://www.billboard.com/events/prince-tears-roof-off-sayers-club-at-secret-1007992592.story

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Celebs Unite for Music Video In Support of President Obama [VIDEO]

Celebs Unite for Music Video In Support of President Obama [VIDEO]

by Neha Prakash, mashable.com
October 26th 2012

See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GOwfCSiuGg

Ne-Yo, Natasha Bedingfield and other well known artists have come together to move this country forward. The singers have produced a song and video in support of re-electing President Obama.

Though the video is not sponsored by the official campaign, it still mirrors the incumbent's 2012 campaign slogan — Forward. It's a sequel to 2008′s celebrity-driven, "Yes We Can." Like "Yes We Can," "Forward" is executive produced by Fred Goldring,

SEE ALSO: Listen to the Sequel to 'Yes We Can' for the 2012 Obama Campaign

Shot in black and white, the video incorporates the words of Obama throughout the song.

"I have never been more hopeful about America," Obama says.

The video shows everyday people, teachers, teenagers, businessmen, kids and grandmothers, coming together and rallying for Obama. They hold hands, cheer and fill the streets in belief that "we're half way there."

In 2008, Will.i.am, John Legend Scarlet Johanson and other notable celebrities produced a song, "Yes We Can," raising support for the Democratic candidate and the video garnered more than 24 million views on YouTube. "Forward" takes a slightly different tone from "Yes We Can," recognizing that the hardships still facing the country.

"You can't give up on hope…We're on a long hard road but we'll travel it together," Ne-Yo sings.

What do you think of the video? Share your thoughts in the comment below.

Original Page: http://mashable.com/2012/10/26/forward-music-video/

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Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr.

by NPR Staff, npr.org
October 25th 2012

It's been a while since pop-music writers have heaped praise on a blues guitarist as the next big thing. But that's what's happened with Gary Clark Jr., who's just put out his first full-length album on a major label. It's called Blak and Blu.

While the album is new, Clark is not. In fact, he might be the worst-kept, best secret in Austin, Texas. Clark, 28, spent his early teens playing blues clubs in the vibrant 6th Street music scene of downtown Austin, learning from — and impressing — blues legends along the way.

"I was 14 years old when I first played an Austin club," Clark tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "I was hanging out with a friend of mine for her birthday; she wanted to go to this blues bar. They were having this blues jam, and she was like, 'You should get up on stage.' And I went with it."

Clark says the biggest hurdle of that first performance was just understanding what the other musicians were saying.

"The phrases that they used, I wasn't ready for that," he says. "They called out something like, 'We're gonna play a shuffle in the key of G; start from the five.'" And I was like, 'What is that?' I spent the first half of the song just trying to get familiar [and] figure out exactly what they meant."

Clark continued playing around town and quickly picked up a reputation. By the time he was 17, the mayor had declared a "Gary Clark Jr. Day" in Austin. Two years ago, Clark broke out on the national stage when he played at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Here, Clark chats with Audie Cornish about his double life as a high-school student and local music sensation, and tells the stories behind a few of the tracks on Blak and Blu.

Original Page: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/25/163637714/gary-clark-jr-a-blues-wunderkind-grows-up-breaks-out

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Snoop Lion on 'Reincarnation' Release, Positivity and 'Pocket Like It's Hot' - The Juice | Billboard

Snoop Lion on 'Reincarnation' Release, Positivity and 'Pocket Like It's Hot' - The Juice | Billboard

by David Greenwal, billboard.com
October 23rd 2012 8:23 AM

Snoop Lion will share his Jamaican journey in February, the rapper-turned-reggae star told Billboard.com on Tuesday.

The documentary film "Reincarnation" will come first with a theatrical release, with the album of the same -- recorded in Jamaica with Diplo's Major Lazer -- perhaps two weeks after.

See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTqyV5Kw9Ss

"If i just drop this music, it leaves room for questioning," Lion, formerly Snoop Dogg, explained. "You wouldn't understand the whole journey or the transformation. When i allow you to see the movie, to go on the journey with me, to see exactly why I'm the lion, why the music changed -- [you'll] have a full understanding."

Though his sound has changed, it won't be the first time the hip-hop world's heard him trade raps for singing.

"People respect me, so musically I can do whatever I like," he said. "When i took on a song that I had called 'Sexual Eruption," it was a song where there was singing, 90% of the song, and it was one of my biggest records. One thing about me and the people, they appreciate my voice, no matter what it's doing. If it's singing, rapping, talking, they appreciate the voice and the time that I put into giving them something creative from me."

"Reincarnation" will come with a positive message, one Lion said he couldn't have shared through hip-hop.

"I came out in hip-hop, gangsta rapper, West Coast, that is who I am, that is what I will always been in hip-hop," he said on a call with journalists. "That's why the transformation into reggae fits the mode better because to me reggae is about love and peace and unity and struggle."

While he didn't discount the possibility of future rap albums, "Reincarnation" promises to be a serious transition -- one that altered his writing process, as well.

"Before I never had to watch what I was saying because i didn't give a fuck what i was saying," he said. "Because it was coming from my heart. I was speaking from [being] a young adolescent who was an ex-gang-banger, ex-drug dealer, so I was speaking what I thought was best at the time. But as an older man, I have to speak on things that make a difference, and things that matter and using my power the right way."

He was particularly struck by the gratitude of the Jamaican people in the face of poverty, and says he's looking to President Barack Obama to turn around the U.S.'s own economic difficulties.

"That man deserves to be in office for another four years, point-blank," Snoop said. "Y'all gave Bush 8 years to fuck the country up, give this man 8 years to clean this shit up."

See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr22iCGxDBo

However, the musician hasn't lost his sense of humor, presiding over a reworked video version of his hit "Drop It's Like It's Hot" as the Hot Pockets-touting "Pocket Like It's Hot" earlier this month with help from comedian Andy Milonakis.

"That was the idea that they presented me with," he said. "I liked it, [I] put my team around it to make it work."

The video has nearly four million views -- topping this year's other hip-hop snack anthem, viral hit "Hot Cheetos & Takis," which has 3.5 million -- though Snoop says it wasn't an influence.

"I never heard it," he said.

Original Page: http://www.billboard.com/column/the-juice/snoop-lion-on-reincarnation-release-positivity-1007988062.story

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Grime romantics Ruff Sqwad’s White Label Classics finally compiled – FACT Magazine : Music News, New Music.

Grime romantics Ruff Sqwad's White Label Classics finally compiled – FACT Magazine : Music News, New Music.

factmag.com | Oct 23rd 2012

Adored by certain quarters of the underground, most know Ruff Sqwad as the East London grime crew that brought the charts pint-sized MC Tinchy Stryder. 

During the group's prime, however, they were making achingly romantic street music. As FACT's Tom Lea pointed out in a past article, every Ruff Sqwad track "seems to be set at sunset, with the most evocative square-wave synths stretched across the skyline", and singles like 'Pied Piper', 'Lethal Injection', 'Misty Cold' and 'Anna' are bona fide classics in our books.

A comprehensive Ruff Sqwad compilation has been speculated for years, especially given the critical acclaim that Terror Danjah saw in the wake of Planet Mu's Gremlins, with veteran grime label No Hats No Hoods as natural a home as any (Rapid, who produced a large proportion of Ruff Sqwad's classics, runs a studio with No Hats' DJ Magic). And now, according to Twitter, things have started to move: today Rapid tweeted that Ruff Sqwad's White Label Classics was "at the pressing plant", while sometime FACT writer and Guardian scribe Dan Hancox has been about as open-lipped as possible about having interviewed Rapid for the project.

Of course, the title White Label Classics would imply a collection of past Ruff Sqwad releases, meaning that the classic 'R U Double F', never officially released, looks set to remain a lost dubplate in the peer-to-peer purgatory that is Limewire. But you can't have it all. Expect more information on White Label Classics in the coming weeks, and listen to the classic 'Misty Cold' below.

See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPco3-LY6I8

Original Page: http://www.factmag.com/2012/10/23/grime-romantics-ruff-sqwads-white-label-classics-finally-compiled/

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Kendrick Lamar x Andre 3000 x Dr Dre in the studio [Video]

Kendrick Lamar x Andre 3000 x Dr Dre in the studio [Video]

by Sam Gould, soulculture.co.uk
October 19th 2012

Kendrick Lamar seems to have a habit for attracting rap's dormant superpowers. In this short clip, we see K Dot kicking it in the lab with not one, but two Dre's, both of whom we'd love to hear new solo stuff from; first Dr Dre (who signed Kendrick to Aftermath) and second, Andre 3000.

OutKast's experimental genius sits at Kendrick's right-hand side whilst vibing to to good kid, m.A.A.d. city album cut "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe", and although we only hear a few words from him ("That shit is excellent, man, that shit is excellent!"), it's still great to see this association. We already know 3 Stacks has been an important influence on Kendrick's music (you only need to listen to recent track "The Art of Peer Pressure") so hopefully this studio session means they're making some music together. It's a musical partnership that needs to happen.

Watch the two-minute clip below:

good kid m.A.A.d. city hits stores October 22nd.

Original Page: http://www.soulculture.co.uk/music-blog/kendrick-lamar-x-andre-3000-x-dr-dre-in-the-studio-video/

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cory Gunz freestyles for XXL’s Show N’ Off [Video]

Cory Gunz freestyles for XXL's Show N' Off [Video]

by Laura Arowolo, soulculture.co.uk
October 18th 2012

Cory Gunz jumps on XXL magazine's latest Show N' Off and whizzes through a freestyle. Introduced by east coast producer Statik Selektah, watch below as the Young Money signed rapper dispenses a rapid rhyming repertoire over the solely drum-based beat.

The New York native who announced last week that his ninth mixtape That's WTF I'm Talkin' Bout would be released in December 2012, is also currently prepping for the return of his MTV reality show Son Of A Gun which promises to focus on the production of his new music as opposed to drama filled narratives.

Commenting Cory said, "Shout out to Nick Cannon. We had the reality show and we actually in talks for the second season on that joint and it's just really going to show people the album process, document an album and me going in the lab and actually putting these records together and giving people the insight on the side I want them to see, aside from the drama and things that come with the game. I want people to see how serious I breathe this."

See Video: http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1&videoId=1902437835001&linkBaseURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.xxlmag.com%2Fvideo%2F2012%2F10%2Fxxl-presents-cory-gunzs-show-n-off-freestyle-with-statik-selektah-video%2F&playerID=735056479001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAj36EHhk~,2pR1tWM5uVhnbSj--UUJCXbI03wJZIun&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true

Original Page: http://www.soulculture.co.uk/music-blog/musicvids/cory-gunz-freestyles-for-xxls-show-n-off-video/

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wiz Khalifa Drops 'Cabin Fever 2' Mixtape Featuring Juicy J



Wiz Khalifa Drops 'Cabin Fever 2' Mixtape Featuring Juicy J
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Rap game Chester Cheetah is back with his umpteenth mixtape, Cabin Fever 2. Since Wiz Khalifa's forthcoming second major album ... Read more

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

9th Wonder to release joint albums with Buckshot and Murs in November

9th Wonder to release joint albums with Buckshot and Murs in November

by Michell C. Clark, soulculture.co.uk
October 8th 2012

Legendary Hip Hop producer 9th Wonder announces that collaborative albums with both Buckshot and Murs are coming very soon. The Solution with Buckshot, and The Final Adventure Murs, will both see official release on November 13th through Jamla/Duck Down Records.

9th Wonder has teamed up with Murs on four albums since 2004, including Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, Murray's Revenge, Sweet Lord, and Fornever. 9th Wonder has also had two past collaborative efforts with Buckshot – Chemistry and The Formula.

9th describes New York native Buckshot as a very serious individual, and Murs as much goofier, noting that he's created a unique sound for both emcees through his work with them in the past, but that both are respected by fans. Viewers can get a feel for the sense of comradery and respect that all three have for each other in the video below.

See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYes6-2n6uw

Original Page: http://www.soulculture.co.uk/music-blog/9th-wonder-to-release-joint-albums-with-buckshot-and-murs-in-november/

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Friday, October 12, 2012

UK/Sierra Leone MC Adian Coker Revives The Old School Vibe

UK/Sierra Leone MC Adian Coker Revives The Old School Vibe

by Halley Bondy, mtviggy.com
October 8th 2012

The D'banj cohort and imminent star Gets To hip-hop's roots

Name: Adian Coker

Where he's From: London, via Sierra Leone

Genre: Hip-hop

Most Similar:  Nas, Public Enemy

Sounds Like: The Bronx in the 80s with a British accent

It might not be his most deliberate selling point, but what I absolutely love about Adian Coker's music is its old school underpinnings. The London MC (born in Sierra Leone) is certainly better equipped with technology than his elders (he's also been trained in the studio), but he retains that familiar wall-of-sound, statick-y abandon originated in the Public Enemy days. They were the songs that scared — certain — people because it sounded like the MCs were blasting into your room and taking over. Adian also has a steady, conversational inflection, conscious lyrics and relentlessly looping beats, all of which amount to head-bobbing nostalgia, with entirely modern wubs and wobbles.

Adian was born in Sierra Leone, and moved to London at the age of four. He learned to play guitar and keys growing up, and he majored in English as a means of informing his lyrics. He's worked with and produced some industry greats, including James 'Lerock' Loughrey, who has worked with Joss Stone, and Nigerian MC D'Banj.  Armed with all this inspiration, he dropped his mixtape The Colour of Magic, and is about to drop another one, featuring the single "Airs & Graces," below.

See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usmU4O6F-bc

Original Page: http://www.mtviggy.com/articles/uksierra-leone-mc-adian-coker-revives-the-old-school-vibe/

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Will Brennan

Will Brennan

by DJ Burn One, soulculture.co.uk
October 8th 2012

In the overly populated musical genre of Hip-Hop, making your presence known as an up-and-coming emcee can be a hard task.  With artists slotting into existing positions of conscious rap, hipster rap, non-lyrical rap etc, finding your lane can come with disappointing outcomes, and working extra hard to get your music out. For Florida born rapper , he finds not having a defined lane to be almost a blessing in disguise.

"I really don't feel like there's a lane. I mean now, how it is, you have people like Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean with the new school taking over.  I think that there's an open lane for everybody," says Brennan.  "As far as where I fit in, I really feel like on that blog or playlist where a person is trying to hear some relatable content speaking on real life."

See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i9GGtVQmJk

"Don't get me wrong, I definitely talk about girls and smoking like the typical rap stuff you might hear because, that's what I'm affected by and that's what I like," says Brennan – who also likes to flow about love and positive messages "because that's something we all feel. Everybody's iPod these days has something different on it.  As a musician, you should be making different stuff and different types of music and not just one style."

Classmates emceeing at the lunch table inspired Brennan, who began rapping at the early age of 12.  At around the age of 20, he started taking rap more serious eventually relocating from his home of Palm Beach Florida and moving to Atlanta to perfect his craft.  That also meant changing his name from his rap alias, Gemini Soundz, to his government name.

"I definitely was ready to shed that whole part of myself because I think when you have a stage name, you start to have a stage persona or a stage act," he says. "I feel like when you have a stage name it kind of makes it fake like you can't really be who you actually are. So a shift back to the real name was like a shift back to the music."

See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTTDMpttCHA

Following his Rite of Passage mixtape, Brennan's latest EP Prodigal Son flows seamlessly, with solid concepts and production [courtesy of Julian Cruz and SMKA]. Presented by and The Wayward Minds, the EP uses The Prodigal Son story in the Bible as a reference for the title; which deals with a father giving his younger son an inheritance before he dies.  The son goes through several journeys and eventually spends all his inheritance to figure out where he belonged the whole time – with his family. For Brennan, his Prodigal Son, story could mean leaving his home and comfort zone to find what he really belongs to be doing – music.

Download The Prodigal Son and stay tuned for more music from Brennan.

Will Brennan Online: willbrennan.com // YouTube // @thewillbrennan // Soundcloud

Original Page: http://www.soulculture.co.uk/features/will-brennan-get-familiar/

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Solange -"Losing You" [Video]



Solange -"Losing You" [Video]
BEST OF MUSIC | OCTOBER 7, 2012
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After a four-year hiatus from the music world, **Solange** is back and has made quite the return with the audio and visual premiere of her new single ... Read more

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

RZA Working On 2 Ol' Dirty Bastard Biopics, The Last Dragon Remake Still Planned

RZA Working On 2 Ol' Dirty Bastard Biopics, The Last Dragon Remake Still Planned

by Comments and Biopics, hiphopwired.com
October 6th 2012 10:42 AM

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If you know there should be an article here, help improve the article parser by reporting this page. Thanks!

Original Page: http://hiphopwired.com/2012/10/06/rza-working-on-2-ol-dirty-bastard-biopics-the-last-dragon-remake-still-planned/

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Buena Vista Social Club On World Cafe

Buena Vista Social Club On World Cafe

npr.org | Oct 4th 2012

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

The final installment of this series is all about the greatest Cuban cultural export of the last two decades: Buena Vista Social Club.

It all started with the great American guitarist and producer Ry Cooder's 1997 visit to Havana and his three-week session with British world-music producer Nick Gold of World Circuit Records. They recorded at the legendary Egrem Studios, where the plan was to make an album with two African high-life musicians from Mali who were to collaborate with Cuban performers. The African musicians did not make it to Havana, but Cooder and Gold chose to continue with a record anyway. The result was the Buena Vista Social Club album, a huge unexpected commercial hit. The sessions were even captured for a film documentary of the same name.

In this session, we revisit a 1998 conversation with Cooder about his experiences making the original Buena Vista album, and how the rise of Fidel Castro stopped time in a way. Cooder also talks about Cuban pianist Ruben Gonzalez and the Cuban recording industry. We also chat with younger Cuban musicians and virtuosos of another generation: Idania Vald├ęs, one of the main voices of the orchestra, and pianist Rolando Luna. Both are members of the new Buena Vista Social Club group, and each provides more insight into Cuban life and music.

World Cafe's Sense of Place series is made possible by a grant from The Wyncote Foundation.

Original Page: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/04/162306068/buena-vista-social-club-on-world-cafe

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Canada Day: Four Canadian Superstars We Are Thankful For



Canada Day: Four Canadian Superstars We Are Thankful For
MTV NEWSROOM | JULY 1, 2012
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Our neighbor to the north is celebrating one of its biggest holidays today. So if you know any Canadians, be sure to wish them ... Read more

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