For those who missed Sound Liberation Front‘s Labor Day party at Do or Dine with Rich Medina and Queen Majesty, peep the video recap above. (And if you can avoid blinking, you might even catch a glimpse of yours truly in there).
Here’s a special Halloween treat, the lastest single (and an eerie, but beautiful one at that) courtesy of Radio Galaxy, one of my favorite groups on the planet right now. (And I’m not saying that just because they hail from Houston, my hometown. These cats are seriously dope).
UPDATE: The full version of the tune is available on their Daaarkness Everybody … EP, which they just released on their bandcamp page today. FOR FREE. So, you know, grab that shit. Like, now.
Now that Hurricane Sandy has passed (and I have exhausted the very last of my excuses), it’s time to play a bit of catch up on the blog. For those who aren’t yet aware, the homie Q Mastah spent the better part of the last year building, from scratch, this magnificent sonic beauty of a sound system he calls the Tower of Sound. Last month, I got to play music through this thing during it’s public test run at the Greene Hill Food Co-Op, and I’m still feeling all tingly from the experience. It’s really the most sublime sound system I’ve ever had the pleasure of spinning on.
About a week later, while I was cavorting about in Neder-Neder-land, Q and my peoples at the Sound Liberation Front hosted their official public debut of the sound system in Brooklyn at the launch party of their new record label, Dub-Stuy Records. You can check out how that went down, and get a sneak peak at the Tower of Sound in the video above.
And just in case you’re wondering, it sounds (and looks) a million times better in person. The next time you get a chance to attend an event where this bad boy is present, I encourage you not to miss it.
You can read more about Q‘s journey to bring the Tower of Sound into existence in this nice little feature over at Vice.
As for what they’ve got cooking up at the record label, here’s a taste of a track with the legend MC Brother Culture.
Been on a Chico Mann kick lately.
Here’s a little promo project from Wax Poetics and Rockstar Games featuring Chico using the Beaterator game on a PSP to create a beat. The video features some live footage of Chico Mann‘s performance at this past Saturday’s Booty Crisis party in Brooklyn, where the band put on a great show.
… and believe me, when it comes to rhyme, it doesn’t happen to often. Now where is my Mysterme tape …
We love Rakim. Rakim has provided us with many hours of entertainment and prolly paid a few bills for the dj’s amongst us. Nothing but love for the cat who said suburbanites can rap aka It ain’t where you from (Long Island) but where ya at!
So when Nas did his “Unauthorized Biography,” we were feeling it:
But it don’t seem like the R is too happy with it:
BBB…BBBBUT wait it gets worse.
*hits rewind on tape*
What did Rakim say about it back in 2006?
MTV: Rakim, Nas paid you the ultimate compliment in 2004 by recording “U.B.R. (Unauthorized Biography of Rakim)” [on Street’s Disciple]. What was it like when you heard that song breaking down your whole life?
Rakim: That kind of puts things in perspective. You got this far and somebody that you respect, somebody that’s on a high plateau, took time and showed you love. And to hear a lot of it, I was like, “Where did he get that from? How did he know that?” He does put things in perspective, man. He kind of opened my eyes, like, “OK, people’s watching. People really know about Rakim.” It kind of let me know where I was in the world.
Nas: Thanks, man. I always wanted to know how you felt about that, ’cause if somebody made a song talking about me and stuff like that, I wouldn’t know how to react. I just had to make a song about Ra ’cause if we in there making songs in the studio, let’s make songs about things that are important. The dude is important right now, so I made a song about how he inspired [people] a great deal. I used to look at Ra like, “This dude’s an alien. He’s an alien. He’s not from here.”
*pours out some more decaf for another fallen hero*
**shout out to them boys @ The Lesson**
DJ LIL TIGER starts things off with a love-themed Soul set with splashes of classic disco and contemporary R&B. EMPANADAMN holds it down in the second half with a mesh of synthy dance, pop, Hip-Hop and electro.