Complex previews Black Milk’s upcoming album titled “Album of the Year”. Read full article here: Complex
I guess he is not giving up without a fight. Let’s see how this plays out.
“Tomorrow our Lawyers are appealing the decision of the CEP. We have met all the requirements set by the laws. And the law must be Respected.” via Twitter
The Foreign Exchange discusses the independent route with LA Stereo.
The Foreign Exchange is one of my favorite groups. October 12, 2010 is the release date for their 3rd album titled “Authenticity“. I am glad to see them returning back to action after the classic “Leave It All Behind”. I, personally, cannot wait for this to drop.
“Authenticity” is the 3rd album by The Foreign Exchange and promises to pick up where 2008 Grammy-nominated “Leave It All Behind” left off. So far, the lead single “Maybe She’ll Dream of Me” is a hit and nearly crashed The Foreign Exchange website according to Phonte on Gordan Gartrell Radio Show 18.
“I think every band reaches that point when they come into their own and find a sound that is distinctively theirs,” says Phonte in reference to the album’s title. “The title refers to me and Nic’s journey to find our own unique space within this vast musical landscape. The biggest challenge as a musician is to find that ‘thing’ that makes you who you are. But I think we’re getting there, and we’re finding our way more and more with each record.”
Below is the tracklist; up top is the album cover. Get ready! October 12, 2010–“Authenticity“!
1. The Last Fall
3. Eyes To The Sky
4. All Roads
5. Fight For Love
6. Maybe She’ll Dream Of Me
7. Don’t Wait (ft. Darien Brockington)
8. Make Me A Fool (ft. Jesse Boykins III & Median)
9. Everything Must Go
10. Laughing At Your Plans (ft. Chantae Cann)
11. This City Ain’t The Same Without You (ft. YahZarah)
It’s nice to see Jesse Boykins featured on the album.
Studio performance of Bill Withers song from 1973.
Spotted at 2db
New single from The Foreign Exchange’s upcoming album “Authenticity” dropping October 12th. Pure freshness. You can download it here: Maybe She’ll Dream Of Me
Produced by Nicolay and Phonte for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
Vocals by Phonte
All Instruments by Nicolay
Piano by Zo!
Recorded and Mixed by Phonte at The Peanut Gallery and by Nicolay at The Beach House, Wilmington, NC
Five Day Weekend and Traffic Entertainment are proud to announce the upcoming DVD release of 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s, director Gary Weis‘ 1979 documentary about the South Bronx and its gang culture. The previously unavailable film will be released in the Fall of 2010, the first time it has been offered to the public in decades, and will be accompanied by a handful of exciting bonus features.
Director Gary Weis was still working as a short film creator for Saturday Night Live when he came up with the idea for 80 Blocks after reading a Jon Bradshaw article, “Savage Skulls.” Published in a 1977 issue of Esquire Magazine, the piece centered on two gangs based in the South Bronx at the time — the Savage Nomads and the Savage Skulls. Weis became infatuated with the story and, soon after striking up a dialogue with Bradshaw, he convinced SNL producer Lorne Michaels to help him produce the film. Just two years later, in 1979, Weis and Bradshaw brought a camera crew to speak with members of both gangs, along with police officers, community activists, and civilians.
Despite its role as an important and unflinching portrait of a profoundly interesting time in New York’s cultural history, 80 Blocks was, for many years, impossible to find, only briefly available as an educational VHS release in 1985. In the years since its initial release, the documentary has gained an overwhelming cult status. With little to no news coverage over the decades since its release dedicated fans continued to buzz about the film. That buzz grewexponentially via the internet, which provided fans a common platform to fondly look back not only the at documentary itself, but the era that it captured so vividly.
The cries of many have been heard. For the first time in 25 years, the soon-to-be-released DVD will be accessible by the public, and will include interviews with producer/filmmaker Weis and director of photography Joan Churchill, as well as a 40 page book comprised of the original “Savage Skulls” article, an essay by David Hollander, and artwork by Julian Allen. All of this is, of course, to accompany both full and widescreen versions of the film that started it all.
“Lights, Camera, Action,” the bonus track off Moe Green’s debut LP, Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match, is the quintessential fight song. Fresh off a Show & Prove feature in this month’s XXL Magazine, the KMEL Freshmen 10 rapper delivers a fusion of braggadocio and punch line metaphors, a driving kick-to-snare combination, a triumphant staccato, and the distant clamor of an uproarious crowd for this epic opus. “It’s what I call wrestlemania music,” notes Moe. “It gets you ready to do something big.” Produced by Rob-E, who handles production duties on Moe’s forthcoming LP To Whom It May Concern, “Lights, Camera, Action” is an adaptation from French electro-house artist Kavinsky, known for his style reminiscent of 1980s film soundtracks.
Available only on the limited edition pressing of physical CDs, “Lights, Camera, Action” is in essence, Moe’s closing remarks regarding the state of hip-hop and a declaration of his arrival to the game.
Listen to Lights, Camera, Action
Download: Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match (courtesy of Interdependent Media)
Apollo Brown released The Reset Instrumentals, a smooth, soulful instrumentals. Even without vocals, The Reset Instrumentals have enough catchy hooks and head-nodding riffs to warrant being a stand-alone album.
Tracks like “Seasons” and “Balance” showcase the producer’s ability to show his softer side. “Seasons” features disparate harmonies and an occasional sampled “what you want me to do” vocal over melancholy guitar picking that proves Apollo Brown can flawlessly blend genre’s of soul and hip-hop. “Real Detroit” and “Streets Won’t Let Me Chill” are still influenced by soul, but have much sharper, heavier beats. It’s clear Apollo Brown has a lot of versatility as a producer.
Following the official release of his sophomore LP, Everything Changed Nothing, Trek Life serves up an inspiring aftertaste with new single, “Ready to Live.” A cathartic expression through rhyme, Trek uses the track, which serves as the album’s first song, to pay homage to loved ones lost and the infinite future to be found. “Life is hard man/ No life is easy/ No life is exactly what you make it/ Believe me,” professes the young emcee. Providing an unassuming quality to the LP, “Ready to Live” is a standout track that highlights Trek’s most genuine emotions and adept word painting abilities.
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