Archive for August, 2009
Here we have it, people. The cover art and final tracklisting for Really Doe’s long-awaited debut LP, First Impressions. Make sure you cop it on August 18th. And look out for “Fabrics”, it’s banger.
Apologies are in order for Vic Spencer, because I mistakenly posted the wrong song in his post for “Believe Me” (boooo!), from Friday.
Here’s the track I meant to post “Painting Pictures”, which is going to be featured on the FSD & Brainiac Society sponsored Vic Mogorium: Hip Hop Emporium. Coming August 30th.
Vic Spencer – “Painting Pictures”
Obviously, my low post count is due to this being quite possibly Chicago’s craziest weekend of the year, Lollapalooza. Whatever. When I bring the goods, I bring the goods.
Last night at Hard Rock Hotel’s ‘Music Lounge’ afterparty, trendsetting director GL Joe, let me watch the soon-to-be-released clip for The Cool Kids “Chmapions”, from their Gone Fishing mixtape with Don Cannon (more from Cannon coming soon, FYI).
This guerilla-style clip comes straight from GL Joe’s iPhone, which I filmed with my camera, in a whole new medium of bringing content to the internets. You obviously can’t hear anything (the headphones were in my ear), but you get a sneak peak and a first look to what will most definitely be an insane piece. Two thumbs up from me, but you know I’m partial to Joe’s work.
More Lolla material, including Cudi’s set from last night, coming soon.
The Rhymesayers camp welcomes Chicagoan Psalm One into the fold. Track was engineered by Mulatto Patriot.
Hailing from the Midwest region’s rising hotbed of talent, Psalm One has been named one of the next to blow up by the: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, The Onion and URB Magazine’s (then) Next 100. She’s a Chicago Southside native who’s been developing her craft for over a decade. But, Psalm One isn’t trying to be your favorite female rapper.
Her upcoming offering, the “Flat Iron Diaries” EP will reacquaint you with your favorite while whetting your palette for her next Rhymesayers Entertainment LP.
Psalm One – “Metro Puppy Love”
This is the trailer for Kidd Russell’s upcoming video “Rush”, which is going to be featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew (with Randy Jackson). He’s got a bunch of former WWE stars, including the Rick Flair (Whooooooo!) making cameos. Official video drops on August 22nd.
So I just spoke with the Cool Kids camp who are currently over in Japan for clothing line Swagger’s 10th Anniversary party tonight (well, actually tomorrow for us here in the US of A), where they are opening for Lupe Fiasco, alongside Mickey Factz.
Japan looks like a TRIP, and from what I’ve heard, they especially love Americans who happen to rap. Enjoy your stay, fellas.
Here are a couple of loose pics, including Chuck in front of those crazy ass vending machines they have over there.
I love when
This was filmed at Chicago’s famed Beat Parlor in 2000, in what looks to be the summer months. Which means it was right around the time that one of my favorite albums ever, and one I still listen to frequently to this day, Slum Village’s Fantastic Vol. 2, came out. In the Summer of 2000, I swore up and down this was the greatest album ever, and that Jay Dee was the dopest producer of all time. I highly recommend this album to anyone who MAY have missed it.
R.I.P. to Baatin and J Dilla.
“This was done while working for RollingStone.com back in like ‘99, 2000. At the time, I was familiar with Jay Dee through his stuff with the Pharcyde and Tribe, and I loved it, but it would take a while before I fully realized the strength of the SV movement. To be honest, I wasn’t even feeling the lyrics too tough back then, but Jay’s beats and the way they actually said their rhymes…preposterous. Baatin and T3 were just the humblest cats, too, and Baatin…you have to remember, this is the late ’90s, so dudes were backpackin’ heavy with Rawkus and ABB and all that. If you were an underground head, you definitely fit a profile. To see this cat rocking the Stetson and some white linen pants and sandals, it was crazy. Swagger for days. He’ll be missed.”
Props to Gotti at the Smoking Section.