Ras Kass continues to prove why he’s one of the most underrated lyricists in hip hop with “So O.G.” that finds the Carson emcee spitting over some smooth production.
Pro Era producer and emcee Kirk Knight gets down with the good folks at Mass Appeal for a little Rhythm Roulette.
For this episode of Rhythm Roulette, we got up with Pro Era producer and emcee Kirk Knight at Generation Records. Kirk’s three random record selections: John Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together, the soundtrack for the movie Exodus, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song. Kirk chose Exodus and a bit of Flower Drum Song to work with and created something for y’all to listen to.
Big Shug and M-Dot trade bars over a menacing DJ Brans produced banger. Off of Shug’s Triple Ogzus.
Back in January, DJ Premier announced that he was forming a live band and took to Osaka and Japan for their debut performances. Finally, the band comprised of DJ Premier (Turntables), Brady Watt (Bass), Lenny “The Ox” Reece (Drums), Takuya Kuroda (Horns and Keys) & Corey King (Trombone and Keys) are taking their talents stateside with a performance at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC on June 13th.
Premier explained his desire to bring live instrumentation to his show.
“I’ve always wanted to put a band together because I come from the 70’s when bands were everywhere in all genres,” DJ Premier said. “The only addition is turntables and my voice as the only lead.”
After the success overseas, Preemo said it was pretty much a no-brainer to bring the show to the state that is recognized as the birthplace of hip hop.
“We tested it out for Billboard Live in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan and it went very well so this is another dart on the scoreboard,” he said.
So what is there to expect when the legendary producer hits the stage with a live band? Obviously, it will put a new spin on DJ Premier’s classics. But Preemo says that you can expect more than just DJ Premier classics from the live band.
“We get busy and have so many songs to choose from,” he said. “Not just DJ Premier Productions, all kinds so it’s gonna be a long ride of more greatness.”
Pick up your tickets to the show here.
Jadakiss runs wild over a Big Daddy Kane classic to remind you why he’s one of the baddest lyricists in the game.
The Wolf and the Shady One join forces in the video for “Best Friend.”
Fashawn’s Exile-produced ode to his daughter Hannah get the visual treatment off of his critically acclaimed album The Ecology.
“The video brings the song to life in an organic and beautiful way. There isn’t enough positive images of young black men out there being fathers to their kids to begin with, especially in rap videos. I believe it’s a break from the norm and a side of me of that my audience doesn’t get to see everyday.”
Tune in to “The Boiler Room” in the YouTube video above at 5pm EST (2pm PST) for a special DJ set courtesy of the one and only DJ Premier.
We continue on our global Stay True Journey with Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky in Moscow, Russia, where we’ll be diving into the world of instrumental hip-hop as we showcase the rise of the local beats scene. Joining us on the trip is a fine selection of US artists who will be representing a movement born half a world away that helped inspire Russia’s own interpretation of the beat-led hip hop.
Back in 2013, Nas signed on to executive produce the documentary on hip hop’s global influence titled “Shake the Dust.” Director Adam Sjöberg chronicles the stories of rappers, DJs, and b-boys across Uganda, Yemen, Colombia and Cambodia. The 85-minute documentary is narrated by Ugandan b-boy Karim as he takes us through hip hop’s powerful influence across the world.
“What these kids are doing around the world reminds me why I fell in love with hip-hop and how important it is as a creative and constructive outlet,” Nas previously said about the project. “After hearing Adam’s vision for this project and hearing the stories, I was incredibly excited to help bring the film to global audiences who need to hear this surprising message of empowerment.”
The documentary is now available on Vimeo on Demand and will begin a limited theatrical rollout in on American soil starting on May 15 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. Check out the trailer and below are the dates and locations for the theatrical run.
5/15-5/21 – TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood CA
5/23 – 5/2 – Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland OR
6/11 & 6/14 – Film Bar Phoenix AZ Theatrical
6/18 Only – SIFF Film Center 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA
7/18 Only – Julydoscope Houston TX
The legendary DJ Premier has been tabbed to be the music producer for VH1’s original film about the Hip Hop business in New York City during the early 1990s titled “The Breaks.”
Based on Dan Charnas’ nonfiction book “The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip Hop,” the movie will follow a trio of friends from different backgrounds as they attempt to enter the rap game just as the culture was moving from fad to becoming the pop music mainstream art form that it is today.
The news was first reported on Deadline and highlights the significance of having DJ Premier involved.
Given the setting, which happens to mark the middle point of the golden age of hip hop, the rise of Gangsta Rap, and the height of New Jack Swing, DJ Premier’s involvement is a huge advantage. In addition to his work with Gang Starr, Premier has been involved with some of the most influential and successful rap and R&B albums of all time, including works by Compton’s Most Wanted, Nas, D’angelo, The Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z.
The film plans to be a potential jumping off point for a full TV series in the near future. Filming begins in June with an expected release later this year.