The O.D.B. & Eazy-E Holograms Rock The Bells

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The Old Dirty Bastard hologram finally surfaced with Wu-Tang Clan in San Bernardino after months of chatter about his impending resurrection at Rock The Bells 2013. O.D.B.’s return on Sunday follows the reanimation of gangsta rap icon and founder of N.W.A., Eazy-E. Eazy hit the stage with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to perform “Straight Outta Compton,” “Boyz-N-The-Hood” and “For Tha Love Of $.” The double whammy featuring two of hip-hop’s most famous names may have outdone Tupac’s appearance at Rock The Bells in 2012; all three history making performances are as euphoria inducing as they are somewhat eerie. However the holograms affect audiences, the technology behind them has cemented itself as a huge innovation in live performance that could potentially allow the icons of the culture to rock indefinitely. Check the footage below to peep the performances from O.D.B. and Eazy-E at Rock The Bells 2013. Scroll down to watch a behind-the-scenes video detailing the making of their holograms,

 

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The Roots x Elvis Costello – ‘Wise Up Ghost’ [Full LP Stream]

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It’s here. The Roots –the baddest band in late night (or early morning) and Elvis Costello–the most venerable angry young man in history. Each one is a movement unto itself. But they’re a movement when they com together. A movement called Wise Up Ghost. To stream the new collaborative Blue Note album from the legendaries via NPR, just hit the link below (scroll down to pre-order and find a full tracklist, updated to reflect the official playlist).

>>>Stream Elvis Costello x The Roots – Wise Up Ghost (via NPR)

Elvis Costello x The Roots – Wise Up Ghost

Walk Us Uptown
Sugar Don’t Work
Refuse To Be Saved
Wake Me Up
Tripwire
Stick Out Your Tongue
Come The Meantimes
(She Might Be A) Grenade
Cinco Minutos Con Vos
Viceroy’s Row
Wise Up Ghost
If I Could Believe

My New Haunt (bonus track)
Can You Hear Me? (bonus track)
The Puppet Has Cut His Strings (bonus track)

>>>Purchase Wise Up Ghost (via iTunes)
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Mixtape Mondays: Spin Doctor, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Gummy Soul & Best of Nas

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This week’s Mixtape Mondays features mixes from Spin DoctorDJ Jazzy JeffGummy Soul, and DJ Spintelect. Spin Doctor kicks it all off with a sequel to his recent Cover Up mixtape. Jazzy Jeff does his thing in an hour and 20 minute Michael Jackson tribute. Gummy Soul’s Wally Clark uses the acapellas from Souls of Michief‘s classic 93 ‘Till Infinity and re-imagines them in a fresh context.DJ Spintelect raps things up with a career-spanning Nas compilation. Scroll through for the best of what’s out there this week.

Not Okay: Ghetto-Trackers, Lethal Tasers, Bizarre Twerking Incidents + More

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UPDATE: You already knew but just to officially clarify, we (and the rest of the world) got successfully trolled by Jimmy Kimmel, who, it turns out, produced the infamous ‘worst twerking fail ever’ viral video with the help of a professional. I had to admit I had my suspicions about the way the yoga pants catching fire moment happens, first seen via some very dramatic lighting from off-camera. Kimmel’s shots at the News organizations who posted the video is sort of like the makers of the fake Megaladon shark documentary looking down on people who believed it but whatever, nobody’s really mad. It got 9 million views as unintentional comedy and it’s still funny as intentional comedy, for my $$. Unfortunately, the Ghetto Tracker site is no joke and the Florida police can still apparently electrocute you with a taser. Latest reports indicate that Puffy is still at the site of Burning Man, pacing in the desert and plotting his next move against Dr. Dre in their behind-the-scenes chessgame for total world domination.

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It’s been one of those weeks, a week when things seemed Not Okay. It’s not just that the world is full of gratuitous twerking, tasers, racial profiling, Sean “Puffy” Combs–it’s that this week those things went rabbitfuck, showing up at Burning Man with a fucshia parasol, multiplying and reaching potentially lethal (and in some cases, actually lethal) levels. Let’s go case by Not Okay case:

1. Girl Sets Her Ass On Fire In Bizarre Twerking Incident.

True story. Watch below:

Oh, Miley Cyrus. You see what you did, now? Kids ARE trying this at home, twerking without adult supervision, no prior experience and without any protective padding or flame-retardent draws. To paraphrase Jay Z, this really is an old world’s worst nightmare, so #NewRules! When twerking for the youtubes please observe the following precautions: 1) Put a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door or hang up the approved ‘have a date’ signal for your roommates. 2) If you feel say yuh bad suh, go ‘pon your headtop but PLEASE make use of a heavy speakerbox or stable, load-bearing wall that is fully up to local code. Do NOT go ‘pon your headtop using a functioning door as your only support. 3) Turn off the stove and extinguish all candles before twerking commences, and/or 4) ASS-bestos.

Souls Of Mischief x RBMA: 20th Anniversary of ’93 til Infinity’ Interview

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Souls Of Mischief’s 93 til Infinity is a hiphop classic of the type that causes people to remember precisely where and what they were doing when they first heard the airy keys of its opening barsThe deeply testimonial track and album of the same name were pillars of the golden age and have remained in the hearts of true-schoolers ever since.  In an interview marking and discussing the 20-year anniversary of the seminal LP, Red Bull Music Academy Radio delves into where the titanic foursome is and has been in the two decades since. So where are A-PlusOpioPhesto and Tajai at now? The four wise men discuss their influences, citing Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash and Rakim as group favorites.They speak at length of their favorite tracks and label relations. They even provide us some insight into the evolution of their name, beginning as Rhythm and Excellence, transitioning to Soulz of Mischief, and then finally dropping the ‘z’ and settling with the iconic Souls Of Mischief. The group provides a keen window into the life of a child growing up in pre-hip-hop Oakland in the late 70’s and having to use their craft as a defense mechanism, keeping them occupied and out of trouble in what was a deeply troubled Oakland community.

Wherever they are, whatever they’re doing, the impact 93 til Infinity has had on our proud tradition can hardly be denied. These men bridged the gap between the east and west sides of hip-hop in a way that made them virtually undetectable in geography at precisely the time when the geographical divide was becoming a real and tangible thing. Hip-hop’s great chameleons have five albums under their belt and don’t appear to be in any sort of recession. Here’s to 20 more. Listen below:

John Legend Talks Strippers & Stuff With Chelsea Lately

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John Legend talks to Chelsea Lately about strippers

John Legend stopped by the set of Chelsea Lately, to discuss his engagement to model, Chrissy Tiegan, his newly released album Love in The Future and playing the piano naked. It appears a five-year hiatus has treated the poly-threat artist well. Mr. Legend chimed in on how he had to dodge customs to secure his fiancee’s engagement ring, keeping it patently cool and proposing to Chrissy in the Maldives. He divulged some details about his bachelor party and how, at first, Chrissy warned him against the implementation of strippers but upon his compliance got him the gift that keeps on giving by sending strippers to the soiree herself.

All strippers aside, the 9-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter spoke on his highly-anticipated new album, which features a star studded list of collaborations including production by Pharrell and Kanye West, as well as Bobby Caldwell, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, 88-Keys, Q-Tip and Kimbra. He talked with Chelsea about his humble beginnings, singing with an acapella group at a nude beach in Jamaica during his collegiate years. His viral Funny or Die skit naturally came up, assuring us that if we were to come to his architecturally acclaimed home, he would indeed be fully clothed (however, his nudity is apparently available upon request). You can cop Love in The Future here and peep his FOD skit here.

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denitia and sene. French Tour Dates + guide to tour. video

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OKP favorites denitia and sene. have plans of taking their live show overseas. In just under two weeks, the singing duo will be making 6 stops in France. Their live sound is far too dope to be kept in the confines of the 50 states, so I’d anticipate them making plenty of new fans from Paris to Bordeaux. To go with the the tour dates (listed above), they also give us a guide to tour. video, featuring cut up denitia and sene. clips set to their track, “the nude.”

Kanye West Announces ‘Yeezus’ Tour W/ Kendrick Lamar

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Kanye West Announces Tour w/ Kendrick Lamar

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As we conclude the summer of Kanye West, the autumn of Yeezus seems to be upon us. Apparently dropping an album, a clothing line and a baby simply wasn’t enough for Yeezy. The man’s always looking to keep his plate full. In a tweet posted this morning, Yeezy announced a U.S. tour (technically his first solo tour in 5 years) featuring none other than hip-hop’s current golden child, Kendrick Lamar. The two titans are set to take off in Seattle in mid-October, in what will surely be a show to revel. Tickets go on sale Friday 9/13/13 (yes, Kanye chose Friday the 13th as the sale date because of course he did). Full dates are listed below, stay tuned for ticket pre-sale links and for more info keep an eye on Kanye’s site here.

Kanye West Yeezus Tour Dates With Kendrick Lamar

10 19 13 SEATTLE, WA KEYARENA*#
10 20 13 VANCOUVER, B.C. PEPSI LIVE AT ROGERS ARENA*#
10 22 13 SAN JOSE, CA SAP CENTER*#
10 23 13 OAKLAND, CA ORACLE ARENA*#
10 25 13 LAS VEGAS, NV MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA*^
10 26 13 LOS ANGELES, CA STAPLES CENTER*#
11 01 13 SALT LAKE CITY, UT ENERGYSOLUTIONS ARENA*#
11 03 13 DENVER, CO PEPSI CENTER*#
11 05 13 MINNEAPOLIS, MN TARGET CENTER*#
11 07 13 CHICAGO, IL UNITED CENTER*#
11 10 13 DETROIT, MI PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS*#
11 12 13 TORONTO, ONT. AIR CANADA CENTRE*#
11 14 13 MONTREAL, QUE. BELL CENTRE#
11 16 13 PHILADELPHIA, PA WELLS FARGO CENTER^
11 17 13 BOSTON, MA TD GARDEN*#
11 19 13 BROOKLYN, NY BARCLAYS CENTER*^
11 21 13 WASHINGTON, DC VERIZON CENTER#
11 23 13 NEW YORK, NY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN*^
11 29 13 MIAMI, FL AMERICANAIRLINES ARENA*#
11 30 13 TAMPA, FL TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM^
12 01 13 ATLANTA, GA PHILIPS ARENA#
12 06 13 DALLAS, TX AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER#
12 07 13 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER#
# WITH KENDRICK LAMAR

^ SPECIAL GUEST TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

Mr. MFN eXquire “Butt Naked Baby Cupid” x “A Sun’s Calypso”

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Brooklyn emcee Mr. MFN eXquire comes through with two new joints today, his first jawns since the release of his last tape, Kismet. You already know eXquire wasn’t about to drop some sappy love song, so he adds his own gutter twist to “Butt Naked Baby Cupid” which has him flowing over Thundercat‘s “Without You.” eXquire rocks over the buttery production of Bowery Beats for the second joint, “A Sun’s Calypso.” Look for eXquire’s next project, King Cozmic’s Ethereal Playground, coming soon.

Jay Z Announces Magna Carter World Tour Dates

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Jay Z follows the success of his latest LP Magna Carta Holy Grail – a project that was certified double platinum as of last night – with news that he will be taking the show back on the road with the Magna Carter Holy Grail World Tour. Jay’s latest trip follows the Legends of the Summer tour with Justin Timberlake, which recently wrapped in Miami. Hov delivers dates for a series of shows that will take him across the country in support of his latest project. The tour kicks off in St. Paul Minnesota on November 30th and runs through late January, with Hov closing out the North American leg of his roadtrip in State College, PA on January 31st. Tickets will be available for purchase on September 12th via Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Check the tour dates below.

Magna Carter World Tour Dates (North America):
November 30: St. Paul, MN — Xcel Energy Center
December 1: Lincoln, NE — Pinnacle Bank Arena
December 2: Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
December 6: Anaheim, CA — Honda Center
December 7: San Diego, CA — Valley View Casino Center
December 9: Los Angeles, CA — Staples Center
December 10: Fresno, CA — Save Mart Center
December 11: San Jose, CA — SAP Center at San Jose
December 13: Las Vegas, NV — Mandalay Bay Events Center
December 18: Oklahoma City, OK — Chesapeake Energy Arena
December 19: Houston, TX — Toyota Center
December 20: San Antonio, TX — AT&T Center
December 21: Dallas, TX — American Airlines Center
December 27: Atlanta, GA — Philips Arena
December 28: Birmingham, AL — BJCC Arena
January 2: Ft. Lauderdale, FL — BB&T Center
January 4: Charlotte, NC — Time Warner Cable Arena
January 5: Greensboro, NC — Greensboro Coliseum Complex
January 8: Cleveland, OH — Quicken Loans Arena
January 9: Chicago, IL — United Center
January 10: Detroit, MI — The Palace Of Auburn Hills
January 12: Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center
January 13: Brooklyn

Curren$y & Young Roddy – Bales [Mixtape]

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Those #bales hashtags invading your twitter timeline right about now should alert you to the facts that The Jets have just landed. After a few leaks and a few twitter hints, Spitta drops his latest project, Bales, this time teaming up with his Jet Life homie Young Roddy. Spitta and Roddy on the bars (and a Juvenile feature), Harry Fraud, King Thelonious, Monstabeatz, Mike Will Made It, Sledgren, and Cardo on the beats. “Bag it trunk it dump it let the youngins pump it” – below.

Jamire Williams x Dennis De Groot Present The Goodbye Summer Mix

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Jamire Williams and Dennis De Groot team with Nod Navigators present the Goodbye Summer mix – a collection of jams inspired by their tag-team DJ set at the North Sea Jazz Festival‘s legendary Boogie Ball post-party. Their success rocking the dancefloor for the annual gathering of music’s best and brightest in The Netherlands prompted them to recreate the moment for the masses. The eclectic mix of future music full of quirky tracks, sick dance tunes and outright classics is a great way to end the week and mark the bittersweet end of another summer season. Check the tunes below to get a taste of the Goodbye Summer mix from Jamire Williams and Dennis De Groot. Turn it up and do your best to bask in the sun just a bit longer. Keep an eye out for these two on the decks again. Hopefully this mix won’t be their last.

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Alt-J – “Breezeblocks” (RZA Remix)

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Alt-J‘s “Breezeblocks” is reimagined by RZA as he tries his hand at a rework of the quirky future-folk tune from the UK group’s debut LP An Awesome Wave, which dropped in 2012. The track falls in line with RZA’s history of mixing songs from artists floating just below the radar – tracks that often seem left of his signature sound. RZA basically steps in and strips the paint from the walls to recreate the track with an instrumental foundation that is more breakbeat than pitchy blues guitar. Check the track below to get a taste of RZA’s remix of Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks.” Scroll down to check the original track from Alt-J.

Chrisette Michele “Love Won’t Leave Me Out” [Official Video]

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Our girl Chrisette Michele is back with a brand new video. The soul songstress pens a beautiful ballad about giving love another chance with “Love Won’t Leave Me Out.” A refreshing track, inspiring listeners to never give up on love, no matter how many times it may have hurt you in the past instead of just being “the girl with a broken heart” and “the ugly scars.” Video directed by Clifton Bell. Chrisette’s latest album, Better, is out now. Take a closer look at Chrisette and her many impressive collaborations in the world of hip-hop, with this dope piece our fam at OS did on her.

Pass The Popcorn: DJ Woody Presents ‘Hip Hop Is 40’ [Trailer]

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DJ Woody delivers a sneak peek at what’s to come in his next live audio visual display with the trailer for Hip Hop Is 40 – a masterpiece of animation, archival footage and musical clips documenting the genesis and expansion of the musical genre loved and celebrated around the world. The video starts out in the Bronx with references to Sedgwick & Cedar before moving forward in a set of clips that combine sensory overload and a serious dose of nostalgia with cool graphics and editing to demonstrate the evolution of an artform that many of its earliest detractors said would not last. DJ Woody – a legend in his own right as a turntablist – celebrates DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash in the biographical mash of sounds and sights from the era that birthed scratching, rapping, breaking and more. Check the footage below to get a taste of all of the elements at the root of hip-hop on its 40th anniversary with the trailer for Hip Hop Is 40 from DJ Woody.

Janelle Monáe Talks Starting From The Bottom On The Rickey Smiley Morning Show

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Janelle Monáe paid a visit to the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, where she discussed her humble beginnings living in a boarding house and working at Office Depot in the AUC (Atlanta University Center) before her rise to fame. The ArchAndroid discussed the importance of taking ownership of oneself and remaining original in pursuit of your dreams. Janelle Monáe broke down her musical hustle prior to landing on the national map, selling CDs for $5.00 out of her room and performing at local open mics; Monáe met Big Boi of Outkast at one such event. Her chance encounter with Atlanta hip-hop royalty would connect her to Diddy, who went on to help her get the distribution deal that would officially establish the Wondaland Arts Society label and help catapult Janelle Monáe to international fame as a blisteringly original and refreshing talent who defies genre, creates stunning bodies of work and dares the world to be as self-possessed as she has vowed to be. She also explains the origins of the Electric Lady and expresses her desire to build an army of Electric Ladies across the world. Check the footage below for the skinny from Janelle Monáe herself. Purchase Janelle Monáe’s forthcoming LP The Electric Lady via iTunes.