The latest film from Red Bull Music Academy is an amazingly awesome thirteen minute film detailing the twelve year history of the DFA record label. It is a quick but through history through a label that has released 141 12″ singles, 34 albums and 6 compilations while still remaining small and relatively underground. There are too many great things about this video to rattle off here, so just watch it below.
The June issue of Juxtapoz features a visual history of the Beastie Boys, with interviews of every artist that contributed to the album covers, inner-sleeves and photographs that make up how we see the B-Boys through their musical releases. Many of these images are not only iconic in the hip-hop world, but in popular culture as well (see a few samples from the issue – and a nice Beasties mix that Chris Read put together last year – below). The magazine also features a tribute to MCA, as well as the usual art and aesthetic that Juxtapoz is known for. See more at Juxtapoz’s website here.
Canada’s own iLLvibe has released a video for Better Things To Do off his upcoming “Don’t Look Down” album that he made with producer Abstrack (available as a free download May 11th). The track is an upbeat classic sounding hip-hop tune with an excellent horn sample over some tight drums and a killer vocal snippet for the chorus. Fellow Canadian hip-hoppers Nukky Grissom and Tragic also contribute some lyrical flow to a track that should definitely be added to any summer playlists you might have in the works.
Now this is some full on bad-ass sh*t. As if we aren’t already super excited for the release of Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge’s collaboration album “Twelve Reasons To Die” now they’ve gone and taken it up a notch with a stellar performance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. Joined by Killah Priest, Masta Killa, The Roots and
some woman Brooke DeRosa with her amazing operatic voice, Ghostface and Younge (on the organ) blow through I Declare War with a performance that has us lining up to buy tickets for their upcoming tour. Amazing.
Fuse continues their ridiculously good web series “Crate Diggers” with a new episode featuring DJ Nu-Mark. Anyone with even a passing interest in the Turntablism, Vinyl or classic hip-hop culture needs to be watching these. And if you haven’t already, make sure you check out Uncle Nu’s newest project “Broken Sunlight” which he dropped late last year and which features a slew of great guests accompanying the turntable master.