If I told you that b-boy Lil Rock won a battle tournament using moves such as the “head lotus wave” and “Aladdin freeze”, you’d probably think that this dude just became the next Tekken champion or something. Despite the thought invoking flashacks of Eddy Gordo pulling off breakdancing moves to finish opponents in that tourney, Lil Rock actually became the winner of another battle-style competition this past weekend – the Red Bull BC One Las Vegas Cypher. Read more
28 years ago, Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born in Germany to an African-American man from the US Army and a white mother. After relocating to North Carolina, his father eventually left the family and his mother raised him from a young age. Growing up in a multi-ethnic environment, Jermaine studied guitar, played basketball, and idolized Canibus and 2Pac in his love for rap music. By age 15, he had books filled with scribbled lyrics, but needed production to make music. Ever supportive, his mom bought him an 808 and he started posting music under the alias, “Therapist.” Read more
Anyone that hasn’t been living under a rock is most likely aware that Daft Punk’s latest proper album, Random Access Memories , comes out next week. Genius marketing techniques, and an infectious collabo with Pharrell Williams have led many to believe this album could be record-breaking. The highly anticipated album officially drops on Tuesday, but what will hold you over until then? The latest release from Letherette is a start. Read more
Only Kanye West can have the whole world running around on a scavenger hunt, scouring the streets like some urban guerrillas, all in anticipation to catch a glimpse of his new video and song, “New Slaves”. In a stroke of marketing genius that one would only expect from an artist such as Kanye, 66 buildings across the globe projected the music video. As if protocol by now for news concerning anything Kanye, the video and reactions went viral, inciting diverse opinions on the marketing of it and the provocative nature of the song’s lyrics. Hit the jump for the video footage and more regarding “New Slaves”. Read more
Gaslamp in Long Beach, CA was the spot and the E-40 show there was the function. Never one to miss out on catching the master of the slanguage do his thing live, we set out to the LBC for a night of turning up with Forty Fonzarelli himself. Don’t worry, no whips were ghost-ridden on the way or at the parking lot. Though we were tempted to do so after the awesome show.
Brought to you by way of the talented music addicts over at Potholes In My Blog, Standing Room Only is a new video series that pairs a killer house band with some top notch performers and brings viewers the same kind of vibe that being at an actual show does. Think of it as as being a fly on the wall of a live session, minus leaving the comforts of your home and well, the fact that you’re a fly. For the first installment, they enlisted the likes of Fashawn and Murs to kick things off real proper like, performing “The Other Side” off their collaborative album, This Generation. After doing so, hit the jump to check out the second session as they keep the vibe going with “Slash Gordan”.
Bud Light is celebrating music all summer long through Bud Light Music First, a new program that brings one-of-a-kind music experiences to consumers across the country. The program culminates on August 1, with Bud Light’s “50/50/1”, presenting concerts in all 50 states on a single day, and Bud Light is bringing Miguel to Hollywood Palladium to help Los Angeles wild out this summer.
We recently caught up with legendary Wu representative, Raekwon, at his show in Santa Ana, CA to talk fashion and any upcoming projects he has going on. Peep the video as The Chef drops knowledge on what he feels fashion’s role in hip hop is, how he doesn’t like pointy shoes, and more.
Interview by: Kaycee Rogers
Editing and video by: Bo Lee