It’s been a good minute since we dropped our last mix, Future Soul, but y’all can rejoice because the wait is over for our newest mixtape! Today you can add another dope mix to your collection, just in time for your weekend. For this banger we asked our DJ friends Mike Sincere and Beatcrazed to make a mix that embodied the end of a long hot summer and the start of a cooler season. At the moment, Los Angeles just can’t let go of tank top season while most of us are wishing for cooler climates to start rocking those Fall season layers. The “Nothing Stays Gold” title takes a slight inspiration from Robert Frost’s poem of transition and change, and of course from that one scene in The Outsiders. As we finish off this extended summer go ahead and put this mix on repeat and stay tuned for a season of back to back holidays. #NothingStaysGold #OurCommonThread #RockinWithThe5th
There’s a central link between Black Milk, Bun B and the title of the track they’ve decided to collaborate on, “Gold Piece”. Here’s a hint — it’s the color that each project Black Milk and Bun B touches turns into. On this new track that preludes the forthcoming release of Black Milk’s latest album, If There’s A Hell Below, the Detroit spitta and beatsmith links up with the Trillest OG for a soulful cut that gives a gritty narrative on who exactly plays the role models in the hood. Hit the jump for Black Milk’s take on the track as well as a chance to listen to it. Trust that this quality cut can only satiate fans of his for so long before the official release of If There’s A Hell Below. Read more
Look, even the most benign iPad DJ has a leg up on the likes of faux DJ’s the likes of Paris Hilton. With the recent release of Algoriddim’s new djay 2.6 with General Electric, iPad selectors the world over can widen the gap between their skills and Ms Hilton’s by utilizing its new features such as a bundle of original mechanical sounds, an improved key-matching Spotify integration and a new MIDI controller, the DDJ-WeGo3, from leading DJ brand Pioneer DJ. So whenever you’re passing the time and need some effective sensory stimulation, look no further than the leading DJ app in djay 2.6, which you can get now for your iPhone or iPad. Click through for more looks at its improved interface. Read more
Working a 9 to 5 is no joke, but you do what you gotta do to get the food on the table, or to get the table at Drais. Either or. Inspired by the work-a-day life style that has chained us to corporate America, Rastaclat introduces the Daily Routine Capsule with four new roguish silhouettes in addition to the classic bracelets and original patterns in an assortment of colors. Click through for more details along with a dope behind the scenes video. Read more
Whispers of direct to garment printing, or DTG, being somewhat of a game-changer in the streetwear industry were verified when we visited Marsuno Creative and checked out the technology ourselves. To say that the capabilities of DTG are tremendous still feel like an understatement, given the numerous new opportunities its provided Marsuno Creative. Peep the video feature we did with them and see how it took just two minutes for us to be convinced of DTG’s game-changing qualities.
Video by: Robert Macaisa
Special thanks to: Travis Lefebvre and Marsuno Creative
In full celebration of Sonos Studio’s “Born In Blue: Remixed and Reissued” exhibition, Robert Glasper, along with a surprise appearance by Lupe Fiasco, threw down a phenomenal jazz jam session that was as memorable as the timeless music that the exhibition highlighted. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of seminal jazz label, Blue Note Records, the Born In Blue exhibition’s opening night gala featured visuals and sounds inspired by the label as Stillhouse Moonshine provided the libations to have everybody in attendance feeling extra good. Click through for more shots of the tremendous affair that went down. Read more
First Tupac on Broadway, and now a Migos “trap musical.” Hip-hop was always known for sending shock waves and breaking barriers — and now its pioneers have set their Timberland boots and Air Force Ones to tread the uncharted waters of theater. In an extended version of the already released, “Bando,” presented by Complex and directed by Rik Cordeo, viewers see Atlanta’s Quavo, Offset and Takeoff take their hustle from the streets to the stage in the 17-minute musical, featuring music from their “No Label 2″ and “YRN” projects. Hit the link to peep the video.
During these transatlantic times of adopting cultural traditions and tweaking past à la mode hoopla, we’ve overly embraced the Americana trend for too long. In fact, since the last millennium up until recently, I think we’ve done about all we could when it comes to twisting and bending different variations of Americana. But as much as we love to relive our heritage of bigoted times, we’ve got to close the book. Read more
There are two things in the modern world that I still find overwhelming. The first thing is the volume of music that I have to continuously sift through, whether I’m digging through crates or browsing the internet. Erykah Badu got me down to a science when she sang “Analog girl in a digital world,” because I really don’t know how to methodically search for and organize my entire music collection digitally. It’s too much. But that’s nothing compared to this next thing. The other thing that scares me to no end is dating. In the past, I’ve trialed dating sites with the expectation that finding potential suitors would be as easy as liking songs on Soundcloud (it’s not). However, as a late 20-something woman, I’ve definitely come to terms with what I want, and there are a few things I’ll immediately notice about a man: professionalism, healthy lifestyle, and of course, owing to my own nature, their taste in music.
Amid all these new rappers making their way to hip-hop’s surface, one question does remain — does anyone even battle rap anymore? At least, outside of parking lot cypher circles and bored drunken nights at home, any semblance of on-the-regular freetyling — let alone battle rap — can only be heard on Sway in the Morning, followed by a, “Dang, I didn’t know ______ can freestyle!” But isn’t freestyling and battle rap how all the OG rappers started in the first place? Anyways, Snoop Dogg has come up with the answer to the question by teaming up with New York battle rapper Murda Mook, announcing today Uncle Snoop’s Gladiator School, a freestyle tournament of sorts that brings together the best unknown male and female MCs across the country to duke it out on Sept. 19 at the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards. On top of that, Snoop is opening up the competition to fans to fill in one slot at the event and give one person a shot at taking the whole competition, with full contest rules here. In the event press release, Snoop is calling all his fans out,
Put up or shut up. Don’t meet me there, beat me there. You Hear Me!
Hit the jump to see a special video message from Snoop, and the current battle line-up.