Brooklynbred graphic designer, Jay Shells, has decided to take his passion for HipHop to the streetsliterally. His Rap Quotes project takes infamous rap lyrics and places them in geographically accurate locations throughout the greater New York City and outer counties area. Thanks to ANIMAL there’s a short about the artist’s insights and excursion. Peep it!
No stranger to drama and controversy, it seems like Miamibased rapper, Rick Ross, is in the middle of the crosshairs yet again. This time the incident was literal as the megastar’s vehicle was shot at after a birthday celebration at a local club. HipHop journalist, Elliot Wilson, chimes in to try and separate the facts from the fiction. Personally, we think that he does a terrible job of defending Ross’ “street credibility” and the allegations that the incident was staged. It’s too cloudy to know or say what really happened, but we do know that Ross and Wilson do share enormous HipHop comradery via past press conferences and publicity. Not sure we’re getting an unbiased opinion here. It’s also interesting to consider that the average Rick Ross lyrics are laced with drugs, guns, deaththreats and bravado talk. Life imitating art again?
Following the lead of young rap acts with inherited HipHop lineage (think Diggy Simmons) is the multitalented Jaden Smith, son of actor/mogul Will Smith. The young, fly fellow plays casanova and slicktalker in the first video off of his mixtape, Cooltape Volume 1: The Cool Café. Hmmm, not bad. Guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the Fresh Prince.
Rapper Sean Price has been known for keeping it realer than most. The following is a spoof rap clinic where the New York Citybased MC coaches a bunch of mediocre wannabes and shows them the lyrical ropes. Really it’s just a bunch of clowning and verbal abuse. Funny stuff!
Freelance illustrator Dale Murray gets his musical prowess on with his recent HipHop Heads series. The UKbased artist created some pretty nifty portraits of some of your favorite MC’s and producers, some of which include, The Notorious B.I.G, MF Doom and Snoop Dogg among others. Check out the entire series right here.
Ya’ll know how República likes to get down with undiscovered music acts. Take our homie, Poptart The Great, for example. He’s the New York Citybred, chillskateboarding, musicproducing, observantrapping little brother you wish you had! The kid does it all and he’s got the laidback attitude to pull it off right. We can dig it! Here’s the video to his latest single, Daylight.
Legendary HipHop icons Chuck D (Public Enemy) and DMC (Run DMC) join forces for the visual to RLTK, the latest single off of P.E.’s recent album, Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp. The two take it back to essence with 808 production and some heavy DJ scratching that’s reminiscent HipHop’s powerful years. This time around brother Chuck spits about the issues concerning the modern “rap” industry, like the glorification of “the streets” and all the bs that socalled rappers keep pumping to the misled masses. Go ahead Chuck, let them know!
I Am Other network original program, Stereotypes, recently took on the genre of HipHop to hear what some New Yorkers had to say about it. The opinions varied along the spectrum of people, but the piece makes for a morethaninteresting “water cooler” talk about the musicthe good, the bad and the ugly.
So at exactly midnight, my preordered deluxe copy of NAS’s new album “Life is good” began downloading 19 tracks plus the videos for “Daughters” & “Don.” When it finished downloading, I got my earphones out, plugged them in and in the dark, lying in bed I listened… and then I listened again.
Detroitbred MC, Danny Brown, was given the documentary treatment thanks to Pitchfork. The eccentric phenom was tailed in his hometown for a few days. The following is what transpiredurban scenes that give viewers an insight into Brown’s wild mind and raps. Detroit, what!