It's been only a few short months since billy woods released his dense, mission-statement of an album, History Will Absolve Me, and already the Washington, DC-born, NYC-based lyricist is back in the studio working on new music. This time around, however, he's working with long-time Aesop Rock-producer Blockhead, and the two are currently deep into a collaborative album scheduled for release later this year. Today, Backwoodz Studioz is excited to release a remix for the the History Will Absolve Me standout "DMCA."
Although "DMCA" became a fast favorite from History Will Absolve Me, to hear billy woods tell it, the track almost didn't even make the album. "DMCA is one of those songs that I really loved but didn't expect to get the kind of love that it got," explains billy, noting that while he wasn't originally planning a remix for the track, it turns out that other artists, especially, have been drawn to the song. "I think I managed to sum up stuff that a lot of artists are dealing with right now."
While the original track, produced by Willie Green, is one of the more "boom-bap" tracks on the album, Blockhead's remix offers a darker take on the song, an ethereal swirl of bouncy congas, winding guitar riffs, and brooding synths. "Once Blockhead and I connected, I was bugging him about a remix," explains billy, recalling how the remix came to be. "We got sidetracked on the new music we're working on, but I'm glad we got this out there - not only is it a new take on 'DMCA' but it's also a little taste of the project that Blockhead and I have coming."
Class is now in session with Film School With R.A. The Rugged Man, a must-see new web series from MTV's Film.com hosted by rapper/film historian R.A. The Rugged Man. "I've wrote and produced full length features, was a film columnist for Mass Appeal Magazine for 5 years, and wrote movie articles for Vibe, The Source, Complex and others," says the Rugged Man. "Basically I'm just a total geek when it comes to cinema." Shot at R.A.'s apartment, where DVDs line the walls from floor to ceiling, Film School takes you into the vaults of classic Hollywood, as R.A. waxes poetic on everything from campy horror to film noir to Blaxploitation cinema and beyond. You may not get a degree here, but you will get schooled. "I'll be dropping cinematic jewels on people every two weeks," explains R.A. "The first episode is just an introduction but we're about to get crazy with it." Check out the first episode at the link below.
After much adieu... the video for ONE FIFTY is ready. Click the image to check it out on Youtube. Special thanks to Joe "Sick Six" Painter and Adam "Monkey Toed Abu" Wiesen for contributing their time and talent to this video project. Coudln't have done it without yall! Enjoy!
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Video: 4th Pyramid - "Feel It In My Bones" (prod. Marco Polo)
Earlier this spring, 4th Pyramid released The Pyramid Scheme, his first album since signing his label, Silk Ivory, to a join venture with Universal Music. The album has earned the Toronto rapper/producer accolades from the likes of XXL, RESPECT, the Village Voice, Toronto's NOW Magazine, and more, and since then, Pyramid has stayed busy on the road, touring with Talib Kweli earlier this month, and now prepping for a July run of dates opening for underground legend Elzhi.
Today, Pyramid is excited to release the latest visual from The Pyramid Scheme,"Feel It In My Bones." "This song is based on a true story of me breaking my hip in a nasty little accident," explains Pyramid, who opens the track by rapping, "I'm so hip-hop/ My hip popped/ Shattered into pieces when I hit it on the block." The accident is a few years old, says Pyramid, and for a while it had just been a matter of finding the right instrumental. "When Marco Polo send me the beat," he recalls, "I pretty much knew right away that it was perfect for my story."
The video, directed by Johnny Nghiem, who also directed Pyramid's recent video for "Can't Stop," plays, humorously, on the song's topic, placing Pyramid in the hospital, surrounded by doctor and nurse, as he raps, "Trying to act fly in a hospital gown," jokes Pyramid, "was definitely the most challenging part of the video."
We're back again with new Project Pat music. This time him and Nasty Mane grabbed Juicy J to lend some bars to the new single "Polo" that is produced by Crazy Mike and Lil Awree. I know a lot of you guys are into the Polo clothing hard right now so this is your theme song. DJ's download the clean and dirty versions above. If you need drops or anything from Project Pat then hit the phone number listed right below. Let's continue to work and keep breaking hits in 2012!