Video: Kanye West - "All of the Lights (Cris Cab Cover)"
The wait is over. The Miami phenom Cris Cab is back with his take on Kanye West's "All Of The Lights". Cris turns the Kanye West anthem on its head with his own reggae spin of the chart-climbing hit. The video highlights the best of Miami lifestyle, from the beach, to the iconic hotels, and the vivid light show from Club Liv.
Like most of his Polynesian brethren, Monsta is a humble, respectful gentleman (almost like a giant teddy bear) but if and when crossed, he can and will live up to his name and do permanent damage. Raised in Long Beach, CA and related to legendary West Coast rap group Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E. on his father’s side (“I’m Samoan and Mexican so I represent for both,” he says) the MC is currently celebrating the success of his new single “This Is Love” and anticipating the U.S. release of his album, Pacific Coast Highway (due April 12).
Fresh off a successful SXSW, and with their debut album release, When Pigs Fly, to be released for free next Monday, March 28th, Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy a.k.a. A.Dd+ are revealing one more sneak peak of the LP with the track "Mary Go." This new song sees the group's unofficial third member and album producer Picnic Tyme, also of Erykah Badu's Cannabinoids crew, step out from behind the boards and up to the mic for the only time on When Pigs Fly, creating a tasty hook and subsequently big, blowout sound.
"Mary Go" starts off with the rattling, rapid-fire drum-line snares, complemented by booming bass-heavy kicks and echoed vocals bouncing atop the layered percussion. But the song really comes into full form when the chorus hits, with a strong back beat now accompanied by powerful, dance-inducing synths and Picnic's boisterous chorus. The message here, as the duo explains, is pure debauchery, "fun times, drunk nights, promiscuity and partying," and Picnic's chorus drives that point home finely as he sings, "Got your hands up, panties dropped, scrub the ground, there ya go/ Past drunk, 'bout to clown, head spinning, Mary go," before breaking out into a frenzied call-and-response refrain with Paris and Slim.
Chrissy Murderbot’s first album for Planet Mu is a collection of tracks that should come with the warning "be prepared to sweat".
The last few years have seen Chrissy working hard on the optimum formula for getting down and having non-stop fun. Women’s Studies is an album of party starting, populist mutations with vocal contributions from the Dancehall mcees MC ZULU, Rubi Dan and Warrior Queen, plus rappers Popeye, Coool Dundee and Johnny Moog. It's made with a brazen and unashamed love for dance music, mixing energetic tropes into a sticky tropical punch.
The influence of Ghetto House and Juke from his chosen home of Chicago hangs over the album. From the off, things get fleet-footed on "Break You Off" with it’s night-time atmosphere built from Rhodes chord progressions and sexy vocals over tight, subtle rolling footwork drums and bass; it’s like a 160bpm musical massage. Later on "Bussin Down" continues the footwork influence with a sped-up grooving funk sample, over which Juke/Footwork legend DJ Spinn gives the orders (and check out the delightful video, here). Elsewhere "Heavy Butt"s seesawing bassline and 8-bit melody gets the message across loud and clear, while the impressionist footwork of "Jiggle" is probably the most jiggling piece of music ever recorded.
Other tracks such as "New Juke Swing" mix crunchy drums of the kind you might find on a Teddy Riley production with a bassline of an early grime record while Rubi Dan acts as master of ceremonies… "The Vibe Is So Right", featuring MC ZULU, pits chopped breakbeats against big basslines at funky house speed, which quickly intensify into sharp junglist patterns. On "Bump Uglies" Chrissy mixes cute girl vocals chopped up over a flat dancehall beat while MC Popeye rides the rhythm making his intentions clear, while the album's poppiest moment "Sweet Thang" features Coool Dundee and Johnny Moog in an inspired high speed mix of jungle and electro with soul vocals and mcing.
Things get decidedly early 90’s with Warrior Queen on "Under Dress" a strange amalgam of acid and (more) New Jack Swing, with Warrior Queen dropping some filthy lyrics. The 90’s revival continues with the "U Got Me Burnin Up (Club Cirque)" which mixes high speed ravey piano and diva samples with crackin 160bpm juke and hip house vocals from Coool Dundee.
On Women's Studies Murderbot manages to twist underground music forms into a new kind of high quality pop music that's a joy to listen to.
Curious about the Juke/Footwork stylings of Chicago? Check out Chrissy's video for "Bussin Down", featuring DJ Spinn and renowned Footwork dancers AG and Lite Bulb. Directed by Jay Schroeder and Jon Sands, the video shows you the never-before released "Bussin Down™" videogame, out exclusively on the new Super Nintexboxstation 3™. It makes you wish "Bussin Down" was the real deal.
For more information on Chrissy Murderbot, check out his Girlie page or give us a shout!
Artist: Pusha T Song: Cook It Down Mixtape: Fear of God Label: Re-Up Gang / G.O.O.D. Music
Directed By: Shomi Patwary / Illusive Media Director of Photography: Shomi Patwary Editor: Shomi Patwary Producer: Terrence Thornton, Shomi Patwary, Big EZ Co-Producer: Eleanor Earl Production Assistants: Tashfiq Patwary, Youngmoney Yawn, Anthony Savage, Charley Feher