Esohel "Take Notes" (Prod. Dynamic) Directed and Edited By: Sense Hernandez of Beast Factory Films
U Dot Fam's Esohel links up with Sense Hernandez of Beast Factory Films to shoot "Take Notes", produced by Dynamic, off of his upcoming mixtape "eSsential". The video was shot at 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center in Long Island City, New York, which is considered to be the world’s premiere "graffiti Mecca". Thanks to Meres1 for the hospitality.
Senor Kaos Releases "The Spirit Of Jax" Tribute Record
Good evening everyone. Sorry for the e-mail so late in the day but there's a few things that I had to share right away.
First and foremost I would like to say Rest In Power to the big homie Chris "JAX" Thurston of Binkis Recs who passed away on this day (November 4) 2 years ago.
Jax may not be with us physically, but his energy as well as the TONS of music he recorded while alive still lives on.
During today on Twitter I have been asking people to hash tag #JAXDAY. This is open to friends, family, as well as fans of his music. Feel free to share your favorite Jax stories, verses, songs, moments, etc. Lets make a trending topic out of something positive online for once.
Also going on today. Writer Justin Ivey from Kevin Nottingham.com decided to dedicate all the posts on the KN Blog to Jax. Starting this morning there has been interview footage, stories shared from people who knew him best, music, as well as the "Jax Forever" documentary which before today has NEVER been posted on the internet.
Please make sure you stop by Kevin Nottingham.com and check it out. If you knew Jax personally or were a fan, feel free to leave some comments. If you are still unfamiliar with who Jax is, here's a GREAT opportunity to learn something new. You may even find a new favorite song.
... Also speaking of new songs. Here's an exclusive that I'm leaking today.
Señor Kaos Presents "The Spirit Of Jax" Produced By Illastrate | Cuts By DJ Dainja
"I came up with the idea for the Spirit Of Jax around the beginning of 2009. I wanted to do a record to pay homage to Jax, but at the same time didn’t want it to be a sad record. I wanted it to be a track that celebrated the man on the mic as the phenomenal emcee I knew him as.
As soon as producer Illastrate played me this beat, I knew that was going to be it. After I laid all the vocals, DJ Dainja came in and killed it on the cuts to complete the song. Jax was a true work-a-holic. And that’s why today we celebrate the Pace Of The Dedicated."
Hieroglyphics Announce Release Parties, Paintings and Clothing Collaborations
The Legendary Hiero Crew Releases Collaborative Toy, Jacket, And Canvas, Celebrates With Release Parties
(November 4, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) The legendary Bay Area hip-hop crew Hieroglyphics are now part of a select group of people who can say they have their very own action figure. Having teamed up with GOLDCOIN for a project called The Hieroglyphics x GOLDCOIN Capsule Collection, fans will have access to Hiero inspired clothing and accessories commemorating their legacy. To celebrate the first of many releases from the collaboration, the 7" vinyl action figure, appropriately named Hieroman, a party is being thrown in San Francisco on November 5th, at which every item from the partnership will be on display. Paired with a live DJ spinning Hiero classics and free entry, it's an event not to be missed.
For fans of Hiero and art-collectors alike, W.A.I.L. has announced a limited series of Hieroglyphics-inspired paintings that are now available for reservation. Restricted to 300 canvases, all are signed by the entire crew and come with a certificate of authenticity. Those wanting to go even further can reserve one of the twenty paintings from "The Monument Series" which, instead of the standard 40" x 40" size, is a massive 60" x 60". As these pieces are so limited, it is advised to act quickly before they become unavailable.
The final of the three recent collaborations with Hiero comes from Akomplice, the Colorado-based clothing company. Putting a spin on their already popular Hooded Varsity jacket, the company has embossed the silhouette with both the Akomplice and Hiero logos. To take the project to the next level, Hiero has recorded an original track that is only available through purchase of the jacket. Fuzion's retail space in Santa Barbara will host the product's live release, for which Akomplice and members of Hiero will be present.
Founded in 1997 in Oakland, CA, Hiero Imperium Records is Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and the Souls of Mischief, made up of A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai. Coming off waves of success from earlier releases like Souls' '93 Til Infinity, the Hiero crew had already established themselves as a name in mainstream and underground hip-hop, and soon released their first collective project Third Eye Vision. Since then the Hiero team has been thriving in the hip-hop world, releasing a number of projects within the label as well as branching out for collaborations with the likes of Jurassic 5, George Clinton, Dilated Peoples, Q-Tip, Xzibit and Gorrillaz.
MP3: Focus... - "Homage To Ali Shaheed" feat. Von Pea, Donwill & Chaundon
Tribute To Ali Shaheed Is Latest In Series By Focus...
Though Tanya Morgan members Von Pea and Donwill are currently taking the time to focus on their respective solo projects, this doesn't stop their frequent collaborations. On this occasion, they are brought together by Focus... for the latest in his series of tracks paying homage to hip-hop greats. This song, specifically, is a tribute to Ali Shaheed, the much-revered A Tribe Called Quest producer and also features a verse from Chaundon of Hall of Justus, who is fresh off the release of his latest album, No Excuses, as well as his performance with the HOJ crew at the Audible Treats 2010 CMJ Showcase.
As for the origins of the track, it makes total sense that it features members of Tanya Morgan, as the group has worked with Ali Shaheed in the past. Becoming a part of the homage was simple and surprisingly quick, as Donwill explains. "Focus... does these homages, like, monthly and Von had put me on to 'em. After the RZA one dropped, I went to Twitter and said, 'Somebody tell Focus... I want in.' Within 2 re-Tweets he was following me and we had moved to Gmail." Von Pea, Donwill, and Chaundon do a commendable job pulling off the A Tribe Called Quest vibe, and their contributions have led to another solid installment in Focus...'s series.
In other news, Von Pea will be appearing at the newest B.L.A.P. presented by !llmind. The night is celebrating Pea's Gotta Have It, Von's latest release, and will also feature producer Aeon and other special guests. Get more information here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109444989122675 .
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Von Pea has been emceeing since 1991 and producing since 2000. Initially attracted to hip-hop by the likes of Another Bad Creation and many other young rappers that were near his own age, Von would eventually shift his interest to those who would become his strongest influences – A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and Biggie. In 2002 Von Pea began an alliance with the original members of North Carolina rap group Little Brother (Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder) which lead him to being featured on such projects as Phonte and Nicolay’s Foreign Exchange Connected album (“Von Sees”), and Little Brother’s The Minstrel Show (“Cheatin” interlude). In addition to his group’s music, Von has released acclaimed projects such as 2003’s“Custom Fitted, 2007’s Grand Vonye, and his late 2007 remix project American Angster which has been considered one of the best of the Jay Z remix albums. Von Pea is also a member of the rap group Tanya Morgan. Von Pea's latest solo album, Pea's Gotta Have it, will be released October 19th.