FROM THE SOUTH BRONX TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND BEYOND... HIP-HOP: THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES PREMIERES FRIDAY, JUNE 24 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT ON SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL
BANFF Nominated Documentary Features In-Depth Interviews with Hip Hop Artists Grandmaster Caz, Busy Bee, Les Nubians, System Ali and More
New York, NY - May 25, 2011 – The international explosion of hip-hop culture and rap music is explored in the new documentary, HIP-HOP: THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES, premiering Friday, June 24th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel. The film, which was recently nominated for a 2011 Rockie at the Banff World Media Festival, traverses four continents and six countries, looking at hip-hop as trans-national protest music.
Rap has found kindred souls in people as diverse as African Activists, Israeli Jews, French Arabs and even German skinhead punks, all of whom share a common musical language. Recognizing themselves in the oppression of American blacks, people everywhere have adapted the music of born on the streets of New York to their own causes.
HIP-HOP: THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES features performances and interviews with New York’s Grandmaster Caz, a member of the pioneering rap group the Cold Crush Brothers; Les Nubians, of Paris, a Grammy-nominated duo comprised of sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart; M.C. Busy Bee of the South Bronx, a rap originator who worked with many of hip hop’s founding fathers including Afrika Bambaataa and Melle Mel; Amneh Jarushi, a 19 year-old Arab-Palestinian woman and Neta Weiner, an Israeli-Jew, both of whom are part of the Middle Eastern hip hop collective System Ali; Joe Rilla, a burly, tattooed German skinhead who describes his experience of growing up under East German communism; Senegalese feminist rapper Myriam, who recounts the trauma of being circumcised as a young woman; and many others.
The first major film about hip-hop both in and outside of the United States, HIP-HOP: THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES has been featured at numerous festivals including the South By Southwest Music Festival, the Rose D’Or and the Locarno International Film Festival.
HIP-HOP: THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES is directed by filmmaker Joshua Atesh Litle, a lifelong hip hop enthusiast. Executive Producers for the Smithsonian Channel are David Royle and Charles Poe.
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My Morning Jacket's upcoming performance for American Express' "Unstaged" music series – in partnership with VEVO and YouTube – is just around the corner, and the band has revealed new exciting details about the event. The live-stream of the band's 5/31 Louisville show, which airs at 9pm EDT, will feature Grammy award-winning singer Erykah Badu and actress Rachel Dratch. The band has also released a series of trailers for show – click HERE to watch the latest one, a.k.a. "The My Morning Jacket Shower Scene." Other recent trailers include a request for fans to send in artistic photos of their eyeballs, to be featured as a part of the live-stream, which is being directed by award-winning filmmaker Todd Haynes. The guys have also requested attendees of the show to come dressed in fancy clothes to match the grandeur of the venue, the historic Louisville Palace Theater.
"We are incredibly honored that Todd Haynes has agreed to direct this show for us," said lead singer Jim James. "We can't wait to immerse ourselves in his creative vision and masterful take on this live-streamed performance. Fans will certainly be in for a magical and surreal ride."
My Morning Jacket's new album, Circuital, will be released on May 31st by ATO Records. It was recorded in Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN, and was co-produced by frontman Jim James and Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists). Head over to their Facebook page to hear "Holdin on to Black Metal" and "Circuital," two of the new songs that will appear on it.
05/31: Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theater 06/02-06/05: Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa Festival 06/05: Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam 06/09-06/12: Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival 06/16: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater 06/17: Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre 06/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre 06/24: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre 06/26: Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre 06/28: Portland, OR @ Edgefield 06/29: Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum 06/30-07/03: Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival 7/2 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl 07/11: Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus 07/12: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis 07/16: Southwold @ Latitude Festival 07/17: London @ Somerset House 8/2 St. Louis, MO The Pageant 8/3 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater 08/04: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/05-08/13: Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival
TOUR DATES W/ NEKO CASE: 8/7 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park 8/8 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion 8/10 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE 8/12 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 8/14 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion 8/16 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook 8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center 8/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8/21 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater
Video: TRUTHLiVE - "Poetry In Motion" Feat. Trevor Wesley (Prod. By Jake One)
Roughly a year since the release of his well received debut LP Patience, produced entirely by Jake One and released on his own label Interdependent Media, the California MC and musical jack of all trades, TRUTHLiVE, is gearing up to drop his new EP The Remembering. The new EP continues building momentum to what has already been eye catching start for the emanating wordsmith, producer, DJ and entrepreneur. Having gained the attention of regional commercial radio (106.1 KMEL in San Francisco) and various video Networks (namely MTV) with the release of his single "Ready Set Go" feat. label mate Moe Green, TRUTH was propelled into a variety of National appearances. Most notably sharing the stage with emerging stars such as J. Cole, Jay Electronica, and Kendrick Lamar, as well as being an official showcasing artist at the highly regarded SxSW, A3C and CMJ festivals (to strong critical acclaim respectively). The Remembering will drop in July 2011 on Interdependent Media/iM Culture, prefaced by the release of this new video for "Poetry In Motion," from the album Patience.
Los Angeles, CA (May 2011) - Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle Records recording artist MacShawn100, releases another hot single, off his upcoming new album Tha Bigg Fish, called “U Hear Me”. The new single is accompanied by another street anthem, “Girlz & Boyz” featuring Bay Area legends C-Bo and Rappin’ 4-Tay.
“U Hear Me” and “Girlz & Boyz”, both produced by Troy Sanders, come hot on the back of last years underground smash “And U Do Know That”. The video for “U Hear Me” world premiered this week, featuring cameo appearances from Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound & Wiz Khalifa.
Vallejo, CA bred emcee, MacShawn100 released two well received albums, his debut album in 1997 titled Music fo' the Mobb and 2001's Worldwide Bosses and Playas. Mac has guest featured on numerous album releases, including his cousin E-40's platinum selling album In a Major Way, he also joined Death Row Records in the late 90’s, where he appeared on platinum selling albums Chronic 2000 and Too Gangsta For Radio.
The album Tha Bigg Fish is scheduled for release this fall on Doggystyle Records, with two more singles scheduled this summer.
MP3: Matt Fingaz x Focus x Raheem - "I Can See It All"
Matt Fingaz is proud to unleash the song I CAN SEE IT ALL, a track which saw the industry insider link with Atlanta based producer and a.Fam CEO Focus, while placing the undeniably eloquent vocals of Raheem Devaughn to it for an additional splash of soul.
So content were the trio as to how the song turned out that it ended up on the recent release from the former Aftermath producer, Music of the Misinterpreted as well as being featured on Matt Fingaz's impending release, The Human Experience.
PR: Lyn Charles; Worked w/ Big KRIT, Freeway & More
Lyn Charles has been featured on 50 blogs for his latest project American Tragedy which dropped on May 10 2011. We would like for you to review the record and give us feedback on your website or other channels that you guys use to review the work of artists. We like what you stand for and we also pride ourselves with quality work. The project features artist Big KRIT (Def Jam), Kendrick Lamar (Top Dog), Freeway (old rocafella member), and bj the chicago kid).
Gowanus Duo Continue To Explore Early 90's Deep Cuts With Latest B-Side
In their recent burst onto the indie music scene, Gowanus, Brooklyn rockers Gavin Rhodes and Greg Nelson, collectively Lightouts, set out on an early 90's-style project that pairs their new A-side singles with a pair of B-sides: an original and a cover song. Not too long ago fans saw the release of Lightouts' second, riff-heavy single, "And It Comes and Goes," and that single is now being paired with its B-side, a cover of The La's "I Am The Key." "Half of the fun of picking these tracks is exposing overlooked bands and tracks to our fans," explains Rhodes. "The La's are mainly known for their track 'There She Goes,' and only tangentially because it was covered by the crappy Christian band Sixpence None The Richer, which is ironic because it's rumored the song is about heroin. What people don't realize is that in the early 90's, The La's were poised to be bigger than Oasis. Their singer Lee Mavers was a musical prodigy and had more swagger than both Gallagher brothers combined. Unfortunately, The La's only put out one album."
Right from the start of "I Am The Key" Lightouts fans receive the fuzzed out rock bark that seems to be developing into the duo's signature sound. A range of guitar instrumentation plays off the brilliance of the original version as punched out acoustic chords poke through a chunky distorted guitar line. The vocals pay a more strict homage to original, but do receive an added melodic boost from singer Greg Nelson. "I was immediately taken with it," he says of the song, "the melody is very simple and catchy and the lyrics are concise yet poignant." Adding in their own twist, the Gowanus duo threw in a tasty bridge section for acute listeners, "It came about naturally, while jamming on the track before we recorded," explains Rhodes. "We like to think our version sounds like a drunken Wedding Present covering The La's.”