Boiler Room TV presents a new episode this week featuring ?uestlove behind the boards. The entire set is a tribute to J-Dilla and features some unheard Roots rehearsal tracks of Dilla beats. I would recommend just downloading the podcast, instead of watching the whole video. These broadcasts always contain a bit more NY hipster douche than I can stomach. As always, someone from the youtube comments section sums up my feelings completely:
I love The Bolier Room concept, but it almost always pisses me off. You have a world class DJ spinning mind blowing sets and what do you have going on in the back ground? Bored looking hipsters looking at their smart phones while half heartedly shuffling about to the beat. Can’t they get a crowd that’s gonna let off and enjoy the experience instead of just tweeting about it?
#BEEN #TRILL is a DJ/Creative collective that is affiliated with some guy named Kanye. As a part of the launch of their clothing line collabo with cool clothing heavyweight Stussy the crew cooked up a very smooth mix with #rare edits/remixes of everything from Jamie XX to 2 Chainz. This has pretty much been on loop since Thanksgiving. My personal highlight is this Jessie Ware remix. If you know what that Are You That Somebody remix is, drop knowledge in the comments.
I picked this little gem up yesterday at Unique Thrift.
We all remember the classic film; but what about the album it inspired? This late 90′s comp included the likes of Will Smith, Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg, Ginuwine, a young Alicia Keys, The Roots, D’Angelo, Trey Lorenz (his name will be the answer to a jeopardy question one day), Nas, Emoja, ATCQ, an early Destiny’s Child, 3T, De La Soul, Buckshot LeFonque, and the legendary Danny Elfman.
Chances are David Geffen has had some sort of effect on your life (HE BIRTHED ASYLUM, THE LABEL GUCCI MANE IS SIGNED TO), the man is kind of a big deal. PBS dropped a documentary on him last week while you were scrambling home for Thanksgiving, I was floored after watching it out of curiosity. Rappers talk about hustling, but David Geffen was doing real hustling, venture after venture with the most powerful people. If you have an interest in pop culture, the workings/history of the entertainment & music business give yourself two hours to watch this. You might even get motivated to achieve more things with your passion, like I did. The outakes PBS has posted on their site are also worth a look as well, I mean, how can you not be interested in that Tiffany lamp story told by his good friend/Bruce Sprinsteen’s manager, Jon Landeau.
A smooth jam from The Game and hometown hero Wale. I’ve never been the biggest Cool and Dre fan, but this might actually redeem them from the travesty that was Celebration (real Bone Thugs fans feel me on that).
Who is that singing in the background? Cool or Dre? Some of those ad-libs are borderline humorous.
Wale and mixtapes have a history.. a real good history. This past Wednesday he dropped ‘Freedom Of Speech’, the first song off his upcoming DJ Clark Kent assisted, christmas stocking stuffing mixtape Folarin. The track is good enough to have even a Republican head nodding to the Obama sample. Tip your curly W caps to whoever No Credit is for the beat (I kind of hope No Credit is actually an anonymous beatmaster that wants no credit).
Prepare yourselves. Lee Bannon has entered the trap with Smoke DZA.
On both songs from DZA’s new tape, Bannon uses the cooing baby noise from “Are You That Somebody?” He does it for the same reason Timbaland did it: there is no reason, it just works. What comes out are destructive trap bangers made by a producer who isn’t native to the trap but takes to it as naturally as his usual left field boom bap. ASAP Rocky should be blowing up his phone right now.