Monday, March 31, 2008

Sonny Bonoho w/ Flowmotion



Just received the show flyer for a Sonny Bonoho performance with a live band! Apparently the way the two connected was thru a jam session that Sonny had with Lee Oskar, a former member of WAR. In that session was a drummer who's in a group called Flowmotion who said that they wanted Sonny to be a part of their set. So far as I know, he'll be on stage for four songs and hopefully more. They rehearse again this Thursday and I'm sure some more days prior to their evening at Nectar on Friday, April 11th, 2008. Should be a fun night as we see Sonny Bonoho grow as an artist and add to his resume "live band" as oppossed to just being in a box as the "typical rapper."

Nectar Lounge
412 North 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
206/632-2020

Please Be Our Facebook Friend, DJ Drama


The Real is back with anutha! American Idol rejects turn to DJ Drama in hopes of hosting an upcoming mixtape!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Blue Scholars on Format Magazine


The Blue Scholars are featured in Format Magazine. Tone, a photographer, was flown out to kick it with BS and the Massline crew over a two day period. Click here for the article and to view the photos, press here.

Geo and I talked about the “conscious” rap thing and I asked him if he felt this was misleading. He replied “sometimes”. See, Geo is also a battle MCEE. In fact, that’s how he started, but he admits that working with Sabzi (Producer/DJ for both Common Market and Blue Scholars) has brought out another side of him. Sabzi’s music is heavily melodic with big boom bap drums and by Hip Hop standards, very complex arrangements. He has beat the likes of Marco Polo in beat battles and after listening to the newest unreleased Common Market CD I fully understand why. No wonder he inspires the cats he works with to soar, he is on a whole nother’ level himself.

Friday, March 28, 2008

U-N-I TV: Blog 001

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Friday, March 28th, 2008


Good morning. Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself. -John MacNaughton
God is Love
Rev Run

Weekend Warehouse MEGA SALE @ Innerspace



Huge warehouse sale at Innerspace beginning tomorrow between 12-6pm. Then whatever is left for Sunday, March 30th, 2008. There'll be brands such as (NIKE SB, ADIDAS, LAKAI, MANIK, HUF, NEW ERA, TRIBUTE, BENNY GOLD, ROGUE STATUS and many more).

Macklemore Interview @ Seattlest

Macklemore recently got back from a European stint performing a number of dates. He sat down with Katelyn Hackett over at Seattlest for a little interview. Find out 'bout his love for shoes, the direction he's going with his music, being a local celebrity, and his favorite sammich shop. You know the drill. Click here for the full read!

What's it like to perform, and to perform the same songs so frequently?It’s a nervewracking thing, getting up there. And it should be! It should be. You should be getting those anxious butterflies. If you’re not getting those, you’re not doing your job right. You want o walk out there thinking, “This is exciting, this is new, who knows what’s gonna happen in this moment…” You don’t wanna go out there going, “this is exactly what I’m gonna do, this is all laid out, I have a perfect picture of how this is gonna go.” I did so many shows for Language of My World, and there were times where I was doing the same sets most of the time, maybe a slightly different order. But you gotta always be thinking of new things to do. That’s a crucial aspect of performance.

Everybody can rap, everyone can learn the lyrics and do a good job, but there’s relatively few people who can get on stage and really engage the crowd. How do you engage the crowd? How do you give people an experience outside of just going to another hiphop show? I want to give people an experience where they connect with the message and the music. You have to find meaning in the words you’ve written. It’s hard, some of these songs I’ve performed hundreds of times, and how do you connect to a song you’ve performed and listened to hundreds of times?

You have to look into the audience and find the people who are hearing it for the
first time, or maybe the song changed their life in a small or even insignificant way. Who knows? That’s something I really strive for. That’s extremely powerful. It’s like meditation or yoga. You can be just in a certain pose and in your head be having sex off in Utah, or you can really be in the moment and breathing into it, thinking about it. That’s what makes your presence on stage.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Thursday, March 27th, 2008


On Confrontation and Change
Good morning. What you refuse to confront you cannot change.
God is Love
Rev Run

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Everyday B-Girl is Hustlin


B-Girl has an album out now called Love or Fate. The artwork you see below was created by OneSevenNine. In the article, Erika Hobart, takes us from B-Girl's arrival to Seattle to her current thoughts of females in hip-hop. Particularly locals looking to participate in the culture and finding ways to support their journey. B-Girl is most certainly an advocate for the female gender passing on her experiences down to those wishing to continue the tradition. Click here for the full article.

DJ B-Girl lived with three roommates in the U District when she first came to
the city. Money saved on rent went toward purchasing high-end tables and
speakers to practice her craft. Days were spent working at Guitar Center, and
nights were spent relentlessly pursuing gigs. She works more now than she did
then, about 80 hours a week. Despite having a solid footing in the city's
hip-hop scene and her new album to support, she's got another agenda to keep her
preoccupied: helping other female artists find the connections she never had.

Last year, DJ B-Girl ensured she'd be getting even less sleep when she launched her own record label, B-Girl Media, and formed B-Girl Bench, a centralized forum (which meets at Oseao) for local women in hip-hop to meet weekly and research viable options to increase their visibility.

By drawing from her personal experiences and knowledge in digital distribution, DJ B-Girl hopes to help propel Seattle's female hip-hop artists into the limelight. The
greatest hurdle for many aspiring artists (including herself early on) is that they aren't always well-versed in the business side of the music industry, she says.


Wizdom in the Seattle Weekly

Kevin Capp over at the Seattle Weekly covers Wizdom and talks a bit about new music from the forthcoming album that drops in late Spring/early Summer. Check the excerpt below and then click here for the full article.

However, all of this honesty stuff seems like some left-field shit when you first meet Wiz. He cuts an imposing figure, like a shorter Fat Joe, complete with a heavy head shorn of most of its hair and shoulders that could carry a family of four. Thing is, for all his physical heft, the dude is sensitive. Not in a cries-during-Bambi way, but like a nerve ending forever flicked, aware of the bane and pain of everyday existence. Macklemore, whose studio served as ground zero for Wiz's 2007 debut, Book of Wizdom, says that Wiz knows "it's important to be personal and to also address music and a social context." But, he adds, "He doesn't take himself too seriously."

The Physics - Ready For We



The Physics are out with a video for their lead single, Ready For We. Dope visual directed by Marty Martin & Zia Mohajerjasbi.

Rock Paper Scissors New Era Samples



Rock Paper Scissors (Capitol 1524) appearss as though they'll be carrying some New Era store branded fitteds. The black on black is lookin sharp and the red version is not too shabby either. spotted on Rock Paper Sneakers

Arif Gursel Interview @ The Evil Collector


Arif Gursel recently got interviewd by The Evil Collector. If you don't know 'bout this cat, you need to know. He heads up Invisible Man Entertainment and currently is the Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. I first learned of Arif at the Northwest Urban Lifestyle Conference back in the summer of 2006 at Seattle Central Community College which was hosted by Seaspot. He was on a panel that I can't quite remember what for, but I believe the discussion was about producing music. The dude wears many hats in addition to his J-O at the software giant, he produces and manages a stable of artists. Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article on this cat who hustles hard!

TEC: You’re CEO at Invisible Man Entertainment, right? You make beats?

AG: Yes, I produce as well. I’ve done independent film. I have a couple of R&B acts. You see, I run a production company, as well and it’s a lot of hard work paying off. I started off with myself, but with all of what I do, I don’t have the time to be in a studio. So, now, I’m hiring a young stable of producers to have that sound. My R&B acts, Cameron Lewis, this brotha from Chicago and Anjalae Rose are next up. Ms. Rose was on American Idol the same year as Jennifer Hudson. She learned the language in Russia, went on their version of Idol and won. This is a sista from Brooklyn. Very dope! We’re working on a bunch of things at the moment.


REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Wednesday, March 26th, 2008


Love
Good morning. If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
God is Love
Rev Run

On Your Assignment
Good morning. What you hate reveals what you were created to correct.-Mike Murdoch
God is Love
Rev Run

Monday, March 24, 2008

Xola Malik (Kid Sensation) Interview

Kid Sensation has an interview up on Wake Your Daughter Up. He now goes by Xola pronounced "cola". I had a friend back in college who was working on some tracks with this Seattle hip-hop pioneer. She was telling me that Xola was producing music for her. I thought to myself, "Who the fcuk is Xola?" She later said that he once was Kid Sensation and I automatically remembered Seatown Funk being on the evening countdown on KUBE 93. It must've been since the 90's since I last heard his music on the radio. Xola made an appearance at the 2006 Bumbershoot show with Common Market which was the last time I saw this cat live. Below is an excerpt from the interview conducted by WYDU. Click here for the full read.

W: People tend to overlook the whole Northwest region when it comes to hip hop. I know you are pretty instrumental in the history of hip hop in Seattle,
how did Hip Hop come to be in Seattle?

X: I was definitely one of the ones to help put Seattle on the map and make that happen, but to be honest, Seattle always had a nice little hip hop scene bubbling on the underground. You know how Texas or Atlanta had their own defined sound, well Seattle didn't really have that. LA had a particular sound back in
those days, you know with the bass and electro thing and New York had that
gritty and uncut flavor. Seattle had just a variety of different sounds. You can tell we are influenced by a lot of different musical influences. Now some guys are starting to make some noise developing a unique 206 sound. Don't sleep on 253 either, Tacoma is really doing their thing as well.

W: Who exactly made up that crew in the early days? You always heard names being dropped on the albums and such.
X: It was myself, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Maharaji, and a cat named Attitude Adjuster. We were the main four. There were other dudes he mentioned on tracks, like PLB, DJ Punish, MC Fury, E-Dawg, Strange and a lot of cats that he had around him that were a part of the influence on how his sound developed and how it became. So yeah, there were a lot of cats that helped him become who he is.

Bomani Speaks Satirically on Barack


Bomani Armah, also known as the guy who told you to read a book, wrote a piece in the Washington Post this past weekend satirically stating Barack Obama should show the "whiter" side of himself. What do y'all think? Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full house.

Black people all over the country felt liberated: Finally they could support an African American who wasn't guaranteed to lose. In fact, I personally take credit for helping Obama solidify the black vote, because every time someone asked me that asinine "Is he black enough?" question, I would quip, "What do you expect the first black president to be? A dashiki-wearing, Afro-with-a-pick, fist-waving ex-Black Panther?" Little did anyone know that Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., is a dashiki-wearing, fist-waving, might-as-well-have-been-an-ex-Black Panther (not sure, I'll call the FBI to check).

Def Jam's Secret to Success

The homies over at The Real have released another video.


REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Monday, March 24th, 2008


On Prayer
Good morning. A day without prayer is a boast against God. -Owen Car.
God is Love
Rev Run

Friday, March 21st, 2008
True Success

Good morning. While striving for success I always try to live by this important principle.... Great success is attainable without negotiation of one's character, integrity, morals and values.
God is Love
Rev Run

Thursday, March 20, 2008

CultureMob Talks Blogs Is Watching



Everyday, I usually go thru my morning routine of checking emails, surfing the net, and peeping out blogs out there on the internets. One of them is a website called CultureMob which is a Seattle-based startup. It's a site that lists events that are happening within the greater Seattle area. Through a proprietary technology they've developed, the site suggest events that fit your interests. I was first introduced to CultureMob back in December by Chris who is the co-founder. Since then, I've been following them just as much as they've followed me.

The homie, Cedric (Artists and Communities Manager), posted a blog this morning about Blogs Is Watching and I've gotta say that you're too kind my friend. In the spirit of DJ Khaled, I wouldn't go as far as saying I'm the best (appreciate the love though), but Seatown is the best! "Who? We! We the best!" You got one thing right though, if blogging wasn't fun for me, I wouldn't be doing it. I most certainly am excited by the local hip-hop scene which motivates me to post as frequently as I do. In that way, hip-hop has saved my life.

So, for those who does the hip-hop thang, holler (contact info on upper left hand side), and let me know of what you're doing. I'll most likely talk about you, but of course, only if I feel your sh!t. No hate 'round here, just a SOYGNH, if I don't dig your steez.

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Thursday, March 20th, 2008


Good morning. Some people talk about finding God, as if He could get lost. -Anon
God is Love
Rev Run

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sonny Bonoho - Mary Jane


Mary Jane by Sonny Bonoho just leaked on Digiwaxx and from the sound of the track, this confirms a conversation I had with him previously, the album certainly will be uniquely different than anything else he has put out. Can't wait for it to drop. According to Sonny, he'll be taking his time in putting the album together. Keep us posted Sonny!

Peter Rosenberg in Duke Fan Stan

Duke Fan Stan


Why Duke Sucks

Cancer Rising Video Footage @ Nectar on March 13th, 2008

Evryday Bidness


Wait A Minute


EXTRA
The Program @ Neumos on Sync Live

DJ B-Mello Video Blog 3

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Tuesday, March 18th, 2008


It's Your Choice
Good morning. I've got good news!! You can choose to be happy today!!!! You can choose to walk in peace today... You can choose to be undisturbed by any circumstance today!! A wise man once said... “You can't control every situation, but you can control how you respond to every situation.� Have a happy day!! The choice is yours...
God is Love
Rev Run

Monday, March 17, 2008

DJ B-Mello at The Program @ Neumos

Maxim Magazine Review Kidz In The Hall & 9th Wonder/Buckshot Albums

Disclaimer:

In light of the recent allegations made against Maxim Magazine by the Black Crowes and Nas for printing LP reviews of their respective forthcoming albums without actually hearing either of them, Buckshot/9th Wonder and Kidz In the Hall gladly volunteered their upcoming albums to receive the same treatment. We would also like to invite Maxim to attend any Kidz In The Hall and Buckshot and 9th Wonder show, or any of our artists in general-- attendance is of course only optional!!

These mock-ups are by in no way intended to attack Maxim Magazine’s credibility, or incriminate them in any manner; it’s all in good fun!

Kidz In the Hall and Buckshot/9th Wonder Plead With Maxim Magazine


To Review Their Respective LP's Without Hearing Them!



The Real - The Year of the Pale Elephant



REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Monday, March 17th, 2008


Trying To Control Others?
Good morning. The key to a happy life:::: Live and let live! :-).
God is Love
Rev Run


Friday, March 14th, 2008
On Being Kind

Good morning. Be kind :-)
God is Love
Rev Run


Thursday, March 13th, 2008
Give Abundantly
Good morning. The scripture says..
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty..... The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
God is Love
Rev Run


Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
Self Control
Good morning. He who hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. -Proverbs.... Anger is only on letter short of danger. -Anon. Without discipline, there's no life at all. - Katherine Hepburn
God is Love
Rev Run

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Gabriel Teodros - No Label (Esma Remix)


Gabriel Teodros
"No Label (Esma Remix)"
Lovework (MassLine, 2007)
Produced by Sabzi & Moka Only
Directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi

Dance This 2007: Hip Hop "Orchestrate the Groove"

More videos of "Dance This...2007" performances can be found on the Seattle Theatre Group YouTube page. Click here for more. This two-day event was held on July 6-7, 2007.


(Description from Dance This 2007 Program)

Performed by DANCE this... Company Dancers selected by audition

Choreographer: Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo, assisted by Daniel Cruz

Dancers: Katrina Freitag, Alex Jackson, Sebastian Jackson, Byanka Larkins, Jennifer Ann Loyet, Ashaunti Martin, Dwayne Parker, Charles Simmons, Jimmy Shields, Skye Stoury, Lael Telles, Talitha Thurston, Kristiana Waxham, Samantha Whidby and Pamela Yasutake(company manager)

Music: Orchestrate the Groove - Remixed by Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo

2007

Tacoma Says "No" to E-40 Concert

This past week, Rottweiler Records and their suppporters held a rally protesting the City of Tacoma for shuttin them down in promoting the E-40 show at the Pantages Theatre. Below are video clips that have been posted documenting the rally as they explain their efforts despite following all the procedures and making necessary payments paid in full in their power to bring a hip-hop show to Tacoma. Bill 2712 is also mentioned as something that the city feels would curb gang violence that would stem supposedley from a hip-hop show. What do you think?

Rottweiler Records Speaks with Keith Tucker
Part 1


Rottweiler Records Speaks with Keith Tucker
Part 2


Rottweiler Records Rally



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2008
CONTACT: Coalition of Citizens for Justice – Priest Amen - 206-355-3452
Rottweiler Records - Tracy Miller -253-472-6316

TACOMA, WA E40 SHOW CANCELLED FOR BEING “TOO GANGSTER” PROTEST SET FOR TODAY-

When the Tacoma police and city officials were unable to associate E40 with a gang, they unsuccessfully attempted to find a gang affiliation with the other artists scheduled to perform. They cancelled the show because they want to prove WA State has a serious gang problem and to pass the Anti Gang Bill 2712.

Rottweiler Records had their Hip Hop show set with major recording artist E -40, it was going to be their album release event that they had been planning and working on for Months. This concert was paid in full and they were welcomed as part of the diversify of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and the city of Tacoma.

When the police became involved they claimed “that we needed extra security and a exurban amount money to pay for security, we came up with the money and they still cancelled the show” Tracy Miller Rottweiler Records

The city would also like you to believe that gang violence is on the rise. They want to instill this fear in everyone to stop the growth of the urban culture. The real reason might be due to the fact that the upcoming anti gang bill has 9 million dollars allocated to POLICE department anti gang units and no money going to programs that create outlets and education for youth (real prevention).

The state would have you believe that it is concerned about alleviating the issues and circumstances that cause gang behavior, but in reality the lawmakers are only concerned about locking more people up. Make no mistake about it, the way that Tacoma law officials are overreacting and blackballing E40 will become the norm, and more and more of our youth will find themselves behind bars if bill 2712 passes.

Also former gang members that have participated in the Gateways Program, a gang intervention program at Evergreen College stated that “we should focus on education and prevention instead of police and suppression”.

NON VIOLENT PROTEST TODAY: We invite you to join us at 4:30 on 9th and Broadway in Tacoma as hold our peace rally. Come support your local artists and show the city that the hip hop culture does not bring violence. Hip Hop is performing art with just as much significance as the nutcracker, or the symphony orchestra. It is just our way of expressing it.

-END-

Thank you,

The Keith Tucker Show -
streaming live http://1150kknw.com/
Wednesdays 1:00-2pst- 4:00-5est

www.myspace.com/thekeithtuckershow
www.myspace.com/genesforafrica
http://www.afragenesis.net/

The 9 Elements of Hip Hop Kulture
1. The Deejay
2. The Emcee
3. Breakin
4. Graffiti Art
5. Street Knowledge
6. Beatboxin
7. Street Fashion
8. Street Language
9. Street Entrepreneurialism

Hip Hop Kulture is in our veins

Always has Always will be!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Teriyaki Boyz - Zock On! f/ Pharrell & Busta Rhymes


ZOCK ON!! New single out 3/19!

Lyrics:

(VERBAL:)

You want that?
She want that?
They want that?
Who want that?
come get a little bit of this and a little bit of
that if you want a bit of this なら AH AH
言いたくて、言えなくて 良い作戦 見つかんなくて
come get a little bit of this and a little bit of
that if you want a bit of this なら AH AH

RYO-Z!
WISE!
LEADER!
VERBAL!
NIGO! 
BAPE SOUNDS!
Yo Pharrell!
Busta bust!

(RYO-Z:)

ヤバメなbaby ヤバメなブレイクビーツ
今夜が山なら ラバダバ エントリー
テクニック 必要とあらばテクニクス
喰い気味に cut クイックリリース
あの娘は面食い おねだりSEXY
男の出る杭 グっと来る come on!
ボッコボッコに 打ちのめされても
I want you baby ZOCK ON!

(ILMARI:)

どうしてみても 無理そうなタイミング
どう転んでも 彼女は遮る
どうにもダメだから 引いてみた
でも引いたら それが 最後だった
脳天ビリビリ just say give me give me
このテンションを保ってる ギリギリ
煩悩の数だけ 僕 浮かれ気味
チャンチャラチャンチャン、ZOCK ON!

(Pharrell:)

YABAMENA BABY!
GIGANTO!(ZOCK ON)
KAWAII BABY!
GIGANTO!(ZOCK ON!)
MO-DAIMONDAI!
GIGANTO!(ZOCK ON!)
YABAMENA BABY!
GIGANTO!(ZOCK ON)

(ILMARI:)

ダンスフロア直行 みんな ルーズコントロール
だからLet's Rock-on!Gimme some more Gimme some more
ダンスフロア直行 みんな ルーズコントロール
だからLet's Rock-on!Gimme some more Baby come on

(WISE:)

What's happenin' honey? You know your driving me crazy!
Basslineに またがり booty shakin'!
いつ見ても変幻自在 これは事件だ 緊急事態
Thick ass thighs,I'm diggin your style
今夜こそ まじ触れてみたい(お願い!)
Big fat smile に 騙された天使
今宵も ふくらむ期待(ア~イ!)
放し飼いの犬みたいにどこでも
ベロ出して すぐに ぺ~ロぺ~ロ
勘違いする KY
うざがり カード切り捨てる Like a セロ(ファイト!)
パンクラスからプライドまで
異種格闘技みたく 喰らいついて
離れないよ Your body like dynamite,
I ain' letting you go tonight!

(Pharrell:)

YABAMENA BABY!
GIGANTO!(ZOCK ON)
KAWAII BABY!
GIGANTO!(ZOCK ON!)
MO-DAIMONDAI!
GIGANTO!(ZOCK ON!)
YABAMENA BABY!
GIGANTO!(ZOCK ON!)

(VERBAL:)

You want that? She want that?
They want that? Who want that?...
Spotted on Laced Up/BFK/ISH

Ashley Alexander Dupre - What We Want Remix


J Smooth over at Ill Doctrine had to do it. A video mash-up of Ashley Alexander Dupre's song, What We Want, mixed in with a bit of Snoop's Sensual Seduction. Enjoy!

The Knux - Cappuccino


Check out The Knux's (Rah Amillio & Krispy Kreme) new video called Cappuccino. Hailing from Hollywood, CA by way of the NO according to their MySpace page. The group is signed to Interscope Records and steadily building a buzz as they finish up in the lab of their debut album entitled Remind Me In 3 Days...


The Knux are a self-produced group comprised of two brothers (Krispy and Al Millio) from New Orleans. They play all their own instrumentation and fight like The Kinks. Their debut album, Remind Me In 3 Days, sounds like Outkast, Juvenile, Tha Pharcyde, and The Strokes concurrently blasting, out of a drop-top Jag on Sunset Blvd. on a Saturday night in the summer. Wrap your head around that!!???

“When we made the album we refused to give the album to the label one song at a time,” says Krispy, who at 25 is the elder Knux brother. “We knew that they wouldn't get it, they’d think we were buggin’ and they’d try to make us change things.” Instead, the two, who signed to Interscope in 2006 thanks to an incredible demo and manager Paul Rosenberg (Eminem's manager) holed up in a mini-mansion in the Hollywood Hills and quietly chefed up Remind Me In 3 Days…. “We played it for all the executives at once,” remembers Al, “And you could see in their faces they were all shocked to hear something like this from some new artists that they barely even knew were on the label.”

Just as their recording came to a standstill the Knux were met with great misfortune: Hurricane Katrina. “We never evacuated when the hurricanes hit,” says Krispy, “But for whatever reason when Katrina hit we left with our mom to go to Dallas for the weekend. When we were driving back to New Orleans on the Monday all the cars were going the other direction. The radio wasn’t working, so we had no idea about the flood ‘til someone flagged us down and told us that we weren’t gonna’ be allowed into the city.” After a week of the entire family sleeping in their car, they relocated to Houston and found an apartment. “Man, we lost everything, our whole apartment building burned to the ground, says Krispy. “So we were grateful that everyone was okay, but we weren’t happy to be in Houston.”

Fortunately things looked up for the group when their demo fell into the hands of Paul Rosenberg’s A&R man Dart Parker, who brought the group to his attention. Over the next months Rosenberg signed on as their manager. “We weren’t doing anything in Houston,” says Krispy. “Because of Katrina and how unhappy we were in that city we weren’t inspired to make anything new. So the whole thing with Paul was blessing.”

By the fall of 2006 the brothers had moved to the Hollywood Hills and begun the recording process. “Once we got out to L.A. there was just such a different vibe,” explains Al, “And we were going to all the downtown clubs with fuckin’ socialite girls and, like, the so-called hipsters, and guys like Steve Aoki. It was a totally different scene from what we were used to in New Orleans and the music we started making just reflected that.” The two wrapped the album during the summer of ’07 and hit the road hard. “We started by just inviting people over for house parties and performing the album on top of our couch,” says Al, “That’s how we knew what worked and what didn’t.” After a string of successful events at L.A. cool-guy emporiums the two got added as the opening act of Common’s Finding Forever tour.

With shows booked through the end of the year, and press clippings stacking up left and right—all without a single song available commercially—the ground swell is evident, and The Knux impact in 2008 is imminent. Act like you know. And if you forget, don’t worry, The Knux will Remind You In 3 Days…

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Focus Or Fold: Five Four

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Wale - Back In The Go-Go f/ Bun B & Pusha T

A few weeks back, I had posted a track called "Go Mode" featuring Bun B which happened to be a rough draft of the song. Wale's camp requested for us to take it down which was no problem. The final version is finally here now and featuring an additional artist, Pusha T, of the Clipse. The song been changed up a bit along with the title. I'm not sure if it's Go Mode or Back In The Go-Go, but just know that it comes out soon on the upcoming mixtape, The Mixtape About Nothing, which evidently has a cameo appearance by Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Seinfeld. A lot of collaborations goin on here, but well put together. You can read more of Wale's affinity for the show by clicking here. In addition, news just broke that Wale signed a deal with a label where an announcement of his signing will be made public on Washington DC radio. We don't know which label specifically, but Just Blaze was the second person to know of the news and he posted up his conversation with Wale on his blog. Oh, you're probably wanting to hear the new track, right? Click here for Wale - Back In The Go-Go featuring Bun B & Pusha T! Spotted on 2 Dope Boyz

UPDATE: Wale signs with Interscope Records and posts up links to both the DIRTY and CLEAN version of his latest single officialy entitled Back In The Go Go featuring Bun B, Pusha T, and Tre of UCB. Salute in order!

Life On Mars Preview

Sir Mix-A-Lot Answers Question of Who's Hotter

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bun B - II Trill


Bun B makes another Mixcast cameo on tour with Zune in NYC.

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Tuesday, March 11th, 2008


On Hope
Good morning. Don't give up! Live in the land of hope.. Shun discouragement! When you keep hope alive things around you begin to prosper!! hope!
God is Love
Rev Run

Monday, March 10th, 2008
On Correcting Others
Good morning. Before you correct your loved ones you must make sure that you've filled them with enough love, compliments etc... For example: If you haven't filled your car with gas for a while it probably won't get too far. Remember to praise your children, spouses, employees and loved ones! A wise man once said: People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care!
God is Love
Rev Run

Monday, March 10, 2008

Flying Coffin & Soy Clothing Website Launch


Click here to view Flying Coffin's website which launched today!

Soy Clothing just relaunched their new website. Click here to view their new home.

Hello All,If you haven't visited the SOY site in a while, we just wanted to let you know that the new version 4.0 is now up and running. We've made the site a lot more simple to navigate with less menu items and less clicks for you. Also, visit often because we'll be updating our blog (homepage) on a regular basis with info on street culture, art, fashion, and most importantly the newest SOY information.Thanks to all of you for your continued support!

Saigon Presented by Soul Gorilla

UPDATE: New upload of the interview with Saigon and a link to a snippet of the new track to come out entitled "Gotta Believe" Shouts to Hip Hop Update and On Smash on the mp3 links!




Soul Gorilla Presents Saigon... as the Brooklyn rapper of Entourage fame makes a tour stop in the Emerald City. Catch the performance and hear his reflections on his music, his journey, and his recent run in with Cornell West.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death Samples


Click here to read the full posting on the 11th anniversary passing of the Notorious One. The fine folks over at Hip Hop Is Read collaborated with Kevin Nottingham in making it easier for us as fans of Life After Death by uncovering the samples that were used for the classic double disc album.

Kevin and I wanted to do something special for today, the 11th anniversary of the passing of Brooklyn's finest, The Notorious B.I.G. We split the samples on 'Ready to Die' a while back, and it was only right that we follow up with his equally influential sequel album 'Life After Death'. A double-disc record, 'Life After Death' had a very ominous element attached to it - due in large part to its release. The album came out mere weeks after the fatal shooting which took Biggie away from the physical. But his music was as vibrant as ever, with scores of tracks which remain staples on the radio and classics to heads all over the world. On this day of remembrance, make sure to blow Biggie's music out your speakers... as well as this great sample set!

Jin - Fill In The ______.


Remember this guy? If not, it's Jin formerly of Ruff Ryders and most notably known for his wins on BET's 106 & Park Freestyle Friday. The dude managed to reincarnate himself and stay relevant, at least to his super delegates (fans). He's been able to feed his cult like following of supporters with yet another movement in the works. Below are videos of him answering questions from his fans as well as a new song called Fill In The Blanks.

I like this new song 'cause it involves the listener by asking them to fill in the blank in a simple call and response type banter. Jin has always been able to connect to his fan base and this track gives them reason to look forward his upcoming album called Birthdays, Funerals and Things in Between. This time it looks like he's in for the win! You can check out his new MySpace page by clicking here. Spotted on Hip Hop Update.

Jin For The Win


Fill In The ______.

GOWE Update


Gowe (Gifted On West East) updates us on what's good with his upcoming mixtape. Looking forward to it dropping. Click here to learn more on this Beacon Hill cat.


Friday, March 7, 2008

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Friday, March 7th, 2008


Hoping and Praying
Good Morning.. The scripture says..
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
God is Love
Rev Run

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Lil Wayne Strapped Condoms Advertisement


Another questionable moment for the "best rapper alive." I understand the campaign advocating the use of condoms and being strapped, but is Weezy for real for real? You're tellin me that you let this sh!t slide? Duke got his hands behind his back being held down, bent over in front of another dude. This is what we call a rainbow moment for Lil Wayne. Oh, if you didn't know, the choice brand for Mr. Dwayne Carter is Strapped Condoms. Let's not lose sight of what the ad is really supposed to be selling and remember to "go down strapped." SMH.

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Billy the Fridge

Capitol 1524 "Destroy & Rebuild" into Rock Paper Scissors (RPS Life)




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The first images of the construction of a new storefront. Question is, where is this soon to be completed retail space located? Secondly, when is the grand opening? I'm gonna guess there's going to be some type of party with the launch of the doors opening and the official name change as the principals "destroy and rebuild." You make the connection and put two and two together. spotted on unformatted

The Physics: One of Eight to Watch in 2008



The new issue of The Stranger hit the streets today and The Physics were named one of eight bands to watch in 2008. You can find out more about them as well as the other Young Ones by clicking here.

Kublakai @ Seattlest


Kublakai answers a few questions from Katelyn of Seattlest. Get a little insight into the man, the artist, the music and all stuff in between. Click here for the full interview.