This weekend saw The Urban Games and Hip Hop taking place in Newcastle city centre. The weekend’s events included workshops and showcases of street dancing, break dancing, singing, rapping, DJing, BMXing, skateboarding and Parkour.
Jurassic 5 – ‘Concrete Schoolyard’ (1999)
Ok, so most people are losing their mind about the Tupac hologram performance at this year’s Coachella Festival in Indio, California. Rightly so, I’d say – that technology is used to eerie effect with Makavelli himself seemingly parading the stage – larger than life.
However, another real coup for Coachella this year was the performance of Abel Tesfaye, or The Weeknd, as he’s more commonly known. Having bust out 3 full-length records in around 18 months, Tesfaye has managed to remain enigmatic and on the right side of coolly reclusive in terms of his live output and public appearances. A couple of modest club shows aside, Coachella is the first ‘big-time’ performance for The Weeknd, which will now be followed by a whistle-stop World Tour through the summer.
His ‘House of Balloons’ record is superb, and well worth picking up if you haven’t (somehow) heard it yet.
Check out The Weeknd’s full performance from Coachella in the video below:
Nas – ‘Sly Fox’ (2008)
Stüssy Deluxe dropped their new collection yesterday (which you can view here) and to coincide with this, they’ve released this short interview with Original Tribe Member Alex Baby, who reminisces on the beginnings of the label, and just how hard you had to look in the late 80’s to find those classic pieces. There’s some nice archive footage in the vid, too.
I’m fond of the Stüssy items that I have, and I still often sleep in a T that I wore when I was a boy – the NYC landscape on it displays the Twin Towers so it’s a bit eerie to contemplate these days… Nice shirt, though.
See an interview and performance with NWA on the Arsenio Hall show from all the way back in 1990 – way before all of the beef with Eazy.
Check out this short audio documentary, summarising the genre-defining breakbeat; ‘The Amen Break’ (The Winstons). So amazing how 6 seconds of drums can create whole genres, and, as this doc points out, get so intrinsically deep into pop-culture, that corporations can tap into it to reach whole sections of society.
It’s from 2006, so is a little behind on the tech front, but this doc gives fascinating context to a drum loop that has been used probably millions of times. It raises significant questions on copyright and creativity, in light of the SOPA issues that the internet has recently faced.
GZA ‘LIQUID SWORDS’ 1995.
If you’ve ever whiled away some downtime with the Daft Punk soundboard for iPhone (and I know I have), you may be pleased to hear that there’s a new audio clip page in town – take a look at The Rap Board. It’s a webpage (with a similar app coming soon) that features soundbites from the giants of the hip-hop world. This page features a fine cast and it will hopefully get bigger, adding more rappers slinging ‘cash money’ on a regular basis. You can email them (sorry, holler) direct from the page with any suggestions. My favourite is the DMX bark! Grrrr….