This clip is from Peter Rosenberg's Noisemaker's, Q-Tip is being interviewed in front of a VIP Hip Hop audience in NY City. He speaks on how Busta Rhymes nearly joined Tribe, he also does the amazing Busta Rhymes impression. Who's is better?
Monday, 30 November 2009
This laid back disco, funk & boogie mix is off the chain! I've been bumping it on & off for the last few weeks. The 2nd & 3rd tracks into the mix have me bugging out insanely. Please download & enjoy, it'll keep you warm during these increasingly colder + wetter winter nights.
Etienne Cap & His Orchestra "Take A Taxi"
Mos Def, DMX, John Forte, Mic Geronimo, Big Pun & Canibus trading acapella verses around a table circa 1998.
Mos Def spits an incredibly impressive verse, Big Pun destroys the place and Canibus spit's an entertaining verse about LL Cool J.
As a huge Hip Hop fan I have fantasies about my favorite rappers all being friends with each other, hanging out rapping. This video comes close to that fantasy, I always get pretty excited when I see rappers hanging out backstage/VIP talking sh*t or freestyling.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
I made this video for Spine TV with Dan Canyon as part of his Stolen Moments video magazine.
It was a great experience working with "The Canyon" and getting to meet and talk to Dam. Pronounced 'dame'.
For those who don't know, Dam Funk is a producer/singer/musician out of Leimart Park, LA. He is known as the 'boogie funk ambassador', and his music can we found in the future funk/modern funk/future/space funk section of your local record store.
I first met Dam Funk when he first played at Benji B's Deviation club night which is held at the Gramophone venue in East London. He was a humble, peaced out guy but he brought the fire on the turntables, people in London weren't used to going to the club and hearing Boogie Funk, they weren't ready. When he played "Messages From The Stars" by The Rah Band (a UK band) the club went insane. When he played his own music, like the Baron Zen Remix entitled, 'Burn Rubber' the place went bananas. By playing old boogie funk records alongside his new ish, he was declaring his influences and lineage. The sound blew peoples minds. Plus Dam was calling out the names of the bangin' boogie funk records he was playing in order to fully share the music.
Fast forward to 2 months ago and Dam was back in the country to play again @ Deviation. I went to the rave, most people that night will say it was a banger. It was aiiight but I had mad baby mama drama up in the place, and it was overly rammo. Anyway, I proceeded to the afterparty where I asked Dam if it was possible to interview him for Spine TV. He said he was back in town in a few days, I teamed up with Dan Canyon, got the green light from the Stones Throw PR guy, and went to film him at the Brick Lane Bowling Alley, on the top floor where the private lanes are.
Whilst all the other people there to interview him may have asked him an interesting question about music or some sh*t, no one really got him to talk about anything else. I knew I was on to a winner when I got him to talk about UFO's because on one of his songs on his new album 'Toeachizown', on the track, 'Brookside Park' he talks about seeing UFO's. So i asked him about it, watch the interview to see what he says. I also asked him about Freemasonry, and he revealed that his Grandfather was a freemason, mine was too!
Me and Canyon also got the pleasure of hearing him soundcheck at Plastic People before the club opened. Dam pumped the world renown Plastic soundsystem up to the highest level, whilst playing the keytar and singing on the vocoder. He played the Baron Zen remix, which happens to be one of my favorite songs anyway, but live with a keytar and a vocoder coming through the Plastic speakers = a religious experience.
Dam Funk is a very nice guy and a fantastic musician. His new album 'Toeachizown" is available on Stones Throw Records and comes highly recommended.
Dan Canyon's Stolen Moments
Benji B's Deviation
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Nas spitting over Pete Rock. It doesn't actually get any better than this. And Pete is in the video playing the piano and singing!
The Q-Tip remix is pretty amazing. The video is incredible, its like some kind of Queensbridge thug drama with a Nas soundtrack.