Monthly Archives: December 2012
Various guest appearances as well dropping the highly anticipated Reloaded has been a great 2012 for Roc Marciano. He closes out the year with a new track . Let us know what you think.
Fabolous teams up with Pusha and tours through Miami for the latest visual from the S.O.U.L. Tape 2.
Sha drops the 12th offering from his #TheRentTape series. This tape features appearances from Torae, Rapper Big Pooh, Planet Asia and more. Keep reading for the tracklist and download link. Read the rest of this entry
Quentin Tarantino writes and directs an exploitation comedy Django Unchained that takes place a couple of years before the Civil War. Django (Jamie Foxx) is sought after by former German dentist turned bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), who buys his freedom. The duo then ride horses throughout the snowy, Deep South. Django’s in search of his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) and Schultz needs help to capture the Brittle Brothers, who are wanted “Dead or Alive.” Read the rest of this entry
Meek Mill responds to Cassidy in the latest back and forth between the two Philly rapper’s. You feeling this?
BEFORE: Cassidy – “Me, Myself & iPhone”
Roc Nation’s Jahlil Beats releases his latest instrumental tape from the Crack Music series. Keep reading for the download link. Rapper’s, start rapping! Read the rest of this entry
Rap music continues to surpass what were once limits in pop culture. Although the artists who perform the music have increased their mainstream exposure the fact remains that the art form began as underground medium. Jazz has lent the art of improvisation, swing notes and other style gems to Hip Hop and continues to evolve with advanced concepts and a young generation of musicians. Brian “Raydar” Ellis has produced records for Grammy Award winning jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding and performed with the likes of Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Black Moon. He teaches Hip-Hop Ensemble and Turntable Technique at Berklee College of Music. He’s also the creative director at The Revivalist and Revive Da Live. We spoke to him about his ideas on creative expression and his involvement in these two thriving musical languages.
Words by Will Loiseau
Will: How did you become introduced to Jazz? Is there a particular instrument or song that stands out as the one that first captured your attention?
Brian: My parents had a large collection of vinyl. One day when I was a little kid rolling my G.I. Joe figures across the top of the records I said “I wonder what this needle does and what music sounds like.” I started messing around with the stereo and figuring how things were plugged in. After school I started hanging around the crib messing with electronics. When I finally ran into Hip Hop it was on the T.V. with Yo! MTV Raps. I started listening and watching the videos and noticed that they sounded a lot like what my dad had. Oh! It’s a sample. Read the rest of this entry
Troy Ave releases his latest street tape with features from Pusha T, Mac Miller, N.O.R.E. and more. Keep reading for the tracklist and download link. Read the rest of this entry