Recently Nardwuar The Human Serviette took on the Wu-Tang Clan for an interview, including RZA (who, as expected, does most of the talking), Ghostface, and Raekwon (who recently reconciled with the group). To account for the large number of interviewees, it’s an extra-long video, filled with plenty of talk about obscure kung fu movies, the classic musical comedian Blowfly, and an obscure R&B recording by GZA. And it’s a nice to see Raekwon go from hiding his face in the back to actually engaging — even if he’s mainly chiming in to ask Nardwuar about where he buys his clothes.
Legendary Bronx-bred hip hop duo Camp Lo is back with “Cold Retarded”, produced by longtime collaborator Ski Beatz. Although he’s worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Mos Def, Curren$y, Mac Miller, Freddie Gibbs, and many more, Ski has always shared a special creative connection with Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede. Look out for the new Camp Lo album coming soon on Nature Sounds, entirely produced by Ski.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley interview the Chocolate Boy Wonder who speaks on his early hip-hop experiences, his cousin Heavy D (R.I.P.), and meeting Roy Ayers and James Brown (R.I.P.).
Rising South Florida hip-hop duo Epidemic present the music video from The Soulution EP, a collaborative project with Dutch beatmaker Tantu.
At this year’s Philly Jam, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jeremy Ellis and The Roots went back and forth to see who can rock the crowd the most using the Super Mario Bros. theme song, Nintendo Life reports. This DJ battle started as Philadelphia native Jazzy Jeff started a beat-juggling routine on his turntables with Questlove adding in his own drum snares and kicks. Will Smith’s longtime buddy and music partner scratched back and forth and made great use of his turntables and crossfader.
This live, turntable remix completely changed when Jeremy Ellis joined the fray with nothing but his Native Instrument Maschine. Ellis used samples of the original 8-bit game to make his own beats in a completely different way than Jazzy Jeff did. In proper Nintendo fashion, Ellis button-pressed his way into providing his own take on the Super Mario Bros. theme song, much to the delight of the crowd. The result is a monumental tribute to Super Mario done by both the old school and modern ways of hip hop beat production.