“When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.”
This episode is dedicated to the regular guests of the show over the past few years. Sit back and look at some of the greatest moments from 4 of our reoccurring guests on GGN… ufunkybitchu!!!
A$AP Rocky has been in the news lately in his role as actor, fashion kingpin and mourning friend, but he’s once again grabbing headlines in the lane he first occupied: as a rapper. In an interview with GQ, the Harlemite announced the title for his second major label album, At.Long.Last.A$AP. Rocky explained to the magazine how he reverse engineered the title: “Look at it: At.Long.Last.A$AP. A-L-L-A. Like slang for ‘Allah.’ It’s the return of the god MC.” Rocky’s given name is Rakim Mayers; his parents named him after the original God MC, Rakim. In the video above, he also raps a verse from the record.
The album will be c0-executive produced by the late A$AP Yams, Rocky’s longtime friend and mentor. Yams was something of a fixture in the underground music circuit in his native Harlem; while he was still in high school, he interned for Dipset, packaging CDs and absorbing all the knowledge he could. He eventually channeled his taste and ambition into a wildly popular blog, Real Nigga Tumblr, which he used to find new artists and curate rarities from the past, be they forgotten B-sides or scans of old magazine articles. Yams eventually used the platform to break Rocky, who quickly garnered fervent interest from labels. Yams served as executive producer on Rocky’s 2013 debut, Long.Live.A$AP. He passed away this January as a result of an acute drug overdose.
Rocky recently opened up about Yams’ passing and more to the New York Times. He has other creative ventures on his plate, too–the movie in which he stars, Dope, was a hit at Sundance and has secured release and distribution through Sony, among other companies. In an interview with MTV, Rocky admitted that songs from his first album like ”Wild For the Night” and “Fuckin’ Problems” were made “to prove to that people I could have mainstream commercial success,” but that he “hate[s] those fucking songs.” Rocky also told the outlet that he locked himself in a London studio, away from friends and family and without a cell phone, to learn to make beats so he could contribute to the production on this record. He says he hopes this time around to craft songs that represent his life on a day-to-day basis, not just when he’s partying. “Wild For the Night” features Skrillex; “Fuckin’ Problems” was the massive hit that sported guest turns from 2 Chainz, Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
Lido & Canblaster collaborative EP “Superspeed” will be out on the 6th of April on Pelican Fly.
General Woo nastupio je prošli vikend u austrijskoj metropoli, gdje je u sklopu turneje pod nazivom „Pad sistema“ predstavio i svoj istoimeni novi album bečkoj publici. U familijarnoj atmosferi prostorija bečkog udruženja „Brunnenpassage“, Woo je repao svoje stare i nove hitove u pratnji svojeg DJ-a Dirty Hairyja te MC Pendreka (40industry).
Velik medijski interes izazvao je boravak legende hrvatskog hip hopa u austrijskoj metropoli: Tako je General Woo gostovao na nacionalnom radiju FM4, u kultnoj emisiji Tribe Vibes, u kojoj su gostovale gotovo sve svjetske legende hip hopa. Woo je u istoj emisiji progovorio i o situaciji hip hopa u Hrvatskoj i regiji, ali i o političkom stanju u zemlji (emisiju možete preslušati na http://fm4.orf.at/radio/stories/fm4tribevibes). Osim toga, dao je intervju redakciji hrvatske manjine na javnoj televiziji ORF. Isti će biti emitiran idući petak na nacionalnom radiju.
Kao predgrupa Generalu nastupili su Voke iz Beograda (93 FU Kru) te bečki reper Kid Pex, ujedno domaćin ovog događaja. U vremenima kada turbofolk ima prevlast u balkanskim klubovima u dijaspori, ovaj koncert ujedno predstavlja i važan korak ka predstavljanju alternativnih glazbenika iseljeništvu.
Slike provjerite u nastavku posta, a ispod poslušajte Generalov intervju na Tribe Vibes radio-emisiji.
A tribute to Westcoast hip hop legends Above The Law: Cold187um, KMG, Total K-Oss, Go Mack.
Concept and song selection by Jérôme “Tacteel” Echenoz and The Genevan Heathen
Mixed by Jérôme “Tacteel” Echenoz
Artwork by Mattfoley
Rapper Big Pooh’s debut release for Mello Music Group, Words Paint Pictures, is out everywhere today. Produced by Detroit’s Apollo Brown with one exclsuive remix from L’Orange, the new album also features Ras Kass, Marv Won, Lure, Novej, Jalen Santoy, Steve Roxx, and Erik “Blakk Soul” Keith.
The North Carolina MC captures the complex agonies of the human condition—specifically the black experience in America over the last several centuries. These are tales of racial profiling and corrupt politicians, reality TV distractions, thieving preachers and rapacious exploitation—all offset by tremendous strength. They are uniquely American stories, chronicling both the damned and hopeful. From bleak circumstances, a profoundly durable human spirit emerges.
You might have previously known Big Pooh best for his work in Little Brother, but this is the most powerful music he’s ever made. Mining deeply into the personal, he’s created something profound and universal.