I just got turned on to Chiddy Bang last night by a good friend and I was instantly impressed. I’d describe them, but they seem to be the best at describing themselves: “Chiddy Bang is a four piece hip-hop/electronica outlet from Philadelphia. Currently attending their first year of college, they posses a musical maturity that is far superior to the teen-pop cliche. Chiddy Bang blends hard hitting lyricism from front man Chidera “Proto” Anamege, original electronica afro-beat and jazz influenced production from keyboardist Noah Beresin and drummer Zach Sewall, and additional production and vocals from guitarist Pat Braz.”
The song below “Opposite of Adults” samples a loop from the song “Kids” by MGMT, another great group. The crazy thing about these guys is that they are only freshmen in college. It is going to be interesting to see how they progress with musical training and as time goes on I’m sure they will evolve more as a group.
The official artist list has been released for 2010 Bonnaroo, which will be held on June 10–13 in Manchester Tennessee. In my opinion this has been the best group of artist to grace the event and it looks to be on hell of a show. A limited number of general admission tickets for the 2010 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will be available for purchase starting at $234.50 plus applicable fees. After these tickets are sold out, tickets will continue to be sold for $249.50 while supplies last. You get all your ticket info here. So who’s going to be there? Here is the complete list starting with the headliners, and you know there is going to be some added acts leading up to the event.
Kings of Leon
This edition of 4 Jams You Should DL has a bit of punk/metal/garage rock theme but it’s not about that. It’s about thrashing, but these aren’t thrasher metal jams either. If you already have these songs, they need to go on a playlist together. A playlist you only listen to when you want to go fast and touch on being completely wreckless. Each song is up tempo, loud and sure to get you going. Great jams for shredding the slopes but try not to hit the 4 year old learning to ski when your doing Mach 3 through the bunny slope.
Eagles of Death Metal – I Only Want You
Misfits – Astro Zombies
Over the past 10 years an undeniable bond has emerged between hip hop and freestyle snowboarding and skiing. From dominating the soundtracks on shred flicks to the park rat saggin his draws so low you wonder how he actually rides, hip hop is everywhere is snowboarding. No where is the bond more visible than on the Jersey shred scene. This past weekend our boys at BrakeFast Records told us they were heading up to Mountain Creek, NJ for 3rdRailJam.com, an event that could really harness the connection. A rail contest,graffiti,freestyle battle, b-boys and girls breaking moves and an after party headlined by The Ruler himself , Slick Rick. We had to go.
We showed up just in time to catch the finals of the Rail Jam and watch A-Class from Brakefast Records take the battle and win the right to open up for Slick Rick at the after party. The energy at the after party was contagious, the DJ kept it old school and as the next song would spin the crowd would let out a collective “ooooohhhhhhhhhh” and hands would fly as a favorite hip hop track from their pasts kept them fired up. Circles opened up into break battles. There was an unexpected but awsome appreciation for the history of hip hop in the room. A-class’s stand offish style brought a good contrast to the crowd and soon heads were standing militant, bobbing their heads, with hands in the air, the collective defiance that is hip hop. As we waited for The Ruler I think we were all asking ourselves if he still had it or was he just some over the hill icon showing up for a paycheck.
On December 7th, 2009 at 1:30pm GMT Starbucks invited musicians from all over the world to sing together at the same time to raise awareness for AIDS in Africa. In that one breathtaking moment, musicians from 156 countries played “All You Need is Love” together. Watch now, as musicians from all around the world come together and share a song.
The global sing-along is part of their continuing efforts to help fight AIDS in Africa. In just one year in partnership with (RED)™, Starbucks has generated money equivalent to more than 7 million days of medicine to help those living with HIV in Africa. You can make a donation or just check the website out here.
Jay-Z’s new video, On To The Next One premiered just after mid night on New Years Eve. We would have shared this earlier, if we remembered anything from that night. This video is totally bad ass, and its so good to see Hove with his confidence and swagger at full speed. Enjoy.
I’ve been a fan of the Black Keys for a while now. If you’re not familiar with them, they are a young duo from Ohio with a raw blues/rock sound. I suggest picking up their album “Rubber Factory” off Epitaph Records. The Black Keys recently toe-dipped into hip-hop by having Danger Mouse produce their last album “Attack and Release” (Nonesuch Records). Their simplistic song structure, minimalist approach, and round soulful sound, creates a blank wall for MC’s to tag all over.
Blakroc which dropped on Black Friday, 11/28/09, marks the duo’s seventh studio release. Damon Dash of Roc-a-Fella Records produced it with the Black Keys. This album hosts an ensemble of random MCs that defy the typical cliché, run-of-the-mill rock/rap tracks that you might have heard in the past. More notable MCs include Mos Def, Q-tip, Ludacris, RZA, and Pharoahe Monch, whom add credibility to any hip-hop album
The wait is finally over for arguably the best two rappers in the game to come together on a track. There was the “Forever Remix” a few months ago that featured both artists on the same song, but it was clearly not a collaboration, but instead, just each rapper submitting their verse to a producer via email to peice together. The latest song to be leaked off Lil Wayne’s ongoing delayed album “The Rebirth” is called “Drop The World”. The Rebirth is Wayne’s rap/rock project that has been slated for release months ago but keeps getting pushed back due to inadequate buzz. “Drop the World” is the third song in as many weeks to supposedly leak off of Rebirth, an album that has seen so many singles and leaks drop on and off its ever-changing track list that it’s unclear what the state of the album is at this point. Eminem’s contribution stands out as the clear highlight of “Drop the World,” as he brings a furious verse that we can only hope is emblematic of the work Em might pack onto Relapse 2 in 2010.
Note: Eminem is releasing a new cd next week called “Relapse: Refill”. The cd is getting publicized as an actual studio album, but it is more like a mixtape. The songs are left over songs from his first album “The Relapse” and also includes the “Forever Remix” you’ve heard a million times. The 7 unreleased songs are being packaged with the original Relapse cd. Eminem has said he has going in a totally different direction with his new album “Relapse 2″ due out later in 2010.
Like it says in our ‘Whos ZootPatrol’ section, we are dedicated to keeping you in the know on everything from movies, music, fashion, art, and news, so its only natural that Im going to share some new music thats been created by a good friend and true pioneer in the hip hop world. From the depths of the Maryland underground, Brake Fast Records is proud to present “Cases” – an album filled with witty lyrics, shifting stream of consciousness raps and intriguing storytelling, all backed by a dark, enthralling soundscape. With top notch production from beat extraordinaires Tom Delay, Mark Henry (Raheem Devaughn, Freeway) and Nick Tha 1da (Emilio Rojas, Ken Starr), to put it simply…the album knocks! Ive been a fan of hip hop for most of my life, and I can tell you first hand, theres nothing like bumping an album, bobbin your head, and knowing that one of your good friends created it.