*DEAD* @ what he said about Kix cereal.
Watch this immediately. There’s really nothing else that needs to be said. RIP Dilla.
Interesting story from Million $ Mano about how his work ended up forming the backbone for Kanye’s “Lost In The World.” Apparently he wasn’t credited on initial copies of the album but he’ll get his due in newer pressings. Either way, it’s always cool to hear stories about how Kanye is down to work with lesser known, but always dope, artists and keep the cycle going. It’s rather refreshing to see cats just excited about making dope music…
That said, producers: make sure you get your publishing in order. Otherwise, when they ask “who will survive in America?” It won’t be you.
Full interview over at Ruby Hornet.
5 mic personal classic mixtape, no question about it. I’m a firm believer that if a particular album provides the soundtrack for your life at a certain important point, you’ll always hold it in a special regard. And a refresher for the song in question, if you need it:
My guy Mack is blowing up! It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy and I’m really glad to see Ryan get the exposure as well. These two gentlemen have been some of the nicer folks I’ve befriended in our scene out here and they’re both ridiculously talented. It’s awesome to watch the world take notice.
It’s so dope to see the homey Shad blowing up all over the world these days. Right after Yeezy, SK is my second favorite artist out these days, and above all, him and his team are just good, cool folks. Peep the video above to see clips from his recent performance in Cologne plus some interesting interview excerpts.
I’ve been watching Hov make the rounds to damn near every media outlet in NYC over the past week, but I wasn’t really sold that I wanted to check out Decoded until this interview at the New York Public Library. It’s almost 2 hours, so it’s certainly long, but if you can watch it, I highly recommend it. There’s really good, insightful commentary from Jay, Cornel West, and Paul Holdengraber throughout.
Shout to Shad’s manager, G, who sent it over and summed it up nicely:
There is a video link below. It’s not short. But it’s great.
It reminded me about how important the work that we do is. We are quite literally changing the future.
For the remaining history of this world, people who love really good food, will undoubtedly stumble upon the creative output of our friends. I think that’s f*cking incredible, and I often forget…to remember it.
It was great to revisit Jay-Z as an artist…and it was great to see Cornel West attempt to evoke just a bit more enlightenment in a person who he clearly has a ton of respect for already.
This video also made me realize how important it is to have a Cornel West Uncle at the dinner table.
Anyways, here she is. Dig in someday.
Now…who’s gonna cop Decoded for me for Christmas?
Just like C-Sick last year, the winner of the last Red Bull Big Tune beat battle got to choose a legendary MC to get in the studio with and Frank Dukes chose Ghostface. I heard some hilarious stories about this trip to L.A. from behind the scenes, but peep the beginning of part 2 for a brief example. Ghost is crazy.
Yessir! It’s been a long time coming, but Shad and crew are bringing one of the best albums of the year, TSOL, to the US for an official release on Decon Media on October 5th. Here’s a little video they shot to introduce SK to the US, but I mean, if you’re on TAOD, you’ve been up on him…right?
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