If you follow me on Twitter (and if you don’t, you should…#humblebrag), you know that I was down at SXSW last week in lovely Austin, Texas. The first night that I arrived, the staff at MTV hooked up a pass for the MTVu Woodie Awards and I got my first experience on a red carpet. Aside from just enjoying the overall environment, I was able to chop it up with everyone who walked by. I grabbed a couple quick videos for y’all with Wiz, Yelawolf, Skylar Grey, and Lil B. Enjoy.
I could write an essay on Kanye’s Runaway film, and the ensuing debates it sparked, but what’s the point? There will be a million analytical pieces by Monday, and none of them will be any more “right” than the others. It’s art…and I’m really not looking forward to hearing other people tell me how to consume it.
Personally, I’m satisfied with an interesting concept, some beautiful shots & colors, and some really dope music. The intro scene with “Dark Fantasy” and the “Devil In A New Dress” segment were flawless, though part of me wishes this was the first time I ever heard any of these songs. That’s always been one of my least favorite aspects of the internet age and I may have to revert back to avoiding music from my favorite artists until it’s officially presented. Even with all the live performances, interviews, and song/artwork leaks spoiling much of Runaway, I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Regardless of how you felt about it, you have to agree: no mainstream MC puts more effort and care into his music than Kanye. Sure, it can come off pretentious at times (ok, much of the time), but he’s really trying to express something in his art and take it to new places. He doesn’t always hit the mark, but musically, he’s never disappointed me.
A toast to Yeezy.
Another insanely busy weekend around the Northwest, and pretty much all over, with the first official week of the NFL season taking the country by storm. Between the NFL, NCAA football, the FIBA championship, the US Open, EPL, the WNBA Finals (hey, gotta rep the home team…plus I’ve had a crush on Sue Bird since about 2002), and the MTV VMA’s, not only do we have a lot of acronyms, but Saturday & Sunday were jam packed with entertainment. Rather than rehash it here, you really should be following my Twitter…and of course, J. Moore’s as well.
On the heels of our web chat footage of J. Cole from last week, if you missed his live performance at Bumbershoot, I shot some footage you can check out right here. When “Grown Simba” drops at 8:47, it’s really too ill, and this performance shows why Cole is gonna be a star in the near future. It’s well deserved too.
Show #276 (9-12-10)
- Joell Ortiz – “Battle Cry”
- J. Cole – “Villematic”
- John Legend & The Roots – “Hard Times”
- Big Boi ft. Andre 3000 & Sleepy Brown – “Lookin’ 4 Ya (Full Mix)”
- Black Milk ft. Mr. Porter – “Closed Chapter”
- **INTERVIEW WITH LANGUAGE ARTS, PT. 1**
- Language Arts – “Fast Life” (Local Music)
- **INTERVIEW WITH LANGUAGE ARTS, PT. 2**
- Wiz Khalifa ft. Fashawn – “In The Cut (Remix)”
- Andy Allo ft. Blu – “Dreamland”
- Pollyn ft. Freddie Gibbs – “Falling Out of Place (Remix)”
- Aleon Craft – “Early Moan”
- Kno ft. Thee Tom Hardy & Tunji – “Rhythm Of The Rain”
- Kanye West ft. Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, & Charlie Wilson – “G.O.O.D. Friday”
- Grynch – “My Volvo (Sabzi’s Bolbo Riddim Remix)” (Local Music)
- Dres of Black Sheep – “For The Record”
- Maxwell – “This Woman’s Work” (Throwback of the Week)
- Lace Cadence – “Moonlight” (Local Music)
- Bilal – “Think It Over”
- Aloe Blacc – “Mama Hold My Hand”
Link to download the mp3 of the show – http://www.mediafire.com/?frnjg15cxyj539a
(back up / streaming link – http://www.zshare.net/audio/80382355fdc0bc38/)
(2nd back up – http://usershare.net/zri3p6vkyaht)
If there are any problems with the links or if you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.
Web 2.0 is all about social media and appropriation, right? So as long as I credit Chris Ryan at MTV, I can steal use his write up, right? Works for me:
We’re not only devotees to Mayer Hawthorne’s impeccable neo-retro soul stylings but also his panache when it comes to making music videos, especially the melancholy beauty of his recent clip “I Wish It Would Rain.” So we’re pretty excited (in a melancholy way) to bring you his new video for “One Track Mind,” taken from his delightful A Strange Arrangement album.
“One Track Mind” mixes the innocence and wit of early ’60s rom-coms with the concept of the ’80s classic (using the term “classic” loosely) “Mannequin.” Over a note-perfect Motown arrangement, Hawthorne and his almost-perfect woman (save the whole being-plastic-thing) have a tea party in a garden, go on a boat ride, share an ice cream … pretty much the perfect day. Like most love stories, this one has a bump in the road. But you’ll have to watch to see how it plays out.
Watch Mayer Hawthorne’s “One Track Mind” video below. A Strange Arrangement is out now.
You really could have made about 10 different soundboards with all the glorious quotes from Jersey Shore. I’m just glad they had my favorite quote, where the Situation explained that he’s in the gym for an hour and a half…workin’ on his fitness.
I already know what you’re thinking: did Hyphen really just post a LMFAO video on TAOD?
Yeah, I did…here’s why:
- I’m currently infatuated with Jonna from the Real World Cancun (strangely, this obsession started after the threesome episode that aired last week…hmmmm) and she’s looking great in this clip. KW did point out that she clearly didn’t get the “video girls don’t have to kiss the artist” memo though.
- Chelsea from the Paradiso Girls isn’t that bad either (she’s killing the Kelly Kapowski look here…I approve).
- The theme is a nod to the late John Hughes.
- Keytar dude, keytar.
- And, to be honest, I kinda like this song. Sue me. That hook is a smash.
Maybe I’m watching too many of these Euro dance videos that come across my desk at the day job, I dunno.
Quick! Somebody make a generic, wannabe Premo beat that reminds me of the Rawkus days so I can tighten my Jansport.
Yo…my people are DOIN’ IT y’all!
It’s so great to see two of my favorite people in the industry, Thurz & Y-O, really start to take off and make some major moves. This track was produced by Ro Blvd (who gets a quick cameo in the clip as well), but it’s not from their Love Supreme project. Instead, it was a special song and video commissioned by Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound, closely affiliated with the FADER Label and my folks at Cornerstone. Just like our collaboration with GLS, the project turned out great and this clip is yet another stellar music video in U-N-I’s library. Do your thing fellas…
Sidenote, be on the lookout for the official Love Supreme documentary coming soon from DRG Films. You just might recognize one of your favorite DJ’s as the narrator…nomorganfreemano.
These promos are running 1,100 times through October 4th on MTV. That’s a great look for Murs and his upcoming album, Murs For President. Plus, they’re funny and on point.
U-N-I performing “Beautiful Day” with Me-N-Them for MTV…where did that 3rd verse come from?
So if you haven’t heard, MTV is holding a contest for the best breakout artist from Los Angeles, and the homies Thurz & Y-O from U-N-I are in the final three! The winner gets to perform at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7th (which will be hosted by the hilarious Russell Brand, chyea).
Here’s where you come in: we need everyone to head over to http://la.mtv2.com/ and vote as many times as you can for U-N-I. The underground hip-hop community managed to help Substantial win the last MTV contest like this, so we need to do it again. If you’re really bored, pretend typing in the captchas is keyboard practice. Eh? Ehhhh? Ok, fine. Do it for good music instead.
What are you waiting for? Go. GO!