Reflection Eternal – Long Hot Summer (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on October 23rd, 2010 by Hyphen

I’m a little mad that they dropped this video in October, but I suppose when you’re filming in SoCal, it’s always a long hot summer.  I love the way Hi-Tek worked in one of his classic “vocal sample that isn’t really a vocal sample” effect.  If you want to hear more about how this record, and every song on Revolutions Per Minute, was created, check out our in-depth interview with Talib & Tek right here.

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Idle Warship – Party Robot (mixtape)

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on October 30th, 2009 by Edwin

Mixed by Mick Boogie, this project has been one people have been waiting on for a while now. Track listing and download link are below.

Idle Warship – Party Robot (mixtape)

Editor’s note: The Graph Nobel “Fyah” song is so aptly titled… – Hyph

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Reflection Eternal f/Res – Back Again (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on June 24th, 2009 by Hyphen

Since my day job works with music videos, I often get a sneak peak at clips before they get released.  We got this one in last week and since I’ve always loved the track (the beat is banoodles), I was hoping the visuals would live up to it.  Thankfully, Todd Angkasuwan, one of the illest up and coming directors in the game, did the song justice and killed it with the one take approach.

Shout to Talib, Corey, Tunji, S.A.S., and the whole Blacksmith fam.  Cop “Back Again” on iTunes right here.

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Strong Arm Steady ft. Chace Infinite, Planet Asia, & Affion Crockett – Black History (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on February 10th, 2009 by Hyphen

In honor of Black History Month, the Blacksmith family has recorded this dope song and video where Phil Da Agony, Chace Infinite, Planet Asia, and Affion Crockett spit about their family heritage.  I’m not a huge fan of the beat, but the verses give you a little biography of each dude’s family tree, which is something dope that you rarely hear from MC’s.

Shout to Tunji for sending this one through as well.  Hit up the YOTB for more…

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Idle Warship Takes Over Your Party!

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Music Videos, Videos on December 18th, 2008 by Hyphen

The downside of being able to work from home due to the Seattle snow is that I’ve been firmly planted at the computer for the last 12 hours.  So when the homies are about their business and provide perfect descriptions for stuff to post, it makes one happy Hyphen.  Take it away fellas:

Follow a night in the life of new supergroup Idle Warship (Talib Kweli + Res + Graph Nobel) as they travel through NYC, hit the studio to record, DJ a set at a club, perform, and generally talk sh*t. You can also preview new songs from the group’s forthcoming mixtape and album. Shot/Edited by Court Dunn for Restless Films. Second camera Andrew Baxter.

Shout to young Tunj for sending this through and peace to the entire Blacksmith fam.  As a bonus, Tunj included the song featured heavily in this clip:

Idle Warship – “Steady”

Now all that said, minus 10K points for making me hear “Pop Champagne” at the end of the clip.  Blech.

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Idle Warship – Black Snake Moan (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on November 26th, 2008 by Hyphen

If you’ve been sleeping on Idle Warship, it’s a new group consisting of Talib Kweli, Res, and Graph Nobel.  They’ve put out a few tracks already, but here’s a video for their newest joint, “Black Snake Moan.”  Peep their web clip for “Fall Back” from the primary season and then catch up with Talib through my recent interview with him if you missed it.

Shout to Tunji and the whole Blacksmith crew!

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Talib Kweli on Sound Session (Appearance #4)

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on November 20th, 2008 by Hyphen

(watch it in HD on HyphenTV right here)

A few weeks ago, the big homies Talib Kweli and Corey Smyth stopped by KUBE to make their 4th appearance on Sound Session.  It’s always great to meet and interview people for the first time, but it’s even better once you get to know them and your ‘interviews’ just turn in to catching up with old friends.  It probably could have been under better circumstances though, cause right before we got up, this happened.  It shows you how cool Talib is that despite just finding out about the theft, he still took time for us before trying to find the laptop.  Booooooooo @ that “fan” who took Kwa’s MacBook.  Shame on you.

Anyway, if you missed any of the previous discussions, you can check ’em out on our podcast page right here.

This time around, we talked all about his current projects, including updates on the next Reflection Eternal album with Hi-Tek, his Idle Warship group with Res & Graph Nobel, and all things Blacksmith. We also discussed what it’s like to operate his own label, how new media has affected his career, a little politics, and more.  Be sure to watch it in high-def on the HyphenTV Vimeo page, or if you only want the audio, grab it below:

Talib Kweli on Sound Session
(back up / streaming link – )

Blacksmith is the movement.

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A Day in the Life of Jean Grae (video)

Posted in Artists, Videos on July 7th, 2008 by Hyphen

As I’ve said before on this site, virtually anything involving Transformers will be posted…especially when it also involves two of my favorite MC’s, Jean Grae and Talib Kweli.  Shout to Corey Smyth and the whole Blacksmith family.  Cop Jean’s long awaited album with 9th Wonder, Jeanius, today!

Bonus: Talib’s last appearance on Sound Session (his 3rd overall) from Aug. ’07 –

Swiped from OKP.

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