As if he wasn’t busy enough building his Fool’s Gold Label, making beats for Kid Sister and Amanda Blank and backing Kanye on tour, A-Trak’s found time to prep what he’s calling his debut album and help Jay-Z put together his next show.
In a blog on his MySpace, the Canadian DJ is letting loose with the news that his debut album will be his contribution to the Nike Original Run Series. His 45-minute contribution will follow in the footsteps of LCD Soundsystem and Aesop Rock. As for him and Jigga, well A-Trak turned down an offer to back him on tour, but couldn’t pass up the chance to help out as a musical director.
He really explains it all best himself:
OK so the 2 sentences in the title aren’t exactly related but they’re both pretty exciting. …
Perhaps Dizzee Rascal‘s descision to release last year’s career climax of an album, Maths + English, only as a digital revolution was a tad premature. The lack of a hard copy failed to legitimize it to many, even as its merits further propelled Rascal. Either way, more people will hopefully hear it, as Definitive Jux has agreed to release the record, both as CD and again with the digital business, according to Pitchfork.With the re-release comes two new studio recordings and a remix from El-P.
In another Definitive Jux story, Aesop Rock will be performing a free show in New York, according to a MySpace secret show bulletin we just received. Details are listed as plain text below….and below that? Aesop’s rad musical flick for “Coffee” from his last album, None Shall Pass.
Sean Daley, aka Atmosphere’s MC, aka Slug, has made a career of exposing himself. Not in a trenchcoat in front of the grammar school kinda way, but on the mic. Fittingly enough for URB’s issue full of firsts, Slug might’ve been the first rapper to make an album about a girl. And even more vulnerably, the heartbreak she caused. Those were the Lucy Ford EPs, and while Lucy may or may not be the source of the sore in the story that follows, one thing is for sure, it could only be Sean.
My First URB Cover/Phone Masturbation for a Stranger by Slug I was in NY for press, and on the tail end of a tour. I had just recently received news that my woman friend was leaving me and moving out of …
Aesop Rock has made his new track “Tomorrow Morning” available for a free download. A quicktime slideshow of artwork by celebrated Bay Area artist Jeremy Fish, lyrics and an instrumental version of the track are also included with the download.
It’s early in the lengthy tour, but the show was already in top shape for Aesop Rock when he landed in Chicago Thursday night. The crowd was definitely glad to see him and knew what they were in for as they rapped along to the choruses of every cut throughout the crisp set that leaned heavily on his recently released None Shall Pass.
The crowd had their hands bobbing in the air from the moment Aes stepped on stage accompanied by Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. He didn’t make them wait with much chatter, simply dropping into rhymes and running through songs until Big Wiz provided the transition to the next one. Aes dropped his rhymes with clarity and authority, hitting the high points of the new disc, especially on the title track.