This is impressive and for some of our readers, it shows our age (not my age, just the fact that I passed Hip-Hop 101). Anyway, the first platinum, Latino, rap artist ever was a man named Mellow Man Ace – you might know him from the song, “Mentirosa.” These days, he is still performing and making music but he is not doing it alone, he is with his son, Cazal Organism. The duo, who call themselves, the Zzyzzx, just released their a single, “10 x Infinite / the Glitch,” on iTunes and it will also be featured on Wilshire District’s upcoming Miracle Mile mixtape . The song itself is legacy itself: a mellow, downbeat, track filtered for repeats and plays – check out the stream below and buy the track here.
Kosha Dillz gives a recap on how to grind at west coast rock the bells, rocking 3 stages in one day in LA and also hitting the grind time now stage in san francisco with Mad Illz. Highlights include being introduced by the Rza as the “first jewish rapper in the guiness book of world records to play all three stages” and hitting the main stage before Blackstar!
Rock the Bells continues tomorrow at Governor’s island in NY and then heads to Boston on September 10th to finish the 20,000 plus attendee hip hop manifesto that features Nas, Mobb Deep, SlaughterHouse, Childish Gambino, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Mac Miller, Gza, Raekwon, Cypress Hill and tons of other acts. The festival is not to be missed!
With triumphs by Nas and Erykah Badu, let downs from Black Star and Lauryn Hill, and missing pieces with Wu-Tang Clan, Rock the Bells 2011 was as exciting, confusing and controversial as the hip-hop generation that it celebrates.
Rock The Bells this year has announced that they will be will be kicking off in Los Angeles, CA (August 20, 2011); making it’s way to San Francisco, CA; New York City, NY and wrapping up in Boston, MA. I’m personally super excited because Lauryn Hill will be performing- in its entirety, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. Other headliners include Nas, Erykah Badu and Cypress Hill. According to the press release: “Full album sets can also be expected from: Cypress Hill performing their 1993 multi-platinum album Black Sunday, featuring modern rock radio mainstay “Insane In The Membrane”; Mos Def &Talib Kweli Are Black Star performing their 1998 self-titled debut album; Raekwon & Ghostface teaming up for critically acclaimed, platinum selling Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and more.” Sooo, exciting? Umm, yes — very much so. Check out full lineup after the jump… …MORE
Our Lady of Bass, Mary Anne Hobbs, returns with another entry to add to her already impeccable Road Warrior tour diary. Passing through the lovely NOLA as well as Miami and of course, playing out at the iconic Low End Theory night in Lincoln Heights…on 4/20. Check out all the details after the jump.