Kamau Baaqi is not your typical 19-year old. Relocating from Detroit to Abu Dhabi at an early age, the young man known as Darling Farah has ushered in a sound that’s disallowed in the United Arab Emirates, therefore all the music he makes goes somewhere else; something called the Internet. Enter 2011, where Darling Farah has released the sensually emotive Exxy EP on the fantastic Civil Music label. The release is a wave of lush techno and house grooves that make you eye that special someone across the club, locking eyes and letting nature take its course. Needless to say, that’s the type of music that everyone can all enjoy. With more releases in the pipeline as well as an upcoming relocation to London (where his sound will be more than welcomed), Darling Farah has all the right gears going for him. He gave URB an exclusive mix of solely his own productions for our Burnin’ Up series, and we’re more than excited we can share it with the world. London is calling, Kamau (as well as the rest of the world). Tracklist and download link after the jump.
For all of his myriad of projects, Jack White‘s sound has never veered far away from his guitar-centric blues rock roots. So you’d be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at the news that White’s Third Man Records is releasing it’s first hip-hop single by Detroit MC Black Milk, and might even be shocked to hear that White co-produced the songs while adding guitar to the A-side “Brain” and drums on the B-side “Royal Mega.”
Both tunes were recorded live at Third Man headquarters in Nashville, and feature a seriously funky horn and percussion backing that sounds like something White would get into after all. You can check out “Brain” here, and hear “Royal Mega” on Black Milk’s website.
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Last winter, newly minted buddies Kid Cudi and Shia LeBeouf headed out to Detroit with Rhymesayers rapper Cage to run around in the cold and film an ultra-violent short film, just for the hell of it, with Shia directing the two MC/actors. Here’s a sneak peak at the result, a :30 preview for Maniac. We won’t tell you too much about the flick, only to tell you it’s not what you’re used to seeing from these various artists. But I guess a couple weeks in The D in December might make anyone a little “dark.” You’ll have to wait until October to find out more.
Detroit doesn’t have a reputation for bein the most hospitable cities in America. Just ask Charlie Sheen. So we can’t say we’re completely shocked that Odd Future, a group with a reputation for riling shit up, would meet their match in the D, after several bottles came their way during a show at the Majestic Theater (which we know from experience is not really very majestic.)
According to The Detroit News, the first bottle was tossed early in the performance. Tyler the Creator and Hodgy Beats told the crowd to cool off, and they did just that for the first hour, until another bottle made its way onstage, grazing the cheek of Domo Genesis. At that point, the group threaten to end the show if another bottle was thrown. Cue, another bottle thrown, …