Some creative minds have passed through the doors of URB on their way to bigger things over the years. Two of those artsy types are former URB editor Brandon Perkins and intern James ‘The Machine’ Shahan, the latter of whom appears on “Not Goin’ Home” with Apathy and Fat Tony, on a beat produced by Evidence. The song is part of the soundtrack to Please Use Rear Exit, an online novel written by Perkins, inspired by his years of taking the LA bus system to URB HQ day after day. The animated video was created by Perkins as well.
Getting a group of rappers together is never an easy task, but when Evidence failed to arrive at the video shoot for Phonte’s “The Life Of Kings” due to missing his flight, director Kenneth Price came up with the clever solution of shaming the truant MC by interrupting the video to announce the problem before having MomTigallo fill in on the lip-synch. Hilarity ensues.
Let's talk drug of choice. Hip-hop has generally gravitated toward alcohol & marijuana with the occasional foray into hallucinogenics and nose candy (simply reference Raekwon's OB4CL, pretty sure there's a few tracks where Ghost & Rae are snorting in the booth). These days hip-hop's medicine cabinet houses anything from adderall (Danny Brown eats them like TicTacs) to molly to cups of promethazine. Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No) are here to introduce the South American alternative to absinthe, an apparently delightful little cocktail named Ayahausca.
Kamikaze in the house! Prime Element, a denver powerhouse group that inked a deal with Ugly Duckling’s spin off label headed by Dizzy Dustin, will hit the road with Dilated Peoples this week for 4 shows plus shows with Kosha Dillz and People Under The Stairs. To top it all off, you can catch them at the Denver Convention Center at the Skull Candy booth for SIA week. As far as rap goes, these are the guys to watch from Colorado. The good news they are not just confined to their home state. Expect to see them on a USA tour very soon.
We might be nicely settled into 2012, but that doesn’t mean there’s not room for one more Best of 2011 list, especially when that list comes from DJ Premier. Of course, like all vinyl junkies, Preemo doesn’t actually stick to the assigned 25. How many of these Premier-approved records did you check last year?