Artist Jay Shells has created over 30 official-looking street signs featuring rap lyrics that reference New York City street corners, buildings, parks and other locales and installed them at their proper origin points in each borough. His Rap Quotes project features rhymes from Mos Def, GZA, Guru, Pharoahe Monch and many other legendary New York emcees. And Puff Daddy, for some reason.
At this point, it’s safe to say most if not all of his original Rap Quotes signs have been stolen or removed, especially the Lil Fame one calling out crooked cops that Shells planted outside of a Brownsville police station. As Shells continues to roll out new batches of signs, he may eventually have to update Cam’ron’s 145th and Broadway quote to accurately represent an increasingly gentrified West Harlem. “Where them killers at?” More like “where them Bikram yoga yuppies at.”
Last week’s edition of Friday Fresh was postponed because of our Grammy coverage, which should be making its way to your eyes and ears shortly. It’s a good thing too because that gives us a chance to drop some Valentine’s Day heat on ya’ll.
This early edition of Friday Fresh comes to us courtesy of DJ Wonway Posibul. Wonway is one of the ‘Renaissance’ Men of the burgeoning music scene in the SF Bay Area. From being a radio host, producer/musician, and all around cool kid, Wonway really made waves on our radar out here with the release of Tree City Heights last year. The track, which was featured in an earlier URB article, also served as the soundtrack for the play that stood eponymous with its title. Moreover, the …
Thursday, July 5, 2012, will see a crossover between two beloved coastal capitals – the BK and the Bay. The Diane Paragas and Nelson George feature documentary on the Brooklyn scene in the 90′s, Brooklyn Boheme, will enjoy its San Francisco premiere at the history Clay Theater located within the heart of SF’s Fillmore District.
To commemorate the film, which provides ‘an insider’s look at the kids everyone wanted to be like in the 90′s,’ the traveling event SFNY (also celebrating its finale) and the sartorial captains at The Brooklyn Circus, SF have reconnected to …
Bonnaroo 2012 did not follow the DJ craze like most fest this year are doing, having only one stage dedicated to dubstep, house, trance, etc… But they did book a few stellar acts to keep the Bonnaroovians (yes, the word exist) satisfied. Skrillex delivered his set on what looked like an outdated space ship from a ’70s Buck Rogers flick. Me personally, I would have gone Klingon Vessel.
Last week we got pumped on DJ Premier and Nas’ collaboration with a symphony orchestra as part of the new film, Re:Generation, which pairs successful producers with musician’s outside of their usual orbit. Today, it’s Mark Ronson‘s turn, who came together with Erykah Badu, Mos Def and Trombone Shorty to record “A La Modeliste” down in New Orleans. Of course, working with vintage sounds isn’t really a new thing to Ronson, but the song sounds like it was straight lifted off an episode of Treme, which is a good thing.