It’s the magical time of year again you guys. Not just Black History Month, or time of the annual grammies, NBA all star game in LA, it’s Dilla’s birthday. In honor of what is undoubtedly the best hip hop producer of all time, here’s “J.Dilla : Still Shining” the documentary for the fans that know him best told by the people who love him.
“Dapper” is not the first – or thousandth – word I would have used to describe UK artist Plan B when I first saw him in 2007. At the time, the hoodied, sneaker-wearing grime rapper was touring off his debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words. The album wasn’t a bellwether for the movement – the rapper was clearly wiser and more musically inclined than some of his Playstation-producing peers – but its harsh, dissonant sounds and aggressive flow did incorporate it into the genre.
So now here we Tuesday night at Bowery Ballroom, three years and one massive stylistic change later. The only sneakers and hoodies found are in the audience, while Plan B (né Ben Drew) and his live group – with maturation comes a shedding of his past DJ setup – sartorially one-up the crowd with crisp black suits straight out of the Daptone closet.
Put the two biggest acts of the year (can’t deny it), throw ‘em on a stage and sell tickets to benefit LIFEBEAT’s efforts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and you have a guaranteed sell-out and jaw-dropping awesome show. The show is this Saturday, Sep 12th in NYC with DJ Clinton Sparks holding it down.
Um, can we get them to work on a track togehter? That would be a.m.a.z.i.n.g.
“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” seems to be the operative adage in Green Label Sound’s philosophy. In this modern age of file sharing and ADD-style consumption of music thanks to the almighty blogosphere, we live in a culture dominated and dictated by “the single” (this really goes without saying). As record companies and album sales feel the heat, Green Label got with the program; backed by Mountain Dew (yes, Mountain Dew), GLS showcases independent artists through releasing exclusive tracks for a free download. After the success of working with dance duo Matt and Kim and The Cool Kids, Flosstradamus got the fateful tap on the shoulder to release an original collaboration track, a first for both the label and the Chicago DJ duo.