Skyzoo and Torae are proud of their NYC hip-hop roots and they bring their civic pride to the basketball court in their video for “Memorabilia.” The song is from their Barrel Brothersalbum out now.
FKA twigs’ concept film for Google Glass is a combination of vogueing, street dances and her dual perspective as the director and performer. The video comprises “Video Girl” and “Glass and Patron” with the informed spectacles of Google Glass.
Chrisette Michele shares her vlog about playing a gig in South Africa and lets the fans see some of the behind-the-scenes action before the show. This is the first part of the video and it has built anticipation for the for part two.
This is a clip from Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown, a HBO documentary that will air about Brown on October 27th at 9PMEST. Mick Jagger is the producer of the Alex Gibney-directed film that focuses on Brown’s prime years and unveils never seen before footage and interviews.
Shafiq Husayn, who is also known as one-third of SA-RA Creative Partners has a new EP of cosmic R&B entitled It’s Good For You. The Eglo Records release is available via Bandcamp on can be pre-ordered on iTunes before the US digital release.
Shabazz Palaces has another compelling visual in the TEAN-directed piece for “Motion Sickness” from Lese Majesty. The narrative around the shallow opiate-addicted protagonist and her daughter is provocative without the stereotyped tragic ending usually associated with this kind of story. Catch Shabazz Palaces on their current tour.
Fonda Rae started making dance music in the late ’70’s with Don Armada’s Second Avenue Rhumba Band when she sang on the “Deputy Of Love” single. Rae then worked with a variety of dance acts including Kid Creole and The Coconuts, Wish and Fantasy as the lead voice on the songs, “Maladie D’Amour,” “Touch Me” and “You’re Too Late.” A Leroy Burgess demo made with studio engineer Bob Blank became “Over Like A Fat Rat” once Rae’s vocals were added to the mix. The song quickly emerged as a timeless boogie classic that thrived in the clubs and house parties. Eric B. & Rakim, De La Soul, Kool G Rap and Polo, SWV, Grand Puba and Master P have all sampled “Over Like A Fat Rat” giving the song another legacy among Generation X. Fonda Rae still performs and is currently working with The Soul Garden production team on a new album.
Alexander Dunn is the first-time director of “808” the new film about Roland’s TR-808 drum machine. The studio tool was legendary in the way it was used by so many pop culture luminaries in the dance music and hip-hop worlds. Dunn interviews countless individuals including Afrika Bambaataa and Rick Rubin about the usage of the machine and how the sound of the times until it was discontinued. There is no exact release date but it will come out sometime in 2015.