Tony Silver, the director of the groundbreaking hip-hop documentary Style Wars
passed last night. He was a family friend of mine, and had been sick for several years with a irreversible brain condition. Style Wars is considered by some to be the best hip-hop film ever made, and by everyone to be the first. It was shot at the very start of the 1980s, when graffiti was still hip-hop's dominant form, and the idea of graffiti as art was brand new. I recommend checking out the deluxe DVD edition of the film Tony put together a few years ago after many years where it was only available as an expensive educational-only VHS, but you can also check out the 1hr 10m version on Google Video.
posted by YoungAmerican
on Feb 2, 2008 -
Suddenly, a man in a vintage hat rides up, hip-hop blaring from a glowing Plexiglas container shaped like a tropical fish set above the back wheel of his bicycle, control lights flashing. Fossil Fool, a rolling rapper from San Francisco who rides the college circuit preaching the benefits of peddling, grabs his microphone, cranks up the volume and starts to rap.
Paul Freedman, aka Fossil Fool
, is one of the founders of Rock the Bike
, which makes Soul Cycles -- bicycle-based, often human-powered hi-fi and PA systems
-- for "playing clean, powerful, uplifting music at street festivals and off-grid parties
." RTB recently made a mobile DJ booth
for Austin's DJ Manny; here's how.
Attention, party-throwers: In 2008, you may well be able to rent or borrow a Soul Cycle
for your own shindig.
posted by GrammarMoses
on Oct 28, 2007 -
Socially conscious rap and hip hop may be making a comeback, but it seems to be doing so at the expense of stereotyping and bigotry. Videos like Read a Book
(hilarious) and Serve Below Zero
may be intended to send a “good” message to the black community, but it’s hard to ignore blatant racist undertones (or overtones) in the lyrics and images. [more inside]
posted by FeldBum
on Sep 17, 2007 -
Tried to do some research about this technology called Trisenx, it's even been mentioned in the blue
back in the day. But honestly I gave up, because the video
and all you may extrapolate from it says everything. And yes, that's George Clinton.
posted by jeremias
on Aug 22, 2007 -
... for the YouTube generation is a rapped version of ' Wandered Lonely As A Cloud'
The squirrel is the stuff of nightmares
posted by darsh
on Apr 11, 2007 -
Youtube stars NSFW
MC Mack, Little ***king Kev and Ginger Joe getting more fame then they could have possibly imagined. More inside...
posted by asok
on Feb 20, 2007 -
The King Dream Chorus and Holiday Crew
Twenty years ago various rap artists got together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (taking some inspiration from Artists Against Apartheid
). You'd think Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, and Run-D.M.C. would be enough. But you'd be wrong. Lisa Lisa, Teena Marie, Fat Boys, and El DeBarge wanted in, too. All kinds of youtubey goodness here, including Ricky Martin as part of Menudo, and several solos by a scrumptious Whitney Houston.
Lyrics are here
, and you can buy the single here
posted by Kibbutz
on Jan 14, 2007 -