PBS’ new Blank On Blank features an animated Tupac Shakur that visually showcases an interview performed by Benjamin Svetkey in 1994. Press play on this video and check out an interview where Tupac discusses his thoughts on who he was, and his personal feelings about a few other things. PBS has multiple episodes that you can check out in the “About” section of the video.
“My definition of thug comes from half of the street element. Straight street hustling. And half of the Panther element. Half of the independence movement. Saying we want self-determination. We want to do it by self-defense and by any means necessary.”
I have no idea how I didn’t know about this until today, but this is going on tonight in Fountain Square and I feel the need to check it out. Get your tickets before they sell out (click here)!
OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON (THIS IS STONES THROW RECORDS) is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. Under the direction of founder and world-renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums since its founding in 1996.
Drawing on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the folks who put Stones Throw on the map, OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON will delve deeper into the label’s enigmatic artists, history, culture and global following.
Here’s something a little different for you today. The short features Flying Lotus, porn star Abella Anderson, Danielle Fishel (Topanga from Boy Meets World), cannonballs, cereal, music, and a scene with Chance the Rapper and Trinidad James playing Connect Four. I’m not really sure what all of this means, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Danny Brown gives you a look into his grind back before a lot of us outside of Detroit knew who he was in “The Old Documentary”. Shot in 2009, it gives you a perspective of how it was before he got national exposure outside of his hometown. Check it out and be on the look for his upcoming album “Old” to drop sometime in October.
There was a time when music stations actually entertained by playing music videos. One of the most influential shows to bless the tube was YO! MTV Raps. It was where you were able to see the cats that your were listening to, and also a place for those not familiar with the culture to get a formal introduction.
Stüssy together with YO! MTV Raps put together a collection to honor some of the artist that appeared on the ground breaking show. Along with that, they produced a two part documentary that examines the influence,trends, and styles that came along with being exposed to the culture. Check out both parts below, and add a piece of the collection to yours over at Stussy.com.
Here is an interesting piece I found from Blake Carrington. Lucky is his way of taking a break from his upcoming project, #FAILURE. He has given us a window into the past couple of months and gives his opinion of luck set to a dope little piano melody. Stick around until the end fans because there is a snippet of what is to come from the new project.
On the heels of Wale‘s release of The Gifted this past Tuesday, RevoltTV releases The Gifted documentary. Take a look at what brought Wale to the position he’s in today as he shares some of his experiences in the DMV. The Gifted is out now at your local retailers and on iTunes.
Check the homie Slot-A‘s mini-documentary by Noah Truth above. The documentary touches not only how Slot got into music and where he got his name, but also highlights his path to becoming a DJ. You can follow him around a weekend in Chicago where he goes from DJing for Gerald Walker, to DJing one favorite party spots in Chicago over at Alive One with my man DJ Castle, and then finally to some live beat-showcase stuff. If you live here in the Indianapolis area you’ll be able to see that in full effect this Monday at our Writer’s Block showcase.
A week and a half ago, Columbus’ Illogic and NY producer Blockhead released their collaborative Capture The Sun album. I’ve been meaning to post this since then, but just now got around to sharing it to you. Stream below, cop on iTunes, and check their special merchandise bundle here. Buy this album. Also, watch their mini-documentary in three sections below.
With collaborative history dating back to 2000, two established independent artists in Illogic and Blockhead are teaming up for their first full-length, Capture The Sun. The Columbus, Ohio emcee/poet and Manhattan artist/producer agreed to the project during a creative intersection in their solo careers: Illogic wanted to “step outside of himself” to focus more on storytelling and relaying the feelings of his present, as he pursues his dreams while serving as a father and husband; Blockhead, fresh off a string of instrumental releases that followed extensive work with Aesop Rock earlier in his career, wanted to once again collaborate with rappers. Through virtual sessions, Illogic picked through hundreds of Block beats, and began bringing the long-developed theme of Capture The Sun to words. Over 40 songs were recorded, with two free EP’s released prior to this album. Now, on April 16th, Illogic & Blockhead will release Capture The Sun, along with features from Slug (of Atmosphere), Blueprint, Abstract Rude, and more has just been released on TK via Man Bites Dog Records.