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  • Watch the trailer for hip-hop fashion doc “Fresh Dressed” (Video) | @MassAppeal

    “Fresh Dressed” is an intriguing documentary that follows the origins of fashion used as a freedom of expression and how it has translated to hip-hop culture, featuring interviews with Kanye West, Puff Daddy, Nas, Pharrell, Karl Kani, and many more. Read the description below and check out “Fresh Dressed” on demand by Vimeo, June 26th.

    After premiering earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the official trailer for Fresh Dressed is here. Directed by Mass Appeal‘s Creative Director, Sacha Jenkins SHR, the film explores how hip hop fashion influenced the larger industry and ultimately affected mass culture. The trailer opens with Kanye West—an artist whose brand is a synonymous with style as it is music—speaking about the importance of “getting fresh,” which he argues is more important than money. Nas, Pusha T, Puff Daddy, Andre Leon Talley, and more share their thoughts on the importance of hip hop fashion, and are just a handful of the numerous icons that appear in the film.

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  • Watch Skyzoo’s New “Comradery: The Making of Music For My Friends” Documentary (Video) | @Skyzoo

    The full-length album will drop on June 23rd, but Skyzoo has unleashed a 20-minute-plus mini-documentary, titled Comradery: The Making of Music For My Friends, which is about his new projectThe film was directed by Caity Arthur and has Sky not only talking about the idea behind his new album, and a bit about his upbringing, but also shows a few clips of him in the studio making it. You can pre-order Music For My Friends today on iTunes. Watch below.

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  • Soulection – “Inside the Sound of Tomorrow 006” (Video) | @Soulection

    Take a peak inside the road life of the Soulection crew, as they document their tours through Europe and North America. This video features appearances from Esta, Evil Needle, Iamnobodi, Sam Gellaitry, Mr. Carmack, and more. The Sound of Tomorrow tour returns to Europe on May 7th in Paris. Check out the Soulection website for tickets and more event information.

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  • Who The Fuck is John Stamps? (Video) | @iyamjohnstamps @musicalfam

    Earlier this month, Musical Family Tree debuted a mini-documentary showcasing John Stamps, titled “Who The Fuck is John Stamps”, that was directed by Joey Ehrgott. It’s literally 20 minutes of following John around on a typical day, which shows him at work, driving around, feeding the dog, working on music, and rocking the crowd. When you get a little bit of time go ahead and get a bit more familiar with Naptown’s John Stamps. Read more about the premier here at MFT.

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  • BABA: “The Distortion of Sound” Documentary (Video)

    “We live in a world where if you’re content with it, hey, even if it is better – so what.” Man, this struggle is real.

    Besides the fact that this is just a cool documentary, the initial thought about how over-compressed most music is nowadays really stood out to me. Being a music producer for over 10 years now, and watching how the texture and individual elements are often eliminated (and now sometimes just ignored in the production process), I feel I can personally relate to this. I often mix my music in multiple speaker systems, including the shitty speakers and headphones, just so that low-quality listeners can judge my music – and it’s so counter intuitive. I know a lot of producers that tend to overdo their compression to compete with what’s now standard, too, and it hurts my soul a little bit each time. That’s enough about me though. Press play above. Interviewees are listed below:

    Mike Shinoda • Slash • Quincy Jones • Snoop Dogg • Steve Aoki • Hans Zimmer • Andrew Scheps • Manny Marroquin • Dan the Automator • Lianne La Havas • Kate Nash • A.R. Rahman • Neil Strauss • Chris Ludwig • Greg Timbers • Dr. Sean Olive

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  • Red Bull Music Academy “Diggin’ In The Carts: Episode 5″ (Video) | @RBMA


    Press play on the fifth episode from Red Bull Music Academy‘s Diggin’ In The Carts series below, which focuses on the role of roleplay. Yeah, that means it touches on the infamous Final Fantasy series, which although I never got into, my friends growing up were heavy into. Lots of other greatness, including an interview with Nobuo Uematsu. Check below.

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  • Red Bull Music Academy “Diggin’ In The Carts: Episode 4” (Video) | @RBMA


    The Red Bull Music Academy has returned with their Diggin’ In The Carts series for the fourth episode, in which they talk with some of the Sega Genesis musicians. This is an amazingly great series; much kudos to Red Bull and the RBMA for this.

    HIROSHI KAWAGUCHI – Hiro’s contributions to Sega titles like Outrun, Space Harrier and Hang-On, has seen his compositions blasting out of arcades the world over.

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  • Watch RBMA’s New “Diggin’ In The Carts, Episodes 1-3” Series (Video)

    Diggin’ In The Carts is a new documentary series from the Red Bull Music Academy exploring the secret history of Japanese video game music. As many may know, the RBMA visits Tokyo this year, so it’s pretty cool that this series coincides with the yearly gathering of worldwide talented musicians. This is a great documentary series if you grew up in the 80’s or 90’s, or hell, even played any of those games while growing up (or to this day). Below I’ve added episodes 2 and 3, and above is episode 1 that talks about the birth and rise of music in video games.

    From the earliest sounds and melodies to the first fully formed continuous music to be pioneered in the arcade games from Namco. We meet Junko Ozawa, one of Namco’s earliest sound team composers, and also the legendary Hirokazu ‘Hip’ Tanaka, who joined Nintendo in 1980 and was responsible for composing some of the giant’s most loved classics like Metroid and Tetris.

    Over six episodes Diggin’ In The Carts shines a spotlight on the composers who created a style of music that has had an immense impact on modern pop culture. From the personal studios of these legendary composers, to the concert halls of Japan where symphony orchestras are performing their compositions to sold-out crowds today – the series will document how the music of video games was created, what inspired it, and how it evolved into its own cultural phenomenon. Peppered with commentary from some of modern music’s finest DJ’s, musicians and electronic producers from around the world, the documentary also shows the influence these Japanese composers had on the world – and the world of music.

     

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