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    Nardwuar vs. Ab-Soul (Video) | @nardwuar @abdashsoul

    Nardwuar catches up with Ab-Soul for his latest, “I know more about you than you think I know”, interview. Ab-Soul is ready to punch Nardwuar over his knowledge of all things him. It’s all in fun, though. Peep how The Human Serviette avoids the “do you smoke weed?” question. Check it out.

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    Red Bull Music Academy “Diggin’ In The Carts: Episode 6″ (Video) | @RBMA


    Unfortunately, we have come to the end of a great series put together by the Red Bull Music Academy. The final episode in RBMA’s Diggin’ In The Carts series is down below, which is titled “The End Of An Era”. This episode talks about the end of 16-bit games, as when the Playstation was first introduced in 1994 games switch from cartridges to CDs. The composers talk about the drum and bass music implemented in the Tekken games, and how game music has evolved throughout the years with not only music, but with the implementation of different styles and sound FX. Pretty interesting.

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    The Combat Jack Show Interview w/ 9th Wonder @ A3C 2014 | @combatjackshow @9thWonderMusic @A3C


    The Combat Jack Show interviewed Jamla front-man 9th Wonder down at A3C this year, and he talks about quite a bit in the hour-long interview. Press play below.

    Live from Atlanta, at the tenth anniversary of the #A3c Music Festival, we finally caught up with producer and Harvard scholar 9th Wonder where he share his incredible story about leading a scene in North Carolina with the incredible Little Brother crew to not giving JAY Z a track he had for his own group. The breakup with Phonte and Big Pooh, making hits for Destiny’s Child and why he’s going so hard for his Jamla Records premier artist Rapsody, why he really wants to collaborate with Rich Homie Quan and of course, his journey in becoming a professor at Harvard University. This was truly an honor building with 9th and I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

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    Interview w/ Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music and Scoring at Skywalker Sound (Video)

    For all of the music producers and engineers interested in scoring, this is a video you may be interested in watching. This interview is with Leslie Ann Jones, who is the Director of Music and Scoring at the legendary Northern California Skywalker Sound.

    In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection video we feature Leslie Ann Jones, who is the Director of Music and Scoring at the legendary Northern California Skywalker Sound.

    Leslie Ann Jones has been a recording and mixing engineer for over 30 years. Starting her career at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles in 1975, she moved to Northern California in 1978 to accept a staff position with David Rubinson and Fred Catero at the legendary Automatt Recording Studios. There she worked with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Holly Near, Angela Bofill, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Carlos Santana and Narada Michael Walden, and started her film score mixing career with “Apocalypse Now”.

    From 1987 to 1997 she was a staff engineer at Capitol Studios located in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. She recorded projects with Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Michelle Shocked, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and Marcus Miller, as well as the scores for several feature films and television shows.

    In February of 1997 she returned to Northern California to accept a position as Director of Music Recording and Scoring with Skywalker Sound, where she continues her engineering career recording and mixing music for records, films, video games, television, and commercials. And she now adds Record Producer to her list of credits.

    In 2003, Leslie was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording, Classical, and received a Grammy Award for The Kronos Quartet’s recording of Berg: Lyric Suite, which won Best Chamber Music Album. In 2005 she received another Grammy Award for her work as engineer on Diane Reeves’ “Good Night and Good Luck” CD and in 2011 she won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical for Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works by Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams. In 2014 she was also nominated for Best Engineered Recording-Non-Classical for her work with Madeleine Peyroux as well as for Best Surround Sound Album.

    Leslie is a past Chair of The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees and is a current Governor of the San Francisco Chapter. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Institute for Musical Arts, and Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, and is an artistic advisor to the new Technology and Applied Composition degree program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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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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    Oreo Jones joins Chick McGee on “Off The Air” Podcast | @OreoJones @chickmcgee1


    Naptown’s Oreo Jones was recently a guest on Off The Air with Chick McGee (from Bob & Tom fame) and Jess. When you get some time, press play on this podcast as they discuss Oreo’s past and a ton of other interesting factoids. I’m only part of the way through it so far, but I hear there is also a snippet of a new song from his upcoming album.

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    Childish Gambino “The Breakfast Club Interview” Video | @childishgambino


    Childish Gambino sat down with Charlamange tha God and crew for The Breakfast Club to discuss…well, a little bit of everything. They discuss race, Gambino’s sexuality, his choice words on Twitter and the more interesting fact that Gambino has been working hard and has a lot coming up. Including a new music project featuring Jaden Smith and a new show in the works over at FX.

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    Drums Bang Interview w/ ILL Brown (Video) | @ILLBrown @ProducerBeatBox

    We orchestrated, along side Drums Bang, an interview with Chicago bred producer ILL Brown a few weeks ago. This interview was in light of him launching a Producer Beat Box with Drums Bang, and you can check out more about all of that by hitting this link. You will be able to download his drum kit by itself on 9/1/14 at Drums Bang’s website.

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    Killer Mike Talks Ferguson & More on CNN (Video)

    After his piece on Billboard Online about everything currently going on in St. Louis, Killer Mike today talked with CNN. Read his Op-Ed piece here, and watch the interview above.

    “This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them.”

    I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope-filled insight to deliver. I only have this warning to all Americans: Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.

    The police are paid by the public and carry a public trust, and they take an oath to protect us as citizens. The police have lost sight of that and must be reminded that we pay them to protect us, not to simply engage and cage us.

    We trust police with the power of life and death and with that trust comes a greater responsibility to be better than the current standard of policing I see across America everyday. Being a cop must be hard. My dad was one, and never wanted any of his children to follow in his footsteps. Being a cop is often seeing the worst of the human condition and behavior. With all of that said, there is no reason that Mike Brown and also Eric Garner are dead today — except bad policing, excessive force and the hunt-and-capture-prey mentality many thrill-seeking cops have adapted.

    This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them. This is not Egypt or Syria or Palestine, but today it feels that way. It feels as if death can come, without reason, from a uniformed government official and, if we do not press back against this Blue Wall of Silence and gang-like mentality of our local police, we all are in danger. Whether it is illegal rd stops & checkpoints, where your rights are being violated — through being forced to answer questions that the 5th Amendment protects you from, or illegal stop-and-frisk that the 4th Amendment is designed to protect you from — all of our rights are violated and in danger when any American’s rights are violated.

    I have chimed in about the brutality that killed this child, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, and so many others. It’s shameful, but these are not simply words to commiserate; these words, I hope, serve as a wake-up call to all Americans. Our rights are being violated by people we pay daily. This must end, or every American has failed.

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