L.A. hip-hopper Blu is most known for his rapping talents, but he's putting his beats on full display with his new production album Open, on which he produced every track. On the new single "Avenge Of The Cheap" (one of two Open tracks with vocals from Blu himself), Blu trades verses with frequent collaborator Sene over his own funky, dusty production. The moral of the story? Life is like a cheap-ass merry-go-round.
Open contains never-before-heard vocal tracks from a collection of up-and-coming rappers that Blu hand-picked for the project, including Sene, Fresh Daily, Scienze, Versis, Aaron Smartz, Tribe of Levi, and more. The album hits stores everywhere next Tuesday (9/27), and is currently available for pre-order. The CD is now shipping early from Nature Sounds, where each purchase comes with an instant free download of the album's instrumentals, and fans can check out snippets of every track.
Andrew Weiss Gallery online at AndrewWeiss.com 179 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 | 310-246-9333 open Tuesday- Saturday 11am to 5pm "Come Together" exhibit runs through November 1
RZA's canvas sits on the wall facing a display case full of original Picasso plates. Chuck D's takes its place beside Salvador Dali's celebrated Surrealist Piano sculpture. The Art Of Drums collection occupies the interior wing across from the Marilyn Monroe prints. This is the world-famous Andrew Weiss Gallery in Beverly Hills, home to "Come Together", a two-month exhibition of the artwork of Los Angeles creativity house SceneFour and its iconic collaborators: RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Bootsy Collins of Bootsy's Rubber Band, P-Funk and the JBs, Hieroglyphics Crew, DJ Qbert, Shavo Odadjian from System of a Down, George Lynch, Matt Sorum from Velvet Revolver/Guns N Roses, Frankie "Kash" Waddy from Parliament-Funkadelic, Angelo Moore of Fishbone and Page Hamilton of Helmet. With the help of their legendary friends, SceneFour partners Ravi Dosaj and Cory Danziger are spearheading a new movement in the art world: collaborative art. And based upon the September 14th opening night party, a kick-off to the exhibit which runs until November 1 at Andrew Weiss Gallery in Beverly Hills, the exhibition is set to be a blockbuster.
"Come Together" is unlike anything ever attempted in the art world, as a discerning group of musical icons from rap, hip-hop, rock, heavy metal, and funk worked together over the last several years on their own fine art creation with SceneFour. At the conclusion of each collaboration, the team releases artwork, all numbered and signed by the artist. Andrew Weiss, a legend in the art world for four decades, saw the merit in SceneFour's collaborative art movement early on. "When Warhol had his factory, people thought it was a joke at the time," says Weiss. "[The 'Come Together' collection] is reminiscent of that. You have the artists, designers and printers all involved in the creation of the art."
This exhibition marks the first time all of these creations are available to see and purchase in one location. Viewed as a whole, the collection is sprawling, yet unified in tone and vision. RZA, ODB and The Genius reinterpret the American Revolution on Victory Or Death, named "The Greatest Painting Of 2010" by Village Voice. Chuck D stands at the Arizona/Mexico border of an Orwellian America not too far into the future in "By The Time I Got To Arizona". And the Art Of Drums collection takes a stab into the future of art, using a shortlist of the world's most acclaimed drummers to literally capture sound on canvas. Opening night’s attendance was unprecedented, with artists like Danger Mouse, David Yow of The Jesus Lizard and Jurassic 5's Chali 2na present alongside Chuck, Shavo, Q-Bert and the rest of SceneFour's collaborators.
MP3: Filip Filipi - "Mansions on the Moon" f/ Big City Chaser
It's been a year but Canadian rapper/producer Filip Filipi is back and we're kicking off #FilipiWednesdays with "Big City Chaser" which features Pharrell and Diplo's favorite band, Mansions on the Moon. The Jonathan Lee produced song fuses hip-hop with an indie vibe to create something that is sure to be an end of the year hit.
This is the first installment of our latest series called #FilipiWednesdays, where we'll be releasing a new track every Wednesday for the next four weeks, all leading up to the release of Filipi's upcoming project. Artwork by Marko S.
Iconic rap duo OutKast is undoubtedly one of Atlanta's crowning jewels. Their classic album Aquemini featured timeless musical gems like "Rosa Parks" and "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" that made listeners revision the rap music landscape.
Now, Boston-bred emcee and Atlanta transplant Session is merging his East Coast leanings with his Down South learnings to transform the sound of indie underground hip hop.
"GoodTyme" reworks OutKast's "Synthesizer" into a slinky, cinematic-sounding posse cut where Session and fellow rappers A.Ware, Jay and Zulu Faz to use their imaginative rhymes to set musical scenes that depict what it's like to be young black man who's working hard and playing even harder.
"GoodTyme" appears on Session's upcoming mixtape album 20/20 Vision. Executive produced by Kaotiq Simfoni, the project also features appearances from legendary Boston emcee Akrobatik, B.S'mone, MegaBoy Alpha, and Rega and production by Biz20 and MegaBoy Alpha.
20/20 Vision will be available to stream and download October 20, 2011.