“Cravin’” is the new hit single from Grammy & BET-Award nominated artist MC Lyte, produced by The Natives as part of a collaborative effort from Lyte's own SunniGyrl, Inc. and Loudbox Entertainment. Directed by Ron Yuan (Fast & Furious, Black Dynamite), the video blends bright and colorful imagery with the soulful hip-hop sounds of this brand new summer smash.
Inspired by the recent killing of Larry Jackson, Jr. by an Austin, Texas Police officer, Austin's own League Of Extraordinary Gz have released a track titled "APD". The League, who's popularity has been growing far beyond the boundaries of Austin, are using their platform to bring awareness to the recent shooting, which they and many others in the community feel was unjustified. The track will not be featured on their upcoming debut album #LeagueShit, but can be streamed now. Read the manifesto written by the League below for more information on the homicide of Larry Jackson, Jr. and the stance the rappers take on the issue:
"According to the Austin Chronicle, Austin Police officer Charles Kleinert was investigating a robbery at Benchmark Bank on July 26, 2013, when Larry Jackson Jr. approached the closed bank. Though Jackson was not a robbery suspect, he misidentified himself to the bank manager outside before talking with Kleinert for a few minutes. Then Jackson fled. Kleinert commandeered a civilian's vehicle and instructed him to follow the non-suspect until he found him walking along the sidewalk.
Finally, Kleinert jumped out of the car and scuffled with Jackson under a bridge before fatally shooting him through the back of the neck that afternoon.
According to APD's foot pursuit policy, mere "flight by a subject who is not suspected of criminal activity shall not serve as the sole justification for engaging in a foot pursuit without the development of reasonable suspicion regarding the individual's involvement in criminal activity."
Officers should "consider alternatives to engaging in or continuing a foot pursuit" under a number of specific circumstances, including when "the officer is acting alone" or when the fleeing person enters a "wooded or otherwise isolated area and there are insufficient officers to provide backup and containment."
By Monday, August 5, City Manager Marc Ott requested that the Department of Justice investigate Austin Police, to determine if their "tactics and practices" are consistent with department policies and with national best practices, the Chronicle reported. "The Texas Civil Rights Project and Austin NAACP... first requested the DOJ investigate APD's use of force back in 2004."
By August 6, APD's killing of Larry Jackson, Jr. was listed as justifiable homicide - without a list of justifications - in the custodial death report filed with the Texas Attorney General's Office. The stated cause of death was "accidental injury, intoxication, suicide or homicide."
The Larry Jackson, Jr. incident is eerily reminiscent of when APD killed Jessie Lee Owens Jr. (2003), Daniel Rocha (2005), Kevin Brown (2007), Nathaniel Sanders II (2009), Byron Carter (2011) and several more.
We want to know what happened. We want to know it wasn't an abuse of power with no accountability to follow. We want APD officer Kleinert held accountable for what he did. We want Austin and APD to know that we are not happy with the way that they handle these things. We are committed to seeing the systematic and legal justifications for this trend change. We want transparency and justice for these Austinites.
Audio: Neek The Exotic f/ O.C., Sadat X & Satchel Page "Hello Everybody"
Courtesy Matt B.
Neek The Exotic first stepped on the scene in 1992 with a dope verse on Main Source’s classic joint “Fakin’ The Funk” and continued dropping underground gems since then, always backed by Large Professor on the vocals and/or beats. The longtime- friends collaboration series was highlighted by their critically acclaimed and Fat Beats released album “Still On The Hustle.” Neek The Exotic decided to step out of Large Pro’s continuously following shadow and work on a release without any help from his extraordinary beat-making/rapping partner.
Los Angeles rapper DUBB releases a new visual for "Perfect Picture" which is a cut off of his March released EP the “Black Box". This visual was produced and directed by Indica Films. DUBB's new upcoming mixtape "Never Content" is due to drop later on this year.
DELTRON 3030 ANNOUNCES FALL TOUR FEATURING ORCHESTRA ON SELECT DATES
FULL-LENGTH ALBUM DELTRON 3030: EVENT II DUE OCTOBER 1ST, 2013 VIA BULK RECORDINGS
ALBUM FEATURES DAMON ALBARN, DAVID CROSS, JAMIE CULLUM, ZACH DE LA ROCHA, THE LONELY ISLAND, AWOLNATION & MANY MORE
Deltron 3030 is excited to announce a fall tour in support of their upcoming album Deltron 3030: Event II, out October 1st via Bulk Recordings. The tour will feature a sixteen-piece orchestra -- dubbed the 3030 Orchestra -- on select dates, noted below, in addition to the three-piece touring band. Following performances at both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Rock The Bells, the tour will begin on October 8th in Boston at Paradise and end on October 25th at Mountain Oasis Festival in Asheville, with more dates to be announced soon. Full tour dates are below.
Deltron 3030: Event II, due October 1st, 2013, is Deltron 3030's long-awaited successor to their self-titled cult-classic debut. Deltron 3030 -- composed of a trinity of alt-rap all-stars: rapper Del The Funky Homosapien, producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and DJ Kid Koala -- are celebrating the announcement with the debut of the album trailer, set to the first track on the record "Stardate." The clip, which features Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is available for posting HERE.
Recently, the group released their City Rising From the Ashes EP, which is available for posting in its entirety HERE, features three tracks off the upcoming full-length Deltron 3030: Event II. The EP is available on limited edition CD, including a $2 coupon off the full-length, and via digital retailers, which counts towards iTunes Complete My Album.
Individually, the collaborators of Deltron 3030 stand at the top of their respective musical disciplines; together as Deltron 3030, they warped space, bent time, transcended genre and blew minds with Deltron 3030, an album that still stands today as one of the most important records in the annals of underground hip-hop.
Del The Funky Homosapien, founder of Oakland's seminal Hieroglyphics crew, launched his career as part of his cousin Ice Cube's posse, da Lench Mob, and gained recognition as a top-tier hiphop verbalist with his 1991 debut, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, featuring the memorable tracks "Mistadobalina" and "Dr. Bombay." He would release three more albums -1993's No Need for Alarm, 1998's Future Development and 2000's Both Sides of the Brain - before joining with Nakamura and Koala for Deltron 3030.
Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, the architect of the sonic landscape within which Del and Koala work their magic, first captivated the hiphop underground with Dr. Octagonacologyst, his collaboration with Ultramagnetic MC's Kool Keith. He went on to produce Cornershop's breakout album, When I Was Born for the 7th Time, and to team up with fellow superproducer Prince Paul under the name Handsome Boy Modeling School, before forming Deltron 3030 with Del and Koala.
Kid Koala, a native of Vancouver whose turntablism mixtape Scratchcratchratchatch, recorded on cassette while a university student, brought him to the attention of superstar British DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More, better known as Coldcut; the duo signed him as the first North American artist on their new label Ninja Tune, launched as a haven for the world's most exceptional DJ and EDM talent. A year into his signing, Koala met Nakamura at the New York show of his first U.S. tour; the two hit it off immediately, and - beginning with Deltron - Koala became one of The Automator's most frequent collaborators.
Deltron 3030 Tour Dates:
9/8 - Rock the Bells - Los Angeles, CA #
9/15 - Rock the Bells - San Francisco, CA #
10/8 - Paradise - Boston, MA
10/9 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY #
10/10 - Howard Theater - Washington DC
10/11 - Jefferson Theater - Charlottesville, VA
10/13 - Theatre of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA #
10/14 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY #
10/16 - Phoenix Concert Hall - Toronto, ON
10/18 - The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN
10/19 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL #
10/20 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
10/23 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
10/25 - Mountain Oasis Festival - Asheville, NC #
11/10 - Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX #
11/15 - Boom Fest - Denver, CO #
# - ft. sixteen-piece orchestra
Deltron 3030: Event II tracklist:
1. Stardate (ft. Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
2. The Return
3. Pay the Price
4. Nobody Can (ft. Aaron Bruno of AWOL Nation)
5. Lawnchair Quarterback Pt. 1 (ft. David Cross and Amber Tamblyn)
6. Melding of the Minds (ft. Zach De La Rocha)
7. The Agony (ft. Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
8. Back in the Day (ft. The Lonely Island)
9. Talent Supersedes (ft. Black Rob)
10. Look Across the Sky (ft. Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
11. The Future of Food (ft. David Chang)
12. My Only Love (ft. Emily Wells)
13. What Is This Loneliness (ft. Damon Albarn and Casual)
14. Lawnchair Quarterback Pt. 2 (ft. David Cross and Amber Tamblyn)
15. City Rising From the Ashes (background vocals by Mike Patton)
16. Do You Remember (ft. Jamie Cullum)
City Rising from the Ashes
City Rising From the Ashes EP tracklist:
1. City Rising From the Ashes (background vocals by Mike Patton)
2. The Agony (ft. Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
3. Pay the Price
Video: Lou From Queens "Come Home" (dir. by Crazy Al Cayne)
Courtesy Trust the Buzz.
Crazy Al Cayne got commissioned to direct the latest music video for Lou AKA Lou From Queens single "Come On Home" which is off his "Devil In The Clouds" EP with producer Maze Rockwell. The video was shot in Flushing Meadow Park in Queens on one of the Hottest and humid days of the summer. Crazy Al felt that doing the video in black & White really captured the vibe of the subject matter in the song.
J. Pinder takes you along with him on his life's pilgrimage. Crossing paths with legends and some of the most influential players in the game, hoping that with hard work and dedication to self and craft, success will rub off.
Endemic "High Society" Ft. Tragedy Khadafi, Ruste Juxx & Afu Ra - Terminal Illness Part 2
Courtesy No Cure.
UK producer Endemic presents "High Society", his new single featuring Queens rapper Tragedy Khadafi and Brooklyn emcees Afu Ra and Ruste Juxx. A native of the United Kingdom regarded as the country's foremost hiphop producer, Endemic recently moved to New York City via a USA O-1 artist visa for “persons of extraordinary ability”