Artist Justin BUA is proud to announce his newest book, The Legends of Hip-Hop (Harper Collins Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Book Publishers; November 8, 2011), where he pays homage to 50 of the greatest names in hip hop history. With a foreward by Chuck D, BUA uses portraiture to celebrate each individual's revolutionary contribution to the global phenomenon known as hip hop.
From Afrika Bambaataa, Queen Latifah, and LL Cool J, to Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Eminem, BUA captures the spirit of both the unsung and iconic heroes who have shaped music, art, dance, fashion, even language and politics. Each portrait is accompanied by a personal essay that details each individual's impact—not only on cultural history, but also on BUA’s own life and work.
Unlike any other book, The Legends of Hip Hop comes not from an investigative academic, but from an authentic source who—as a native New Yorker—witnessed the birth and development of hip hop from a community movement to its explosion into a global industry.
Justin BUA attended NY's LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts and Art Center College in CA, where he received a BFA. BUA has created art for the music, film, fashion, and entertainment industries, with clients like Warner Brothers, Comedy Central, MTV, Sony, and EA Sports. BUA's art sells at galleries worldwide as well as at retail giants like Target. Recent credits include art direction for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's acclaimed film, "On the Shoulders of Giants," as well as the direction and hosting of Ovation TV's hit documentary "Walk this Way," about rapper DMC, of RUN-D.M.C. BUA lives in L.A., CA.
The 20-track album, entirely produced by Statik, has an all-star cast featuring original songs by Mac Miller, Big K.R.I.T., Talib Kweli, Bun B, Chris Webby, Pill, Dom Kennedy, LeCrae, Joell Ortiz, Freddie Gibbs, Brother Ali, Sean Price, Styles P, Colin Munroe & more.
Population Control is in stores October 25th on Showoff / Duck Down Music.
1. Population Control (feat. Sean Price & Termanology) 2. Play the Game (feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Freddie Gibbs) 3. Groupie Love (feat. Mac Miller & Josh Xantus) 4. New York, New York (feat. Styles P, Saigon & Jared Evan) 5. Sam Jack (feat. XV, Jon Connor & The Kid Daytona) 6. Never a Dull Moment (feat. Action Bronson, Termanology & Bun B) 7. You're Gone (feat. Talib Kweli, Colin Munroe & Lil Fame) 8. They Don't Know (feat. Pill & Reks) 9. Down (feat. Push! Montana & LEP Bogus Boys) 10. Let's Build (feat. Chace Infinite, JFK, Mitchy Slick & Wais P) 11. Smoke On (feat. Dom Kennedy & Strong Arm Steady) 12. The High Life (feat. Kali, GameBoi & Chris Webby) 13. Half Moon Part (feat. Skyzoo, Chuuwee & Tayyib Ali) 14. Black Swan (feat. Nitty Scott MC & Rapsody) 15. Harlem Blues (feat. Smoke DZA) 16. Gold In 3D (feat. STS & Dosage) 17. Damn Right (feat. Joell Ortiz & Brother Ali) 18. Live & Let Live (feat. Lecrae) 19. A DJ Saved My Life (feat. DJ Premier, DJ Babu, Scram Jones & DJ Craze) 20. 4Gs (feat. Ea$y Money, Termanology, Scram Jones & Wais P)
An eye for an eye leaves every one blind, and no where is this more apparent than in the violence-ridden streets of ghettos across America. On "Bloodlust," a track off his forthcoming mixtape album 20/20 Vision, Session and legendary Boston emcee Akrobatik rhyme about the consequences of killing and the ways that murder and mayhem take a toll on our communities.
For more than fifteen years, the name Jedi Mind Tricks has become synonymous with raw, gritty underground hip-hop. From their debut album, The Psycho-social, in 1996 to their seminal sophomore release, Violent By Design, to their musical expansion heard on Servants and Heaven, Kings in Hell, JMT has made an indelible impression on the independent music scene (with over 400K units sold) while arguably forging its own subgenre of rap. Led by the fiery vocals of controversial front man, Vinnie Paz (who also released a critically acclaimed solo-LP, Season Of The Assassin in 2010 which featured the underground smash "Street Wars" f/Clipse & Block McCloud and also guest apperances from Paul Wall, Freeway and Beanie Sigel), and his venerable rhyme partner, Jus Allah, the group has built one of the most critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful careers in independent music.
Though JMT rarely appears on Billboard charts, their success is most accurately measured in the passion and respect of their growing legions of hardcore fans who have packed JMT shows around the world from Boston to Bogota to Bucharest. JMT's music is defiant and their longevity is a testament to their blue-collar work ethic; born from the bloodlines of their hometown, Philadelphia, PA.
On October 25, 2011, JMT is set to drop its seventh studio album, "Violence Begets Violence", through Vinnie Paz's own imprint, Enemy Soil. Though JMT fans can expect more of the uncompromising, unrelenting brand of hardcore rap music that has become the group's signature sound, "Violence Begets Violence," marks a change (something the group has undeniably become accustomed to over the years) as longtime JMT producer, Stoupe, hands over production duties to a new wave of talented producers honed in on the JMT sound; but set on creating a fresh take on a classic formula.
Jedi Mind Tricks "Violence Begets Violence" will be available on CD, vinyl, and via digital download on October 25, 2011.
Grab the great new slapping tune from Messy Marv "I Need It Back". It's part of the street series "Shooting Range part 5" that has been a legacy in the Bay Area.
Messy Marv is a Bay Area king and has consistently released at least one new project per year since 1998. This is the fifth volume of his Shooting Range compilations (the series have sold around 10,000 units), featuring Luniz, Philthy Rich, Beeda Weeda, J Diggs and more.
Video: Mr. Green - "Live From the Streets" Episode 1
Courtesy Mr. Green.
"This is the first episode of the show Sam Lipman-Stern and I have been working on. Basically, we've been hitting the streets and searching for people to film playing music. Then we've been taking the footage back to the studio and making beats out of it. We've already made some truly special videos /music and we haven't even left Philadelphia. Ultimately, the goal is to travel the globe searching for people and sounds to make beats out of… all the while documenting the process on video."
One-Half Of A.Dd+, Slim Gravy Goes For Dolo On This Latest Non-Album Track
With their debut album, When Pigs Fly, still drawing accolades, Dallas duo A.Dd+ continues to stay busy - and that busyness continues to provide an onslaught of quality music for all. No different here, even as Paris Pershun sits this one out, with Slim Gravy going at it alone with the brand new, non-album cut "Can't Come Down."
The song, based on a true story ("Shout out to Aegis Communications," says Slim), tells the tale of young man battling his need for employment with his love for weed. "Let me be straight up: I need a job, homie/ A nine-to-five, homie/ I ain't even got five on it," begins Slim, deciding to indulge in a little "Captain Kush for breakfast" before heading out on his way.
The washed out, hazy beat plays off Slim's behind-the-beat drawl perfectly, and, to hear Slim tell it, the pairing of beat and concept was a match right from jump. "My homie Brain Gang X'Zavier produced the track," explains the A.Dd+ rapper. "He needed a good weed-smoking story to go along with the beat, so I immediately thought of my last job experience."
Having finally earned gainful employment, the song's second verse places Slim in training, fighting boredom, and "wondering when the first break is/ 'Cause I swear that I'm blazing." With a blunt pre-rolled and ready to spark, Slim realizes, albeit too late, that he's been caught on the company's security cameras. "Don't smoke weed before or during work," quips Slim Gravy. "'Cause you might get fired."