Hennessy – The Art of Blending

Hennessy (or Hen Rock as Prodigy calls it) has sponsored a few hip-hop tours the last few years.  Most notably one with the Roots, Q-Tip & Common.  Some have argued that having an alcohol sponsored hip-hip tour is detrimental to the urban communities they soliciting to and the above artists have caught some flack for it.  I am on the fence but will hold off opinion for another post.  Anyways, there is a 30 min documentary about the artists and tour that you can find on the  Hennessy’s Facebook , starting Thursday, June 30th from 5pm EST. (via TSS)

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Posted on July 1st, 2011

Phife’s reaction to the ATCQ movie

I post this with sensitivity because I know there is some controversy and tension with this movie, particularly on Q-Tip’s end. After watching Phife’s emotional reaction to the movie after premiering it at Sundance earlier in January. I don’t necessarily care for Michael Rappaport’s handle of the situation. He seems like he’s gone from fan of ATCQ to dismissive about those who don’t think he’s movie should be “oscar-worthy or critically acclaimed”. But, Phife makes an emotional plea to his fellow bandmates about the possible impact and benefits of the film.

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Posted on February 4th, 2011

Stretch & Bobbito – Final/20th Anniversary Show

Last night was an iconic night for hip-hop.  The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito show reunited for a final hurrah before the doors were closed.  They went to their original time slot (1am to 5am EST) with a few homies, then kept it going for one more hour. They did what they normally did on the show – busted out jokes, played freestyles, and ridiculed callers.  Combat Jack & DP, who were doing their radio show on Thursday night, even called in – it was that big.  By 2am (PST), the internets, hip-hop heads, and fellow DJs were on their laptops listening to show.  It was a familiar feeling to listen to a radio show with your friends in the late night, feeling you were the only ones privy to this culture.  There was a dope twitter discussion between Platurn, Matthew Africa, Byze One and myself about the impact (or lack of) the show had on the West Coast.  Props to Ivan Rott for the stream.  Shout out to the West Coast Radio pioneers – KDAY, Wake Up Show, & Friday Night Flavas.  Salute to AtotheL & Fool’s Good for the content.

Stretch & Bobbito – Final/20th Anniversary Show

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Posted on October 22nd, 2010

The Roots feat. Q-Tip – “Straight Outta Compton”

In Chicago, The Roots are curating a Hennessy Artistry Tour. For this stop they had Q-Tip, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Kid Sister and D-Nice. Q-Tip and Black Thought cover the NWA classic. Expect more surprises and guests at the other stops of the Hennessy Tour. Via Infos.

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Posted on September 20th, 2010

DJ Franchise – Live Set from PST (7.23.10)

A live set recorded at one of the Bay Area’s greatest parties, PST Live! at YoshiSF. Resident Sake1 invited me for a guest spot on July 23, 2010. He basically said play “sexy soul, you know what to do” and what you hear is the result. Proud of this mix and the people loved it, too.  Your comments and feedback are always appreciated.

Live Set from PST Live! (San Francisco) by DJ Franchise (KTL)

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Posted on July 30th, 2010

Hip-Hop Confessions #6

A real good Hip-Hop confession episode. Skillz comes with the real honesty about Dilla at the end of the episode. Watch! Another one of my hip-hop confessions in the comment. Same rule applies: You write one, I’ll match you.

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Posted on June 18th, 2010

Dame Dash presents Blakroc

Gotta tell ya, Dame Dash may not be the best business man and kind of an a**hole but you can never say that he is NOT a hustler. I think this venture is worth the watch. You’ll be impressed. Thanks to High Heels and High Tops for the reminder. I was sleeping on this. Late pass.

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Posted on November 2nd, 2009

Q-Tip talks beats for Biggie & Jay-Z

Great footage of Q-Tip talking about his production of beats for Jay-Z and Biggie. Although we’ve never heard an Ummah beat for these NY MCs, I can imagine something classic. On a separate note, think Tip loves to do impressions of his friends. Anyone remember his impressions of Busta at the Noisemakers interviews? Thanks to NR for the vid.

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Posted on September 12th, 2009

De La Soul – Live and New Songs

Flying under the radar due to the hype of the NBA playoffs, Cassie vs. Rhianna, “Motherlover”, and the Relaspe leak; De La Soul has been making moves and noise with the signature quality music. They just got back from Australia where my favorite mixtape DJ, J. Period, was opening for them. Then they released last week the stellar mix for Nike, which the homie, Dukes, took the time to chop up the mp3 for 2 new songs.

After the jump are some vlogs of J. Period’s trip to Australia and De La discussing the Best of Q-Tip mixtape.



*** UPDATE: I haven’t visited Cold Rock Da Spot in awhile but I am glad I did today because they dropped a great post on De La’s rare songs and remixes then proceeded to give them to you, the hip-hop loving public. Now stop reading and go check it out!

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Posted on May 11th, 2009

Q-Tip performing a Needle Drop

Spotted at Miss Info’s, this is a classic clip where Q-tip is showing off his producer and DJ skills with the needle drop. I think I’ve watched this a hundred times. Can’t get that beat out of my head. I’m hooked. Its funny to see Kanye become a fan again and talk about listening to Marauders. Have fun with the video (no paris hilton).  Speaking of Q-Tip, finally listened to the Renaissance in its entirety this weekend.  Its a complete album and the singles sound better when in the context and flow of the album than just stand alones.  Late pass for me.

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Posted on April 27th, 2009