MJ: MAN OR THE MUSIC

MJ: MAN OR THE MUSIC
J.PERIOD & SPIKE LEE
The mixtape world’s master storyteller, J.PERIOD, joins Spike Lee & 40Acres.com to pay tribute to Michael Jackson with this exclusive mixtape. Mixing Michael’s classic hits with rare demo versions, remixes, and behind-the-scenes interview clips, J.PERIOD weaves together an 80-minute musical documentary that pays tribute to The King of Pop’s staggering [...]

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Just Ice: Cold Getting Dumb

Just Ice: Cold Getting Dumb
The Lost Tapes #1
Finally I had access to the content of a damage HD where i found old interviews and videos i hadn't published before. Here's the first Lost Tape. This is video was recorded at the 37th Zulu Anniversary/BlackWatch Reunion at SOB, New York, in November 2010. This is Just Ice, the [...]

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Tupacsquiat

Tupacsquiat
Boom Traps Remix
!llmind celebrates Tupac‘s “birth, death and musical resurrection” today with the release of the “Tupacsquiat” (BoomTrap Remix). The release – a rework of Pac’s “Life Goes On” – is anchored by artwork from Naturel, which finds the wildly popular artist fusing elements of Tupac’s music with the time-honored style of [...]

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DJ Scratch J. Brown Mix

DJ Scratch J. Brown Mix
DJ SCRATCH & J PERIOD
DJ Scratch and J. Period come correct with this one. The Big Payback – The 45s, Volume 1 pays artful respect to the James Brown, reminding us once again that it all begins and ends with the Godfather. We all know without James Brown there is no hip-hop (not to [...]

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A must watch Conversation

A must watch Conversation
Dave Chapelle & Maya Angelou
Wow. That’s what I said after watching the conversation between Dr. Maya Angelou and Dave Chappelle. It’s from an episode of Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts, where they spent a day together in her home in Winston-Salem. I’ve never seen it until today and I am floored by the poignant, insightful, and [...]

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Chuck D – “Get Use To Me”

Chuck D – “Get Use To Me”
Muhammad Alì Tribute
Chuck D - "Get Use To Me" from Jim Grieco on Vimeo. Here's a new dope track by Mistachuck aka Chuck D, leading voice of the legendary group, Public Enemy. Chuck D in his lyrics had always paid tribute to the legends of Black History and Culture, and here's his tribute [...]

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Looking for the Perfect Beat

Looking for the Perfect Beat
The Making of
“Planet Rock” may have commenced the journey, but Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force‘s “Looking For the Perfect Beat” tracked an even more sophisticated rhythmic path via its adventurous use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. In the latest episode of Red Bull Music Academy‘s “beat:repeat NYC” video series, “Perfect [...]

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Do The Right Thing

Do The Right Thing
25th Anniversary
Spike Lee and the cast of Do The Right Thing reunited recently in Brooklyn to celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the film’s release in the summer of 1989. Since its release the film has become a cult classic. The film written in ten days has retained its relevance and [...]

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Redman “Dunfiato”

Redman “Dunfiato”
Official Video
“I need a beat,” he says at the track’s start. “I don’t need no turn-up beat. I need some elements. Some hip-hop. Let’s get back to some elements.”  But it’s not the track’s intro that makes the cut incredibly dope, it’s the crazy high-pitched soul sample used and Red’s ear-catching [...]

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The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop

The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop
Hip Hop Scholars
Matt Daniels is a designer, coder, and data scientist living in New York City. His past works include the Etymology of "Shorty" and Outkast, in graphs and charts. He decided to examine the vocabulary of hip hop artists, and this is what he found. Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s [...]

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