If you are a fan of The Beatles, and more specifically, their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP, and you are also a fan of underground-ish hip-hop, then you might really dig this project from the Columbus, OH, based emcee Copywrite. The release is called Carbon Copy’s Phony Art Pub Scam and it features original new rhymes over the original old instrumentals. Fun times.
Imprint have a great creative conference taking place in Downtown Long Beach on Friday 4/26. The speakers include John Jay (Wieden+Kennedy), Jonathan Gold (LA Times), Jeff Staple, Dengue Fever, Jack Grisham (author/TSOL), Chad Tim Tim (pro skater), Paul Kwon (Skate shoe designer), and many more. The focus is on a) the unique qualities that make Long Beach awesome and b) how creatives and entrepreneurs can bring more to the table. More info here.
You can stream the latest release from contemporary soul singer Charles Bradley, fresh out from Daptone Records, over at Whudat. It’s worth the effort; get to clicking already.
Artist Jay Shells has combined his love of hip-hop and his love of sign-making into one amazing effort which has resulted in official-looking signs, sporting rap lyrics, popping up all over New York. Great idea and execution so I don’t mind being the 4 millionth website to post about this. More pictures at Whudat. There’s also a Rap Quotes Twitter account.
Jeff Hamada is clearly a man of eclectic tastes in music as well as art; as illustrated by his recent trap music mix called Got Pocahontas on my Yokohamas. I’m far from a trap expert, but this sounds like a blend of contemporary electro-trap and OG trap. It’s ironic that they like snares so much in the trap.
For the month of March, Eagle Rock burger mecca The Oinkster and LA record label Friends of Friends are teaming up to celebrate the launch of Shlohmo’s “Laid Out” EP. That promotion includes some special items on the menu, including the FoF BBQ BFF Burger, and the Shake of the Month: Shlohmo’s Peaches and Lean, as well as limited edition cups, and FoF music on rotation. More at LA TACO.
O-Dub has put together a great post over at Soul-Sides, in tribute to the late Donald Byrd, who passed away earlier this month, on February 4th. The Many Flights of Donald Byrd covers some of the major phases of his career, begining with bebop from 1959, and then moving into his exploration of soul jazz and fusion through the ’60s and ’70s. Amazing stuff. I interviewed Oliver for Imprint Culture Lab last year.