The latest video from Los Angeles-based producer/musician Bei Ru is just out. His intricately layered song delivers an interesting and somewhat surreal video shot in and around Los Angeles. Shot by Postas (@itsPostas) / Edited by Paisley Zerr & Jesse Dvorak / Wardrobe styled by Moneeekah / Cast: Christine Garibian, ReefKills, Stuntman, Ervin, Lilly Breeze, Remind. The whole LA Zooo album is great.
My talented friend Martin Wong is organizing another of his great fundraiser matinee concerts to raise money for arts education at his daughter’s school – Castelar Elementary in Chinatown, Los Angeles. I’ve been to a few of these events and I can’t emphasize enough how special it is to see the great acts that Martin lines up, in a cozy, family-friendly setting. The line-up of acts, tickets, and more deets are here.
I’ve had the new album from rapper/actor/producer/comedian/songwriter/director (etc) Childish Gambino a/k/a Donald Glover on repeat lately. His latest release “Awaken, My Love!” departs from his previous catchy intellectual trap, and goes in an entirely unexpected lush, funky, soulful, musical direction. At various points he evokes Rick James, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, even Michael Jackson, all while managing to sound incredibly original at the same time.
Happy Friday, here’s your friendly neighborhood T-Shirt of the Week from my reggae tee brand/side project Selector.
Been so busy, I forgot that posting here is even a thing! Sorry. Check out the trailer for this new feature-length documentary Miss Sharon Jones! directed by Barbara Kopple. The incredible singer unfortunately passed away in 2016.
I’m so late to the RTJ3 party, I wouldn’t be surprised if RTJ4 drops before I finish this post. The latest from El-P and Killer Mike – serious contenders for hip-hop’s woke-est rap duo, carrying the torch for the Public Enemy brand of social & political commentary in 2017, in my mind at any rate. As always, their latest release is available as a free download.
Season’s greetings. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, so on, and so forth. Here is a new Christmas song from Daptone, starring the sadly recently departed Sharon Jones (RIP) alongside the incredibly talented Dap-Kings. The song comes from the recent It’s A Holiday Soul Party LP. “What a Christmas to have the blues…”
The rocksteady masterpiece Nothing More To Say from Brooklyn-based outfit The Frightnrs was, hands down, the best album of 2016 in my opinion. Easily. From the classic arrangements to the haunting singing to the top notch production by Victor Axelrod a/k/a Ticklah, I really can’t find much not to love about it. Out on Daptone Records. Tragically, the front man Dan Klein passed away from A.L.S. after the album was completed.
Between Christmas shopping and Selector Black Friday shipping, I’ve been really struggling to get a post up here for the last few days. If you are interested in reading about and potentially streaming some of the Best Rap Songs of 2016, why then head right on over to Passion of the Weiss and check their annual recap of all things that are good in hip-hop. They know what’s up. Also, bonus points for using The Beatles here.