SOME STUFFS: L.A. Got Aloha’s 2 Year Anniversary celebration happening next weekend

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Los Angeles residents will be treated to something great next weekend when L.A. Got Aloha will be holding a 2nd Anniversary celebration at The Dragonfly (6510 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood). If you recognize some of the people above, they are scheduled to appear there. This includes Rakaa and DJ Babu, working together as Expansion Team Soundsystem. You’re also going to be entertained by Tassho Pearce, Kahlee, Gavlyn, Jook The First, Justin V, Cruz Ahenri with DJ MikeRawk, Freewill, Anthm, Analog Dive, Southern Cumiford, and Destruct, along with a bit of DJ mayhem from Steadybeat & Krumm, DJ Kemix, GoodBoy & Bounce House, and DJ MikeRawk doing a solo set. On top of that, you’ll also get some live, on-the-spot art done by the likes of Shane Beel, ThirdEyedea, Gianne Arone, Edrok One, Keith Magruder, and many more.

The show is 21 and over, no exceptions, and doors open at 9pm. Free drink with cover before 9:30pm, free beer pong before 11pm, and throughout the night, 5 dollar li hing margaritas, so you’ll want to take advantage of all of it in a safe manner.

Tickets can be pre-ordered by clicking here. For more information on the event, click to LAGotAloha.com, RisingSonsInd.com, or the Rising Sons Independent Facebook page.

VIDEO: Stüssy presents a “YO! MTV Raps” documentary



When YO! MTV Raps aired on the music cable network in August of 1988, it seemed inevitable but no one quite knew the impact it would make. MTV had already placed a very small handful of rap videos by Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys into rotation, but that was it. If you had access to Black Entertainment Television, you would be able to see some of the latest videos on Video Soul and Video Vibrations, with the latter featuring more songs due to the tastes and preferences of the host (which existed only in voice). Then YO! came on, and at a time when the music was gaining a great amount of popularity at record stores and thus record labels, there was a greater push for artists to create a video because now, they were having MTV time alongside Guns N’ Roses, Whitesnake, and Ratt.

Stüssy have put together a 2-part documentary called We Were All Watching, directed by Adam Jay Weissman. The doc highlights the importance of the hip-hop show by featuring segments from it over the years and current interviews with everyone from ?uestlove to Ed Lover, Dante Ross to Bill Adler, The Alchemist to MC Lyte, DJ Premier to Rakim, Shock G. to Sway and others. You may watch both parts of the documentary above.

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SOME STUFFS: DJ Babu & Rakaa head to Europe in July for tour

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You may know DJ Babu and Rakaa as 2/3 of Dilated People, but that exact 2/3 will be going to Europe for a small handful of shows next month, performing as Expansion Team Soundsystem. It’s a chance for the both of them to, as Rakaa states, to do business “outside of the lines”, a party vibe, hip-hop style. This is where the Expansion Team Soundsystem will be traveling.

July 11… Paris, France (Nouveau Casino)
July 12… London, England (East Village – The Doctor’s Orders)
July 13… Frauenfeld, Switzerland (Openair Frauenfeld Festival)
July 14… Amsterdam, Netherlands (Bitterzoet) {DNA Amsterdam / Los Angeles opening after party}

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SOME STUFFS: Gangrene ready to damage the minds in 2012

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In the group’s first phase, they offered us Gutter Water. In 2012, the proof level is going up with a hybrid that will make it much rougher to consume, but that’s the point. The Alchemist and Oh No have united once more for a new album, and this hybrid spirit is called Vodka & Ayahausca, and joining them on this sonic exploration will be Evidence (of Dilated Peoples fame), Roc Marciano, Prodigy (Mobb Deep), and Kool G. Rap.

The first single, “Dump Truck”, features Prodigy and will make its presence known to the public on or around November 21st, while the full album will be released by Decon on January 24th. Save up.

VIDEO: Rakaa featuring Aloe Blacc’s “Crown Of Thorns”


It’s a song that sounds holier than thou, and maybe that’s because those sounds mean something to you. Listen to the lyrics and they’ll mean something too, if not more. This is Rakaa with “Crown Of Thorns”, bringing in Aloe Blacc. The video was directed by Jason Goldwatch, and while you’ll see a number of clips of special guests in the video, it also seems like a subtle tribute to Apple and Steve Jobs, perhaps unintentionally offering respect to someone whose creativity and intelligence allowed many artists and musicians to share their creativity and intelligence with the world.

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VIDEO: Evidence featuring Fashawn’s “Same Folks”

Cats & Dogs is the forthcoming Rhymesayers album from Evidence, and this is the first video in support of it, a track that puts him in Malibu with Fashawn. It’s a nice one, bust out your wallet and buy the vinyl or CD.

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REVIEW: Rakaa’s “Crown Of Thorns”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic The idea of having a Rakaa solo album might seem daunting, especially for some hip-hop fans who may be diehard supporters of Dilated Peoples but are uncertain of any solo project. If you are a Rakaa fan, you don’t have to worry about this one being a disappointment, or at least I wasn’t worried.

Crown Of Thorns (Decon): I mean look at the title right there. Is it a metaphor to suggest that he knew and expected to be put up on a metaphorical cross, to risk exposure and ridicule, or shameless praise? Or is it a means of honor? Regardless of how you read the title, it’s an album where the man known as Iriscience is able to keep one foot on the side of that “real hip-hop” but another to continue on with a more accessible side that Dilated Peoples attempted to do with their last album. By being accessible does not mean he’s trying to make sellout music, whatever that may mean in 2010. What you do hear is someone who knows he can’t remain true to one person’s view of what hip-hop should be, but one must be diverse, just like Rakaa himself.

I’ll put it this way. While the attitude that Kanye West has shared in his music is nothing new, there’s a bit of that swagger, sans ego, in some of Rakaa’s delivery, and the thing about it is that it works. When he hits us up with some dope rhymes over incredible beats, it does not sound dated one bit. There’s an old school feel, without a doubt, but it’s very much in the now, the same way Slug (of Atmosphere) and Blueprint do it. You still have the top notch clever rhymes, there’s still the deliver you know and love, that one that may have made him your LL Cool J or Rakim or KRS-One.

I’m from the school where rappers were heroes because we honored their voices, rapping techniques, and level of intelligence, we were down with the flow from someone in the know. While Rakaa is someone perhaps too humble to call himself a hero, he is someone who takes pride in what he does and shares that with the world. To rock the mic means not only wanting to be heard, but knowing you have the capabilities on how to be heard. There’s a level of confidence on Crown Of Thorns that comes from someone who knows and loves what he’s doing, and the one thing I love about the album is that he sounds like he’s having fun. A perfect representation of what hip-hop music is.

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VIDEO: Rakaa’s “Delilah”

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Crown Of Thorns is the name of the forthcoming solo debut album from Rakaa, and this is the first single from it. The single has been out since this Spring, and the album is scheduled for release next week Tuesday. You can pre-order your copy by clicking one of the boxes below.

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REVIEW: DJ Babu’s “Beat Tape Vol. 2”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Beat Tape Vol. 2 (Nature Sounds) is a new beat tape of solid instrumentals, consider it like a resume tape so possible clients can say “oh shit, falakaians, I want to work with the bungbungbalangoan DJ so he can wreck damage on the ping pong”, you know what I mean? The DJ I speak of is the tuktuluk man known as DJ Babu, and this thing has 39 tracks of potential hits, anyone can manipulate this shit talit and make it work malerk, from sped up samples going through echo chambers, fantastic horn strokes, and solid funk that comes from someone who is an expert in this. C’mon, you never heard of Babu? Fool.

While people will go out of their way to take these songs and rhyme over them, I hope the truly gifted will contact him in order to make new tracks. Babu has spread the wealth, now make it mutual.

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