Prince’s Paisley Park compound will be open to the public in October for tours. His sister, Tyka Nelson released a statement today describing Prince’s desire to turn his home into a museum. “Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on. Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime,” Nelson said. “Now fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince’s world for the first time, as we open the doors to this incredible place.” Fans will get to see where Prince gave private concerts, recorded music, filmed videos, see where his clothes were made and a host of rare memorabilia. The museum will open October 6th and tickets go sale Friday at OfficialPaisleyPark.com.
BBE Records just unearthed J.Dilla’s Back To The Crib mixtape from ’99-’00. Pete Adarkwah, co-founder of BBE Records had this to say about the mixtape: “Towards the end of 1999 or early 2000, it was my first trip to Detroit. James (Yancey) was working with James Poyser on Erykah’s Mama’s Gun LP. We’d checked out a couple of record stores (I can’t recall where or their names) and this tape was playing in the car. I recall “Think Twice was” on the tape and I suggested there and then that he do a cover with Erykah for the BBE album. We didn’t get the Erykah feature, but people sure remember James’ cover. We drove past a sign, it said Welcome To Detroit and I suggested that would be a good name for the album. When we pulled over James gave me the tape and said this is yours, or words to effect.” BBE is also releasing a reissue of J.Dilla’s The Shining on August 29th.
Pandora has partnered with Questlove to present Questlove Supreme, a three-hour weekly show looking at music globally, interviews and conversations. Questlove will work as a Strategic Advisor and Artist Ambassador for Pandora to offer advice and support for artist initiatives and music products. Questlove Supreme premieres on Questlove’s new Pandora station on September 7 at 1 PM EST and will replay for 48 hours each week. Featured guests include Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph, GRAMMY-nominated producer and engineer Bob Power and Grammy winner Kimbra. The music featured each week will reflect the conversation topics. Check out Questlove’s new Pandora mixtape here.
George Clinton is working on a new album and he announced the news with Flying Lotus while they were guests at Santa Monica’s KCRW. Clinton’s new album will be released on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label and he said it could possibly come out in 2017. His last album was 2008’s George Clinton and his Gangsters Of Love. You can hear the full interview with KCRW here. Clinton will perform at the Hollywood Bowl on September 17th as part of a Brainfeeder showcase.
Thundercat posted a new song today titled “Bus In These Streets.” Flying Lotus programmed and edited the song that premiered on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show.Thundercat is performing at the Afropunk Festival this year and he has tour dates coming up with Shabazz Palaces, George Clinton, Flying Lotus and The Gaslamp Killer in California.
North Carolina producer L’Orange and Mr. Lif announced their collaboration album, The Life & Death Of Scenery, today. “Strange Technology” is the first publicly shared sound from the project and the song includes Mr. Lif’s fellow Perceptionists member Akrobatik and San Diego artist Gonjasufi. The Life & Death Of Scenery comes out digitally on October 7th via Adult Swim and Mello Music Group will release physical copies on October 14th.
Afropunk’s annual festival is taking place in Brooklyn again this year and the festival is taking place August 27th and 28th. The After Dark series will begin Thursday (August 25th) evening and end on Monday, August 29th. Saturday night Nikki Giovanni will read poetry and Saul Williams is the host. The Gza will perform with DJ Premier Saturday night at a secret location and Angelo Moore is the host. There will be a dance party, a Black party, a performance from Laura Mvula among the many events. See the full After Dark list of events here.
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