Daily Archives: March 18, 2010

6th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Dates Announced

Brooklyn Bodega, producers of the Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) announced the 2010 dates today – July 5th- July 11th, 2010.

The new weeklong format features a showcase of independent local, national and international talent, panels, film, theater, and of course Main Day performances, and the Family Day Block Party. All events are held throughout Brooklyn from Williamsburg to DUMBO.


Hoo Bangin’/Cash Money Artist, Glasses Malone Teams With Legendary Snoop Dogg, Readies Debut Album

(Los Angeles, CA – 17 March 2010) — Hoo Bangin’/Cash Money rapper Glasses Malone has teamed up with West Coast legend Snoop Dogg for a new street single called “Eastsidin’ (Crip Gang)” that teams a Cali OG with one of its top new stars.
Glasses (aka G.Malone) has spent the last several years overtaking both the West Coast and national music scene as he prepares for the release of his debut album “The Beach Cruiser.” Having already made a mark across the country for himself and his Blu Division imprint with hits featuring Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T-Pain and more, the Watts rapper brought it back to his hometown with a contagious song that evokes memories of California’s golden age. Over a head-nodding production and very catchy hook by Snoop, Glasses pays tribute to his street roots and creates an anthem for thousands of fans and fellow Los Angeles natives. You can join thousands of others and listen to the song below.

Glasses Malone – “Eastsidin’ (Crip Gang)” Ft. Snoop Dogg (Download)


Cover Story Volume Two By The Staff At Wax Poetics

COVER STORY VOLUME TWO: Odd, Obscure, And Outrageous Album Art, the second installment in the COVER STORY series from Wax Poetics Books, continues a graphic narration of the vibrant subculture of record collecting through the art of the album cover. This volume focuses specifically on strange and bizarre record covers, selected by the staff of Wax Poetics and major collectors of music’s avant-garde.

The COVER STORY series vividly explores an element of music culture that has withered with the advent of MP3s and digital downloading. Vinyl records tell their stories visually as much as they do aurally, and the record cover—eye candy for the music lover—speaks a language rooted in the environment and era of the music itself. COVER STORY VOLUME TWO celebrates the products of music’s most eclectic and eccentric figures—those whose artistic visions were so absurd and grandiose, they often extended beyond the boundaries of the recording and onto the album covers themselves.

First published in December 2001, Brooklyn-born Wax Poetics hit newsstands with a new vision for music journalism, creating a bridge between the past and present of hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, reggae, disco, and Latin music. Although originally created for a concentrated market of music aficionados, the magazine’s audience has grown exponentially, making musical anthropologists out of average music listeners and spawning a soul renaissance, complete with comeback tours and sophomore efforts. Wax Poetics illuminates the dark corners of our sonic past, while also striving to give new and innovative artists the credit they truly deserve.

Paperback, 7.6875 x 7.6875 inches, 268 pages, 263 four-color images ISBN: 978-0-9798110-3-6 $24.95


Pharoahe Monch Prepares For W.A.R. On Duck Down Records

Pharoahe Monch is on the front lines once again and this time it’s bigger than just album talk. Monch is gearing up to release his new project W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) through a partnership with Duck Down Music, while establishing his company W.A.R. Media as a viable entertainment portal. W.A.R. is the follow-up album to Pharoahe’s “Desire” project from 2007. Fans can expect what they’ve come to love from Pharoahe on the new LP; complex rapping techniques that are both intricate and intelligent.


DVD Review: Breaking Point

“Breaking Point” is another New York crime thriller cliché of corruption, conflict and redemption. Tom Berenger is Steven Luisi a once respected criminal defense attorney who battles his inner hell of drug addiction and lingering memories of a family calamity. He defends an accused murderer who has ties to Luisi’s former drug dealer and baby killer played by Busta Rhymes. Sticky Fingaz of the rap group Onyx is Richard “Beanz” Allen a former jock turned gang member who joins forces with Luisi to bring justice and take Rhymes’s sociopathic character Al Bowen down. Beanz used to work for Bowen but broke away from his organization after he saw Bowen kill a mother and throw her child out of the window. His former grace as an athlete and luck enable him to catch the baby and arouse Bowen’s murderous ire. Armand Assante complicates matters even further as a mendacious prosecutor that taunts Luisi and adds to the already present cravings that lead him back to the pipe. The paint by the numbers script ensues and Luisi spends the rest of the film looking constipated while becoming vindicated after a rote battle between good and evil. Rhymes is convincing but he is not enough to carry the whole show. In spite of everything director Jeff Celentano’s “Breaking Point” is just one more B-movie for the insomniac crowd.