Daily Archives: August 12, 2011

Real Scenes: Detroit

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Resident Advisor takes a trip to Detroit and gets a snapshot of techno’s history, the rave scene and tomorrow’s future beatmakers.

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Raphael Saadiq-Daydreams

Raphael Saadiq’s video for “Daydreams” has a cameo appearance from “Community’s” Danny Pudi and Bret McKenzie does the directing.

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Stimulus and Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave To Release Free Mix-tape on September 12th, First Single W/ Bilal Out Today

(August 11, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY) Drummer Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave and DJ/emcee Stimulus have joined forces for their first collaborative Mix-tape 3rd 1st Impression. The project will be self-released via free download on September 12th. The Mix-tape is produced entirely by Chris Dave and features Stimulus on the mic, Chris Dave on the drums, and features from Bilal, Renee Neufville, Stokley (of Mint Condition), Casey Benjamin and Screechy Dan.

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New Lateef The Truthspeaker LP out 11/8 + 20 years of Quannum

Recorded over four months in Oakland, Lateef the Truthspeaker’s FireWire brings together some of the best producers in hip-hop on one album, including Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow, Dan the Automator, Somehow at Sea and Headnodic (Crown City Rockers, Mighty Underdogs). Bay Area stalwarts Lyrics Born, Del and The Grouch turn up as well, giving the album a congenial, familial feel. Lateef’s debut solo LP is coming via Quannum Projects on November 8th, 2011. In the meantime, listen to the premiere of his “Testimony” single via Wired Magazine online.

On “Testimony,” a 1970s AM radio track filtered through squelchy synths, the rapper’s reflective, poignant lyrics could double as an overall life mantra. “Somehow I stay smiling/Even with the world swirling with violence/’Cause while no man is an island/I’m still sole proprietor of what’s behind my eyelids.”

The son of two Black Panthers – his mother was a roommate of famed activist Angela Davis – Lateef was part of an anti-apartheid group at the age of 4; the same age he first hopped on a mic. After co-founding legendary hip-hop collective SoleSides (later renamed Quannum Projects) in the early ’90s, Lateef became an integral component in the Bay Area hip- hop scene, co-founding Latyrx (with Lyrics Born), Lateef and the Chief (with Chief Xcel) and The Mighty Underdogs (with Headnodic and Gift of Gab) and collaborating with everyone from Z-Trip to Fatboy Slim. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Quannum / Solesides family.

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Rapsody-Lampin’

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Rapsody has a rural-looking video for “Lampin'” from her must-hear mixted tape Thank H.E.R. Now. If you haven’t heard it yet get it here.

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