Daily Archives: October 27, 2017

City Council Declares Oct 28th As The Official Uncle Jamm’s Army Day

The City Council of Los Angeles declares October 28th as Uncle Jamm’s Army Day to acknowledge their influence on west coast hip-hop culture. The day coincides with Red Bull Music Academy’s A Conversation With Ice-T as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles.

Ice-T will talk about the first electro and hip-hop party that grew from local high school dances to selling out arenas in a few years. Uncle Jamm’s Army DJs including Dr. Funkenstein, Egyptian Lover, Arabian Prince, Chris “The Glove” Taylor, and DJ Bobcat demonstrated how electro and hip-hop could co-exist then and its significance now.

Red Bull Music Academy debuted the new documentary episode from The Note titled Uncle Jamm’s Army: Pioneers of the Modern Party that looks at the history of these events and their impact on the west coast scene.

At the end of the evening on the 28th Egyptian Lover, Ice-T & The Glove, DJ Bobcat, Arabian Prince, Alonzo Williams & Cli-N-Tel (World Class Wreckin’ Cru), Dr. Funkenstein, and L.A. Dream Team will take part in a celebration of their pioneering work.

Watch the documentary above and you can also catch both events “A Conversation With Ice-T” and “Uncle Jamm’s Army” live on Red Bull Radio.

Big K.R.I.T.-4Eva Is Mighty Long Time Album Stream

Big K.R.I.T.’s double album 4eva Is Mighty Long Time is here. The new album is his first release since becoming independent last year after splitting with Def Jam. T.I., Joi and CeeLo Green are just a few of the guests on the 22-song project. K.R.I.T. has also been busy executive-producing Bun B’s upcoming album. K.R.I.T. spoke to NPR and explained every song on 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time.


Smokey Robinson To Release First Solo Holiday Album

Smokey Robinson will see the release of his first solo Christmas album as an Amazon exclusive on November 10th. Robinson has recorded seven Christmas covers and three original songs. His previous holiday music includes Christmas With The Miracles and The Season For Miracles as well as his contribution to the 1973 compilation A Motown Christmas. The new solo Xmas record is called Christmas Everyday and there are guest appearances from The Dap Kings, Take 6 and Mindi Abair. Robinson commented on the album in a press release:

“I love the feeling of Christmas, what I call ‘the Christmas aura,’ and these are some of my absolute favorite songs, folks are going to be surprised by some of the arrangements.”

Christmas Everyday can be pre-ordered on Amazon.


Rapsody Questions And Defines Power In Video With Lance Skiiiwalker

Rapsody questions the potency of love, prayer and the dollar in her video for “Power.” Cam Be directs the visual that has an appearance from Lance Skiiiwalker. Kendrick Lamar wasn’t able to be in the video but Rapsody’s “Ridin” replaces him along with an appearance from GQ who is featured on the song. Rapsody’s Laila’s Wisdom is out now.


Son Of Sam: System Animal Featuring Denmark Vessey Official Video

UK hip-hop band Son Of Sam just released their debut album Cinder Hill. “System Animal” features Detroit rapper Denmark Vessey and he shares his verses in a parking structure where his image is duplicated on each side of him. Vessey also worked with Azarias as Buy Muy Drugs on their self-titled album released in September. Son Of Sam’s Cinder Hill can be streamed here.