Looks like successful singjay Clifford “Mr. Vegas” Smith, currently at the top of international charts with the hit “Mus Come A Road,” will take an extended leave from the music business. Citing disappointment with the entertainment industry and a wish to spend time with his family, Smith told the Star that he plans to retire from music, effective immediately. “It's just nuff thing,” he told the paper, regarding his decision. “You would have to be in my shoes to understand it. Read more »
Slime and Reason just dropped this week, and Rodney "Roots Manuva" Smith is showing his spiritual side on this video, as seen in the numerous shots of the Big Dada rapper standing in an ornate church, as well as the close-ups of his bright eyed, contemplative gazes upwards. There's a distinct gospel feel to the chorus of this track, with warm, smile-inducing vocal choruses reminiscent of 50-member choirs, so the setting of the video isn't all that surprising. Read more »
No Age has decided to close out the year with two straight months of live shows. Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt will kick off the round of dates in their hometown of Los Angeles, at the famed Smell club, before heading out to Europe to show off the noise-rock jams on this year's Nouns album (and presumably some other material as well). Maybe Randall will be inspired to make another DVD on this trip. Read more »
“Game Over” is a real day in the life of a rapper, Doomtree-style. The video begins with a busy convenience store employee, Doomtree MC Mictlan, laying it all out while he goes about ringing up purchases, chilling with Vitamin Water in the cooler, stocking inventory, taking out the trash, and connecting with sympathizers around the store. “Welcome to the future! Read more »
Over blissful, Bladerunner-style chimes, UFO!’s video for the track “Forbidden Love” zooms in on a futuristic, industrialized San Francisco. The footage is like an old flickering black and white movie cut up with subtle animation and illuminated as though viewed through those glasses that throw rainbows everywhere. In time to a pulsing heartbeat rhythm, joyless humans march in lines and complete menial tasks with their computer co-workers. Read more »
Oakland, CA-based digital label Deepblak Recordings has a busy fall planned, with new EPs and albums by its growing roster. Since 2001, Deepblak has established itself as a home for broken-beat, future-techno, leftfield hip-hop, house, and other electronic genres by artists like L.A.’s Eric Rico, New York’s Black Jazz Consortium, and Oakland’s own Blaktroniks.
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