Friday, December 30, 2011

The HedRush: Episode #42 - Can't Get Enough





...of that '80s stuff, that is. This episode of The HedRush has been sitting in the vault for a bit, but now it's time for you to enjoy your final taste of the HedRush in 2011 (Don't worry, we'll be back even stronger in 2012).

Here JB d'Mullato and Spider Jerusalem hit you with another dose of all '80s hip-hop. Some of it's known, a whole lot of it is pretty obscure. But it's chock full of break-beats and hard rhymes. Your co-hosts also discuss "rappity rap" and get caught up in killing an actual spider in the control room.

E-mail any questions or comments to thehedrush@gmail.com. Become a fan of the show today. And tell a friend!

Tracklisting and previous episodes: The HedRush

Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 Year In Review: Freestyle Fellowship



gri-ot [gree-oh]
noun
a member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.

I have a new found appreciation for Freestyle Fellowship after hearing their 2011 release, The Promise. Spider Jerusalem of The HedRush joins me to discuss the west coast based collective, their roots in the early 90s L.A. hip hop scene, and our thoughts on the new album.



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I may do a couple more of these if I can find willing participants, and not allow myself to be overcome by 'cannolongerbebotheredness.'

Watch this doc: This Is The Life - Ava DuVernay
Buy this album: Freestyle Fellowship - The Promise

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thoughts of the Thoughtful

Haven't been blogging as much, but I still like to chime in every now and then on various topics discussed on the Internet. 



'The players are not becoming nerds or diving into nerd culture; they're just becoming more fashion conscious.'  
(Re: The Rise of the NBA Nerd)



'Holy shit, that 'kid' is annoying. Got to a point where I started hoping that bad things would happen to him'
(Re: The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi)



'I didn't have a problem with the 'ewwww' aspect of it, but they had beaten us over the head with all the hint dropping, that when they decided to pull back the curtain, my reaction was mostly "yeah...and?" (c) King Geedorah'
(Re: Jimmy Darmody having sex with his mother Gillian on Boardwalk Empire)



'I'm not sure what they're going for here, or how I'm supposed to listen to it.'
(Re: The Roots - Undun)




'Great musically, memorable melody, perfect set up for the following track, got a weed carrier a record deal...classic'
(Re: Top Hip Hop skits as listed by Complex Magazine and Ego Trip, from which Quinton's On The Way was omitted.)



'Yeah, kinda.'
(Re: Sam Cooke's resemblance to Q-Tip)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen, 1986)

I'm currently in the midst of a Woody Allen marathon. This one appears in a lot of 'favorite lists', and it didn't disappoint.

A lot of unfortunate 80s womenswear in this film, but most of the menswear wouldn't look out of place today.

End movie spoilers ahead.

                           

http://youtu.be/_V2sBURgUBI
Michael Caine: Always a winner. 
Shirt, tie, polo, elbow patches.
The fur is a little too pimpin' for me, but her toggle coat could be worn today.
Bum.
The anxiety of the man in the booth.

Would love to know the story behind this shirt.
Daps.
"I want so badly to kiss her." 


Grief and herringbone.




Hair.
Over accessorized.
Mia Farrow doing the menswear thing. Michael Caine looking guilty
 in a comfortable sweater.
This time with less accessories.
Specs.
Anxious in a V-neck.
Neurotic in a crew neck.
Those poor sleeves.
Varsity jacket.
Dark plaid, bold tie. 
Comfy cable knit sweater.
A happy ending. 

As part of its American Masters series, PBS is airing a documentary on Woody Allen, directed by Paul B. Weide. It airs November 20th and 21st.

Woody Allen: A Documentary: Trailer
Hannah and Her Sisters: Trailer

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hell On Wheels



"N***a act like a freed slave on everything else, he finally get to PLAY one..and he fucks THAT shit up."

A quote found on a message board that was too funny to not share. Props to Lonnie for the SAG card thing, and finding a steady source of income, but I don't know if I can trust the quality of any television show or film that has him in a prominent role. One of the reasons why I don't see myself ever getting on board with this show.

Another reason of course being AMC's spotty track record of late.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Heavy D



"didn't really know Heav well... just in passing.. we shared quite a few mutual friends... they loved the hell out of him.. God Bless his FAM" - Dres

"Rest in peace to my homeboy Heavy D. Truly one of the coolest mafuckas Hip Hop has ever known. The west coast loved Heav from day one" - Too Short

"Heavy D is the person who gave me my 1st chance in the music industry. He got me my internship at Uptown. He Believed when no one else did." - Diddy

"yo Hev...when you see T.R.O.Y tell him we still miss his ass....#RIPHEV" - Kid

"Even my mother loved Heavy D's music. A local hero & artist that nobody could hate - he touched all generations & remained humble. RIP Hev." - J-Zone

"Respect #HeavyD. Ill voice. Charming style. Wasn't afraid to dance. Embraced his heritage. Champion." - Tajai

"I can't even think right now yall. Heav was my dude. What a friend. My heart is heavy" - Q-Tip

"Rest In Power to the man Heavy D, he plugged in Pete Rock and Puffy amongst many other powerful things fly w/ the angels Heav RIP" - Dante Ross

"Instead of just playing Heav's old songs, you should play them 4 ya children & tell them the story. That's how u keep legends alive!!!" - Big Daddy Kane

"R.I.P. my man Heavy D a true HIP HOP GOD. damn." - Chuck D.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Homeland



Ciphers.
Brew.
Morena Baccarin.

This might be the best new show on television.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer - Peter Elkind



All Things Eliot Spitzer Report Card

Attorney General: A
New York Governor: D
john: F




A Tribe Called Quest - The Night He Got Caught

Monday, October 31, 2011

Gravediggaz - The House That Hatred Built

Today I had a conversation with Done about the Wu-Tang Clan and their minor league affiliates. Even though they weren't conceived as a Wu side project, the Gravediggaz were brought up. We both agreed that the first album was enjoyable, largely a result of being guided by the capable hands of Prince Paul.

Funny though, when he decided(?) to lessen his involvement in the project, the group transformed into this...



Not at all wack, but you could throw this on a Sunz of Man album and it wouldn't miss a beat. What happened to levity of the debut album? The RZA's influence for better or worse, is all over this song (and probably the album, which I'll admit to not peeping). Unfortunately for them, it was released on the wrong side of Wu Tang Clan's apex, so it kinda got lost in the shuffle with the likes of Immobilarity, and Inspectah Deck's solo release (what was that called again?).

In the spirit of October 31st, Prince Paul released this demo from their early recording sessions. Even on non-single type tracks, Paul had a knack for making his productions interesting. The MCs also sound like they're having fun with it.

Gravediggaz - The House That Hatred Built


This is the First song we recorded as the Gravediggaz in 92". It was the intro to our demo and it was actually recorded the day I introduced these guys to each other at my house . This track never made the album but it was one of my favorite productions. This was the track that started it all .. RIP Poetic. Enjoy

Prince Paul > RZA4thDicipleTruMaster

Things That Scared Me

During my childhood, I was a bit of a coward when it came to TV and movies. I was creeped out by the following. 


Eyeballs, long red nails, large tridents, spider people, dancing skeletons, Tito's outfit.


Evil Edna.


I understand that this was supposed to be all Marines type level of badass (ugh...), but as a child it scared the shit out of me. Good thing I didn't know about the Ridley Scott installment.


That laugh...


I probably shouldn't have been watching this. I blame my mom.

And finally there was this...


The scariest thing from my childhood. Medusa was the cause of many sleepless nights.

Happy October 31st, y'all.

Friday, October 28, 2011

West Coast Hip Hop: A History In Pictures – Michael Miller



Project Details

We want to print Michael's book as a lovely 9x12 coffee table art book. Your help can make this possible! Michael Miller was the man at the right time when the west coast hip hop movement was exploding. Besides shooting all the major players in the game he also hung out with the artists and became a part of the culture. Shooting important figures like Cypress Hill, NWA, Tupac, Ice Cube, Snoop, House Of Pain, etc, etc His photo’s are an amazing archive of a magical time in music and his crazy but true stories about the shoots are mind blowing! These photo's will debut in major galleries in LA,SF,NY take advantage of this great opportunity to own one of these limited editions.

Kickstarting here: Link

Friday, October 21, 2011

Freestyle Fellowship









No one asked, but -- Aceyalone.

Also...'Self Jupiter' is one of my favorite Hip Hop monikers.

Also...P.E.A.C.E. looks like a really cool brother.

Also...One word for Myka 9 -- Legendary.

Freestyle Fellowship - The Promise, available on Decon Records.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

All Talk: Project Runway - Season 9

Anya Ayoung Chee - Winner?

Leighton Gordon and I, disagree on the quality of the season, but we both agree on the who the front runner is to win the competition. Before the 9th season of Project Runway comes to a close, we take a look at the remaining four competitors, discussing their strengths, weaknesses, and their chances of winning.


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A Fistful of Popcorn: http://www.afopop.com/
Leighton Gordon: www.twitter.com/lategordon

Monday, October 10, 2011

Beastie Boys - 3 Minute Rule



I'm a fan of the group, but I don't know their discography inside out. Do they have songs similar to this?

Beastie Boys - 3 Minute Rule


Three straight verses from the three MCs; no back and forth business.

They should have done this more. Perhaps they were afraid it would expose their lack of lyrical genius? Well, that's been common knowledge for a very long time, and I think it's fair to say that most of us are here for the fun, and not the education.

Also...


I'm liking this album a lot.

Though, I really wish they would stop doing the old school "yes yes y'all" type of chants. It's kinda lazy. And no more collaborations with Nas, please. Talk about a match made in hell.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs


From Apple.com:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have build, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of apple.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

Prime Minister Pete Nice

No gas face for Professor Prince Paul

Pete Nice recently shared several old-school photos from his personal collection on Deadspin. This of course made me happy, not only because Pete is one of my all time favorites, but all evidence of Hip Hop past (venues, magazines, artists) is guaranteed to put a smile on my face.

Wasn't all good though. Further digging brought up some disturbing information. Seems like Mr. Nash has gotten himself in trouble with the law, over some sports memorabilia dealings. The appearance of the Deadspin feature was a little curious to me, as I've always been under the impression that Pete had very little interest in Hip Hop today. Could this (reported) financial instability have him exploring options?

Not sure if there's still a hunger for 3rd Bass material, and there's that thing about people not buying music anymore.

Bad timing, Pete.

3rd Bass - Identical To None



When Rap Ruled The World: A White Boy MC's Photo Album, 1986-1991: Deadspin
From Rapper to Baseball Collector, the Wild Tale of Peter Nash: Sports Illustrated

Update: Courtesy of Anonymous reader.

Judge rules against Hip Hop artist...: NY Daily News

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Community

Community, Comedy, Commentary on Canadian Cinema: A Twitter Conversation with Done.


Rosa Parks


Done: yeh so communitys full-on shite now, so is always sunny, curb your enthusiasms worse and louies finished til next year. what now?

Boothe: From what I've heard of Community, it just seems a little too eye winky, self aware, meta for me.


Like, I don't want to sit around trying to guess what film genre or whatever they're paying homage, or commenting on.


gimme some laughs, please. And characters I care about. Thanks. Parks and Recreation, better. Yup.


I should probably note, that I've only seen about 3 episodes of Community.

pretty much. they use that shit instead of actual jokes half the time. plus double dipped sugar coated morals instead of...


...any actual heart. eh, it didnt have far to fall imo.

oh yeh, parks & rec >>>>>> best american sitcom (bar maybe louie) going atm. 30 rock fell the fuck off too imo. it was always patchy to me anyways


Heart...AND SPOILERS, OMG!


you ever watch any english comedy shows?

Enjoyed Spaced, and currently catching up on Peep Show. What's the general feeling about these shows? UK internets shitted on me for enjoying Downton Abbey. *grin*

ha dozens of jane austen adaptations starring colin firth will do that. peep shows gotten a good reception but i havent seen enough

ha and spaced is cool if i remember right but i thought you werent feeling the meta parody shit?

then again, they have actual jokes

Other than the Star Wars commentary, I never felt I was being hit over the head, and it seemed to better serve the story.


Whereas I always felt that Community was building the "*fill in the blank*... episode"

Probably the best episode of Spaced
yeh with something like spaced, the parodys logical but with community its like theme night

you watched any of the older ones like porridge? sitcom set in a prison, ive been revisiting it lately


Haven't seen any of the older shows. Will make a note of that one.

actually, whats the reaction on trailer park boys over there? never hear it mentioned much

Gets homer love in Canada, and from what I've heard from American friends, they like it. Haven't peeped it myself.

ah you need to check it out. dunno if proper absurd is your thing but its amazing for at least half its run imo

rly great characters, even the villians are sympathetic. mane not tryna make assumptions but thats like me sleeping on father ted


made me want to visit canada. 4serious

We've always had this thing about our creative industry, especially our film and television. A lot of us view it as below standard.


and errr...when we put out selections like this... 



...it kinda perpetuates the feeling.


I kid you not. THIS movie opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010




jesus. least ye make use of actual candian culture, we cant even muster up 1 alcoholic fight flick. we also have self-hatred down.

Including the Russell Peters Indian's on Ice flick, there were THREE hockey movies at TIFF this year. #overkill

i notice your not mentioning the 3rd hockey flick that will change everything i ever taught about hockey flicks

We do have a lot of people doing great things in Hollywood, and French Canada will release acclaimed movies now and then, but


the general feeling around Canadian productions is "ehhhh". That's probably what has kept me away from TPBs, though it may be good


this is our 2nd most successful show





 then theres father ted and......eh, i suppose fair city can be good for lulz. Teds great but thats it.

Season 16? That's insane. Girl in black can get it.... 


shes a rarity on that show. thats an old clip, its well in its 20s by now. it survives solely off good will of patriot seniors


Fin.
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Done's green text courtesy of laziness and stereotypes. 

He frequently shares his thoughts here:

Twitter: @rlydoe
Tumblr: damn, heres a tissue
Wordpress: we got both kinds, rap and bullshit

Friday, September 30, 2011

Boardwalk Empire

Mean muggin' is played. 

Not so new opinion I recently shared on a popular message board.

Some of you have already noted this, but MKW was horrible in the scene where Chalky was visited by Nucky and Eli. Some of the worst overacting I can remember on this particular show.

To be honest, I've always felt that Chalky was one of the weakest elements to this show. Perhaps not necessarily the fault of the actor, because they really didn't have much for the character to do in season one. I'm worried though that this season they're just setting him up to play prohibition era Omar; taking on the Klan all by himself, so that everyone can comment on how 'bad ass' (ugh...) he is.

There were moments I liked this episode, in particular when he had a barrel of a gun in his face, and a small part of his rant to Nucky, when he spoke of 'his people' in Atlantic City.

I'm hoping when all is said and done, there will be more to the character then what leads me to believe he was just put on this show for fan service.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Drive

...

Ryan Gosling's henley game is mad tight, yo. (Pun?)

Costume designer Erin Benach on this particular shirt: (via: GQ UK)

"The henley is quite an interesting piece. It was an awesome challenge. We probably tried on every henley that has ever been made by anybody anywhere, from Japan to Europe to the Americas. I seriously think we had 300! We liked elements of each one but we didn't like the label on the collar or, the collar was too thin... In the end we wound up finding some deadstock Thirties army/navy henleys. My assistant found the first one, and the person we got them from said, 'Oh yeah, I have 15 of them.' I said, 'What? You have 15 deadstock Thirties white henleys?' [laughs] Interestingly, the T-shirt originated from soldiers wanting to wear a layer underneath their wool, just to take off their fighting jackets, their combat jackets, and then still have something on."


Later it was revealed that this particular henley was purchased at Mister Freedom, in Los Angeles, California. The store's founder, Christophe Loiron, had this to say: (via: The Undershirt Guy)

"Indeed had a long chat with Ryan at the store when he was working on his wardrobe (he’s one of the few who actually works close with his stylist to get clothes that work for his characters). We discussed ideas for a jacket that he wanted to be as iconic as De Niro M-65 in Taxi driver etc…

The henleys came after.

We always have a large selection of vintage henleys, from new-old-stock military issue to 1940′s vintage pieces, mostly 3/4 sleeves but s/s as well.

We also have our original Mister Freedom production (made from vintage cotton jersey knit), our “gym henleys” http://www.misterfreedom.com/?p=1299.

Jordan and John will answer any Qs you might have.

Thanks again for the kind support."

Good movie.

I'm gonna go do some push ups now.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Louie - Subway/Pamela


What a way to get shot down.

This show is pretty amazing.

Guy - I Like


Edit:

Louis discusses the episode with Nathan Rabin, here: A.V. Club

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Low End Theory - 20th Anniversary


20 years of The Low End Theory!

Taking it back to '91, friend of the blog(ger), Matt Fish, brings the love and knowledge as we discuss one of our favorite albums of all time. We cover a number of topics, including: the group's new sound (The Low End Theory), Phife's improvement on the mic, and of course, our favorite tracks.



Agree or disagree with anything we discussed? Feel free to comment, or share some of your favorite memories/anecdotes regarding the album.

Also:

Read this book: Check The Technique: Liner Notes for Hip Hop Junkies - Brian Coleman
Watch this doc: Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest - Michael Rapaport
Buy this album: The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Pharcyde - Otha Fish (Promotional Art)


I can't recall ever seeing this ad.

I like it.

I've said enough about this track, so here's the previously unreleased live track that was included with the CDS.

The Pharcyde - The Pharcyde Live @ Dodger Stadium


Scan via: Roy Ayers Project