Thursday, August 25, 2011

David Williams (Jungle Brothers Producer)

The Unheard Music talks to Mr. Williams about his introduction to the Jungle Brothers, and his contributions to the Crazy Wisdom Masters/J. Beez Wit The Remedy project. It's a little dense, but you may find something of interest in there.

Interview: Link

It appears David Williams and the Jungle Brothers are in the early stages of a new recording projects. He's posted some early tracks on his soundcloud page, and...I'm kinda liking what I hear so far.

A Kickstarter page has been set up, with the hopes of raising money to cover some of his costs. If you're inclined to help out, you can find information here:

David Williams Kickstarter: Link

I do hope they're able to complete the project. Their collaboration (with Bill Laswell) brought forth some interesting product, though it might have been a little ahead of its time.

Jungle Brothers - Troopin' On The Down Lo

Jungle Brothers - Ra Ra Kid

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The HedRush: Episode #41 - Who Got Some More Gangsta S#!t?

While you're sweating through the super-heated summer, the HedRush brings you more super-hot gangsta rap music. For this episode, we revisit the LA scene, take a quick dip over to Kansas City, and then head down south as well, especially showcasing the work of Rap-A-Lot Records. Your hosts JB d'Mulatto and Spider Jerusalem also spend a good bit a time speaking their mind on everything from 2Pac's ethic to great gangsta rap tracks featuring horrible singing to the "appeal" of PCP.

Tracklisting and previous episodes: The HedRush

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)

Kurt's #beardgame is tight.

You know, for a second, I actually allowed myself to believe that two Black characters might survive the horrors of this film.

Solid flick, even though the final showdown wasn't much of a showdown. Kurt's "Yeah, fuck you too" was good for laughs, and the final FINAL showdown was a really great way to end the film. Much better than the alternate ending I read about.

The Thing: Trailer

Saturday, August 13, 2011

An Outtake: De La Soul is Dead Chat

I had planned on doing a chat with my friend Matt Tassone, commemorating the 20th Anniversary of De La Soul is Dead's release date. Unfortunately, things did not work out as I had hoped. Not only were we late to record, I later found out that my mic level was very low, making our conversation almost unlistenable.

I say almost because Matt sounds fine, which is great because he's the biggest De La fan I know, and offered some great thoughts.

I'm posting the entire conversation (no editing) if you're interested in listening. It's quite mellow, and runs a bit long, so I've include time stamps, in case you only want to listen to a specific part of the conversation. I would also recommend listening in a quiet room, with headphones. You should be able to pick up most of my part in the conversation.

Download: Link

00:30 - Pre-release chatter
03:33 - Ring Ring Ring
09:00 - First impressions of the album
16:38 - Storybook Skits
17:48 - Oodles of Os/ Talkin Bout Hey Love
19:54 - Peas Porridge
22:10 - Johnny's Dead AKA Vincent Mason
22:45 - A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"
32:22 - Bitties In The BK Lounge
37:40 - My Brother's A Basehead/Let Let Me In/Afro Connections At A Hi 5/Rap De Rap Show
42:08 - Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa
45:15 - Who Do U Worship/Kicked Out The House
47:00 - Pass The Plugs/Arsenio Hall
54:19 - Not Over Till The Fat Lady Plays The Demo/Ring Ring Ring (album version)
56:30 - Shwingalokate/Fanatic of the B Word
58:00 - Keepin' The Faith
104:30 - Final thoughts, legacy of the album

Bold titles are tracks we really enjoyed.