Cali emcee Murs presents the Hobostewd-directed music video for “Animal Style”, the Embassy-produced track from his recent BluRoc release Love & Rockets Volume 1: The Transformation. “Animal Style is a song I did for many reasons,” Murs explains. “The first was to be an advocate for people close to me who are out, and those who have yet to come out. It’s also a love song, which is nothing new for me. But with this one I wanted to challenge the listener to ask themselves: Is the love shared by two people of the same gender really that different than the love I have for my partner of the opposite sex? And finally, I just felt it was crucial for some of us in the hip hop community to speak up on the issues of teen sui cide, bullying, and the overall anti-homosexual sentiment that exist within hip hop culture. I felt so strongly about these issues and this song that I had to do a video that would command some attention, even if it makes some viewers uncomfortable. Even if it came at the cost of my own comfort.”
 

 

LA emcee Radioinactive dons yet another of Quincy Jones’ old suits in the Owen Smith-directed video for “Bury Me Standing”, a song from his new album The Akashic Record. Radio was part of Log Cabin, the ’90s crew that included a young Murs and ElighRolling Stone and URB co-signed him soon after he rapped as a goat on “Farmer’s Market Of The Beast” from producer Omid‘s 1998 compilation Beneath The Surface, also featuring Dilated Peoples and Freestyle Fellowship. He dropped the solo albums PyramidiFree Kamal and Soundtrack To A Book. He collaborated with his crew Shape Shifters on Shape Shifters Was Here, and Daedelus and Busdriver on The Weather, and recently returned from three months traveling the Sahara Desert with a band of Tuaregs.
 
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Question: what type of rappers drink almond milk, wear finger-toe sneakers and bump Drake in the Prius? Answer: rappers like Murs and Tabi Bonney, introducing the pilot episode of Murs & Tabi are Besties, a web series about the lighter side of “the rap life”. Murs recently dropped visuals for “Epic Salutations” (watch here), from his recent album Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation. Murs’ most recent release is Yumiko: Curse Of The Merch Girl, his album and graphic novel collaboration with Josh Blaylock. He recently curated Through The Mic, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s first-ever hip-hop concert series, and this year’s installment of his annual Paid Dues festival featured Wu-Tang Clan, Odd Future, Kendrick Lamar and many more. Repping D.C. by way of Togo, Tabi is best known for his 2006 debut album A Fly Guy’s Theme and his collaborations with Wale, Raheem DeVaughn and Murs. He is also an accomplished designer and director. Besties will continue in the fall.

 

 

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Cali emcee Murs presents the Hobostewd-directed music video for “Epic Salutations”, the opening track from his recent album Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation, produced entirely by Ski Beatz, the man behind classic tracks for Jay-Z, Mos Def, Camp Lo and many more. Murs’ most recent release is Yumiko: Curse Of The Merch Girl, his album and graphic novel collaboration with Josh Blaylock. He recently curated Through The Mic, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art‘s first-ever hip-hop concert series, and this year’s installment of his annual Paid Dues festival featured Wu-Tang Clan, Odd Future, Kendrick Lamar and many more.
 

Detroit producer/DJ House Shoes comes second only to his late collaborator J Dilla as a tireless champion of the D’s contemporary hip-hop scene. He is best known for his King James Version Dilla mixtape and his hectic worldwide touring schedule, working alongside talents like Slum Village and Mayer Hawthorne. Now he presents “Sweet”, featuring emcee and fellow Detroit representative Danny Brown. “Sweet” appears on The Time, House Shoes’ new EP out now on Tres Records. The Time is a precursor to Let It Go, Shoes’ debut full-length production opus featuring OH NO, Alchemist, Roc Marciano, Moe Dirdee, Shafiq Husayn, Big Tone, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Nottz, MED, Co$$, Danny Brown, Chali 2na, FattFather, MarvWon, Black Spade, Quelle, Jimetta Rose, J1, SelfSays and Fat Albert Einstein. Let It Go drops June 19.

 
Los Angeles emcee Black Silver presents the DJ Obi-produced remix of “That Slap” featuring Ras Kassand Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples. Silver is a member of the Likwit Crew with Tha Liksand Defari, the Analog Brothers (a.k.a. Ice-Tand Kool Keith), Black Ice(his duo project with Ice-T) L.A. underground click 2000 Crows, and owner of Sterling World Records. His full-length releases include, InevitableHardcore IntellectPimp To Eat (as the Analog Bros), SkillyfiedEmergency Verses and Emergency Verses Vol. 2.
 
Both taking rise around the same time, Murs and DJ Quikreminisce about their days as two hip hop artists trying to make it in the game. Before all that, Quik remembers sitting in class at Compton Unified School District learning the craft to listen and molding him to be the artist he is now. Quik recently released The Book Of David featuring Suga Free, Kurupt and more.
 

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In music, few tales stand as tall as that of Rick Allen, who rebounded from every drummer’s worst nightmare – the loss of an arm – to multi-platinum success with Def Leppard to the tune of 100 million-plus records sold. Now, Allen’s journey beyond the conventional limits of music goes one step further into the fine art world with the release of “Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change”, a highly limited series of canvases created using cutting-edge technology that turns Allen’s every move behind the drumkit into a splash of color, resulting in a series of one-of-a-kind pieces that literally turn sound visual.
The living legend known to his millions of fans worldwide as ‘the Thunder God’ was 21 years old when a 1984 car accident left him with one arm. His return to drumming three years later with Def Leppard’s 20-million selling album Hysteria is a testament to Allen’s talent, passion and perseverance. One of music’s foremost philanthropists, he and his wife, musician Lauren Monroe, founded the Raven Drum Foundation, its mission to serve, educate and empower veterans and people in crisis.
“The collection reveals something that up until recently I didn’t even know existed, presenting sound into light,” says Allen of the “Drums” series, one of several innovative projects from Scenefour (scenefour.com), the art collective specializing in the conceptual and design of collaborative artwork with musical icons. The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Bootsy Collins of Parliament/James Brown fame, Chuck D of Public Enemy and TLC are just a handful of Scenefour’s collaborators, whose work can be seen in their 2011 book Come Together. “Electric Hand” is the newest addition to the “Art Of Drums” series, which also boasts collections from Guns N Roses drummer Matt Sorum and Jane’s Addictionstickman Stephen Perkins.  Hand” is available exclusively at RickAllenArt.com.
 

THROUGH THE MIC: LACMA X Hip Hop, the first museum hip hop concert series of its kind, will explore contemporary Los Angeles hip hop music from May through October 2012. Cocurated by LACMA and hip hop artist Murs, concerts will take place on the third Thursday of every month, and will feature emerging and experimental L.A.-based hip hop artists. On May 17 the series kicks off with a special performance by 3MG: Murs, Eligh, and Scarub, formerly known as 3 Melancholy Gypsys, a L.A. based group reuniting specifically for this LACMA performance. The series continues on June 21, with a performance by Dumbfoundead. Tickets are $15 general, $10 LACMA members, for more information and to reserve tickets visit lacma.org/event/3mg

WHEN: Series begins on Thursday, May 17, 2012, 8pm
WHERE: BP Grand Entrance at LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
For more information, please contact the LACMA Communications Department
at press@lacma.org or 323 857-6522.
 

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Producer/dj Quickie Mart and Ben Ellman of funk/jazz band Galactic are Gypsyphonic Disko, presenting a free download of “Booty Poppin'”, a song from their new free full-length NolaPhonic Volume 2, the New Orleans natives’ second foray into their unique fusion of bounce and Balkan music. “Booty Poppin'” features boucne star Katey Red, widely regarded as the first homosexual rapper and pioneer of “sissy rap”. Quickie Mart produced three volumes of the Haze Diaries mixtape series with East Coast emcee Gotham Green, and recently released Space Monkey Radio EP, five artist-approved dubstep remixes of tracks from Freddie Gibbs, Ricky B,Slightly Stoopid and more. Galactic’s most recent studio album is Ya-Ka-May featuring Irma Thomas, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and more. Volume 2 also features Juvenile, Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truthspeaker and Big Freedia. The GD crew performs Sunday April 29th at Republic New Orleans (828 S. Peters).

 

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LA emcee Radioinactive was part of Log Cabin, the ’90s crew that included a young Murs and Eligh. Rolling Stone and URB co-signed him soon after he rapped as a goat on “Farmer’s Market Of The Beast” from producer Omid‘s 1998 compilation Beneath The Surface, also featuring Dilated Peoples and Freestyle Fellowship. He dropped the solo albums Pyramidi, Free Kamaal and Soundtrack To A Book. He collaborated with his crew Shape Shifters on Shape Shifters Was Here, and Daedelus and Busdriver on The Weather. Now, fresh back from three months traveling the Sahara Desert with a band of Tuaregs, he dons one of Quincy Jones‘ old suits in the Tucker Capps-directed music video for “Mint Tea”, the first single from his forthcoming album The Akashic Record. French duo La Caution produced “Tea”, originally heard as “The A La Menthe” on the soundtrack to the 2004 movie Oceans 12 starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. “Tea” also f eatures 2Mex, the LA emcee known for his work with The Visionaries, Project Blowed, Sage Francis, Slug of Atmosphere and many more. The “Mint Tea” single drops April 9.

 

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Murs presents “Gods Gone Crazy”, the first exclusive track from Yumiko: Curse Of The Merch Girl, his album and graphic novel collaboration with Josh Blaylock, available only on Murs’ Kickstarter page until this Wednesday. dropping this Wednesday and available only until then on Murs’ Kickstarter page. The album and novel unite to tell the story of Yumi Morales, a girl living the fabled tour life working the merchandise table for her boyfriend Dominick‘s band Murder Acts. The 124-page graphic novel is illustrated by Jose Garcia, written by Josh Blaylock and the ten-song album – whose lyrics are printed in their entirety throughout the novel – is produced entirely by DJ Foundation. Yumiko is available only via the project’s Kickstarter page, where a range of different pledge options will get you everything from the novel and CD to exclusive apparel, custom download cards illustrated by David Mack and Jim Mahfood, and a personal thank-you note and Twitter follow from Murs. Followed by the release of the album and book, an animated music video will officially be unveiled at Murs’ party during the Comic-Con convention in San Diego. “Yumiko is hip hop and comics done correctly,” says Murs of the project. “Comics have always been a huge inspiration to me. And having the chance to publish my own comic is truly an honor. Working with my partners to create this book was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to making our dream a reality with the help of the fans.” Murs can also be seen reviewing recent issues of Batman, Catwoman and Wolverine for G4TV’s Fresh Ink Online blog (click here).