RZA | Murs | Bizarre Ride/Delicious Vinyl | Chuck D | House Shoes | Bootsy Collins
Jonathan Emile & Kendrick Lamar | MIDI Mafia | Honey Cocaine | Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
Jonezen & Gucci Mane | Substance Abuse & Tash of Tha Liks | Planet Asia| Cab Cabernet
Les Claypool of Primus | Victor Wooten | Stanley Clarke | DJ Nu-Mark | Strong Arm Steady
Rockie Fresh | Exile | Thurz | Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction) | Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses)
Toy Art Gallery | R&R Gallery | Rapper Big Pooh & Phife Dawg | 9th Wonder | Fashawn
Verdine White (Earth Wind & Fire) | Super Mart Produce | Kill Paris | Sixo | Roc Marciano
Miz MAF & Freeway | DJ Rhettmatic | Phonte | Quickie Mart | Gypsyphonic Disko
Kurupt & Boldy James | Oh No & Guilty Simpson | Phil The Agony | Shabaam Sahdeeq
China Mac & Jadakiss | Mr. Complex | Radioinactive | Sick Jacken | John Robinson
Myka Nyne | S.O.U.L. Purpose | Ricky B | Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone)
Hasan Salaam & Immortal Technique | Rheteric Ramirez | IamOmni | Yamin Semali | DJ Babu
V. Nova & Smif-N-Wessun | Bamboo Bros | Voice | Boycott Blues | Harn Solo | Pavy
Gotham Green, Kool G Rap & Nature | Lodeck & Omega One | Montage One | Signif
J. Rawls & Masta Ace | Maimouna Youssef | Menacin Johnson | J. Ivy | Self Scientific
Super Chron Flight Bros | Hieroglyphics | Black Silver, Ras Kass, Rakaa | Clan Destined
Paranoid Castle | Digi Crates | Jose Pasillas (Incubus) | Sonny Seeza (Onyx)
DD172/BluRoc presents the music video for “Remember 2 Forget”, from Murs‘ forthcoming album Love & Rockets Vol.1: The Transformation, dropping October 11. The song is produced by NY beat legend Ski Beatz, who produced the entire L&R album, and the video is directed by Shruti Parekh. The Hip Hop & Love Tour kicks off September 27 in Tempe, AZ featuring Murs and the rest of the DD172 roster – McKenzie Eddy, Ski Beatz & The Senseis, Da$h, Sean O’Connell and 24 Hr Karate School – and will make its way around the country before wrapping up in Tucson November 26. Visit HipHopAndLoveTour.com for tour dates and more.
Toy Art Gallery is proud to present Emilio Garcia’s “Brain Evolution” Jumping Brain Custom Group Show. Emilio’s signature creation has enraptured collectors since it’s debut, and this show truly captures the evolution of the Jumping Brain as it explodes across a huge array of forms and mediums. “Brain Evolution” features exclusively produced 6” resin Jumping Brains customized by a huge selection of artists from around the world.
Participating artists include: Betso, Blobpus, Bob Conge / Plaseebo, Boris Hoppek, Brent Nolasco, Buff Monster, Bwana Spoons, Chor Boogie, Clay Ferguson, Cris Rose, Daniel Goffin, Doktor A, DrilOne, Greg Noppe, Hints and Spices,, Itokin Park, Jan Calleja, Jason Feeny, Jason Limon, Jermaine Rogers, Jon Knox, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Jryu, Keithing, Kenny Wong, Lash, Leecifer, Liz Mcgrath, Luke Chueh, Malota, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Nagata, Motorbot, Naoto Hattori, Nebulon 5, Oliver Winconek, Okedoki, Paul Kaiju, Phu, Raymond Choy, Scott Tolleson, 64 Colors, Skinner, Spencer Ong, Tan-ki, Todd Robertson, Tokyo Plastic, Travis Lampe, Velocitron and Yosuke Ueno.
Come celebrate “Brain Evolution” AND our BRAND-NEW retail showroom (located in the heart of Hollywood, CA) with a special night of fun, friends, and free door prizes! Enter our raffle for a one-of-a-kind giveaway and visit with Emilio Garcia and other attending guests. Marvel at the 36” Toy2R Brain Pattern Qee and make sure to pick up your own 5” DIY vinyl Jumping Brain to continue the evolution. As an extra added bonus, Han Cholo (http://hancholo.com) will be on hand with their Trunk Show for all of your pop culture-related jewelry and accessory needs!
We will also be host to some amazing exclusives from some of our favorite artists, available first come first served at the grand opening*! You can expect TAG-exclusive editions of your favorite toys from the following artists: Paul Kaiju, Splurrt, Abell, Waotoyz, Velocitron, Cris Rose, and more! Keep an eye out on our blog (blog.toyartgallery.com) during the next week for full reveals.
“Brain Evolution” and our grand opening event will open on Sept. 16th, 2011 at 7pm and will run til 11pm. There will be a food truck and DJ on hand, as well as complimentary drinks. “Brain Evolution” will run through Oct. 10th.
Toy Art Gallery NEW LOCATION
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Hours: 11-8 Sun-Sat
TF: 877-910-TOYS (8697)
Local: 323-653-TOYS (8697)
Wandering Worx Entertainment proudly presents exclusive live footage from Planet Asia’s recent performance at Garfinkel’s, in the resort town of Whistler, Canada. Over the summer Asia released Each Step Becomes Elevated, a collaboration album with fellow Gold Chain Military member TriState, for free download under the Wandering Worx imprint. Asia has been nominated for a Grammy and won several awards since he started rapping in Fresno, CA in 1992, and has won The Source Magazine’s Independent Album of the Year twice. Wandering Worx is a Canadian label also responsible for releases from Moka Only, Jasiri X, Rel!g!on and more.
Following up his recent album Airport 5 (watch the video to “Grab Grab Grab”), Canadian emcee/producer Moka Only presents his first free offering to the masses, the 15-track Barbecued Horse Contest Instrumentals. An album with Swiss producer Chief is also in the works, as well as a collaboration album with Bootie Brown of Tha Pharcyde.
Kirby Dominant had already lived the stuff of rap fairytales / nightmares by the time his name began ringing bells up and down the West Coast’s ‘90s underground scene. Reared in the same Bay Area circles that produced the Living Legends and Mystik Journeymen who took the independent rap hustle to its bare essentials – a loud mouth, a pair of sturdy legs, and a backpack full of self-produced cassettes – Kirby sealed his worldwide reputation as a freestyle rap prodigy, world-class battle rapper and impossibly prolific studio rat. Champagne Nightmares is his second collaboration with Canadian producer Factor. They call themselves Paranoid Castle, and the name fits the music: hulking, ornate beats atop which Kirby is an elephant on a tightrope, executing a delicate, hour-long balancing act between singing and rapping, pleasure and doubt. Kirby is a grown man with a lot of lives behind him, just trying to figure out how to enjoy this life without hurting anybody, including himself. Champagne Nightmares drops August 30.
“Kirby Dominant has been a longtime friend. He is a great musician. An innovator. Creativity and imagination personified. It’s Zappa meets Prince meets Iceberg Slim on a California street corner. Paranoid Castle is fucking awesome.” -MURS
“My best two Kirby moments – well, three: 1) Seeing him in my Hip-Hop 101 lecture I gave at UC Berkeley 2) Hearing “Niggas & White Girls” for the first time (so dope) 3) Him rocking with me at the NYC Atmosphere show in a wedding outfit – he was some dude’s best man, I think – and just killed it with me like a G! Love Kirb.” -ABSTRACT RUDE
“Whenever Factor and Kirby collide in the studio….they make honest and humorous music of whale-size portions.” -AWOL ONE
After many months of planning and over a year of work, Guns ‘N Roses/The Cult/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum today unveils five original art pieces unlike anything any visual artist, let alone any musician, has attempted before. The first five pieces in the “Art Of Drums” collection marks nothing less than the creation of a new visual medium: not oil, not acrylic, but a drummer’s rhythm bottled up through a manipulation of time and light and translated onto canvas as visual art. Created in collaboration with SceneFour, the Los Angeles-based creativity house behind artistic ventures with the RZA, Bootsy Collins and many other luminaries, Sorum’s pieces are the first from what will over the coming months become a series of iconic drummers joining the visual art realm through the harnessing of this groundbreaking approach.
“What we found was, each drummer is a painter,” says SceneFour creative director Cory Danziger about the “Art Of Drums” project, an assertion reflected in the distinct personalities of each of the five pieces in Sorum’s collection. An effect recalling Jesus’ face can be seen in To Sail With Jesus, while a cranial image commands My Skull, My Strength. Heart Of Ghosts conveys a supernatural, ethereal feel. Primal, aquatic imagery appears in Stone Fish. Cleopetria is an astonishing vision of a bat in flight.
Only 100 drafts of Sorum’s series of canvases exist, 20 pieces of each. They range in size from 48″x36″ to 30″x20″, each signed and numbered by Sorum. “Drums” collections are forthcoming from Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, and Frankie “Kash” Waddy of Parliament-Funkadelic.
In the latest chapter in his series of official, artist-sanctioned dubstep remixes, producer/deejay Quickie Mart gives a nod to his New Orleans roots with his dubstep remix of “Shake Fa Ya Hood”, the 1997 street classic from 7th Ward rapper Ricky B (hear the original here). “Shake” follows similar Quickie Mart remixes of songs by Shyvonne and Freddie Gibbs, who also appears on his Haze Diaries mixtape trilogy with NYC rapper Gotham Green (check out Haze Diaries). Ricky just released The Archives, his first new album in over a decade (listen to “Go On Rock Wit It” here).
Dame Dash‘s new label DD172/BluRoc in conjunction with Adidas proudly presents The Hip Hop & Love Tour, visiting 51 American cities between September 27 and November 26. Headlining is Cali indie pioneer Murs, prepping for his first DD172/BluRoc release Love & Rockets Vol.1, The Transformation, a collaboration album with Jay-Z/Mos Def producer Ski Beatz, also appearing on the tour with his band The Senseis. Also billed is West African-born rapper Tabi Bonney, who duets with Murs on the free download “Hip Hop & Love”, available for streaming at hiphopandlovetour.com and free download here. Rapper Da$h of The Heirs appears fresh off the release of his new mixtape Chron Burgundy. Vocalist and Wiz Khalifa/Nicole Wray collaborator McKenzie Eddy is also slated for the tour, as well as producer/multi-instrumentalist Sean O’Connell, best known for his work with Curren$y on Muscle Car Chronicles. The Hip Hop & Love Tour brings the DD172/BluRoc roster under one bill and is the newest manifestation of Dame Dash’s vision for creativity and expression in this new era, a journey whose other milestones include Creative Control TV and his Manhattan-based art gallery and creativity space DD172.
“When I punch people they stay punched, unless I elbow them and then they don’t get up”-Rheteric
Raised in NYC in the ’80s and L.A. in the ’90s, Dominican-American emcee Rheteric Ramirez has been making a home for himself at the sweet spot where brains meet fist for the last fifteen years. His unique brand of ‘intellectual mauling’ has made him one of underground hip-hop’s most most unique emcees much like Nocando, resident host of L.A.’s notorious Low End Theory weekly and founder of Hellfyre Club, the new imprint under Alpha Pup Records now presenting Rhet’s first single “Break Tha Bank”. Hellfyre is also home to emcees Intuition, Open Mike Eagle, Sahtyre and VerBS. “Eric was one of my top 3 influences in the L.A. rap scene as a teenager,” says Nocando. “He was original, witty, and passionate about everything he said. I really believe that there are no lies in his music. He has always been a polarizing guy, either you love him or you hate him. If you show love for him he’ll fight for you, if you show hate for him you might get your ass kicked.”
On March 8, Libyan-American rapper Khaled M released “Can’t Take Our Freedom”, a song featuring Iraqi-British rapper Lowkey protesting Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi‘s slaughter of his own people. Filled with exclusive and extremely graphic civilian footage from the Libyan frontlines, the accompanying video received 50,000 hits in its first week before Youtube mysteriously took it down, citing a violation of its Terms Of Service. An appeal promptly filed with Youtube was denied. Fans began reposting the video – some even posting their own versions – and started a petition site to have the official video reinstated. Now, months later, after extensive mediation between a party mutual to Khaled’s team and Youtube, the “Freedom” video has returned, although you must prove you are 18 or over to view. “I don’t know if it was someone trying to suppress the message,” says Khaled. “There’s a lot o f other graphic stuff on Youtube, so maybe someone just didn’t like the message. I just know there was something fishy about it, something inconsistent.” Khaled was named “Lyricist Of The Year” at the Chicago Urban Music Awards, and LowKey was recently named one of the UK’s top ten artists by MTV. “Freedom” is the first single from Khaled’s upcoming fall release, the FreE.P. He’s headlining the official kickoff event for this year’s North Coast Music Festival featuring Wiz Khalifa, David Guetta and Common at Chicago’s House Of Blues on September 1, two days before he starts his Freedom Tour, which will visit college campuses nationwide.
Born blind on October 10, 1984 in Camden, South Carolina, Blind Fury’s mother was told her son didn’t have a chance of seeing his first birthday. He was playing the keyboard by four, singing by five, rapping by nine and slaying emcees before international audience by nineteen on MTV’s Rocafella Battle in 2003. After receiving the co-sign from Jamie Foxx, Killer Mike, T.I., KaySlay, DJ Premier, Ghostface, Ludacris, FatMan Scoop, Gregg Street, Big Gipp and many more, his debut album Beautiful dropped July 5 on Gang Green Records. MTV made his rhyme skills world-renowned, but “Feel Some Type Of Way” is a slow-burning R&B cut that announces him as a singer/songwriter at heart.
Cali rap pioneer Murs recently spent a few weeks on the East Coast recording with Ski Beatz, the producer behind legendary tracks for Jay-Z, Mos Def, Curren$y, Jay Electronica and many more. He’s now back on the West Coast, without his trademark dreadlocks, but with a new album: Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation, set to drop this fall on Dame Dash‘s DD172/BLUROC labels in conjunction with a sixty-day tour. More details forthcoming. In this video clip, Murs walks into Frank’s Chop Shop in NYC and emerges a few pounds lighter…