To mark their 20th year, famed hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics are set to release a project unlike anything they have done before: the creation and release of a fine art piece. The artwork titled “The Valley of Kings” will debut to the world on November 1, 2010 at www.whenartimitateslife.com, with only 300 canvas prints available. Created over the course of the last 12 months, the piece – said to represent the “supernatural” union between the crew and their musical journey – has been shown to no one outside of the Hieroglyphics camp. An extensive process involving storyboarding, photography, greenscreen, and graphic art was executed in its creation of the art, as well as tapping the talents of world-renowned aerosol artist EAZ ONE. The result is a masterpiece that will be numbered and signed by each member in the crew for every piece in the collection. All 300 will be shipped with authenticity certificates. Upon purchase, an exclusive download link will also be sent to your email address containing a Hieroglyphics megamix by DJ Equal, and a never-before-heard Hiero posse cut, “Reputation”.

Sign up for more information today at whenartimitateslife.com and you stand to win The Valley Of Kings’ original artist proof, the very first canvas delivered to the crew for final review. The artist proof is 40″ x 40″ and is signed by all Hiero members. The winner will be announced on November 28.

For almost twenty years, Hieroglyphics has been one of hip-hop’s most beloved entities. The one-two punch of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s 1992 debut album I Wish My Brother George Was Here (Elektra) and Souls Of Mischief’s ’93 Til Infinity (Jive) introduced listeners to a new kind of West Coast rapper. In an era where gangsta rap was standard issue, Del, Casual, Opio, Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto, Domino and Pep Love offered music from ordinary people with extraordinary skills. Casual’s debut Fear Itself (Jive) and Del’s sophomore album No Need For Alarm, both released in 1994, were Hiero’s last major-label albums save for Souls of Mischief’s 1995 offering No Man’s Land before the crew made the decision to go fully independent, releasing their own albums and coordinating their own tours. 15 years later, that three-eyed logo is a global brand, and Hieroglyphics is one of the undisputed forefathers of the sound, the hustle, and the ideology of underground hip-hop. Their most recent release was last year’s Montezuma’s Revenge.

The Valley Of Kings makes Hieroglyphics the first hip-hop collective to release artwork under When Art Imitates Life (WAIL), the brainchild of King Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show, MTV’s Sway Calloway, and Los Angeles creativity house Scene Four. Previous releases from WAIL include collaboration pieces with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as Shavo of System Of A Down. There will be an early viewing opportunity taking place on October 29, 2010 via a GOLDEN TICKET sent to the first 500 people signed into the interest list for more information. Sign up at www.whenartimitateslife.com.

 

The fourth video from Haze Diaries Vol. 3 (see “LA To JFK” f. El Prez | “Tell Me Something” f. Freddie Gibbs and Jes Hudak | “Dirty Filthy Liar RMX” w/ Jes Hudak”)

 

The most accomplished jazz bassist of his generation. Five-time Grammy recipient. Bass Player Magazine’s Bass Player Of The Year – three times in a row, making him the first person to win more than once. Producer. Lecturer. Author. And now, guest professor at The Funk University (thefunkuniversity.com), the groundbreaking online bass guitar school helmed by funk legend Bootsy Collins of Parliament/Funkadelic, James Brown and solo fame who has assembled the most comprehensive lineup of top-tier bassists the world has ever seen for his students. Exclusive video of Wooten sharing the exercises, techniques, advice, and philosophy that made him a bass giant are now available for viewing by enrolled F.U. students, alo ng with similar tutorials from the likes of Les Claypool, Meshell Ndegeocello, John B. Williams, Divinity Roxx, Dennis Chambers, Norwood Fisher, Thee Ram Jam, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Bakithi Kumalo, P-Nut, Blackbyrd McKnight, and Billy Bass – not to mention Bootsy Collins himself – all for a monthly fee equal to the average cost of one in-person bass lesson.

‘Jazz bassist’ is a pedigree few today can claim with authority, a half-century after what many consider the genre’s heyday. The fact that Victor Wooten can do so at the age of 45 speaks to his dizzying level of devotion to the craft, and the stellar reputation it has garnered him worldwide by music lovers and peers alike as a pillar of jazz bass. Yet it’s almost a misnomer to speak only of jazz in reference to Wooten, who can rock a fiddle as easily as he can his signature Fodera electric bass, and regularly delves into bluegrass, rock and funk. He is bassist for Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, and has worked in the studio and onstage with talents from Stanley Clarke and Branford Marsalis to Prince and Dave Matthews.

TheFunkUniversity.com is a ‘virtual campus’ where exclusive new content is added daily, geared towards intermediate to advanced bass players as well as anyone interested in a deeper understanding of funk. Each guest synthesizes their decades of invaluable experience into a series of discussions, lessons and exercises on bass and rhythm all within the classrooms section of the site. In Bootsy’s Lecture Hall, Bootsy provides extensive lectures on funk, the bass, and his library of genre-defining work. The library at Funk U houses a wealth of multimedia learning content, from video and audio to gear tutorials. Staff reviews of students’ performance will be conducted periodically, and professors periodically answer students’ questions. Bootsy’s Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the notorious L.A . creativity house responsible for projects with Al Gore’s Current TV, MTV-U, Nine Inch Nails, the RZA, Fishbone, Public Enemy, Helmet, Marilyn Manson, The Pixies, and Beck. Interested players are encouraged to sign up for exclusive information at thefunkuniversity.com.

 

The Funk University (thefunkuniversity.com), the online bass guitar school masterminded and curated by Bootsy Collins, the larger-than-life musician who helped bring bass to the forefront of modern music through his work with Parliament/Funkadelic, James Brown and Bootsy’s Rubber Band. F.U. professors include Les Claypool, Meshell Ndegeocello, Victor Wooten, John B. Williams, Divinity Roxx, Dennis Chambers, Norwood Fisher, Thee Ram Jam, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Bakithi Kumalo, P-Nut, Blackbyrd McKnight and Billy Bass, offering lessons, exercises, gear tutorials and lectures to enrolled students. Learn more at www.thefunkuniversity.com.
 

Beginning this week, Les Claypool of Primus begins his tenure as the latest in a remarkable line of world-renowned guest professors at the Funk University (www.thefunkuniversity.com), the online bass guitar school created and curated by the legendary Bootsy Collins. The eccentric Primus frontman joins the likes of Victor Wooten, P-NUT, Meshell Ndegeocello, John B. Williams, Divinity Roxx, Dennis Chambers, Thee Ram Jam, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Bakithi Kumalo, Blackbyrd McKnight, TM Stevens, Norwood Fisher and Bootsy himself as part of the most esteemed collection of bass guitar luminaries ever assembled, sharing the wisdom that made them greats. Each day, new multimedia content – everything from lessons and tutorials to lectures on funk history and philosophy – is premiered at F.U.’s ‘virtual campus’ for the benefit of enrolled students. Periodic staff reviews of students’ performance and an assortment of community tools make the F.U. experience fully interactive.

Claypool is a bass guitar trailblazer. Primus’ breakthrough 1991 album Sailing The Seas Of Cheese was for many their introduction to ‘funk-metal’, a genre Claypool has become synonymous with thanks to his frenetic, virtuosic combination of strumming, tapping and slapping, a style which and has spawned legions of imitators. Claypool is also one of the most unique personalities in a field bursting with them. Album titles include Pork Soda, Suck On This and Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People, and aliases Colonel Claypool and Snapdad are just two of his many outlandish aliases. But make no mistake: musicians and fans worldwide know that when it comes to skill, Claypool’s bass licks are no laughing matter.

Bootsy’s Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the notorious L.A. creativity house responsible for projects wit h Al Gore’s Current TV, MTV-U, Nine Inch Nails, the RZA, Fishbone, Public Enemy, Helmet, Marilyn Manson, The Pixies, and Beck. Interested players are encouraged to sign up for exclusive information at http://thefunkuniversity.com.

 

One thing that all people can agree on is the badassness that is Bill Murray. His epicness is universal, so when we started picking a theme for our next show, it really was a no brainer. Who better to focus time and energy on? Plus, the world can always use more art with BM in it. Basically: Everybody wins.

When we announced to our artist friends that this was the direction we were going with the next show, over 40 creative masterminds couldn’t raise their hands high enough to contribute to the project. As a result, the collection will include more than 50 pieces of original art inspired by Bill Fucking Murray.

Featuring art by
Adam Isaac Jackson, Aiyana Udesen, Austen Stanton, Bill Sneed, Brett Manning, Bryce Takara, Candace Jean, Carrie Cottini, Chelsea Manson, Chico Munson, Cody Comrie, CW, Daphne Yap, Dave Frey, David Raa, Evan Rossell, Evan Yarbrough, Emily Wood, Guy Hayden, Heather McMillen, Jared Snow, Jeben Berg, Jess Sluder, Josh Hart, Josh McClure, Kube, Madsteez, Maggie West, Mariah Montgomery, Miguel Cervantes, Michael Piazza Easton, Mike Mcquade, Nil Ultra, Patch Davis, Patrick Hruby, Paul O’Sullivan (Dro), Robert Bowen, Sean P Costello, Skinner, Spencer Tiscareno, Steve Saiz, Tee Collins, Tuna Bora & Wendy Teague

Oh, did we mention there will be an Open Bar sponsored by iamOMNI.com?
We can pretty much guarantee that there couldn’t be a better use of your time that evening. This WILL be a show you will regret missing.

Come celebrate the one and only Mr. William James Murray with us on September 17th from 7-Midnight at R&R Gallery (929 E. 2nd St., Suite 106, Los Angeles 90012). However, in case you get hit by a car and lose control of bodily functions, all is not lost; the show is ongoing (by appointment) September 18-30.

For viewing appointments call 213.626.2261 or email info@therandr.org
For more info on R&R visit www.TheRandR.org

R&R Gallery on Facebook

 

They have names like Lip Vagina Monster and Jumping Brain. They’re made by international artists, Hollywood filmmakers and millionaire executives with creative itches. They sell for thousands of dollars each, and go on to become worth many times more. And they’re toys. High-end, one-of-a-kind toys are the newest offshoot of the ‘low-brow’ art movement – riffs on underground, street and pop culture – born in 1970s Los Angeles. So it makes sense that Hollywood boasts the world’s first Toy Art Gallery, which will host the Red Carpet Kaiju Show on September 4th, featuring works from the likes of Akoart, Alimana, and Emilio Garcia, respected artists who will travel from Japan, Spain and Mexico to attend.

Prolific toy art collectors include Nike CEO Mark Parker, celebrated artist Mark Nagata, and TAG founder Gino Joukar, who opened the gallery not one year ago to share his passion with the world. Toy art is inspired by everything from old Japanese cartoons to music to politics. They’re a diverse bunch, comprising insiders from companies like Pixar and Upper Playground, to Radiohead cover designer Jermaine Rogers, to Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez, the Venezuelan artist whose customers include Jeff Koons, creator of the most expensive piece by a living artist ever auctioned ($25.7 million). As TAG expands into the production as well as the showcasing of toy art, Joukar has partnered with Gonzalez to bring his interpretations of the “collective unconscious” to the world. But where mos t toy art is made simply of vinyl or fiberglass, TAGTOYS use gold and diamonds to multiply their worth as well as their significance. “The antiques cultures uses the gold, precious metals and diamonds to represent their gods, not only because they were hard to find, but because they were symbols of the divinity,” Gonzalez explains.”

Toy Art Gallery is proud to present its newest group show, Red Carpet Kaiju. TAG will debut Gonzalez’ controversial “Hierophany” toy, and has invited some of the best monster and kaiju-inspired artists from around the world to showcase their unique visions and talents within this strange and wonderful sub-genre of art toys. Their work spans from production toys and hand-painted customs to unique sculptures made from a variety of mediums. Joukar and Gonzalez will also be debuting TAGTOYS with sneak previews of new figures made in luscious Japanese soft vinyl. Opening reception is September 4th from 7-11 PM, with artists in attendance, music, drinks, a food truck, giveaways and more.

Toy Art Gallery
737 Seward St. #1 (right off Melrose Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90038
TF: (877) 910-TOYS (8697)
Local: (323) 465-TOYS (8697)
info@toyartgallery.com
toyartgallery.com
TOYART on Twitter
TOYART on Facebook

 

He built with rappers in Palestine, then dropped a single with MC Serch and Jewish rapper Sneakas. He went to war over the keffiyeh trend on the internet leaks Lesson A and B (with Q-Tip). He started JumpOff TV’s weekly Walking Blog, where he breaks down the week in NY hip-hop in song form. Now NJ emcee Mazzi presents The Inspection.

“Love Is Love” video (f. Maya Azucena)
Mazzi on Twitter

 


Likwit Crew/Gold Chain Military
secret weapon Montage One steps out the shadows this year with his debut solo album 10.6.2.OGX on Stimulus One/RBC. Features production from Madlib, E-Swift, Alchemist, Evidence, OhNo, DJ Babu, Jake One, DJ Revolution, and cameos from Little Brother, Strong Arm Steady, Foreign Exchange, WildChild, Dilated Peoples and Defari. ‘Nuff said. EPK above, and first single “Blood Lust” featuring TriState and Planet Asia available for stream here and download here.

 
As bassist for James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic and a constant stream of solo output, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins is the man behind some of the most famous basslines in history, widely credited with establishing bass as the driving element of modern music. So it follows that one of the most influential figures in bass has built the world’s first Funk University, officially entering its first semester as of July 1. Funk disciples worldwide are enrolling at TheFunkUniversity.com, a ‘virtual campus’ where exclusive new content will be added daily, geared towards intermediate to advanced bass players as well as anyone interested in a deeper understanding of funk.

Bootsy’s Funk U, a virtual campus featuring exclusive lectures, discussions and exercises, is as unorthodox and intriguing as the artist himself. The pioneering class accesses new content each day consisting of lectures and discussions by Professor Bootsy relating to his own knowledge of the bass and funk theory culled through his more than 40 years of work. Students are also accessing highly intimate lectures and conversations with one of the most impressive assemblies of musical visionaries in one online location. Highly affordable, F.U. offers monthly access to the most comprehensive bass community and learning environment the world has seen, for the average cost of one in-person bass lesson.

In year 1, scheduled appearances include special guest professors like Les Claypool, Meshell Ndegeocello, Victor Wooten, John B. Williams, Divinity Roxx, Dennis Chambers, Thee Ram Jam, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Bakithi Kumalo, P-Nut, Catfish Collins, Blackbyrd McKnight, and Billy Bass. Independently, each guest will synthesize their decades of invaluable experience into a series of discussions, lessons and exercises on bass and rhythm all within the classrooms section of the site. In Bootsy’s Lecture Hall, Bootsy will provide extensive lectures on funk, the bass, and his library of genre-defining work. The library at Funk U houses a wealth of multimedia learning content, from video and audio to gear tutorials. Staff reviews of students’ performance will be conducted periodically, and professors will also hold office hours to answer students’ questions. Bootsy’s Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the notorious L.A. creativity house responsible for projects with Al Gore’s Current TV, MTV-U, Nine Inch Nails, the RZA, Marilyn Manson, The Pixies, and Beck.

Enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested players are encouraged to sign up for exclusive information at thefunkuniversity.com.

“Bootsy Collins Launching Funk University” [ABC]
The Funk University site
Bootsy Collins on Twitter

 

 

On midnight January 1, Victory Or Death, the highly limited fine art piece conceptualized and starring the RZA of multi-platinum hiphop group Wu-Tang Clan, was made available to the public. The piece is a Wu-styled interpretation of Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware, with RZA replacing Washington, and the GZA and the late Old Dirty Bastard as his right-hand men. Each painting contains a number of hidden elements that new owners are already scrambling to discover.

Victory Or Death comes in two collections. Prints in the Legacy Series measure 40” x 30”, and all carry RZA’s signature and handprints, applied in acrylic paint. All are numbered and signed in order of generation, and each come with a RZA image disc and authenticity placard. 300 prints exist in the Legacy Series. The 60 pieces in the Monument Series come with all the features of the Legacy, but the pieces contain a total of 50 hidden elements to the Legacy’s 36. Moreover, the Monument clocks in at two times the size – a whopping 80 x 60.

Village Voice (New York) proclaimed Victory Or Death “the greatest painting of 2010”. Of Victory, Pitchfork Media asked, “Is there anything RZA can’t do? (Rhetorical.)” The signup page features a snapshot of RZA posing alongside the piece, as well as a new promotional flash video. Victory Or Death is the flagship release from When Art Imitates Life (WAIL), the brainchild of Sway of MTV, Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show, and Los Angeles creativity house Scene Four. Upcoming fine art projects from WAIL are said to include Bay Area gatekeepers Hieroglyphics, legendary DJ QBert and Shavo of System Of A Down.

“The Greatest Painting Of 2010” [Village Voice]
Victory Or Death/WAIL site
RZA on Twitter