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)
Uptown NYC true school legend Kurious Jorge (of A Constipated Monkey and Operation Doomsday fame) and emcee/producer Superstar Dave Dar, the secret weapon behind many of NYC indie label Rawkus‘ classics, are the Bamboo Bros. Their forthcoming album American Jibaro drops spring 2011 featuring Pete Rock, Talib Kweli and more.
BOOTSY COLLINS, the starry-eyed funkateer who literally put the bass in contemporary music by way of his legendary releases with James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band, has announced the crossing of another milestone in his storied career: the release of the first Bootzilla fine art collection. On December 1, 2010, Collins will unveil the result of a lengthy process involving photography, greenscreen, found images and archived elements, undertaken with the aim of isolating and visually replicating what’s going on in his imagination.
Every piece in this limited-edition line of 300 will be a one-of-a-kind collectible, each bearing a unique funk mantra created and applied to the canvas by Bootsy himself. He will also number and sign each piece, and add his handprints in acrylic paint. Each piece will feature a number of hidden elements for its owner to discover. 250 of the 300 will measure 40″ x 30″, while the remaining 50 will weigh in at a whopping 80″ x 60″. The first 1,500 people to sign up for more information at bootsycollinsart.com will receive a ‘golden ticket’ which will allow them to preview the piece on November 29th, two days before its official public unveiling.
Earlier this year, Collins made waves with the opening of The Funk University (thefunkuniversity.com), the online bass guitar academy masterminded and supervised by Collins himself, with help from guest professors Les Claypool, Meshell Ndegeocello, Victor Wooten, George Clinton, T.M. Stevens, John B. Williams, Divinity Roxx, Thee Ram Jam, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Bakithi Kumalo, P-Nut and Blackbyrd McKnight. Bootsy’s Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the 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.
Sampling is archeology. Digging through crates for obscure old records and drafting the sounds of times past into contemporary music is as much about preserving the past as digging for bones is. Few producers take that pursuit as literally as LA native and Armenian beathead Bei Ru, who has traveled across Armenia, Lebanon and Syria on a mission to hunt and rescue rare, out-of-print Armenian 12″s and 45″s from oblivion. He breathes new life into the sounds on those records on Little Armenia (L.A.), an intoxicating voyage through rhythm and melody that serves not only as a dedication to the under-appreciated Armenian musicians of yesteryear and a homage to the Little Armenia section neighborhood of Los Angeles, but also as a musical map of the Armenian diaspora and a wake-up call to his people to take pride in their rich musical history.
Electric instruments and modern sounds began creeping into traditional Armenian music between the 1950s and the 1980s, the era Little Armenia focuses on. These are the songs Bei Ru grew up on, songs he says most Armenians have forgotten. “What inspired me to make this project was all the incredible music I’d find on these old records that most people – even most Armenians – are unaware of,” he says. Bei Ru’s inspiration to take Armenia’s musical past into its future manifests itself in everything from the album’s sound to its name. “You walk down a street in the Little Armenia section of Los Angeles, and it’s as if the people brought their home country with them. These people, who keep themselves so surrounded by their culture, have forgotten how important the role of music is. Contemporary Armenian music is virtually devoid of any of the aspects of what made those old records so awesome. I felt that Armenians and non-Armenians alike should be exposed to this lost era of music that no one seems to remember.” Little Armenia drops November 19th on Musa-Ler Music.
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.
From his 2006 debut The Lil Folk to last year’s blues-hop Lone Wolf album to this year’s Metal Tiger EP courtesy of his band The Milky Way, NC-born, NYC-groomed, L.A. residing lyric laureate Sum has made it his business to confound expectations. Now he presents The Nobody Hole, a dark hip-hop opera and all-out experiment in songwriting, storytelling and visual art. For years after this project was first revealed to the public in 2006, The Nobody Hole was only given to a select group of people. Although available for streaming for the whole world to listen to, the project was never available for download. Until now.
The story follows the main character, Pygmy Paul, through a twisted world that is a shadow of our own. This isn’t a loose concept album, rather a literary piece set to music. Borrowing themes from Alice in Wonderland, Edgar Allan Poe, Star Wars, ancient mythologies, fables and many other influences, The Nobody Hole tells a somewhat familiar tale in a totally new way. All music is composed entirely by Brooklyn-based producer Badtouch. All songs and narration is penned by Sum, and the story is told through rhyme, song and lyric. The download contains lyrics and narration for the entire opera, as well as individual artwork for each song, courtesy of Nobody Hole artists Doug Hoffman, Jared Rogness, Jeffrey Hurst and Jerome Lewis.
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 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.
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.