There used to be a time when rap music was illegal
The cops would come and break up every party when they see you
But now the rap music’s making money for the corporate
It’s acceptable to flaunt it, now everybody’s on it
Graffiti isn’t corporate so it gets no respect
Hasn’t made a billion dollars for some corporation yet
ECLECTIC ROOTS MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL AT IRVINE LAKE
Coachella has come and gone, and the hipster crowd is looking for another place to wear their twine braid headbands. Luckily for them, and anyone else who enjoys music and art festivals - especially startup festivals that maintain the purity of local art innocence and haven’t been construed by major labels - Eclectic Roots Festival is opening at Irvine Lake this coming Saturday, May 12th.
A mini-ramp demo, art zone, art village by Choc Ivana, and a Main Stage and Cafe Stage are some of the things you can expect from the experience. And tickets are just $15 presale and $20 at the door. So whether you skate, create art, or just enjoy music, check out the page for the event and visit the festival this coming Saturday at 11am.
Criticized by some as capitalizing on his legend, the Coachella performance by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and the late Tupac Shakur blew minds even after the surprise had been spoiled during Radiohead’s set. While some may think the performance has overshadowed some greater ones - like a Nate Dogg tribute, help from Eminem, and a 50 Cent cameo that saw the artist performing some of his greatest hits - the Tupac display is certainly the talk of the town following Coachella’s first weekend.
The hip hop philosopher showed up in a hologram that looked incredibly realistic, right down to the abs that declared his thug life. Hologram Pac made an intro, outro, and performed two songs on stage with Dr. Dre and Snoop, including a collaborative effort with the living Snoop in “Amerikaz Most Wanted.” Check out the video above and the full set here.
HODGY BEATS RELEASES UNTITLED EP FOR FREE DOWNLOAD
With a TV show on the way, pop-up stores opening all over the world, star member Earl Sweatshirt back on the scene and a followup to their hugely successful mixtape coming soon, Odd Future is going strong so far in 2012. Not to be outdone, Hodgy Beats has released a new EP with beats by Juicy J, Flying Lotus, and more.
Download Untitled from the OFWGKTA store by clicking here or the image above.
After they showed up on Regular Show I was hoping we would see more about their show. I’m stoked.
After coming back to the game with “Big Mouth,” the abstract hip hop superstar Santigold hits her YouTube page with an animated video of the single’s cover for her latest track, “Disparate Youth.” The track is now available for download on iTunes.
Kendrick Lamar has found himself in many spotlights, but none so large for the rapper out of Compton as the one in which he finds himself now, having been seen in studio with Pharrell Williams and with a full-length album due this year. A new song has come out today to varied reception, with an ethereal combination of sounds over a broken-up rhyme scheme for the hook. But each verse shows some classic Kendrick Lamar talent, and thus the track should not be looked over. Here’s hoping we get some more previews of the album soon.
Fashion designer Jeremy Scott and rapper A$AP Rocky are almost synonymous after the emcee’s recent rise to fame. While Scott has gone his own way to make a huge name for himself with his eccentric and eye-catching fashion design, it wasn’t until A$AP began name-dropping him that he snagged the attention of the streetwear world.
Complex magazine interviewed the both of them and you can see why they work so well together. Check out the entire cover story interview by Joe La Puma here.