Monday, 26 April 2010
King Of The Beats @ The Vibe Bar London Sat May 1st 2010
WHO'S GONNA TAKE THE CRATE?
A night of great music provided by Deejay Random, DJ Devastate (Demon Boys), Key Figures plus special guests Cutmaster Swift. Hosted by London Posse's Sparkii Ski. Special performances from THA 4ORCE ( last kotb winner)
Introducing into the evening will be the 'Sparkii Ski's Session' with beats straight out the mpc live, open mic for m.c's.
Here is a movie of the last one
Saturday, 24 April 2010
The Tarot "Cube of Space"
Tarot Cards are a set of Cards that some people believe can be used to divine the future. We do not use Tarot cards, or even know too much about them, but as there seems to be a renewed interest in them recently, we thought we would put a few examples up. We found some of these on the excellent Super Punch design watch site.
Safety version found here
Un known traditional version
Tattoo Version Found here
Tattoo Version Found here
Recent advert campaign for TV show Fast Forward using life size Tarot cards
Flash Forward found here
Giger Version found here
Short rare H.R. Giger documentary
Rare interview with H.R. Giger Debbie Harry (Blondie)
Very interesting book New Dimensions for the Cube of Space by David Allen Hulse can be viewed on screen here and purchased here
Very interesting series of films documenting the Tarot in modern films and discussion here on the excellent The Stygian Port
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Keith E. - The GURU R.I.P. By Shucks One ID
(Pass this on but please add link)
Regardless of the break up with DJ Premier, his recent release quality, and the extraordinary politricks going on, The Guru was 1 half of the longest running Hip-Hop recording group Gangstarr, the only group representing the true DJ/MC relationship. He will be sorely missed....
Rare Gangstarr MTV Performance of "Take It Personal" DJ Premier cutting up!!!
Check our article on Gangstarr VS. THX 1138 here
Monday, 19 April 2010
The new 40ozMaltLiquor.com t-shirts are FINALLY available! Our friend Bruz over at 40ozMaltLiquor.com can be seen sporting this high quality 100% cotton tee to see what the designs on the front & back look like! If you're interested, the prices are as follows:
1 t-shirt: $20
2 t-shirts: $36
3 t-shirts: $52
...those prices INCLUDE the shipping! If interested, send the $$ via PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your name, address, and what size(s) you want!
If you want to see the most concise collection of 40oz history go to the excellent 40ozMaltLiquor.com
If you want to know more about Rap & 40's - The Corporate/Rap cross over, take a look at The Kool Skool's exploration of Hip Hop's first real Corporate endorsement here
Thursday, 15 April 2010
We recently reported on a new film "Downtown Calling" documenting the early cultural melting pot of styles and people of the Downtown New York scene of the late 70's and 80's. The Director/Producer and friend of the Kool Skool, Shan Nicholson let us know that it is being screened in London this weekend at East End Film Festival this Sunday, if you like Graffiti, early Hip-Hop, Punk and New Wave check it out!
East End Film Festival Sunday April 25th 2010 in London
For more info on the film and a trailer check here
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
The Doctor's Orders & East Village present
Just Blaze vs The Alchemist
Thursday 6th May 2010 - SOLD OUT
EXTRA DATE: Tuesday 11th May 2010
9.00pm – 2am
East Village, 89 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX
Info : www.thedoctorsorders.com | www.eastvillageclub.com
Just Blaze & The Alchemist
Going head to head in a 2 hour sound-clash on 4 turntables
Chris P Cuts
Limited £10 adv tickets from ticketweb.co.uk / 0844-477-1000
£12 on the door if available
Two of the hottest producers in the world are coming to London to battle each other head to head at this completely unique event. With a catalogue of hits for the biggest names in the game these two legendary beatsmiths are showing their skills on the decks as they go up against each other in a display of skills and selection in true soundclash style.
Check The Alchemist interview on Conspiracy Worldwide Hip Hop Radio
Labels: New Hip-Hop
Monday, 12 April 2010
Mumia by Mear CBS
Public meeting hosted by The Pan-Afrikan Voice and Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum on the topic of Mumia Abu-Jamal who has been on death row for almost 30 years on
Wednesday 28 April 2010
Karibu Education Centre,
7 Gresham Rd SW2 (Brixton station)
Word is (Cash) Bond"
Those of you have been following our discussions on Esoteric and Occult imagery and stereotyping in modern Rap Culture will know we have been looking at the "Rap Exposure" fad that has been sweeping the internet. Gossip, Snitching and Video Beefing has completely changed the creative landscape of modern Hip-Hop constructive battling culture, and reduced it to a one dimensional over blown WWF-style joke. To some new to The Kool Skool, or those who haven't read the articles correctly, it would appear at the least, that we are over critical and at worst scathing of all new Hip-Hop culture. Perhaps even stuck in 88' and nostalgic. This is not the case, we are Hip-Hop heads and fans of New music. But having said that, Rappers are NOT above reproach. Rap culture is NOT above criticism. If you are an elder or a participant in this culture, if you don't like the direction it is going in, it is your duty to question it ...
Women in Rap know your place???!!!!
In the beginning of the Hip-Hop in the Park Jams and Community Jams, Woman were participants in the Hip-Hop movement, from going to the jams and participating, from the 1st MC's Sha-Rock and Pebblee Poo on to the 80's where females were recording superstars. Hip-Hop is male dominated, but women are consumers, and fans, yet there place has been erased from the playing field. We have touched on the ridiculous negation of the female aspect in Hip-Hop culture, and removal of female representation from DJ's and MC's to... "Video Hoes"????! and now "Kiss and Tell Escorts????!!!" What is going on? We thought it would be useful to look at this subject in a bit more depth.
"Superhead" aka Karrine Steffans-McCrary
Hip-Hop's Most Famous Groupie
"Karrine added magazine contributor to her list with her first article for the October 2008 issue of XXL Magazine. The article takes readers inside her overly publicized, yet, misunderstood relationship with music artist Lil’ Wayne." - from Karrine Steffans-McCraryyaaaaawn's biog
Ex-"Video Vixen" and Rap world Escort Girl, and "Author" Karrine Steffans-McCrary AKA "Superhead" was the first "Suck & Sell" name and shaming in the Rap community. Although it is not unusual in other genres, her first book was released in 2005, and its release truly expressed how popular and mainstream Rap had become. Her claim to fame is appearing on VH1: The Fabulous Life of Sugar Daddies, E! 50 Most Shocking Celebrity Scandals, and featured on Hip-Hop's number one enemy The Bill O'Reilly Show??? Perhaps its success and promotion has less to do with "Superheads" writing skills, and more the medias love of trashing Rap music and promoting titillation.
Brittanya O'Campo - "Model/Actress/Reality Star"
Ms. O'Campo has her own clothing line by clothing label 187. We are not criticizing peoples choices or attempt to make money, but really....
One of this "Bitches" t-shirts...
"Never Trust A Hoe..."
Tahiri ex-Partner of "media whore" Joe Buddens removes her Joe Buddens Tattoo on 50Cents bank..
Many people on a deeper level are talking about the Devolution of "The Sacred Feminine" , a concerted effort to destroy not just the image of womanhood, and also the male . Do not get confused, we are NOT trying to promote outdated roles of men and woman, but what makes us human. Caring, respectful of our fellow beings, integrity over cash, freedom over bondage.
Are You An ANIMAL????
A more indepth info on that concept and much more is discussed at www.lenonhonorfilms.com
Kat Stacks Exposing Young Money
We recently stumbled onto a young lady called Kat Stacks on the excellent Pure Hip-Hop.blog. She has been getting a lot of fame and "Fan" base for exposing "Rap Stars" (does Lil BowWow count as a Rap star)? We usually don't get involved in Gossip and Sexploits of Celebrities as it is petty, corny and there are a plethora of other sites dealing with this subject. But if you read Kat Stacks story its really sad. We are not judging this young woman, she appears to be an adult and can do what she wants, but her blog seems like a scream for help. She has been a sex worker, stripper, and appears to accept money for sex with "Rap Stars". Fighting the world, name dropping alcohol brands and "Dry snitching" on herself, naming her "pimps", (although they don't seem too fussed as they have their own myspace pages)!!!
"I got a lot of stories to tell... The people I have exposed in my blog are not the only people I've been with. Like I've kept the safe ones to myself. But my book deal is coming soon. There are bigger names coming out in my book..." - Kat Stacks
"Cause I'm a real bitch, straight up no chaser! Straight up hoe!!!"
Kat Stacks takes Vodka shots to the head in the middle of the day.
As it is well documented many big name Rap stars have off duty members of Law Enforcement as "security", a simple word to local law enforcement or I.R.S. by these security, could shut her down in minutes. Not only that, some of the Rap Stars she are exposing are allegedly "Gutter", so their entourage are probably worse. I genuinely fear for this lady's mental state and personal safety. But I guess in this narcissistic "get over where you can" environment, nothing is sacred or beyond a hustle.
"To make the long story short, I got kicked out of club Sobe Live for swinging on my babys father and he abandoned me in street and I got kidnapped by 2 pimps and 1 of the raped me. When I got my chance to run away I went back and told my babysfather what happened and he beat me up so I cut my wrists." - Kat Stacks
Kit Kat's blog is one of the most depressing things I have seen in a long time. These women are being sold on the idea that being a stripper/escort/prostitute is a viable career move? However painful it is to say, is there any doubt the Music Industry is partly responsible for some of it? Violence against women and Pimps with their own myspaces? Crazy!!!
What happened from here
More tragic revelations by Kat Stacks here
Corporate Rap Fascism
As the music industry is struggling, due to illegal downloads, and changing of listening trends, the corporate world has been using cross-branding their various companies products, and musicians are being paired with the advised suitable shoe endorsements and drink branding. And why not, if rappers are not rapping about Thugging, they are swinging bottles in clubs getting "Tipsy". In the U.S. the legal drinking age is 21 years old, whether you agree with that or not, is it suitable for Multi-national conglomerates pumping subliminal drink referances into minors heads? Or adverts in Hip-Hop magazines? Is there not some "Corporate Responsibility"? By the way, Fascism where it was first enacted as a official Political force, in Italy, its true definination is a synergy of Corporate interests and the State...
New Interscope signing straight in there with the Drinks promotions!!! He probably doesn't even have a single out yet, leave it out with the product placements already!!!
Hip-Hop Tricks R' For Kids
Are you OK with this? As Hip-Hop fans, do we just accept this with out thinking?
"have a baby by me; baby
be a millionaire
i write the check before the baby comes,
who the f**k cares!" - 50 Cent "I Got Money"
The word "Sucka"
Date: 14th century
1 a : one that sucks especially a breast or udder : suckling b : a device for creating or regulating suction (as a piston or valve in a pump) c : a pipe or tube through which something is drawn by suction d (1) : an organ in various animals for adhering or holding (2) : a mouth (as of a leech) adapted for sucking or adhering- Wiki
It is believed that in the Slave era it was cheaper for a new Adult slave to be sent from Africa, than it was to raise a baby born of two existing Slave to a "workable age", in the American continent and Pacific area. A "Sucker" is a slang word for some one who is ignorant, but also it is a referance to a child. A "Sucker" - helpless child, sucking food and taking up space, thereforebecomes in the Capitalist mentality "useless" and without values. As it was many years before a "Slave youth" was capable of performing the work duties of an Adult, thus was regarded as a drain on resources.
I Love Money......
"What are you doin"?" (No REALLY!!!!)
(Pure Hip-Hop.blog does NOT necessarily agree with the opinions expressed in this article)
OPENING PREVIEW: 30th April - 6-10pm.
Show runs until the 9th May.
Weapon of Choice Gallery
14 St Michael's Hill
Bristol, BS2 8DT
More info on the Book here
Jon Naar Photographer of Legendary Graffiti Book "Watching My Name Go By" AKA "The Faith In Graffiti"
Monday, 5 April 2010
Music Is Life PR Presents: The Spotlight Sessions
April 8th 2010 @ vibe bar
£5 on the door 7:00 - 11:00pm
On April 8th 2010, The Spotlight Sessions returns to London, taking over Vibe Live, upstairs from the mighty Vibe Bar on Brick Lane, holding a night to raise awareness and funds for The WAYout Project.
WAYout is working in Sierra Leone providing educational and production facilities and resources, such as music studios, training in arts and media, and film facilities, providing opportunities to young people which will lead to their progression into music, film and other educational and employment opportunities.
Their current projects include Street to Street, supporting street youth to make video diaries of their lives to communicate with kids in the UK; the WAYout scholarships allowing disadvantaged children to gain scholarships to the country's only music academy; and the WAYout creative hubs - a series of creative hubs with WAYout Macs set up to support young people to create music and film.
Their new fundraising appeal is ‘A Quid for the Kids’. They are asking for a minimum of £1 per fortnight (so actually 50p per week) – its small, but if all their readers donated this amount then they should be able to open their first centre by the end of this 2010!!
For information on how to set up a direct debit, email them here email@example.com. or you can donate at the WAYout website
Perfoming on the night:
Saturday, 3 April 2010
"Keep It Gangsta!!!"
"If only people would save their energy for slightly more worthwhile causes." ATG speaking the truth!
Quote and film found on the excellent "Ain't That Great Really" blog
"Ten police officers have been injured when scuffles broke out after 2,000 people descended on a clothing sale. Three people were arrested after the trouble at the American Apparel "rummage" event in Brick Lane, east London. The company was forced to stop the sale, which was advertised on social networking websites like Facebook, because of the "dangerous behaviour" of people queueing to get in." - Associated Press
Dumb & Dumbering Down The News
For disenfranchised young people, fed on unrealistic "Celebrity Reality", unobtainable goals, opulant music videos, and unprepared for modern life, is it any wonder that they will fight the Police, for a discounted plain white cotton T-shirt, but not for their rights and future???
interview with Steven Jacobson
"Many people, especially young people except unquestioningly the reality that is presented by the media. Popular culture, movies, television, music carry messages about how society works, and how people should behave. Entertainment is not value free, it has ideological content it has a world view that influences the people who watches the programming. Deception has become part of our social framework..." - Steven Jacobson
Illumination for the youth?...