Tuesday, 25 September 2012

"Ink Bleed" Paper Makers (Graffiti Blackbook Art) Flickr Pool 2012 Update & Apollo The Great ft. Freeway

Paper Makers (Graffiti Blackbook Art) Flickr Pool 2012 Update
"ZODE & The Kool Skool Disco Duck" by Toprock 85

Paper Makers (Graffiti Blackbook Art) Flickr Pool Featuring Slick L.A., Ket, Eros, Geser 3A, Steam 156, Merc, 14 Bolt, Shucks One ID & more

Apollo The Great - Ink Bleed ft. Freeway
From the album "Apollo 21 (Deluxe Edition)" Available now on iTunes & all digital retailers! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/apollo-21-deluxe-edition/id524435523
Directed by @ReddPenMedia
Twitter: @Apollo_TheGreat
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/apollothegreat38

Ghost Writer Sauce Money Says Ma$e Is Playing With GOD And Using Religion To Swindle The People & Classic Videos

Sauce Money Says "Ma$e Is A Scumbag For Playing With GOD And Using Religion To Swindle The People". Ma$e has come back and gone from Hip-Hop to become a Christian Pastor many times, and been critisized by Dipset & others over the years. in this video MC & Roca-Fella Associated Ghost Writer, discusses Ma$e's apparent contradiction, by being a man of God on one hand, while dipping back into Hip-Hop to do collabos with some of Raps most gully MC's 50Cent, French Montana & others.

Sauce Money Says "Ma$e Is A Scumbag For Playing With GOD And Using Religion To Swindle The People"
Tune in to Forbez DVD Live every Wednesday 7-9PM hosted by DJ Blazita & Doggie Diamonds on http://dtfradio.com
Interview By https://twitter.com/DoggieDiamonds
Music By https://twitter.com/DjBlazita

Sauce Money - Intruder Alert (Prod. by DJ Premier)

Sauce Money Freestyle

Jay-Z - I Can't Get Wit That [1994 Rare & Unreleased] (Produced by DJ Clark Kent)
Old Jay-Z video from 1994, unreleased featuring Sauce Money, Jaz-O, & Original Flavor

Melanin 9 (M9) - Organized Democracy new video & Classics From UK Conscious MC

UK Conscious MC Melanin 9 (M9)
Magna Carta LP coming 3rd December 2012 featuring Roc Marciano, Triple Darkness & Madame Pepper. Production from Jehst, Anatomy, HeyZues, 7th Dan, Parental, Ohbliv & Tony Mahoney. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Chemo at Kilamanjiro Studios, London. Pre-Order here:http://m9ether.bandcamp.com/album/magna-carta-pre-order-snippets

Melanin 9 (M9) - Organized Democracy new video 

Melanin 9 - False Ego Freestyle

M9 - Strange Fruit

Melanin 9 - The Book

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Choice - Excellent Animation By RSA Animate

Choice - By RSA Animate

Professor Renata Salecl questions whether the availability of Choice, the cornerstone of Capitalism, is really advantageous to Social Change...or are our Choices anxiety riddled decisions influenced by our perception of how others see us? The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) has a series of animated speeches.

More RSAnimate videos http://www.youtube.com/user/theRSAorg

Encounters In Black Traditions VERY RARE Hip-Hop Videos Mr Magic's Birthday Party 1984, LL Cool J, P.E., Run DMC, Caz & More

Legendary New York Radio DJ "Mr. Magic" R.I.P. (March 15, 1956 – October 2, 2009)

Encounters In Black Traditions VERY RARE Hip-Hop Videos Mr Magic's Birthday Party 1984, LL Cool J, P.E., Run DMC, Caz & More

Rapping with the Rappers part 1 ( Mr Magic's Birthday Party) 1984
'Rapping with the Rappers' - 1984- Mr. Magic's 1st 'RAP ATTACK' contest (Divine Sounds won the 1st year)and special Birthday Celebration at Club Encore in Queens (Force MD's 1st public concert doing 'Let Me Love You') is the background for the documentary. All Star Cast, partial list includes Syder D, Debora, Treacuios Three, Mr. Magic, DLB, Fearless Four, Sweet G, Kool Kyle. Project started before Mr. Magic was on WBLS. At completion he was on the Air @ WBLS

25 Years re-visited with LL Cool J

25 Years Re-Visited with FLAVOR FLAV of PUBLIC ENEMY

25 Years re-visited with Run DMC and Heidi Smith of Rush Productions

Frick N Frack and DJ Divine @ 8th Annual South Jamaica Queens Friends and Family Day.

Hip Hop Scholars Live @ Hip Hop Immortal Event, NYC/segment 1
Featuring Chuck D, VJ Ralph McDaniels, DJ Premier, Chief Rock Busy B, Mr. Do-It-All (Lords Of The Underground)
New York,April 5, 2010, The National Museum Of Hip Hop presents Hip Hop Immortal . Event. The National Museum Of Hip Hop founded in 2005 to commemorate the historical and cultural achievements of hip-hop and its artist, throughout the world, while educating area residents and global visitors about every aspect of the cultures elements.
Part 2
Part 3

Pioneers Remanice over the passing of Mr. Magic
Kurtis Blow, Just-Ice, Chuck D, Dougie Fresh, Force MDs, Public Enemy, Juice Crew, Juice Crew Allstars, Shatae Roxanne, UTFO, Fearless Four, Cold Krush Brothers, Hip Hop Youth Summit Council, JG&Sons Video, Hip Hop Culture, The Legacy, History, Contributions of Sir Juice aka Mr. Magic aka Super Rockin Mr. Magic, Tyrone 'Fly Ty' Williams, Cold Chillin, Marley Marl, WBLS Sal from Disco Fever, WHBI, The Verbal Artisan, Busy Bee, Melly Mel, The Fearless Four, Dr. Bob Lee, Ken Spiderman, Quit Storm Vaugh Harper and the Rivers Family for a Special Farewell

Celebration Service of 'Super Rocking Mr. Magic' Force MD's, Caz, Chuck d and Dougie Fresh

More Encounters In Black Traditions HERE

The Kool Skool's Top 14 Concept Songs - The Art Of Storytelling

Nas - I Gave You Power

The Kool Skool's Top 10 Concept Songs

Hip-Hop & Lyrics are obviously the back bone of Hip-Hop Culture but the Concept song is only to be attempted by True Lyricists! A concept song is a song that has a unified theme or story running through it. Due to the changing formats and reliance on the Singles charts, the Concept song became less popular, during the CD singles era, A&R's would allow less leeway for the Artist to "waste" tracks on tracks that aren't "Bangers". However, due to the Independence of the Internet, Artists have a greater opportunity to explore more creative themes and ideas on songs. This is not a complete list, and in no particular order, but a selection of some of the most powerful examples in our opinion. Please feel free to add your own in the comments sections. Enjoy!

or watch them all as a Playlist HERE

Nas - I Gave You Power (1996)
In this song from Nas's "It Was Written" Album he tells the story from the 1st Person perspective of a Ghetto Gun, and how he is manipulated to commit different crimes. This song is not a glorification of violence, but a explanation of how gun crime works in Urban America, it could also be looked at as a metaphor for the Commercialization of Hip-Hop by Corporate Companies.

Sadat X - The Daily News (2005)
Off of Sadat X's 3rd solo album, Experience & Education, Sadat, while reading a newspaper, turns headlines and editorial stories into a coherant almost freestyle Rhyme. ILL! Sadat is one of Hip-Hop's hardest working MC's working with most of Hip-Hop's greats, a true lyricist!

Slick Rick - "Children's Story" (1989)
"Children's Story" is a song by London-born American Hip-Hop artist Slick Rick, from his album "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick". In most peoples opinion, one of the 1st, if not the greatest story Rhymer, Rhyme of all time!

Heltah Skeltah - Therapy (1996)
This song by Brooklyn duo Rock and Ruck (now known as Sean Price) of Boot Camp Clik) is a clever back and forth conversation between the two, one as a Mental Health Patient and a Doctor, almost a modern re-make of U.T.F.O's Split Personality below.

3rd Bass - Problem Child (1991)
MC SerchPrime Minister Pete Nice, and later DJ Richie Rich featured "Problem Child" on their second Album Derelicts of Dialect. It is a powerful song describing the trials of children who are forced to grow up to quickly. This album really showed the groups progression, and it was a true shame they never released another album together, although they both went on to release solid solo albums. The album is full of skitz, and a good example is the funny "Al'z A-B-Cee'z"an imaginary song by DJ Richie Rich's Dad.

Lupe Fiasco - Little Weapon (2007)
Lupe Fiasco is really one of the best modern MC's using proper concepts in his Music and albums. Little Weapon is a stand out track, from his excellent Concept album The Kool. Little Weapon discusses the concept of Child Soldiers, in many different countries and situations, Lupe is a thinking man's MC, and and the song deals with very sophisticated issues.  

Masta Ace feat Jean Grae - Soda & Soap
Masta Ace is in my opinion one of the most underrated MC's, consistanly dropping classic albums and songs. Masta Ace links up with dope Femcee Jean Grae to record a mind blowing concept song making story raps out of the Brand names of Soft Drinks and Soap. Genius. Masta Ace is a master of Concept Albums and songs, if you haven't checked the albums Disposable Arts" (2001) which features "Unfriendly Game" a American Football ode to Large Professor and Main Sources "A Freindly Game Of Baseball" and "A Long Hot Summer" (2004) your missing out!


Papoose - Alphabetical slaughter Z to A (Part 2)
The most recent edition of Papoose's REDICULOUS alphabetical song needs to be heard to be believed! Anyone who follows The Kool Skool know that in our opinion Pap is the best MC out there hands down! If you don't know him check herePapoose - Alphabet Slaughter Part 1 (1999) check the DUMB NICE Lyrics here!!!

U.T.F.O. - Split personality
Brooklyn based U.T.F.O. originally dancers for Whodini, Kangol Kid, the Educated Rapper (EMD), Doctor Ice and Mix Master Ice came together and released several albums. This comedy track is about a person with a Split Personality complex, with Doc Ice playing his famous and hilarious "Dread Doc" character. Doctor Ice also released his own slept on solo album with a Anti "Desert Storm" song "I Ain't Going".

Organized Konfusion - Stray Bullet (1994)
Prince Poetry & Pharoahe Monch were Organized Konfusion, "Stay Bullet" was on the Hollywood Basic album Stress: The Extinction Agenda. It like the later "I Gave You Power" by fellow Queens native Nas, is a incredible story song told from the perspective of  a bullet. One of the best examples of a Concept song.

Mr Len (feat. Jean Grae) - Taco Day (2001)
Jean Grae again this time guesting on Mr. Len's Album ‎"Pity The Fool" where she examines the psychology of a prom queen high school shooter on an intense 9 minute track. Jean Grae is without a doubt one of the top Female MCs ever.

Geto Boys - My Mind Playing Tricks On Me (1991)
Texas group The Geto Boys are one of the Gangsta Rap era's most slept on greats, the media always tried to portray the genre as ignorant and violent, but Geto Boys, although dipped in Violence and had offensive lyrics, expressed an extremely intelligent message and dealt with serious issues, from the Anti-War "F**k A War", to "Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta", and more. "My Minds Playing Tricks On Me" is three different mens battle with Paranoia, a Hip-Hop Classic.

Common - I Used To Love H.E.R
This song "I Used to Love H(earing) E(very) R(hyme) by Common (then known as Common Sense), is an open love letter to Hip-Hop and a protest to the negative aspects that were so promoted by Corperate Music Labels. It was released on the 1994 album Resurrection, reintroduced Common to a whole new audience as a more mature artist, and made this an instant classic, and figure head for the early 90's return to true Hip-Hop culture. More on this song and Common can be found here

Hard Knocks - Dirty Cop Named Harry - (1992)
Bronx Representers Hard Knocks, consisting of Hardhead and DJ Stoneface released Dirty Cop Named Harry on their only album "School of Hard Knocks" on Wild Pitch Records. This incredibly slept-on, solid album is packed full of Conscious Concept songs, and it was a shame they never released any more music.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Rare Old School Tame One (Artifacts) Graffiti Photos from DJ Porno!

Porn & Tame piece & Tame One 1985
I found the photos that Tame One's Graff partner & DJ Porno sent me a while back!

Updated interview with new photos HERE

 Tame One putting in work!

Rare 1990 French Documentary on Universal Zulu Nation in France

Rare 1990 French Documentary on Universal Zulu Nation in France featuring Mode2, NTM and others.


www.oldschoolhiphop.com Interview with Se’ Divine The Master Mind of the Legendary Supreme Team Show/WHBI

The 1st Gods on the Mic! 
5%ers, Just Allah & Se’ Divine The Master Mind of the WHBI Legendary Supreme Team Show
(Back of the "Hey DJ" 12")

www.oldschoolhiphop.com Interview with Se’ Divine The Master Mind of the Legendary Supreme Team Show/WHBI. The World Famous Supreme Team Show were an early Hip-Hop Radio DJ's, on the WHBI Radio Station, later they joined with Sex Pistol's Manager Malcolm Maclaren to record Buffalo Girls and "Hey DJ". In the interesting interview he talks about his move from Baltimore, Hustling, his radio show on WHBI, Mr.Magic, confusion with them and Fat Cat and The Supreme Team (drug crew from Queens), Recording in the U.K., 5% and more!

For Interview click here: http://www.oldschoolhiphop.com/interviews/sedevine.htm

World's Famous Supreme Team - Planet E
Early Train Graffiti video

World's Famous Supreme Team Show Live 1983 Broadcast WHBI 105.9 FM

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Blackbook Mathematics with Painter, illustrator and Tattooist - Steve Cross/Thef of Korpus Studio

Going Ape S**t!
*The Kool Skool Exclusive*
Blackbook Mathematics with Painter, illustrator and Tattooist - Steve Cross/Thef of Korpus Studio

Thef & Lion Character with London's Dane VOP
For the 4th Blackbook Mathematics installment, we feature an Old School Graffiti Writer and Tattooist Steve Cross/Thef from Perth Australia's Korpus Studio. Since the early 1980s, Steve has obsessively painted, drawn, sprayed and photographed the world around him. Heavily involved in the Hip-Hop and street art scene in Australia, he is a well respected painter, illustrator and Tattooist, in 2007 co-founded Korpus Studio in Brunswick, Melbourne. The Kool Skool met up with him at the recent  "They Made Me Do It" Graffiti Collective 10year Anniversary Jam in London, to have a look through his amazing Sketch book. Enjoy!

The see the other artists features in The Kool Skool Blackbook Mathematics Series click HERE


 Lion Attack

Rough Sketch for Australian Hip-Hop Artist Album Illustration

 Bird of Prey
 Thef Style Test

Octopus Cage 

Oil Painting on iPad

Oil Painting on iPad (Detail)

Gorilla Beatdown 

 Various Thumbnails
"Conrad Newjak" Illustration test thumbnails

"Conrad Newjak" Illustration  

"Conrad Newjak" Illustration  progression

War Of The Worlds 

"Conrad Newjak" Illustration  Progression

Follow http://mrstevecross.blogspot.co.uk

Mear One L.A. Mural King Interview on The Alex Jones Show

Mear One L.A. Mural King Interview on The Alex Jones Show
Anyone who has been to L.A., or knows anything about L.A. Graffiti should know about Mear, in the early 90's Mear, Hex, Slick and several others had the scene on lock!

MEAR ONE began his career in 1986 as a graffiti artist living in Los Angeles. MEAR ONE has been labeled as "The Michelangelo of Graffiti" and "The Salvador Dali of Hip-Hop." He is considered by many to be Los Angeles' most prolific graffiti artist because of the way he revolutionized graffiti with his fine-art realism, breaking out of traditional 2D letter forms, and using perspective to develop complex characters with dynamic backgrounds in epic scale. By the early 1990's, he had established a large fan base through his notorious work on the streets, underground hip-hop album covers featuring his iconic imagery, and his involvement in pioneering early street wear clothing and graffiti culture. In 1993, MEAR was the first graffiti artists from Los Angeles to travel to Tokyo and paint graffiti in front of a live public audience. In the mid 90's, hip hop imagery and cultural icons in his work were replaced with a deeper, more introspective conversation based around a politically disillusioned reality that he felt hip-hop had ceased to address. At this point he began his transition from street graffiti to canvas paintings, and began his first body of acrylic and airbrushed paintings.

"Poptimism" - Vinnie Nylon 1st Solo Gallery Show @ High Roller Society Gallery, Bethnal Green London 8/9/12 - 7/9/12

Nylon Blackbook sketch for The Kool Skool from 2001
Not only is Nylon one of the cleanest painters and a serious hard worker, but he is is a longtime friend of The Kool Skool. Check out his solo show "Poptimism" - Vinnie Nylon 1st Solo Gallery Show @ High Roller Society Gallery, Bethnal Green London 8/9/12 - 7/9/12

Poptimism private view and drinks Friday September 7th 6-9pm. The exhibition will run at the gallery from the 8th September – 7th October 2012.

High Roller Society Gallery - 10 Palmers Road - Bethnal Green (next to the bridge over the Regents canal) E2 OSY. Number 8 bus from Liverpool Street/ Bethnal Green Station

Welcome to Poptimism, the first solo show in London by Vinnie Nylon.
Vinnie Nylon has been involved in the street art and graffiti movement for over 25 years, producing walls, print, paintings, graphics and billboards for a variety of small and international companies and commissioners.
This all new body of work is born out of a lifelong collecting obsession, a visual playground in which all of the collected toys and mascots meet head on, a collision designed to level the fields of high and low art. Where old meets new and ultra cute takes on a slightly sinister undertone.
Since the mid 90s Vinnie Nylon has been placing an army of candy coloured characters and advertising mascots onto canvas and walls. A new spin on old favourites, a savage twist on others, all harking back to a simpler post war era when the distinction between childhood and adulthood was so much clearer.
Lost icons that are no longer employed to distract us from the austerity of mid century Britain and America take on their new guise to reclaim their rightful place in a new visual universe.
Television as smokescreen, popular as social acceptance, reality sugar coated with a big goofy smile slapped on it. Poptimism reintroduces, reevaluates and explores the themes of seduction by ad media, sentimental attachment and mass production.
The works on show include vintage petrol cans, sticker art, fanzine and screen print as well as a number of new paintings and mixed media pieces. Trademark bright colours and thick impasto sit beside the more demure offerings of hand finished print and collage pieces.
The frame is the door that leads into a world of visual pop delights and plastic fantastic high low art for all to enjoy, so step inside and keep it pop, never stop playing.

Nylon featured in our exclusive video of 'Haters' - Heavy Artillery Crew Graffiti Exhibition from late 2009