The Beastie Boys’ final album while Adam Yauch was alive, 2011′s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, included a song known as “Too Many Rappers (New Reactionaries Version).” An update of a Nas collaboration from 2009′s unreleased Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1, the finished track was more future-shocked and electronic. Mike D has pulled out the New Reactionaries name again for a shrill, metallic, and above all intriguing 10-minute piece he says was inspired by classic American hardcore as well as trap music (via the Daily Swarm).
Titled “Humberto Vs the New Reactionaries (Christine and the Queens Remix),” the track was created for fashion label Kenzo’s Spring/Summer 2014 show. Mike D told the design house he “wanted to honor what he was inspired by: American hardcore like Black Flag, Bad Brains, Circle Jerks but then I wanted to update it, or maybe couldn’t help but to update it.” He added that he has “been listening to a fair amount of trap records and I think that found its way into things on this for sure.”
Kenzo has previously commissioned mixes by M.I.A. and the xx’s Jamie xx. Elements of M.I.A.’s “Matangi Mix” have recurred in her songs “Only 1 U” and “Bring the Noize.” Mike D’s track, while schizophrenic, still feels like a cohesive piece; “Gotta get my mind right,” he howls at a few points throughout, and the musical themes never stray too far from each other. What is he working on next? “This Kenzo shit!” he told the design house. That might not mean the New Reactionaries are coming back — he might just be talking about this mix. But if this Kenzo piece leads to something else, well, there’s certainly a precedent for that.
This was a VHS Promo sent out by Chrysalis Records at the time the legendary Hip Hop group, Gang Starr was getting ready to release their 2nd album, “Step In The Arena” (Released 1/15/91)
This video tape has been sitting in a box in my studio for years..I’ve always wanted to share it with Hip Hop fans who may have never had a chance to see it. It includes rare footage of Dj Premier & Guru in the studio working on their album and also a rare interview
Another segment in the Crate Diggers series. This is one of my favorite artists, D.I.T.C.’s Lord Finesse, talking about producing for Notorious B.I.G. to shopping at the famous NY “Rosevelt” record convention.
I had to post this fire to warm things up. Check out the new J Dilla “Donuts” 45 Box set dropping from Stones Throw Records. Comes with eight 7inch singles. This box set includes the album on seven 45s and a bonus 45 with “Signs” from the long out-of-print Donuts ‘Fan Club 45′ b/w DOOM [...]
From the makers of the Up Close documentary series and in association with Skee.TV, Boost Mobile Presents: Be Heard Sessions with Crooked I. In this episode, Crooked I provides an in-depth look on his life growing up around music and how he started by writing poetry really early as a kid. He also talks about [...]
The Beat Junkies – For the Record from LRG on Vimeo. The Beat Junkies – For the Record by LRG The World Famous Beat Junkies, comprised of members J-Rocc, DJ Babu, D-Styles, DJ Rhettmatic, DJ What?!, Mr. Choc, Icy Ice, Curse, DJ Shortkut, Melo-D, Symphony and DJ Havik have been putting in work on the [...]
Crate Diggers profiles people with extraordinary vinyl record collections, with owners displaying and telling the stories behind their collections. In this episode Pete Rock, the legendary DJ and producer for rappers like Nas, Notorious B.I.G, and members of the Wu-Tang Clan, talks about his early days with cousin Heavy D, his love of funk, and [...]
Adam Yauch, part of the groundbreaking hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys died Friday after a lengthy struggle with cancer. He was 47. He was diagnosed in 2009 after doctors found a tumor in his salivary gland, according to Rolling Stone.com, which confirmed his death. The Beasties were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of [...]
Bad Boy Entertainment’s newest Signee, Los, stopped by Soul Assassins Radio and spit a monster of a freestyle. Los, an up-and-coming Baltimore rapper recently signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ label Bad Boy Records. Los recently released his DJ Drama-hosted “The Crown Ain’t Safe” mixtape which landed him a nomination for XXL’s annual Freshmen 10 issue. [...]