HVW8 x Lisa Leone
This past Friday Hollywood saw many firsts. HVW8 Gallery opened their latest show featuring cinematographer/photographer Lisa Leone. Though her work is undeniably amazing, this was her first solo show. “Then” exhibits Leone’s very personal photography of the world’s greatest Hip Hop artists ranging from the late Guru to Eazy E as well as a neighborhood posse only New York can birth such as Debbie Mazar, Marisa Tomei, and RSC’s Pop Master Fable. For the occasion, HVW8 + Leone printed a very small run of books (100 copies) that is still available via their website. The book marks the first venture into printed matter for the gallery and I am glad to have grabbed a copy before I headed out.
KCRW’s Jeremy Sole was on hand for the private event, DJing a classic New York set that kept Leone’s crew on the floor all night. The other first was a bit more personal in the fact that this was my first time going out since I moved to LA a month ago and having a great time. Ironically enough, the party felt like the New York I fell in love with years ago.
The Suzanne Geiss Foundation will be having their inaugural exhibit starting March 8th with the work of New York graffiti mystic Rammellzee. The elusive artist, to me, captures the essence of a true New York creative. Pre internet, pulling from sources not of this world, and for Hip Hop standards on some real/other shit.
The collection of Letter Racers is being shown for the first time in New York.
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I once DJed an opening in Houston Texas that was to showcase Ramm’s work. His work showed, Ramm didn’t make it. I was incredibly excited to get a few words in with the myth, but our paths never crossed. His work lives on, and it looks like we will finally start seeing more of it soon.
“Rammellzee’s Work and Reputation Re-emerge” - Via The New York Times. Learn you something about this dude!
Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique Release Party 1989
Beastie Boys will forever be on another level no matter how much you think they fell off.
The Boombox Project
Though I was nowhere near New York in the hay day of Hip Hop/Boombox culture, I remember going to the flea market with my family in San Antonio and always wanting one of the knock off boomboxes this one vendor had.
I would ask my parents almost every time and just stare at the massive boxes as we walked by. I never got one.
Photographer/ Creative Anthropologist, Lyle Owerko, documents the amazing models of stereos in his latest book The Boombox Project. This short film directed by Paul Stone, gives us a closer look into Owerko’s thoughts of cultural significance for the works he does.
Recommended Listening / DJ Mix
Mix of Hip Hop classics from Classic Material & Chris Read.
Edition #6 of our monthly Classic Material series pays tribute to the hip hop of 1992, a year most notable for shifts in production techniques and styles and perhaps more importantly sampling trends. Abandoning over-saturated funk standards in favour of obscure jazz samples, producers such Showbiz, Diamond D, Q Tip and many others besides laid the foundations for the laid back jazz led sound that characterised countless East Coast classics of the early to mid 90s. On the West Coast, Dr Dre’s seminal Chronic LP also broke new ground in terms of production style with a polished classicly LA sound that formed the blueprint for the ‘G Funk’ sound which ruled supreme throughout the early 90s.
This mix is also available from our online store on a limited edition CD containing previously unreleased bonus tracks not available on the download.
1. Chris Read - Classic Material Intro
2. Ultramagnetic Mcs - Introduction To The Funk (Excerpt)
3. Beastie Boys - Jimmy James (Excerpt)
4. Gang Starr - The Place Where We Dwell (Instrumental)
5. Chris Read - Theme #3 Scratchapella
6. Dr Dre Feat Kurupt Rage & Rbx - Lyrical Gangbang (Excerpt)
7. Gang Starr - Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot)
8. Showbiz & Ag - Catchin Wreck
9. Showbiz & Ag Feat Lord Finesse, Big L And Deshaun - Represent
10. Chubb Rock Feat Rob Swinga & Red Hot Lover Lover Tone - Yabba Dabba Do (Instrumental)
11. Chubb Rock Feat Rob Swinga & Red Hot Lover Lover Tone - Yabba Dabba Do (Vocal)
12. Pete Rock & Cl Smooth Feat Grand Puba - Skins
13. Showbiz & Ag Feat Diamond D - Still Diggin’
14. Hard Knocks - Strictly From The Bronx
15. Double Xx Posse - The Headcracker
16. Positive K - Flower That Grows In Brooklyn
17. Brand Nubian - Steal Ya Ho
18. Black Sheep - On The Wall
19. Apache - Gangsta Bitch (Loop)
20. Diamond D - Best Kept Secret (45 King Remix)
21. Supercat - Ghetto Red Hot (Bobby Konders Mix) (Loop)
22. Afrika Bambaataa Presents Time Zone - Zulu War Chant
23. Keefy Keef - Cause I’M Keefy Keef
24. Demon Boys - Glimmety Glammety (Don Gorgon Mix)
25. Gang Starr - Now You’Re Mine (Instrumental)
26. Gang Starr Feat. Nice & Smooth - Dwyck- (Acapella)
27. Pete Rock & Cl Smooth - On And On (Instrumental)
28. Pete Rock & Cl Smooth - Straighten It Out (Instrumental)
29. Pete Rock & Cl Smooth - Straighten It Out (Vocal)
30. Zhigge - Rakin’ In The Dough
31. Diamond D - Sally Got A One Track Mind (Two Track Beatdown)
32. Diamond D - Sally Got A One Track Mind (Showbiz Remix)
33. K Solo - The Formula (House Party) (Excerpt)
(Source: Classic Material)
Grap & Damu in the studio. Damn.
GRAP LUVA - 7 Minutes of Sound - SP1200 Beats part 2 #SP1200 #GrapLuva #JDilla #PeteRock
Grap Luva is DOPE as F@ck!! I miss this vibe and wanna go back to this era really bad lately. REAL SHIT!
Check out the Part 1 from “HERE”
i got the privilege to work with dj phatrick on the native tongues tribute mix art by dj bonds. go to http://dpsoul.wordpress.com/ to download the mix!
Manifesto Speaker Series: Ernie Paniccioli
Zulu Nation member speaks some much needed truth. Shout to Dj Orion for hipping me to this.
De La Soul Cassettes
Special Turntable Lab two pack special. Dead Stock De La Soul tapes. Coming soon.
Pete Rock and DJ Premier talking about how they made some of their classic tracks - for a whole hour. Yes.
Art Opening / Photography
This Friday, March 9th (ED: Opening is Thursday March 10th), at The Morrison Hotel will be the opening of a great photography show from Jeanette Beckman and David Corio. Their work, though originally the same content, a move for Beckman to New York had her shooting the bubbling Hip Hop scene. Corio staying abroad was doing much the same, but with the English Punk/Rock scene. The similarities of the roots from both scenes are great and this will be a great representation of their parallels.
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Shout out to the homies over at Mixpak for the info.
Both Corio and Beckman will be discussing their work at Apple Soho this Wednesday from 7-8:30! I highly recommend attending both events at all costs.