“Henry is a resident in a nursing home and has been there for about a decade. He isn’t doing too well, from what the beginning of this video shows us. He seems unhappy and very unresponsive, until someone gives him an iPod with some music that he recognizes. Instantly, the music changes him. He sits up, sings along and is suddenly much more excited about everything going on around him. It’s an incredible reaction. When asked about it, Henry verbalizes a lot of what makes music special to all of us, even if it’s in terms that we would never consider on a day-to-day basis.”
Body Count- When Hip-Hop met Heavy Metal
It was epic.
Kendrick Lamar feat. Dr Dre - The Recipe
This is the first time that we’re posting music by Kendrick Lamar on MTHRFNKR. I’m not sure why this is. I guess, I just never really got into his music that much. Whatever.
Rick Ross European Tour Part 2
Asap Rocky feat. Lana Del Rey - Ridin
What happens if two of the most hyped artists of the interwebz hang out together in a studio? “Ridin” happens.
S/O to Badseed for his energetic performance this past Friday. Another complimentary booking was given immediately after the performance with many artists contacting in hope of collaborations/features.
This was definitely a good start out for his West Coast debut.
Come show support tomorrow night for Jdot’s number one upcoming artist, Badseed. Representing his hometown Flint, Michigan, Badseed will be performing for the first time out in Arizona for a debut on the west coast!
Remember the concept albums back in the 70s? There was Tommy by The Who, Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic by Yes…. AND the most known first concept albums?
Dark side of the Moon and The Wall by Pink Floyd.
There was always somewhat of a dispute as to what was and was not considered a concept album.
HERE in the recent short film entitled, Runaway by Kanye West, we have something I think could be the start to some innovative concept albums within the hip hop genre. The album itself is not considered an actual concept album, but many of them were created into short films just like this… which had sparked my imagination.
Wouldn’t it be cool if hip hop started creating unified pieces of work within their albums and then proceeded to make short movies from them?! I want to see a narrative, compositional album come from an artist like Kanye. It’d not only be epic, but it’d help put us (hiphop) on the map for a better future in the business.
Listen everyone! It’s time to support the REAL hip hop composed within the sub genres that record labels are not set up to market and sell. PUSH for the names you want heard within mainstream music. We do it every day. It’s time to do it in a way that we’ll create a difference.. Together.
The current hip hop industry is facing a financial downfall because of their inability to figure out how to cater to the consumers within all sub genres of hip hop.
The rock industry is set up for mass production many sub genres like alternative, metal, classic, etc. Country also has the same set up for market and sale of their different types under their record labels and production companies. So what does hip hop have? Current mainstream hip hop becomes known with an artist that creates one hit CLUB song. We then have simple hope that we receive a well rounded album in the future. We have created our own mainstream community with the resources we have i.e internet, magazines, etc. Now, lately things have been moving forward with the Big Sean’s, Wale’s, Drake’s, and J. Cole’s of the industry. BUT:
If hip hop is going to survive, we need to force our industry to expand for all demographic needs within the hip hop music world. We need to bring in the artists like People Under The Stairs & Pharcyde or Cunninlynguistics & Far East Movement. Those are all different avenues everyone knows about because of their hardwork and our community we have created. Skyzoo, Fashawn, and Kool G Rap are all artists that deserve better recognition as well. I could go on and on with all the different types of hip hop existent today.
There is no profit for the industry when the consumer must resort to Internet resources, or small labels that sell few albums in best buy with no marketing. That will end up providing us with a collapsing industry that is already currently declining in sales.
What are we going to do when the up and coming artists who are slowly getting known have no one to become known by? We will have to listen to all music recorded within project studios and everything will be mixtapes with home made audio production. Don’t get me wrong, people can do that pretty well nowadays. But don’t we want them to get some help with fine tuning their skills not only within audio production but reaching the highest potential they have?
It’s time to help the industry we love by, yes, shouting at the roof tops. We all already speak our opinion on this matter but we need more of it. Where are we going to shout at the top of our lungs? The Internet! Everywhere on the Internet! Contact record labels, find out who you can bother while you’re sitting on that computer! Flyers: like lost puppy flyers, we have lost music. Venues: J. Cole shows, I’m sure he’d love to hear people chant. Weezy concerts. Everywhere. It’s not hard. It’s just time. These are just a few ideas of the handfuls we have to use that are simple and can make a huge difference.
So let’s do it guys. Spread this message! Let’s shout at the roof tops. Time to geeditin.
Bleached, “Searching Through the Past”
Don Trip, “Letter To My Son”
Beautiful Swimmers, “Open Shadow”
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, “Nothing Even Matters”
El-P, “Drones Over BK”
Wale, “Miami Nights”
Octo Octa, “Let Me See You”
Bobby Browser, “No Appointments”
Steve Summers, “Uncollected Grooves”
Mark McGuire, “Another Dead End”
Cass McCombs, “The Same Thing”
Magic Touch, “Clubhouse”
Airbird, “City vs Mountains”
MikeQ, “Ha Dub”
Future, “Go Harder”
Stay+, “A Side Fever”
Stacy Barthe, “Without You”
Oneohtrix Point Never, “Replica”
Ne-Yo hard at work in the studio with producer Red One
Steve Jobs, How to Live Before You Die