For Those Who Can't Sleep On Hip Hop

 Sadly, Mantronix is far from a household name among so called “Hip Hop heads” today, however, they were one of the most innovative acts in the genre, and certainly pioneers worth knowing. DJ Mantronik and MC T pushed the boundaries by not just melding sounds, but creating a new direction for Hip Hop. This included House, Electronica, and New Wave, as you can hear from the clip below. In many ways, these artists that went off the beaten path were actually some of the purest in Hip Hop because they took the lead from Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, and other predecessors by brining new direction to the evolving genre.

Today’s artists seeking to make a long lasting impact would be greatly served by going back to Hip Hop’s golden era and studying the masters. The keys to the furtherance of the art form can be found in that time period. Taking the cue and picking up where they left off is the challenge. Even if an attempt doesn’t result in perfection, it will surely be more than what we’ve seen since transpire during the better part of the last two decades, which have been riddled with an unlimited amount of materialism, gangsterism, sexism, and stagnant lowest common denominator drivel. If you’re a new artist, take the challenge, pick up where Mantronix left off decades ago. You might be surprised how far into the future the results might place you.

-I. Vasquetelle

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The Jolly Boys blend classic mento (Jamaican folk music) instrumentation with other genres to breath new life into covers. Check them out as they rock out a classic New Order track in a brand new way.

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Following two years of extensive collection and categorization, the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library announces the opening of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection on the fifteenth anniversary of the death of the platinum recording artist, actor and poet who remains one of the most influential writers and performers in the hip hop/rap genre.

Spanning a period from 1969 to 2008, this remarkable collection includes song lyrics, poems, track lists and video treatments, as well as manuscripts by Shakur family members and members of the rap groups Dramacydal and the Outlawz. Memorabilia, correspondence to and from Shakur, fan mail, media clippings and publicity materials are also included. Particularly noteworthy items within the collection are a handwritten video treatment for “Dear Mama,” his song that was inducted into the Library of Congress collection; a notebook of songs eventually recorded for Shakur’s immensely successful 2Pacalypse Now album; and handwritten drafts of poems included in The Rose That Grew from Concrete.

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Adult Swim announced today it has picked up the live-action series Loiter Squad, a 15 minute live-action show that features sketches, man on the street segments, pranks and music from Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. The cast, featuring the Los Angeles collective of rappers, artists, and skateboarders, channel their multi-faceted creative talents in this Jackass-style showcase.

This announcement comes on the heels of Tyler, The Creator’s “Best New Artist” win at the 2011 Video Music Awards.  Creating their own show comes as a natural next step for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, whose accomplishments have garnered wide media attention in 2011 and continue to compound on themselves.  Singing member Frank Ocean contributed to the new Beyonce album and the collaboration between Kanye West and Jay Z. Tyler, The Creator’s Goblin LP has sold more than 100,000 copies and his Yonkers video has been viewed more than 22 million times. Odd Future is on the verge of their first national tour and the release of their Golf Wang book in November will document their travels and hometown exploits.

Loiter Squad is being produced by Dickhouse Entertainment–the Hollywood production partnership of Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze who have been the creative power behind hits including JackassNitro CircusRob & BigRob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, The Birth of Big Air and Wildboyz.  The Dickhouse sensibility provides a perfect match for the unique viewpoints, masterful pranking and artistic inclinations of the Odd Future crew.  Jeff Tremaine and Adult Swim’s Nick Weidenfeld will serve as executive producers.

Provided courtesy of Life or Death PR & Management.

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XL Recordings is putting their money where their music is. Today they announced a promotion offering a free copy of their promotional vinyl release featuring some great talent. All you need to do is be one of the first 1,000 to send an email. See details below from their website:

Source XL SITE:

We work with some amazing artists, and we appreciate the support you show them. To celebrate their work, and say thank you to you, we’ve made a limited edition, double 12″ vinyl sampler. It features a track from each of the artists we’ve worked with this year. It won’t be available to buy anywhere.

We would like to give you a copy of the XL Recordings Sampler 2011. If you’d like a copy of the sampler, email your postal address to and we’ll send you one, wherever you are in the world. We have 1000 copies to give away. First come, first served.

XL Recordings Sampler 2011 tracklist:

A1 Adele- He Won’t Go.
A2 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – I’ll Take Care Of You
B1 Radiohead – Supercollider
C1 Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers
C2 Friendly Fires – Show Me Lights
D1 The Horrors – Still Life
D2 Jai Paul – BTSTU (Edit)

Thank you,

XL Recordings

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