Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gorillaz "Journey To Plastic Beach" (Video)

The latest (and most extensive) installment from Plastic Beach.

Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz

Trademark Da Skydiver "Lameguage" (Video)

It's good to see TM continue to come up. Sorely underratted, his most recent projects are definitely worth a listen.

Seen and heard at OnSmash



The artist who introduced Jean Michel-Basquiat to the A Train and who originated the styles of others, such as MF Doom and Cypress Hill, has passed.

He was an eccentric, outsize figure almost never photographed without wearing one of the elaborate science-fiction inspired masks and costumes that he made along with the sculpture and paintings that became the mainstays of his career in later years. He fashioned himself as an urban philosopher, whose overarching theory, which he called Gothic Futurism, posited that graffiti writers were trying to liberate the mystical power of letters from the strictures of modern alphabetical standardization and had inherited this mission in part from medieval monks.

They just do not make them like this anymore...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Frank Ramz & The Menahan Street Band "Make The Road By Walking"


The Clusterfunk Collective blog was not even in existence when we originally heard this tape, but it is well-worth a post (better late than never, right?) The Menahan Street Band has an incredible sound, very curious yet sultry. Add the lyrical skills of Frank Ramz to the mix and this is the end product. Enjoy!


Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz


Out of all the tributes that we witnessed today, this seemed the most fitting. Rest In Power, Michael Jackson.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Kingdom "Naked Time" (EP)


After sharing the stage with the likes of Asher Roth, Janelle Monae, B.o.B and Saul Williams; the Los Angeles based band — consisting of Noah King (vocals), Oren Yoel (the man behind most of Asher’s Asleep in the Break Aisle on the keys), Joe Rausch (bass) and Evan Turner (drums) — releases a free seven-track EP (and video) for fans of that rock, soul, pop, funk and sexy shit.


Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz

DJ Drama x Dead Prez "Revolutionary But Gansta Grillz" (Mixtape)



Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz

MachineDrum "FR33DUMB" (Mixtape)


Brooklyn based versatile audio craftsman MachineDrum is also known for working with the likes of Theophilus London, Mickey Factz, MeLo-X and Tiombe Lockhart.

Currently touring Europe as he prepares to release his Many Faces EP on Scottish label LuckyMe (also home to Hudson Mohwake, Mike Slott and Cubic Zirconia) in the next month, vibe to his one-track FR33DUMB mixtape.


Seen and heard at Soul Culture

The Art of Maurizio Bongiovanni


Maurizio Bongiovanni’s paintings look like the effects of the past, or perhaps the future making its stamp on the present. But what makes Maurizio’s imagery even more effective is his choice of mundane subjects. Birds – sweet, chirpy, perched – suffering the effects of having fallen through refractive cracks… or their existence stretched as they fall toward some unforseen black hole?

Seen and heard at Beautiful Decay

The Original Pac Man Sketches




Control, the self-proclaimed "Dutch industry magazine for game developers" featured photos of the original sketches of Pac Man on their website. Viewing the drawings it is easy to recognize how far game design has come, yet still respect the basic of where each still starts - at the hand of a human.

Seen and heard at @wired

Mick Boogie presents "Southernplayalisticmaybachmusic" (Mixtape)


Big Boi and Ricky, huh? We'll let you judge for yourselves.


Seen and heard at Stupid Dope

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Roots "Dear God 2.0" (Video)

The premier video off the Roots album How I Got Over, in stores now.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

In conclusion...



Most opening acts are a good warmup for the headliner and not much else. But this Archandroid lit the damn roof on fire! Her performance was second to none, and it's great to see artists doing it for the love again and not just for the pay. Ms. Monae was gracious enough to converse with fans in the merch line, even singing Happy Birthday to one lucky guy. We were stoked to have the chance to meet her and wish her much success.

J*Davey "Boudoir Synema" (Mixtape)


After watching J*Davey open for Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu earlier this week (and not knowing who they actually were until AFTER they were done performing), we decided to go find some material and give the duo another listen. Good choice, too, because as many have already attested - J*Davey makes some strong music. Enjoy!


Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz

B.o.b. feat. Hayley Williams "Airplanes" (Video)

Here are the latest visuals from The Adventures of B.o.B., in stores now.

Friday, June 18, 2010

06/18/2010: Badu @ Paramount Theater (Oakland)


Clusterfunk Collective will be catching Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae LIVE at the Paramount Theater in Oakland tonight. More to come...



We were under the impression that this was a new Knux release from the way the post read (gotcha!), but stumbled upon a project by Cisco Adler featuring the Knux. Overall, though, thee sounds weren't disappointing. Certified summer blend. Enjoy!


Seen and heard at @TheKnuX

DJ Chief-One "1992" (Mixtape)


We spotted this tape over at Potholes today, and after giving it a quick spin it seems pretty solid. This tape makes '92 look like the precursor to '96. Regardless of the comparisons this compilation spans the spectrum of styles in 1992 and blends them seamlessly. Enjoy!


Seen and heard at Potholes In My Blog

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Drake x Cookin' Soul "Thank Us Later" (Mixtape)


Drake's debut was solid, but mediocre for someone with his talent. This remix tape by Cookin' Soul, however, does it justice. For those of us who are fans (but not necessarily die-hards) this disc did the trick - it has been in constant rotation since yesterday, not to mention the artwork speaks for itself. Go figure...


Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz

Birdman feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga "Loyalty" (Video)

Puttin it down for the hometown...

Tupac Amaru Shakur 1971-1996


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nike presents "Pitch Perfect: Volume 5" (Mixtape)


Few continents are as fluid as North America. From the Panama Canal to the Bering Strait, its borders contain a representation of nearly every imaginable personal history, and its residents seem to share their cultures as freely as the jet stream. The music that comes out of this panoply blurs the lines even more, and few grasp this constant flow as well as California’s Chief Boima. As a DJ, producer and writer living in San Francisco, Boima champions the genre-defiant and sonically adventurous with a keen eye, limitless curiosity and sly wit. For this mixtape, even though a majority of the artists live or have lived in the US of A, he’s somehow able to represent as many countries as there are songs, each one bounding back and forth across countries as effortlessly as its creator.


Seen and heard at @theophilusl

Gypsophonic Disko: NOLAphonic (Volume 1) [Mixtape]


Galactic presents the first installment of the Gypsyphonic Disko Mixtape Series. A mash of New Orleans bounce, klezmer, hip hop, and Balkan music. Hosted by Chali2na (J5) and featuring exclusive recordings by Sissy Nobby, Juvenile, Gift of Gab, Katey Red, Lateef the Truthspeaker and Big Freedia.

Seen and heard at @lyricsborn

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Deal Or No Deal Tour (Outtakes Video)

Congrats to Wiz Khalifa on such a successful tour. We can't wait to see dude at Rock The Bells!

Retro Mac iPad Stand

Awesome modding by Hirac of a Mac Classic turned into an Ipad Stand.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Free Fall

Free Fall is a video made by the freedivers Guillaume NĂ©ry and Julie Gautier. You can see Guillaume doing a base jump into Dean’s Blue Hole. They say it’s a fictional and artistic project, they wanted to show another approach to freediving videos. Even Julie, who filmed everything with a Canon 5D Mark II, hold her breath the whole time. The result is awesome.

Seen and heard at NotCot

Trademark Da Skydiver "Super Villain 2" (Mixtape)



Straight outta Camp Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver makes his mark with the second installment of his Super Villain Series. If you're wondering how the introduction to the catalog sounds, look below:



Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz

Travie McCoy "The Manual" (Video)

To be honest, we passed on purchasing this album yesterday in favor of the new Reflection Eternal joint. But that doesn't mean we aren't anticipating Mr. McCoy's solo debut. Better luck next time. Until then, enjoy his latest video.

Fashawn "Ode To Illmatic" (Mixtape)


We weren't expecting this, but Fashawn has released his latest project - an ode to a classic.



Thursday, June 10, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Cee-Lo "Stray Bullets" (Mixtape)


The insinuation versus literal meaning of the title is the perfect prelude to his upcoming full-length release. Brilliant as ever, and ever-moreso.


Seen and heard at Get Right Music

Christian Rich "The Decadence" (Mixtape)


We have been following the rise of Christian Rich since they released The Decay Mixtape a while back. The duo are quickly becoming very sought-after among industry heads and artists alike, and for good reason. These cats come equipped with live instruments and a sound like no other. Not to mention, their cover art is consistently on point.


Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz

Theophilus London "I Want You" (Video)

Theophilus London is like the Felix Da Housecat of rap. He cannot be classified, and that is what we love so much about his music. Above is the aptly titled debut track off of his latest project by the same name.

Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz

Sunday, June 6, 2010

OnCue "Crashing Down" (Video)

The first video off of the upcoming mixtape Cuey Sings The Blues.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tiron "MSTRD" (Mixtape)


First Ketchup, now MSTRD - Tiron serves up a whole plate. If you missed the last project, we recommend backtracking first to fully comprehend his concept.


Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz

Thursday, June 3, 2010

"Unreleased" Kanye West Tracks


We have spotted this tape on several different sites, but did not bother to check it out until today in favor of other releases. It's a good thing we did, though. Although there are some tracks that actually were released, there are many more that were not. Besides, Kevin Nottingham's track record speaks for itself.


Seen and heard at DatPiff

Cause For Alarm?



A sticker found on a trash can at a Washington, D.C., airport last week depicting what appeared to be a suicide bomber is actually the logo of a popular graffiti artist. His fans have plastered his stickers around the world since around 2005.

Perhaps we are naive, but still unaware that terrorists have taken up logos to identify themselves. Just a thought...

View the entire debacle at here

Seen and heard at Wired

The Botany Factory


San Francisco based Botany Factory makes amazing succulent terrariums in hand-blown glass vessels. Their production is like a science experiment, albeit one conducted with color, texture and visual composition.

See more at The Botany Factory

Seen and heard at NotCot

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Helluva Collabo


Augor, Craola, Trav, Witness, Dabs Myla, and Rime just linked up for a massive wall down in Venice, California. It’s like an explosion of collaborative aerosol wonder. That's a whole lot of talent together on one wall.

Take a look at the entire process here

Seen and heard at Juxtapoz

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sober & DJ A1 "Automatic" (EP)


Prior to spotting the feature at Potholes In My Blog, we had no knowledge of these two gentleman. Their resume speaks for itself - Sober is apparently the mind behind Decade Clothing and DJ A1 has worked with Badu and others. The tracks are definitely worth a spin...


Seen and heard at Potholes In My Blog

Trent Reznor presents How To Destroy Angels


Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor recently formed a group with his wife Mariqueen Maandig (formerly of West Indian Girl) and Atticus Ross (12 Rounds). Together they are known as How to Destroy Angels; named after the 1984 Coil EP of the same name.


Seen and heard at 2dopeboyz