Earl Sweatshirt - Chum (Explicit)

Earl Sweatshirt's 'Chum'

Two words: he’s back. Following a yearlong stint at Coral Reef Academy in Samoa, Earl Sweatshirt, Odd Future’s prodigal son has finally returned. Prior to this exile, the young Earl was wildly hyped up as one of hip-hop’s best rising emcees for his technical rapping abilities and mastery of assonance and multisyllabic rhymes. Following the release of his latest track “Chum” in early November, it appears as though all the accolades may not have been in vain. While Earl’s earlier work was characterized with violent and graphic content, “Chum,” offers a drastic change in subject mater for the young emcee. A deep and morose examination of conscious, it is complimented by the recent release of its music video counterpart.

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Termanology Let's His Skill "Circulate" On Latest Track

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After a whirlwind of a year that included various press and media mentions, the filming of his music video by esteemed director Rik Cordero (that featured UGK’s Bun B) and wrapped up with a spot on Method Man & Redman’s “Still High” tour, one might assume that hip hop hopeful, Termanology would be ready for a little rest and relaxation. The average person would be kicking back, thinking about where to celebrate New Year’s Eve, making mental notes of all the resolutions they won’t stick to in ‘09.

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Mixtape Mondays: Ratatat Remixes Volume I

Well, what do you know…it’s Monday already. Time seems to move so fast. This week in the Mixtape Mondays ratatatsegment, we have some Ratatat for you guys. More specifically, we have the Ratatat Remixes Volume I. Like the mixtapes prior, this mixtape is nothing new. It came out nearly four years ago, but it’s still great to blast. Ratatat’s sound incorperates electronic influences and is comprised of heavy beats using the synth and organ. Hailing from New York City, Ratatat is comprised of guitarist Mike Stroud and synthesizer driver and producer Evan Mast. They were made famous with the release of their hit singles Seventeen Years and Germany to Germany. Seventeen Years has since been featured in a Hummer Commercial and the movie Cloverfield, among other things. On Ratatat Remixes Volume I, the duo integrates electronica into 14 hip hop tracks, including Kanye West’s Get Em High, G-Unit’s Stunt 101, and Raekwon’s Smith Bros. This is one mixtape album you must download.

Ratatat Remixes Volume I

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The Origins of Graffiti, Breakdance, and Hip-Hop: Martha Cooper's Early 80's Photo-Journalism Video

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, something amazing was happening to New York City’s urban youth; they (Left to Right) Duro, Martha Cooper, Flintop, Bev 167, Ink 76, Dondi | Brooklyn, 1978 Duro, Martha Cooper, Flintop, Bev 167, Ink 76, Dondi | Brooklyn, 1978”)began to deviate from the cultural norms and embrace new, ‘strange’ practices like graffiti, breakdance, and hip-hop. Martha Cooper, a photo-journalist from New York City, captured on film the entire movement in its infancy. All of this was happening at a time when society viewed the movement as asinine, idiotic, ridiculous, and even threatening. Most people thought that ‘real’ art was in galleries, not alleys; ‘real’ dance belonged in ballrooms, not street corners; ‘real’ music emerged from guitars, not beat machines. Take a look at this fascinating video that documents everything Martha Cooper accomplished from 1979-1984 in Hip Hop Files.

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