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Music

Liquid Swords

I was browsing Reddit today, as every productive day starts, and came across a thread about the most under appreciated album of all time.  One user mentioned Gza’s Liquid Swords.

I remembered this album from when I was much younger, and honestly don’t remember it that fondly.  But I took the advice in the thread and gave it another listen.  That one listen made me realize I was a giant idiot in my youth, and I had missed out on gold.  So, to publicly embrace my idiocy, here is an album you all probably know and love.

Art

Beth Fladung’s Hip-hop Photography

Hip-hop photography is an underappreciated art.  Unlike photography associated with other genres of music (particularly jazz and rock), hip-hop photography is less established, and frankly, less respected.  Maybe it’s because the genre is still relatively young, or maybe it’s because many wrongly assume that hip-hop photography means tough looking gangster-types looking menacingly at the camera.

Fortunately, that’s usually not the case.  Take Beth Fladung, for example.  She takes compelling shots of hip-hop luminaries and their urban environs.  Her photos are evocative and atmospheric.  If you don’t believe me, check out the attached photos of Pete Rock, Brooklyn and the RZA, below.

Then, check out her website here for more photographic dopeness.

Music

4080Records Strikes More Interweb Gold!

This post’s title may be over the top, but its content sure as hell isn’t.   First up is a stupid fly remix of Tokyo Police Club’s “The Baskervilles” featuring Aesop Rock and Yak Ballz.  Whipped up by Amplive, this track is courtesy of okayplayer via Pitchfork.  Check out the song below, then visit the okayplayer post to watch a video of Amplive discussing its making.  And if you’re wondering who Yak Ballz is, after the jump check out a clip of him rhyming on air.

Also making waves on the web is talk of the imminent release of Lupe’s “Paris, Tokyo” remix.  Apparently it’s going to be huge.  At least if you believe all them bloggers.

Next is a leaked track from GZA’s upcoming album Pro Tools courtesy of The Full Clip via Where HipHop and Libertarianism Meet.  Called “0% Finance,” the track has that classic Wu-minimalism vibe to it.

Finally, check out this K-Def remix of Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys.”  I’d describe it for you, but there’s no way I could improve on how the dude at Metal Lungies puts it: “Def’s version of “Roc Boys” is a complete about-face from the original’s feeling. It’s slow and downbeat, centered around a series of jazzy electric guitar riffs. Every few bars, the guitar is joined by urgent strings and police sirens. The remix switches the drums to light, live sounding drum taps. K-Def’s stripped down instrumental is compelling enough to demand attention by itself, while focusing the listener’s attention on the lyrics.”  Fo’ real.

Listen to the original here, then check out the remix:

Jay-Z – Roc Boys (K-Def Remix)

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