Brown Bag AllStars member Koncept visits #DXHQ for some bars on the rooftop as part of HipHopDX’s #HollywoodFreestyle series. Shot by Brooklyn Martino & Emmeline Kim, with editing by Brooklyn Martino
Brown Bag AllStars member J57 visits #DXHQ for some bars on the rooftop as part of HipHopDX’s #HollywoodFreestyle series. Shot by Brooklyn Martino & Emmeline Kim, with editing by Brooklyn Martino
Trumpeter-bandleader Miles Davis (1926-91) was a catalyst for the major innovations in post-bop, cool jazz, hard-bop, and jazz-fusion, and his wispy and emotional trumpet tones were some of the most evocative sounds ever heard. He was also one of the most identifiable and misunderstood pop icons of the 20th century. This engrossing British documentary shows the complex layers of this magnificent and mercurial artist. Through rare footage and interviews, we learn of Davis’s middle-class upbringing and his early days with bop legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The documentary bluntly deals with Davis’s narcotic nadir and his rise from the depths to become a bona fide jazz icon in the mid-’50s to late ’60s. But the most penetrating and poignant portraits of Davis come from musicians who played with and were influenced by him, including Shirley Horn, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Keith Jarrett.
Outstanding musical selections include modal masterpieces “So What” and “Blue in Green,” the haunting soundtrack to the 1957 French film Ascenseur pour l’Ã©chafaud, his romantic rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” and his collaborations with arranger Gil Evans. The most surprising aspects of Davis’s personality that emerge from this film are his shyness, vulnerability, and, yes, humility. As he said himself, “Don’t call me a legend. Call me Miles Davis.” –Eugene Holley Jr.
The Miles Davis Story explores the music & the man behind the public image from Miles middle class upbringing in racially segregated East St. Louis to the last years when he traveled the world like a rock star.
A girl gives a homeless man food…shit gets weird after.
Written by Sarah Cooper & Jermaine Fowler
Directed by Kenji
“Hands of Time”
Produced by Large Professor
Recorded in 1997 @ Queens Lounge, NYC
Taken from the 7″ vinyl/cassette/digital single on Ill Adrenaline Records
Directed & edited by Jimmy Giambrone
Purchase “Hands of Time” on iTunes:
“Hands of Time” available on 7″ vinyl (09/03/13), cassette (limited edition of 100 copies) and digital formats.
Worldwide distribution by Fat Beats and Foundation Media.
Pre-order a copy of the limited opaque red vinyl 7″ and/or cassette exclusively here:
B-1 (aka One) has been in the game since the early 90’s, but despite close ties to numerous well known rap artists and hip-hop luminaries his name remains relatively unknown to this day. Hailing from Queens, NY, B-1 gravitated towards hip-hop at a young age, influenced by his mother’s eclectic musical tastes as well as the nearby block parties and park jams.
Citing Kool G Rap and Lord Finesse as major influences in picking up a pen and becoming an MC, B-1 spent a long time honing his craft on the down low before being featured on two tracks on Kool G Rap’s 1995 album “4, 5, 6”, alongside close associate MF Grimm. However this wasn’t the first time for B-1 to work with one of his former idols as he already had the chance to record alongside Lord Finesse, Grimm and Freddie Foxxx in 1992, earning him a mention in the prestigious demo section of Rap Pages Magazine.
In the late 90’s, B-1 went on to become one of the first artists to sign a deal with Rawkus Records and released a handful of successful underground records, several of which featured collaborations with none other than Large Professor. In 2000 the very gifted Queens MC went quiet, but never stopped recording new music. It was already 2012 when B-1 finally made a dope comeback on the Beneficence collabo track, “Rulez To The Game (Remix)”, that also featured Harlem legend Herb McGruff.
Ill Adrenaline Records proudly presents a previously unreleased gem by B-1 & Large Professor entitled “Hands of Time”. This track was recorded back in 1997 and supposed to be B-1’s first single on Rawkus. The “Brooklyn Side” of the 7″ contains a dope demo track by O.C. & Da Beatminerz.
Keep your eyes peeled for a B-1 full length album sometime next year on Ill Adrenaline Records!
“We caught up with Matter Ov Fact, EP and Tropicana Josh of The Doppelgangaz one fine afternoon while they were shooting the video for “On The Rag”. Important issues discussed include picking up sweaty hipster girls, getting to second base in Europe, the legendary ‘Crackin’ beverage, velvet cloaks and a bunch of stuff that our legal team insisted we cut out.”
Notes To Self – “Popular Music”