Saturday, February 28, 2009

Arte Y Lenguaje - Escalando Posiciones

Arte Y Lenguaje

Arte Y Lenguage

The homie Arte Y Lenguaje, hailing from Bogota, Colombia, has just released his third studio album, Escalando Posiciones ('Scaling Positions'), on February 21st this year.

The album features two collaborations with Cee & Bekah - 'Violencia Estado Militante' ('Militant State Violence') and 'Drogadiccion' ('Drug Addiction'). Most of the head-nodding, underground Hip Hop tracks have a political theme, reflecting Arte Y Lenguaje's experiences in the often turbulent social state of Colombia.

And we might as well announce this now - Arte Y Lenguaje has teamed up with Cee & Bekah to form an international Hip Hop/Soul/Latin group, Soul de la Tierra. We've recently started work on the as yet untitled album, and it's sounding fresh so far. This is a very unique project, as Ehiyel (Arte Y Lenguaje) speaks zero English, so it's up to me to harness my limited Spanish skills (alongside online translation services) to make it work. We'll keep y'all posted.

Check out the video for the first single from the album, 'Homenaje':

Friday, February 27, 2009

Emilio Rojas - 585 (Roc Y'all) Remix



Such a sick track. Produced by M-Phazes, though I don't think this is from Emilio and Phaze's Phaze One album (which I got a sneak preview of in New York. Fuck me, it's incredible).

Emilio Rojas (Feat. Hassaan Mackey, Black Sinatra, L.I. & Nikal Fieldz) - 585 (Roc Y'all) Remix

The Movement Fam on The Hip Hop Chronicle UK

The Movement Fam


Big ups to the homies at The Hip Hop Chronicle UK blog. This is a big ass blog in the UK, and they did a lil feature on The Fam, posting links to the two singles off our recent mixtapes - Notion's 'Enter My World' (produced by Da-Phai, from World Domi-NoTiOn), and Cee & Bekah's 'Anything For You' (produced by Whisper, from The Soul Movement Volume 2). Respect.

Checkout The Movement Fam piece on The Hip Hop Chronicle UK

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kanye West - The Lost Songs

Kanye West - The Lost Songs

Kanye West - The Lost Songs

Aight, so once again the homie Kev done had that heat. I had to re-post this, shit is dope.

Artutabr and dani_46 (no idea who they are) put together this wicked compilation of lesser known Kanye tracks. Kev recently put up a bunch of DOPE Kanye compilations and even he was blown away by this one. The boys even got Fred Hart, who did some crazy artwork for the 808's & Heartbreak single covers, to do their artwork. Amazing.

Download Kanye West - The Lost Songs

Peep the tracklist:

1. Milton Nascimento - Intro (0:53)
2. Consequence - Don’t Forget Em (Remix) (Feat. Kanye West) (4:20)
3. Bump J - Move Around (Produced By Kanye West) (3:54)*
4. Tricky Daddy - Can’t Say No (Feat. Kanye West) (2:14)
5. Consequence - Turn Yaself in (Feat. Kanye West) (3:17)
6. GLC - Take Me Out (Feat. Shayla G) (Prod. By Kanye West) (3:31)
7. AZ - Love is All Love (Produced By Kanye West) (3:40)
8. Cassius Henry - The One (Feat. Freeway) (Produced By Kanye West) (3:44)
9. Skyzoo - I Got It Covered (Produced By Kanye West) (3:39)
10. Shawnna - What Can I Do (Feat. Missy Elliott) (Produced By Kanye West) (3:24)
11. Mystic - Breathe (Better Days) (Produced By Kanye West) (3:53)
12. Kanye West - Downtown (Feat. Consequence & Abstract Mind State) (3:56)
13. Tiarra Marie - Make Her Feel Good (Remix) (Feat. Kanye West & Jay-Z) (3:28)
14. Young Blaze - Work It Out (Produced By Kanye) (4:38)
15. Young Leek - Where U Should Be (Feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo) (3:27)
16. Nappy Roots - These Walls (Produced By Kanye West) (3:53)
17. DJ Kayslay - No Problems (Featuring Jaheim, Nore, Nature & Left Gunz) (Produced By Kanye West) (3:26)
18. Infamous Syndicate - Clock Strikes (Feat. Fatal) (Produced By Kanye West) (4:18)
19. Pharcity - Can’t Say No (Feat. Xavier, Aeon & Kanye West) (4:37)
20. Made Men - Is It You? (Deja Vu) (Remix) (Feat. Carden, Mase & Big Pun) (Produced By Kanye West) (3:41)
21. Nick Cannon - My Wife (Feat. Slim) (Produced By Kanye West) (3:17)
22. Kanye West - Roommates (Feat. Consequence) (3:40)

Bonus Tracks:
23. Bump J - Lock Me Down (Feat. Rick James) (Produced By Kanye West) (Tagged) (4:06)
24. Busta Rhymes - Dangerous (Kanye West Remix) (2:27)
25. Scarface - Steve Francis Reebok Commercial (Prod. By Kanye West) (0:58)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More Fight Klub - Serius Jones vs Big Ace



I found more old footage of Serius Jones on the tube. He and Big Ace go at it bar for bar. When it comes to freestyling, Serius is one of the best, period.

8-bit Hip Hop Medley

Ever wondered what Hip Hop would have sounded like if it were used as the soundtrack to a NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) video game?

Me neither, but damn this is cool! Basically what some of Jay-Z, Kanye, T.I. and some other rappers beats would have sounded like on a video game in the 80's. Classic.



Now I'm waiting on some new-school rapper to flip the script (did I really just use that term?) and start sampling some old-school video game music.

It's not like it hasn't been done before.

There's Benefit's joint Warp To World 6-9 which uses the classic Super Mario Bros. sample.

Smif-n-Wessun (then Cocoa Brovaz) also flipped the Mario sample for Super Brooklyn. Ill shit.

Sampling Mario Bros. is almost too easy though. How about Extended F@mm's Line Drop, where they borrow the famous Tetris music and use it to great effect on the concept track. In the game, the music speeds up after dropping (and clearing) a number of lines. In the track, the beat/sample speeds up after each punchline dropped by the crew. Ridiculous.

Can I get a Jigga joint over some Metroid music?

How about a little Nas on a banging Ninja Gaiden (aka Shadow Warriors) beat?

Make it happen. Please.

Oh and if anyone is after MP3's of any of the tracks I linked, get at me via comments and I'll hook you up.

Josh Martinez Feat. Classified and Skratch Bastid - Going Back To Hali

Had to post this one. Even though Class only makes a small appearance, fans will appreciate. Most of us here at The Movement Fam are fans of Canada's Classified, so his cameo on this joint was something I was keen on peeping while waiting for his new album to drop.

I don't know much about the song itself, which really isn't that dope, so check the blurb below I ripped from another blog. Also, check out Classified's MySpace to hear his new single 'Anybody Listening?' off the album 'Self Explanatory' (which drops April 7th), which is actually fresh.

"My two favorite artists of early 2009 - Josh Martinez and Classified - just dropped their visual to the second single off Josh’s ultra-magnetic album The World Famous Sex Buffet. Featuring Skratch Bastid along for the ride, “Going Back To Hali” is a potent ode to their home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia, which is somewhere in Canada where they probably smoke reeeally good. Either way, it’s nice to see artists lighten up and actually have fun in their music videos."

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Model Mondays Feature: Ms. Innocence

Tiana better known as Ms. Innocence is an up incoming 23 yr old model from Springfield, MA. An exotic mix of African American, Columbian, and Native American (mother is African American and Columbian, father is Cherokee Indian), making men who love their thick chicks look twice. More than just a pretty face and a woman of many talents, Ms. Innocence has a degree in nursing as well as being a trained tattoo artist, helping co-start and run one of the top tattoo businesses in her area.

Even with her impressive background, she still decided to pursue a career in modeling. With 12 tattoos and counting, and a unique look and style, Ms. Innocence has graced Hip Hop websites and magazines such as www.heelznwheelz.com "Eye Candy of The Month", In Da Streetz Magazine, Chambermaids Magazine, and Thinking Big Productions "Eye Candy" for December.

Ms. Innocence has also made a name for herself in the alternative fashion/fetish modeling scene, modeling for such sites as Suicide Girls, Deviant Nation and will be a new face on www.BellaVendetta.com. Making her mark on the modeling scene, Ms. Innocence shows that even covered in tattoos you can still be sexy and successful in this industry.



DJ Grain: What’s your name?
Ms. Innocence: My name is Tiana, but everyone knows me as Innocence.

DJ Grain: Where are you from?
Ms. Innocence: Springfield, MA.



DJ Grain: How many years have you been modeling?
Ms. Innocence: I have been modeling for two years.

DJ Grain: What are the misconceptions people commonly have about models that are untrue?
Ms. Innocence: That we're a bunch of coked up video hoes who have no intelligence and just get by on our looks and sleeping around.



DJ Grain: What shows, videos, magazines, etc. have you been featured in?
Ms. Innocence: I've done a lil of everything, being featured on such websites as; *HeelznWheelz.com, *Thinkin Big Productions- Eye Candy of the Month. I've been working with Baby Bam from the Jungle Brothers on his new up incoming DVD, a follow up to "Bamboozled", as well as promotions for Maxim Lingerie, Conceited Clothing and Deviant Nation.

DJ Grain: What photographers have you worked with?
Ms. Innocence: I've worked with a lot of great photographers such as Peter Manic, ShredBoy Studios, JRCreative, SGHockett Photography, and Del Knight.



DJ Grain: What photographers would you like to work with?
Ms. Innocence: There's a few I would love the chance to work with and that's Ryan O'Nash, Frank Antonio, EMC photography, and Caliber Photography.

DJ Grain: Can you describe the grind of a model trying to break into the industry?
Ms. Innocence: The grind of a model never ends, whether it taking care of yourself (exercising, skin care, hair care, etc.), endless networking and photo shoots to get your name out there and working hard to have a career that lasts.



DJ Grain: Any words for the ladies out there that have aspirations of entering the modeling industry?
Ms. Innocence: Don't let no one tell you you're not model material, work hard and keep pushing. Just because someone might say no doesn't mean you wont succeed, or that they don't like your look it just means you have to keep working hard 'til they're ready for someone like you in the industry.



DJ Grain: How can people contact you for booking?
Ms. Innocence: msinnocence@yahoo.com or Ms. Innocence Myspace Page.

Hezekiah - Wild & Wreckless

No reason for posting this one. Except that it's dope. Respecgonize, and check for Hezekiah on upcoming Movement Fam projects...

Wax & EOM - The Adventures of Larry & Tina

And while we're on Wax & EOM, here's the official video to the first single from their album "Liquid Courage', 'The Adventures of Larry & Tina'. Dope.

Wax 'A Milli' Freestyle

Aight, so I've been sleeping. The homie Sean Deez manages the producer EOM, who is doing an album with Wax. I never got around to checking them out until now. Here's a freestyle of Wax over 'A Milli'. Freakin' ridiculous.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Simpsons - First New Main Title in 20 Years!

Peep this. Gold. The first time The Simpsons have used an alternative main title theme in 20 years, apparently. For the most part, it's the same, but the minor differences are classic. And the last part is the most elaborate one I've ever seen. Classics.


Kanye West - Welcome To Heartbreak

Peep the new video from Kanye West, featuring Kid Cudi. Dopeness.


KANYE WEST "Welcome To Heartbreak" Directed by Nabil from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

You Name It

Attention, Melbourne heads...

The homie Duncan has (sorta) recently opened up his Hip Hop store in St Kilda, the only one in the area, so we had to let y'all know about it. It's called You Name It, and it ain't your typical Hip Hop spot. It's one of the only places in Melbourne you can get dope New Era caps (and order what you want from a catalogue), skateboards, t-shirts, shoes, spray paint (Ironlak) and original artwork.

Oh and it's currently the only place in Melbourne you can buy Cee & Bekah t-shirts, as well as the whole Movement Fam catalogue of mixtapes. So drop by and tell 'em we sent ya!

You Name It

You Name It
274 Inkerman St
St Kilda VIC 3182

Opposite Inkerman Hotel, 5 minutes walk from Balaclava station.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Understudies - This Is The Beat video

Once again, big ups to the homies outta Cali, The Understudies. This is their new video from their last project, CC3. Peep.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Chris Brown & Rihanna Aftermath

Most of y'all woulda been as shocked as I was when I heard that, of all people, squeaky clean R&B singer Chris Brown hit his bangin' missus Rihanna last week.

TMZ just posted the following picture of Rihanna after her what looks like a fairly violent altercation with Chris Brown...

Rihanna post Chris Brown punch on

...god damn, son!

Kid Cudi and Kanye West 106 and Park Freestyle

What it do, bloggers??

Peep this Kid Cudi and Kanye West 106 and Park Freestyle I saw on HipHopGame.com. Cudi smashes a smooth singy type free and 'Ye gets his arrogant on... it's dope, haha.



Enjoy!

Nosh dog.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Venus Project

The Venus Project

I'm pretty damn fascinated by this right now. The Venus Project was first brought to my attention in the movie Zeitgeist Addendum, which I saw for the second time at the Spiritual Cinema on Wednesday.

Check out the site by clicking on the image, and read the blurb below. It could be a whole new world.

"The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture. There are many people today who are concerned with the serious problems that face our modern society: unemployment, violent crime, replacement of humans by technology, over-population and a decline in the Earth's ecosystems. As you will see, The Venus Project is dedicated to confronting all of these problems by actively engaging in the research, development, and application of workable solutions. Through the use of innovative approaches to social awareness, educational incentives, and the consistent application of the best that science and technology can offer directly to the social system, The Venus Project offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology, and nature will be able to coexist in a long-term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium."

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Camron - I Hate My Job (Video)

This got to be the realest song I have heard in a while. Everybody can relate to this without a doubt.

Natalie Portman Raps

I'm probably mad behind with this, but I only heard the audio for this song on The Lonely Island's album yesterday. So when I researched it to check if it was for real, it sure was. Hilarious shit. Natalie Portman is heaps awesome.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Truth Movement and Glitch Bar/Cinema

Glitch Bar & Cinema

So I've posted about The Truth Movement Australia before. The founder, Adam Davis, has been travelling around Australia and visiting with folks who have signed up to the website. Tonight was the Melbourne edition, and the turnout was fantastic.

Possibly 60-70 folks rocked up to the Glitch Bar & Cinema, a place I never knew existed. It's a small, community cinema that runs Spiritual Cinema, which shows a film that will expand your mind every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Incredible. I've attached the flyer above for the next fortnight, something I think I will attend, as I'm very curious about The Venus Project.

For all folks who want to see what's really going on in our world, see past the deceptions, the flaws in our society and how we can come together to fix it, both The Truth Movement Australia and The Venus Project, along with the Spiritual Cinema, are a great place to start. Hit me up for more info.

I'm on a boat, muthafuckahhhh!!!!!!

That Jizz In My Pants shit was funny. This is next level piss-take at it's finest. Shouts to T-Pain for being a good sport. Big ups to Vexx for the hook up.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Valentine's Day Mixtape Launch

Big ups to everyone that came down to support The Movement Fam as we launched DJ Grain & Notion's Valentine's Day mixtape on Saturday 14th February, at the Blue Tile Lounge in Melbourne.

We had a great turnout, we all looked fresh to death, and Chris from Fading Hour (also the drummer for The Movement Fam band) ripped shit up. This was definitely one of the most fun we've had on stage. Check the pics after the jump. Oh and shouts to Esscay and Thrizz for the photos!

Gunnz, Cee, Esscay, Chris, Micnificent, Theory

Gunnz, Cee, Esscay, Chris, Micnificent, Theory

The whole Fam

The whole Fam

Chris rippin' up the skins

Chris rippin' up the skins

Gunny

Gunny

Cee going hard

Cee going hard

Bekah and Notion

Bekah and Notion

The Fam

The Fam

 Mic stand pimpin'

Mic stand pimpin'

 Smoothin' it out

Smoothin' it out

Monday, February 16, 2009

Model Mondays Feature: Ree El-Gadaa

Yes folks, we're back with another Model Mondays. We would never disappoint y'all.

So this week, we're heading back to Australia and we caught up with a beautiful young lady by the name of Ree El-Gadaa. She's a part time fashion model, full time employee yet her hustle don't quit. Check the pics and interview after the jump.

Ree El-Gadaa

Name: Ree El-Gadaa

Cee: Where are you from?

Ree: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (background, Egyptian).

Cee: How many years have you been modeling?

Ree: My first shoot was about eight yrs ago, although I don't model full time.

Ree El-Gadaa

Cee: What are the misconceptions people commonly have about models that are untrue?

Ree: The biggest misconception would have to be that we're one dimensional, materialistic and lacking substance...

Ree El-Gadaa

Cee: What shows, videos, magazines, etc. have you been featured in?

Ree: I did a Victoria's Secret fashion show in 2007, introducing the brand to Australia in connection with Hottest Hunk of the Year awards. I've also done a few fashion magazines and catalogue work.

Ree El-Gadaa

Cee: What photographers have you worked with?

Ree: Blush, Andrew Thomas photography, Emily Abay, and Tony Anastasi.

Cee: What photographers would you like to work with?

Ree: Ones I'd like to work with include Brett Robson, Kris Josef, and David Wooley just to name a few. Any photographer who can look outside the square and know how to improvise... I like creativity.

Ree El-Gadaa

Cee: Any words for the ladies out there that have aspirations of entering the modeling industry?

Ree: My advice for the ladies out there that have aspirations of entering the modeling industry is you have to be thick skinned, because not everyone's going to tell you what you want to hear...and be true to yourself, don't sell yourself short just because you think it'll get you to the top.

Ree El-Gadaa

Cee: What's your plans from here?

Ree: My plans from here? Broaden my portfolio, work with talented photographers; as long as I am learning new things, I'm moving in the right direction!

Ree El-Gadaa

Ree El-Gadaa's MySpace

Ilyas- The Prelude

Dope new mixtape from the homie Ilyas of Tanya Morgan.



Ilyas-The Prelude

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Drake's New Mixtape - So Far Gone

T.Dot representative Drake, has blessed our ears once again with a new mixtape "So Far Gone".

If you are a new comer to Drake, you MUST get this. That's all I'm sayin...

Drake - So Far Gone Mixtape

Drake - So Far Gone Back Cover

If you don't download it, you stupid.
Click the pic to download.

Peace!

Better late than never... Illa J: “Sunshine” Valentine's Day Exclusive

Illa J has dropped an Exclusive Valentine’s Day Song titled “Sunshine”.

John “Illa J” Yancey, younger brother of late great genius producer James Yancey (AKA Jay Dee AKA J Dilla), is currently completing his debut album for Delicious Vinyl. In the mean time, still on his grizzly, just dropped this 'lil gem for the ladies with a personal Valentine's Day number.



Enjoy,

Notion.

Hell Rell comes wit a new one, Dipset fans pay attention!

Dipset fans, listen up.

Just eight months since "Black Mask Black Gloves" reached #9 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart, Hell Rell returns with "Get In Line or Get Lined Up" on March 10th.

The Dipset member known for his tough street talk, jail time, and crazy over the phone freestyles, says what you hear on the record is one hundred percent Hell Rell.

Hell Rell


"All of my songs are real. Nothing is sugar coated. They are all full of substance," Rell says. "Rapping just comes naturally to me. I don't write rhymes down on paper and I don't practice. It just flows off the top of the dome."

Packed with 15 tracks, "Get In Line or Get Lined Up" is sure to keep Hell Rell and Dipset fans satisfied.

"Get In Line or Get Lined Up" will be released through Hellz Kitchen' Entertainment.

Good to see Dipset still on they grind. Check it out. I'm excited haha.

Peace.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Introducing Mr. Ilyas, IL, i(el)

*As originally published on www.KevinNottingham.com. Interview by DJ Grain.

By now I am sure that everyone has heard of Tanya Morgan. If not, consider this an introduction to Tanya Morgan and in particular my main man Ilyas, winners of the MySpace Music “Show Us What You Got” contest.

The recent release of The Prelude is just a preview of what’s to come. It’s not too often that you find an MC that can switch styles at the drop of a hat and rap about any subject in the dictionary. Luckily, I was able to catch up with the homie Ilyas to talk to him about the pre-Tanya Morgan days, his activities for 2009, his other passions besides Hip Hop, and the music industry.

Ilyas

DJ Grain: What’s good fam? Can you describe the pre-Tanya Morgan days when it was you and Donwill as ILWIL?

Ilyas: It was cool, we were just grinding. We’d done a joint called “So Far” with Nicolay back then and we were working with local producers and had a more “midwest/southern” sound then. We were still getting polished as artists a bit, learning to be more versatile and step outside of boom bap. Originally we were in a group in North Carolina called the “Jurx”, and our extended fam was called the Abyss. But Don and I had better chemistry creatively with each other than what we did with everyone. Man! The creative arguments were wild. Especially when you’re dealing with five cats in one group (laughs). But we got snatched up by a subsidiary of Warner Bros., a label on Lightyear and we got the group name ilwil.

DJ Grain: After listening to Beat Thieves Vol.1, on one of the tracks you said that you and Donwill were once enemies. Can you describe the rift once between you all.

Ilyas: Back in High School, a few dudes in my crew had silly beef with a few dudes in Don’s crew. Also a girl that was like a sister to me “liked” Don a lot and that’s all I’m gonna say about that. Let’s just say he used to do her dirty and I didn’t care for him much. I wasn’t a hater. I just didn’t care for him (laughs). And Don and his crew came to a dance at my school and went into the back area of the cafeteria and bombed the wall (graffiti). It was a dance me and a few others were in charge of for the most part, so we got in trouble for that shit (laughs). So yeah, I didn’t like Don too much. Our crews almost got into it after a football game once, on some heads walkin’ to the trunk type nonsense. Boy…the good ol’ days (laughs).

Ilyas

DJ Grain: When did you first start rapping, and what was the name of the first track your recorded?

Ilyas: In first grade, I wrote my first four line rhyme in my head, but eighth grade is when I started and stuck with it. It was called “We In The House.” It was my boy beatin’ on a table to make the beat then we recorded it and kept dubbin’ it to get it bassy. Then we played it out of one stereo while we recorded ourselves rappin’ to it a tape recorder.

DJ Grain: Dope! What is the Hip Hop scene like in Cincinnati?

Ilyas: Honestly, it’s kinda dead right now. It’s going through a rebirth though. A lotta new cats are steppin’ up. The cats that weren’t successful quit or moved away. And the cats that are making moves moved away. That’s how it goes here. Not much hometown support from DJ’s and the radio station here. So I can see how cats get jaded. You’re here and nobody cares. ou get on elsewhere then everybody wants to show you love then wonders why you moved away (laughs). Cincinnati…I love it, though. It’s home - it’s a Hard Knock City.

DJ Grain: Growing up, who were some of your favorite artists?

Ilyas: Ice Cube, MC Eiht, DJ Quik, Geto Boys, UGK, Tupac, etc. I was into the midwest, south, and west coast heavy. I got into the Native Tongues in high school though. Then later I grew into Nas, Mobb Deep and Jay-Z.

Ilyas

DJ Grain: How did you and Donwill link up with Von Pea?

Ilyas: Don and Von were on Okayplayer heavy and started trading music.

DJ Grain: When did you, Donwill, and Von Pea form Tanya Morgan?

Ilyas: Wow…hmmmm…2004, I think. I know that’s when we recorded a song together for the first time.

DJ Grain: Who has been your favorite artist to work with?

Ilyas: Outside of Tanya Morgan, I would have to say my homegirl in the Bay, Czelena. She’s an AMAZING talent and is always excited to work. I’ve done several solos with her and we’re still doing more. And you can hear her on The Bridge on “Be You”.

Ilyas

DJ Grain: After listening to your entire back catalogue, one thing I noticed was your versatility as an emcee. How would you describe your style?

Ilyas: I used to be a Kung Fu nut, and even studied Preying Mantis and Tai Chi for a bit. And I always loved Bruce Lee. Bruce would talk about having “the style of no style” and would say, “When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.”

So I pride myself in being versatile. My flow’s a hoe…just cant be monogamous (laughs). I’m bein’ silly but for real, I pride myself on being unpredictable. That’s why all the solos I’m working on sound NOTHING alike. You’ll see haha.

DJ Grain: Besides being an emcee, not many people know that you are an accomplished video producer. How many videos have you done and what artists have you produced videos for?

Ilyas: I’ve done a video for Ill Poetic to “The Beautiful”. I’m working on a video for “Iswhat?!” I may be doing a video with Illogic. I did two videos for Tanya Morgan to “We Bad” and “How Low” and a video for ilwil to “The ilwil Theme”. I’m working on a video for Tanya Morgan now too.

Those vids were cool because I was learning basic editing but I just got into special effects and 3D graphics and animation, and I plan on shooting a video to every song on The Prelude. And trust me…its some real next level shit. I feel just as they say a producer/emcee is a dangerous combination. A video editor-director/emcee is even more dangerous, because you can express your song visually to fit your idea perfectly.

Ilyas

DJ Grain: If you had to choose between being and emcee and producer, which one would you choose?

Ilyas: Emcee because I have a lot to get off my chest verbally. I love that expression, and to be able to explain complex things in simplified musical form.

DJ Grain: The recently released project The Prelude was in my opinion a great album. What type of feedback have you gotten since it’s release?

Ilyas: I leaked it free because the economy sucks right now, and I know I don’t have money to buy anyone’s album so I feel its only fair. But on another note, I’m going to work on a very unique marketing idea being that I have the gift of video production and multimedia design.

DJ Grain: How do you feel that the digital age has influenced the music industry?

Ilyas: It’s forced it into a rebirth. It obliterated the old structure that honestly was strangling the industry if you ask me. Basically, just like Tanya Morgan is coming up with a bunch of industry folks we know that start small and are climbin’ the ladder. The old industry had the same, got in high places, and then they just catered to their friends and trends and it got old, so now there needs to be reconstruction so that the new blood can get a shot.

DJ Grain: What artists would you like to collaborate with?

Ilyas: Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Jay Electronica, M.I.A. (love her), Madlib, Andre 3000, Maynard of Perfect Circle, and in a perfect world…Bjork.

DJ Grain: Do you feel that artists may have to change their style in order to become “mainstream”?

Ilyas: Not necessarily change your style but you have to make yourself accessible to the masses. They’ve been dumbed down by society. So you have to package whatever you’re doing in a way they can digest it. It’s cool to be a creative genius but you have to understand that if you give it to them raw, they may not be able to interpret. It’s like me talking to my son about God and The Universe. I wouldn’t go into my Jungian studies, occult studies, and “otherworldly” experiences all at once to explain. I give him pieces over time so as he matures, one day all the pieces will make sense and he’ll see the puzzle that Daddy gave him to look at. Give them pieces. Do you eat a steak in one gulp?

DJ Grain: What plans do you have for 2009?

Ilyas: Push The Prelude all year. Drop Brooklynati (the new Tanya Morgan LP) in April and push that too. And pretty much sharpen my video skills all year and see what happens. It’s going to be a damn good year though. I can feel it. It’ll come easy too because we’ve worked so hard for it, and will continue to.

Thanks man and tell everybody to check out my site at http://www.i-el.net. 100!

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Movement Fam Presents: DJ Grain & Notion's Valentine's Day Mixtape

DJ Grain & Notion's Valentine's Day Mixtape front cover

It's finally here!

We've been going on and on about this damn mixtape for weeks now, possibly months. But it's here, it's done, and it's dope.

The idea came about when Bekah, Notion and myself were in Atlanta with DJ Grain. So we got the homie Glen to do the original artwork, Notion made that shit look fresh, we all collaborated on the track selection, and Notion and did an exclusive joint just for this special occasion, 'Brown Skin Lady'. Cee & Bekah also contributed our smooth and soulful 'Feel Your Touch'.

So this mixtape should be the soundtrack to your day. We got everything on there, including Neo Soul classics from D'Angelo, Aaries, Musiq Soulchild and Maxwell, dope Hip Hop from Nicolay & Kay, Method Man & Mary J. Blige, Lupe Fiasco and the homie Jermiside, fresh R&B from Jazmine Sullivan, Raheem DeVaughn and Keyshia Cole, and even some folk rock from Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat.

We'll be officially launching this mixtape in Melbourne on Valentine's Day, Saturday 14th February, at the Blue Tile Lounge (95 Smith St, Fitzroy) at 9pm, complete with live drummer. Boom. Comment us with your thoughts!

To download FREE, either click on the covers or peep the link below:

Download The Movement Fam Presents: DJ Grain & Notion's Valentine's Day Mixtape

DJ Grain & Notion's Valentine's Day Mixtape back cover

The Obama Deception

I can already feel the rage from our US homies on this one, but yo, I had to post it. Just be open-minded and check this out.

I didn't know P.U.T.S. made a track about Oz

I bugged out when my man Ocka hit me with the link for this People Under The Stairs video. The Wiz was shot on location in Australia and references the cities and locations the P.U.T.S. crew have come to know and love.

Admittedly I'm late on this as the video was released towards the end of 2008, but everybody has to see this.


People Under The Stairs - The Wiz

Thursday, February 12, 2009

R.I.P Jeremy Lusk

This is a dedication to Jeremy Lusk one of the greatest motocross stuntmen ever, that died at the age of 24.

25 Things Chris Brown Didn't Do

Chris Brown and Rihanna

Alright, so I'm guessing everyone here has Facebook, right? So y'all must have seen those stupid ass '25 Things About Me' notes yeah? Well, due to all the recent press over Chris Brown and Rihanna's relationship, one clever blogger has decided to post a list of '25 Things Chris Brown Didn't Do To Rihanna' in order to make light of the situation. Classics.

1. Marry

2. Slime

3. Punch

4. Bite

5. Drive Home

6. Sue

7. Ignite

8. Strangle (How’s she supposed to breath with no air)

9. Electrocute

10. Threaten to Kill

11. Confuse with Jordin Sparks

12. Confuse with a sandwich

13. Introduce to me

14. Jello (verb)

15. Nunchuck

16. Tar

17. Feather

18. Serve*

* I’m trying to give the guy credit where little credit is do, but he is a hell of a dancer and it would have probably been very easy for him to serve her. But, he at least took the high road on that one.

19. Throw a Sheep at

20. Ollie

21. Terrorist Fist Jab (debatable)

22. Deep fry

23. Give swirly

24. Breast feed

25. Respect

Inner White Boy

So being we're a Hip Hop/Soul group, most would assume that's where our taste in music lies. You'd be fairly wrong to say that. Throughout the Fam, our tastes essentially touch damn near every genre of music, bar none. We're an eclectic bunch. :)

So lately, I've sort of unintentionally broadened my musical horizons more than I usually would. I've been reading Marilyn Manson's autobiography (mainly because it was co-written with Neil Strauss, my favourite author right now), and he has inspired me to check out his music. So I copped his whole catalogue and seriously, I'm digging all of it so far. I can't wait to do Manson covers when we set The Movement Fam band up properly.

Marilyn Manson

And at the St Kilda Festival, we caught an acoustic duo who played 'Wonderwall', and even though I was off my face singing along, that stuck in my mind. So I copped Oasis's whole back catalogue too, and goddamn, 'What's The Story, Morning Glory?' is an AMAZING album.

Oasis

Our drummer, Fading Hour's Chris Ferre, got me onto Tool (no homo), which I'm checking out as we speak. Can't wait.

Tool

So if anyone has any suggestions in the rock/hard rock/metal/alternative category that you suggest I should check out, throw us a comment. I always assumed this stuff was really soul-less and just screaming bullshit, but I was wrong. I've always dug Nirvana and Metallica since I played guitar as a kid, but I never really followed it up. Seems I'm discovering my inner white boy. :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentine's Day Special

The Movement Fam

Alright, folks. Have we got a big day this Saturday. And the fact that it's Valentine's Day is just a bonus.

For all the Melbourne heads, we have a gig on Saturday, once again at the Blue Tile Lounge in Fitzroy (95 Smith St). We're on at 9pm and will be featuring Chris Ferre, drummer from Fading Hour (who is also a member of The Movement Fam band - coming soon).

We'll be playing love-themed tunes from all four Movement Fam releases, as well as two new tracks from The Soul Movement Volume 3, and Bekah will even belt out a couple surprise covers that y'all should dig. So come on down, bring your date, check out the early set then go home to do what you do. :)

Also, check in on Friday night at 10pm, when we'll post DJ Grain and Notion's Valentine's Day mixtape. It'll also be available via www.KevinNottingham.com and Wake Your Daughter Up!. I won't say too much more about it, except that it's the perfect soundtrack to your day/evening.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Movement Fam @ St Kilda Festival - A Pictorial

For all the Melbourne heads, this needs no explanation. For the folks on the other side of the planet, the St Kilda Festival, as outlined in the post on Sunday, is essentially a street festival in the bayside suburb of St Kilda, which really spans for like 8 or 9 days but the actual huge day is the last Sunday, which is generally the second weekend in February.

It's not unlike any other festival I've been to around the world - they close all the major roads and side streets in the area and fill it up with food stalls, vendors, and the like; it's got like 10 live music stages (I could be exaggerating here), and there's more hippies than you can poke a stick at. The two main streets - Acland St and Fitzroy St - are chock full of restaurants and bars anyway, so there's no shortage of spots to hit. The whole Fam ventured out for the day, and here's some of the less incriminating photos. Holla.

Vicki & Bekah

Vicki and Bekah

Tommy Gunnz and Cee

Tommy Gunnz and Cee

Notion and his stable of broads

Notion and his stable of broads

St Kilda

St Kilda scenery

Safety first

Father of the year - safety first!

Esscay, Theory and Cee

Esscay, Theory and Cee

Luna Park

Luna Park at Sunset

St Kilda Sunset

St Kilda Sunset

People's Opinion Afro Orchestra

The homegirl Joys performing with People's Opinion Afro Orchestra

St Kilda at nightfall

St Kilda at nightfall