Yeyo Belafonte



Nas - Represent (Official Video)

"In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of his seminal debut album Illmatic, Nas held a contest inviting fans to collaborate and produce the official music video for "Represent," an influential track off of the classic release. This is the first video ever made for the track and was shot at the YouTube Space Los Angeles.

Nas’ seminal debut album, Illmatic, has been released as a special 20th Anniversary Edition, titled Illmatic XX, available now. This exclusive collection features several rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles to commemorate the anniversary.”

VICE On Tim Freccia’s newest exhibition, Life and Death:
"While Danger may not be Tim Freccia's middle name, he has certainly been no stranger to it throughout his life. At age 16 he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, before pursuing a career in photography that quickly included documenting Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s rise to power in Haiti and interviewing Nelson Mandela. VICE readers will recognize his work from VICE's April “Saving South Sudan” issue, for which he was the sole photographer.
The spirit of Freccia’s new exhibition, Life and Death, a series of portraits of the Nuer White Army and their Dinka adversaries, has little to do with documenting danger. True, the subjects of his portraits are currently engaged in a bloody conflict in South Sudan, and yes, many members of the White Army wield guns, and the Dinka are incredibly physically imposing in the pictures. But the emphasis in each portrait is on displaying a fundamental humanness. Each subject is shot against a white background, mostly looking right into the camera, and thus at the viewer. Moreover, the photographs are printed life-size, so each person appears almost as if they were present in the room. The effect is one that presents the subjects not as members of opposing forces at war, but as individuals first.”(Read the rest of the article here)

VICE On Tim Freccia’s newest exhibition, Life and Death:

"While Danger may not be Tim Freccia's middle name, he has certainly been no stranger to it throughout his life. At age 16 he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, before pursuing a career in photography that quickly included documenting Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s rise to power in Haiti and interviewing Nelson Mandela. VICE readers will recognize his work from VICE's April “Saving South Sudan” issue, for which he was the sole photographer.

The spirit of Freccia’s new exhibition, Life and Death, a series of portraits of the Nuer White Army and their Dinka adversaries, has little to do with documenting danger. True, the subjects of his portraits are currently engaged in a bloody conflict in South Sudan, and yes, many members of the White Army wield guns, and the Dinka are incredibly physically imposing in the pictures. But the emphasis in each portrait is on displaying a fundamental humanness. Each subject is shot against a white background, mostly looking right into the camera, and thus at the viewer. Moreover, the photographs are printed life-size, so each person appears almost as if they were present in the room. The effect is one that presents the subjects not as members of opposing forces at war, but as individuals first.”

(Read the rest of the article here)

SHIRT. - BENGAL TIGER

SHIRT. might have been in some other ish with his NY Times debacle but this man is vicious 101 when he gets hold of a Bronson, Marciano, or eXquire beat. Queens for the killshot, dun

enoughaintenough:

This is Mr. Senor Love Daddy! Doing the nasty to your ears, your ears to the nasty!
And that’s the truth, Ruth!

enoughaintenough:

This is Mr. Senor Love Daddy! Doing the nasty to your ears, your ears to the nasty!

And that’s the truth, Ruth!

Tom Misch - Memory

Speaks for itself. 

Kailo. - Need Ya (Feat. Aela Kae)

Kailo.’s newest single off his upcoming NINETIESGIRL EP is a perfect summer jam.  With a head-held-high soul sample reminiscent of Star Slinger’s earlier material and background instrumentals synonymous to Snakehips’s sound, Kailo. has a lot of promise as an up-and-coming funktronica producer

Sango & Waldo - Crossroads (Feat. SPZRKT)

Lushly crafted AGO & Soulection joint. Waldo hasn’t sounded this composed since Kobe’s Room and Sango perfectly matched his tone but the Bizzy Bone sample sung by the 24-year-old San Antonio reincarnation of Mario Winans, SPZRKT, is what truly makes it. Never thought someone would do Crossroads justice but this shit hits harder than Deebo

Tom Krell is informed by genre but driven by expression; in his mind, pop music is anything that aspires for the most immediate and impactful connection, even if it risks embarrassment in the process. As a result, his transcendent third LP "What Is This Heart?" is a pop album of the highest caliber.

—Ian Cohen reviews How to Dress Well’s new album, our latest Best New Music pick. (via pitchfork)

ALL GOOD FUNK ALLIANCE - Late Night Workshop 5

Best future funk mix of 2014.  Sango, Vanilla, Bahwee, Flamingosis, Crowns, Big Wild, Osamu Ansai, Dinosaurus Rex, & Kartell especially killed it

1. Kev Bot “Mrs Jones”
2. Jay Curry “Be Mine X-Mas (Put it on Ice)”
3. ? - Inside
4. Sloslylove “Forever Love”
5. Igloo Ghost “Cool Sweater” 6. Mtbrd “Wish”
7. Flandy “Deep Keys (NW)”
8. Maze “Happy Feelins’” (All Good Funk Alliance Re-Dux)
9. Flandy “Michigan”

10. Sango “That Freakin Glow”
11. Vanilla “Hyperspace”
12. Cico “OG Nilsen”
13. Bahwee “Fly Another Plane”
14. Maze “Travelin’ Man” (All Good Funk Alliance Re-Dux)
15. Flamingosis “Extra Lovely”
16. Crowns “Midnight Owl”
17. Les Loups “Paradisko” (Knight One Remix)
18. Roy Ayers “Programmed for Love” (bydesign Edit)
19. Metome “Take This Love”
20. VentureX “My Lovin”
21. Star Slinger “Do It Myself”
22. Big Wild “Summers End”
23. Osamu Ansai “Woman”
24. Kanoba “Apart”
25. Les Loups “Change” (Vanilla Remix)
26. Dinosaourus Rex “The Looks”
27. Kartell “Pantera”
28. Dinosaurus Rex “1983”
29. Dj Steff “It’s Cool”

30. Kosmo Kat “Hidden Heaven”
31. Crowns “Elegant”

Statik Selektah - Carry On (Feat. Joey Bada$$ & Freddie Gibbs)

This is the Gibbs I’ve been waiting for since Cocaine Piñata reminded me how perfect he sounds over jazz samples. Joey kills it with his wonted balance of vocal smoothness and dynamic delivery but Baby Scarface destroys. Vegeta 9000 destroys. This track sends shivers down the spines of YMCMB, puts Big Sean back in the baby crib, and reminds French Montana to check his neck. In terms of delivery it feels incomparable when toe-to-toe with the efforts of current counterparts. I’m not sure of another rapper that can cut as fast as Busta Buss circa Gimme Some More and still articulate every syllable flawlessly. Also, props to producer extraordinaire Statik Selektah. He’s been on point with his collaborations since he and Gibbs did Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away but this?!? With that AZ sample? That sax? Boom bap hasn’t felt this right since… well… since Bada$$ emerged. How fitting.

CHAMBER OF REFLECTION

Mizan - Thru

New track from the ever-lovable, ever-golden, ever-relatable Mizan Kidanu. No up-and-coming artist I’ve seen this year has had this much potential nor sincerity and as soon as she releases her Dark Blue EP I will undoubtedly be making my first iTunes purchase in years. Quit teasing and kill the game already!

It would be easier
If we found joy in the usual ways 
I had a dream that we had too much
We had nothing but golden days

I can spend days looking at myself 
Am I any different
Do you find that I’m not 
If we never make it 
Will it count that we tried 
Will the universe take note

At best life is long
But not without end
We have no time to pretend, we have no time 
At best life is long
But not without end
We have no time to pretend, we have no time

We’ve come so far 
Beyond where we feared we’d stop
If you ever forget I’ll remind you 
If you’re ever weary I’ll pull you thru

It would be easier
If we found joy in the usual ways 
I had a dream that we kept in touch
what we achieved we were amazed
How long must we wait
How low must we sink
Before we earn our place

The road is long
And we got rules to bend
There is no time to pretend

We’ve come so far 
Beyond where we feared we’d stop
If you ever forget I’ll remind you 
If you’re ever weary
I’ll pull you thru