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SOUNDCHECK: N.A.S.A.

nasa Seeing as how Crayon Beats hasn’t had a “Sound Check” update since April, I figured I’d start one for August… featuring N.A.S.A.. I’m not talking about the space program either. North America/South America (N.A.S.A.) is Squeak E. Clean (Sam Spiegel) and DJ Zegon (Ze Gonzales). They have been making music together since 2003, starting when they first met. Five years in the making, they released their “The Spirit of the Apollo” album on February 17th, 2009.

They gathered artists from different music spectrums and put them all on one album. From hip hop, to Brazilian funk, to rock, and to new wave. I mean, they’ve got Tom Waits and Kool Keith on “Spacious Thoughts”; RZA, Barbie Hatch, and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on “Way Down”; Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), ODB, and Fatlip on “Strange Enough”; George Clinton and Chali 2na on “There’s A Party”; David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge, and Z-Trip on “Money”; and Sizzla, Amanda Blank, and Lovefoxx (CSS) on the track “A Volta”. A little over 3-dozen guest appearences, tell me you’re not intrigued.

Anyway, I’m months late, but I just got done listening to the entire album today. I’ve got to say… it’s dope! All those eclectic sounds on one album are niiiice, I don’t care what anybody says.

After the jump you’ll find the tracklisting, a documentary trailer, and a few music videos.

Qwel & Maker "So Be It" preview mix

qwelmaker_albumcover DJ Bizkid is at it again with the cutssss. Check out this preview mix of Qwel & Maker‘s new album “So Be It” (dropping September 1st).

Download link, cover + tracklist backing behind the jump…

Vision Of A Voice – The Truth&Rights Symposium

link loveI just wanted to share a video that I came across from one of Naeem Oba‘s twitter posts.

The Inuagural Truth&Rights Symposium, held May 31st, 2009 in anticipation of the launch of our publications The Volume and RootSpeak, brought together independent visionaries in the worlds of progressive artistic, social and political thought.

Knitta Please

knittaplease1 Street art… with knitting! I love coming across creative street art, or anything creative for that matter. Have you ever seen a pole, or public monuments, bombed with a knitted, colorful “sock”? No? Me neither. The people of Knitta Please come armed with scissors, the stitched pieces that they’ve made, extra people to help tie/secure or give a boost-up, a person looking out for cars, and a getaway car. The Knittas include: PolyCotN, GrannySQ, and MascuKnitity.

Their pieces can be seen all over the world – Great Wall of China, in Paris, and even in the states. Pictures and a video after the jump…

Stainless Steele – "The Last Hope"

stainlesssteele Hip hop artist, Stainless Steele (from Pennsylvania) has a new track titled, “The Last Hope”.

I don’t pay attention to Drake, but if you do, you might recognize that Stainless spit over the beat from the same titled track from Drake. Three+ minutes of headnodding material. Quality tune. Listen to it after the jump…

Hot Toys creates a MJ Thriller figure

hot-toys-michael-jackson-figure2Paying tribute to the King of Pop, premier vinyl specialists Hot Toys work up a new set of Michael Jackson figures, showcasing the masterful work exhibited on his famous Thriller music video. The figures will come in a 1/6 scale, featuring all the intricate details one would come to expect from a Hot Toys release. A launch is set for December 2009 with a suggest retail price tag of Â¥24,000 (Approx. $255 USD). (Source)”

DJ Bizkid's "Grown Megamix"

bizzy Check it out! DJ Bizkid cut this 10 minute megamix to promote Robust‘s new album, “Grown” (dropped July 14th on Galapagos4). All that raw scratching!

Free mp3 download of the megamix after the jump…

Skillz presents: Hip Hop Confessions

skillz Skillz presents a panel of hip hop contributors and fans to discuss their confessions in the hip hop culture. Dope, right? Right now there are two videos out, on Vimeo (links posted after the jump).

Honesty in hip hop – I dig the whole concept. Who doesn’t want to find out their most honest confessions? Did you not know that Shock G and Humpty Hump were the same person? Did you not know that Eazy E and Dr. Dre were in NWA together? Are you not a fan of Prince? Some of the people in these two videos will admit to these things…

FingerBeat

fingerbeatFingerBeat – an app for your iPhone or iPod. I was initially thinking this was going to be lame, but as the video continued to play… it’s actually on the ill side. I came across this demo on youtube the other day, and think you should check it out.

FingerBeat is a music instrument designed for creativity & self-expression, inspired by retro synthesizers and samplers, FingerBeat is a classic for absolutely everyone.

Sour – "Hibi No Neiro" video

sour I’m not going to do much of an intro to who Sour are and stuff, because I just saw this video today. After the jump, is a music video that was shot for Sour‘s “Hibi no Neiro” (Tone of Everyday), from their first mini-album titled, “Water Flavor EP“. The people in the video were chosen from their actual fan base, from many countries around the world. It’s an internationally collaborative video that was all made using webcams. AWESOME, RIGHT? Very. I think it’s one of the most original, and creative, videos I’ve seen in awhile. Check it out…

Sci-Fi = SyFy rant by Tiffology

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“The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network. Mr. Brooks said that when people who say they don’t like science fiction enjoy a film like “Star Wars,” they don’t think it’s science fiction; they think it’s a good movie. “We spent a lot of time in the ’90s trying to distance the network from science fiction, which is largely why it’s called Sci Fi,” Mr. Brooks said. “It’s somewhat cooler and better than the name ‘Science Fiction.’ But even the name Sci Fi is limiting.”

Intuition & Verbs – Buzz EP

intuitionverbs A number of weeks ago, Dibia$e posted a bulletin with a free d/l from the Los Angeles duo, Intuition & Verbs, since he produced one of their tracks. Both rappers collaborated to bring you “Buzz“. I had never heard of these dudes, but since it was a free download… why pass it up? Glad I downloaded it, because all 6 tracks are real good. Definitely worth the download. Check it out for yourself and/or check out their myspaces to listen.

Tracklisting and download link after the jump…