Lana Del Rey, Young & Beautiful

More music from the Great Gatsby is steadily dropping. I guess we can expect to keep getting tracks until the movie is released. Young & Beautiful has Lana Del Rey questioning if her man will still love her when she’s no longer young and beautiful. The Dan Heath Orchestra makes a run for the spotlight though. I can only hope this will be in the movie, if not that’s fine because the song breaths cinematic elements on its own.

Life + Times talks with DRGN KING about Blending Genres, New Music And The Philly Scene

Jay-z’s Blog, Life + Times talks with Philly’s own DRGN KING about a variety of topics. Brent “Ritz” Reynolds and Dominic Angelella spoke on a variety of topics including producing for Wale and Peedi Crakk and the Philly music scene. Read the interview below and all of it over at Life + Times.

Usually you wouldn’t think to pair a hip-hop producer who’s worked with artists such as Wale and ex -State Property artist, Peedi Crakk, with a singer/songwriter gem from the indie rock world. However, Brent “Ritz” Reynolds and Dominic Angelella combined their distinctly opposite backgrounds to form the soul pop band, DRGN KING. In 2009, the Philadelphia based duo recorded together for the first time. “We would hang out for twice a week and then not see each other for two and half months. In summer 2010, we decided to finally record a record. It was on and off for two years,” Angelella said. During that gap in time, they released EPs and videos as segue to their debut album, Paragraph Nights. Reynolds adds, “We produced it and mixed it. It was a labor of love that took a while.” Not only is the pair touring throughout the summer and fall, but they are also working on their sophomore record. “Dom (Dominic) and I almost have a whole catalog of music together. In a few months, we’re going to start chipping away at the demos. We have a very strong starting point,” Reynolds interjects. Though Reynolds and Angelella have an extensive background in the music industry, this is merely the beginning for DRGN KING.

Life + Times: Dom, you come from a rock background. Ritz, you come from a hip-hop background. How did you two cross paths?
Dominic Angelella
: There was a lot of cross pollination in terms of the rock and hip-hop backgrounds. I was in a band with Dice Raw from The Roots crew and a few other people and I was playing the guitar for a lot of different people in the city. I was producing for a lot of people in the city. We had a bunch of chance encounters. We’d bump into each other at parties. We realized we had a mutual love and appreciation for a lot of different types of music. That’s what kind of, like, brought us together. 
Brent “Ritz” Reynolds
: There was sort of [a] loose scene. I say “loose scene” because there’s sort of always a million things happening at one time. We had been working with some of the same artists. Even though I mostly came from a hip-hop background…we both have a pretty diverse background and our taste is pretty varied. We’re both into record collecting, so we’re both music nerds. We both like all eras. It just made sense that we eventually work together after sort of being friends first.

L+T: Ritz, you have worked with Wale, The Roots, Mac Miller and other artists in the past. Was it a hard transition to go from being in the studio to playing at live shows?
BRR
: Originally it was because I never had any musical live experience. I would sort of get nervous and sort of be stressing out a little bit early on. At this point, I am much more comfortable. It’s a much more fun release than being in the studio. It’s been a nice process to get away from the studio because I am definitely in the studio all of the time sitting [in front of a] computer screen. It’s made me a better musician – overall playing live, having to know sets, especially when everyone else in the band is a very experienced musician.

Read the entire interview at Life + Times

Read the entire interview at Life + Times

DJ AfroDJiak #Bracketology Mix (Featuring Jay Z vs. Nas)

Fresh off the heals of her #FockLuve Mixtape, Philadelphia based DJ, AfroDJiak returns with Bracketology: The Sweet 16 Mixtape. Her latest effort employs the opinions of her fanbase via social networking outlets (ie. Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to select winners of match ups that feature some of today’s hottest hip-hop artists. Fans will determine which artist moves from The Sweet 16, to the Elite 8, to The Final 4 and on to the Championship round. The Championship round takes place on this mix put together by AfroDJiak. Enjoy!

About AfroDJiak:

Afrodjiak has become a fixture in the Philadelphia nightlife scene, playing every note worthy venue in the city. She credits her success to solid family roots, hard work, a faith-filled vision and determination. AfroDJiak’s conspicuous mixes and head-nodding blends have ultimately assisted her in becoming one of Philadelphia’s most sought after deejays. In the past, she has worked to expand her skills as a deejay and artist through one-on-one work with her peers, teaching youth workshops and with internships throughout the city. She has assisted in recording studios such as The Khyber Sounds and The Batcave Studios, as well as assisted at the offices of OkayPlayer.

AfroDJiak has created a dynamic career as an energetic deejay, producer and  promoter whose effectiveness proliferates various media entities and many more to come. AfroDJiak has spun alongside many notable Philadelphia based and regional deejays.She has been featured on events with artists such as Black Thought, The Cool Kids, The Money Makin’ Jam Boys, and Jesse Boykins III among other notable artists. She has been requested to participate in two of Philadelphia’s most well-known festivals,The Black Lily Film Music Festival, the 2009 Ladies of Hip Hop Festival and more recently The 2012 Roots Picnic. She served as a radio deejay for the “Da Cave” Radio Show, a Wednesday night 3-hour program on Drexel University’s own WKDU 91.7 FM radio,as well as a guest personality and resident deejay for 100.3 FM’s “Batcave Radio” with P-Funk, Dona D and Ruggedness.

Braketology Front

T.I. – Memories Back Then feat. Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B & Kris Stephens [New "Official" Version]

 

Coming today is a new track from T.I. that wasnt able to make his recently released Trouble Man album due to sample-clearance issues (Goyte’s “Somebody I Used To Know”). Here the track is now available with a new backdrop and will be featured on the upcoming Grand Hu$tle compilation. Listen below:

PURCHASET.I. – Memories Back Then f. Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B & Kris Stephens[iTunes]

Heroes and Legends SS13 Lookbook

Coming across my desk today was the release of a new brand, Heroes and Legends. The brand focuses on creating timeless pieces with an emphasis on perfection. The  collection comes featuring soft lambskin leather on key pieces, soft cotton and slim long custom cuts emphasizing quality, design, and creativity.  View the entire lookbook below and look out for the Heroes and Legends as it  hits retailers in the coming months. Also visit their website: www.Heroes-and-Legends.com

Supreme x Nike SB Tennis Classic

The Nike Tennis Classic was originally called the Wimbledon when introduced in 1975, the shoe was renamed in the mid 1980s when it was updated with a cupsole. During the 1980s the shoe was popular amongst tennis greats Jimmy Connors, Billie Jean King, and John McEnroe. Nike SB re-introduced the SB Tennis Classic in 2005 with the addition of a Zoom Air bag in the heel for protection. Zoom Air is Nike’s most responsive, low profile cushioning system.

Supreme and Nike SB will be releasing a new version of the SB Tennis Classic. Designed by Supreme and engineered by Nike, the shoe features Zoom Air technology. The upper body is made of premium leather. The SB Tennis Classic will be released in four colorways made exclusively for Supreme.  The sneaker will retail for $110.

Available in-store in NY, LA, London and online on April 25th.

Available in Japan on April 27th.

Kanye West – The Prerequisite (2001 Demo Tape)

The good people over at KanyeToThe forums dug up Kanye West’s demo from 2001 for all our listening pleasures. The pre-College Dropout tape features demo versions of Jesus WalksHey MamaAll Falls DownFamily Business are all featured on this tape and more. Checkout the tracklisting and download link below:

 

01. Home (Windy)
02. Jesus Walks
03. Have It Your Way
04. Out Of Your Mind
05. Wow!
06. Need To Know
07. Gotta Pose
08. Never Letting Go (The Stalker Song)
09. Hey Mama
10. Know The Game
11. Family Business
12. Dream Come True
13. Freestyle
14. Last Freestyle
15. Heartbeat

DOWNLOADKanye West – The Prerequisite (2001 Demo Tape)

Win KAWS “Companion (Passing Through)” Limited Edition Toy

As KAWS’ 16-foot statue, “Companion (Passing Through)” settles for a while in Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, the smaller toy version has already flown off the shelves. Luckily, YCMC.com is holding a giveaway of KAWS “Companion (Passing Through).” This may be your only chance to get this limited edition collector’s piece — it’s already sold out online and in shops.

KAWS (Brian Donnelly) is a world renowned artist as well as a designer of limited edition vinyl toys. He’s collaborated with Original Fake, A Bathing Ape, Kung Faux, Burton snowboards, Nike and Vans.  KAWS “Companion” was adapted into a balloon for the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of the parade’s “Blue Sky Gallery” feature.

It’s your turn to own a piece of art history. The contest runs April 16th, 2013 to May 16th, 2013. One winner will randomly be chosen and announced on Friday, May 17th, 2013.  Seehttp://blog.ycmc.com/kaws-companion-passing-through-toy-giveaway/ for contest details.

HOW TO ENTER:
Enter either through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for your chance to win. A winning entry does not need the successful completion of all networks, however there is an increased chance of winning if you submit to all three.

FACEBOOK
1.Like our FB Page – www.facebook.com/ycmcdotcom 
2.Share this post on Facebook
3.Comment on this blog post about why you like Kaws

TWITTER
1.Follow us on Twitter – @ycmc_
2.Retweet the blog post on twitter using hashtag #YCMCTOYS
3.Comment on this blog post about why you like Kaws

INSTAGRAM
1.Follow us in Instagram – ycmc_ for info on how to win via Instagram

 

Miguel, How Many Drinks? Sneak Peek

“I’m super excited about this video because I haven’t seen a live performance like we’ve done in a really long time,” said Miguel. “It was really important to capture the artistry and the performance, and almost elevate the integrity and the artistry of the song because it’s a pretty straightforward record.” -Miguel

Check out a preview to How Many Drinks? with Mig Money’s silhouette performing live. Sorry folks no sex scenes or oily skin just yet. Despite his past flubs the man can perform live, so the video should not be a disappointment. The full version will be out at the end of the month.

Shout-outs to Rap Up