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Rick Rubin cooking up some “New Vocal Ideas” for Kanye West’s new album

The legendary Rick Rubin has confirmed that he is currently working on a new album with Kanye West and is now looking at “vocal ideas” for the album. This follows up last year’s Yeezus album and should be released sometime later this year.  Rubin confirmed the news on in a  conversation with BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe. 

“There were loads of great ideas and there were many many tracks and we listened to everything together,” said Rubin on his first listen of the Yeezus demos. “He originally came over and said ‘I wanna come play you my new album’ and I thought we’d be listening to a finished album. Then we listened to about three hours of music, most of which didn’t have vocals, and at the end I was like ‘wow, so what’s it gonna be?’ I’m thinking it’s a year away and he was like ‘well, I’m putting it out in like 5-6 weeks’. It was just a funny conversation because it was completely normal to him, it’s just the way he works… today, Kanye West is coming in and we’re starting looking at vocal ideas for things for the next album.”


This news follows Q-Tips annoucement in December that he and Rubin were working on the new Kanye West album. The full interview with Rick Rubin will be available on the BBC iPlayer from 7p.m. GMT on Monday, June 16 and broadcast in four parts (Monday-Thursday) on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. Watch the trailer for the conversation here.



Gianni Lee and Mike Blud release The Samples: College Dropout (10th Anniversary)

Celebrating The 10th Anniversary of Kanye West’s College Dropout the crate digging duo is back. Producer/Designer Gianni Lee links up with Producer Mike Blud once again to celebrate one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of our generation with a collection of all the original samples from Def Jam’s rap classic.

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1. dropout interlude – prod. gianni Lee ft. Stackz
2. Jimmy Castor Bunch – I Just Wanna Stop (We Don’t Care)
3. Lauryn Hill – Mystery Of Iniquity (All Falls Down)
4. Marvin Gaye – Distant Lover (Spaceship)
5. The Arc Choir – Walk With Me (Jesus Walks)
6. Curtis Mayfield – If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go (Jesus Walks)
7. Blackjack – Maybe it’s The Power of Love (Never Let Me Down)
8. Jackie Moore- Precious Precious (Breathe In Breathe Out)
9. Aretha Franklin – Spirit In The Dark (School Spirit)
10. Luther Vandross – A House is Not A Home (Slow Jamz)
11. Mandrill – Peace & Love (Two Words)
12. Chaka Khan – Through The Fire (Through The Wire)
13. 2pac – Ambitionz Az A Ridah (Family Business)
14. Bette Midler – Mr Rockefeller (Last Call)
15. Jay Z – Hovi Baby Remix (Never Let Me Down) (Bonus)

Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” will See a Release… Soon.. or not

Update:  It looks like the Red Octobers will not see a December 27th release. Foot Locker has shared via Twitter that they will not be releasing the Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” online on December 27, 2013. See the official tweet below:

The Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” will finally see a release. A Foot Locker release date calendar has the highly anticipated Kanye West kicks slated to launch on December 27th. The Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” will in fact release online via Foot Locker on December 27th. According to a recent Tweet by Foot Locker, the shoes will launch at FootLocker.com at 8AM EST on December 27th. As of now, no other sites or stores are confirmed to receive this release.

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Kanye West Sued Over “Bound 2” Sample

One of Kanye West’s biggest hits of the year is now leading to a lawsuit. The single “Bound 2” is now the subject of a lawsuit from  Ricky Spicer, the Ponderosa Twins Plus One singer who sang the original “Bound” when he was 12. The New York Daily News reports that Spicer has asked West to compensate him or cease and desist from using his voice.

“Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice … is heard several times.”

The lawsuit also names Roc-A-Fella, Island Def-Jam, Rhino Entertainment, and Universal Music Group. Someone dropped the ball on this one.

Here’s the original song and the “Bound 2” video:

The Faint Brings ‘Danse Macabre’ to The Troc


Photos by Kevin Nguyen

It was in April that fans got word that electronic/synth/pop/industrial/new wave/punk band (kind of hard to place them in one category) The Faint was back in the studio practicing together after a brief hiatus. Since the release and subsequent tour of their 2008 album Fasciination, The Faint has just this year alone released a remastered version of their 2001 album Danse Macabre, debuted a few new songs, and started playing shows again. Due to the re-release of Danse, they decided to make a tour out of it and perform it in its entirety to longtime, die hard fans.

It was a non-stop dance party on Thursday night at the Trocadero. Shoulder-to-shoulder people, glow sticks, everyone in their dance clothes, sweat everywhere. Even if you were sitting up the in balcony area of the venue, you couldn’t help but move. The Faint makes sure nobody is sitting/standing still.

They opened with a brand new song that has only been introduced during this current tour. A few months back they released a new single called “Evil Voices,” but most of the people who I spoke to at the show hadn’t heard this new guitar/drum heavy jam, “An Unseen Hand.” Lead singer Todd Fink’s unique and distinguished vocals reverberate throughout even though he only sings “I’m looking for an unseen hand” and “I’ve got this feeling and I don’t know why” over and over. It manages to build itself into a dark, disco direction. It’s also the type of song that lends itself well to a fun light show, and it most certainly did that.

They then went into “Dropkick the Punks” from Fasciination and”Desperate Guys” from Wet from Birth before actually started the Danse Macabre bit. It was nice having them mix it up in the beginning and the end of show. In addition to Danse (both the original and deluxe editions), they performed their more popular songs from Blank-Wave Arcade, Wet From Birth, and Fasciination. They even played their cover of Sonic Youth’s “Mote.”

When they started playing the opening track from Danse, “Agenda Suicide,” the entire audience flipped; for many people there, Danse is an album they know by heart. In fact, it’s one of Saddle Creek Records’ best selling. I think a lot of that stems from simply how accessible their music is. It’s poppy, catchy, and fun when you break it all down, but what I think makes The Faint  interesting is how they create darker music (lyrically and melodically) while keeping things unbelievably fun and entertaining.

Danse in itself is a dark album that’s very much driven by social topics and minor melodies. The economy, politics, self image, happiness, and insecurity are all involved within the songs. Even while they are performing, jamming out on stage (I really love how Fink’s stage presence meshes up with the music so well — he’s got this swagger that just doesn’t quit), they have video stock images running in the background of men at army base camps in the ’50s, men and women walking around with briefcases wearing suits, women at home in the kitchen heating up canned and boxed foods for their families, etc. What’s also cool about the screen they use to project the images is it’s in the shape of a Tetris piece.

The Faint has this ability to present their darker, socially conscious songs through a vessel that is contagious dance music without it completely taking away from the subject matter. They can be serious and fun at the same time without it being annoying or fluffy.

Since Danse ends on a slower, more somber note, the guys kept the party going with “The Geeks Were Right,” “Call Call,” and “Mirror Error.” When they got off the stage, they of course came back on shortly after and encored with their new single “Evil Voices” (which is awesome), “I Disappear,” and “Paranoiattack.” Getting to yell “PARANOIA” with an entire room of people was so much fun.

I saw them during their Fasciination tour back in 2009 and I’m so happy I saw them again. I have this thing where I like to think of things in terms of food. This concert, to me, was something I’d been craving for a while — not something I could have all the time, but every now and then it just hits the spot. They deliver something so fun, solid, and nostalgic for me, I was all smiles after the show.

The Faint has mastered the art of developing super catchy, infectious beats that go to your ears and flow straight through the rest of your body causing it to move, sway, bounce, and jump around. You’re simply having a blast and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Its Phillies Open Day! Ubiq x Vans x two.one.five Opening Day Event!

Its Phillies Open Day! Ubiq x Vans x two.one.five Opening Day Event!

The reigning National League Philadelphia Phillies will finally have their MLB Home Opener today at Citizens Bank Park. To celebrate the event and the team, Ubiq, Vans and two.one.five magazine are having an opening day event to coincide with the release of the Philadelphia Phillies Vans sneaker. Come to Ubiq Walnut at 3 pm today (April 12) to get your hands on the sneaker as well as to indulge in free beer and hot dogs.

Heineken Green Room Presents Tanya Morgan

two.one.five Magazine and Heineken present us with another Heineken Green Room event on February 23rd.

What: The second installment of the Heineken Green Room Concert Series presents Tanya Morgan with Kooley High and DJ Statik
When: February 23, 2010 9PM-2AM
Where: Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street

Go to 215mag.com and enter to win a VIP all access pass. The first 5 submissions each day from noon-midnight February 15-22 will receive a VIP pass for the winner and a friend.

For more information on Tanya Morgan, visit http://tanyamorgan.brooklynati.com/
For more information on Kooley High, visit http://www.kooleyhigh.com/

Heineken Green Room with Black Thought, This Wednesday 12/16


two.one.five magazine is  hosting the first ever Heineken Green Room party featuring Black Thought of The Roots and DJ Statik.  The party will be taking place at Silk City (5th and Spring Garden) this Wednesday night (12/16) at 9pm. This should be a great event.

Enter to win a VIP all access pass to this event. Of course you must be 21 years of age to enter but the first 10 submissions each day from noon to midnight on Dec. 8-15, 2009 will receive a VIP pass for the winner and a friend.  ENTER HERE or Email at heinekengreenroom@215mag.com

two.one.five magazine Dishes Sound + Style


On December 1, 2009, two.one.five magazine celebrates the release of its highly anticipated annual Sound + Style issue at Silk City. Attendees will have the opportunity to have the very first look at the 6th issue, while enjoying copious drink specials from Sailor Jerry, Heineken and Amstel, top-notch entertainment and a variety of door prizes.

In the wake of troubles in the publishing and magazine industry, two.one.five has persevered to bring about yet another issue that fulfills its objective to make a bold, innovative statement about Philadelphia and its inhabitants. Our Sound + Style edition features an in-depth look at the music legacy of one of Philly’s most ingenious and far-reaching artists, Sun Ra, as well as an interview with the always innovative Erykah Badu. Other features include our Holiday Gift Guide, an interview with singer and actress Juliette Lewis about the fineries of stage wear, and a look at the legendary live shows that have taken place in Philadelphia over the past 50 years.

Launched in 2007, two.one.five magazine has created a space where ethnically diverse social exploration can be realized, championing Philadelphia to transcend last-century models while documenting the city’s new 21st century reality.

For more information about the issue release party and the magazine, visit www.215mag.com or http://twitter.com/215mag