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Ses Da Great – Duality Pt. 1: Young Man – Old Soul

Artwork by Intell Hazefield

Ses Da Great sets off his thematic mixtape trilogy, Duality, with his first installment, Young Man – Old Soul. In this chapter of Duality, Ses puts his spin on old school flows and uses classic hip hop sampledelic beats as a soundtrack to introduce himself as the “Young man spitting like my hair grey.” Some say wisdom comes with age, but in this project, Ses Da Great shows he’s put in the man-hours to accrue the experience of someone way beyond their years.

The Duality series is a prequel to the album All In. Stay tuned for the next two installments of Duality in coming weeks and then the release of All In following shortly after.

Find Young Man-Old Soul and the rest of Ses Da Great’s work at SesDaGreat.com.

Ses Da Great VLOG #2 – DUALITY


Ali Sifflet @ The Lab In Albany, Photos By Dane McKeehan

Published fashion photographer Dane McKeehan of DC1 Studios came through to The Lab Multimedia Studio for a late night recording session with singer Ali Sifflet and producer/engineer Intell Hazefield.

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Photos copyright Dane McKeehan


Beatmakers To Spar At Producers Faceoff

Thursday, October 27th marks the date of the next beat battle in the Producers Faceoff series at Albany’s own, Linda Performing Arts Center. This time, there are 16 producers going mano-a-mano in a 4 round, single elimination style tournament. From what I hear, there are some major contenders this time around. Make sure you don’t miss this one.


Whitney Coleman – Stranger Part2: Love Me

Whitney Coleman - Stranger Pt. 2 Love Me

This is what happens when multiple art forms come together and they are all of high quality and are in sync with each other. Whitney Coleman’s latest is a dynamic, heartfelt, emotional song reflected through a very unique and appropriate video that contains intimate photography and un-corny, believable acting, which is very uncommon for an independent music video. Great job all around with this one. Directed by Jace.

Stay updated with Whitney Coleman on www.whitneycolemanmusic.com


Zues Lytning – Zues Juice

Early this morning, Zues Lytning (formerly INFman) released his self-produced debut album Zues Juice. Zues Juice crosses the genres of hip hop, pop, r&b, and electro giving it widespread appeal, while Zues’ hearty, bass-heavy, bouncy beats and catchy melodies tie the project together. A myriad of featured artists all put their spin on the carefully produced tracks.

Download this 100% original album for free ZUES LYTNING: ZUES JUICE.

Artwork by Intell Hazefield.


Freestyle BMX In A Train Yard

Scottish stunt cyclist with legendary skills, Danny MacAskill visits an old train yard and re-purposes it as his playground. The video is shot beautifully by Stu Thomson. His use of multiple angles of the same trick, and crane and tracking kept me as intrigued as MacAskill’s tricks.

What this guy can do on a bike and the way he uses the environment is amazing. Check out his latest, “Industrial Revolutions,” below and an earlier video below that.


Hand Gunz High – Are You Afraid Of The Art?

Exactly six months after the release of their debut project By Any Means Hand Gunz High releases “Are You Afraid Of The Art?” This project has dark overtones with songs based loosely around horror themes. Every track on this project is conceptual, with each verse lending a different take on the specific song concept.

Expect profound lyricism, emotionally charged songs, great original production from Intell Hazefield (Heatwave Blackout & Marionette), Benji Blanco (Prelude To A Nightmare), and Commissioner Castro (Outro), and features from Altez, Sonny Black, Jo Biggs, G. Bag$, Zues Lytning, Zon3, Benji Blanco, Flee and fellow Trusicians, Ali Sifflet and Ses Da Great.

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Are You Afraid of The Art? Drops This Saturday

Hand Gunz High’s horror-themed project “Are You Afraid Of The Art” drops this Saturday, August 6, 2011; exactly six months after “By Any Means.”

You’ll be able to find it here, DunDemWorld, and over at TRUSIC Music.
Check the cover art done by yours truly.


Distant Relatives, Patience and Studio footage

Shame on me for two reasons. One, for not yet owning this album, and two for not knowing Damian Marley is a supremely gifted producer. I bought Welcome to Jamrock when it came out in ’06, and loved it, but I guess I skipped the credits.

The new video for “Patience” is like Kanye’s “Power” on “a hundred thousand trillion”. The lyrics in this song are top notch, but Marley slightly outshines Nas in this one. Shout out to Kwamizzle over at dundemworld for putting me on to this video. Also check out studio footage of Jr. Gong and God’s son below the music video.


Distant Relatives in the studio: Damian “Jr. Gong” Mar

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J Dilla Donuts Cover

The iconic cover of Donuts, portraying an authentic expression from J Dilla, is a still from MED’s video “Push”. This is raw footage of the video, directed by Andrew Gura. It’s fun to pause it to see if you can get the exact frame of the cover. via Crate Kings.

Dilla Donuts from andrew gura on Vimeo.


A Quick Lupe Fiasco Rant

Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers drops on March 8, 2011. Seems like a long time since his tweets in the summer saying his album was done huh? Well at least he has a release date and is not in the stalemate with his record company that he describes here.  Here’s the cover art. Anyone else excited?

Now I’m on a Lupe Fiasco YouTube marathon. I’m still in awe that “Dumb It Down” made it to radio with its sophisticated, extended metaphors and far out references. I still get inspired by this song. The metaphors are crazy! For instance, I like Fab, but he’d say something like “since yay tall, I’ve been like Ray Charles/ I don’t see nobody”; dope and straight forward, but also lends explanation to the lyrics which can come off cheesy. But Lupe will say “I’m earless, and I’m peerless, that means I’m eyeless”; he says he’s without hearing or sight, meaning he can’t hear or see his competition, but also he means “peerless” as in without peers, meaning no one is lyrically on his level, whoa. This is followed up by multiple references made back to these statements in this verse and throughout the extent of the song, creating a complicated lyrical web of various themes and topics intersecting at multiple nodes.


Don’t Try This At Home! (nor the underbelly of NYC)

But then again, I’m sure someone told Urban Historian, Steve Duncan, and Indie Filmmaker, Andrew Wonder the same exact thing. Thank God they didn’t take heed or we wouldn’t have this awesome short film giving us a glimpse into some unique, secret locations in NYC without risking being arrested, seriously injured or even death. Steve knows his stuff, but Andrew also gets a lot of credit for being able to film under volatile situations while running, squeezing through manholes (ayo), scaling a bridge, and watching out for the rollers.

Must watch.

UNDERCITY from Andrew Wonder on Vimeo.