Pharrell Williams presents Happy â the world’s first 24 hour music video.
Even if you are happy, this will make you happier! The blessing of this being a 24hr music video filled with incalcuble mini vids all to the same beat means there is no room for parodies!:) There are cameos from Tyler the Creator to Magic Johnson to Steve Carell and numerous other people who I have no clue who the hell they are. However some I do recognise and don’t like but I’m still loving this song and entire concept.
Now if you are a melancholic person at heart as I can be, I offer you as an antidote from this abundance of cheer and sunny LA streets awash with people with fat bank accounts and dream jobs. You may want to take solace in Massive Attacks polar opposite “Unfinished Sympathy” . I have no doubt the Baillie Walsh directed video influenced Pharrell’s Happy vid style ….http://tinyurl.com/lvnhzd This showed a realer, seedy side of LA streets that according to Hollywood law we should only see in the movies and not actually believe that they really exist. A LA world of no hi-fives, smogged out sun, no smiles, plenty of grim reality. And you know what? It makes me happy! Still arguably the best music video ever!:)
B-Girl Document is giving you a choice of emotions here as I’m nothing but fair:)
Dare I say it? “Have a nice day!” Ha!
Posted on Sunday, November 24th 2013
You’d think the sound of choirs singing would be the prevalent sound in churches. It turns out the sound of preachers rubbing their hands together in glee is the loudest sound as they try to emulate the sound of paper money being counted! Oh boy, they are shameless:)
Posted on Monday, October 14th 2013
THIS IS A CASE OF ELDERS KNOW BEST! SHUT UP AND LISTEN! THIS CLIP IS JAM PACKED WITH WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE. YOU WILL WATCH IT MORE THAN ONCE!
Posted on Saturday, October 12th 2013
GREEN PLANTS ARE THE EQUIVALENT OF GREEN BACKS!
Gentrification shouldn’t be the only solution to improving a city area. How about Ron Finley’s take on it - “Community Gardening and Rejuvenation”. He gives us the whole rundown and his is the best TED Talk I’ve ever seen by far!
Ron Finley is that dude and he is bringing freshness front and centre! Troubled by the fast food wasteland and vast numbers of people with severe health conditions, Ron took a look around his neighbourhood in South Central LA. He decided to plant food in grass verges and vacant lots with the idea if you grow your own you can eat well. He also wanted to grab the attention of the youth and let them know there is more than one way to be gangsta and digging into the earth and sowing seeds is truly gangsta!
As an Native American elder once said “If you learn how to plant something that’s the first connection…”
The image and sound of guns is still closely linked to South Central in many peoples minds…Welcome to Weapon World? Nah! Welcome to a street gardeners world and in Mr Finley’s words - NOW GO AND PLANT SOME SHIT!
Posted on Saturday, October 12th 2013
"The role of science in hip hop culture is the theme that runs through the conclusion of Neil deGrasse Tysonâs interview with rapper GZA, with hip hop expert Prof. Chris Emdin."
Posted on Monday, July 29th 2013
Skank In The Air! Flash unu lighter! Seen?!
I love finding random videos on Youtube that just happen to fit the moment! I’ve been excited cuz ‘The Science of Hip Hop with GZA’ part 2 is on it’s way. So I was mighty pleased to stumble upon this fly animated video accompanied by a spaced out funky dub track ‘Skank In The Air’ by Chinese Man. I can’t believe that I’ve never seen this before! There are afros and pagodas and crazy pandas plus a heavy bassline. Dub it up!
ps The Science Of Hip Hop with GZA Part 1’ can be seen HERE
Posted on Saturday, July 27th 2013
Posted on Wednesday, July 17th 2013
THERE AIN’T NO HIGHER!
Ahhh man Run DMC killed it at Live Aid way back in 85. I had a fleeting chance to go to this epic event but it was snatched away at the last minuite. In truth I was a kid and to be frank I would have probably have freaked out in such a massive crowd. I’ll happily watch the best of it via Youtube and don’t have to sit through the dodgy acts. Peep the Kings of Rock and Jam Master Jay!
Posted on Thursday, June 13th 2013
BREAKNG BAD - LAFAYETTE AFRO ROCK BAND HAVE THE FUNK!
We may be going to hell in a handcart but trust me the journey will be funky! New feature for my blog ‘Breaking Bad’ is a celebration of all that defied convention and broke new ground in the name of FUNK!
First up is The Lafayette Afro Rock Band. Even though their name is totally fresh to me upon clicking the link to their track ‘Darkest Light” (a dope title as is their band name) I realised I sure as hell was familiar with this tune thanks to the Public Enemy track ‘Show Us Whatcha got’. The classic, dope ‘Darkest Light’ is from their 4th album ‘Malik’.
These dudes originally from NYC relocated to France in 1971 as they concluded the scene was becoming somewhat over satuated and they needed fresh ground. At that point they were called ‘The Bobby Boyd Congress’ but when Bobby, the original vocalist, left the band they settled in the paris Barbes section that was a prodominantly North African area. It became their stomping ground which is where they caught the eye of Pierre Jaubert. As a result they became the house studio band for the producer Pierre Jaubert and renamed themselves ‘Ice’.
However they could not resist the African riddims they were enveloped with in the Barbes district, heavily inflenced by the African immigrants who had made Paris their home. ‘Ice’ got melted by the vibes and they rebooted and became ‘The Lafayette Afro Band’ with a new flavor funk.
They kept it together until 1978 when they disbanded which is a shame but of course they will live in peace through their music and the music of others who have sampled them and in turn made classic tracks.
The Lafayette Afro Rock Band are true funkateers…five on the black hand side to this crew!
Do yourself a favor and pick up ‘Darkest Light: The Best Of The Lafayette Afro Rock Band HERE
ps Here’s a list of who sampled the delights of ‘Darkest Light’ which surely would also make a great name of some classy, organic chocolate:) Click all the links and funk it up!
Posted on Wednesday, June 12th 2013
A BAND CALLED DEATH!
It’s been said that these 3 brothers from Detroit were the forerunners for punk before The Sex Pistols or The Ramones. The 3 brothers in the midst of a city ruled by Motown came up with innovative, hardcore, punk sounds before it was punk. Peep the trailer. I purchased the full documentary from Drafthouse Films. It’s a thrilling and very moving story, don’t bypass it!
Posted on Tuesday, June 11th 2013