Issue #4 of the FREE online digital edition of PRODUCER'S EDGE MAGAZINE looks like one of the best yet. The legendary TEDDY RILEY graces the cover and has an in depth interview inside about his process and favorite gear. There are profiles of producer/engineer KEN LEWIS, L-ROC and the SOUL DIGGAZ. The Drum Works feature (part II) kicks off with sound design, synthesis, sequencers and samples. New products arrive with the LinPug RMV drum module, Sugar-Bytes Consequence, Artillery II and Effectrix provide a triple threat. Find your super D-esser with Sonnox Oxford, tracks for your composer's entry with Adobe Soundbooth CS4 and attack your room with IK Multimedia ARC. As with each issue, there are linked videos and downloadable content throughout.
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I caught this interview posted on ILLSEED's (allhiphop.com) blog. Emcee, social/political activist and philosopher, KRS-ONE, speaks on the election of Barack Obama, the New World Order and the danger of putting all your faith in one man during this great interview with Alex Jones. Alex Jones is a noted conspiracy theorist and an activist for truth. Whether you agree or not, the two of them bring up some interesting points about how our future is possibly being shaped. Listen for yourself below:
Download full interview HERE
Singer John Legend shares a personal clip taken after the Pre-Inaugural We Are One Concert in Washington, DC last weekend. The ten minute long clip shows Legend along with Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Jimmy Henchmen(!!) and several others as they await Obama and First Lady Michelle to greet and thank them. Its a very disarming moment to see how naturally Barack interacts with these superstars who are in awe of him. When he walks up to Latifah and says "What's up Queen?", his Chi-Town side comes out. He truly is the people's president..
One thing is for sure..Barack Obama's ascendency to President has provided much creativity and revenue in the art realm. I collect a lot of the merchandise but I am discriminate about what I purchase. The above t-shirt caught my attention after seeing it in an article in the current issue of XXL magazine. I immediately reached out, got the info on purchasing ($20-24) and copped two. The statement and the photo illustration of Obama rocking the classic Run DMC look is priceless. Cop yours here-
Original era b-boy, Jorge "Fabel" Pabon aka Popmaster Fabel of The Rock Steady Crew, drops the first of what seems to be a multi episode documentary on the history of b-boying in NYC.
Great new short film about the clash of BMX bike culture mixed with the caribbean culture of building sound systems, MADE IN QUEENS follows a group of Queens, NY youths as they showcase their "stereobikes". These imaginative tinkerers from Trinidad were working late into the nights creating something nobody had ever seen before: enormous stereo systems jury rigged onto ordinary bmx bikes. Traveling together, each behind the handlebars of his or her own massive homemade creation, they treat the neighborhood to an outrageous impromptu music and dance party on wheels. The film, directed by NICOLAS RANDALL & JOE STEVENS is screening at The Queens Museum of Art as a part of the Queens International 4 exhibition January 24th through April 26th. Check the site for the trailer:
Combining unprecedented access into the worlds of active gangs, CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA chronicles the four decade long fued between America's most notorious African-American gangs. Directed by Stacy Peralta ("Dogtown and Z-Boys" and "Riding Giants") and narrated by Forrest Whitaker, the film traces the history of the two gangs' rise and development from inception to present. The film is currently on a limited release tour before its upcoming DVD release. If you are in the New York City area, Crips and Bloods: Made In America is currently playing at the IFC Center from 1/23-1/29. It will also be playing in Los Angeles February 6th to 12th at Laemmle's Sunset 5.