PHOTO: Donna Alberico for The New York Times
DJ AM, real name Adam Goldstein, was found dead in his New York City apartment yesterday afternoon. Details of his death are forthcoming. Friends became concerned after they had not heard from DJ AM in several days. and alerted the authorities, DJ AM was a recovering addict who claimed to have been sober for a couple of years. Police reported that drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment. DJ AM was considered one of the most successful "celebrity" DJs who gained a wide audience due to his "mash ups" of genre records and eclectic musical choices. He was known as the "DJ's favorite DJ".
Check out this great 2007 article from the NYTIMES
Above is the first single from the forthcoming collabo album entitled "SURVIVAL SKILLS" due September 15th. Below is a crazy freestyle session from Tony Touch's XM radio show demonstrating the mastery of true emceeing-
Beth the Superfan put me on to one of the ILLEST concept videos EVER! I don't know if this is from a commercial or independent production. If you can imagine human heads being utilized as drums and others being placed on turntables and scratched, you are one sick puppy or you have seen this clip!
Proof that hip hop still exists in its natural element! The video above features Lyric (aka Lyrical God) assisting his sick flow with even sicker school table top drumming. I don't think this will be the last we will hear of him..
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I admit I am biased when it comes to Ghostface Killah. He is truly one of my all time favorites with superb consistency. This song and video is completely his lane. Simple but heartfelt concept in this video for the first single off of his upcoming release, "Wizard of Poetry".
Regretfully, today is the eighth anniversary of the death of one of R&B's shining stars, Aaliyah. Beautiful, sensual and visionary, 22 year old Aaliyah's life was cut short due to a plane crash. The above video was her last and leaves an indelible imprint for the senses. R.I.P.
Check out this great post on MTV.COM about Aaliyah's legacy.
In this episode of True Hip-Hop Stories, B-Real of Cypress Hill discussed the making of their hit recording How I Could Just Kill A Man and the influence latinos had on the hip-hop culture.
Spike Lee's birthday party tribute to Michael Jackson on Saturday, August 29th has been moved to Nethermead Meadow in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Originally slated for Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, it likely had to be moved due to a larger than expected turnout. News on this day of music and celebration appeared all over the mainstream media. The Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz, will be on hand to declare Aug. 29 “Michael Jackson Day.