X-Man, X-Ecutioner, turntablist and producer DJ Rob Swift has released a new DVD that reveals his beginnings/inspirations and showcases some of the illest scratch DJing on film from DJ Rob Swift and his crew Ill Insanity.
Dividing its running time between "Behind the Music" style interviews, performances and promotion of DJ Rob Swift's current album, "The Architect", "DJ Rob Swift: Live! The Documented Movement" is a labor of love and presents Rob Swift as a DJ who continues to pioneer and uphold the virtues of his craft. Esteemed veterans of hip hop such as Large Professor, Akinyele, Rhymefest, Marco Polo, Dr. Butcher, Sadat X and Breeze Evahflowin' speak on collaborations and the impact of Rob's contributions to hip hop. Rapper Akinyele recounts the making of his first album "Vagina Diner" and how he, Large Professor and Rob Swift became creative equals on the project.
I expected the DVD to primarily showcase DJ Rob Swift's skills on the turntables but to my surprise, there was ample footage of his crew Ill Insanity (DJ Total Eclipse & DJ Precision) performing together with each having their own extended solo. The three reunite onstage as the X-Men with original member Mista Sinista and give a solemn yet uplifting tribute to their most famous member Grandmaster Roc Raida who passed in 2009.
Bonus features on the DVD include an amazing in store performance at Fat Beats NYC filmed during its final week of business. DJ Rob Swift does a set where he furiously scratches to match a classical piano composition note for note. There is also an extended one on one interview between Rob Swift and veteran DJ/producer Dr. Butcher. It is here that Rob reveals the longtime friendship and mentorship between the two. Dr. Butcher is one of the defining inspirations behind DJ Rob Swift and much of their early history is discussed. The final additional feature is the first video release from Rob's album "The Architect", "Rabia- 2nd Movement".
"DJ Rob Swift: Live! The Documented Movement" is available at www.djrobswift.com
2011 Juno Nominees Eternia & MoSS release new music video ‘To The Future’ in support of KIDS HELP PHONE. Eternia shares personal experience of Sexual Assault, Domestic Abuse, Gun Violence & Abortion.
Two-time Juno-Nominated Recording Artist Eternia is partnering with Canada’s leading youth counselling service, KIDS HELP PHONE to release ‘To The Future’, the third video single from Eternia & MoSS ‘AT LAST’ (Fatbeats Records / E1 Canada).
In ‘To the Future’, Canadian Hip Hop Artist Eternia bravely explores the skeletons in her own closet, detailing a first-hand account of sexual assault, domestic abuse, gun violence and abortion. The bone-chilling song, written as a letter to Eternia’s future husband, is interpreted on film by Canadian video director Erica Shallow (TwoThreeFive Films). Set in a bare-bone, abandoned housing block, the music video portrays a stripped-down, natural and vulnerable artist performing directly to camera the painful reality of her teenage years.
Every 90 seconds in America someone is sexually assaulted. Eternia and MoSS know that many young people face the same issues that Eternia did as a teenager and young adult, and so they have partnered with Canada’s leading youth counseling service, Kids Help Phone, to bring the message of hope and help along with Eternia’s personal story.
AOL portal BOOMBOX.COM reports that Wyclef Jean was shot at as he, along with Busta Rhymes and music executive Jimmy Rosemond (aka Jimmy Henchman), were riding in a car through the capital of Port-au-Prince. The trio were there to participate in a benefit concert to support Michel Martelly's (aka Sweet Mickey) bid for presidency. Wyclef's right hand was injured by a bullet, but no other injuries were reported. Representatives for Wyclef have stated that the singer is recovering.