Janelle Monáe @ Skybar At Mondrian 2/7

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In a spectacular display of performance perfection, Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe showed the crowd at Skybar at Mondrian in LA that she was more than worthy of the “Best Urban Performance” Grammy, regardless of the final outcome the following night.

Giant Step is pleased to have brought you Janelle for a one-off treat in Los Angeles. She certainly made it a night to remember, diving into the adjacent pool for a swim and climbing a tree for kicks! Check it out below:
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Giant Step’s Resident 39: Theophilus London At The Studio At Webster Hall and A-Trak At Mehanata

Photo of Theophilus London (c) Gina Erdmann

Let’s be adults about this – I’m fat. This isn’t insecure Bridget Jones whining. I’ve honestly packed on some pounds. At first it was kind of cool. When I rush downstairs my belly fat quivers. Kinda like the stomach flip you get when going down a rollercoaster. If I jerk my head to the left, the right side of my body jiggles. Sorta like there’s a waterbed underneath my skin (groovy). Every morning I play the challenging game of “stuff the thighs into the dark wash denim.” And every morning it’s like shoving a television set into a condom. I know I can free myself of the flub through simple diet and exercise. However, I waste more time haggling with the membership director at the Bedford Avenue YMCA instead of actually spending the measly 45-minutes on the treadmill. I cancel out the nutrients of a salad by dumping bits of cheese pizza into it. The times when I could be feeling the burn (I live a whole two blocks away from the aforementioned Y) I’m stuffing my face with candies and watching Mahogany.

In an effort to end Operation Pork I’ve tried to be more aggressive with my nightlife excursions. Recently, I attended the glorious Flashing Lights party at Mehanata. The first floor of Mehanata had crazy iridescent plastic leaves covering the ceiling which made me feel like I downed some ‘luudes and partied in an enchanted freezer. A-Trak spun some dizzying Euro House jams from Fedde Le Grand and Mylo. Upstairs was a Balkan Beat party where I danced with a slight fellow from Albania and jumped around like the harvest just came in.

Also, I’d been curious about Theophilus London for a while. I finally got closure at his This Charming Mixtape release party at The Studio at Webster Hall. Performance-wise, he has a loooong way to go. It’s a pale version of the slobber over the microphone, hump womenfolk in the audience, me against the mainstream thing that Spank Rock has been owning for years. It was like watching a bunch of really hyper zoo animals trying to break the cages with their screams. The ubiquitous Jesse Boykins III was his backup singer which was not a great look for London. Boykin’s easy cool was more captivating than London’s desperate mayhem. It was like watching Smoky Robinson two-step next to Ol’ Dirty Bastard. However, the music itself is proper. London and Boykins’ “Cold Pillow” is an airy electro-soul jam with an addictive beat. His remix of Solange’s “Sandcastle Disco” is equally catchy.

Maybe I can listen to it when I hit the gym. Or when I wallow in my own flub eating candies.

Footage From De La Soul At The Florida Room’s 1st Anniversary 1/23/09

Celebrating The Florida Room’s 1st Anniversary at Delano in Miami, Giant Step brought together the Grammy Award-winning De La Soul with Brendan O’Hara & The Big Bounce.

We have a few photos and a video from the night for your viewing pleasure. Watch as De La Soul throws down to an incredible crowd; it was quite a night.

Photos (c) Seth Browarnik/Red Eye Productions

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J Period + De La Soul Furnish New Q-Tip Collaboration

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Mixtape king J.Period linked up with hip hop legends De La Soul for a new remix, “Excursions 2009 (Tribute Mix),” which is featured on the unprecedented J Period mixtape of Q-Tip’s music, The [Abstract] Best, Vol. 1.

In response to how this historic reunion took shape, De La Soul’s Posdnuos told HipHopDX, “Q-Tip is my family and I’ve known J. Period for some years now, so coming to the call of being a part of this wasn’t a question.”
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Excursions 2009 (Tribute Mix) | Clean | Dirty | Extended

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J Period’s Q-Tip Mixtape Available For Free Download On Feb 3rd

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J Period’s mixtape madness continues with his tribute to Q-Tip on Feb 3rd, available as a limited-time-only download on www.jperiod.com.

Following the release of The Renaissance and the exclusive freestyle “Q-Tip for President”, Q-Tip has contributed to J Period’s upcoming mixtape, which features new music recorded exclusively for this project. Artists include Q-Tip, De La Soul, Black Sheep, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Skillz, Pharoahe Monch, Busta Rhymes, Consequence, Zion I, and Blu.