Jay-Z Performs At Carnegie Hall

 

Last night Jay-Z performed the second of his two historic nights at New York’s Carnegie Hall benefiting the United Way of New York City and Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. We were lucky enough to attend and witness the event – Backed by an orchestra conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson (of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra) and the Illadelphonics featuring Questlove and Bilal amongst others.

Jay-Z delivered classics such as “99 Problems,” “Hard Knock Life,” “Run This Town,” and “Empire State Of Mind” with the help of Alicia Keys, of course. Bilal gave us a special rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” before Nas took the stage to join in before going into “If I Ruled The World,” There was also a beautiful rendition by the orchestra of Gil Scott Heron’s “New York Is Killing Me.”

The night was classic New York bringing together tuxedo NY set with hip hop heads, a couple of NY Giants players, Chris Rock (who was celebrating his birthday) and even John Mcenroe (to name a few).

One to tell the kids about for sure.

(Apologies for the poor photo quality – we got what we could get!)

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Video: BLING47 Presents Breaks – Dilla Edition

 

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Happy birthday J Dilla! With the new launch of BLING47.com, Waajeed has been prepping audiences for many treats, including several of the Dilla variety. In the above video, Jeedo breaks down the background on a mysterious Welcome 2 Detroit track with no title and a simple annotation that reads “Featuring Phat Kat.” Enjoy!

Also, be sure to visit the new BLING47.com and sign up for the email newsletter to receive “a super rare [Dilla] gem that I can almost promise NO ONE else has.” Get on it, folks.

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New Release: Air – ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’

 

Based on Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon), the classic silent film by Georges Méliès in 1902, French duo AIR have created a full album inspired by the film. The result is a stunning body of cinematic instrumentals, adding an eerie, otherworldly life to Méliès’ work, which is already full of so much character, color, and peculiarity.

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Air – “Seven Stars”
 

Air – “Parade”
 

Air – “Sonic Armada”
 

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View the fully restored color version of Méliès’ film with AIR’s original score after the jump

Video: Melo-X – “Fire Geomu”

 

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Inspired by globetrotting, Melo-X recently released his first full-length instrumental release, Fewture. Above is the video for the first single, “Fire Geomu,” a jazz-tinged, downtempo trance-ish track. Surprisingly, it works.

The beautiful soft lights and hypnotizing use of motion, amongst other eye candy, are thanks to TONE and Vinny Picone, two video geniuses and pals of ours.

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Video: The Park – “These Are The Days”

 

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The Park is totally radical. The Bay Area rhythm section also backs many favorites like BIG K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, Alice Russell, Jesse Boykins III. “These Are The Days” is the first video from their three-song release in December, also called These Are The Days.

Get ready for a funky guitar-ridden vocoder-saturated meltdown featuring every day working folks, California gorgeousness, kaleidoscope explosions, and literary reminders of a very important manifesto. Rock on, bro.

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