Video: ‘Downloaded’ (Napster Documentary) Trailer

 

Remember that captivating film released a while back called The Social Network? You know, the one about Facebook. The one where Justin Timberlake (our boy is on a roll here with the last post) played a rather debonaire Shawn Fanning, the founder of Napster. After witnessing the alarming charisma of this Shawn Fanning character, weren’t you like, “Damn. I wish they could make a movie like this about Napster, too.” Well! Your wish has been answered. Sorta.

While not a reality based film with professional actors, this upcoming Napster documentary entitled Downloaded appears just as enticing with real world accounts from Shawn Fanning himself, musicians, and other industry insiders. Music lovers will get to see just exactly how this platform revolutionized music and placed a lasting mark on society and politics forever.

Look for it to drop on VH1 (hopefully) soon. Air date is still TBA.

High fives to the lovely folks at Okayplayer for sharing.

New Track: Frank Ocean – “Wiseman”

 

Frank Ocean yesterday dropped a new tune on his Tumblr called “Wiseman.” According to The Fader, the song was originally intended for the upcoming Quentin Tarantino flick titled Django Unchained. The song unfortunately didn’t seem to find a naturally fitting place in the film, however, and went unused on the soundtrack.

Doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it, though! Dig the sparse production with the lone guitar vibrato, too – actually adds intensity to the emotion.

Stream “Wiseman” on Frank’s Tumblr.

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Video: ‘They Die By Dawn’ (Movie Trailer) ft. Erykah Badu

 

Our boo Erykah Badu is in a new black cowboy flick called They Die By Dawn. The cast is quite drool-worthy, also including Michael K. Williams (“Omar” from The Wire), Rosario Dawson, Giancarlo Esposito, Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), and Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy). Written and directed by none other than Jeymes Samuel, this ought to be a real treat and have a killer soundtrack.

Video: ‘Sample This’ Trailer

 

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As we all know, the history of sampling in hip hop can go pretty deep. Here is a film about the people you “always heard but never heard of.” In 1973, a politician, a gangster, a visionary, a football legend, and a murderer’s path’s intersected to birth the most unlikely source of music.

The documentary features interviews from Questlove, Afrika Bambaataa, and others.

Watch the trailer for Sample This above and gear up for what sounds like one hell of a ride.

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Win Fela Kuti’s Vinyl Box Set II compiled by Ginger Baker

Fela Kuti – Vinyl Box Set II

Contest Expires: November 10th, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST

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Knitting Factory Records is proud to release the second of the long-awaited vinyl reissues from the Fela Kuti catalog. This is the second in a series of curated Vinyl Box sets. These six albums were chosen by frequent Fela collaborator, Ginger Baker.

The artwork for each album is the painstakingly recreated from original album artwork along with vintage vinyl label artwork!

The box includes the albums:
- Live with Ginger Baker (1971)
- Roforofo Fight (1972)
- Confusion (1974)
- Alagbon Close (1974)
- He Miss Road (1975)
- Na Poi (1976)

Also included in the box:

- 12 page full-color booklet with an essay by Ginger Baker and album descriptions by the veteran British music journalist, Chris May.
- a poster designed by H. Cuadrado