Dām-Funk: “Hood Pass Intact” Video

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Check out the official new video for “Hood Pass Intact” by the underground hip-hop superstar Dām-Funk. “Hood Pass Intact” leaked on the internets a while ago, with added vocals on the instrumental version we heard on his album, Toeachizown.  If you missed that version, featuring MC Eiht, head over to RCRD LBL for the download.

The Roots & John Legend: Wake Up! Released Today

Musical powerhouses John Legend & The Roots‘ fiery new offering, Wake Up!, features soulful music from the 60′s and 70′s, all with underlying themes of awareness, engagement and consciousness. Inspired by the recent historical Presidential election campaign of 2008, Legend and The Roots felt a need to enter the action.

The eleven profoundly evocative reinterpretations are highlighted by “Wake Up Everybody” featuring Melanie Fiona and Common, “Wholly Holy” by Marvin Gaye, and “Little Ghetto Boy” by Donny Hathaway. The album also includes more obscure selections like Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ “Hard Times” and “Hang on in There” by Mike James Kirkland, in addition to Legend’s original composition, “Shine.” Wake Up! blends Legend’s expressive, thoughtful vocal interpretations with an element of funk that only The Roots can provide.

Check out the original songs on YouTube’s MusicTuesday, where The Roots and Legend curated a video playlist.

Catch John Legend & The Roots performing live on 9/23 @ 9 PM EST.
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Directed by Spike Lee

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LeFtOoO Mix: Happy Birthday MixCloud

Listen to this new mix from DJ Left0, made as a birthday present for the 1st birthday of MixCloud, a “cloudcast” community of artists and promoters and listeners. Left0 is the co-owner of B900 Records, based in Brussels, and a respected member of the Brownswood family, of which Gilles Peterson is the grandaddy. Check out Left0′s previous mixes on his official site or Mixcloud site:

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Yes the Little People Will Never Win But They Can Fuck Shit Up

M.I.A.‘s latest vid for her song “Story to Be Told” creates a trippy vortex of internet-inspired imagery.  She even bought a wonderfully explicit domain name exclusively for her clip.  Check it: http://yesthelittlepeoplewillneverwinbuttheycanfuckshitup.com/

“Story to Be Told” is off /\/\/\Y/\, which is out now.

Try not to get too dizzy.

Exclusive John Hughes Tribute After-Party Tonight

Hi there 80s teenagers, tonight is the night. Get dolled up in your prettiest chiffon garb and get ready to sweat that side pony tail off! The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s John Hughes Tribute has been going on all weekend with films showing at Lincoln Center and discussions taking place with the cast and other filmmakers. Giant Step is proud to be co-presenting the exclusive After-Party tonight, September 20th, at Good Units at Hudson, with DJs Ivan Pavlovich and David Prince. Doors open at 9pm so hurry up and RSVP before we close the list in a few hours.

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