Enter to Win: Limited Edition Erykah Badu Print

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The After Midnight Series by visual artist Steven Lopez has featured musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, India.Arie, Sade, Jill Scott and more. Lopez works by selecting a favorite song, then he begins the painting process in front of a live audience. Above is a time-lapse video of his process in his studio.

In this episode of the series, he paints to Erykah Badu‘s “Amerykahn Promise” off of New Amerykah Part One: Fourth World War. To celebrate Part Two, Steven Lopez is offering an autographed print poster to the most deserving Badu fan. To prove yourself, send a love letter to contests@giantstep.net explaining why you love Erykah Badu and this painting, describing your personal interpretations, the reasons why you love mixed-media, or maybe just why this rare artwork is rightfully yours.

Contest ends April 25th. The Giclee´ print is 30″ x 40″. Good luck! A message from Erykah:

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Aloe Blacc “I Need a Dollar” Official Video + Live at The Do Over’s WMC Party

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We posted a download of this song by Aloe Blacc when it was premiered as the theme song for HBO’s How To Make It in America – now the official video is out. (Thanks Stones Throw!) The video also contains a short section of the song “Take Me Back” from Aloe Blacc’s upcoming album Good Things.

After the jump, check out Aloe perform the track live at Do Over’s WMC party with Jeremy Sole.

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“Childish Games” Video by Consequence co-starring Asher Roth

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Check out the first video from Consequence‘s mixtape Movies on Demand (download the full mixtape on Con’s official site here). ”Childish Games” was produced by Mr. Attic and the video was co-directed by Consequence and Rik Cordero. G.O.O.D. Music also has a full-length album by Consequence in the pipelines for 2010, Cons TV, with executive producers Kanye West and Q-Tip.

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Win Timeless: The Composer/Arranger Series (3xDVD Set)

Timeless: The Composer/Arranger Series is the name of a concert series that was created in homage to the composer/arrangers who have influenced hip-hop in the most literal and profound ways. Timeless was conceived by production house Mochilla in Los Angeles during February and March 2009 and included the performances of over 150 musicians in front of ecstatic sold out crowds. These three historic events were recorded and filmed in exacting detail with Mochilla’s unmistakable style – with the music of Mulatu Astatke, J.Dilla and Arthur Verocai.

Enter to win the DVD box-set here.

More Info & Purchase: Mochilla.com/timeless

Stay tuned for our Artist Profile on Mulatu, commemorating his March 30th release, Mulatu Steps Ahead on Strut Records.

All Hail Badu: Live at El Rey Theater

We were very lucky to have Erykah Badu celebrating the release of New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh in LA and NY this past week. Giant Step co-founder Jonathan Rudnick was on hand to experience Erykah’s record release show in LA. Here’s what he thought:

“Naked or (preferably not !) when Badu rolls into town you know you’re in for something extra special and that’s exactly what we all got at LA’s El Rey Tuesday night at the album release party event. Badu’s on fire and for all the right reasons, and don’t get me wrong the all abuzz vid for instant classic “Window Seat” is a must see, but clearly her Badu-ness live is the way ! A 2 hour journey with full 11 piece live band and Badu with her own ‘toys’ tearing through the hits, plus treats like Sun Ra’s ‘Nuclear War’, and tunes from ‘right side of the brain’ steeped New Amerykah Part Two and it felt like a right on baptism!

A Part Two Badu, soul searching and in love, yet still clearly socially active and defiant, came across as part cheeky little girl, feisty teenager, empowering Queen rolled into one mesmerizing 21st century Goddess – All hail Badu – now get some clothes on girl !”