Universal Music Launches ‘Respect The Classics’ Album Reissue Series, Pays Tribute to Hip-Hop Giants

 

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Universal Music pays homage to hip-hop’s greats with their new reissue series called Respect The Classics; the mission focuses on “spotlighting iconic, genre-defining albums from the Def Jam, Interscope, Priority, and Virgin Records vaults.”

To start, fans can enjoy expanded CD and digital 25th Anniversary Editions of Eazy-E’s Eazy-Duz-It and EPMD’s Strictly Business. Also available are remastered 180-gram vinyl LP reissues of Eazy-Duz-It, Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, and N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton. Finally, there’s a remastered CD and digital reissue of N.W.A’s N.W.A & The Posse for grabs.

Look out soon for more reissues from DMX, Gang Starr, Onyx, Public Enemy, and Slick Rick.

Purchase NWA & The Posse CD on Amazon

Purchase EPMD’s Strictly Business CD on Amazon

Purchase NWA’s Straight Outta Compton Vinyl on Amazon

Purchase Ice Cube’s Amerikkka’s Most Wanted Vinyl on Amazon

Purchase Eazy-E’s Eazy Duz It Vinyl on Amazon

Purchase Eazy-E’s Eazy Duz It CD on Amazon

Interview: Jason Orr Talks FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival

 

Jason Orr, founder of Atlanta’s highly revered FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival talks about how the festival got started, his most prized relationships as a result of the festival, and some exciting tidbits on what’s in store for this year’s event. 2013′s program launches this Friday, July 12 with a screening of the music documentary FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement) and the festival itself takes place on Saturday, July 13. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Giant Step: When you first conceived FunkJazz Kafé, what was your mission? What inspired you to start the festival in the first place?

Jason Orr: The mission when I first conceived FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival was to create an arts festival environment with new and innovative music as the soundtrack. I was inspired by the multiple talents around me here in Atlanta, particularly the artist I was managing, Vinnie Bernard, drummer extraordinaire, Lil John Roberts, visual artist Maurice Evans and the various creators in fashion, theater, dance, music etc. around the city. Everything was vibrant and bubbling but needed one place to come together.

GS: What’s been your most memorable experience in the 19 years you’ve been holding FunkJazz Kafé?

JO: Out of all 46 festivals, I remember them all very well because they are like my children that have been growing up nicely. Sounds funny, but very true.

GS: A particularly odd or funny memory from FunkJazz Kafé over the years?

JO: A funny memory is when we were on tour in 1999 and we were going to Detroit and everything was going wrong… like the production truck couldn’t get up the hills in the Smokey mountains because it weighed too much, the tour bus threw a rod, and we had a racist skin head engineer who hated us for no reason and was sabotaging the sound. It was a great test of will, patience, and magic. The festival came together in the end and was one of the best on that tour after all.

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Giant Step Logo Named Amongst ’22 Most Iconic’ by RBMA

 

Having just wrapped last week, the Red Bull Music Academy has amassed tons of interesting memories and content to dig into.

Earlier in May, we shared the story on Giant Step’s logo in the RBMA Daily Note; Today, the Daily Note has compiled 22 different stories on iconic logos and Giant Step’s logo is once again featured on the site.

Also featured are logos from Public Enemy, Fool’s Gold, Fania, Studio54, Def Jam, Wu Tang, and Run DMC, amongst others. Check out the stories on the RBMA website.

GPWW 5/24/13 Worldwide Family Mixtape: Hiatus Kaiyote

 

This past week’s edition of the Worldwide Show with Gilles Peterson starts off with a sultry, brass interpretation of Kendrick Lamar‘s “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe” from Austinfa jazz producer Sly5thAve. The eclectic grooves continue with a Ras G triplet, Ghostface Killah double, and a hip-hop throwback in “The Do Over” section with Public Enemy.

Gilles also presents a mixtape from global soul quartet, Hiatus Kaiyote, featuring tunes from fellow Aussies Ainslie Willis, Clever Austin, Electric Sea Spider, and more. Hiatus have been riding a wave of success recently that has included acclaim from icons such as Erykah Badu and ?uestlove, as well as a sold-out NYC debut at Le Poisson Rouge in March.

Stream Gilles’ latest show and more below.

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Gilles’ most recent shows:

GPWW: 05/17/2013 Worldwide Family Mixtape w/ Stimming

GPWW: 05/10/2013 Worldwide Family Mixtape w/ Matmos

 

The Resident 46: The Roots Picnic, Summer Jam ’09, LL Cool J, Estelle

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Puberty would not have been the same without LL Cool J. Honestly who was hotter than shirtless, lip-lickin’ LL in 1995? Coolio? Tag Team? Exactly. And yet when Estelle and LL Cool J took over Terminal 5 for the Grammy and T-Mobile tour I was not prepared for how totally phat it would be. Estelle was aiight – she was two-steppin’ and bitching about her ex-boyfriend – entertaining but all things I could see any sloshed slag do on a Saturday night. LL weaved through his 20-year-plus repertoire flexing to hits like “Doin’ It,” “Rock The Bells,” “Phenomenon,” “I Need Love,” “Headsprung,” and “Radio” with the energy and abs of a delusional MySpace MC. I spent much of the time jonesing for FUBU, Dunkaroos and general nineties awesomeness. So, mad props to LL and the booty-quaking potency of his def beats.

The Roots don’t score as many mainstream snaps as LL but they continue to prove their legendary status with events like the 2nd annual Roots Picnic. Following a typically grizzly Chinatown bus ride to the illadelph, I caught Antibalas’ fairly uninspired set. Philly’s own Santigold often relies on her fussy downtown b-girl look and heart attack-serious dancers to carry a performance. But she actually smiled and flicked her hair a bit more than usual through songs like “Find A Way,” “Unstoppable,” and “Say Aha.” Throngs of mall-accessorized girls thrashed along to “Creator” and Spank Rock made [Read more...]