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With The Quickness: Dope Hookers & Pavement: The Real & Imagined History of Detroit Hardcore Director & Producer Otto Buj (Detroit Playlist)

Dope, Hookers & Pavement: The Real & Imagined History of Detroit Hardcore (@detroithardcoremovie) is a documentary film directed and produced by Otto Buj. We were fortunate enough to get a press screener, but this is definitely something we would pay $8.00 on our own dime/time to watch. It's one Hell of a documentary about a scene that we (and, likely, most people) had absolutely no idea ever even existed. However, it's easy to see how much of a lasting influence this Detroit scene had on the eventual progression of Punk/Hardcore as a whole. Dope Hookers & Pavement chronicles the rise and fall of a Detroit scene that was only active from about 1981-82. Bands featured prominently within the film include The Necros, Negative Approach, The Meatmen, Bored Youth, The Fix, L-Seven, Violent Apathy, Minor Threat, and The Misfits, along with Touch & Go Records Punk 'zine. Dope Hookers & Pavement boasts in-depth interviews with a who's-who of Hardcore lu

WEIRD RAP's Th' Mole Shares Fond Memories of Shock G/Humpty Hump (Digital Underground Tribute)

Digital Underground doesn't really get the respect it deserves, I'd say. They were wildly inventive, balancing silliness with musical chops, and were, arguably, instrumental in starting the wave of George Clinton/Funkadelic-inspired sound that would dominate mid-to-late 90's Hip-Hop. Of course, they, also, introduced us to 2pac and were an integral part of one of the craziest movies of all time, Nothing But Trouble. And Shock G took the Rap alter-ego to new extremes with the Humpty Hump persona, to the point where many people didn't realize they were the same person. We could assume this was inspirational for Kool Keith & MF DOOM, among many others. A lesser-known alter-ego of Shock's was The Piano Man, who was credited with much of the group's instrumentation and production. As Rackadelic, he created their iconic cover and liner [note] artwork. These alter-egos, also, including MC Blowfish, The Computer Woman, and more, all served to obscure the fact

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Announce Third Full-length Expansions with "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" JAY-Z Cover (Big Crown Records)

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band (BRSB) is a rather mysterious steel pan outfit hailing from Hamburg, Germany who have amassed a cult following around the globe. BRSB features Ben Greenslade-Stanton & Björn Wagner and anywhere from one to eight additional musicians. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band's previous two efforts, 55 & The Serpent's Mouth , boasted a wide array of genre-spanning steel pan instrumental covers, including 50 Cent , John Holt, Mobb Deep, Dennis Coffey, Faith Evans, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Dr. Dre. Mary J. Blige, Gang Starr, and Amerie. Now, BRSB have returned once more with the announcement of their third proper album, Expansions, due out later this summer on Big Crown Records. Expansions by Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band "On their third album, aptly titled Expansions, BRSB are back with more of the same, but more of the same with them is inherently different," explains Big Crown within a press statement. Again, covering songs that span genres a