Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Statik Selektah "I'm Wit It" featuring Cory Mo & Talib Kweli

I was listening to some old Warren G last night, and I've decided that's kind of what Cory reminds me of. Random, yes. Anyhoo. Dope track.

Statik Selektah featuring Talib Kweli & Cory Mo- "I'm Wit It"

Tha Bizness Present: Downtown ATL Nightlife

I thought this was pretty cool video shot by the homie Henny-- one half of the uber-dope production duo, Tha Bizness (alongside Dow Jones, who makes an appearance, holding the camera at one point in the video).

You never know what you'll find out when you talk to people on the street. The scenes with the brother breaking down everything from the gospel to crack was especially cool to me.

Downtown ATL Nightlife from HENDERWORKS on Vimeo.

Independents Rising: The Foreign Exchange on Their "Daykeeper" Grammy Nomination

When I first heard that Foreign Exchange had been nominated for a Grammy for one of my favorite songs of the decade (seriously) "Daykeeper" featuring Musinah, I was excited.

Of course, I was glad that a great song was recognized- but more importantly, that an independent group snagged a Grammy nomination. Hell, their nomination sort of hails a new day. Independent groups/artists have a chance, without compromising their art and integrity.

FE had no Interscope or Def Jam machine behind them. No Viacom. No Radio One. No DJ-rubber-stamped mixtapes. What FE did have, however, was beautiful music, a few great videos and an engaging stage show (that did not, I might add, include any piro-technics or back-up dancers).

Now, they're not the first indie group/artist to be recognized by the Grammys. Last year, I interviewed DC-based singer, Wayna. She was nominated in the same catagory. Nevertheless, FE's nomination, in my mind, speaks of a new day.

Independents can make music, not compromise their art and be recognized by the most presigious awards show in the business. Grant it, the Grammys miss the mark routinely (how on earth did Beyonce's paper thin Sasha Fierce earn 10 nods?) but as an artist you'd be lying if you said a Grammy nom/win wouldn't be one of the pinnacles of your career.

At any rate, congrats to Phonte & Nicolay. Check out their Grammy-inspired video below (directed by Matt Koza).

Foreign Exchange- "Daykeeper" feat. Musinah


The Foreign Exchange's Grammy nomination video from The Foreign Exchange on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

NEW Small Eyez- From the Sol EP

Yay! Small Eyez's new EP, From the Sol, is here! Check the EPK. Be back shortly with an actual review, although, I'm admitedly not the most objective person.

Small Eyez- From the Sol from Black Static Films on Vimeo.

DOWNLOAD: From the Sol

Small Eyez- "Give Me the Light" (produced by Supa Dave West)