Rhythm Roulette: DJ Jazzy Jeff

DJ Jazzy Jeff  came up with Back for More by Al Johnson—“classic”—Say No More by rock act Les Dudek, and the 1973 self-titled album by funk act Reuben Howell.
Jazz got the chance to work with a brand new Serato software plug-in called Sample that integrates with Serato’s O.G. production software, Pitch ‘n Time. As the name suggests, Sample allows users to chop samples and manipulate them freely. BPMs can be adjusted to the utmost extreme without any loss of audio quality. A highly intuitive interface allowed Jazz to quickly find, chop, key-shift, and time-stretch samples.

Watch below how the magic came to life, and let us know your thoughts.

Happy Birthday Kobe!!!!

I know it’s a bit late, but yesterday was Kobe Bryant’s 39th birthday. Recently catching some  heat for his post-retirement dad-bod, the “Black Mamba” has earned the right to live life to the fullest after contributing twenty seasons to the NBA. Bryant’s highly decorated career consists of five NBA Championships, two NBA Finals MVP trophies, a Most Valuable Player award, 18 NBA All-Star selections and a lot more.

The NBA has put together his very best plays against all NBA teams that existed during his NBA career. This includes teams before and after relocations such as the Seattle SuperSonics, Vancouver Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats, New Orleans Pelicans and more. You’ll also find outstanding plays from a bunch of buzzer-beaters to his poster-worthy(welcome to the NBA) dunk on Dwight Howard and a sick windmill against the Chicago Bulls as he competed against Michael Jordan. Take a look at Kobe’s amazing highlights below and let us know your thoughts.

NPR Tiny Desk: DJ Premier

NPR Tiny Desk concerts are typically made for people who sing or rap. Sometimes, though, instrumentalists make their way through the Washington D.C. offices, and now DJ Premier has his own set.

Backed by a live band, Preemo and friends performed a few of the songs he’s produced, including, in order:

  • KRS-One — “KRS-One Attacks”
  • KRS-One –MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know”
  • Das EFX — “Real Hip-Hop”
  • Nas — “Nas Is Like”
  • Jeru The Damaja — “Da Bichez”
  • Gang Starr — “Step In the Arena”
  • Gang Starr Feat. M.O.P. — “1/2 & 1/2″
  • Royce Da 5’9″ — “Boom”
  • Gang Starr — “Moment of Truth”

For me, I’m not a huge fan of his production, but still love some of the stuff he does.  So it was only right that I pay respect where respect is do.  Watch the performance below.

Nike’s New Kobe A.D. : “Mamba Mentality”

Kobe Bryant’s legacy continues.

The shoe shows  a stripped down version of the Nike Kobe A.D. NXT and normal Nike Kobe A.D. as each sport a different blueprint-like design on their uppers. Each colorway reflects an emotion in relation to Kobe’s “Mamba Mentality” as purple represents being fearless, red acknowledges passion, yellow reflecting optimism, grey symbolizes Bryant’s neutral yet calm detached emotion and blue as a nod to honesty and trust.

Each model has engineered Flywire cables for enhanced support and strength in addition to a full-length midsole for a lightweight feel on court. Nike’s Zoom Air Unit is placed within its heel for impact cushioning which is complemented by an engineered micro-blade tread outsole for easy movement.

The Nike Kobe A.D. “Mamba Mentality” Pack is set to launch on August 24(8/24) as an homage to both of Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers.

On August 21, 2017 Watch The Solar Eclipse

For the first time in 38 years, the moon will entirely cover the sun in the US.

On August 21, the moon’s orbit will bring it directly in line between the Earth and the sun, creating a total solar eclipse in the United States for the first time in 38 years. The entire continental US will be able to witness at least a partial eclipse, with a small handful of fourteen states experiencing what will be considered a remarkable celestial event: a total solar eclipse.

The eclipse will start on the West Coast around 10:15 a.m PST, and then make its way east, hitting the East Coast around 2:45 p.m EST. Cities that will get to see the total eclipse include: Salem, Oregon; Nashville, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

Go See This Eclipse from Alex Gorosh on Vimeo.

Raising Bertie Documentary

Raising Bertie, a  POV (point-of-view) documentary by filmmaker Margaret Byrne. The film will follow three Black youths — Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell — growing up in Bertie County, a small North Carolina town with a population of just over 20,000 people. Filmed over the course of six years, Raising Bertie follows the lives of Askew, Perry and Harrell and their families. Executive produced by J. Cole.

Set to premier on PBS on August 28th, the trailer to Raising Bertie can be watched below.

JAY-Z Parodies “Friends” for “Moonlight” Video

Directed by Alan Yang, the video is a parody of the 90’s sitcom Friends with an all-black cast of Jerrod Carmichael (Ross), Issa Rae (Rachael), Tiffany Haddish (Phoebe), Tessa Thompson (Monica), Lakeith Stanfield (Chandler), Lil Rel Howery (Joey) and Hannibal Buress as himself.  Why not?

Check out the video below.

DJ Perly: First Women To Win DMC National Championship

The glass ceiling continuing to shatter!!!

Women have been making strides in abundance in a male dominate world.  From sports, medicine, and many more, women have proved time and time again that they are as good or even better than man.

Now we can add DJ Perly to the growing list of women that are breaking the ceiling and doors or our society.

A New York native and Puerto Rican-Russian American, Perly became the first woman to win the DMC USA National Finals, taking home the title August 5th in New York while beasting fellow regional DMC champs such as Dwells and Schmeeze. Also a 2016 NYC DMC regional winner, becoming the first woman turntablist DJ to win a DMC US Regional DJ Championship in the process, she reached second place in the DMC USA National DJ Final that same year.

“That night, I instantaneously felt the high energy of excitement,” Perly said to HipHopDX. “I knew it was going to be a really good battle. Not sure how the night would end, but it was going to be a good night. When I heard my name as the USA champ, I was surprised and just overwhelmed with joy. I was so overwhelmed I kinda lost feeling in my legs and dropped to the floor [laughs]. That moment truly felt magical and gratifying that hard work was paying off.”

Now she has the opportunity to compete in and win the 2017 DMC World Championship, representing the United States.

“From what I know and experienced in the past is that some people just don’t think that women can do what the guys can do,” she says. “Some people just don’t want to see a woman kick ass and prove that women can do anything in this world. They’re just afraid.

“Women are so underrepresented in not just Hip hop, but other genres of music,” Perly continues. “Some men — not all — see women as weak and frail, but in fact, [we] are truly the strongest. Women go through a nine-month pregnancy, and give birth to the future and next generations of game changers. And think about it, child birth hurts like hell and we still kick ass. I applaud all those women who fight day in and day out to show and prove that this world is not a man’s world, and women can succeed in male-dominated fields. Women have the power and strength to move the world in a positive direction. We all have that power.”

Congratulations to DJ Perly!!!!!

The Tape Vol. 4

#somethingaboutnothing  is back again with another installment.  This time we bring to you Vol. 4.  The same things apply that went on with the previous tapes, a great collection of music.  Nothing much more to say than just enjoy the mix.

If any one is interested in a physical copy of the mixtape, just holler at us with the many ways you can reach us thru social media.  Let us know what you think of the mix in the comment section below, and again enjoy!!!