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CESARIA’ EVORA REST IN POWER: CAPE VERDIAN MUSICAL LEGEND PASSES

CESARIA’ EVORA REST IN POWER: CAPE VERDIAN MUSICAL LEGEND PASSES | The Tracks | Scoop.it

Highsnobiety.com: Columns | Dante Ross |From The NY Times: 

Cesária Évora, who brought the music of the tiny Cape Verde islands off Senegal to a worldwide audience, died on Saturday in Mindelo, on São Vicente, her native island in Cape Verde. She was 70.Her death was announced by her managers. She had a stroke in 2008 and a heart attack in 2010. After another stroke this year, she announced her retirement.

Ms. Évora’s music was in a style called morna, which is sung in taverns on the Cape Verde islands: slow, pensive ballads with an underlying lilt, suffused with sodade, the Cape Verdean creole term for a nostalgic longing that pervades music across Portugal (where the word is saudade) and its former empire.

Ms. Évora sang about love, sorrow and history, including slavery, in a husky, dignified, unhurried contralto that brought warmth and gravity to songs by Cape Verde’s leading poets. She also sang in her country’s more upbeat styles, coladeira and funaná, but her serenely sorrowful mornas were her legacy.
She always performed barefoot, a gesture of solidarity with poor women. A concert review in The New York Times described her as “a Yoda of melancholy” onstage.

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Pourquoi Rihanna a-t-elle tant de succès? | Slate

Pourquoi Rihanna a-t-elle tant de succès?  | Slate | The Tracks | Scoop.it

Elle a une bonne oreille, mais pas de voix, ni de présence. C'est bizarrement ce qui explique ses hits.

Début novembre, We found love est devenu le onzième single de Rihanna à atteindre la première place du top 100 du Billboard. En moins de temps qu’aucun autre musicien avant elle, la chanteuse de la Barbade a sorti vingt tubes atteignant le top 10. Parmi les artistes féminines, seules Madonna et Mariah Carey peuvent compter plus de singles devenus numéro 1.

Rihanna est pour le moment au même niveau que Whitney Houston, dont le record est également de 11. Il y a des tubes qui peuvent nous surprendre, mais We found love était fait pour être numéro 1.

 

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A Bathing Ape Winter 2011 Collection Mook Featuring Tyler The Creator

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This week A Bathing Ape has released their new Winter 2011 Collection catalogue/mook. The cover star for the new issue is none other than Odd Future’s front man Tyler The Creator. Hopefully we can soon show you his shoot from the magazine! A move fans of the japanese high premium brand will surely appreciate judging by the hype the rising artist from the alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA embodies. Now let's wait for the snapshots of the shooting session.

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Blip.fm | The Online DJ Social Network

Blip.fm | The Online DJ Social Network | The Tracks | Scoop.it

If you are into music, you may want to hear about Blip.fm. Blip is an online community for DJs that allows users to listen to free music online and discover new talents and tracks. Much like Twitter the application allows you to post links toward your own tunes and act like a radio station for music enthusiasts. You don't even have to be a DJ, you can just jump and and craft your skills until you get recognize. Hey you gotta start from somewhere don't you?

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INCREDIBOX, Beatbox for everyone

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Who said beatbox required talent and a good breath control. Incrédibox Official website now allows anybody curious enough to create his own beatbox band...Pump it up and chill! As a bathroom stage beatboxer, I admit it is a cool initiative with legitimate funky sounds. A good source to get inspired from at least.

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KiD CuDi x Surface to Air – Mr. Rager

KiD CuDi x Surface to Air – Mr. Rager | The Tracks | Scoop.it

Filmed by Surface to Air founder Jérémi Rozan, the French label together with Kid Cudi release this latest video dubbed, “Mr. Rager.” The brand recently worked with Cudi on a capsule collection of leather jackets for fall/winter 2011. The video follows Scott Mescudi a.k.a. Kid Cudi fighting against a gang of fifty men all wearing the Kid Cudi x S2A collaboration jacket. The song’s lyrical content deals with a few of the artist’s internal struggles that seem all too real with the conclusion of the video.

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Young L - Loud Pockets... Thanks but I'll pass for this time

"New Single from Visionary Producer and Artist, Young L" When I first saw the chair and the graphics I thought Wow ... that looks cool. But don't be fooled this artist just looks like a fake prod for the masses starting to embrace this electro hop style that has been going on for the past two years.

The music production sounded promising as the post production work put in it. Yet we'll have to send somebody tell Young L's stylist that these chains are so lame and outdated they should get a refund from the third hand store where they purchased these. Furthermore this girl makes the clip a very bad cliché not to mention the fact that she doesn't even know how to move and is a great representation of bad taste. And judging by your ego trip based empty lyrics that don't carry much sense nor wit, I can tell that your life is really not wonderful Mr Young L. And since when does the Milwaukee Bucks know how to play??? Get your NBATV pass and maybe you'll get a better look... That was a good try but there's still a long way to go for you to be a visionary artist and producer. 

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Souls Of Mischief - From 93 Till Infinity

Classics never die... let's bring it back "From 93 till Infinity", a wicked tune and video from the Souls Of Mischief. Download the extended Album version here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1698265/93%20%27til%20Infinity%20-%2093%2...

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Clark's Memories: WE'RE ALL NEIGHBOR KILLERS!

Clark's Memories: WE'RE ALL NEIGHBOR KILLERS! | The Tracks | Scoop.it
Fill your glass up!! Turn the volume up and Put your swag on... it's time to party because: WE'RE ALL NEIGHBOR KILLERS!
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Pharoahe Monch "Black Hand Side" Music Video feat. Styles P & Phonte

Music from Pharoahe Monch's new album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) out now http://bit.ly/fnNzj1. Directed by Terrance Nance.
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Jay-Z & Kanye West "Watch The Throne" Documentary

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With just days away from the the long-awaited album, Jay-Z and Kanye offer up a mini-documentary revealing some of inner-workings during the creation process of Watch The Throne. If you have 10 minutes to set aside, you can check out how some of it all went down. Watch the Throne is set to release on August 1, 2011 digitally and August 5, 2011 physically. Stay tuned!
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Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win

The new Official Full Length, Ultra HD and Explicit Director's Cut music video for Beastie Boys "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (featuring Santigold)" off their album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.
Directed by the legendary Spike Jonze. Production Company: Oscilloscope. Producer: Samantha Storr
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Kanye West & Jay-Z - Otis - Brand new single from Watch the throne album

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Otis - Brand new single from Watch the throne album | The Tracks | Scoop.it
Kanye West and Jay-Z released their brand new single on July 20th entitled “Otis.” The song pays tribute to the soulful legend utilizing cuts from his 1966 classic, “Try a Little Tenderness.” The artwork for the album is provided Riccardo Tisci who’s also serves as the creative director Givenchy. Watch The Throne is set to drop on August 1, 2011 with a pre-ordering option available now through www.watchthethrone.com.
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Hip-hop : 20 productions oubliées des Neptunes | Rue89

Hip-hop : 20 productions oubliées des Neptunes | Rue89 | The Tracks | Scoop.it

Omniprésents depuis la fin des années 90, les Neptunes ont largement contribué aux mutations du rap au tournant du millénaire. De Britney Spears à Snoop Dog, la touche Neptunes a flouté les limites entre pop, rap, r'n'b, rock et musiques électroniques.

Avec un kit sonore rudimentaire mais hautement adaptable – rythmiques rêches, clavinet binaire, guitares numériques – Les Neptunes, duo de producteurs américains Pharrell Williams et Chad Hugo ont imposé un son aventureux, efficace et finalement universel : de Britney Spears à Ol'Dirty Bastard, de Ludacris à Justin Timberlake, la touche Neptunes a flouté les limites entre pop, rap, R&B, rock et musiques électroniques.

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Rakaa ft. Aloe Blacc "Crown Of Thorns" (Official Music Video)

Rakaa Iriscience, known for his affiliation with the Dilated Peoples released about a week ago his new music video, "Crown of Thorns" featuring Aloe Blacc. The song was issued from Rakaa's eponyous debut album which includes "Delilah", "C.T.D." and "Assault And Battery" and got in stores on July 20th.  At the head of the production of the video were none other than The Alchemist, DJ Babu to name but a few. Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of Decon, Jason Goldwatch who also worked with Kid Cudi, The Roots, KanyeWest, Linkin' Park or Jay-Z was the director of the video. Indeed not a rookie, which explains the creative thinking behind the use of Apple's visual trademark launchpad for the artistic theme of the video. A talent which flatly outstand the artistic performance of the Mcee himself... unfortunately. A well produced song yet which I think will soon be forgotten despite the presence of Aloe Blacc. However let's follow @therealrakaa on Twitter to see if he will do better in a next future.  Crown of Thorns is downloadable on iTunes: http://bit.ly/nIEams  or availablone on Amazon: http://amzn.to/opnNqk 

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Hocus Pocus x Oxmo Puccino prod 20syl - Equilibre [Official Video]

My little discovery of the day. Oxmo Puccino and Hocus Pocus, Two of my favorite french MCs join the mics to smart up the lyrics. Nope french Rap does have some jewels,there's no denying it. This blend of melody and rythm sprinkled with beautiful witty lyrics rich in paradoxic stylistic devices. Enough contrasts to shake the equilibrium your senses. From the album "16 pieces", Equilibre was shot in the picturesque city of New York for a neat, poetic pictographic result. On and On and Fadereight films where the houses behind the production. Equilibre is available for download on Itunes: http://bit.ly/a92joU 

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Jay-Z has supermodels cover Empire State of Mind | Life + Times

For the pleasure for the ears and eyes, Jay-Z’s lifestyle blog Life + Times has just released a remake of “New York State of Mind” music video. An ode to New York City starring: Selita Ebanks, Karlie Kloss, Constance Jablonski, Jourdan Dunn, Daphne Groeneveld, Edita Vilkeviciute, Hailey Clauson, Josephine Skriver, Zuzanna Bijoch, Shu Pei, Kristina Salinovic, Martha Streck, Toni Garrn, R'el Dade, Andi Muise, Ataui Deng, Chantal Stafford-Abbot, Kelsey Rogers, Ashton Phillips, Fabiana Mayer, Sabrina Nait, Sydney Edmonds, Claire Collins, Brenda Mutoni, Naoumie Ekiko, Sonia Niekrasz, Paris, Kaitlin, Lina, & Tian. How about that?!

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HBTV: Steven Taylor - A Day with Common & Nas

Los Angeles-based photographer Steven Taylor shares with us some insights backstage during his recent work sessions with Common and Nas.
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Clark's Memories: WHERE THE FUCK AM I ??

Clark's Memories: WHERE THE FUCK AM I ?? | The Tracks | Scoop.it

It's alright to feel a bit hung over... Dans la vie, j'ai eu le choix entre l'amour, la drogue et la mort. J'ai choisi les deux premières et c'est la troisième qui m'a choisi... "Jim Morrison"

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8 Hours in Brooklyn

All footage was shot within an 8 hour span in Brooklyn, NYC. Several of these shots will be used in part w/ a series of spots we are directing/producing which will be released sometime in the near future.
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Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne (Full Album Stream)

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne (Full Album Stream) | The Tracks | Scoop.it
After countless teasers, snippets, visual trailers, rumors and what not, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative project, Watch the Throne, has been released today exclusively today on iTunes with a physical release following on August 12. It is also worth pointing out that this is the first time since the dawn of the Internet age, that one of the year’s most anticipated albums has avoided the leak trap. You can stream the LP in its full audio glory below, but make sure to support. It sure is worth it.
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Clark's Memories: I Want A Tattoo Right HERE!

Clark's Memories: I Want A Tattoo Right HERE! | The Tracks | Scoop.it
Ink your skin!
Feed your ears!
And squeeze those tits
That want to hear the story
Behind these cool drawings!!
Rebel is the spirit.

Another creative playlist theme around the world of tattoos from Benny Clark's memories.

Tattoos are cool. That's true.
But catching hepatitis ain't cool.
Be sure hygiene rules are respected before getting inked.

The World Hepatitis Alliance is currently campaigning to raise awareness on Hepatitis issues in Europe among the Tattoo & piercings community, the gays, Girls into manicure, drug consumers, and the rest of the population.

Hepatitis can affect anyone independently of the age, gender or sex, and this is why it affects 500 million people around the world.

Know it , prevent it, get tested and support the campaign by liking and sharing among your friends the official European Facebook page of This Is Hepatitis http://www.facebook.com/ThisIsHepatitis.
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Pusha T featuring Tyler, the Creator - Trouble on My Mind

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Arguably one of the most anticipated music videos lately has arrived. After teasing the world with behind-the-scenes impressions, Pusha T finally unveils the official video for “Trouble on My Mind” – his collaboration with Wolf Gang general Tyler, the Creator. In full accordance with the title, both rappers cause plenty of trouble and wreak havoc in this Jason Goldwatch-directed clip. Off Fear Of God: Let Us Pray, due on August 23 on G.O.O.D. Music / Decon / Re-Up Gang.
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IS TROPICAL - THE GREEKS (official music video)

IS TROPICAL - THE GREEKS (official music video) | The Tracks | Scoop.it
Directed by MEGAFORCE Label : KITSUNE Animation : SEVEN Production : EL NINO Producer : Jules DIENG AE : Gianni MANNO /Francois PELLAE Sound design : Laurent D'HERBECOURT / Tranquille Le Chat...
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#Band of the week: IS TROPICAL X WADMAG.COM

Wad met Is Tropical, a crazy band who told us more about their tour stories and their passion for Cheryl Cole.
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