Winter Breaks by Bop Alloy

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My favorite jazzy hip hop group, Bop Alloy, released a new EP for the holidays. The album comes as part of their Kickstarter stretch goal for the last album, Another Day in the Life of. The new album is entitled Winter Breaks and can be downloaded from their bandcamp page.

According to the site, ‘Winter Breaks’ compiles 6 sonically vintage Hip Hop tracks. Producer, Marcus D handles the live instrumentation mixes masterfully while infusing jazz, soul and a pinch of Afro beat samples. Lyrically, Substantial touches on the personal, social, and economical effects of the Holiday season, using thoughtful lyricism, wit, and a variety of flows to paint a different portrait of Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s.

Best of all, it’s name your own price (but support good music and throw some dollars their way).

Ohio State Marching Band’s Awesome TV-Themed Halftime Show

This performance was from a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it. It’s pretty awesome (as are all their performances). They cover everything from The Simpsons, to Dragnet to Game of Thrones. I wonder how long it takes to choreograph something like this.

Miles Ahead

A Miles Davis biopic has been floating around Hollywood for years, but has never been made. With movies like Walk the Line and Ray hitting theaters, I thought for sure the film would be made. Mile Davis is one of the most influential musicians in American history, after all. Sadly, the script has been sitting idle after several false starts. Not anymore. Don Cheadle (in a role he was born to play) is now turning to Indie GoGo to help get financing for the film.

So why a movie about Miles Davis? Cheadle writes

I want to tell a story that Miles himself would have wanted to see, something hip, cool, alive and AHEAD.

I’ve taken my marching orders from Miles’ mandates (“Play what’s not there.” “Fear no mistakes. There are none.”) and focused in on a very specific point in his life to explore his relationship with his muse, his voice, his fears and challenges to come out of his silent period and return to the music. I’m hopefully making a movie that tells a story many people can relate to, jazz fan or not.

MILES AHEAD is not just about the music. It’s about what we all face at one time or another in our lives; questions about who we really are, what we have to say and how will we say it. How will we ultimately be defined and who gets to say so?

Watch the campaign video below. You can support the project here.

Kanye West for Mayor?

God, I hope not.

Ben Shepard has launched the “Kanye 4 Mayor” campaign. The initiative includes a website, Kanye4Mayor.org, that features several pages of explanations on why Ye would be the best successor to Chicago’s current leader Rahm Emanuel. Shepard believes “Mayor West could lead a movement to make it the best city in the world.”

In open letter to Kanye, Shepard points out four main issues he feels the citizens of Chicago need addressing by a new administration: failing schools, a sub par transportation system, excessive shootings, and an undemocratic police force.

If Kanye ever becomes mayor of anything it will mark the fall of America.

Jurassic 5 release new song and video

It’s been 8 years since one of the best groups in hip hop called in quits, but Jurassic 5 is back… sort of. They recently released a new song and video in preparation for their first US tour in 8 years. The song is entitled The Way We Do It and was produced by the late Heavy D. Watch the video below.