Entries for Inspiration

PSA.

I present to you my latest visual creation inspired by music created by fellow comrade and beat maestro, Abomination Oner out of Kaneohe.

Graffiti Technica.

Being fascinated with technology and graffiti at a young age, I would never have dreamed that one day someone would fuse the two and create what you see above. I just discovered Graffiti Technica while browsing Vimeo and I couldn’t help but share the amazing work this guy is doing. Talk about taking graffiti to the next dimension, better yet, another galaxy.

“Before the dawn of rhyme I was a savage.”

There’s this “underground” mentality that’s tough to shed if you grew up listening to independent hip hop in the late 90s and early 2000s. Some of the core ideas behind it were creative freedom, self-reliance, anti-establishment, and non-conformity (though your mileage may vary). Savages, the latest album from Matt Gamin & Abomination Oner exemplify the underground sound for modern times with an album that stays true to those roots and expands on the foundation built by the artists before us. » Continue reading…

Good hip hop exists if you look hard enough.

It’s refreshing to see that there are still a grip of passionate folks creating hip hop music that stays true to its sonic roots (dope beats, fresh rhymes). I thought I’d take some time out to post a few lesser-known albums I’ve discovered and have been feeling lately. Best of all, they’re FREE.

I’ve been saying that the future of music is free, and I wholeheartedly stick to my nostradomical prediction. 2009 was the year of the free digital EP/LP, bet your download time that the trend continues into 2010 and beyond. Also, the artists pissed off about their music being digitally bootlegged are fighting a war they will never win. Let it live and embrace it. I’d rather be heard than not, how about you?

And to all those folks creating “hybrid” hip hop, stop kidding yourself, it’s not hip hop. That is, if you subscribe to the foundation the music was built upon.

These are my “humble” opinions. If you disagree, let’s have an educational discussion. Now on to the albums. » Continue reading…

For the love of sampling.

I dug up what appears to be 10 minutes of a work-in-progress version of the documentary Copyright Criminals. It consists of a few interviews that weren’t included in the final cut and features the likes of Eyedea & Abilities, Saul Williams, DJ Vadim, Sage Francis, Pete Rock, Bobbito, Shock G, and more. Worth taking a look at to get the views of other musicians who’ve sampled and continue to sample without concern for “the law.” This piece also goes into sampling on deep, artistic level, referencing the past works of history’s greatest composers and how “sampling” existed during their time.



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