Friday, December 16, Anacron returns to the stage at Hollywood's legendary Dragonfly night club for a Pajama Holiday Party featuring several of L.A.'s best and brightest bands. Anacron will be accompanied by visiting PNTGLLRYNTWRK / BrickHeadZ Chicago member Shon Roka.
Sharing the stage with other L.A.-based buzz-worthy groups like Conquistador, Badwater, and Scarlet Ivy; Anacron's music will be a staple throughout the night, performing songs between each band's live set. Presented by local Los Angeles indie music promoter aficionado, Mike A Presents, this event is going to be an awesome interpretation of the true meaning of holiday spirit.
Mellow Man Ace (legendary hip hop artist of new-school rap crew, The Zzyzzx) discovered the Latino equivalent of 50 Tyson while roaming the streets if his old hood, South Gate, California. The self proclaimed ‘rapper’ calls himself Larry Loco.
This is pure (somewhat disturbing) COMEDY!
West L.A.'s quintessential dub-rap crew, King Fantastic, rocks a fabulous live set early this week at the Sea-Thos / Sojourn charity show at the west side nightlife gem, Central. Blazing through their usual hits with a casual ferocity; King Fantastic rocked the crowd as usual, leaving a lasting impression on both fans and charity supporters in attendance.
Killer Reese 1 of King Fantastic with Mr. Floss Angeles himself, Basik MC. The original Bleu Collar exhibited the best, as true west coast underground professionals tend to do.
King Fantastic producer, DJ Troublemaker, rattled the speakers with his signature dub-hop sound before shuffling the audience's feet with a great DJ set of dubstep remixes of every day club hits.
Peanut Gallery Network torch-bearer and UNFAMOUS champion, Anacron, steps in to make an energetic cameo on the fast-paced collaboration from King Fantastic's ground-shattering debut album. Check out the video for the song, "D Boy Stance" below...
View full photo set from this concert at Buzzine.
The "Diss Track" lives! Kool Keith comes... well, kind of "hard" (in is own way, I guess) in this beef starter aimed at former comrade Jacky Jasper. Not quite sure exactly what started this beef, or if anyone remotely interested in real hip hop music will give a damn; but the track is funny nonetheless. Not in a "damn, he clowned this guy, what a roast" kind of way, more so in a "this is how Kool Keith raps all the time" sort of way.
Anacron invites all Los Angeles area dancers, hip hop heads, and lovers of good music to come out to his video shoot for his Fusicology compilation-featured single "This Is Me". The video will feature a "Step Up"-meets-underground rave type of vibe, featuring a line up of LA's best dacers. Presented in part by Unfamous, tastemaking social network Fusicology, Hollywood-based clothing company Local Celebrity, and Stolen Shot Films, the production will take place Saturday, April 9th at an undisclosed warehouse location in West LA. Check out Anacron's personal invite:
Rally up a few of your most energetic and outgoing friends, pack up a couple outfits, and come spend the day on the set of a music video this Saturday in sunny L.A! Hit up any of the links below for more information, or shoot us an email at Staff[AT]PeanutGalleryNetwork.com.
If you're still sleeping on Destruct the MC, it's about time to wake up. As a crew, blog, and movement that remains focused on unknown and unheard art that's worth knowing about, Destruct has been on our radar courtesy of crew homies Anacron and Himself for quite some time. Finally he hits the blog with his brand new offering, "Raise The Bar", a much needed and matter-of-fact critique of today's rap climate. Watch the cleanly produced video, then add the track to your own personal playlist to go HERE.
Can we get a round of applause for Rhymefest's push for political office in Chicago? He completely slaughtered the 20th ward's current Alderman in this television debate. Also check out 'Fest's endorsement from the legend, Dr. Cornel West:
You freeway speed racers will love this brand new Koenigsegg Agera R, which actually really resembles the Mach 5 from Speed Racer.
Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show in March, this Swedish Speed Racer-inspired rocket on wheels is capable of 375 km/h in standard mode, which can be increased when unlocked (sounds like a video game). With a seemingly futuristic advanced engine, transmission, suspension, chassis, interior, and overall design, this vehicle will literally shred the road when angered...
See more HERE.
Having followed the inception, release, and development of the technological phenomenon known as the "tablet" so intently, the all-new Acer Iconia is a thing of pure beauty. Now available on pre-sale for a mid to late April release; the dual-screen, touch-operated tablet device has already breached the future of tablet-to-laptop hybrids while iPad is still bickering with the competition over first gen tab domination.
For the true geeks: This awesome Windows7 Premium loaded tablet will feature an Intel i5 processor along with 4GB of memory, a 640GB SATA hard drive, and a 1.3 megapixel HD webcam. The device will support USB 3.0 and offer two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet port as well. The Iconia weighs 6.18 pounds, and will respond to two handed touch on it's bottom panel by switching to an on-screen touch keyboard.With 14-inch screens and a $1,199 price tag, this tablet is obviously slated for competition with the big boys of the laptop world, and not just the tablet market.
If you go back through the archives of this blog, you'll discover that we've probably got more Super Mario Brothers related content than any other video game in history. Well, here's another post to add to the collection...
This fake film trailer premiered at SxSW 2011, and even though it's a total sham, seemed to excite more viewers in the audience than any film that's actually been released for real in the past couple of years. With good reason, too -- this one looks like it would actually be a hit.
If you're too young to know what "Super Mario Brothers" is (come on, really?), then here's one just for you...
The homie Stringz from Hardcore Detroit breaking crew put us up on Jit waaaaay back in the day, flexing that style at battles and jams throughout the midwest. Now it seems that the founding forefathers of the Jit, as it exists in Detroit's gritty dance underground, are finally getting a taste of the fame they deserve for pioneering yet another regionally specific dance form. Catch the entire documentary when you get a chance!
This kid's been teetering on the edge of being major ever since he popped up in those (blue jean?) commercials with Jermaine Dupri. He's released a lot of material -- some great, some mediocre; but, for the most part, he's a pretty good rapper.
There's really not much that can be said about this all new release from White Mic of the Bay Area's legendary rap crew, Bored Stiff. If you've been up on that real West Coast underground music since the early 90's you may already know the crew name; however, you might not have known that the crew is still active both independently and as a group. This full-length release from White Mic will dispel any pre-conceived notions about OG crews being able to keep it relevant, as this is one of the freshest and most up to date albums that has dropped from the bay area underground in a while. Featuring a revolving-door lineup of guest talents, and riotously bangin beat production, the album is a certified heater from front to back, easily earning it the UNFAMOUS seal of approval.
This is underground hip hop at it's finest! Follow the link and SUPPORT.
Unfamous Friday is here!
Here's a synthy-soul-slumper from bay area underground comrades Matt Gamin and Seven Davis, coming together as Champagne4Caesar. At the beginning of the track, you may feel a little bit apprehensive; but once it gets going and Seven lets those vocals go, every little lady within a mile radius will feel it.
On very rare occasions do you come across a short film that pulls so deeply at your emotions, it affects you physically. Ted Chung has created such a piece with "A Thousand Words"; a screener that virtually anyone with a heart should be able to connect with. Many of us fall in love every single day; sometimes feeling a genuine connection to the most random people we see, never to pursue the array of possibilities offered in these situations. Chung offers a dream sequence specifically for these lovers, softly suspenseful and open-ended for interpretation.
See more from Ted Chung HERE.
It sucks to see artists that pioneered a popular style fade away completely unnoticed. Sadly, this duo dropped a little ahead of the mainstream's electro-club-pop curve, and after several fresh releases, completely fell off. Both members are currently separately working on new projects, if you can find their 2007-2009 project as Jupiter Rising, get it.
Mango vs Tim the Pit.
We've decided to rename the regular "BBOY" column "BREAK." Bboy is a word that East Coast dancers used in the 70's and 80's to describe Boogie Boys from the Bronx -- Being that we're a primarily West Coast rooted network, that just doesn't fit.
Here's a little something from Santa Fe's Kool DJ Ride, that practically anyone can get into. It's got a bit of soul, a touch of jazz, a little breaks, and a smidgen of funk all rolled into a dynamic 45-minute long mix. This mix stays up-tempo and fun, while maintaining a smooth, "Sunday afternoon at the beach"-type of vibe -- so, it may do you some good to download this one and throw it on as your weekend winds down.
Goin' way back (to a couple of years ago)...
Eff your two-step. We do the whirlwind.
If, for some strange reason, you never heard the breath-taking Metronomy remix of this stupendous song, we're about to blow your mind:
The collaborations that we've seen from these three have been immense, and leaves us wondering if we're witnessing the inception of the new (and definitely improved) Westside Connection. Either way, this latest cooperative effort from WC's "Revenge of the Barracuda" featuring Ice Cube and Young Maylay seems to be just as choice as the rest.
We give it up for the newcomers, too! Check out the resident NYC Gallery affiliate and film-maker Zu testing his mettle on the wheels of steel. The brother may be working his way up to a position on the Gallery DeeJays staff...
Follow the link and drop some words of constructive criticism and encouragement; there's no better way to get better than through intelligent input, and DJ Zu is open to suggestions.
We're making UNFAMOUS FRIDAY an all-day affair from now on... Not one, but TWO posts featuring music from lesser-known artists that you may want to familiarize yourself with. Today's playlist comes from one of the Peanut Gallery's ORIGINAL (read: since 1993) members - producer, DJ, vegan chef, and toy designer, Shiro Fujioka.
Dig on what you hear? Sign into Soundcloud and leave a comment on the track to let the artist know you're listening!
This early 1980's promotional trailer for Apple computers does nothing more than confirm the company's outright gayness. Think about it; their logo is a rainbow flag, their spokesperson is a fruit, and their original theme song is a painfully sassy interlopation of Irene Cara's "What A Feeling", from the movie Flashdance?
Things that make you go "hmmmmm."
This track is hype as hell! Would have liked to see more from Busta on it though -- people really overlook the fact that he's one of the BEST rappers alive. Check his discography and really dissect his lyrical content and expertise in delivery, it's the truth.
Visit our friends at Culture King to download this expertly conceived and beautifully composed collection of new tracks, assembled in honor of the great J. Dilla. Envisioned by Culture King's Moon Satellite, who invited several of the underground's most talented and creative producers to forge their own stellar interpretations of some of Jay Dee's finest tracks. Culture King has released this compilation EP as a completely free download today, so get it ASAP!
If you are reading this and have no idea who J. Dilla is, then it is recommended that you view the series below and expand your knowledge of one of the finest music producers that has ever graced the face of hip hop music...
Finally, one of our favorites from the late Mr. Yancey...
It's been a good month for Dilla fans. Our contribution (in true Gallery Network fashion) is to share this cover of a track from Dilla's Donuts, hopefully exposing you to a very fresh Korean rock band called Bulssazo.
We'll have another Dilla-related entry for the dedicated Jay Dee fans in a few hours. This one will come to you courtesy of Culture King, and is sure to rock your world, so definitely check back!
Jon and Al... You've made this weekend worth living.
This has to be one of the most hilarious spoofs ever posted on this site. Jon and Al Kaplan have gone to great lengths to compose, perform, and edit a comical adaptation of the original Predator film, set to a broadway-style showtune. This kind of work often goes unappreciated, so please visit their site and leave them some love HERE.
This Unfamous Friday set is coming to you LIVE and DIRECT...
...all the way from somebody's kitchen, or something! Amazingly, even while seated in a docile domicile, Chillin' Villian Empire's Riddlore? and NgaFsh can still deliver a performance that's more hype than the typical rap superstar! Crisp delivery, slick lyrics, original styles, and an unmatchable level of character that just can't be imitated. This is what performance is all about!
Stolen Shot Films ventured into the foray of unofficial videos with a somber clip for Radiohead's 2011 buzzer, "Codex". Great camera work, good look, and a deep feel. As far as this site is concerned, this is as official as it gets.
Check out another Stolen Shot musical short with this clip for Anacron's reworking of "Infinity Guitars" by Sleigh Bells. You can't ever go wrong with skateboards and strippers!
This girl is fresh; she's got flair and talent in droves. It'd be nice to see this Baltimore native make some major moves in an industry filled with synthetically manufactured "style out of a box"-type artists; almost like a reward for actually BEING what you portray for the camera.
We're pushing for you over here - may all your wishes come true!
Cumbia, a traditional Colombian music and dance style, has recently made a strong insurgence into the global club scene. If you weren't aware of this fact, it may be time to re-evaluate the nightspots that you frequent. In accordance with the growing popularity of any music style with DJ's and nightlife, a bevy of Cumbia remixes and mashups have already hit the scene like wildfire.
California's bay-area DJ/producer J-Boogie has jumped onto the wave of Cumbia reworkings, serving up this compilation of astounding hip-hop-to-Cumbia remixes via his Soundcloud page. All tracks are currently available for free download, so get to saving before they go away.
A new battle brews in the war between Google and Apple, and this one's lookng like an instant Google win. Google's magazine subscription service is set to offer more reading and access options for both publishers and readers, as well as cheaper fees all across the board. Apple released it's subscription service this past week, leading to Google's subscription service announcement just days later.
This obviously is not the type of artist we typically post here...
When the hell did this guy start rapping? We already know he can rock a BEAT, let's just hope that he doesn't BITE anyone else's style. Ha! On the real though, this really isn't necessarily BAD - wrap your mind around that!
Happy Monday, everybody.
Happy Unfamous Friday!
Today's unknown dopeness comes from Jahn The Baptist, an original member of the Peanut Gallery's Chicago branch. The crew is apparently keeping it super icy out there, literally. BUR! BUR!
New music from Erykah Badu, with a Flying Lotus directed video?
Granted, this couldn't sound any more weird; however, with both of these artists -- the weirder a project sounds, the better it is. Oh, and the song is amazing.
European dirt-rockers Krakovia dropped this little gem a few years back. With a walking bassline, a driven percussion section, a Mad-Max flavored video clip, and sultry vocals by a guy with a mohawk and a tattooed stripper; this group came equipped with all the tools to make an international hit group.
Learn more about this crew HERE.
Usually during Black History month we're focused on the struggles, accomplishments and triumphs of an extraordinary people. However, ( as it's been proven time and time over) when there's a struggle for social justice, there is a sound-scape continuing to inspire the hearts of people involved.
Since I really wanted to keep this short (if you want a more in-depth article, ask and you shall recieve), I focused on the musical tastes of the Black Panther Party (BPP). So if you're at your local record store diggin' for something, check out some of these Panther favorites :
James Brown: Say It Loud!
The Last Poets:
This is for the lover in you.
Sure, it's a false holiday, fabricated to market romantic doo-hickeys and sassy whatchama-call-its; however, there's no reason that you and your cherished counterpart can't spend some feeling lucky to have one another.
Enjoy the love-in!
A special throwback for those that have found someone worth keeping around. If what you have is for real, let it grow, be one with it, and live in it. Everything and everyone in the past have given way to provide what you have now, so accept the gift of love and cherish it!
For those of you flying solo, just hit up On Demand for the day.
You may have already seen this; but The Gallery is more interested in posting an experience rather than an exclusive. Watch and live.
Isn't it funny how talented geniuses that were mostly ignored by popular culture become trendy icons when they die? The ever-growing "appreciation" of Jay Dee (yeah, folks that were rocking him way before the "Donuts" era still call him that) is a perfect example of how the mainstream underground can latch on to something pure and precious to reinforce how "down" they are.
Here's a tip: Latch on to under appreciated talents BEFORE they are gone. Love them while they are alive, not when you hear the friend of a friend of a local celebrity mention their name and what a tragedy it is that they've passed away.
An ingenious 60-second recreation of The Wrath of Khan, utilizing paper-cut-out puppets and green-screen technology...
If you have no idea what this is about or where it's from, just let the following clip entice your taste for dramatic effect before you run out to go get the DvD:
Now THAT is acting... Kirk was so believably infuriated!
This brand new computer-effects-heavy clip revisits Nas and Damian Marley's quietly released "Distant Relatives" album. There's a lot going on in this video, sometimes seemingly too much; but, we've got to give it up to Nabil Elderkin, most known for doing videos for that one kid from Chicago.
Here's the latest solo trailer from Evol of the mighty midwestern Brickheadz crew out of Chicago, Illinois. This kid is extremely underrated and highly skilled -- The global bboy "scene" is very afraid to let this guy in, and from what this short clip portrays, with good reason!