January 24, 2021

David Begun "J Villain: DOOMnuts" (Album Stream)

David Begun has done it once again! With his latest offering, he combines the brilliance of Dilla's Donuts album with various MF Doom songs to create J Villain: DOOMnuts. This is a tribute to both artists - both gone too soon and both geniuses in their own right. Never truly able to combine their forces on any projects while they were here, this album imagines what a dream collaboration such as this would sound like! If you haven't already, dig into the archives for other great works from David Begun, a talented producer from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. As with all projects like this one, it's hard to say if they'll remain online, so listen ASAP! Rest In Peace, J. Dilla and MF DOOM.

January 23, 2021

th1rt3en "A Magnificent Day For An Exorcism" (Album Stream)

th1rt3en is the combative new project from legendary Jamaica, Queens rapper Pharoahe Monch joined by musical assassins Jack White drummer Daru Jones + renowned guitarist, Marcus Machado. Executive produced, written and directed by Pharoahe Monch, he shares: “th1rt3en is tired of holding hands and singing hymns. We’ve been assigned from a higher power to combat you on your own terms. In this existence head on. Here, hold this voodoo! Fuck you!” Pharoahe Monch has had a hall of fame career thus far, first as a member of the 90’s group Organized Konfusion and even more notably as a solo artist revered by his peers. Aggressive, abrasive, often irreverent and fearless with their examination of the world today, the propelling percussion, bewitching hooks, elite lyricism and brilliant guitar work makes for a sonic explosion worthy of the best of all genres. Their debut album, A Magnificent Day For An Exorcism, was released yesterday on Fat Beats Records. It's dark, moody and super lyrical! In a landscape where we are constantly being conditioned to shrink our thinking into social media’s algorithm and age demographic, the world is in need of reflection and atonement and th1rt3en is just the band to get the process started. Dig into their album below...

January 22, 2021

Breeze Brewin "Hindsight" (Album Stream)

Breeze Brewin of the Juggaknots (and The Indelible MCs) has released his debut solo album, Hindsight. The album boasts 13 tracks with production from Marco Polo, Black Milk, DJ Maseo (De La Soul), DJ Spinna, Sebb Bash and more. Hindsight captures the magic of what happens when an artist sticks with what they love and shares it with the rest of the world. It's been well-documented on this site and anywhere I frequent, Breeze Brewin is one of my all-time favorite MCs! His wordplay and flow are exceptional and any writer/lyricist will echo that same sentiment. It helps that Breeze is a extremely nice guy and Fat Beats alumni, too. In these turbulent times, I am rejoicing in the fact that we have this album and plan to give it a ton of burn. Much respect to Breeze, Kev Fever, Herawin, DJ Boo, and anyone as excited as I am for this release. Listen to Breeze's album below...

January 21, 2021

Hus Kingpin "Portishus" (Album Stream)

Portishus is the latest release from Long Island MC, Hus Kingpin. The project is inspired by Portishead's music and it's felt throughout the vibe of the project. Guitars and moody drum loops set the stage for this creative new project. We ran Portishead on Sunday afternoons on Fat Beats on the regular. Anyone who says those early Portishead projects didn't inspire your favorite producers of that era, you are out of touch with music. The project features appearances from Vinnie Paz, SmooVth, Ransom, and Willie The Kid, SageInfinite, Breeze Brewin, Ty Farris, Nems, Snotty, Big Twins, Roc C, Rozewood, and more! Props to everyone involved - dig into the LP below...

January 20, 2021

DJ Eclipse & DJ Riz "MF DOOM Tribute" (Mix, 1/3/21)

DJ Eclipse and DJ Riz paid tribute to the late great MF DOOM on their Sirius radio show, Rap Is Outta Control. When I thought about all the DJs that would come out of the shadows to post their mixes in support of MF DOOM, there were only a few that I was certain had represented from day 1, and among them was certainly DJ Eclipse. Sure, you can dig into the archives for a lot of DOOM-related content, but for now, you'll definitely want to dig into this 2-hour tribute mix, which was recorded live on January 3, 2021. MF DOOM's memory will live on forever, click play and you'll hear all the reasons why. Props to MixtapeTreasury for the link, you can download it, too. R.I.P., MF DOOM.

January 19, 2021

Instagram Series: The Photography of Atsuko Tanaka

Photographer Atsuko Tanaka was born in Tokyo. She moved to the U.S. in 1991 as a teenager, and studied photography in Los Angeles before relocating to New York City, where she quickly gained recognition for her images of legendary hip-hop artists. Equipped with a distinct sensibility that captured subtle expressions and moods of her subjects, it didn't take long before Atsuko found herself shooting the likes of Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas, Capone-N-Noreaga, Redman, RZA and many more, as well as album cover art for popular Japanese artists. While continuing to photograph celebrities, artists and street fashion for both American and Japanese media, in 2006 Atsuko was named one of the "100 Most Respected Japanese in the World" by Newsweek Japan. In fall 2011, Atsuko moved her base back to Tokyo after two decades in the States. She still frequently travels abroad for work and inspiration. You can sample some of her work above and below, but you'll definitely want to follow Atsuko Tanaka's feed on Instagram for a ton of incredible photos from her archives. Enjoy...

January 18, 2021

Kurious "A Constipated Monkey" (January 18, 1994)

After years of paying dues and building a rep as one of the best freestylers in New York, Kurious finally gets the opportunity to correctly represent with a full-length LP. True hip-hop heads will no doubt remember Kurious from last winter's "Walk Like A Duck," probably one of the most slept on singles in recent memory. This time around Kurious hits the streets with a number of definite underground hits. "Spell It With A J" is a wicked freestyle (packed with clever metaphors and similes) over a fat Beatnuts track. And whether he's hangin' with Psycho Les and holding his crotch 'cause he's "Top Notch" or utilizing a dope Q-Tip sample on "Baby Bust It (featuring the Grim Reaper)," Kurious rocks the mic like a true MC should. There's even a smoothed-out cut, "I'm Kurious," that could get him some daytime radio play. There is even some East Coast/West Coast unity as Oakland's Hieroglyphics crew gets represented by a guest appearance from Casual on "What's The Real." Production-wise, the Beatnuts hang snug and tight (as usual) allowing the lyrical skills to flow over the tracks like water from fountains. But there is also some solid work done by SD50's Pete and Rich and Bosco Money. Rap purists and fans of bugged-out freestyle shouldn't hit the snooze button on this one. - The Source (February, 1994). A slept-on GEM of an LP! Unfortunately it's still not available on streaming platforms, so enjoy this samples mix from VinRican...

Original album review in The Source + Stickers...

January 17, 2021

"Juice" (January 17, 1992)

"For the unknown stars of this $5 million film, getting ”juice,” a street term for respect and power, is as much a real-life obsession as it is for the characters they play. ”It’s about time there’s work for us,” says Shakur’s costar Khalil Kain, who just a few weeks ago was a bartender at a local nightclub. The timing certainly is right: Hollywood is coming off a year in which a record number of black films were released, and movie companies are looking to repeat the success of Boyz N the Hood and New Jack City, which grossed $56 million and $47 million respectively. ”Studios finally realize the dollar potential of making black films,” says Heyman, who is coproducing Juice with Neal Moritz. ”They cost so little to make and they don’t have to bring in $150 million to be considered a hit.” ”It’s a good thing, too,” says the 40-year-old Dickerson, ”because there’s an untapped wealth of black stories, and now some of them will finally get told.” ... Juice is about four Harlem homeboys who, says co-screenwriter Brown, ”have watched one Chuck Norris movie too many.” And while the message is anti-violence, the film has its share of guns and bloodshed. The movie’s theme and marketing campaign have already sparked concern over a possible replay of the violence that marred the debuts of New Jack and Boyz. Paramount, the film’s distributor, did revise Juice‘s poster — airbrushing out a large gun — though for creative reasons, not out of fear that it would incite violence, the studio says. Paramount also offered to pick up the cost of increased security in some theaters. But Dickerson believes that the film’s moderate bloodshed is an accurate reflection of life in the streets. His operative word is authenticity. ”This is about the perils of growing up black in the ghetto,” says the director, who hails from Newark. 'If I can accurately show that without the Hollywood wrappings, then I’ve done what I set out to do.'" - Entertainment Weekly, 1992. Below is a great (perhaps rare?) interview with the cast, and if you dig into the archives on this site, you can see 2Pac's original testing contract for the film in 1991, a review of the movie's soundtrack, and more! Juice is a cult-classic film that should continue to be celebrated. Rest In Peace, Tupac Shakur!

More publicity photos from the film and the VHS copy...

January 16, 2021

Wax Tailor "The Shadows Of Their Suns" (Album Stream)

It's been 5 years since French trip-hop producer Wax Tailor's last studio album, he's now back with "The Shadow Of Their Suns," a darkly elegant "sound feature" accompanied by a new and prestigious cast that includes Boog Brown, Mark Lanegan, Del The Funky Homosapien, Mr. Lif, Rosemary Standley, Adeline, D Smoke, Gil Scott-Heron, and Yugen Blakrok. Always genre-bending, Wax Tailor has consistently released mind-blowing music over the years, and this latest 13-track offering is no exception! Dig into his new album below, and if you're interested in the vinyl, cop it from Fat Beats.

January 15, 2021

Gang Starr "Step In The Arena" (January 15, 1991)

"DJ Premier's turntable wizardry is cemented to the Guru's acute raps via some of the funkiest beats you'll hear this year. At 18 tracks and almost 50 minutes long, it's the Guru and Premier's fully realized vision of Gang Starr... "This time we made sure all of the beats pump. This album we got into more depth - relating to our experiences in Brooklyn plus our experiences from traveling. We're coming with a different perspective - we have stuff that is jazz influenced but the subject matter is different." The article continues, "Step In The Arena sees the Guru dropping his knowledge on gangs, other MCs, women and religion. But this man lives for his lyrics! As he explains his thoughts behind the album, he raps his way through whole chunks of each tracks." You'll definitely wanna read the full article below in HHC (2/91), where Guru discusses the album track by track, like for the single, "Take A Rest," where Guru explains, "I'm tired of sellout rappers - people doin' it 'cos they think it's cool, but they have no vision. The rappers I like may be different, but the one thing they have in common is that they have scope, style, and a sense of direction. That's what "Take A Rest" is about. It cuts from Special Ed, the lyrics really bug, and it's really hot." As always, revisit the album now celebrating its 30th anniversary. I also included a dope interview from 1991 in support of the release of Step In The Arena. If you're like me, you grew up with Gang Starr and they remain my favorite group of all-time! Much love and respect (always) to DJ Premier, and Rest In Peace, Guru!

Full article in Hip-Hop Connection + Rap Pack Trading Cards...

January 14, 2021

Happy Born Day, Slick Rick!

D-Stroy tagged me in a post on IG, wishing a Happy Born Day to the legendary Slick Rick, and I thought I'd share it here: "Happy Birthday Slick Rick. Younger cats may be wondering, who’s this man and why does he wear a eye patch? Is his accent real? Why are people always in the club saying “La Di Da Di, we likes to party?” To answer those questions and more, he adds: 1) Slick Rick was born in a place called South Wimbledon, in South West London, England. He moved to the Bronx, NY, when he was 11. 2) Slick Rick’s eye patch was never a fashion statement, but masked a medical injury. At only 1 years old, he was left blinded in the right eye after a window broke and his eye was struck by glass. 3) Funny enough, at the High School of Music and Arts, this Brit met Dana Dane who was known to impersonate British accents. They formed the Kangol Crew, though, MC Ricky D ended up truly shining with Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew. 4) After being set up and extorted by his own cousin, Slick Rick ended up in an altercation leaving two people shot; a bystander (in the foot!) and his cousin. Second degree attempted murder charges, followed by issues stemming with the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), he spent 5 years and 12 days in jail. 5) The only label Slick Rick was ever signed to was Def Jam Records which explains why Russell Simmons was the one who bailed him out of jail 8 months after initial charges were laid on him. He was also released in 1993, for three months and sent back when the INS got involved. 6) Ricky D released an album while incarcerated, entitled Behind Bars. 7) Slick Rick is Grammy-nominated, when Montell Jordan sampled Ricky D for his hit track ‘This is How We Do It.” Considering the sampling, Slick Rick was listed as a writer on the track, therefore, getting credit as Grammy-nominated. 8) In his whole discography, “A Children’s Story” is his favorite song. Perhaps it’s because he produced it entirely separate from anyone at Def Jam having their hands in it. (Along with “Hey Young World” and “Mona Lisa.”). 9) Department of Homeland Security tried to deport Slick Rick, yet again, in 2003. He spent 17 months in an ‘illegal aliens’ jail, Finally, in 2008, he was granted a full and unconditional pardon., which means, this Hip-Hop hero is here to stay. Follow HERE to catch D-Stroy's online show, Showoff Your Gems. HBD, Slick Rick! Art above is by Ed Piskor.

January 13, 2021

Nas "Nas Album Redone" (Unofficial Official Tape)

The homie Soles of Mischief is rebuilding his catalog of mixes and exclusives up on the Mixcloud platform... This is his Nas Album Redone project. The 20-minute release features the Just Blaze-produced "The Scientist"; three tracks with DJ Green Lantern: "Cops Keep Firing", "Power, Paper & Pussy" and "Power Hustlers", as well as "The Season," produced by the late great, J Dilla; the legendary Scarface on the Justice League-produced "Hip-Hop" for DJ Khaled, and "Let Nas Down," produced by J.Cole. Nas remains one of my favorite MCs of all-time, despite the few potholes in his catalog. Listen to this Unofficial Official Tape below, and follow the brother Soles of Mischief on IG...

January 12, 2021

Happy Born Day, Raekwon! (Playlist)

Raekwon (born Corey Woods, 1970) – nicknamed “The Chef” for having “lyrical flavor”, and ability to cook cocaine into “crack rock,” says his biography. Rae's lyrics have always utilized extensive New York slang, much of which he birthed himself. He is also known for his vivid storytelling about wealth, power, and prestige. His influential solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… is often credited with initiating the Mafioso rap phenomenon of the mid-to-late-1990s, and is generally considered one of the best of the solo albums by both fans and critics. The sequel to the influential album was released in late 2009 titled Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II. Subsequent albums also include his latest effort, The Wild, which I feel is a slept-on record, where Rae took it back to some soulful samples and his genuine slang rap. I've posted so much content that's related to Wu-Tang and Raekwon over the years, you can and should have a field-day in the archives. I've also quickly put together this short playlist that features many of my favorite Raekwon solo records; features and Wu-Tang material. Go ahead and wish Shallah Raekwon a very Happy Born Day today, and dig into the playlist below. He's definitely one of the best to do it - the proof is there, follow the breadcrumbs!!

January 11, 2021

J Scienide & Kev Brown "Stray From The Pack" (Album Stream)

Stray From The Pack is a homage to all the great duos like EPMD, Das EFX, Hall & Oates, Mobb Deep, Steely Dan etc, says J Scienide & Kev Brown. They add, "This album was fun to create because we both have so many styles and different music genres that we like. We kept it raw. Strictly hardcore beats, no guest appearances and no gimmicks - just dope beats and rhymes!" Props to the homie, J Scienide, as well as DJ Jon Doe, who is on all the cuts. Hit up the archives for lots more from J Scienide and Kev Brown, but before that, enjoy their new LP, Stray From The Pack, below...

January 10, 2021

Smif-N-Wessun "Dah Shinin" (January 10, 1995)

A recent Atlantic Monthly article, "The Coming Anarchy," predicted the evolution of a starkly bipolar world populated by "haves" and "have-notes." Jousting on a planet of rapidly dwindling resources and mushrooming ethnic conflict, social mores and institutions collapse under the strain. Large classes of warlords and desperadoes emerge. The article's author would find much to buttress his thesis on Dah Shinin', the debut from Smif-N-Wessun, a shifty duo out of Brooklyn. On gritty, deceptively unadorned tracks like "Won Time" and "Next Shit," street conflict is "war" and the corner is the "battlefield." Timberland boots and camouflage fatigues are omnipresent. In the hypnotic, surreal world of "Tek" and "Steele," the duo function as self-styled "pioneers" who carve out a tenuous foothold in an unforgiving landscape. Smif-N-Wessun, along with Black Moon, Heltah Skeltah, and Originoo Gun Clappers, are aptly named "Boot Camp Clik." The duo ask their audience to take this union very seriously - and because their fraternity is so stylishly realized on wax, it's easy to oblige.

Smif-N-Wessun's vision is gripping; regardless of their big talk about "getting paper," money is secondary to the capers they perform to survive. They put it succinctly on the blood-curdling "Sound Bwoy Buriel": "All around New York / N!ggas be talkin' / But we be stalkin'." Dah Shinin builds on the summer success of the group's "Bucktown" single and adds up to a convincing collection of outlaw music. Sociologists may be disappointed by the lack of insight Smif-N-Wessun shed on how they ended up with such bleak prospects. But on "Wrek Time" they sum up with a simple, "I am what I am / I do what I do" chorus: It sounds like a pirate's drinking anthem. Inspired in part by the unforgettable Kubrick flick, Dah Shinin' hits the mark with a thematic impact that stuns with single-minded intensity. (Vibe, November, 1994). Hit up the archives for an anniversary mixtape; The Source album review and clap back; podcasts discussing the LP and more! Peace to the whole Duck Down.

A copy of the Vibe Review and more below...

January 09, 2021

DJ Invasion "PRhyme Star" (Mixtape)

PRhyme Starr is a fan made project that features Royce Da 5'9's vocals from his work with DJ Premier as PRhyme over Gang Starr beats, and Guru vocals from Gang Starr tracks over PRhyme beats. Got it? Ok... all beats on the mix are produced by DJ Premier of Gang Starr and PRhyme; all blends by DJ Invasion and artwork by Greg Rappa. I was hesitant to click play on this one - y'all already know DJ Premier is the Greatest of All-Time to me and Gang Starr has long-been my favorite group - but props to DJ Invasion for making it work! Hit the archives for his Roc Marciano projects, too. Download it using the Name Your Price option + back-up link is HERE. Listen below...

January 08, 2021

Griselda & BSF "Conflicted" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ahead of the release of the label's debut feature film Conflicted, Griselda and BSF Records have unleashed the hard-hitting original soundtrack. Featuring appearances from the Griselda crew's Benny the Butcher, Boldy James, and Westside Gunn, the soundtrack brings that distinctive gruff New York sound to the film. The crew is also joined by the likes of Wale, Dave East, Lloyd Banks, Free Lord, El Camino, Smoke DZA, Billy V, and Heem among others. The production, meanwhile, is mostly handled by in-house producer Daringer, with contributions from the late DJ SHay, Camouflage Monk, Cee Gee, IceRoxx, Fuse, and 808 Mafia. Directed by AK Reed, Conflicted is the debut feature film from Griselda and stars Benny the Butcher as a Buffalo gangster fresh out of prison. Written by and co-starring MMA fighter Deuce King, the cast of the film also includes the likes of Westside Gunn, Michael Rapaport, and J Holiday among others. The film is set to arrive on VOD channels on January 15th. - via Complex. You can watch the trailer HERE. Peep the OST below...

January 07, 2021

Marley Marl & Pete Rock "Future Flavas" (1/7/96)

Eclipse explains, “From ‘In Control’ to ‘Pirate Radio’ to ‘Future Flavas,’ I don’t think there was ever a better duo who were not only dope at what they did on air, but also responsible for a good percentage of the music we listened to back then. ‘Future Flavas’ debuted in January of ’95 on HOT 97 and aired on Sunday nights from 11pm-12am. Marley (mostly) on the mic and Pete Rock on the decks would bless us with weekly exclusives as well as impromptu freestyles and fresh radio promos. For example, peep out the Rakim joint (7:27) that for the life of me I do not recall ever hearing again. Then there’s Pete’s off-the-top freestyle sessions (5:46 and 55:55) as well as a dope Pete Rock produced Biz Markie promo (30:05). The great thing about listening to NYC radio shows like this one was that you were getting the music straight from the source. Songs would be recorded that week and played immediately without the wait of a label release or even the chance of ever hearing it again. Now that’s exclusive.” Thanks, E! Still enjoyable 25 years later! Listen below...

January 06, 2021

Jazz Spastiks "De La Soul Mix" (Mix)

The Jazz Spastiks are back with yet another fine mix! This time paying tribute to one of the greatest and most consistent hip-hop groups of all-time, De La Soul. The Jazz Spastiks aka the Slipmat Brothers represent out of the UK and while unfortunately the lane for mixes is shrinking due to label politics and streaming platforms blocking DJs creativity, they have released numerous mixes in a similar vein over the years. Wisely they've included a download link should this mix get taken down too. Anyhow, with a discography that dates back to the late 80s, there's too much to cover here in a playlist, so just click play and enjoy the good brothers from Amityville, Long Island. 

January 05, 2021

Marco Polo "MP On The MP" (Beat Tape)

Here's the latest beat tape from Canadian producer, Marco Polo. The project is titled "MP On The MP," and it features 12 brand new and unreleased beats inspired from Marco Polo's "MP On The MP" YouTube series, which you can check out HERE. The project is the first release on his own label and pre-orders are currently available for vinyl and cassette. These joints KNOCK, as you'd expect!

January 04, 2021

PSA: Posts On The Site Are Now Archived By Year

Towards the end of 2020, I read through a bunch of year-end lists that were circulating around the internet... I wasn't surprised at most of the records that were championed by mainstream media. Some of my favorite podcasts had lists of their own that I respected, too. I'd briefly considered doing one of my own, but quickly got discouraged by the amount of projects I'd have to consider for the list, but just as quickly I felt a sense of relief - why? - because nobody cares what I think! lol. All year round, I share the projects that I'm listening to and enjoying, you already know all most of the projects I think you should check out! But - and this the reason for this post - I realized, years from now, it'll be harder to isolate the albums I post by year, because I didn't create tags for the archives. A major oversight, in my opinion. So, over the last few days, I've attempted to go through all the posts and add the year in the tags. So... if you wanna know all the content related to 1990 or 2020, you can click the appropriate tag. Sure, I probably messed up a bunch by error or pure laziness, but I did my best. If a mixtape was made in 2020 that was a Best of 1995 mix, I probably tagged it 1995 or if it's a golden era mix, I may have made it 199x, which just means its all-90s. It's not a flawless system, I know, but now that it's in place, I can tweak it and make it better over time. Also, I can see which years were the most influential and add ideas for what else to share. Oh, and don't forget, the Hip-Hop Nostalgia Store is still OPEN... lotsa random nostalgia. Thank you for all of the support! I hope to add some new items in the next month or two!

January 03, 2021

Al-Doe & Spanish Ran "The People In Hell Are Jealous" (EP Stream)

The Bronx duo of Al-Doe and Spanish are back once again with their latest EP, The People In Hell Are Jealous. The EP is a follow-up to their Doña Blanca Trilogy album that dropped last summer (hit the archives for that). With just 3 short tracks and an intro, I'm sure The People In Hell Are Jealous is just a sample of what the duo has been cooking up for 2021. Nevertheless, Al-Doe still drops some heavenly bars over the crisp production from Spanish Ran. Be sure to dig into the EP below...

January 02, 2021

Gang Starr "Don't Be A Dick, Play DWYCK!" (1992)

According to DJ Premier in an interview with Rolling Stone, "This was originally the B-side to [1992’s] “Take It Personal.” It became a super-hit so we told EMI, “Let’s put it on Daily Operation.” We go to re-release the album [with "DWYCK" on it] and the label changed their minds and said, “Naw, we’re just going to leave it as a 12-inch.” People were mad like, “Yo, I bought your album and "DWYCK" ain’t on there!” So we put it on [1994’s] Hard to Earn so people could just get a Gang Starr album that had it. It was our “return the favor” record to Nice and Smooth because we were on their “Down the Line” record. "DWYCK" took offf. I went to Cypress Projects in East New York and that’s grimy and dangerous over there. I pulled up and it seemed like the whole neighborhood was like, “Yes, our hero!” Every car was playing it.'" Personally, I remember when Billboard first reviewed "Take It Personal" in May, 1992 - they said, "Flip the tape over and feast on a second tasty treat, "DWYCK," which has an appearance by Nice & Smooth." Despite not being on Daily Operation, when Billboard later reviewed the LP, Lindsey Williams (EMI) said, "You couldn't go anywhere in places from New York to L.A. to down South without hearing it." As "Take It Personal" was losing its buzz, they decided to take advantage of the b-side, DWYCK. "What I did was make a cheap $14,000 video for it before going into "Ex Girl Next Girl," which was always going to be the single." The B-side wins again, "DWYCK" is still a classic! That was $14K well spent, revisit it below...

Here's the original button/pin with the "DWYCK" slogan...

January 01, 2021

"Dark Brother Rise" (Documentary)

Live from the 41st side of 12th Street, the photographer known as RISE, aka Dark Brother, takes us on a journey into Queensbridge through three decades of hip hop history to reveal a layered portrait of a man and his neighborhood both past and present. The documentary is filmed and edited by Alexander Richter, an extremely talented brother in his own right, 100%. You'll see a ton of behind the scenes - never seen before - images from many of your favorite artists from Queens, and specifically out of Queensbridge. Enjoy this unique mini-documentary highlighting an unsung hero that helped document our culture. And, of course, I gotta wish everyone a Happy New Year!