We got some hometown love today. Straight outta Princeton, NJ L.A.N.K. has been generating a ton of buzz up in UMASS including dropping his first official release entitled “The Roughest Draft” (datpiff). Here he provides us some impressive visuals for the track “Waitin So Long” of the mixtape. If your up in the Boston area be sure to check out L.A.N.K. opening for Curren$y on March 4th. To here more from the Jersey native click here and be sure to spread the word!
We’re here boys and girls, finally. The 2011 Academy Awards are a hop skip and jump away and boy oh boy is it going to be juicy. We have James Franco and the lovely Anne Hathaway quarterbacking the show, as they should draw in some of the younger viewers while maintaing the class and etiquette that the Academy desires. On the surface it may seem like this year will feature relatively few surprises, but I promise you that you will be shocked multiple times. The big questions left on the table are as follows: Is The Social Network losing momentum, and with it Aaron Sorkin’s and David Fincher’s chances? Is the subtle and graceful performance put forth by Geoffrey Rush enough to hold off Christian Bale’s powerful and Oscar-ready presentation of a defeated man in search of retribution? Will Christopher Nolan snag Best Original Screenplay since he isn’t even nominated for Best Director? And finally, who in the world will win Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Actor in a Supporting Role? These questions and more answered after the break in 12 Bar Original’s exclusive preview of the 2011 Academy Awards.
That’s right folks, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has announced their 2011 Lineup that is headlined by none other then Grammy winning artists Eminem and Arcade Fire. If you’ve never been to Bonnaroo, your missing out. The festival not only features music but also has comedy acts, and awesome art scene and more importantly great food. Oh there is usually around 90-100,000 people there from all over the country and world! Other notable acts include The Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield, Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, Pretty Lights, Ratatat, Bassnectar, Gregg Allman, Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa & J. Cole. The festival takes place in Manchester, TN and runs from June 9-12, who’s in?
Check Out the full lineup at Bonnaroo.com
The Strokes are releasing their new album Angels on March 22 in the US and have finally given us a sample to chew on. The catchy and upbeat single “Under Cover of Darkness” from the upcoming album is available for download on the band’s website for a limited time, but you can download and listen to it below. Glad they’re back!
We got a little music from overseas with this one. The Bullitts are a new group out of London that feature Jeymes Samuel and a slew of other guests. On this track they employ none other than recent Roc Nation signee Jay Electronica and Lucy Lui. The visuals they provide are also some old black and white footage that is kinda creepy but at the same time oddly fitting for this song. Their album is supposed to drop in the next couple months and will feature other hip-hop acts such as Mos Def. Sound off in the comments and tell us what you think!
ALSO check out their website here
Oh man do I have a treat for you guys. Money Making Jam Boys (Black Thought, Dice Raw, P.O.R.N. Truck North and STS) have finally put together a tape to for us and trust me when I say this that the absolutely kill it. If you like hip-hop download this tape. I got to see these guys open for The Roots at Highline last summer and they put on a great show. The tape is presented by 10.Deep and is mixed by none other then Mick Boogie & Terry Urban. Be on the look out for more music from the group put together by The Roots MC.
Earlier this week Citigroup Inc. acquired EMI, one of the big four record labels (the other three being Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Musc Group). Although this may seem like a huge money making deal, its not. EMI has been in heavy debt to Citigroup ever since they loaned Terra Firma Capital Partners roughly 4.1 billion dollars to buy EMI back in 2007. Since then, EMI has struggled to stay competitive in an industry that is slowing dying. Cutting its losses, Citigroup essentially decided to acquire EMI and roughly 65% of it’s loses, reducing the overall debt to a workable $1.3 billion.
Now don’t get confused, Citigroup is not getting into the music business. They don’t plan on even keeping the company for more then a year. Although this deal might look like a surrender by EMI and Terra Firma’s Chairman Guy Hands, but it really benefits all parties. Guy Hands can essentially wipe his hands clean of the music industry, EMI can still move forward as a record label (or something else…more of that later) and Citigroup can write off 3 billion dollars in debt. With this deal, the reign of the big four may officially come to an end.
Jay-Z just keeps finding ways to make money. After recently just striking a deal to get his 40/40 club into major airports across the U.S., Hov and Will Smith have formed a partnership that will produce and develop films. Their first project: Annie starring none other then Willow Smith. Jay-Z had this to say about the new venture:
The 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations were announced early this morning and you would be hard-pressed to find any real surprises. The list reads mostly as expected with The King’s Speech raking in the most noms (12), followed by True Grit (10), The Social Network (8), Inception (8), and The Fighter (7). I’m glad to see the Academy honor Javier Bardem for his performance in Biutiful with his 3rd nomination (2nd for a leading role), although he’s not likely to win. The Coen Brothers have now garnered 13 Academy Award nominations to date, and if you’re surprised to not see Christopher Nolan up for Best Director for his mind-bending Inception I understand your sentiments. Check out the full list of Nominees below, (click here to see how they compare with Roger Ebert’s predictions) and be sure to look out for our very own Oscar predictions as we close in on February 27th. Let the guessing games begin.
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