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Do you love yourself some Home:Word, the collabo album that Bay Area hip-hop duo Magnetic North and the hotness Taiyo Na released last year?
Then check this! That crew teamed up with fire-tongued superMC Jin to create a celebratory track, just in time for 2011′s API Heritage month. It’s called “I Got My,” and according to MN’s Derek Kan, the song is essentially about “embracing who you are and what you got… fam, music, arts, community, love. It’s for anyone and everyone who respects themselves and is doing something positive with their life.”
Adorably, to honor API Heritage month, the artists have chosen to highlight the gobs of AZN-American peeps they’ve met throughout their musical journey by inviting them into the single’s music video. It’s all our favorite people, from Beau Sia to Wong Fu Productions to Curtis Chin to this-list-of-favorite-people-cameos-is-so-long-we-can’t-list-them-all. They even asked us! But whatever, forget about us! THEY GOT YURI KOCHIYAMA to lip sync hip hop tongue twistaz! WHAT!?!
Check it, love it, love your peeps:
Dear Jaeson Ma, spiritual hip hop music maker and dreamer of dreams:
We just discovered you in a PSA encouraging people to vote for CPAF in the Chase Community Giving Contest.
So um… on another note, God has been very kind to you–take a look in the mirror.
You are hot.
Bay Area funk-soul-hop outfit, Ill-Literacy has been rolling large since ’06. But this week, our pals from up north released a long overdue studio record: iB4the1.1.
Clever, funny, eclectic, inventive, electric. Doggone it, but hot damn! iB4the1.1 sure is something to wag your tail at. Hot listens: “Genteleman’s Kool-Aid” for the wacky groove, “The HereNow” for smooth tongue-tickles, “Circus Nights” for your New Year’s Eve anthem.
Better, yet, the album is free for download! Right now, you ask? Yes, RIGHT NOW!
Ninjasonik recently released the party track, “Tight Pants, which hails hip hop kids in tight pants as champions daring to be different. They send a lyrical shout-out to Uniqlo, our favorite Japanese low-cost outfitter and a prominent supplier of the “tight pants movement.”
But the props don’t stop there–Ninjasonik then teamed up with a bunch of Brooklyn cool kids (like my long-lost pal Jake Septimus) to produce a music video almost entirely composed of clips from Uniqlock, Uniqlo’s awesomely weird widget/microsite, which features emotionless scenes of models dancing in formation.
And WAITAMINUTE: Are those little fuzzy characters an homage to Miyazaki’s soot sprites? If so, we love this spot even MORE.
We’ve mentioned how we <3 astronauts, right? Which brings us to the Brazilian funk duo N.A.S.A. Astronauts they’re not, although their sound–hip-hop fused with mashup vocals and Brazilian beats that you can dance to–has an undeniably intergalactic, music-of-the-future feel.
N.A.S.A. stands for North America/South America and is comprised of New Yorker Squeak E. Clean (Sam Spiegel), director Spike Jonzes’s brother, and Brazilian DJ Zegon (Ze Gonzales). Spiegel and Gonzales have probably the coolest friends on the planet–and beyond–people like David Byrne, RZA, Santigold, Lykke Li, and ROA faves Karen O, M.I.A., and CSS’ Lovefoxxx, who are all featured on N.A.S.A.’s debut album, The Spirit of Apollo, which took five years to complete. (Even Wu-Tang’s ODB makes a posthumous appearance, in “Strange Enough,” the last track he recorded before his death.)
Not to mention the fact that N.A.S.A.’s videos, like their music, are cosmic pastiches that are really fun to look at, directed by the likes of Shepard Fairey and Marcel Dzama. Their latest, “Whachadoin?” featuring M.I.A., Spank Rock, Santigold, & Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner, is here: