Tag Archives: Ill Cinematic

Stations Of The Elevated

The format of this 1981 documentary is simple, 27 minutes of grainy footage of New York subway systems rolling stock from the period. It plays to a bed of music by Jazz musician Charlie Mingus, he had ‘such nimble fingers’ you know…

Stations Of The Elevated – Full clip: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=J7FTDTRQ

OFFICIAL adidas x Snoop Dogg x HVW8 present: The Dogg House

words dont really do this clip justice.just let snoop grab the mic and flex over dam funk instrumentals..he’s is the last actual freestyler who’s a major.

listen to these fucking hipsters barely applauding a rap legend. makes me sick.

“i’m bout to introduce them two fellas”

weed is bringing all ages and races together..

big up cinematic. for some funny ass shit.

Zach Galifianakis – He’s funnier than you

From the precise timing and atypical stand-up of The Purple Onion DVD, to the sublimely scripted theatrics of the Between Two Ferns clips from FunnyorDie, Zach Galifianakis [via playin  the dolt role in The Hangover] has become a bit of a name

Via a heavily rotated TV ad campaign I discovered that he’s now in a  blockbuster with Bobby Downey, well played old chap

“Its always Fugees and Funions”

ON THE GO MAGAZINE ‘Repeat Offender’ video AKA ‘All them back there, theyre ducks’

Even though it was regarded as one of the most successful Graffiti magazines from the 90s, On the Go doesnt seem to get much shine on the web, were sortin that

www.megaupload.com/?d=38E4RL04 is the 2nd On the Go video upped a couple of years ago by Cosmo Baker from The Rub crew outta NY [shouts to big Joe 11]. Weve gaffled the video but biggest shouts to Cosmo for the original up. Peep us on the regular and youll find full issues comin up in future posts/ alternatively, SUBSCRIBE YOU DUCK !

The 1st video was called Eyeshocker Express and naturally lent on the Funkadelphia side of things before branchin out to New York, Cali and the like on the 2nd On the Go VHS selection, Repeat Offender

On the Go – Repeat Offender highlights:

  • Cost and Revs interview under a mad storm
  • Black Thought freestyling over ?uestloves beatbox near some random parking lot, while Espo gets up in the background
  • Positive K offerin ‘tips for toys’
  • Masta Ace doin dubs
  • Artifacts stoop chat
  • A whole heap of roughly chopped together footage of various writers in discussion and in session. Stills of walls, freights, trains, and of course many other peripheral ‘quality of life offences’
  • The quote, ‘All them back there, theyre ducks !’…

As well as being an ostensibly Hip-Hop based publication, the covers being adorned by KRS, Flavor, Jeru et al, On the Go had alot of its pages littered with graff, we thought we’d erm, throw up a few bits




Publisher, artist, editor and designer, the mighty mighty Espo, aka Steve Powers, did a whole heap of issues it seems, not many of the older ones give much away with regards to editons or issues but there were a fair few of them, we knows that.

The general content of the videos was a fair representation of what interestin in Rap at the time [mid 90s], with articles, interviews and reviews by underground suburban-hero Upski, big-dog pitbull Max Glazer and shed-loads of others, not forgetting some sick bombin.

Powers gets dap from me personally as he braved Belfast [my hometown] back in 2007 to ‘create murals’ based on the powerful politically inspired walls there, and he still gets up, as well as doin his ‘Love Letter to You’ gear. Espo is also returning to Dublin for the iloveoffset.com event at the start of October

Shouts to Velvet Jones and the Chubby Competitor over at HURTYOUBAD

So, that’s where he’s been…

is it real?really?hoax or not, this looks interesting.

and the interview that caused all the speculation….

80 Blocks from Tiffanys DVD/ Live Convention 77-79

If you understand the true origins of Hip-Hop and Rap, youll be fully aware that it was born out of decay, the decay of New York City boroughs like the South Bronx. However, the depreciation of these boroughs; the abandoned buildings, the perishing surroundings, the upturned mattresses et cetera, has been pretty rare outside of the chronicles of gold school photographers like official Cold Crush snapper Joey Kane [Joe Conzo] and Sue Kwon. Aside from the photographic testaments, one of the finest film documentaries defining true New York gang and street culture will finally be commercially available, for the 1st time since its short VHS run in1985, before the end of 2010.

Filmed during the Summer of 79, the film concentrates on the day to day lives of gang members, simple social outlaws, just hangin out. Sometimes we see them drinkin and carryin on in their safe house, at times we see them throwin bows during fights late at night, sometimes we see them bumper-hoppin in the bright sunshine of a lazy afternoon. These are the same gang members that Bambaataa allegedly took off the streets and into the parks and community centres during that period, creating the Hip-Hop artists and audience as we know it.

The gang members were just teens doing their thing on their local streets, the only way they knew how, some of them taking a violent path but still holding it down for their community. 80 Blocks highlights the menacing mentality of these gang members and balances it with the community element via footage featuring the cops that tailed them, the community leaders, the teachers they avoided, as well as the film makers themselves.

As well as being able to watch the full thing on Video Google and watchable in a bunch of seperate segments on YT, this version [judging it on the quality of the sound on the trailer alone] has been lovingly remastered and carefully reconstructed by amongst others, Bostonian Will C, the same man that gave us the Mr Magic package Dont Touch That Dial a while back. The film even in its grainy wobbly VHS form is cosmetically stunning, from the clothes being worn, to the many variations of music, from the denim jackets with the gang affiliations embroidered in the back panelling, to the embryonic elements of New York graffiti culture, not too many whole cars in this sadly, but keeps yer eyes peeled for some nutty Cliff 159 action.

As well as the 67 minute feature, there will be alot of extras, a 40 page hard-back book, the OG feature on the Skulls from a 1977 issue of Esquire and a bunch of interviews that havent seen the light of day previously either. If you dont know anything about this documentary, it’s essentially a snap-shot of the heady days during the late 70s when gangs of kids and n’er do well adolescent types that shouldve known better, were running rampant on the streets of their own neighbourhoods. Full length films like Across 110th Street and The Warriors were probably the closest re-enactment of the times transferred to the big screen, but it gets no realer than this.

A hefty dose of the dialogue from the film was used in, well, in my opinion, one of the tightest mixtapes/ compilations ever. It utilises live sets from the gold school era of park jams, discos and community centre parties like the T-Connection and The Armory – the Live Convention 77-79 compilation.

The mix is without a doubt, the best of its kind, maybe that’s because there aint too many like it, blending live jams and adding the aural crutch theyve always required. The segments of poor quality sounds from the live shows are bedded and bolstered with the underlying funk, rock, disco etc of original block party classics like Bustin Loose, Got to be Real and even Walk This Way, so that the music and blends are seemless, the punch of the original tracks are enhanced to give em some balls, and naturally, you have the flow, the innocence and the glorious banality of the young park jam MCs like Melle Mel, Kool Kyle and if memory serves me well, even a slice of Johnny Wa and Rayvon.

The mix is dipped in dialogue from a number of sources including The Warriors, but talk of seeing ‘hand grenades’ and ’12 guage shotguns on the streets’ by members of OG street gangs the Savage Skulls and the Savage Nomads, carefully chopped from 80 Blocks, really made me sit up and listen.

VARIOUS -  LIVE CONVENTION 77-79

A – http://www.mediafire.com/?hdezzignmzn

B – http://www.mediafire.com/?njezdtioke4

FYI. The GoldenReaal folk are from Brixton, allegedly. South London strikes again?

IRA VOICE ?!

Once again, satirist Chris Morris shines a comedic light on the more absurd elements of life, this time in a controversy riddled full lengther about that ole family favourite, terrorism

Cant wait to hear the responses when the empty-headed fundamentalists realise the pock-marked giant has perpetrated sins against their faith

The film opens early May in the UK, and premieres at the Bradford Film Festival this Thursday, with a Q&A afterwards… Joker

Wayne Carr Blue Jam bonus

Click on the Blue Jam sleeve for the 2000 released alblum Blue Jam, co-written by Julia Davis, Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews