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Watch: Hanni El Khatib "Family" Video

Hanni El Khatib produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The new joint FAMILY is up on iTunes.

Freddie Gibbs remembers Michael Jackson in Gary, Indiana

Freddie Gibbs — February 26, 2013 | Comments (3)

Freddie Gibbs tells the tale of Michael Jackson’s return to Gary, Indiana. Directed by Mack Williams, Executive Producer RJ Bentler.

Bring King Geedorah back to life

MF DOOM — February 20, 2013 | Comments (16)

During the London riots of 2011, a three-story warehouse was burned to the ground, containing the vinyl catalog of over a hundred independent record labels including 4AD, Sub Pop, Domino and Ninja Tune. Due to the cost, time and care of pressing vinyl, many of the records lost in the fire are presumed to be out of print indefinitely. Among them were MF DOOM’s Take Me To Your Leader by his incarnation as King Geedorah, released by Ninja Tune/Big Dada in 2003.

Nearing the 10th anniversary of the album, the music service Beat Delete is spearheading an effort to repress the King Geedorah vinyl. Beat Delete does it like this: working with indie labels & indie artists, they make it possible for record buyers to request out of print titles. When they reach a certain threshold of requests, the record is brought back to life.

Request/buy at Beat Delete: King Geedorah Take Me To Your Leader

Take Me To Your Leader is arguably one of the best, but least appreciated DOOM albums. It’s a 13-track concept record, conceived, written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Villain Man himself. As DOOM puts it, “This whole album is Geedorah’s alien perspective on humans, to show the listener a mirror image of his/herself and the way we see each other.”

The record was made in the months when he was completing his “rap-for-hire” record Vaudeville Villain as Viktor Vaughn, and beginning work on Madvillainy with Madlib. At the time of the album’s release in summer 2003, DOOM was a mystery, as underground and independent as it gets, but it was the best album of the year as far as a few hip-hop heads were concerned. Mark Martelli, writing a 9/10 review of the album for Pitchfork, correctly predicted: “Heads will be discovering that album for the next ten years, and it’ll still sound fresh.”

Devils and 45s on tour in Japan

Egon, Madlib — February 18, 2013 | Comments (4)

Here’s what it’s like when two DJs go on tour in Japan. One of the DJs is Madlib, playing three shows in Japan, and three more in China. The other is Egon, who plays the Tokyo show, and shot the photos.

J Dilla on Gilles Peterson's Worldwide, Feb. 15th 2001

J Dilla — February 15, 2013 | Comments (3)

Exactly 12 years ago today: J Dilla, then known to most as Jay Dee, sits in with Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide on BBC Radio 1. Much of the half-hour segment covers Dilla’s album Welcome to Detroit, which would be released a week later on the BBE label. Some stories in the segment include a fight over the best sampler, the bootlegging of Slum Village’s Fan-tas-tic, working with Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, the Ummah and production for Janet Jackson. At the 14:00 mark we have words from Common. At the 29:00 mark, he says what he’s listening to (“Radiolab, Stereolab, Madlib”).

Also in the segment, around the 26 minute mark he states his belief that, “music is about to do a 360, people making things they’re truly proud of.” Looking back, lot has happened to music and the business and technology involved over the last 12 years. Did what he think come true?

Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide broadcast on BBC Radio 1 from 1998-2012, presenting a wide range of music from modern jazz to hip-hop and beyond, including older records and new. Worldwide was an early champion of artists like Madlib and Flying Lotus. In 2012, Peterson started a 3-hour Saturday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music, and continues the search for the perfect beat at www.gillespetersonworldwide.com