Today, we’re pleased to announce the drop of Waitin’ for Firewater, the second single from our forthcoming full length SHAOLIN JAZZ music project – Sweet Nancy from Shaolin where we fuse vocals and instrumentals from jazz great Nancy Wilson with acappellas from legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan.
In Waitin’ for Firewater we fuse the rap genius of legendary Wu-Tang member Raekwon the Chef with the wordplay wizardry of groundbreaking Bronx MC Big Pun (RIP). To listen click here.
Stay tuned for the full length project which drops 5.8.18.
For those in the know, Large Professor’s name rings bells. He’s the producer responsible for introducing Nas to the world, has had a hand in countless classics, including Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em by Eric B. & Rakim, Mecca & The Soul Brother from Pete Rock & CL Smooth, & Illmatic.
In this exclusive interview with SHAOLIN JAZZ (conducted by Myk Blauuw), he talks about his creative process, what it takes for a young artist to catch his attention, unreleased Nas demos, and a secret super producer group chat he’s in with other legends like Questlove.
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Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of our next SHAOLIN JAZZ music project – “Sweet Nancy from Shaolin,” a new project dedicated to the unsung and incomparable Nancy Wilson which features Ghostface Killah and the Wu-Tang Clan.
The full album drops 5.8.18 and in addition to today’s announcement we’re also dropping the first single entitled “Save Me Nancy.” To listen click here.
In our next edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) we talk to Ru AREYOU, an emerging Los Angeles based creative who’s talents include heading a creative label, producing hip-hop tracks for Chris Brown, dancing on Justin Bieber’s world tour, as well as being a decorated martial artist who won the 2001 US Open open forms competition.
Check back for Ru AREYOU’s edition which drops 1.15.18.
Hailing from Philadelphia, global DJ, cultural ambassador, and foodie (among many other hats), Skeme Richards has established himself as a connoisseur of cool for over 30 years. Whether it was with his former imprint Hot Peas & Butta or his new venture Nostalgia King, Skeme is known globally as a tastemaker with roots in hip-hop, martial arts, and blaxploitation films.
As someone who’s been involved in the culture for so long, Skeme’s natural ability to connect people has allowed him to take advantage of the changing landscape that’s come with the spread of the internet and social media. The self-proclaimed “pop culture preserver” says “I want to be the connector. In the past, I feel like different scenes were so segregated. I’m into 10 different things, so I want to connect people from those 10 different communities into one.”
With all of his ventures, his role as a DJ is still his bread and butter. For example, he recently spun at the Marvel and Netflix collaboration, Marvel’s Luke Cage, an event that brought together the worlds of hip-hop and blaxploitation style television. This is an extension of one of his most popular outlets, his all 45” vinyl parties originally known under Hot Peas & Butta.
SHAOLIN JAZZ (interview via Myk Blauuw) recently had a chance to talk to Skeme on his career and how he’s seen things change over the years, as well as his favorite burger (he recently started his hamburger reviews in a section, on his website Nostalgia King, called “The Drop – A Conversation Over Beef”) and the one record he’s still on the hunt for.
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The closing reception for CHAMBERS was, hands down, one of the best closing receptions that I’ve had the pleasure of being apart of and most definitely ended our exhibition in proper form. The Instant Vintage vinyl record fair, featuring some of the areas finest vinyl record collectors, and producer showcase, featuring some DC’s most notable beat-smiths making Wu-Tang inspired beats, served as perfect complements to what many guests considered as a more than memorable night. Thank you to everyone who attended, salute to all of those that helped spread the word, and props to our partners at ART WHINO and BLIND WHINO for helping to make this happen. Stay tuned for more is all I’m gonna say…
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I, along with the other the other attendees, first heard the announcement at this year’s DC Loves Dilla event and was blown away. Its dope to see how far hip-hop has come in getting honored and properly archived like jazz. Below is an excerpt from the official press release from the Smithsonian:
“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announces the donation of significant artifacts from the family of award-winning hip-hop artist and producer, James “J Dilla” Yancey. The items will be part of the museum’s growing arts and entertainment collection designed to explore how popular music helped shape the nation’s history and culture politically and socially. The announcement was made July 17 during the annual “DC Loves Dilla” tribute concert at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Other musicians featured in the museum’s popular-music collection range from Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne to Chuck Berry, George Clinton/Parliament Funkadelic and Chuck D. Items from these and similar collections will be used in the “Musical Crossroads” exhibition, one of 11 inaugural exhibitions on view when the museum opens in 2016.”
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With the kind of work I do (not to mention coming from a family of entrepreneurs), I’m always interested in the inner workings of brands, creatives, or the “behind the scenes” development and coordination of events, so with Art, Beats + Lyrics in town I got a chance to catch up with the man behind the exhibition – Jabari Graham.
What’s your name and what do you do?
Jabari Graham. I’m pretty much a creative guy, I have cool ideas, I get a kick out of them watching them come to life, how it effects others and getting paid from them.
I drew a little, but that went away when the Nintendo came out. But I still stayed fascinated by art and music.
When you were younger, were you creatively inclined? If so, what mediums were you into? What mediums are you currently into?
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