Tha Blog is Hot favorite Evidence teams up with Todd Angkasuwan again for the "Falling Down" music video from Cats & Dogs. Ev and Todd are quite the team; I also enjoyed their videos for "You" (ranking it on my top music video list of 2011) and "It Wasn't Me." Anyway, TSS described the video as "It’s the Twilight Zone meets a Frank Miller vision meets the tornado scene from The Wizard of Oz," and that's way more trill than what I would have said. Nonetheless, I love the dark, murky, almost ethereal feel of the video between the rain and the Frank Miller-esque special effects.
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"Lost in the Sun" popped up in my inbox this morning, and it totally wasn't what I expected. Obviously, I like the Grieves, Budo and K.Flay joint, even if I don't know who she is. That's why I'm posting it, and if that weren't the case, I would have started this blog post out all apologetic for critiquing it instead of gushing over it. That reminds me of this instance when I was interviewing Evidence and he was on tour with Atmosphere. Some guy walked up, who Ev obviously knew, and so he asked me if I knew who the mystery guy was, and I was said, "No," because I didn't recognize him. Well, it was Budo. Good job, Julie. If you're on the opposite of the best coast, so, the east coast, check out Grieves, Budo and K.Flay on the On The Rocks Tour (what an awkward repetition of words). Check those tour dates out on the Rhymesayers event page. Just an FYI: Rhymesayers has the trillest concert tracking page I've ever seen. It maps the dates out! Grieves, Budo & K.Flay - Lost In The Sun by rhymesayers Download "Lost in the Sun"
Cats & Dogs was by far one of my most anticipated albums of the year for me, so I was nervous that it wouldn't live up to my self-imposed hype like Tha Carter IV and Watch The Throne. Plus, remember how I interviewed Ev a couple months ago? I will definitely remember that for the rest of my life as one of the higher points because I was interviewing one of my favorite rappers, and he was super cool! As a result, I was double nervous. I mean, I didn't doubt that Ev could make another great record, but I was still nervous nonetheless. After listening to the evidence at hand, the verdict is in: I love Cats & Dogs (pun intended). Almost two months after it dropped, and I'm honestly so excited to write about it. I'm literally sitting here, on my couch with Law & Order playing in the background, feeling suddenly energized by it . That's how much I enjoyed the record, and I hope that's reflected in my ensuing essay. Cats & Dogs still continues with the weather motif like Evidence's previous records, but it felt a little darker to me. Coincidentally, as Ev said both to me and in other interviews, Cats & Dogs would be a lot more personal, a lot more real. He raps about topics like not needing love, and being broke, two things that aren't exactly rosy, and his realness is largely what made it feel slightly darker to me. But then again, I gravitate toward the darker, less happy music for some reason. "Liner Notes," his cleverly disguised introduction to the album, captivated me immediately. I wouldn't know that it was even supposed to be ...
Well, it's basically Cats & Dogs day here at Tha Blog Is Hot. I've been meaning to make a post about the promotional aspect of Cats & Dogs because it's been really dope, and it has not gone unnoticed by yours truly. As seen in the video above, Evidence explains the series and also the first track off the album, "Liner Notes," which serves as the intro. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any other artist who taken this type of viral, online approach leading up to the release of the album. Pretty dope. Marketing and promotions for albums are pretty interesting to me, at least when there are unique approaches involved. In case you were wonder, although I did a 180/flipped a bitch to go from Business to English Lit in college, I ended up finishing a Business Minor (as if that shit really does anything, c'mon) and the marketing courses were the most fun. Well, except that 3 hour night class once a week with that baseball player spitting his chew into an espresso cup. But I appreciate unique market ideas, like Lupe utilizing the QR code and projecting it into Times Square, or Hov having pages of his book Decoded in super random locations. Another big part of the promotional push includes Ev being on tour, which we talked about in our interview. Basically, going out on tour with Atmosphere, for example, allows Ev to touch other fans who may or may not know who Dilated Peoples are, who may or may not know who Evidence is. "James Hendrix" with Alchemist, produced by Alchemist is dope. The beat immediately catch my attention, and they ...
Off the highly anticipated album Cats and Dogs, "It Wasn't Me" is...well, I can't say that it's one of my favorites, because every song is dope. It's like asking someone to choose their favorite child. Cats and Dogs is one of the few albums that I will listen to all the way through without even thinking about skipping a track, and not surprisingly, is one of my favorites of the year. The video is equally "It Wasn't Me" is equally as filthy as the song. Todd Angkasuwan directed it as well as Ev's video for "You," which was also super fresh. He really did an excellent job on both. At the beginning on the video, the intro--Ev talking--was also the intro to a video created by graffiti artist Cyrus "Buket" Yazdani, whose logo he is wearing throughout the music video on his shirt, and who also appears at the end of the video with Ev (I think? Correct me if I'm wrong). In case you didn't read my interview with Ev or whatever, graffiti is a big part of who he is as an artist, and Angkasuwan did an excellent job capturing that. If my allergies weren't so bad right now, I'd attempt making some type of pun relating capturing and having evidence and now it's not even making sense. As I said before, the song itself is filthy, and definitely was one of the first tracks to pique my interest. I like that the chorus reprises that whole "you ain't got no evidence" thing that was on The Weatherman LP. I don't really know how to phonetically type it out, so you either know what I'm talking about or you don't. Plus, along with a cameo of ...
So, I've go three (3) Cats & Dogs posters to giveaway to my very dear readers because Evidence was kind enough to give them to me. In honor of him, I attempted to go all #DirectorsOfPhotography, and do an artsy/pretty picture, but clearly, it didn't turn out very well. Dante, my special cat who hid in a garbage can, wasn't a very good subject and kept moving. Plus, I don't have an iPhone or Instagram. And that Persian rug was a little much. I also probably should have taken that picture on my light-colored hardwood floors. Anyway, the first three people who correctly answer the following question correctly get a poster. During our interview, Evidence said that he had read all the books from this one author. Who is this author? You might need to read our interview to find the answer. I'll email you with the email addy you use to comment and go from there. And I'm going to say they have to be in America only because those international shipping are a beezy and I'm broke until my next paycheck from buying Jordans off ebay. Feel free to tell my parents/bosses to give me a raise and then we'll talk. *Cat not included
Yeah, I'm biased, whatever, but I love Evidence's new video for "You." Of course. Duh. Etc. Todd Angkasuwan is responsible for these fresh visuals, and did an excellent job of complimenting the song, which, in case you didn't know, was produced by DJ Premier. This doesn't really relate to why I enjoy the video, but the top comments at youtube cracked me up. "Most of Evidence's fans are from Poland and that's a fact!" (considering I'm half Polish, I guess it all makes sense now?) and "RESPECT FROM REAL ITALY, FUCK BERLUSCONI!!!!" That makes me want to go back to Italy...and as usual, I digress. But Real Stay tuned, because I still have three Cats & Dogs posters to give away...and that might just happen today. The countdown is on, and Cats & Dogs drops in 20 days. Don't forget to preorder it on CD or vinyl.
I know this is a terrible hook (what up, English Professors), but man, I interviewed Evidence. EVIDENCE! He's one of my favorite rappers, and I'm sure that it's evident how excited I was and um...sorry about that pun. Anyhow, I caught up with him last week when he was in Seattle with Atmosphere, Blueprint, DJ Babu, and Prof for the Family Vacation Tour. The interview was super trill, the trillest of the trill in fact, and you can peep what I wrote about it for the fine folks of Members Only here. Mr. Slow Flow and I talked about a ton of stuff, including but not limited to: Fashawn and their song "Same Folks," Evidence's production and graffiti, and how they intertwine; Instagram; his album Cats & Dogs, and cats and dogs; his favorite books; "For Whom The Bell Tolls" (spoiler alert: not related to Hemingway), and how he linked up with Roc Marciano. Slug from Atmosphere makes a cameo in our interview, too! Plus, Evidence was kind enough to give me some Cats & Dogs posters to give away, so stay tuned! Basically, I just need to get my act together. Julie: Say what’s up. Evidence: Hello. J: Hi. Julie. Both: E: Hi, Mike. J: Nice to meet you, Mike. I’m not sure if you remember, but last time you were in town with Fashawn, I met you, and you were rapping to me in the parking lot after the show... E: It all comes back to me now... J: Seriously? E: Holy shit...I feel stupid... J: Why? E: Because I don’t remember. It was like a major event! I should remember. J: It’s ok! E: A lot of weed on that tour. J: Understandable. So I guess that was a good tour for you? E: It was a great tour for me. I was more excited about it ...
This morning, right after I got to work, I saw that "Can't See The Sun" hit the internet. As if a Monday could feel any longer already, it did, but then again, it was even better to be looking forward to this song than it was to the new episodes of 90210 and Gossip Girl. Can I redeem myself from the trashy tv shows I watch by listening to great artists like Evidence? "Can't See The Sun" is produced by Twiz The Beat Pro, and is found on the limited edition record that Rhymesayers released for the 2011 Record Store Day, which you can cop here if you're feeling so inclined. In related news, Evidence tweeted today that Cats & Dogs got a release date...but didn't announce the specific day. Cats & Dogs is easily one of my most eagerly anticipated albums of the year. Download
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