Happy Holidays from Ecliptic Sight. What makes a holiday even better? We all know it is good music. Well if you have not seen, “How Sean P! Stole Christmas” yet then you are missing out (and if you haven’t picked up his album, “Mic Tyson” then you are pass missing out and need to catch up) because Sean Price has put his spin on a holiday classic. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas animated cartoon is the topic of choice for Sean Price and Kimson Albert, Animator & Director of the video. Sean Price goes in for the one two punch on the vocals with some of the funniest and grimmest things to say on a Christmas record. Khrysis makes the Grinch his own with a smoothed out sound that makes you nod your head. Kimson Albert provides the slick visuals to add the icing on the cake bringing the whole project together. If you want the song for free go to Duck Down’s website and like their Facebook page.
The World Famous Beat Junkies was founded in 1992 so 2012 would mark the groups 20 year anniversary. I can still remember seeing a Beat Junkie battle on VHS or picking up the The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 1 mixed by DJ Babu on cassette and many others. I have seen them do all the individual and collaborative projects but they always keep the Beat Junkie sound. The documentary, “The Beat Junkies – For The Record” takes us on a road down memory lane. It talks about how the group formed and how the individual members got into the group. Some of the best moments come from watching how the members still have so much support for each other and how they look up to each other. If you love turntablism and want to know more about one of the best groups still doing it, then you owe it to yourself to watch this.
The RZA has been doing his thing in the music industry for awhile and has championed his craft in that arena. Now he is tackling the movie industry with the same decimating talents and taking the directing hat and lead actor role in his new movie called, “The Man with the Iron Fists”. He is using the all familiar elements from classic and current kung-fu flicks that we grew up with and adding his own twist to his take on the culture. The premise of the movie is laid out by Wikipedia:
In nineteenth century China, a blacksmith who makes elaborate weapons for a small village, is forced to unite with warriors and assassins to protect the village and defeat a traitor who threatens to destroy them all.
He has also assembled an all star cast with Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Byron Mann, Rick Yune, David Bautista, Jamie Chung, Pam Grier & Jin Au-Yeung. Quentin Tarantino has given his stamp of approval with the “Quentin Tarantin presents…” title and it is written by RZA and Eli Roth. There is no release date yet but I will be in line at the premiere to see this one. Watch the red band trailer below and yes that is RZA punching someone’s eyeball out.
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The title of Bigg Jus new album, “Machines That Make Civilization Fun” puts a smile on my face because it can be interrupted in so many ways. Well you do not have to wonder what the title means anymore with Culture King sitting down with the King Spitter to explain the album title as well as other things on his mind. He touches on everything from his graffiti, Company Flow, to the way he makes music and more. If you read ESP Music Agenda: Bigg Jus then you know I was looking forward to his release. I picked it up at Mush Records digital store and let me tell you Bigg Jus does not disappoint as always.
I don’t know if Homeboy Sandman likes every song that I do or it is a stroke of good luck because he keeps releasing videos for my favorite songs off his albums. The latest creation from his album, Chimera is the moving video for the music, “Hold Your Head”. In the music video Homeboy Sandman tries to time travel to transform his life. It doesn’t work out the way he wants but he still holds his head up and delivers a message to his present self to not give up. If you are going through bad times this song is your motivation to stay up.
Directed by Mac Smullen
Shot by Max Blecker
Produced by Keith Haitkin
Wardrobe/Prop Design by Olivia Callender
Makeup by Sinead Kravitz
This is my favorite joint off Homeboy Sandman’s Subject: Matter EP called, “Mine All Mine”. The beat compliments Homeboy Sandman complex layers of rhymes about his self and his life. The video also takes a personal look at him and his family having fun. Check out the video below and go buy the EP.