Brooklyn --- a land with a myriad of sights, smells, and sounds – that last category being of the most interest to us here at B-Side. And out of those many sounds ---hitting our ear drums on a daily basis here in Brooklyn, pouring out of car stereos, blasting through open apartment windows, and lighting up block parties all around this borough --- Is hip-hop. Kings County has given the world of hip-hop legendary rappers like Big Daddy Kane, Mos Def, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli and Biggie Smalls (JUST to name a few) - joining those ranks is the one and only Skyzoo.
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"This video was shot when Benefit was visiting NYC for the first official Live from the Streets album release party. We didn't really have a plan but we knew Ben was only here for a couple days so we got busy and shot as much as we could. In addition to this video we also filmed a video for "if i don't go to hell" including cameos from the wonderful Janice. That video will come out down the road as a part of the ongoing Live from the Streets saga. I honestly don't know what the future holds for the show but I know we've created something truly special with LFTS and I know that we aren't even close to finished.
This video is special to me because it features some of the best moments in the Live from the Streets
show over the last couple years along with a couple glimpses into future episodes (like Sean Price and Odb).
It’s also special because it’s my first time rhyming on a real song. Shoutout to the legendary Benefit for hearing me rhyme and then convincing me to jump on a real song. If enough people ask me to I might put out more rhymes... we will see."
"Duck Down-signee Chelsea Reject is back with a brand new video for “Based,” her Romby-produced new single. We’re taken on a trip through the MC’s native borough of Brooklyn in the pre-dusk hours, with shots of gorgeous brownstone streets, rooftops, bridges and dingy subway stations fading in and out of one another like a half-lit waking dream.
At just 22 years of age, Chelsea Reject has already made major waves, rocking Atlanta’s AC3 festival with aplomb and garnering massive praise for her CMPLX mixtape, which dropped earlier this year. That solid 16-track offering includes the talents of Pro Era’s Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight, CJ Fly, and Dyemond Lewis, as well as T’Nah Apex, Jean Deaux, and Atownomas. And while Ms. Reject was last seen cast in crisp black-and-white in her video for “Go,” today’s new visuals are much more erratic, vibrant and (frankly) disorienting. Over crackling chords Chelsea expounds her point of view, pulling upon her past experience as a poet to lay out inventive rhyme schemes.
Chelsea has reportedly been in the studio again lately, working with a variety of producers on what will ultimately become a new EP, and recently rocked a series of sold-out shows in Japan. If you’re reading this and happen to be in Brooklyn, you can tweet at her and she’ll ride over to you on her bicycle to deliver t-shirts at a steal of a price (and customer service that can’t be beat!) Watch her new video for “Based” below, and if you need a little brushing-up on her backstory, check out Okayplayer‘s First Look Friday interview with the young MC. “Based” is also available for download here."