MUSIC THAT SCARES MTV EXECS:
Official Web Sites of L.A.'s Hottest Hip-Hop Duo
I have a new favorite DJ/MC combo, courtesy of a friend.
Think I'm kidding? Check out Ro and underground legend Free Speech's Laffy Taffy Rots Your Teeth [ALBUM DOWNLOAD].
This is the straight, uncut dope, hands down the best free-to-steal online release since Danger Mouse pissed off the Beatles. Check out next-big-thing Lupe Fiasco's guest appearance - yeah, it's that kinda fresh.
Ro's production style is straight outta 1992, complete with Al Green samples, mellow beats, and the ability to remix songs better than the originals.
For example, click on the screenshot above to experience Common's "The Corner" in a way that would never clear MTV's marketing - to - the - white - upper- middle - class - cash - cow standards. Who needs Malcolm X cluttering up all those episodes of Laguna Beach anyway?
Speech? Check out the video for the first single from LTRYT, "Everything is Different Now. " Two parts prophet, one part emcee, a la Chuck D and Dead Prez. He may just be the most controversial rapper you've never heard of - when was the last time you heard an emcee slam R. Kelly's fetishes or wax nostalgic for something deeper than bling and bitches?
ONLINE ACTIVISM/LOCAL HERTUBE:
NET NEUTRALITY! YouTube Video from One of the Local U.'s Most Active Student Activists
While thousands of students at the Local U. were wasting their summers doing, well, stupid shit, Stephanie (Free Radical Writings) was busy interning in Chicago, fighting the good fight against corporate media.
Her YouTube video on Net Neutrality is probably one of the most important independent media pieces produced locally in the last few months.
A local celebrity of sorts, Lee has long been one of those squeaky wheels that the Local U.'s administration probably wishes would just disappear. She spent last year fighting a losing battle to save her interdisciplinary Studies program, driving a local Living Wage campaign, and being one of the most active activists in the history of Oxford Fucking Ohio.
It's high time I gave Stephanie a bit of press. Oxford is a tiny campus community built upon conformity and complacency, a land of J. Crew catalogues and Beer Pong. Being a campus activist isn't easy, especially here.
There is nothing that earns the ZenFo Pro Seal of Approval quicker than standing up for what one believes in, for taking a stand in the face of such apathy. College students should be rewarded for their independence and encouraged to use Information and Communication Technologies for more than just entertainment.
FINE ARTS...THAT YOU SHOULDN'T VIEW AT WORK:
THE MOTEL PROJECT
Online Photography Exhibit from Ohio's Master of Erotic Noir
Every time I stop by this site, I feel dirty.
Like Double Indemnity , Vargas Girl dirty.
And I kinda like that feeling, actually.
Might have something to do with the fact that I'm viewing some of the most, er, stimulating images I've ever seen come out of Ohio.
There's just something about scantily-clad women in cheap motels. It brings out the worst in guys. It's the subtle hints of noirish seduction, the illusion of femme fatale.
Just get me a wifebeater, a bottle of Vitalis, and a '47 Mercury with a chain steering wheel, and I'm good to go.
There's no photographer who inspires more pin-up revival fantasies than Chas Krider, the Columbus-based visual artist, owner of the Invisible Gallery (219 King Ave.), and author of Motel Fetish.
Krider's next big offline exhibit, 1980Something: A look at the 1980s Columbus Art and Indie Music Scene, is rumored to include a tee-shirt donated by our favorite Librarian Sock Monkey.
Monkeys. Thongs. Indie Tunes from the 1980s.
Now I somehow have a desire to put Gorillas in the Mist into the ol' ZenFo Pro DVD player, hit the mute button, and crank the Minutemen loud enough to scare my undergrad neighbors...