#BeyYe: Yasiin Bey’s one of a kind show entirely over Kanye West beats (Video)

 

TWO WORDS, Mos Def, K West, hot shit.

I mean, Yasiin has been tellin’ us for years. Last night though, @hetalbot and I were lucky enough to see it, first-hand live. (And yup, we got there early to get up front for these clips!)

The show began on a refreshingly odd note. Yasiin spray-painted “Oysters” on the blank canvas below the DJ booth and then continued to ceremoniously drape his performance space with rose petals. The vibe set, Yasiin went into “Life in Marvelous Times” fittingly over one of Kanye’s most iconic album intros, “Good Morning”. One of my Graduation favorites, “I Wonder”, soon followed.

Here are clips of mash-ups like “Ms Fat. Booty” over “Devil in a New Dress” (that definitely worked), “Mathematics” over “New God Flow”, and “Quiet Dog” over “Black Skinhead” that, in portion due to that beat at high volume in-person, was one of the hypest moments of the show. Little things like Yasiin’s dances and how the DJ would drop the music and let Yasiin’s echo close out almost every song made the show even that much more fun and polished. Clips can only do so much, but these are ones I’ll be rewatching years to come and transplanting myself back to January 13th in downtown L.A.

Yasiin then presented the next track as an unreleased record produced by Kanye. It jumped out as one of the coldest beats we’ve heard all night — classics included — and upon further digging, “The Light is Afraid of the Dark” saw release the track back in 2013. Here’s my favorite new record of 2019, ironically. Soundcloud link

After this smooth jam, Yasiin just stood to the side… the beat dropped… and out came Talib Kweli rapping the first verse of “Get By”. Surprise: flawlessly executed. Like seriously, the pause, the initial confusion of “what is happening?!”, and the euphoria of the crowd as we rapped every word. A hip hop show bucket list has always been seeing Black Star perform together, and in one glorious moment, I could ✅ next to that. The clip I got doesn’t do it 100% justice, but just because no one had their phone out for the surprise drop.

What better way to end your glimpse at what turned out to be one hour and 20 minutes of raw hip hop. Yasiin hopped from one song to the next, and only missed a word when he chose to stylistically sing it for a reverberating echo within The Regent.

Yasiin thanked us for the most valuable thing we can offer to each other: our time and took a well-deserved bow and victory dance to the festive “Tudo Que Você Podia Ser” (now in my rotation too, lol.)

Now if only we had roses to throw to him at the end. Bravo! 👏👏🌹🌹

BONUS:

@hetalbot started all the post-show footage with the top-rated post on r/hiphopheads so scroll through here for more fan clips, commentary from other attendees, and even links to more of Yasiin’s catalogue (see: REcstatic).

Please credit GWHH & @hetalbot for any re-sharing of the videos (and check out my personal post on the show @sgt.tibs !)

Lastly, I was unable to get footage, but here’s a dope one of the other surprise guest: Fatlip from Pharcyde performing “Passing Me By”. And a shoutout to Supernatural (freestyling king), Oakland R&B singer ASTU, and DJ Trauma for opening the show in reverse order. Supernatural got everyone hype with rhymes touching on the first few rows. ASTU had everyone in their feels with a few of her sultry tunes. And DJ Trauma had multiple DJ sets to transition it all together: namely the highly entertaining, sample-only set that became a fun guessing game of what sample associated with what classic hip hop song. We got the full hip hop experience… just another Sunday night in LA. 😎

OK, one more… “The Rape Over” from Yasiin’s 2004 album, The New Danger.

— Sgt. Tibs

Mike Posner’s album pre-release drop (that’s not on the album, but is also very good)

To the longtime GWHH followers: you already know we’ve been supportive of Mike’s career since the jump, and this week, he’s hitting another milestone. Posner’s new album, A Real Good Kid, drops later this week.

While many have noted his stark physical appearance changes throughout his career, in the wake of the #10yearchallenge no less, Mike’s also had some fascinating evolution in his music. With “Noah’s Ark” and the recent video for “Move On”, Mike is as revealing, personal, and introspective as ever. You can’t help but appreciate it. And I also love how he wrote and just released this without holding onto it. Would love to see more artists drop music at a better balance like this (without all the pre-release preparation that could diminish the energy of releasing it at or close to the time of recording. I digress…) Listen above and below to catch up before A Real Good Kid.

(And oh damn. A 3.5 GPA at Duke?! Better than my 3.0 at Minnesota. 😂)

 

*Tibs Favs. of 2018

Scroll, listen, and read below!

It’s that time of year again! The time where you reflect on the year that was and set new intentions for the change in calendar upon us. The procrastinator in me decided to do just that… mere hours before the clock turns 2019. Haha.

The busy holiday season distracted me from one of my annual traditions: putting all my favorite new songs of the year into one giant playlist: the *Tibs Favs. of 2018.

This tradition has underwent some evolution. Ten years ago, I created two “volumes” of *Tibs Favs. — a hip hop and R&B side with just enough songs to fit an hour and twenty minutes so it can all fit on one burned CD. To top it off, DJ MinimaxX blended it all together.

So, without further ado, here is this year’s evolved Spotify playlist (with no DJ blends, sorry) and some of my fun observations — a director’s commentary, of sorts, in no particular bullet-pointed order.

  • Like this commentary, the playlist is in no particular order with the exception of the first 4 tracks for the default Spotify thumbnail. I had trouble pointing out which 4 “anthems” stood above the rest so I settled on 1 (“Pray for Me” because that was actually my driving anthem for the first quarter of 2018) and then the other 3…
  • Drogas Wave was my favorite rap album of the year… favorite album of the year. “Sun God” was my repeat record in the car.
  • preme__xy continues to be my favorite rising artist and “Run D Chekk ⇪” was his most menacing rap track of the year. Plus, he’s got the best cover art in the game. Any artist. Period.
  • “This Is America”. Do I have to add anything? Most impactful song/video of the year? Yes.
  • The untimely passing of Mac Miller inspired a revisit to his catalogue. I noticed that I felt sad listening to most of his music again, except for his upbeat collab with Anderson .Paak that is the perfect LA sunshine tune. R.I.P. Mac forever.
  • We happened to go to the impromptu video shoot for “Crossing a Line” so this song has some sentimental value. Mike’s a down to earth dude too.
  • Picked out one track from all the G.O.O.D. Music releases (and Drake’s album for that matter) to encapsulate the summer of big-name drops. I coulda chose more but the exercise of just picking 1 proved fun and valuable.
  • dvsn’s “Morning After” technically came out in 2017 but I snuck it on here because they were my favorite artist to discover on tour in 2018. Saw them open up for Miguel and came away with a greater appreciation of the OVO duo in general. Lots of songs have been in my rotation since September but this one especially.
  • Cal-A… GTA… this all comes from 2K19. I don’t even think they’re great songs but… I play a lot of 2K19 and damn, they’re among the catchiest. “Sicko Mode” too, sorry, not sorry. (Though this meme deserves some credit also.)
  • Last thing: If you don’t recognize the artist — listen! Enjoy. I think you’ll find something new you like here, for any day, night, or mood you encounter in 2019. Happy New Year! 🎇

 

Gary Vee: How Do You Turn On Your Willpower?[Interview]

Out of my many personal highlights, like speaking with fashion designer Don C about branding, or legendary musician Pharrell Williams about world peace — I got a chance to talk with #1 entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk about Willpower.

Willpower is the infamous juice that gets our hustle on. Out of the many things Gary said about Willpower, one thing stood out above the others.

Our Willpower is always on, yet we are not always aware of it. The decision to tune into it is all it takes for that powerful and expansive energy to flow into everything that we do.

The challenge to this is the many inner and outer critical voices that keep  us distracted from our potent Willpower. By knowing ourselves, and tuning all that out, we can direct the energy of Willpower into whatever we are doing in the present moment.

All we have is here and now. This moment is the most important moment, and Willpower is the energy that helps us live it to the fullest.

We just have to be self aware enough to tap into it every moment.

THEY’s ‘Fireside EP’ is indeed fire

I’ve always appreciated the alternative R&B stylings of THEY. The duo’s newest EP is my highlight of this #NewMusicFriday starting with Track 01: “What I Know Now”.

The Wiz feature is on repeat but not because of Wiz’s verse. The song’s guitars, melodies, and chorus doesn’t need a rap feature – it’s strong enough on its own and perfect to ride to in the whip. Hey, at least Wiz’s verse will grow on you too. Not mad at it.

You’ll notice a ton of features on here in fact. One on each track. Jessie Reyez on the “Broken” follow-up is a nice vibe also. Chicago’s Jeremih and Vic Mensa follow, but the Ty$ and Gallant records stand a little more powerfully for me. All in all: a quick 6-track listen that’s well worth your time.

*Tibs Fav.

Some more gems from Complex Con

Complex Con 18 Recap Sizzle Reel (via @Complex)

Talk about stimulation overload. Complex Con had it all last weekend in Long Beach and as a first-timer, I was simply blown away by the creativity, art, and fashion all on display. In fact, it took me a full week just to sift through everything and continue to reflect about the positive impact and community throughout the two days. Here’s just some of many highlights.

For those unaware, Complex Con is basically the hotbed marketplace for the hip hop culture. Users are first treated to an endless space of brand activations from the biggest names in streetwear and your favorite sneaker companies – all trying to outdo one another.

Around the convention center is a full stage and venue for music performances, an outdoor area for the best LA food trucks and pop-up spots, and my personal favorite: auditoriums for #ComplexConversations — where Complex conducted panel discussions and showcased their original programming (from Hot Ones to Real Late with Peter Rosenberg).

The conversations ranged from Sneaker of the Year to an analysis and communal endeavor to improve upon society’s ills today. All of it inspiring, especially the latter if you can imagine. Here’s a succinct example via the young jedi Jaden Smith:

Skim below for some more #content. I had some fun creating a couple Insta Stories for each day.

Day 1 features some snaps of the Complex Con scene, Takashi x OVO, the Sneaker of the Year Panel with Allen Iverson, and even yours truly and Maksim Presence (peep that Gary Vee interview!)

…and Day 2 features a bunch of celebrity cameos (everyone from Nas to Karreuche to Dennis Rodman) and concludes with some more gems from Jaden Smith.

DAY 1:

DAY 2:

And now for some photos! All of the below is via @Complex.

Complex Con 2018 Host: Takashi Murakami

 

‘Women Behind The Lens’ #ComplexConversations with Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Karena Evans, Nadeska Alexis, Yara Shahidi, hosted by: Jemele Hill

 

The Cadillac Experience My personal favorite. That grid moved. 👀

 

adidas

 

Pusha T @ adidas

 

Ty Dolla $ign @ Puma

 

Future headlines Day 2

 

First We Feast Lagoon

 

Complex Art Experience

 

@MichaelPurdie dunks at the And-1 court

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Let’s conclude this with The Answer. Complex posted this fascinating sit-down interview for 24 minutes as A.I. shares stories with Michael Jordan, Biggie, and how he even came up with some fashion and sneaker trends.

Thank you Complex Con! We’ll be back again next year. 🙏

SG Lewis new EP ‘Dark’ is the perfect driving music

Lookin’ for more new music for a late night drive? Similar to Koda’s nighttime vibes below on the homepage… but it’s the opposite tone, SG Lewis provides some bumpin’ beats and vocals to match to up the energy.

Dark is more of a darker, naturally, mood than SG’s typical lighter tones and it works just the same. “Again” really gets things going and the previously released “A.A.T” follows up stronger than how it stands on its own. Take this one through 5 tracks the next time you’re on the highway…

*Tibs Fav.