This is a cool stop-motion animation video promoting the upcoming release of Buckshot & P-Money ‘BackPack Travels’ Album (out June 24th). You can check out the video for Buckshot & P-Money – Flute (Explicit) ft. Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly of Pro Era, which we put up last week. For those unfamiliar with the project, Buckshot and platinum-selling producer, P-Money, from Auckland, NZ, have teamed up on this new album, ‘BackPack Travels,’ which comes out on Dirty Records / Dawn Raid Records / Duck Down Music. featuring Pro Era’s Joey Bada$$ and CJ Fly, Steele of Smif N Wessun, David Dallas, Raz Fresco, Chelsea Reject & T’Nah Apex. There will be two album release shows, one in Boston, June 24th, at Middle East and one in New York at Webster Hall on June 26th.
Steele, one half of Smith N Wessun and also the Bucktown USA CEO. Brings us the Eargasm! Special edition mixtape full of new tracks from a slew of artist as well as exclusive tracks from the decade strong Duck Down spinoff label. Shout out to MCMI collaborator and MCMI:Warzone host Mic Handz for his tracks on here. Salute! (DOWNLOAD)
This movie touches very close to my heart and soul. I was born and raised in Downtown Brooklyn. I grew up on Dean Street between 3rd and 4th Aveneues. When my parents divorced my mother moved to Wykoff and Bond St., while my father bought a house in nearby Park Slope. At that time my mother had a small business on Atlantic Avenue.Â Growing up my friends from Ft. Greene, Bed Stuy, Sunset Park, Park Slope, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights all met up and spent a lot of time at Albee Square Mall, on Fulton Street. So this is my neighborhood.
Over the last 10 years I have witnessed a battle for property rights, seen people’s homes seized by the government under immenent domain laws, stores get priced out of neighborhoods and huge corporations and developers build skyscrapers with luxury condos for millionaires to live in, while displacing the community that was here. Much of this is being done to make way for the Atlantic Yards project, which is building a stadium to house the Nets basketball team in Brooklyn. A lot of us were rooting for that to happen. Hometown hero Jay-Z even got involved, investing in the project and promoting it heavily. So what’s wrong with that, you say? What’s wrong with corporations taking over and making money in Brooklyn? Why is it a bad thing that luxury condos mean that more millionaires will be living among us? Wont that be good for the local economy? Wont it create jobs?
Well, that is the argument that Mayor Bloomberg and the investors are making. To hear the flipside of this argument, check out the videos below, which include excerpts of local residents expressing their concerns, their hopes for the neighborhoods they live in and how the development is impacting the block. Smif N Wessun’s own General Steele is one of the residents talking about the issue.
This is 2-minute trailer for the documentary My Brooklyn by Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean. For more info visitÂ mybrooklynmovie.com. The documentary is currently in progress and will be finished in 2012.
* Watch 2 more videos on the subject with interviews from Downtown Brooklyn residents on both sides of the issue (including General Steele) nafter the jump! (more…)
Smif-n-Wessun perform a montage of their classic material at the Prospect Park bandshell show thrown by the
Lyricist Lounge team on July 9th 2011 as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn series. The Bootcamp veterans put it down for the Duck Down family. Tek came onstage with what seemed like his daughter in a baby carriage, then picked her up and rhymed with her in his arms. Â According to DuckDown.com the label’s official site, that was actually Sean P’s daughter – “Shaun P” – and later Buckshot hit the stage for a verse with his own daughter in his arms as well. The duo were joined onstage by Sean Price and Rock of Heltah Skeltah and performed both classic material and new stuff off their new album, Monumental, produced in it’s entirety by legendary triple threat, beatsmith, MC and DJ, Pete Rock.
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