The same group that brought us "This Way," a 2004 joint effort with Kanye West are back with a new video. Comprised of members DJ Babu, Evidence and Rakaa Iriscience, Dilated Peoples have released "Good As Gone," produced by DJ Premier. Directed by Andrew Melby and Evidence himself, the collective's forthcoming album, Directors of Photography is scheduled to be released on August 12th via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Check out the visuals below.
Full disclosure, I'm wayyy behind on Crate Diggers right now, but I figure, hey, if you're as behind as I am (or haven't been introduced to the awesomeness that is Crate Diggers yet), you won't mind me sharing these now. Two members of the legendary Dilated Peoples, Evidence and DJ Babu, share the stories behind some of their vinyl and other great stories along the way. Evidence talks about first connecting with Kanye West and trying to get a beat on Jay Z's Black Album - a song which later became one of Kanye's classics, "Last Call" - and DJ Babu talks about going to flea markets in Brazil with Cut Chemist and J. Rocc. Shouts to Fuse, because these guys do a killer job with this series. Watch both episodes after the jump.
Rock The Bells returns for its 10 Year Anniversary with a line up that is sure to attract hip-hop fans across generations. The festival will kick off at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on September 7 and 8 and make its way to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on September 14 and 15. The tour will continue on the east coast with new festival sites at RFK Festival Grounds in Washington D.C. on September 28 and 29, and at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey on October 4 and 5. Current superstars such as Kid Cudi, Big KRIT, Tyler the Creator and rap super-group Black Hippy will be sharing the stage with old favorites like Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim and Bone Thugs N Harmony for what will be one of the most memorable hip-hop concerts in recent history. If the big names weren't enough, we will also get a chance to see other very talented artists like Talib Kweli and Dilated Peoples who have gained much respect among the biggest names in hip-hop. Another unique feature of this concert series is that it will feature virtual performances from the Godfather of Gangster Rap, the late Eazy-E, and Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan. This has received approval by their families of course. Virtual performances are sure to have their share of critics but there is no doubting they will expose these artists to a new set of fans who will also have a chance to appreciate their music like we did. Who would you like to see added to line up? Do you think virtual performances are a tribute to the artist or a gimmick? Tell us what you think! For more info, visit RockTheBells.net and watch MC Supernatural announce the line up below.