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Heroes & Super Villains (Week 60): The Word of the Week is “Guerrilla" | Takin' Mines
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Heroes & Super Villains (Week 60): The Word of the Week is “Guerrilla”
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After a seemingly slow week in the world of Hip Hop, things quickly took a dip when Guerilla Union, the widely successful promotions company that has been bringing some of the greatest artists in the history of the genre for almost 10 years, announced that their Washington and New York dates for the very popular Rock The Bells music festival were being cancelled due to under performing ticket sales.Almost immediately, fans and artists alike began to voice their opinions as to why the monumental event didn’t make an appearance on the East Coast this year.

 

But how does a widely successful promotions company manage to cancel a long lasting event due to low ticket sales? Seems a bit farfetched. Remember, this is the same group that brought every member of the legendary Wu Tang Clan together for a memorable, albeit brief, concert experience. The same event that brought out nearly 65,000 fans to enjoy the musical masterpiece that is NasIllmatic in its entirety. The same experience that brought old heads and new cats together to enjoy some quality music (besides Chief Keef & Trinidad James; my belief as to why there were insufficient ticket sales was due to the genius that decided to book these acts) amongst friends, family and fans.

 

With such a public outcry, some of the artists slated to perform went to Twitter to challenge some of the conventional norms with artists doing their thing on stage. Though a lot was said, Ohio native Kid Cudi arguably had the most articulate series of responses:

 

 

 

How will the future Rock The Bells events fare? Will the company be able to recover from the fiasco? We’re all anxiously awaiting to hear from Guerrilla and their future plans for the festival.

 

This week, we’ve got 5 tracks that may have slipped past your radar.

 

1) Black Milk – “Dismal”

 

 
 

2) CJ Fly (feat. Ab-Soul) – “Sadderdaze”

 

 
 

3) Homeboy Sandman – “Men Are Mortal”

 

Directed by Pace Rivers

 
 

4) Waldo – “Explicit Content”

 


 
 

5) The LOX – “Hood Cake”

 

 
 

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Greg Grease – “Forward”

 

 

If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.

 

  1. Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
  2. CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
  3. Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
  4. Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
  5. Black Milk – “Dismal”
  6. Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
  7. Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
  8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
  9. Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
  10. Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”
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