Willie D-Interview w/ Sway In the Morning *Video

Sways Universe sais:

The legendary Willie D has never been one to hold his tongue, and man…he definitely doesn’t hold back in this interview.  He was the lead member of the pioneering rap group Geto Boys from Houston, Texas or as Sway describes them “the mecca for what was going on in the South.”  The Geto Boys helped to open a lot of doors to let people have freedom of expression because without them, songs like “B*tches ain’t Sh*t” by YG would probably be banned today.

Scarface, member of the Geto Boys, called in to reminisce with Willie about the time they got booed in New York, even though things came full circle when they sold out Madison Square Garden a couple months later.  Willie also talks about feeling obligated to fulfill J Prince’s, founder of Rap-A-Lot Records, goal to bring Houston’s story to the light because this was the first time he had someone believing in him and was willing to pay him to do something he loves…rap.

Willie goes into talking about Ted Cruz, who he describes as an opportunist; Donald Trump, who he describes as a seperatist: “we need someone to unite the people, not divide”; and Caitlyn Jenner, who he believes should not have won the Woman of the Year award…and that’s just scratching the surface.  His new song “Coon” is what prompted this powerful conversation as he describes the different types of coon (“if your criticism to the black community outweighs your contribution to the black community, you are a coon”), what he meant by his Stephen A. Smith line, and more insight into the enlightened mind of Willie D.  Check out the interview above and make sure you purchase “Coon”, now available on iTunes.

UTAH & ETHER-Probation Vacation : Lost In Asia (Turkey , India , Thailand , Malaysia) *Vimeo

ALL WORDS UNDER EACH VIMEO ARE DIRECT QUOTES FROM THE GRIFTERS .

The Grifters sais:

UTAH & ETHER – PROBATION VACATION: LOST IN ASIA

In this project UTAH & ETHER (dubbed the “Bonnie & Clyde” of the graffiti world by The New York Times) will take you into the depths of Asia, a place mostly untouched by graffiti, where the couple spent years documenting their travels and painting the metro systems in some of the wildest cities on the world’s largest continent.
The Grifters have the pleasure to present you this historic video series, filled with adventures from 11 Countries and 37 Cities. Packed in 12 Episodes, counting more than 90min of action.
2 new episodes to be released each week.
Viewer discretion is advised.

“In 2011, UTAH & ETHER began the Probation Vacation project by booking a month long ticket to India. Their destinations were New Delhi, Kolkata (the only two cities with operational Metro systems at the time) and Mumbai (where the Metro was under construction). The trip resulted in the first graffiti hits on these three systems.

In 2015 they began to edit the footage for these episodes we present to you. In this process several hard drives crashed, resulting in the loss of footage & photos vital to the project, including all of the footage and all but a couple of photos of the actions in New Delhi & Mumbai.

And so, four years after their initial trip to India, with the Mumbai Metro finally operational and 4 more metro systems in India set to open, Utah & Ether made the decision to push back the release of their project and return to India for a second time. Their plan this time was to revisit New Delhi and Mumbai to retake the footage they had lost and to travel to Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Jaipur to make 4 more first hits on the new systems there. “The cost of sending the hard drives to a laboratory for recovery of our files was more expensive than just going to India again. And it wasn’t 100% certain that the lab would even be able to recover all the files. We knew that since the last time we’d been in India, there were 4 new Metro systems in construction. Also, our filming equipment had gotten a significant upgrade since our first trip, and we were more seasoned in filming these types of actions in these types of locations. We decided that all around it just made sense to go back” said UTAH & ETHER.

Heading back to one of the most intense and physically/mentally exhausting countries they have ever visited, they knew that the trip could turn out to be a total disaster. “We knew from the first time, that it was quite possible that most of the trip would be spent puking in a hotel room from food poisoning, or recovering in a hospital bed from heat stroke. We knew that the security situation in India could be very tense as all the metro is often secured by military armed with automatic weapons, and that maybe we would get to the yards and there wouldn’t be much opportunity. We knew that the odds wouldn’t necessarily be in our favor, but we also knew we had to try.”

2011 footage filmed by: TRIK”

the 2004 opening of Bangkok’s official Metro system, the beautiful red, purple and yellow striped trains of the underground MRT have been a goal for metro writers worldwide. Infamous for the snake infested jungle surrounding it and the Royal Thai Police who diligently guard it, many writers have attempted to paint the RAMA IX Metro Depot, but very few have succeeded. While most tourists visit Bangkok to spend their time with working girls and lady boys, UTAH & ETHER focused their energy and attention on painting.

The capitol city of Kuala Lumpur is one of Asia’s biggest transit hubs and home of the only metro system in Malaysia. As of 2004 the metro lines, which originally operated as separate companies, merged under the RapidKL network. The RapidKL has become a target for vandals worldwide, resulting in a police unit specifically dedicated to protecting the metro depots against graffiti. RapidKL runs both driver-operated and automated lines, creating many interesting painting opportunities.

Exile-Tears For a Prince-EP

Be sure to buy the very limited numbered Purple label vinyl Pressing. Only 300 Made, part of the proceeds go to Hearts of LA children’s music program. www.fatbeats.com/products/exile-t…-for-a-prince-10

Exile sais:

I woke up April 21st to the news of Prince’s passing. As time passed, drinks were sipped and again I asked myself the question, “how are you going to respond musically to his passing?” I went home faded, turned on the stereo and started banging Prince.
As I’m listening, I’m realizing all the memories and emotions i had stored in his music. I’m remembering how much of his music my Mom would play at high volume when I was growing up. Reminiscing on my Mothers happy face as she would dance in the house. I mean she would be busting! Dancing like she’s in the club! She was good too! I began to cry and think about my own life. I began to reflect on the passing of my Mother and Prince as a symbol of this wonderful journey we’re all on. A sign of the times of my own life so to speak. To witness the death of my Mother and the recent death of a prince.
This all represents a farewell to a childhood that has made me the man I am today. The creativity I fight viciously for and the inspiration I find along the way. All of this that keeps me on track with the God energy and means everything to me.
I’ve realized I have no choice but to honor his creative life by honoring my own.
So by taking my good friends advice with these 3 simple beats and this Hip Hop I’ve been working on my whole life. This is what makes me happy. Inspiration turned to creation. With heart and with love.
Rest in Peace Prince.
Exile Manfredi

DJ Chief-Special Reserve Bboy Breaks-LP *Full Stream

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Prince f/ Big Daddy Kane-Batdance (Remix) *HQ #NewMusic

https://vimeo.com/163914474?outro=1

As stated in this recent LA Times interview with the producer of this track , John Luongo , Warner Bros. rejected this for the Batman soundtrack in 1989 . What was once a hazy clip online is now the full HQ version . Outside of the out of this world catalog that already exists , tracks and memories like this ensure Prince will never ever be forgotten .