bluescholars:

Anna Karina is distinct for making eye contact with you as you watch her in a film acting as a character who is aware that she is acting in a film. No big deal in movies nowadays, but in the pre-postmodern 1960s, it was some crazy shit. A powerful act made from a powerless situation. On one hand, she breaks down the biggest wall in her art form and demands you to acknowledge her. On the other hand, her every movement is dictated by a director and his demands. In Anna’s case, Jean-Luc Godard, whose films I gained an appreciation for through the young homie Matt Jay.

We met Matt when he was in high school in Portland and kept in touch while he was studying film in NYC. It was after he wrote about some Godard film on his blog that I saw Vivre Sa Vie, which was the film that replayed most in my head when I wrote Anna Karina. So it only made sense that Matt, the guy who hipped me to Anna Karina, be the one to direct the video for the song Anna Karina, inspired by Anna Karina herself, and shot masterfully in a single take at the Ace Hotel (New York).

get Blue Scholars “Cinemetropolis” album here.

www.mattjayfilm.com

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jonjonaye:

Blue Scholars ~ Cinemetropolis Tour Video 2011

DOPE VIDEO…and even better that it’s from the LA show that I went to! I’ve seen Blue Scholars perform quite a few times, but this recent one was their best yet. In addition to a wider, more increased fan base from previous events, they really stepped it up on a showmanship level as well.

To top off a great night, the AnakBayan LA homies and I also got to chill and have some late night/early morning pho with Geo (aka Prometheus Brown). I can’t lie, I was already exhausted and ready to make the long drive back from West Hollywood to Long Beach, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to break bread with one of my favorite MCs, right?

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"When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama

That second verse always gives me goosebumps.

macklemore:

Not sure if the general public will ever know the hours upon hours of scruntinizing work that goes into creating an album.  But it’s endless.  And Geo and Saba have created another step to their staircase.  It’s a piece of music to add to their timless body of work.  They make classic music.  Always have.  
No question I wouldn’t be where I am without their help the last couple years.  There’s the obvious hand that they extended in terms of putting me on shows and exposing their fanbase to my music.  When I was fresh out of rehab it was Saba that reached out, and put me on bills when I had very little if any buzz in Seattle.  It was imperative at the time to connect with another musician in Seattle that was sober.  I needed that.  To talk with a peer about more than just the scene, but actually build on God, life and what this here rap game really is.  He introduced me to people that I hope to know for the rest of my life.  Geo and I have always been close, and have made music together for the last 5-6 years.  Outside of Xperience, I don’t think there’s another MC I’ve been on as many songs with, as Geo.  Most of them are on a hard drive somewhere, in the vaults.  He’s an MC that I’ve studied over the years and by observation he’s helped me develop my craft (rap hands for sure).    
I’ve grown to love these dudes like family.  It’s incredible to see a piece of music go from the beat > writing > recording > mixing > mastering > art > public stage.  I feel blessed to have been apart of a couple of these stages, and to have witnessed the process.  They continue to inspire not only as musicians but as people.  Town all day.  Now go support that mahfahkin album!  

macklemore:

Not sure if the general public will ever know the hours upon hours of scruntinizing work that goes into creating an album.  But it’s endless.  And Geo and Saba have created another step to their staircase.  It’s a piece of music to add to their timless body of work.  They make classic music.  Always have.  

No question I wouldn’t be where I am without their help the last couple years.  There’s the obvious hand that they extended in terms of putting me on shows and exposing their fanbase to my music.  When I was fresh out of rehab it was Saba that reached out, and put me on bills when I had very little if any buzz in Seattle.  It was imperative at the time to connect with another musician in Seattle that was sober.  I needed that.  To talk with a peer about more than just the scene, but actually build on God, life and what this here rap game really is.  He introduced me to people that I hope to know for the rest of my life.  Geo and I have always been close, and have made music together for the last 5-6 years.  Outside of Xperience, I don’t think there’s another MC I’ve been on as many songs with, as Geo.  Most of them are on a hard drive somewhere, in the vaults.  He’s an MC that I’ve studied over the years and by observation he’s helped me develop my craft (rap hands for sure).    

I’ve grown to love these dudes like family.  It’s incredible to see a piece of music go from the beat > writing > recording > mixing > mastering > art > public stage.  I feel blessed to have been apart of a couple of these stages, and to have witnessed the process.  They continue to inspire not only as musicians but as people.  Town all day.  Now go support that mahfahkin album!  

Early Christmas!!

I woke up to the sound of rain outside my bedroom window this morning (a rare Southern CA occurrence for the month of May). Per my usual routine, I reached for my phone and responded to the Words with Friends notifications I received overnight [username: ReVision]. After some triple word scores, I proceeded to check my email…and there it was, one of the best subject lines I’ve ever seen, “CINEMETROPOLIS HAS ARRIVED (for you)”

It’s hard to believe 4 years have passed since Blue Scholars released a full length album, but luckily they’ve blessed our ears with an EP and other free downloads during this time. Thanks to their ingenious Kickstarter campaign, I’m now able to listen to the album a month before its official release date in June!

Although some of you might’ve slept on this and might be kicking yourselves in the ass right now, make sure to wake from your slumber soon. The Cinemetropolis album is a testament to Blue Scholars’ continually evolving sound. With every project, they push the envelope (thanks in large part to Sabzi’s production) and hit us with something new. They’re one of the few groups, along with Zion I and Outkast, who I never know what to expect…and that’s a great thing.