Hype Williams Gets Cold

 |  August 4, 2008
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Famed 38-year-old video director Hype Williams has worked with everyone from Jay-Z to Snoop to Mary J. and Q-Tip. Now, the director who has made a living of staying specifically in the hip-hop/r&b genres, has finally stepped out of that box and recently signed on to direct Coldplay’s new video for “Viva La Vida.” The song is incredible, and definitely anthemic, and only someone like Hype could bring out all the qualities that make the song unbelievable. Check it out below and let us know what you think about Hype directing rock videos.

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Coldplay – “Viva La Vida” Video

The ever-eclectic and stylish frontman of A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip, is currently working on releasing his sophomore solo album, entitled The Renaissance. It’s been a few years since we last heard some original material from Tip, and all fans of Native Tongue and the early Tribe days should definitely be excited for his return. According to an interview with Billboard Mag, Tip said he’s enlisted Raphael Saadiq, D’Angelo and Amanda Diva for features on the album. Tip also plans to begin the 9-track album with a snippet from an Obama speech, about which he said, “I start the album off with the Obama speech not just because I’m African-American, but because I really feel like he’s a fresh new voice and alternative from what we’ve seen in the political scene in some time.”

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Check out leaked track “Getting Up” here for now, and go see Tribe and Tip performing live at Rock the Bells.

Cornerstone Mixes Up the Game

 |  July 31, 2008
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Cornerstone Promotions has been instrumental in the advancement of so many artists careers – Kanye West and newcomers Wale and Kid Cudi to name a few. Cornerstone has also worked closely with Fader Magazine in finding the newest, freshest talent and either promoting their mixtapes or parties to further their promotion. Basically, Cornerstone helps bring quality music to devoted fans of all genres of music.  One of the most impressive things Cornerstone has done in recent years, however, is creating their Cornerstone Mixtape Series, currently sponsored by Levi’s. The mixtape series just saw the release of its 106th installment, and features the hottest DJs in hip-hop creating mixes of the best new songs from various artists. After having everyone from 9th Wonder to DJ Green Lantern to DJ Premier host the mixtape, Cornerstone is furthering their push of great music to knowledgeable hip-hop crowd. Cornerstone Mixtape #106 features everyone from Teyana Taylor to KRS-One and Q-Tip, and can be downloaded below.   Cornerstone Mixtape #106

Kanye West’s label, GOOD Music,  is made up of several of his cohorts and longtime collaborators like Consequence, John Legend, Common, Really Doe and GLC. So, to piggyback off of Ye’s current supersonic fame, the GOOD Music fellas came with a hot song and a video to match. The song, entitled “Disperse,” is Consequence’s track and features GLC and Really Doe. Consequence is of course Q-Tip’s cousin, and is also a decent rapper and is putting in work to live up to the family name. Check out the video link below and keep your eyes peeled for appearances by Pharrell, Chad Hugo, ‘Ye, Lupe and Fam-Lay. Director Rik Cordero did a good job on this one. He seems to be everywhere nowadays. consequence.gifConsequence – “Disperse” Video Over at Rik Cordero’s YouTube Channel    

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