The Internet performed at this weekend’s annual Afro Punk Festival in Brooklyn, New York. The soulful funk band, contains Odd Future members Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians. Their first project, “Purple Naked Ladies,” released in 2011, is the first album released under Odd Future Records. What makes this group so ironically energizing, is their ability to boost the level of chill vibes with their music. Much like the aura of Odd Future, The Internet is not about creating an image, they are simple in that they are expressing themselves through music. This can be felt in their music video Dontcha. This video is a simple black and white video, with Syd steadily jamming as the band plays in the back. No fancy edits. No fancy angles. No fancy outfits; just simplicity in the music. The awkwardness of Syd the Kyd makes the band more alluring, as everyone can relate to being that awkward kid in the room; that awkward kid with an amazing hidden talent.
Check them out for yourselves! You will not be disappointed. The Internet provides tunes for those who are in the mood of a romantic, chill evening with a little added funk in the moonlight, which I’m pretty sure everyone would love! Here’s their soundcloud, go get you some of that Internet.
By: Raven Irabor
So you missed AfroPunk yesterday, now you’re wondering should you even go today. Well of course you should! While you may have missed out on a little yesterday, okay you actually missed out on a lot, it’s okay. We at LiVEDNDY got you with the recap. As you’re reading this, start getting ready for today’s events, because you don’t want to be that person who missed out on all the fun this weekend because you were browsing the internet. Here’s a super quick recap of yesterday’s festivities:
Everything from chic and simple to edgy and extravagant was represented yesterday, and of course the ‘fros were in full effect. AfroPunk is that time of the year where you show you. It is like your Sunday best, except you’re at a park in Brooklyn celebrating art and culture, but you get the idea.
AfroPunk presents to its audience, the Spin Thrift Market. This market consists of all the vendors you will find at the festival this year. If you feel the need to spice up your outfit while you’re there, checkout stands like Wada-Africa, WyNott, and Personal Advisory for clothing and Luangisa, ArmourNYC, and Nubian Heritage for crafts and accessories. The Spin Thrift Market allows vendors to be exposed to a broader audience and allows customers to see the designers and craftsmen of their city; it is a win win for everybody!
As a festival promoting the celebration of the black other, it makes sense as to why so many bands expressed their sentiments to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. This made the festival a little bit more political than normal, but AfroPunk has always been about being aware of the society around us. The performers celebrated the non-conformist spirit of AfroPunk with their music. Some of the artists that performed were Telca, Baby Baby,Lianna La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Valie June, Loaf Music, and many others.
The best thing about this year was the elimination of extremely long lines to get into the park. This was probably due to the levels of VIP and Fast-Passes that allowed people to get in quickly, which is great because nothing can ruin one’s day more than standing in the sun on a long slow moving line. Kudos to AfroPunk for killing the game with ten years of serving the community with multicultural greatness.
Now go out today and enjoy SZA, D’Angelo, The Internet, and many acts at AfroPunk 2014.
By: Raven Irabor
Miss Afro Punk Fest last year? Well no worries, its back! This weekend, August 25-26th the other black experience will be full throttle in Commodore Barry Park.
In case your not hip, this festival caters to hipsters, rock stars, punk lovers, and all who refuse to be boxed in by silly societal constraints. Turns out, there is a whole community of Black Americans who indulge in many other cultures outside of hip-hop and have made that culture a part of their Black Experience – this is where AfroPunk comes in.
A spin off from the film “AfroPunk,” released in 2003 spotlighting Black Punks in America, AfroPunk, the music festival, debuted in 2005 and never looked back! A festival with the intention of creating a space for a largely marginalized youth culture, AfroPunk was described by the New York Times as the “most multicultural festival in the US.” Its non-conformist, open-minded, individualistic, go beyond the expectations attitude fits in perfectly here at livedndy and we can't wait until this weekend to cover it!
Now, before you get all excited and begin picking out your afros for this event, let’s look back at what happened last year. Taking place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, the audience experienced not only live music but live extreme sports! It was a fusion of politics, culture, and art. Some of the artists that performed were Chuck D, the Skins, Mykki Blanco, Theophilus London, Danny Brown, the beautiful Jada Pinkett Smith and her band Wicked Wisdom, and many others.
These artists alone represent the diversity of culture that is displayed at AfroPunk. But the event is so much more than just music. Its the perfect opportunity to step outside the box and meet new exciting people. A party both on and off stage you will have the opportunity to dance like no ones watching (because they aren't ), cruise venders and pick up one of a kind clothing, accessories and art; and don't forget the food! There's tons! Many BK restaurants set up shop right there in the park and are happy to serve you. And yes, there will be plenty of nutcrackers to go around (drink responsibly) : )
Wear that outfit that screams self expression, grab your Malcolm X tote bag to hold all your trinkets, and experience this wave in person because you may never see this culture on television.
This event goes beyond race. It transcends the traditional culture of music, love, and self-expression knocking down old social and socialite barriers. It's a culture for the people, by the people. Let’s see what this year’s has in store for us! We’ll see you there.
By: Raven Irabor
Soho, Tribeca, 3 H**s, SUMMER TRIFECTA!
On Sunday July 27th Flo Sounds presented Summer Trifecta. The event was co-hosted by Underground Founders and the donations went to Junior Achievement of New York. Flo Sounds and Underground Founders are two up incoming ventures focusing on providing platforms for the underground community. Based in New York City and Syracuse, NY, these two companies came together to host a memorable showcase.
If you haven’t been to Tammany Hall as of yet, make sure you head out there. It is the perfect place to catch a chill vibe while enjoying live entertainment. The atmosphere had an interesting mix of serene and hype, of course with the help of the wonderful DJ Ricci Steez on the ones and twos. Of course you know he had to play New York City's anthem, "Hot N****," a few times so that everyone can hit their Schmoney Dance.
From smooth r&b to funky pop to lively hip hop, the Summer Trifecta showcase provided its audience with a diverse lineup of talent. The show opened up with young artist Stevi Jewel. Her performance consisted of memorable covers which excited the crowd. Her rendition of "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse got some eager audience members to join her on stage. Syracuse University was well represented in the crowd, as three graduates were performers that night: Huey Cal, Guy Harrison, and Brad Hester. And if you don’t know anything about SU, you know its school spirit transcends from the university’s campus. The great thing about showcases is that not only so these acts get to show their talent to a different audience, the artist themselves are able to interact with others in their industry. It is a great way to meet and exchange with other creatives in New York City, and you know New York City is full of amazingly talented people. Outside of New York City, they had artists from Chi-Town show us how they get down. London Lo blessed the audience with her beautiful soulful voice and a rendition of “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Being Rafeeq’s first big performance, he was able to set the audience into a different zone with his music. For more R&B sounds, Devin Tracy, a BET Music Matters artist, gave the audience some acoustic covers alongside singing his latest single, "Sunshine." Amalia Watty, a funky singer from the sunny island of Anguilla, emitted a Macy Gray-ish feel with her performance.
Of course the two headlining acts killed the game on stage. Topaz Jones provided us with that funky, soulful hip hop sound we all love. His tall stature and long dreads commanded his audience’s attention alongside his vivacious dance moves and ear provoking lyrics. The New York City native, Dyme-A-Duzin hyped up the crowd with his burst of energy performing songs like “Body on Me” announcing his release of his long awaited project Hip Hope, which releases later on this month.
Summer Trifecta was a night to remember: great vibes, chill people, talented performers, and awesome venue. Make sure you go check out Underground Founders and FloSounds for more information on the artists who performed that night.
By: Raven Irabor
Starting with an emphasis on artistic progression, the festival opened with performances by young people. These young performers, varying from middle school to high-school, reminded audience members the beauty of what happens when you give a child a chance to express themselves creatively. With the help of programs like Urban Art Beat, the New York City youth is able to have the chance to learn, understand, and appreciate the core of hip-hop and intertwine it with their own lives. Transitioning from youthful dreams to young artists, “Show and Prove” winners, Kydd Jones and Audible Doctor, opened up the show for the major players.
If you missed the festival, one thing that I know you did not miss was the blogs going crazy about Jay Electronica’s surprise guest, none other than Brooklyn native, Jay-Z. Wes Jackson, president of Brooklyn Bodega, said “A year ago I put into the air that I wanted to bring the three Js to BKHipHopFest. A year later we did it. Never stop believing in your crew.” Who are three J’s you are wondering? We have Jay Electronica, Jay-Z, and the beautiful J.Cole. RocNation was definitely in the building on July 12th. Alongside the three J’s were Talib Kweli and Mac Miller. CJ Fly’s, from Pro Era, set followed next and then G.O.O.D Music’s Cyhi da Prince. The audience was well aware that this was a day to celebrate true lyricism in hip-hop culture. To end the night off right, none other than the Chef himself performed. He brought out the viral sensation, Bobby Shmurda (aka the guy who does the schmoney dance) to let the hip hop world know that New York City rap is back. His set also included guest performers such as AZ, Masta Killa, Papoose and Troy Ave (who performed his latest summer hit “My Style” that is featured on our Spirit of Summer Playlist).
Hip Hop is more than just the music. It is a culture that brings many people together. Whether it is through fashion, graffiti, turntablism, breakdancing, or emceeing, hip hop continues to strive and remain fresh.
By: Raven Irabor
Summer may have begun on June 24th, but today is the official first day of summer with our Live DNDY Summer Playlist.
Summer is all about liberation, long nights, concerts, summer romance, festivals, color, and did I mention CONCERTS? It is the best time to show some skin and show the world who you are! This compilation of songs will not only allow you to do some self- discovery, but you will also discover a plethora of really amazing underground artist. With multiple genres being intertwined in this playlist, you’ll definitely be able to pump up the base, find love, and do some soul searching all at the same time.
My favorite songs on the list has all of me wanting to live everyday, fix my bad habits, update my style, and wake up to a kiss for breakfast every morning. If you haven't gotten it by that previous sentence, here's a break down of my top five songs on the playlist:
My Style: If you are big hip hop fan from New York City, then you understand the struggle of wanting to hear music on the radio that represent our city. Troy Ave, a rapper from Brooklyn, took it upon himself to remind the masses of the beautiful sound of a New York City summer. This song has enough groove to play at a family barbecue and enough bump to request it at your next house party. It features Lloyd Banks, and if you are unfamiliar with him, his style breathes New York City hip hop.
Everyday Living: Remember the days of Tumblr fame? Justine Skye took it upon herself to capitalize off her Tumblr fanbase and promote her music. Newly signed to Atlantic Record, Justine released this song off her EP called Everyday Living. To many, summer time is equivalent to grind season and this song adds a youthful, reflective spin to a hustler's anthem. In the summer everyone wants to be able to enjoy life, live out there dreams, and make some money, why not do it with "Everyday Living"
All of Me (Reggae Remix): I'm pretty sure you are familiar with the original "All of Me" by John Legend. That song is hands down the most beautiful song that has hit the radio this year. Reggae artist, Jah Cure, decided to put his spin on it and he did an amazing job. On top of the romantic lyrics of the song, the smooth reggae vibe allows you to imagine yourself at a tropical beach with your significant other. How is that for summer love?
Kisses for Breakfast: The UK songstress, Melissa Steel, teams up with dancehall artist Popcaan. It is always great to see different parts of the world working together to make feel fun, feel good music. The song alone has listeners craving for a cute summer romance, add that up with the tropical visuals of the song and may be able to find yourself a summer boo.
Habits (Hippie Sabotage Remix): There aren't that many songs that have more successful remixes than the original. Hippie Sabotage's remix has more than double the amount of YouTube views than the original song. What Hippie Sabotage adds to this song is a majestic, reflective yet also trippy element to the song. Lie back on your roof, sit by a lake, or chill at the beach and use this song to reflect on all your "bad habits" this summer.
So plug your phone into your sound system and cruise into the warm summer night with the LiVEDNDY Spirit of Summer Playlist 2014
By: Raven Irabor