Download: Arabian Prince “Strange Life”

(from Innovative Life out now on Stones Throw)

Download: Johnson and Jonson “Up All Night”

(from Johnson and Jonson out now on Tres)

More head-spraining archival work from the master moles at Cinefamily. They’ve been doing a great hip-hop series—including a Q&A with the guy who made the superheavy 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s documentary luckily sequenced now on YouTube—and tonight they’re presenting a special all-L.A. all-old school night that even has Peanut Butter Wolf VJ-ing. That Arabian Prince anthology was a great step toward making a coherent picture of pre-N.W.A. L.A. hip-hop and this looks like another move forward. Details below. Starts at 8 PM and tickets are $12.

And while you’re there—don’t miss the release for Johnson and Jonson, the new monster from Blu (interviewed with Ta’Raach in L.A. RECORD here) and Sound In Color’s Mainframe plus augmentation by the extremely calisthenic slam-mixer Gaslamp Killer. L.A. RECORD is sponsoring and Turntable Lab is hosting. Starts at 7 PM and it’s 21+ but free with free beer!

Get ready to “set it off” Strafe-style with some rare footage from the Delicious Vinyl Vaults, giving you a tour of early hip-hop in Los Angeles. You’ll catch ultra-rare footage of Ramellzee and graffiti artist Jean Michel Basquiat at the Rhythm Lounge on Melrose–a rare pocket in the advent of L.A. hip hop culture. Also, Soul Brother “Legendary” will present highlights from 1982-1989 (from the Freak Beat to the Golden Era), from his upcoming Suns of James Brown documentary, which features footage of Uncle Jam’s Army, Jam City, Ultrawave, and underground dance crews including early moves from members of The Pharcyde. Next, Delicious Vinyl artists (Tone Loc, Young MC, Def Jef, and Body And Soul) appear in a 1988 Electronic Press Kit made for the label by director Tamra Davis. Plus music videos, a live dance performance by the Soul Brothers, DJ set by KDAY Grand Mixer M-Walk, and some other very special guests! To top it all off, Peanut Butter Wolf will be in the house to VJ a set of visuals to cap off the night.
Tickets – $12

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