Bollywood on Fresh Crate .:Sep 26 09:.
This last 4th of July I was invited to the annual park party in Mira Mesa, CA that the homies throw every year; the breaks are played under a gazebo and the B Boys get down until the fireworks. I had actually played there 3 years ago and really enjoyed the event complete with food and good people all around. So as I was waiting my turn to play some breaks to keep the dancing going I watched this dude play some incredible funk vinyl originals. He looked vaguely familiar and we struck up a conversation after I was done with my set about records, rare groove and mixtapes. Our conversation left me with the impression that he knows a lot about music and he is a classy dude. He invited me to a party the next day down in the Embarcadero(SD) but I ended up having a family event to attend. I am usually horrible with names but at the time I remembered his, DJ Smokestack of the Horsepower Crew.
Weeks later I happened to come across some information about him on the internet and realized he had released a Bollywood funk mixtape, a genre I am extremely fond of(Bombay the HardWay etc.). DJ Smokestacks mix Shitala is a supremely selected and mixed journey through the Bollywood landscape complete with call and response choruses, raw red-lining vocals and rhythm crazed breakdowns. Definitely worth a listen whether you are a B Boy/B Girl or simply in search of sonic inspiration. Check it out on Freshcrate:
Shitala: Indian Disco Funk Thrillers
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When I think of a provocative sensibility to film making a name on the top of the list is Spike Lee. Do The Right Thing for me is the quintessential cinematic piece of Spike Lee's collected work that holds the most provocation. Without getting into all of the countless political and socio-economic underlying messages in Do The Right Thing (which would take a whole blog dedicated entirely to this movie and endless chapters/entries) I would like to acknowledge the impact that this film had. From critics saying this film would incite riots to being mentioned as the best film from the 1980's Spike Lee had a huge impact on the way we see each other with this film. Roger Ebert said this about the release of the movie:
'Spike Lee has given more genuine and varied images of black people than in the last 20 years of American movies put together.'