Monthly Archives: June 2018

Fuse celebrates “Hip-Hop at 45” with special TV premiere of Hip-Hop Evolution and more


Through Saturday, August 11Fuse and FM will celebrate “Hip-Hop at 45” with 45 days of content celebrating hip-hop and its influence throughout the years.


The Thursday, June 28th launch lineup: will premiere three all new episodes of Rant & Rave featuring two of the hottest ladies in the rap game today, Young M.A and Snow tha Product as well as hip-hop royalty, Salt-N-Pepa. A fresh episode of Lie Detector with hip-hop legends DJ Skribble & Kid Capri follows along with a brand new episode of the ASMR-triggering, digital series Mind Massage with Tierra Whack.


FM @ 8 p.m. ET The Artists to Watch weekly block celebrates the future of hip-hop, spotlighting the freshest up-and-coming artists making waves in the industry, both today and tomorrow such as Trippie ReddSango, and HoodCelebrityy.


Fuse @ 9 p.m. ET It’s a triple-hitter movie night, beginning with the classics Torque, Rhyme & Reason, and I Got The Hook Up. Additional featured movies throughout the summer are top lined by bevy of hip-hop star power including Jay Z, Nas, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and more.


This lineup also includes: debut special 45th Anniversary-themed episodes of Weekly News Rap, kicking off with Harlem battle rapper, Loaded Lux, spitting the history of battle rap. And we’ll have A Seat With… rap legend Big Daddy Kane. Also debuting during Hip-Hop at 45 is Made from Scratch with Ayo & Teo. Additionally, will celebrate Hip-Hop at 45 with the premieres of two original digital series: Deep Cuts (working title), an interview series delivering an intimate look into the lives and creative process of emerging and established producers in the hip-hop industry; and The Kickback (working title), a roundtable-style digital series exploring hip-hop culture.


Every Saturday at 6p ET/3p PT throughout the 45 days, FM will offer a series of Hip-Hop at 45 video countdowns, celebrating the latest and greatest hip-hop artists in the game. Featured music video blocks:45 Legends of Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop’s First Hits, 45 Freshman of Hip-Hop, 45 Videos of the 2000s, Iconic Hip-Hop Videos, 45 Hip-Hop Crossovers, and FM’s Guide to the 45 Best Hip-Hop Videos.


Tune in to Fuse for a four-night event beginning Sunday, August 5th, for the television premiere of Hip-Hop Evolution. This docu-series chronicles the life and career of hip-hop pioneers such as Kool Herc, Russell Simmons and LL Cool J, among others.


Fuse’s Hip Hop at 45 programming:


New episode of Lie Detector featuring DJ Skribble and Kid Capri:


New episode of Rant & Rave featuring Snow tha Product:


New episode of Rant & Rave featuring Salt-N-Pepa:


New episode of Rant & Rave featuring Young M.A:

Lie Detector

DJ Skribble and Kid Capri feature on Fuse’s digital series, Lie Detector

FILM REVIEW: The Icarus Line Must Die


A mock/rock-umentary, if you will, THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE is the semi-autobiographical story of the film’s star, co-writer, and real-life character-turned-actor, Joe Cardemone. Cardemone, (formerly of the band, The Icarus Line and now the man behind Holy War) a well-known and rather infamous figure, was once a fast-rising legend on tht Los Angeles music scene depicted in the film.


In opening scene – an interview between our lead and an on-air radio host – Director (and co-Writer) Michael Grodner artfully allows us a good amount of backstory – with a bit of ‘Family’ foreshadow – immediately and in a way that feels comfortable and real.


The artful black and white shots in the film are crystal clear and – at times – darkly beautiful. Adding tone and texture story without going too far on the ‘Art Film’ front!




Imagine, if you will, an Ansel Adams ode to post-punk Los Angeles. A scene the star of this film knows well enough. His band really did have a pretty good run being the bad boys of the music.


Known at the time as members of the infamous ‘BuddyHead Collective’, Cardone’s band, The Icarus Line, once infamously smashed Stevie Ray Vaughn’s display guitar while at South by Southwest, they warred with local contemporaries and in one insane incident, Cardamone himself ruthlessly spray-painted a rowdy insult along the side of The Strokes’ tour bus!


- Joe Cardemone 

[Written on the side of The Strokes' tour bus]

Clearly, Joe Cardemone was never one to trifle with words – or to play willy-nil with his Punk ethos! So it is a matter of course that they made a movie about him… and who better to play the part than the man who lived it.


Certainly, not everyone hates Joe. Icons and contemporaries such as Jerry Stahl, Keith Morris (Black Flag / Circle Jerks) and psychedelic post-pop star, Ariel Pink all make cameos, among more than a handful of other familiar names and faces from the underground punk/rock scene in L.A.


Once we’re in. We travel along with Joe over weeks of ups and downs, meeting a number of people along the way. Each lf them – in telling their small part – shining a bit more light on the life and style – and impact that Joe has had over the decade and a half since his first “Big break”… and during the imminent – and hopefully temporary – collapse.




The film paints a shadowy portrait of the ‘Artist as a Man’: Joe’s partner is stressed to the seams at carrying the wolf’s share of their financial weight, old friends show the slowing signs of age and hard living [we visit a long-term pal who is back with his parents, due to incapacitating ailments.


A current key band member informs Joe that he is setting off to work on his own thing, while a problematic ex-Band-Brother tries his hand at a comeback. Opportunities ebb, flow, come and go. Shades and waves of ‘selling out’ are quickly quelled. And the problems of doubt, age and latent rage just keep coming.


All the while, a serious ominous anonymous threats and less-than-good news come in at a rate and regularity that soon starts to seem deadly serious.


The cast of characters who step in and out of frame put forth solid and very natural, performances. Pearl Charles, in an almost genius dark-comic turn, as an ex-band-member, talented musical muse and future work prospect rambles her way through a semi-improvised run of scientology, conspiracy theories and other musings of the mentally unstable. Really… she is so good, it’s almost funny!


While everyone seems to love his latest hardcore musical creations, no one seems ready to run a risk on Joe’s record. Although the running gag of a constant caller landed on me by the second call, the film itself isn’t entirely predictable and there are a good number of surprises to be had.


All along, the light at the end of a once very dark tunnel shines incrementally brighter by the fade-out of every scene. By the time of the last couple of music performance scenes, we get the idea that old Joe and THE ICARUS LINE just might be ok in the end… if only.


For those of us that like a good Alternative, to the norm check this one out… in theaters for limited release and available on the small screens, Soon!

Words: Jason Sugars 


Seth Rogen, 50 Cent, Lala Anthony, Omari Hardwick and more to appear in all new episode of Complex x Fuse!

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Comedian Seth Rogen taste tests some of the best burgers in Hollywood; the cast of Power Season 5 discuss series supervillain Kanan and the relationship between FBI agent Angela Valdes and her childhood love Ghost. Later, the cast of Superfly discuss recreating the original film, transitioning from their traditional roles and more on an all-new Complex x Fuse this Wednesday, June 27th at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Fuse.


Episode Highlights:


Comedian Kevin Hart chows down on spicy wings and talks about his life in Philadelphia before fame: working in a male strip club, recent on stage performances and more on Hot Ones. Meanwhile, comedian and actor Seth Rogen taste-tests secret off the menu options from In-N-Out, Five Guys and Shake Shack in Hollywood on The Burger Show.




The cast of Power (50 Cent, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren, Rotimi and Lala Anthony) and series creator Courtney A. Kemp discuss Season 5: Respect, Legacy, Revenge. Later, actor Omari Hardwick goes Sneaker Shopping with Joe La Puma; producer and comedian Nick Cannon reveals his exclusive pair of retro Air Jordan 7s created for his show Wild ‘N Out; and the cast of Superfly (Trevor Jackson, Director X, Lex Scott Davis, Jason Mitchell) discuss the most challenging part about playing their character on Complex News.




ABOUT: Complex x Fuse features exclusive first-looks of athletes and celebrities eating killer food, answering burning questions, and revealing the secrets behind the hottest kicks. The weekly Complex-branded block features first-run segments from Complex’s core slate of more than 20 digital shows including signature series like First We Feast’s Hot OnesSneaker Shopping and Everyday Struggle.​

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James Harden returns to Audubon Middle School in LA for “Imma Be a Star” Block Party


James Harden Returns to Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles for "Imma Be a Star" Block Party


Houston Rockets superstar and MVP candidate James Harden returned to his former middle school in Los Angeles to celebrate his 2017-18 season on Sunday afternoon, June 24. Harden joined young basketball players and students, plus friends and family at the place where it all started, Audubon Middle School, for the adidas Basketball “Imma Be a Star” Block Party.


James Harden Returns to Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles for "Imma Be a Star" Block Party

James Harden Returns to Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles for "Imma Be a Star" Block Party


Harden and adidas Basketball General Manager Kris Aman unveiled 12 new outdoor basketball courts for the school and announced that Harden and adidas are also updating the indoor basketball gymnasium in time for the start of school later this year. There were on-court basketball competitions and games led by some of the sport’s top trainers, live musical performances by Rick Ross and Famous Dex, plus food and more for everyone in attendance.

James Harden Returns to Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles for "Imma Be a Star" Block Party


Harden’s mother, Monja Willis, was also on hand to discuss his incredible season and his road to the NBA from picking up the game as a kid to what he has accomplished so far in his career.


James Harden Returns to Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles for "Imma Be a Star" Block Party

James Harden Returns to Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles for "Imma Be a Star" Block Party


The “Imma Be a Star” event title refers to a note Harden left on a piece of paper for his mother as a freshman in high school listing his dreams. Since then, the point guard has reimagined his position and has left his mark on the sport and on the record books ever since.

James Harden Returns to Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles for "Imma Be a Star" Block Party

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James Harden Returns to Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles for "Imma Be a Star" Block Party


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Georgia Anne Muldrow: “Overflow” via Brainfeeder


An excited Flying Lotus shared news of Georgia Anne Muldrow’s signing to Brainfeeder earlier this year, prompting knowing smiles and ripples of anticipation amongst fans and commentators who recognised the perfect symbiosis of their musical pathways, heritage and spirituality.

Now, following her triumphant live set at the Hollywood Bowl in LA on Sunday (in support of FlyLo) Brainfeeder is proud to present a brand new track from Georgia titled Overload - available to stream/download now HERE. Produced by Mike & Keys (The Futuristiks), ‘Overload’ addresses “the process of building loving relationships in spite of the malfunctions of Western society” according to Georgia.



Part of the fabric of Los Angeles’ hip-hop / jazz / soul avant-garde since 2005Georgia Anne Muldrow has built a mightily impressive discography and a reputation to match during her career as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and musician. It is fitting that in 2018 she should sign to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder imprint – a record label deeply embedded in LA, with a ton of shared history and a united vision of the future – to release her stunning new album.

She first lit up the scene with her debut album Olesi: Fragments Of An Earth (2006) on cult LA imprint Stones Throw. It was there that Georgia met, befriended and collaborated with the likes of MadlibOh No, MED (fka Medaphor), WildchildDJ Romes and her future partner Dudley Perkins aka Declaime. She co-founded the SomeOthaShip Connect record label with Dudley in 2008, the platform and spring board for many of her musical travels that have expanded and extended down myriad pathways under numerous monikers including Ms. One, Pattie Blingh & The Akebulan 5, an electro fusion collaboration with DJ Romes called Blackhouse and astral jazz outings as Jyoti – a project that earned her the “Jazz Album Of The Year” honours at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards in 2011 for her album Ocotea.

It’s Georgia’s rich musical heritage and the sheer weight of her catalogue that has earned her the respect of peers such as Mos Def (“She’s incredible. She’s like [Roberta] Flack, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, she’s something else.”), Erykah Badu (with whom she collaborated on New Amerykah Part Two in 2010), Bilal and Robert Glasper who invited Georgia to perform on his “Miles Ahead” OST in 2016.

“She’s incredible. She’s like [Roberta] Flack, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, she’s something else.” - Mos Def

“aligning more with the Afrocentric current that flows through underground hip-hop, avant-R&B and psychedelic soul … a singer, rapper and beat-making producer. Her village elders include the rapper Mos Def, the producer Madlib and the vocalist Erykah Badu.” - NPR

“This is an artist whose spirit of independence has scattered her presence over as many contexts as her psychedelic, jazz-inflected neo-soul sensibility can carry her – an R&B auteur with a 24/7 omnipresence” Pitchfork

“Georgia Anne Muldrow is a super-student of the 1970s, of people like Roberta Flack and Betty Davis and her mother, Rickie Byars Beckwith, a spiritualist and fellow traveler of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders” New York Times


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THE INTERNET Releases Syd-Directed Video For New Single “Come Over” + Touring with Gorillaz This Fall


THE INTERNET have released a brand new video for their amazing, most recent single “Come Over,” directed by the band’s frontwoman Syd. “Come Over” is one of the standout tracks on the band’s forthcoming album, HIVE MIND, due out July 20th, 2018. 


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HIVE MIND – written and produced entirely by THE INTERNET — is the band’s follow up to their breakthrough third album, Ego Death. That album’s fresh sound — funk-tinged beats, laced with slinky guitars, evocative keys, and heart-striking lyrics about relationships with women — earned it a GRAMMY nomination for Best Urban Contemporary album, countless sold out shows, and massive acclaim on an international scale, quickly catapulting THE INTERNET to one of the most exciting new artists of this decade. 


After a lengthy world tour in support of that record, the band encouraged each other to explore their identities as solo artists; incredible solo albums from all five members of THE INTERNET emerged to rapturous response throughout 2017. Feeling the unity of coming back together, however, created the foundation for what became HIVE MIND


In their new music, members Syd (vocalist/songwriter), Matt Martians (producer), Steve Lacy (guitarist/vocalist/songwriter), Patrick Paige II (songwriter/bassist), and Christopher Smith (songwriter/drummer) present kaleidoscopic, neo-soul, future sounds that reveal the growth in their creative chemistry. It’s light years beyond their previous output, and even in its slower moments, the project is both intricate and minimal, giving each member’s contributions the space to shine. 


This sense of togetherness – not just for them, but for everyone – is one that the band chose to highlight as a major theme for the album.  “After making a few songs we realized that we really want to use this album to live by example and promote camaraderie amongst young black people,” Syd reveals. “We realized that we’re the only band of our kind. And we want to really solidify ourselves as that, as the best.”


THE INTERNET will be touring extensively throughout the rest of 2018, including dates opening for Gorillaz this fall, and playing as part of their inaugural American Demon Dayz festival in Los Angeles this October. See dates below.

HIVE MIND track listing:

1. Come Together
2. Roll (Burbank Funk)
3. Come Over
4. La Di Da
5. Stay the Night
6. Bravo
7. Mood
8. Next Time / Humble Pie
9. It Gets Better (With Time)
10. Look What U Started
11. Wanna Be
12. Beat Goes On
13. Hold On


6/1/18 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival
6/3/18 – Paris, France @ We Love Green
6/5/18 – Cologne, Germany @ Gloria
6/6/18 – Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel&Gefahrlich
6/9/18 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival
6/10/18 – Manchester, UK @ Parklife Festival
7/13-14/18 – London, UK @ Lovebox
7/13-15/18 – Grafenhainichen, Germany @ Melt Festival
7/13/-15/18 – Dublin, Ireland @ Longitude
7/20/18 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival (SYD SOLO SET)
8/10-13/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
8/25-25/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk
10/8/18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre (with Gorillaz)
10/9/18 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre (with Gorillaz)
10/11/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center (with Gorillaz)
10/13/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center (with Gorillaz)
10/14/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Afropunk
10/16/18 – Chicago, IL @ United Center (with Gorillaz)
10/20/18 – Pico Rivera, CA @ Demon Days

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Beloved Festival: Transformative summer music experience Aug. 10-13 ft. Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti


Cultivating the Soul: Beloved Festival Builds Community with Powerful Sounds, Movement, and Conversations

This first phase of this year’s lineup announcement includes Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti, Trio Da Kali, Innov Gnawwa, Novalima, El Búho, Chancha Vía Circuito, Plantrae, and Kaleema.  

Forests think in decades, not hours. Beloved Festival, the annual gathering uniting eclectic music and ecstatic experience, thinks similarly, building community and building soil in the middle of the boreal rainforests of Oregon. Every year, the festival seeks out artists and movement teachers from around the world whose work speaks across boundaries, who can bridge broad divides yet keep an incisive edge. It hosts art that reveals all we have to learn from one another, in a space that mixes playfulness and thoughtfulness.

Past acts have included everything from Sufi devotional music to deep house, from West African desert blues to alt-Latin or Yemeni indie rock, all performing on a single stage to ensure focus and foster a unifying experience.Highlights include artists as diverse as Odesza, Beats Antique, Karshe Kale, Rising Appalachia, Les Nubians, Amadou & Miriam, Bombino, Vieux Farka Toure, DakhaBrakha, and King Sunny Ade.

“Beloved stands in between spirit and soul,” explains festival founder and artistic director Elliot Rasenick. “We try to create space for ecstatic, spiritual connection. We want to make this experience open for everyone, no matter where you’re from, and a festival setting is a great way to give people this opportunity.”

The festival stays true to this original mission, with substantial yoga and other spirit-centering practices and with electronic dance and world music designed to take listeners higher.

Beloved also hosts nationally and internationally renowned yoga teachers and other revered teachers of other spiritual disciplines and practices. They conduct workshops and sessions in stunning custom tents with a top-notch production and live music or DJ sets. All serves to elevate and expand, to heal and connect via the spirit.

Yet explorationation of spiritual heights is insufficient on its own. For Beloved and the community it has fostered over more than ten years have realized they need to address the soul, the deeper core of each person must be in contact with the depths of the struggles of humanity. “In its earlier years, Beloved focused explicitly on spirit, on ecstasy. However, as the festival has matured, it has been asked to be made whole and to get in touch with soul,” Rasenick says. “We’re choosing to go deeper, to be willing to have difficult conversations and to be engaged in the world. Spirit may not talk about rape or about gender and sexual violence. There is a spiritual plane where white supremacy and the painful inequities of a racist country get overlooked; and to make things whole in the world or in our own lives, we have to be in touch with soul, and to face the pain in the world..”

The festival stops programming at the very height of the excitement to address some of these issues of power and privilege, striving to create a safer space for people of all backgrounds. It asks the audience what it can do to foster more diversity and inclusion. It offers explicit food for thought about consent and white supremacy, hoping to help festival goers connect their personal experiences to the greater conversation on social justice and social justice movements.


For Beloved, the dedication to the soul doesn’t stop with the festival. “Outside of the festival, there’s a big opportunity to foster stronger relationships and trust between communities of color regarding our programming,” explains Dez Ramirez, Beloved Community Manager. “Part of Beloved taking a stance with social justice work is reaching out to these communities that are scared,angry, and hurt. We are working to let these communities know we are here to support them, and that we are working to do better in making our festival a safer, more inclusive space.”

Transforming values into action has become a central part of Beloved, beyond the excellent programming. The festival has banned single-use containers and utensils, coming up with a unique system to manage durables for food vendors. They have also found a way to compost all organic waste, from food scraps to poop, in a multi-year process that promises to return organic matter to the soil of the festival site, which was brutally clear cut several decades ago. “We’re rebuilding the soil in the forest, as we rebuild our connection to something beyond our everyday lives,” says Rasenick.

The multi-year arc of natural processes is mirrored in how Beloved sees its community. “We’ve worked to build out our perspective and to be a bit more clear  on things like diversity, equity and inclusion” says Ramirez. “A goal going forward is to make Beloved more accessible to marginalized folks that appreciate the festival world, or have a curiosity about it but don’t always feel comfortable in it. We’re working to address the why behind these issues.”

“Our festival has always been an experiment,” adds Rasenick, who first created Beloved to unite the global music and electronic dance music communities. “It’s a spiritual experiment and if some people feel they can’t participate fully, then the experiment fails. We want everyone involved. That, for us, is a successful festival.”

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