ZC: I think its important what people are rapping about, not just how it feels. Jay-Z loves to get in front of a camera and talk about how great Barack Obama is.
C2: He started rapping to get rich, and now he is rich. When Obama got elected, I wanted to look past this whole first black president thing, and wait to see what he would do when he got into power. He really showed who runs this country! The first thing he did was pay back the bankers. I thank him for showing people that it doesn’t matter what color your skin is. When I was in Amsterdam they called him the Black Mask, which I agree with.
ZC: It would be good if artists took a crack at this kind of subject.
C2: Within the next four years, these trap kids are going to be more grown up. But they aren’t paying attention now and they might be fooled once more, maybe by a woman next time. It’s scary out there without being informed. If they could get a broader perspective on it, they could make a smarter choice. Young people don’t remember life before hip hop music even. I want to transfer some of this history down to the youngsters. I have a series of EPs that I’m working on to do just that.
ZC: Tell me about them.
C2: Well, the first one is like an introduction to the whole project, but then I want to do an EP in each of a few different styles. The second one is going to be trap and dubstep, with amazing beats, but ironic lyrics about money and power. The next EP would be from a Caribbean perspective—there wouldn’t be any be hip hop without dancehall. I’m going to play some of everything that inspired me to make hip hop. The last one is going to be all live music, recorded with my three-piece band.
BBC World News portrait of artist Ernesto Yerena
Extended version, produced and directed by Stefan Forbes, InterPositive Media LLC. This video depicts the personal and political journey of artist Ernesto Yerena.
LOL, when did this foo’ have long hair?!
Anyway, I met Ernesto two weeks ago at SXSW. It turns out he’s a fan of QUITAPENAS and he and his girlfriend were at their showcase. He invited all of us to their home on our last day in Texas and we hung out, checked out a lot of his art and his studio, and listened to some selections from his collection of vinyl records. It was a great way to end our trip.
The Flaming Lips - Austin 2013 (by slownerveactiontoo)
03-13-2013 - Austin, TX - The Belmont
00:01:00 Fight Test
00:05:18 One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21
00:12:45 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
00:18:08 In the Morning of the Magicians
00:29:02 Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
00:36:40 Are You a Hypnotist??
00:44:46 It’s Summertime
00:51:10 Do You Realize??
00:55:57 All We Have is Now
The Flaming Lips are Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins, Kliph Scurlock, and Darek Brown with Daniel Huffman and Jake Ingalls.
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