Master Class: Show ‘Em How To Do This, Sons! Music-Loving Dad Creates Classic LP Cover Remixes Starring His Sons

Classic Album Cover Remixes Created By a Music-Loving Dad, Starring His Adorable Sons

 Lance Underwood, father of two sons uses his tumblr page to share his remixed photoshopped versions of classic lp covers from across musical genres – Rock, Soul, R&B, Country, Jazz, Spoken Word, Comedy, Hip Hop – to amazing results.

Check the technique below:

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His kids also have a few of their own offerings – original music coupled with original visuals  – and there’s also examples of dad’s work for some other folks and the coffee table book he did compiling the work he and his little men have done together.

I don’t know if I’ve seen a better way to actively teach your kids about culture and the proper utilization of tech tools. He’s teaching history, technology and respect for icons and their creations while inspiring them to create their own art and showing them how.

If that’s not providing a living example tell me what is.

Please.

A lot of dads get a bad rap – sometimes deserved, sometimes not.  Nice to see one of the club getting recognized for providing knowledge, culture and Love as his son’s foundation for the future.

Salute, Lance Underwood & sons!

Master Class: Show ‘Em How To Do This, Sons! Music-Loving Dad Creates Classic LP Cover Remixes Starring His Sons

Classic Album Cover Remixes Created By a Music-Loving Dad, Starring His Adorable Sons

 Lance Underwood, father of two sons uses his tumblr page to share his remixed photoshopped versions of classic lp covers from across musical genres – Rock, Soul, R&B, Country, Jazz, Spoken Word, Comedy, Hip Hop – to amazing results.

Check the technique below:

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His kids also have a few of their own offerings – original music coupled with original visuals  – and there’s also examples of dad’s work for some other folks and the coffee table book he did compiling the work he and his little men have done together.

I don’t know if I’ve seen a better way to actively teach your kids about culture and the proper utilization of tech tools. He’s teaching history, technology and respect for icons and their creations while inspiring them to create their own art and showing them how.

If that’s not providing a living example tell me what is.

Please.

A lot of dads get a bad rap – sometimes deserved, sometimes not.  Nice to see one of the club getting recognized for providing knowledge, culture and Love as his son’s foundation for the future.

Salute, Lance Underwood & sons!

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Take heed Lunchbox dads and fathers of cute Internet dogs: classic album cover remixes starring your two adorable sons are the new thing. Dad Lance Underwood recreates famous album covers and casts his sons Taj and Amar in the roles of musicians such as Bob Dylan, Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, and more. Judging by the amount of old-school hip hop, jazz, funk, and soul on his Tumblr, we’d say that Underwood’s sons are getting a fine education in music history. See more of Underwood’s fun album cover remakes, starring his extremely photogenic kids, below.

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Master Class: Black Milk – Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal

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The Mass Appeal crew take us through the beat crafting process with               Detroit’s Black Milk.

I like the Rhythm Roulette series because it shows  – in an encapsulated, condensed, time-lapsed format – how painstaking the path to a hot beat can be. It also shows how crafting something from nothing – warped, scratched-up records for source material  – is a beautiful thing.

It’s like explaining how shit begets fertilizer to a kid, which I did recently.

For my beatmaking brethren. I respect your grind … and your dedication.

Enjoy!

What I’m Rockin’ Right Now: “Givin’ Them What They Love”, by Janelle Monae, featuring Prince.

“Givin’ Them What They Love” is the lead vocal offering from Janelle Monae’s new project, Electric Lady. The second track after the instrumental intro features Monae’s unofficial mentor, His Royal Badness himself, Prince. The pairing sounds like they were split from the same embryo, with Monae spitsangin’ rebellion and defiance from the first mouthful of syllables :

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“I am sharper than a razor
Eyes made of lasers
Bolder than the truth
They want me locked up in the system
Cause I’m on a mission
Blame it on my youth

Too long I’ve been out here on my own
Now I’m ’bout to bring it home
Like a rolling stone

I ain’t never been afraid to die
Look a man in the eye,

I come to give you what you love …”

Taken from the album Electric Lady,(Bad Boy/Atlantic), the song is akin to a Money Mayweather jab + a head feint + and turtle-like head poke: the perfect setup for a masterful lesson is the sweet science that singing is supposed to be.  

Dig if you will, this scripture.

What I’m Rockin’ Right Now: DJ Jazzy Jeff x MICK – Summertime Vol. 4

Every year, at just about this time – well, for the past three, anyway – the legendary Jazzy Jeff and MICK (formerly Mick Boogie) celebrate the season with some choice rhymes and R&B on their joint Summertime mixtape series.

On this, the 4th edition, the eponymous intro-version of Jeff & his then young partner’s warm weather anthem is handled by Talib Kweli.

“Jazzy Jeff and I are so thrilled to once again unleash [another] Summertime mix into the world. This is our fourth year,” said Mick in a press statement. “Jeff created something timeless in the ’90s with [the song] ‘Summertime,’ and we are so excited to keep pushing it further and further to new generations. Enjoy it and see us in a city near you.”

This year’s joint features Prince, Little Brother, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Sade, Camp Lo, Intro, Hall and Oates, Biz, Diamond D, Main Source, One Way, Guy and more.

It’s perfect for beaches, barbecues and to and from the vacation spot. Bump this in your system.

Ayo: whatever happened to that Philly kid, anyway? He had mad potential …

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Click here for the download and the player.

Black Music Month – What I’m Rockin’ Right Now: New Wu-Tang Clan “Family Reunion”

Image Those witty, unpredictable, talented cats with natural game from the island of Staten are back with “Family Reunion”, an appetizer to their forthcoming platter A Better Tomorrow, dropping in July.

The RZA produced cut built on an O’Jays hook lifted from the classic Philly Soul track of the same name features Masta Killa, Method Man, Ghostface Killah and the RZA himself reflecting on the Clan’s two decade run. Meth sums it all up magnificently:

“We rock all in together now, Wu-Tang forever now,  Twenty years later we still bang, whatever now, turned chains to cheddar. If I could take a quote from Obama, change is better. I vow to never let you down, remember Meth Tical? In my circle, haters is never ’round; I’m a boss, hold that together, now reunited, the whole world excited …”

Tony Starks, aka, Ghostface uses the third verse to pay homage to his folks who have moved on, from his Grandmother, aunts and, of course, the irreplaceable Ol’ Dirty Bastard:

“I miss my grandmother, my aunts and Unique Ason,
… Fangs hangin’ out his mouth, his fronts was golden.
Wildin’ – record execs can’t control him …
Still no matter what, we gon’ rep the name
Look at your family, we got twenty years in the game”

Last year the RZA set the stage for the feast: “There’s one last job Wu-Tang Clan must do,” he said. “The 20th anniversary [of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”] is next year. We need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly represent our brand.” (New York Times via Pitchfork)

The table is set quite lovely for these veteran verbalists from Shaolin city who revolutionized the game to wine and dine one last time (supposedly) as a crew. Until dinner is served, remember, keep it all in together now. It’s Wu-Tang forever, y’all. 

A Different Tomorrow drops in July.