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Here’s what’s interesting and cool about this video:

  1. They made a small narrative just for the video
  2. The cinematography at least superficially resembles fairly hip, Wes Anderson-type stuff.

Here’s what’s pretentious about this video:

  1. Pretty much everything else.

Here’s what’s straight-up stupid about this video:

  1. Everything from when Ezra Koenig turns into a werewolf (apparently?) on.

Watch: “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” music video

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“Scenario” is the classic final track of ATCQ’s classic second album, The Low End Theory. This new version of the track that unkut.com put up features a lot more of the Native Tongues guys than the album version, and like all posse cuts, it’s a lot of fun to listen to. Plus, by my count it contains 100% more Beatles and MacGyver references than the album version. The sound quality isn’t too good though.

Download: A Tribe Called Quest — Scenario (Alternate Take)

(via Unkut.com, where they also explain more about how this track came about)

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Check it out

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Download: Jay-Z — Girls, Girls, Girls (Greg Faletto remix)

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I’m sure that some of my terribly cool readers, who are even cooler than me, are too cool to know John Mayer’s singles, but it helps if you know these songs before you watch this video. (via Elitaste) (Edit: shit. Sorry I messed up the link.)

Speaking of John Mayer, did you know that he did a pretty cool cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A?” (He didn’t make this video though.)

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBMANXQqbTs]

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Tracformers made this awesome mash-up of “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy and “Around the World” by Daft Punk. It’s called “It Wasn’t Around the World.”

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Download: Ms. December 1963 (Mos Def vs. The Four Seasons)

I mashed up “Ms. Fat Booty” by Mos Def and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” by The Four Seasons. You can also listen to it on YouTube.

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I’m leaving in about 4 hours. There were a lot of things I wanted to write about before I left, like all these “Incredible” freestyles and my trip to go see Linkin Park and Chris Cornell live (I got some free tickets), but they will have to go unwritten because time is not permitting. See, I’m going to volunteer in the remote wilderness of China for about a month, so I won’t be on the Interwebs. After that, I’ll be in Beijing for the fall, but I’ll probably try to keep posting on here every once in a while. For now, though, it’s all Greg’s show, straight from South Africa. Now, aren’t we cool, traveling all over the world and stuff? Yeah.

Anyway, this is a little taste of what you have to look forward to from China, once I start listening to their music. By the way, this is also probably my favorite YouTube video ever, so I’m happy that I have a good reason to post it on here:

My friend Beatrice is from Seattle, and the Blue Scholars and Hieroglyphics are probably her two favorite hip hop groups, so I figured I owed it to her to go to this show, even though I don’t know either group’s music that well. I do know enough, at least, to know that I should get to know their music better.

This tour had about five acts, but I only arrived in time for the penultimate act, which was the Blue Scholars. I’d heard from all my Seattle friends that seeing the Blue Scholars live was amazing, but this isn’t Seattle, so it was a little bit of a letdown. The crowd was low-energy as hell, which was no good. Also, the mix was such that I could hear every word that Geo spat, which was a first at any show for me, but it also kind of worked against the group’s own good. First of all, it meant that the beats were low enough that only the bass was audible, which meant that all of Sabzi’s great, airy samples were brushed aside. Also, it called attention to some of the group’s weaker lyrical moments, and, more importantly, to the fact that Geo barely changed his cadence at all during any point in the show. The entire set was just a constant barrage of uniform meter. Overall, it was definitely a solid set, but, as the boring-ass crowd demonstrated, nothing to get excited over.

Hieroglyphics and pictures after the jump:

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