Borahm Lee Shares His Love For J Dilla Ahead Of Brooklyn Comes Alive Tribute Jam

first_img“We are going to present a showcase of his music, and the philosophies behind his music.” Borahm LeeLed by Break Science’s Borahm Lee, the J Dilla tribute at Brooklyn Comes Alive will explore the annals of a man who is considered among the greatest producers in hip-hop history. The session will include a nuclear-equipped squad well versed in the school of Dilla dawg. Collaborators include drummer Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), guitarist Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), bassist Stu Brooks (Matisyahu, 50 Cent, Pretty Lights), Maurice Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band) and Chauncey Yearwood (High & Might Brass Band). Visionary hip-hop producer J Dilla did not find huge mainstream success during his brief time on Earth. Yet in the decade since his death, Dilla has come to represent a major influence on hip-hop and electronic music’s DNA. His apex was in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when he created mind-bending music that sounded insanely original, and employed studio tactics that didn’t seem possible. Dilla teased with textures and perfected drum tones. He reimagined the art of the sample, making it malleable instead of rigid. He also blessed the culture with an emotional quotient inside of the bombastic boom bap, a structure that had informed the golden era of hip hop. Dilla broke the mold and stepped into the future.“In the spirit of dub greats like Lee Scratch Perry, and King Tubby, Dilla put the music upfront, so it could carry itself without the rapper, the music itself was potent enough on it’s own. His music can make you go in to a trance, like the dub styles.  It’s so modular, heady, and psychedelic too. There is a hypnotizing quality. But the beats are hard!” Borahm LeeDilla’s imprint is felt far beyond hip-hop: In recent years, the artist formerly known as Jay Dee has left a long shadow over modern jazz and funk. He’s never belonged to the jam band community per se, but since his passing in 2006 from a rare blood disease, his legacy has helped this scene incorporate elements of hip hop and electronica, such as Portland, Maine’s Jaw Gems, or Break Science, Lee’s future-music duo with drummer/producer wunderkind Adam Deitch.“The man is a movement, he was completely ahead of his time, even more so posthumously. He made so much music, even though he lived such a short life. It’s crazy, yet it’s so tragic. A lot of other legendary artists died far too young too, like Jimi Hendrix or Charlie Parker. I put Dilla right there in that category of artists.” Borahm LeeSo what sets Dilla apart? Why has his creativity, artistic vision and virtuosity proved so captivating to the jam band crowd?For one, Dilla was a sort of human musical encyclopedia. In his studio, he stored and collected thousands of vinyl records, many of them jazz and funk, into specific sections and kept them alphabetized so that he could cue up the perfect sample right when the inspiration struck. He didn’t just rely on his gigantic record collection, either. He was always ready to pick up a guitar or a bass, or sit down behind the drum kit, or tickle on some chords on the keyboard. This type of dedication to minutia, and multi-instrumentalism speaks to the jamband community.Dilla would manically mine clips from albums just for the timbre of a single note, or the crackling textures of vinyl, or the boom-bap of a kick/snare hit. There was Dilla’s approach to lacing up the rhythms of those legendary drumbeats. Many beat-makers use a method known as quantizing, which lets you perfectly subdivide electric drum-machine sounds into positions within a measure. The pattern can repeat itself, known as a “loop.” Dilla instead most often chose to play beats on a drum machine, creating them by hand in real time. That offered him a chance to color his beats and rhythms with a signature drunken monkey style: jazzy, grooving, laid back and landing just behind the beat.“His whole philosophy, from the sounds of his drums, to the rhythmic theories, to the placement and dissection of samples, he did so much to influence the musicians of his day, and especially today. Look at bands like Lettuce or producers like Taylor McFerrin, who’s one of my favorites, and of course a Flying Lotus too. His influence spreads like Bob Marley’s did to reggae music, changes people’s perspective from hip-hop to electronic, and in between, the people know J Dilla.“One can only imagine what this super group of hip-hop and electronic players will cook up for this next installment of Borahm Lee’s tribute to J Dilla, coming up at Brooklyn Comes Alive.Check out three of Borahm Lee’s favorite Dilla deep cuts, below.last_img read more

Joy Sports Wimbledon daily: How the VIPs fared on day 6

first_imgThis series from the #JoySports team lasts for the duration of the Wimbledon tournament: June 29 – July 12. – With the Wimbledon third-round match suspended at 10-10 in the fifth set under poor light on Friday, Marin Cilic (pictured below) only needed 15 minutes and two games on Saturday to complete a win over John Isner.Elsewhere, Sam Groth, who holds the record for the fastest ever delivery in tennis, regularly launched 140mph missiles against Roger Federer, but the Australian was taught that you need more than bullet serves against the big boys.Federer progressed smoothly to the fourth round. “I am very happy. It has been a hot week the first week but thankfully I have had easy matches going through without too many long four or five setters,” said Federer, who now faces 20th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. Sixth seed Tomas Berdych recovered from losing the first set to beat Pablo Andujar while Dustin Brown’s Wimbledon flame fizzled out in a four-set defeat by Viktor Troicki, two days after the dreadlocked journeyman illuminated the All England Club by beating twice champion Rafa Nadal. Ivo Karlovic of Croatia beat France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon beat Gael Monfils in a late-night match played under the lights of Centre Court.Men’s singles – results (Numbers preceding player’s name is their ranking, if any) 2-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Samuel Groth (Australia) 6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 6-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Pablo Andujar (Spain) 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-6(3)9-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat 17-John Isner (U.S.) 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 6-4 6-7(4) 12-1023-Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) beat 13-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 7-6(3) 4-6 7-6(2) 7-6(9)20-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 7-6(4) 6-0 6-122-Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat Dustin Brown (Germany) 6-4 7-6(3) 4-6 6-3 Vasek Pospisil (Canada) beat James Ward (Britain) 6-4 3-6 2-6 6-3 8-6Women’s singles – round threeHolder Petra Kvitova suffered a shock 3-6 7-5 6-4 defeat by Serbia’s former world number one Jelena Jankovic (below, pictured) in the Wimbledon third round on Saturday.Second seed Kvitova had breezed through the first two rounds but after taking the first set against 30-year-old Jankovic she made too many errors allowing the 28th seed to triumph.Caroline Wozniacki beat Camila Giorgi while. Agnieszka Radwanska saw off Casey Dellacqua to also make the second week. Results (Numbers preceding player’s name is their ranking, if any) 8-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat 2-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 3-6 7-5 6-45-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat 31-Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-2 6-220-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat 10-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 7-6(12) 1-6 6-2 13-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Casey Dellacqua (Australia) 6-1 6-415-Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) beat 18-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-3 6-221-Madison Keys (U.S.) beat Tatjana Maria (Germany) 6-4 6-4Monica Niculescu (Romania) beat Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) 6-3 7-5Olga Govortsova (Belarus) beat Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) 7-6(4) 6-3 –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith  The #JoySports Wimbledon coverage includes updates on Sports Centre with George Addo Jnr (7:45am, Monday- Friday), Global Sports with Gary Al-Smith (3:45pm, Tuesday-Thursday) and the sports segments on Midday and Newsnight.   On Multi TV, follow on the AM Sports with Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang, sports on NewsDay with Benedict Owusu Dankwah, Sports Today with Nathaniel Attoh (2pm, Monday-Friday), sports on the Pulse with Gary Al-Smith (4:30pm, Monday-Friday) and sports on Joy News Prime with George Addo Jnr.last_img read more

Lakers suffer ugly road loss to Hawks, sink below .500 going into All-Star break

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Of course, ugly losses to bad teams are familiar to the Lakers over the past few months: They’ve also lost to sure-fire lottery teams such as the Cavaliers, the Knicks and the Timberwolves since James was hurt on Christmas Day, back when the team was 20-14.A common theme discussed among the Lakers after the game was a need to get away during the All-Star break and decompress. Bruising losses to Indiana and Philadelphia have added to the pressure the Lakers have been feeling since before the trade deadline, and Atlanta seemed to be a natural point for players to get some space. Walton said he hoped players would reflect.“It’s different for everyone,” he said. “But coming back re-energized with the idea of, ‘let’s try to do something special. Let’s sacrifice, let’s go out and give for the team.’ And that’s what we were talking about earlier (in the season), and I think we’ll get back to that.”On a night with many hung heads, Kuzma pined for something simpler.“We just gotta make the game fun,” he said. “We just gotta remember why we started playing this game. Play for fun, not as a business and not get too much stress out on the court. I think the All-Star break is gonna be really good for us, especially getting a break with everybody, and get to recharge, and get back a new sense of focus.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years PreviousHawks forward Taurean Prince celebrates after a Hawks basket during the second half of Tuesday’s game against the Lakers in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) reaches in to knock the ball away from Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) scores against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James dunks over Atlanta Hawks Taurean Prince during the second half in a NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket as Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young goes to the basket past Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during the first half in a NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives past Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson laughs as he sits courtside during the second half of Tuesday’s loss to the Hawks in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) gets past Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) races to the basket as Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins blocks a shot by Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James during the second half in a NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) goes in for a basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson (6) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives against Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Lakers forward LeBron James (23) argues with an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is shown during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes in for a basket as Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) comes down with a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince (12) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce is shown against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) argues with an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter (15) is guarded by Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) is shown in action against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Rapper Gucci Mane watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes in for a basket as Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) attempts a dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Hawks forward Taurean Prince celebrates after a Hawks basket during the second half of Tuesday’s game against the Lakers in Atlanta. The Hawks won 117-113. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) reaches in to knock the ball away from Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)NextShow Caption1 of 32Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) reaches in to knock the ball away from Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ExpandATLANTA — The last time LeBron James missed the NBA playoffs was in 2005. It’s a streak older than the iPhone, than YouTube – one that has lasted through three White House administrations.If the Lakers (28-29) have more nights like Tuesday in Atlanta, brace for that run to end.In the final game before the All-Star break, the Lakers fell 117-113 to a Hawks team (19-38) with far more youth and far lower expectations. It was the kind of defeat that will vex and pain the franchise, which is looking to make its first playoff appearance in six years. Finishing their season-long six-game trip at 2-4, the Lakers dropped below .500 going into the league’s annual mid-February intermission – something that was previously unthinkable for a team sporting James.James himself was brooding afterward, grim and businesslike in a locker room that was blanketed by a somber hush. Asked about a 28-point, 16-assist, 11-rebound triple-double, James said he would “throw that game in the trash.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “I mean, we missed – how many layups did we miss?” Coach Luke Walton said afterward, with exasperation. “I’ll have to check the film but three, four layups in the fourth? … we probably missed seven or eight layups throughout the whole game. Had some open looks from three that didn’t go in. You got to make them. If you want to win in the NBA, you got to make those plays.”The Lakers even got themselves within three points in the final 20 seconds, but they were forced to foul Kevin Heurter, who made a clinching free throw with four seconds left. The Lakers’ last possession ended on a turnover.James was more distributor (16 assists) than scorer for much of the game, not seeming particularly pleased with the officiating as the night wore on. He scored 10 of his 28 points in the final quarter, but he finished just 8 for 20 from the field, including 3 for 10 from 3-point range.He wore disgust on his face as the Lakers filed out of the arena after the 18-point fourth quarter.With 25 games left when the Lakers resume on Feb. 21, only 10 games will come against teams who currently have losing records. They find themselves 2.5 games behind the Clippers (who traded away their best player) and the Sacramento Kings (who are pushing for the playoffs) with a difficult Western Conference-heavy finish to the schedule.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut he suggested also that his faith in his postseason streak is not yet eroding: “You either make it or don’t make it. That’s when you worry about it.”As a group, the Lakers might need to worry sooner.The chief problem was again on defense, as the Hawks rained down 16 3-pointers in the game. That included triples from rookie Trae Young (22 points) and Taurean Prince (23 points), but also unlikely candidates in Alex Len (3 for 4 from the arc) and Vince Carter (11 points). It was the seventh straight game the Lakers have given up 115 points or more, and it was particularly tough in the first quarter when the Hawks made 10 of their 3-pointers on their way to 38 points.But in the critical stretch when the Lakers could have taken control as the defense finally clicked, the offense completely faltered: during a stretch from the 8:47 mark of the fourth quarter to the 2:14 mark, the Lakers did not make a field goal. That fruitless run included eight consecutive possessions in which the Lakers turned the ball over or missed their shot, including missed layups at the rim by Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma and Reggie Bullock.The Hawks scored just seven points in the final 6:33, but it was enough. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more