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This scene was made from scratch (research>design>animation>composite) It’s 9 seconds long with idk how many animated characters and took me around 3 weeks to finish. Kind of frustrating chopping it up into pieces for Tumblr but it’s the price you have to pay if you don’t want some potato quality looking gif.

Feel free to share or whatever (it’d be super cool if you did though)

EDIT: I was able to upload a full version of this right here

Can You Dig It??? The Warriors 35th Anniversary Mix

Today marks 35 years since the cult classic The Warriors dropped in theaters. This was one of the first movies shot depicting a close description of what gang life was in New York City in the mid to late 70’s. The movie which was picked up by Paramount Pictures and was actually a never suppose to happen. Lawrence Gordon (Producer) and Walter Hill (Director), had a western movie in the works and when it failed to go into production they pitched The Warriors script. Being a huge fan of comic books, Hill had plans to break the movie into chapters with illustrated pages opening each scene. Due to a tight schedule and even tighter budget that idea was shelved and later released on the Ultimate Directors Cut in 2005.

The entire movie was filmed on location in the streets of New York City with some interior scenes done at Astoria Studios. They would shoot from sundown to sunrise. While they shot in the Bronx, people tossed bricks at the crew. Actor Joel Weiss remembers the filming of his scene at Avenue A being canceled because there was a double homicide closeby. For the big meeting with Cyrus at the beginning of the film, Hill wanted real gang members in the scene with off duty police officers also in the crowd so that there would be no trouble. 

The Warriors opened on February 9, 1979 in 670 theaters without advance screenings or a decent promotional campaign and grossed USD $3.5 million on its opening weekend. The following weekend the film was linked to sporadic outbreaks of vandalism and three killings - two in Southern California and one in Boston - involving moviegoers on their way to or from showings. In its sixth week, The Warriors had grossed $16.4 million, well above its estimated $6–7 million budget.

Sol Yurick, whose book was the inspiration for the film expressed his disappointment speculating that it scared some people because “it appeals to the fear of a demonic uprising by lumpen youth”, appealing to many teenagers because it “hits a series of collective fantasies”. President Ronald Reagan was a fan of the film, even calling the film’s lead actor, Michael Beck, to tell him he had screened it at Camp David and enjoyed it.  

The Warriors video game, based on the movie, was released by Rockstar Games on October 17, 2005. Levels 1 through 13 acts as a prequel to the film, creating backstory and elaborating on the characters from the film. Levels 14 through 18 recreates much of the film’s events. Several of the actors from the movie returned to perform the voices for their original characters. Also In 2005, Mezco Toyz released Warriors action figures, including Swan, Cleon, Cochise, Ajax, Luther, and a Baseball Fury.

 In 2009, Dabel Brothers Productions began a five issue comic book adaption of the film and then followed that with a four issue mini series entitled The Warriors: Jail Break which takes place several months after the film’s events.

If you are a cult movie follower or just the everyday movie goer, this flick is a must see masterpiece that captured the feelings of rebellion in NYC during the early days of the drug era. 

Tracklisting:

1. The Warriors Theme Song

Produced by: Barry De Vorzon

Year: 1979

2. King Just - Warriors Drum

Produced by: RNS

Year: 1994

3. Royce The 5’9” - The Warriors feat Slaughterhouse and Melanie Rutherford

Produced By: Streetrunner

Year: 2009

4. Lloyd Banks - Warrior 

Produced by: Thayod Ausar

Year: 2004

5. M.O.P. - Warriorz

Produced by: Mahogany

Year: 2000

6. Ky-Mani Marley - Warriors

Produced by: N/A

Year: 2000

7. Nas -  Warrior Song feat Alicia Keys

Produced by: Alicia Keys

Year: 2002

8. Lloyd Banks - Warrior pt. 2 feat. Eminem, 50 Cent, and Nate Dogg

Produced by: Eminem

Year: 2004

9. Dead Prez - Walk Like A Warrior feat. Krazie Bone

Produced by: Stic.Man

Year: 2004

10. Marlene Johnson - We Are Warrior feat. Marlon B.

Produced by: N/A

Year: 2005

Brothers who Lyrically Act and Combine Kickin Music Out On Nations (Black Moon - Enta Da Stage 20th Anniversary Mix)

Today is the 20th anniversary of Black Moon’s incredible debut, Enta Da Stage. The Nervous Records-released album was an important album in a year full of very important albums. In the 4th quarter of 1993 (the period between September and the end of the year for you non-industry heads) releases from Wu-Tang Clan, Tribe Called Quest, Das Efx, De La Soul, Erick Sermon were released and hip hop’s gangster rap heavy landscape began to shift back to its gritty, East Coast roots. Enta Da Stage was one of those albums at the center of the gravitational pull back home.

To celebrate this release and the impact this album has we decided to put together a mix together that salutes the amazing production collective responsible of putting together twenty years of Duck Down classics, The Beatminerz.

The Beatminerz are the heart and soul of the Boot Camp Clik sound. Mr. Walt, Evil Dee and Baby Paul are the glue that sonically binds together the different elements that comprise Duck Down movement. Their reign of production both in-house for Duck Down and outside of the crew runs from 1993 all the way through today. It is one of the most heralded runs of a producer contingency. Equivalent to what Dungeon Fam is to the Outkast sound with an impact similar to what The Hitmen were to Bad Boy, - the Beatminerz are to Black Moon, The Boot Camp Clik and the entire Duck Down Records Family. 

Smif N Wessun - Bucktown
Year:
1994
Album: Dah Shinin
Producer:
Mr. Walt & DJ Evil Dee

OGC - No Fear
Year: 1996
Album:
No Fear
Producer:
Mr. Walt

OGC - Hurricaine Starang
Year:
1996
Album:
No Fear
Producer:
Mr. Walt

Black Moon - Two Turntables & A Mic
Year:
1996
Album: War Zone
Producer: 
Da Beatminerz

Black Moon I Got Cha Opin
Year:
1993
Album:
Enta Da Stage
Producer: Mr. Walt

Black Moon - Who Got The Props
Year:
1993
Album: Enta Da Stage
Producer:
DJ Evil Dee

Heltah Skeltah - Leflur Leflah Eshkoshka
Year:
1996
Album:
Nocturnal
Producer:
Baby Paul

Black Moon - War Zone
Year:
1999
Album:  War Zone
Producer: 
Da Beatminerz

Black Moon - How Many Emcees [DJ Evil Dee Remix]
Year: 1996
Album:
Diggin’ in dah Vaults
Producer:
DJ Evil Dee

Smif N Wessun - Wontime
Year:
1994
Album:
Mr. Walt & Rich Blak

UpNorthTrips Presents The 10s | Thinking of a Master Plan: Paying Homage In Full

words by @evboogie / mix by @UNITEDCRATES

In the Summer of 1987, the sounds of Eric B. & Rakim‘s Paid In Full blasted out of boomboxes on front stoops to the trunks of every boxed-out Beemer or tricked-out Benz from Westchester to Wyandanch. Without a doubt, Ra’s magical visual wordplay and machine gun cadence in unison with Eric B’s cuts helped further hip-hop’s growing reputation as a legit art form. In addition to the music, the trendsetting duo’s fresh fashion styles ushered in a new look of backwards Kangol hat-wearing, truck jewel-rockin’, flashy Dapper Dan-designed outfits. Through time, their influence reached other levels, from inspiring film titles to providing namesakes to the next generation of rappers (A$AP Rocky’s real name is Rakim, named after the God MC).

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Paid In Full‘s release. To celebrate this quarter century milestone, UpNorthTrips has created this mix composed of 10 tracks by other artists that utilize some element of PIF — whether it be a sample or a Rakim quotable — to show hip-hop’s gratitude towards such a classic album. [Read More…]

UpNorthTrips Presents The 10s | Everything Is Purple: Celebrating The “Purple Tape”

words by @evboogie / mix by @UNITEDCRATES

It’s one of the most revered pieces in hip-hop history — both literally and figuratively. When listing off items that deserve to be enshrined in the ultimate hip-hop museum, Flavor Flav’s clock, Jam Master Jay’s fat gold rope chains, and a copy of Raekwon‘s Purple Tape are amongst the essential artifacts.

The Purple Tape is, of course, that legendary colored cassette which circulated in 1995 and is an integral element of The Chef’s legacy. It’s also the more popular term within hip-hop circles for Rae’s classic debut album, officially known as Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…. Even with the demise of the cassette format, it’s still one of the most sought after tapes by rap memorabilists. (A copy of the OG cassette is now up on ebay for $260.00)

In this clip, Rae describes how the idea to make the cassette the color purple was influenced by the crack game. How back in the day, during his hustling days, it was customary for dealers to identify their product by using colored vial tops. In one of the most genius marketing moves the rap game has seen, Rae decided to adopt this same method for his debut release.

For the 17th year anniversary of the Purple Tape‘s release, we decided to pay tribute, the Up North Trips way. So we put together a dope mix of some of our favorite grape-tinted cuts for your listening pleasure.

“Now let’s get purple like Grimace or Barney…”

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The Roots: From Trees To Branches [Mixed by @UNITEDCRATES]

Today marks nineteen years since the release of their sophmore album, Do You Want More?!!? Over the last two decades we’ve seen  The Roots grow from small stage shows & open mics in the streets of Philly all the way to headlining their own festival & the Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon.  

As they proceeded to continue to rock the mic, their impact to Hip-Hop was immediate. From the jump, they displayed an expertly mixed combination of lyricism and live musicianship which amazed fans and influenced their peers alike.

We hope today’s reminiscent reflection and tribute of Hip-Hop’s greatest live rap band will help you understand the complexity of seeds planted by The Roots.

Thank You Philly.

Words & Mix by @UNITEDCRATES

UpNorthTrips Presents The 10s | Thought At Work: 10 Black Thought Bangers (via @egotripland)

Words by @stanipcus // Mix by @UNITEDCRATES

When the discussion of underrated MCs comes up, Black Thought’s name is frequently mentioned. And we take that as an insult. It’s 2012, and the Philly bred frontman from The Roots has been slaying every mic in his path for two decades now, in concerts across the world and on over a dozen LPs, without taking a breather. He’s even managed to stay relevant with rap purists while holding down a gig on Jimmy Fallon’s late night NBC talk show. Tariq Trotter is a one of one in this rap shit. There is no other artist with his stage presence, stamina, versatility, and straight up skills to pay the bills. He’s the quintessential master of ceremonies.

To celebrate his 42nd birthday, we give you a special edition of The 10s titled Thought At Work, because he stays on his job, and doesn’t ever let up. He’s a monster live, but his recordings are just as impressive, and he’s held his own on tracks with everyone from Big Pun to Ghostface Killah to Mos Def, not to mention his countless classics with The Roots. Read about our selections below, listen to the  mix, and next time you want to talk underrated MCs, please leave his name out. Black Thought only belongs in the Top 5 Dead Or Alive discussion moving forward. [Read More…]