COVERED: Run-DMC vs. Jake Biz

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It was Raising Hell, the third album by Run-DMC, that helped move them and Jam Master Jay out of their core audience and into a bigger arena. Jake Biz is an MC out of Australia whose new album, Commercial Hell (Karsniogenics/Obese), is a collaboration with producer Overproof Pete and will be released next week Friday (May 18th). Perhaps with the look of this cover, Jake Biz is hoping to raise a little hell too, or at least to help keep things down strong in Australia, as you can see in this video.

Those in Australia can pre-order Commercial Hell by clicking here.

SOME STUFFS: Hip-hop buttons by artist Nathan McKee

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Salt-N-Pepa, Public Enemy, Biggie Smalls, 2Pac, and Run-DMC are the artists who are part of a new series of buttons created by Portland, Oregon artist Nathan McKee, who zinesters may know for his fanzine Fake Your Own Death.

These aren’t digitally manipulated Photoshop print-outs, but rather hand drawn so when you buy and wear them at school or concerts, they’re sure to start up a discussion. There’s even a cool Michael Jackson set, covering all prime eras of MJ’s adult life in illustrated form.

You can take a look at them by heading to BuyOlympia.com.

VIDEO: “2 Turntables & A Microphone” documentary looks at the impact of Jam Master Jay

There’s a new documentary DVD out now that looks at the impact of one Jason Mizell, a/k/a Jam Master Jay, an essential part of the hip-hop group Run-DMC. Here’s a sneak preview of it. The documentary features interviews with Common, Kid Rock, 50 Cent, and many more.

If you’re interested, you can buy it from Amazon.com by clicking below.