The site has moved onto bigger and better thing guys
GONESOFAR.COM will be the new home

all the old posts are there, forgive me if the formatting is a little off, frankly id appreciate some feedback, new layout? new colors? new name even, im open to any and all.

btw expect BIG IMROVMENTS from gonesofar.com


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Jay-Z interview with Zane Lowe pt 1 , 4 day argument with Kanye West over Oceans and Holy Grail. FULL HIGHLIGHTS

BBC1’s Zane Lowe, IMO the best music interviewer in the game (sorry Nardwuar) sits down for part 1 of his interview with Jay-Z at Abbey Road Studios.  Among many other things they discuss his 4 day argument with Kanye West over tracks that ended up being used for  Magna Carta Holy Grail but predated Watch The Throne.

Highlights below, the time listed is when that portion of the convo began

Jay-Z jokingly ( i think) says Roc the Mic studios is as famous as Abbey Road studios.  Talks about the recording of Blueprint and how Just Blaze and Kanye West would go back and forth. :30

Admits you need great producers to make good music no matter HOW GOOD your lyrics are.  Blueprint was that “magic moment” when it all aligns 2:20

He and Kanye West planned to do solo albums  following Watch The Throne.  Jay played Kanye “Holy Grail” and “Oceans” around the time they were making WTT.  Kanye said noooo those must be on WTT.  4 day argument him trying to explain why he wanted them to be  his own.  As a compromise they brought Frank Ocean and The Dream back in, and that is when “No Church in the Wild and “Made it in America” were reordered.   3:20


He goes on to say that he wasn’t really in album mode but when he did the Barclays shows him and Timbaland linked back up and he played him the beat for “Picasso Baby” and thats what started things back up for Magna Carta Holy Grail.  Feels like the album has a real 90’s feel, says even “Part II” sounds 90’s ish (i don’t agree).  Acknowledges that “Picasso Baby” has a DJ Premiere “A Million and One Questions” feel to it (I think its more “So Ghetto” but who asked me) 5:15

Recorded Open Letter the same day as Versus.  Was literally Swizz and Timbaland battling back and forth on drum machines 8:10

Fallout with Timbaland happened toward the end of recording Blueprint 3.  Some of the records that were his were leaked and Kanye was even like “wheres Tim, lets get him more on this” 9:00

Never really worked on project with Timbaland, really just songs, this is first time 10:45

Recorded most of the album at Jungle Studios (aka the most well lit studio in the world), owned by Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.  While Beyonce and Justin Timberlake were also working on there albums. 11:00

BBC happened because everyone went to the 10th anniversary dinner for Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club line and came back to the studio afterward.  Felt a duty to record a song that night. 12:00

Speaks on patching things up with Nas, explains its really just competition and the entourages and crews get in the way usually 13:00

Speaks on the concept of EGO, and others ego’s lot of fluff (shame on you Zane) 14:15

Talks about how sometimes not engaging in “stupid shit” is perceived as arrgoance 15:50

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2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Highlights, EPMD, Pusha T, Redman and more

This weekend the 2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival took place, looks like it was an amazing time, you can watch all the performances HERE


bk_5bk_11Photos courtesy of Steven Lau @SLphotographies

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Trayvon Martin Verdict Protests across country, LIVE STREAMS


Protests are springing up all over the country, although no real riots have occurred

The protest is heating up at Time Square in New York City.

Vice has a live stream, with a narrator, check it out, sorry cant seem to embed

Here is a live stream of  Oaklands protest, very high quality images


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Brooklyn Music Festival Live Stream, Pusha T EPMD Redman Dizzy Wright

Today is the Brooklyn Music Festival, unfortunately I will not be able to attend which frankly as a new resident of Brooklyn and an absolute super stan of Pusha T , I’m very bummed about.  Nonetheless here is a really solid live stream of the event.  Support good hip hop and let your friends know.

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Live Stream by BKHipHopFestival

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July 13, 2013 · 8:23 pm

Fruitvale Station Opening Night in the Bay Area (7/12)

Tonight by sheer coincidence(fate) I happen to be visiting my family in the Bay Area. When I realized that Fruitvale Station, the new movie by first time director and Bay Area native Ryan Coogler, which is based on the last 24 hrs of Oscar Grants life was premiering tonight, I realized I HAD TO go see it. If your not familiar with the events that transpired at the Fruitvale station BART stop on January 1st 2009, please do yourself and society a favor by reading up on it. Here is one of many videos taken from a bystander on the platform the night Grant was killed.

I’ve been to many film openings but I must say I’ve never quite felt like this standing in line waiting to see a movie. Maybe it’s because I’m less than 10 miles from where this young man tragically lost his life, or maybe it’s the flyers for police brutality marches and social injustice rally’s that are being passed around as I stand here. Needless to say its an experience.
I’ll have a slight review up soon.


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Earl Sweatshirt Reveals Cover, Tracklist and Release Date for Doris his debut album

earlcoverEarlier today Odd Future’s young gun Earl Sweatshirt revealed the Cover track list and release date (August 20th) for his debut album Doris.

The album apparently features 15 tracksearltracklist

and although the image of the track list he released does not have any features, he revealed almost a year ago that collaborators on the album include Tyler, the Creator, Domo Genesis, MellowHype, Frank Ocean and The Internet will all be involved, as well as Pharrell, the Alchemist and Vince Staples.

Cassie Veggies has already confirmed that he and Vince Staples are featured on the track “Hive”

After the firestorm Earl created by giving his opinion on Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, the expectations for his album are at an all time high.

If you’ve never heard anything by the guy checkout what I think is his best work so far.

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