It’s that time again… WORLD CUP!
“The last game” is a story about risky football vs. safe football. It included Ronaldo and a mad scientist. Check it out.
Lupe Fiasco recently stopped by Sway’s satellite radio show and showed why if he’s not one of your favorites, he should be. When Sway asks: “You going to kick a written or a Freestyle?” Lu responds with “when people say freestyle, I freestyle!”
The act of “Freestyling” or creating lyrics and wordplay off the top or your head is a talent and skill many so-called emcee’s don’t posses. When done correctly it can create excitement and leave you hanging on to what the next words or phrase will be. Lupe definitely not only did that, but he held it down for 4 minutes and got busy!
Check it out below. Lu just dropped a new track called “Mission” as well. New album coming soon? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Pharoahe Monch comes to ATL to get a taste of the rap life. The latest video for “Rap Life” is produced by Diamond D who also makes a cameo and drops a couple bars on the track as well. Filmed on location in ATL the video was filmed and directed Deacon The Villian & Amond Jackson. Rap Life is taken from Diamond’s forthcoming LP “The Diam Piece.”
On New Years Day 2014 one of my friends wrote on Facebook “All I want this year is to see Outkast perform live!” Starting in November 2013 there were rumors that duo was getting back together in the new year specifically for Coachella. Sleepy Brown even posted something on Instagram hinting to the reunion, and soon after removed the update from his page.
Then a week into the new year it was official. Big Boi & Andre 3000 would not only be getting back together to celebrate their 20 year anniversary with a show at Coachella, they would also be doing a string of festivals this summer around the country. This is every true Outkast’s fan dream come true right? I mean it’s only been 7 years, which has felt like a decade in the fast pace landscape of life these days.
Well for those couldn’t make it to California for Coachella, including myself, thanks to the good ole Internet you could of watched the live stream last night online, OR… You can watch the full show below.
Outkast will be playing in Georgia at the Counterpoint Festival during the weekend of April 25-27. There is also rumor going around about them playing at the Mad Decent Block Party in ATL this summer, which I’ve heard from a reputable source is false. As of now they will only be appearing on the Denver, Colorado date in August.
Alright… enough text, below is what you really want to see, so check it out. Am I the only one that finds it odd Dre is walking around with a corded microphone? Other than bad sound, there’s nothing more restricting to artists performance on a large stage than a cordless mic. And seems like the stage lighting was very dark throughout their set. Let me know what you think of the set. Do you have tickets booked to see Outkast this summer?
Spotted at TSS.
There’s one thing not many people know about me. I don’t watch very much TV, and when I say not very much, I really mean little to none. I only really watch sports, award shows here and there, and an occasional TV show when I find one I really like. The Boondocks since day one has been one of those shows THAT I REALLY LIKE! The mix of satire, cultural relevance, and the fact that the program has been on the forefront of predicting several social trends makes it the best show on television in the past 10 years for me.
If you’ve been in these ATL streets lately, you’ve probably seen one of the several Boondocks murals in promotion of the new season 4 which kicks off on April 21st @ 10:30. I heard sometime last year from a source at Cartoon Network that Boondocks would definitely be returning for a 4th season. What I, or rather nobody knew was that founder and creator Aaron McGruder was going to be stepping down from the show.
This news announced last week leaves me a lot of confusion and even more questions. In a statement AM says:
As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.
I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind.
To quote a great white man, “Hollywood is a business”. And to quote another great white man, “Don’t hold grudges”.
What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable.
As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS.
Okay so here’s what I’m confused about:
Doesn’t Aaron McGruder OWN the Boondocks. I mean he did found and create it right? So how are you stepping down from something you created. I mean that’s possible right. Russell stepped down from Def Jam, but when he did he announced he SOLD it.
Has the Boondocks been sold to Cartoon Network? With McGruder stepping down, who is stepping up? And if AM didn’t have anything to do with season 4, why wasn’t this news released before the creation of season 4?
McGruder hints at a new show “Black Jesus” that will be featured on the same Cartoon Network station as the Boondocks. If the network didn’t give complete creative control and freedom with the Boondocks, does Aaron really expect to get that with his new program?
Some of this story just isn’t making sense too me.
Futhermore… Deep down, I’m hoping this is all apart of a marketing scheme to continue building the buzz for the premier of season 4, and all questions will be answered soon enough. I guess we’ll see right?
Below is the trailer for Season 4 if you haven’t seen it yet. Shouts to the homie Killer Mike who’s voice you’ll hear in here. Monday April 21st (Boondocks has moved to Mondays WTF?) 10:30pm it all goes down.
What do you think of Aaron McGruder stepping down?
As we enter the 75th year of the March Madness college basketball tournament it’s hard to be shocked. We’ve seen many upsets, cinderella stories, double & triple overtimes, and had our brackets busted. Especially this year, when it seems as soon as Warren Buffett put up a billion bucks for the perfect bracket, upsets happened out the gate. Creighton, Duke, Villanova, Kansas, Ohio State, and even my beloved Orange at Syracuse.
But there was one thing that happened this year, that I wasn’t expecting. While watching the ESPN College Game Day program I discovered the person with whom credit is given from inventing the jumpshot. A man by the name of Kenny Sailors. At the age of 92, Sailors attended the University of Wyoming and lead his team to the NCAA championship in 1943.
I really enjoyed watching the enthusiasm and happiness you can tell the sport of basketball has brought Mr. Sailors. Proof that doing something you love can truly keep you young. If you haven’t seen this short documentary called “Jumpshot” yet take 7 minutes out of your day and check it out. Don’t forget to work on your jumper though.
As we watch UCONN upset #1 Florida tonight, and get ready for Kentucky vs. Wisconsin next. How those brackets holding up out there?
In case you weren’t in DC to witness this magical moment. The whole video is here for you.
Nas and professor Michael Eric Dyson sat down for an in-depth conversation about Illmatic and its impact on the landscape of Rap over the past 20 years, the state of Hip-Hop today and much more. The talk was moderated by professor James Peterson of Lehigh University. Spotted at Nah Right
Un-earthed documentary “80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Re-released after nearly 25 years.
Five Day Weekend and Traffic Entertainment are proud to announce the release of 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s, director Gary Weis’ 1979 documentary about the South Bronx and its gang culture. The previously unavailable film is now out on DVD, marking the first time it has been offered to the public in decades, and is accompanied by a handful of exciting bonus features.
Director Gary Weis was still working as a short film creator for Saturday Night Live when he came up with the idea for 80 Blocks after reading a Jon Bradshaw article, “Savage Skulls.” Published in a 1977 issue of Esquire Magazine, the piece centered on two gangs based in the South Bronx at the time — the Savage Nomads and the Savage Skulls. Weis became infatuated with the story and, soon after striking up a dialogue with Bradshaw, he convinced SNL producer Lorne Michaels to help him produce the film. Just two years later, in 1979, Weis and Bradshaw brought a camera crew to speak with members of both gangs, along with police officers, community activists, and civilians.
Despite its role as an important and unflinching portrait of a profoundly interesting time in New York and, as pointed out by The New York Times, hip hop’s cultural history, 80 Blocks was, for many years, impossible to find, only briefly available as an educational VHS release in 1985. In the time since its initial release, the documentary has gained an overwhelming cult status. With little to no news coverage over the decades since its release dedicated fans continue to buzz about the film, especially now that the internet has provided fans common ground to fondly look back not only the documentary itself, but the era that it captured so vividly. The Times, in their recent coverage of its release, noted that copies of the documentary have been known to sell for up to $300 on eBay, a seemingly staggering figure until one considers the depth of its reach.
For the first time in 25 years, the film is easily available to the public on a DVD including interviews with producer/filmmaker Weis and director of photography Joan Churchill, as well as a 40 page book comprised of the original “Savage Skulls” article, an essay by David Hollander, and artwork by Julian Allen. Publications such as New York Press and the Amsterdam News have called the film a “time capsule,” but even without the element of nostalgia, 80 Blocks holds up as a portrait of a subculture that might have otherwise been forgotten, as well as an important moment in cinema.
Definitely a great movie to check out if you’ve never seen it and a great movie to own on DVD if your are familiar. Check out the trailer below.
The Red Bull Music Academy is an international workshop that has been happening annually for the past 15 years. Earlier this year it took place in NYC. While this video is over 5 months old, it’s also 2 hours long, and I’m JUST getting a chance to finally finish watching the whole thing. Thought it would be great to share, and if you don’t have 2 hours right now to watch it… Bookmark it and come back. Press play below to see Chairman Mao & Q-Tip chop it up on everything from equipment, production techniques, and what challenges Q-Tip.
One of the most important things in human existence is stories. Stories are the links and connections between cultures, places, things, etc. They allow our brains to remember things easily, and they are passed from person to person.
One of the most interesting people I’ve ever met is emcee 4-IZE, and he has an amazing story not many people know about. On this new track “How’d That Work Out” he shares of story of where he’s from to where’s he’s gone as well as all the interesting things that happened along the way. Being present in the studio in the 9th Wonder session, I can definitely share stories of those sessions, but I’ll let 4-IZE share with you when he’s ready. In the meantime… Check out the new video and enjoy your Christmas. Stay tuned for 4IZE.COM for new music.