Time Magazine's Belinda Luscombe talks with ?uestlove (of The Roots) about his upbringing, records that influenced his career, his take on the direction of Hip-Hop, his new book (Mo Meta Blues), his group's 'retirement gig' on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' and more.
Talk about Black Hippy (re: the video treatment for this). Perfect guest Kendrick Lamar comes through to deliver a 'gunshot gunshot' on this Nitty Scott, MC single "Flower Child" (produced by Paul Boogie). This is Nitty's official music video fully funded by a Kickstarter campaign. That's how you do it: Support Indie Hip-Hop! Respect to those investors. Respect to Kendrick (though notably absent from the visuals) for his contribution. Respect to director Anthony Sylvester, LPZ Media and cinematographer Anthony DeRose.
J. Cole's 'Dollar & A Dream Tour' - in support the "Born Sinner" album - is off an running. To start, Big Tigger brought Cole out to an off-the-meter Atlanta crowd. See footage from ATL and Baltimore above. From Miami after the jump.
"My Father's Day tribute. I hope you dig it. We shot at my sister's wedding." - Haziq Ali
Evidenced throughout the lyrics: Haziq loved his father. 6ix Shoota directed the tribute video above, giving it a home movie feel that supports the message's delivery and makes it that much more real. Play this video for "Transitioning" by Haziq Ali. If you love your dad, or lost him (or anyone) too soon, you will be touched. On second thought, you'll probably get a little misty regardless.
MED lets go of the video for his single "Misunderstood" (produced by Madlib) off "Bang Ya Head 3" (Special Edition) (available on iTunes now). Credits on the visual presentation: Filming and editing by DollaMan; Talib Zaid, director.
'Everybody eating man, but me first...' - Action Bronson
Oh yeah. Statik Selektah is leaving no one starving. Ravenous fans won't have to wait to much longer for this "Extended Play" plate. And the hungry artists (Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, and Mike Posner) on "The Spark" devoured it. Click and listen.
Damn if the man W. Feagins, Jr., didn't deliver another hot visual concept for this one. Of course, you gotta do it when Boog Brown puts down a single like this "In Tune" (featuring Joe D. and Lex Boogie). Check out the video for "In Tune" (produced by Illastrate) - Boog Brown's first single from the forthcoming project, "The Late Bloom."
Esteban welcomes Marco Polo to chit-chat and explore tracks (like this "G.U.R.U." we posted on earlier) off his upcoming album - "PA2: The Director's Cut." Esteban's Hip-Hop hangout show, The Mixdown, is on Fuse every Wednesday.
Official video for Wiz Khalifa's "Paperbond" off "O.N.I.F.C." (out on iTunes now). Visuals directed by Frank Paladino. Glad to see the Pittsburgh kid decided to drop a video for one of my favorite songs off of his latest album....
A Madden game's release is as big a deal - for EA Sports and for sports video gamer - as any music or movie's. That said, here's the Official Madden 25 Trailer (showcasing actual game footage). Coming out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Fall.