A witty public service announcement 'directed' by DL Hughley, featured on 'The Endangered List' - his special on Comedy Central. Dennis Haysbert, Clay Aiken, Howie Mandel, and Jennifer Tilly star in this PSA to Save the Black Man. Have you seen 'The Endangered List'? It's funny... but it's true. Check out some clips from the special after the jump.
The Breakfast Club of Power 105 welcome's Golden Era Hip-Hop trio act Naughty By Nature. Notably absent: Vin Rock! What???? Man. Somehow, I'm hoping they work through this. The Naughty has been through drama before (in fact, Kay Gee mentioned his 'issues' with Treach above) and got back on track. Watch the interview and explanation of the bad blood - from [mostly] Treach's point of view. Wonder how long Kay can stay neutral in all this though.
What a mess. Keep watching with part 2 of the interview after the jump. So Naughty By Nature... the full trio... is booked for a show at The Roots' Picnic this summer? With the sucker punches and slick talk flying about, we'll see.
50 Cent on HardKnock TV at SxSW (South By South West) talks about the 10 year anniversary of his "Get Rich or Die Tryin" album, the greatness of Kendrick Lamar, the gifted storytelling of Nas, how important it is for artists to ride their own lanes, his friendship with Eminem, his relationship with Floyd Mayweather, Rick Ross, and more. Huff Barili hosts and guides the chat. Check out part 2, 3, & 4 of the interview below....
Hip-Hop's Golden Era icon Rakim (born William Griffin) delivers his lyrics with a smooth, effortless flow - melodic, yet undeniably intelligent. But in this full, full-length clip (approaching two hours runtime), Rakim Allah let the rhythm hit 'em in a different way - speaking and sharing in this Red Bull Music Academy Series Lecture. Spinning "Don't Sweat the Technique"... good start to the class. Lesson 1: Emcees, get your own style (no biting allowed)! Watch and be edu-tained (as 'the teacher' KRS-ONE might say).
Even the smallest shot of insanity can be deadly. Nija "Morenike'" Matory has been writing short stories and poems since she was a young girl in elementary school. Her passion for reading and writing developed at an early age. "Reading was very important in my home, my parents' relationship started from the discussion of a book; reading created my family." Taste of Insanity had only been available a month after its release on the book shelves when Amazon was forced to put up a notice informing patrons that the book was out of stock; this occurred more than once!
Author Morenike` is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a graduate of Jackson State University, B.A. English. She is currently furthering her education completing course work required to receive her Masters of Art in English. Morenike' aspires to one day become a world-renowned novelist, focusing on African American literature (fiction), poems, and short stories that reflect the African American experience and community.
Morenike' recently sat down with inTOUCH to share how the smallest shot of insanity could be deadly.
InTOUCH: Miss Nija 'Morenike' Matory formally known as Morenike'; your name is unique in itself. What influenced you to become an author?
Morenike': I come from a family of avid readers so it was instilled in me to read, read, read. I'd read so many stories until I finally realized there is power in words. Writing chose me and I am grateful for my purpose and the ability to speak for the voiceless.
InTOUCH: It is so refreshing to meet someone that can appreciate reading! Today many would express how literacy is lost in many homes. How would you describe yourself as an author?
Morenike': I'm a no nonsense, wild, firecracker author. (She crosses her legs, laughs and continues to say) I don't play about my characters. They are the archetype and they represent a plethora of people; to insult my characters is to insult the people they represent and the real life issues and experiences which is the basis of it all.
InTOUCH: It is interesting that you use real life issues and experiences to build your characters. What is your main source of inspiration?
Morenike':My biggest inspiration are my supporters. People that continuously tell me, "I remember when you use to write all those stories in elementary, middle, and high school; don't give up." (she looks up) and I'm so thankful to receive the strength that I get from above. I really want my supporters to know that it is become of them. Everyone needs a support system and I am to blessed to have mine.
InTOUCH: Receiving your peers compliments must be very rewarding. Now, let's talk more about your debut novel!! Tell us about Taste of Insanity.
Morenike': (She sits back with a small grin to reply) Taste of Insanity is about three young women that are hit with some form of travesty in their lives which lands them in a mental institution. While there, they are faced with secrets and memories from their past, dealing with their present and therapy, and coping with what the future will bring. The book is published under La Femme Fatale Publishing and is now available on Amazon. I was really excited about the release on April 1, 2013. To walk in a library and see my book on the shelves was a dream come true!
InTOUCH: Now, we don't want to spoil it for the folks that have not read your book, but I must admit the plot is intense. Please explain to us what initiated the writing/planning process for this book?
Morenike': Honestly, the idea for this book has been with me since high school but people weren't ready to hear such a powerful story at the time. I wrote it all out when I was encouraged by the spirit to take action on my thoughts for the novel. The time was divinely ordained.
InTOUCH: For our audience that have yet to read the book please give them a little sneak peek of the ending.
Morenike': (She hesitates a little) well I must hold
Beat Society - the Original Showcase for Beatmakers - presents this '7-minute look into the history, working parts and talent that make up the Original Showcase to spotlight the art of Beat making.'
Great video short. We're talking Pete Rock, Oddisee, STS, !llmind, Blu, Statik Selektah, Hezekiah, Marco Polo, Truck North, Dice Raw, Eric G, Reef The Lost Cauze, Skyzoo, and Khrysis speaking on Beat Society, on their art and culture, and more.
Black Thought Of The Roots stopped by Complex TV's 'Combat Jack Show' to speaks on the early beginnings of his group upon first meeting Questlove & also provides details on the brief beef he had with Nas.
I always enjoy listening & watching interviews with Killer Mike because you know he's going to always speak the truth. He's not the most politically correct hip hop artist today, but he's clearly the most politically aware within our generation. Both of those aspects of who he is what makes him special as an artist. Check out this interview from when Killer Mike made his way to NYC to speak on a variety of topics & keeps it all the way "100" as they say...
"While in Seattle to judge the Red Bull Thre3style Regional Finals, the magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff sat down with DJ Hyphen and J. Moore from KUBE 93.3 FM's Sunday Night Sound Session on 2/25/13. The trio discussed all things related to DJ'ing, from Jeff's background to how he became one of the most in-demand DJ's in the world, including his philosophy on a DJ's responsibility, the rise of DJ's in popular music (while it seems to wither within hip-hop), and whether or not "real DJ's" should take requests. He also told stories about the early days of his work with Will Smith, transitioning from rocking parties in Philly with the Fresh Prince to selling millions of albums and touring worldwide." - KUBE Sound Session