Late emcee famous for dissing Compton might not be dead at all
Two of hip-hop's most notorious emcees performing from beyond the grave
Timothy Blair better known to the world as rapper Tim Dog became famous at the height of the East Coast/West Coast rivalry for his dis record 'Fuck Compton'. Blair was reported to have died from complications of diabetes back in February, but a woman in Mississippi is claiming that he faked his own death to get away with a scam to swindle her and at least 20 others out of $2 million dollars. Dateline NBC did a story on Tim Dog and the scam allegations last summer after a Mississippi judge ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $19,000 and a Memphis television station launched their own investigation recently and were unable to discover a death certificate for Tim Dog, which adds more legitimacy to the suspicions.
The world famous Rock The Bells music festival is gearing up for its 10th anniversary kick off on September 7th in San Bernardino, CA. The official line up has been announced and just as in year's past, it features some of the best of the new and old school. On the bill: Wu-Tang Clan, Common, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, TechN9ne,Rakim, Dilated Peoples, Too Short, E-40, Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard. Oh yeah, you heard right, Eazy-E and O.D.B. will both be appearing in 'original virtual performances.' You can get the entire line-up below and show dates at rockthebells.net.
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Where are they now? Right where they've always been. In the studio making hits. Several of hip-hop's elite emcees are hard at work giving you music to move to. Havoc and Prodigy of Mobb Deep have reunited to push out a new album, but in the meantime, Prodigy has dropped a cut off of his collaboration album with legendary producer Alchemist. The cut is called 'Dough Pildin.' Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon the Chef just dropped a new cut with esteemed vocalist Estelle from the Funkmaster Flex project called 'All About You,' and Raekwon has been sighted in studio sessions with Brooklyn king Jay-Z clearly working on new projects. Finally, we get our first taste of the new Wu album with the release of their new joint 'Execution in Autumn.' You can hear all these songs below or by visiting our facebook page.
By Gideon Kofi Adarkwah Even though many musical pundits may have several concerns regarding best performers at the night of music and honors at the just ended Vodafone Ghana Music awards, the unpredictable predictor still hold the conviction that, R2beez were worst performers of the night. After registering their name in the history book of [...]
De La Soul with The Roots backing. Think this performance on 'Late Night' with Jimmy Fallon was major? Think... $#%! you KNOW it was dope! Watch and pat yourself on the back for being right. Video of De La doing "Jenifa Taught Me" above, then "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays" after the jump.
Mm mm mm! I don't understand why y'all hate on the Lingerie Legends Football League. See? There is plenty to celebrate... and oh how these athletes celebrate! Check out this highlight from former Hooter's Beauty Ogom Chijindu (above).
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.
Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson has coached 2 of the greatest NBA players to have ever played the game. For years he's dodged the primary question most sports fans & reporters have desperately wanted him to answer. Now that he's making the media rounds promoting his new book, Phil Jackson is finally speaking out. Phil Jackson compares Air Jordan to the Black Mamba in the above video of his interview with Jay Leno. Jay referenced Jackson's book, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success (due out May 21, 2013; available for pre-order at Amazon) in guiding their talk in this direction. In it, and in the above clip, Coach Jackson declares that both Jordan and Bryant are world class competitors; matched up in several aspects, but there are key differences, according to one of the few men in the world who can really say so. Coach 'Zen Master' also talks about how he set up a meeting between the two and his near-return to the Los Angeles Lakers' bench. Kobe recently took to twitter & didn't exactly seem too pleased with his former coach's comparisons. I'd have to agree with Phil though....
Journalist and music industry insider Matt Sonzala hosts a panel discussion at the Scion AV Music(less) Music Conference. The first segment of the 'Current State of Rap Music' is ready for viewing above. Matt has Killer Mike setting it off with straight talk on his story in the rap game. No punches pulled. No anger. Just Mike stating his point of view. Powerful! In part 2 of this exclusive panel discussion, the other panel members (Action Bronson and producer Harry Fraud) join in the discussion with their opinions of major labels. Check that out - as well as the rest of the panel discussion - after the jump.
'The Scion Music(less) Music Conference 2012 is an exclusive mix of panel discussions and one-on-one conversations highlighting the brightest minds in today's creative culture. Learn first-hand from industry movers and shakers as they offer their views on art and commerce.'
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Dope! Footage from the Do Not Disturb event at the W Hotel, New York City USA. Video courtesy Boiler Room TV. Watch and listen to the mixing by legendary DJ Pete Rock! Get the audio download for FREE below.
Icon/artist/actor/activist Harry Belafonte did the movie "Beat Street" (that's right). A supporter of the Hip-Hop Culture from way back then! So, listen to the OG speak on PE and more in this vid. Respect!
'In this clip, Harry Belafonte, who helped induct Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shares his views on rock and rap, the growth of Hip-Hop, favorite rock artists and connecting with younger generations.'
- Backstage at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions
Belafonte's mission of changing the universe should be OUR mission, too!