Kanye West takes street marketing to a whole new level. The Chi-Town rapper debut his lates video, "Slave". The video is being projected on 66 buildings from the Tate Museum in London, to Mel's Diner...
JANELLE MONŃE SET TO PERFORM TWO SPECIAL SHOWS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA;
VIDEO FOR "Q.U.E.E.N." FEATURING ERYKAH BADU SURPASSES 4 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE;
NEW PRESS IMAGE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM, THE ELECTRIC LADY, REVEALED
Grammy-nominated artist, Janelle MonŠe, is set to perform two special shows with the San Francisco Symphony and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra this month. MonŠe will perform new arrangements of her critically acclaimed music, while being accompanied by each symphonies vibrant orchestrations. MonŠe's first appearance with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will take place tonight, May 16th and will benefit SFS music and education programs. She will then join The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on May 20th, graciously filling in for Aretha Franklin, who regretfully had to cancel her appearance under doctor's orders. Proceeds from her performance at The League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association's annual Corporate Night, will benefit the CSO's general operations and nationally recognized community engagement and music education programs.
Last month, MonŠe released "Q.U.E.E.N" featuring Erykah Badu, a new track from her upcoming album, The Electric Lady, to extensive critical acclaim. VIBE declared the song a "sure-fire hit," and Rolling Stone referred to it as "An anthem of self-determination with a funkadelicious base line," while Stereogum hailed MonŠe as "a hero...'Q.U.E.E.N' is an irresistibly funky vamp-strut with Afrobeat horns and Princely synth-squelches...and a rap verse that's better than it has any right to be." The companion video to the song received equal adulation, immediately trending worldwide on Twitter, and surpassing 4 million views on YouTube in just a few days. Today, Ms. MonŠe - who has become a modern day style icon, revealed the first press image from her upcoming album, The Electric Lady (see attached.)
A groundbreaking, genre-blurring singer, songwriter, producer, and performer, Janelle MonŠe's inventive style melds a refined pop sensibility with an extraordinary postmodern mash-up of soul, funk, and rock n roll. In the last two years, MonŠe's career has blossomed following the release of her Grammy-nominated, first full-length LP, The ArchAndroid. MonŠe has toured the world and been invited to perform at numerous festivals, including the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, the Afro-Punk Festival in Brooklyn, and the NorthSea and Montreux Jazz Festivals. Her success has garnered her several global appearances, including a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Additionally, MonŠe has been honored with invitations to perform for the Democratic National Convention and for the President of the United States at The White House. Last year, she collaborated with Grammy Award-winning band fun. on their breakout hit single "We Are Young." MonŠe was also recently signed as the newest CoverGirl spokesmodel. Her highly anticipated sophomore album, The Electric Lady, is due out later this year.
Janelle MonŠe "Q.U.E.E.N" featuring Erykah Badu Official Video:
New video from Toronto artist Tona directed by Andrew "ShotbyDrew" Stephenson. For "Weed & Alcohol" (produced by Rich Kidd), the single off Tona's FREE "Reform School" mixtape (link to it in an earlier post below). Intro piece produced by Lyve. Rich Kidd is producing an entire LP for Tona - "Silverspring Crescent" (due out June 15, 2013).
Chen Lo is 'a modern day griot' with a very interesting story to tell. Watch.
'Hip-Hop artist†Chen Lo talks about his recently recorded remix of Jay Z's "Open Letter" and the reason behind it.†Chen Lo explains his understanding of the 'Open Letter' song and how it relates to his international experience with Hillary Clinton, the State Department, CBS, Aljazeera English and the U.S. Government's use of Hip-Hop as a chess piece in its game of foreign affairs.†Chen Lo also gives a viewpoint that only a select few Hip-Hop artists can address.'
- Footprints Web Series
Chen Lo's album "Footprints" is due out September 10, 2013. But check out the audio for his "Open Letter" remix now.
I've been bangin' this song from Fat Joe on my radio show for weeks now. Now the Bronx born-Miami resident officially releases this brand new glossy video with†Wiz Khalifa & Teyana Taylor on the assist. Looks like the first single & video for Fat Joe's upcoming project "Darkside 3" is a great start. Banging song, nice flossy video, nice cars, private planes, big cribs, & big booty gulls......... Ballin'
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!
Its Your ClassyBlackGirl giving you a recap on the Far East Movement Hip Hop Concert that I attended last week!!
Arriving about 45 minutes before the group, Far East Movement, was slated to perform I casually strolled to the third floor. When the Elevator doors opened I could see that Macy's had been positively transformed into a hip hop club! Top 40 music was thumping and people of all ages were dancing and had crowded the empty stage. This was going to be an outstanding and fun event!!...I was even getting my two step on!!...and I could tell that these eager concert goers were HYPED to see the Far East Movement!
The Far East Movement is compromised of 4 hip Hop Heads. They started out working as interns at Interscope Records dreaming big dreams of success and now they rock their own stages around the world! The Far East Movement is best known for their Uber Hit, "Like a G6."
Far East Movement's knowledge and respect of the hip hop culture, music and history was so admirable to a girl like me who grew up in the early stages of the hip hop era, I immediately became endeared to the group!
Far East Movement commanded the stage in a way that I have not witnessed in a long time and I was instantly transformed to my hip hop days just listening to their authentic lyrics. The Far East Movement is stylish and hot to watch and their fans poured out of everywhere. Hundreds of people filled the third floor and Macy's and people were even crowded on the steps and standing on the leather couches just to catch a glimpse of the Far East Movement.
Smashbox Cosmetics was doing free makeovers and Pinkberry Yogurt company was giving away delicious frozen yogurt on the unusually hot San Francisco afternoon!
All in All this concert was hot, fun and I am excited to see how FAR the Far East Movement is going to rise! Check out More About the Far East Movement by clicking here!
Brand new video from 'SP The Ghost' himself for "Red Eye" featuring his D-Block brother Jadakiss. Of course this banger appears on Styles P's latest album "Float" entirely produced by Scram Jones that's out now! Check out this ill video shot by Hickory Lawson for Cut And Dry Productions. DEEEEEE-BLOCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!
Creative control, looking out the window, a new beat, good music... These things inspire Detroit producer Apollo Brown. Watch this clip from The Bee Shine Series 'What Inspires.' Apollo goes on to list other inspirations - his hometown, his fan base (recognizing the blessing of him having one), and more.
Atlanta based R&B singer & songwriter 'The-Dream" drops some great looking visuals for the title track to his upcoming album "IV Play" directed by Toronto's Little "X".† The first time I heard this new joint from Mr. Terius Nash I felt a slight Jodeci influence in the music & to a minor degree the video also gives me that feel of their 90s based clips as well. Hot women (the badonk on one of them is amazing), great visual shots, & good music make for a very interesting clip. Be on the lookout for The-Dream's upcoming album "IV Play" coming May 28th.