Recorded in Adrian Younge's studio, Los Angeles (California, USA) bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat takes us plenty of places on this track "Lotus & The Jondy." There is structure to this single - in that it has a beginning and end, instrumentation and vocals... But the flow is very fluid. Organic to say the least... with Thundercat's chanting lyrically throughout and drummer Thomas Pridgen going off in the latter half. Check out this auditory experiment from the album "Apocalypse" (due out On July 9, 2013).
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.
Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese sets the pace in this upcoming film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, & Jonah Hill. The biographical film is a dark comedy-crime drama based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is a New York stockbroker that refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case & corruption in corporate banking world in addition to the heavy mob infiltration of it all. The trailer also prominently features Kanye West's controversial new song "Black Skinhead" within the film trailer. The feature film is tentatively scheduled to be released in November of this year.
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.
"You're not more ethnic if you're darker..." - Taken from OWN's 'Dark Girls' Series Premiere
Does it take a White man to tell Black folk what we should have been saying to each other for decades? Perhaps so.
'In Dark Girls, Hip-Hop author and journalist Soren Baker, a white man who's married to an African-American woman, describes his early attraction to women of all races-and shares his father's reaction. Plus, another man in an interracial relationship discusses his wife's skin tone.'
'Dark Girls' premieres this Sunday, June 23, on OWN, at 10/9 PM CST. This ought to be good. Oprah might just have as many fellas watching this show on her network.
"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.