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Star Trek Beyond (Official Trailer #2)

Newest trailer for the film on the continuing voyages (and rock’em sock’em bang boom explosive action) of the starship Enterprise; with a young James Tiberius Kirk, Spock, Dr. ‘Bones’ McCoy, Lt. Uhura, Scotty the Engineer, Ensign Zulu and the rest of the crew. Can’t wait for this to hit silver screens in July. Dope!

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The Rich Kids Of Instagram (Cutting The Edge) [Documentary]

Pictures speak like a thousand words…

Hear what this moving picture is saying. Richie Rich kids putting it all into the lens. A trip to Fiji – just because you’re bored – is rich! And these kids are that bodacious, audacious, in-your-face rich. And they want to share… on Instagram… suckers! Watch and ache with hate, or ‘aw wow’ with amazement (or a little of both, most likely).

Interesting documentary.

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Black Milk x Nat Turner – “Sunday Outtakes Pt. 2”


It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in musical form. It’s Hip-Hop-Bee-Bop-Never-Stop-Jazzy-Funkier-Than-Halitosis. It’s dope instrumental music from Black Milk and Nat Turner from “Sunday Outtakes” (Part 2, tracks 4 and 5).


Travel/Business: 50 Cent And Hostel World Want You To Meet The World (Video)

If 50 is speaking on it, it’s money in it. Facts. Looks blingy and nice and all… but the pitch floats a little wide and high when Fif is selling the nickel-plated railed ‘tour bus’ style beds. More ball (e.g. out of the strike zone) than ‘baller.’ But we all can’t ball out overseas. However, Hostelworld is saying we can all have somewhere to stay and ‘Meet The World’ … through its enthusiastic spokesperson 50 Cent.

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Cashflow Harlem – “Side Nigg* Commandments” (Video)

HA! Cashflow Harlem is the truth! And he is always spitting truth into the face of hate. This might sting a bit, if you see ‘someone you know’ in this type of situation… but rules are rules. Watch Cashflow flowing to Biggie’s “Ten Crack Commandments” to let sidepiece dudes know how it should go; what the rules of the road are for riding the #2 lane.

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It’s Official: Super Bowl 2019 Will Be In Atlanta (Video)

Next time someone asks, “What’s so special about Atlanta?” grab their smartphone (or get them here online somehow) and show them this. Then, right as the clip is ending, tell them, “Oh… and Atlanta’s got the SuperBowl coming… AGAIN!”

That’s right. @11AliveNews tweeted it out. ATL ho! (shouted in Lil Jon’s voice)

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Fat Joe x Remy Ma – “All The Way Up” feat. Jay Z (Remix)


Go. Go NOW! Get this “All The Way Up” remix that Jay Z jumped on. Download it ASAP. Stream it and get it in your ears, head and blood before the ‘forces that be’ snatch it down.


Ras Kass – “Refresher Course” (Mixed By inDJnous) [Mixtape]


Lots and lots of Ras Kass murderlizing music… Over 40 tracks demonstrating his past and present skills. In short, a “Refresher Course” on Ras (mixed by inDJnous) in advance of his “Soul On Ice” trilogy.


20 Years Later: Doe Or Die (Docu-Series) [Parts 1 & 2] (Video)

Can you believe it has been 20 years since AZ (born Anthony Cruz) dropped that “Doe Or Die” maaaan? BET is doing a 20th Anniversary celebration and has enlisted the G-O-D-M-C Rakim to narrate. The story is told in six parts. Part 1 is above. Part 2 is after the jump.

Looks like a great start!

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King Harris – “Colors” (Prod. By Oh No)

“Colors”Ice-T’s classic soundtrack track – gets new life, as King Harris (and Oh No on the beat refixx) have dropped their own redux. Dope!

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All In (Series Trailer)

The days of the Carolina QB’s celebratory dancing and dabbing have not stopped, and they never will. Plus, now that Super Cam is celebrating the kids and their potential, bet money that no one would even think about hating on dude for doing it anymore. Check out the trailer for his new Nickelodeon series, “All In.”

NFL superstar Cam Newton is helping amazing kids up their game! Do they have what it takes? Get ready to go All In with this extended look at the brand new show (featuring Jason Derulo’s song Undefeated) and don’t miss the premiere, Friday, June 3rd at 8pm!

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Rapping Deconstructed: What Is So Great About The Greatest Rhymes And Rhymers Of All Time?

Get your notebooks and get on your think caps. This is a scholarly pursuit of RAP (as in ‘Rhythmic American Poetry) knowledge. All kinds of rhymers and rhyme styles studied – MF Doom’s to Rakim’s to Kendrick’s and back. A thorough rap analysis is encapsulated in the lesson module above. Press play and dig in deep!

Special thanks to the research of Martin Connor who was interviewed in this piece. More of his rap analysis can be found here:

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Eye Candy: Layla Noal (Video)

Mm mm M&M’s good. Layla Noal is that Eye Candy that everybody would smash and enjoy. What a lovely Candy shell she has! Now if I would’ve been there…

(No, this is not the start of a sex hypothetical or a brag session. Keep reading.)

I believe this shoot could have gone better. Creamy Light Butter Pecan Mocha Latte skin, exotic Moroccan with a body that’s rocking; even a sexy voice. All the ingredients were there. Even the music selection was okay. But the shot selection: I even saw a recent commenter on the YouTube talk about her dirty feet. I would have left that out. Another mentioned her twerking in the video as less than favorable. Agreed; not needed as much (maybe keep a back shot for a still of what ‘Baby Got’ but that’s it).

All elitist Honey-Hunting commentary aside, this Layla Noal is GORGEOUS! I’m very glad there is enough video to see all her glory from all the angles. You will be, too. Interesting Instagram game. Worth checking out (though I’m wondering what that “Went from A QUEEN#713 to a KING#718” tagline is all about).



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Bumbershoot Festival 2016 Lineup Announced

Festival season is in full swing right now. The Shaky Knees & Shaky Beats festivals have already happened here in Atlanta.  SXSW went down in Austin, Broccoli City in DC and these are just a few of the many nationwide.  Well in the Pacific Northwest the Bumbershoot festival goes down Labor Day weekend September 2-4 in Seattle, Washington.  This is the 46th year of the festival ArtByOdell has flown out to Seattle the last two years to cover this historic festival. Music, Art, Literature, Comedy all happen at Bumbershoot but the music takes center stage.  The lineup was recently announced.  With a lineup that could possibly be one of the most diverse of all festivals.  From Logic, to DeathCab for Cutie, to Anderson.Paak, to Run The Jewels, Billy Idol, to Fetty WapBryson Tiller, Zhu, Flatbush Zombies to Seattle’s own beloved Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  After all the artists I named that’s not even a quarter of the full lineup of acts.  Once again we will make the trip from Atlanta to Seattle for a fun filled Labor Day weekend!  Passes on sale now if you have never visited Seattle this is a good reason to check it out.  Meet us at the Space Needle and dance to the music being performed.


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Dj Yogi – “Happy Birthday Biggie” (Mixtape)


My total bad on the sorta late share. Been bumping this mixtape from DJ Yogi since Sunday when the archive went up. This is a recording of his SawOne Radio mix he put together to give a shout of H-B-D to B.I.G. Remembering the late great Bad Boy Biggie. Yogiiiiiiii… wants you to press plaaaaay!


Drake Was Hilarious On ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Video)

You can hizzy hate on Drizzy Drake all you want, but you gotta admit that dude delivers awesome TV. The webs were abuzz after his recent Saturday Night Live appearance – where he did double-duty as the host and musical guest. Get a sample of the hilarity above, and check out the entire episode after the jump.

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Consequence – “Killer” feat. Sadat X & Lord Jamar (Of Brand Nubian)

Consequence put down a track and called in Brand Nubian bros Sadat X and Lord Jamar to get his back for this “Killer” jawn. Hear the choral chant and tribal drumming driving the sound? Dope! Look for this one on Consequence’s forthcoming “Growing Up In New York” EP (due out June 2016).


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Line To Gain: How That Yellow First Down Line Came To Be Part Of Every Football Game Shown On TV (Video)

Wow. This is pretty dope. Check out the history and engineering behind sports on TV’s adoption of that yellow first down line you see during all the football games.

Since the late 1990s, the virtual yellow line has been quietly enhancing football broadcasts by giving viewers a live, intuitive guide to the state of play. The graphic is engineered to appear painted on the field, rather than simply plopped on top of the players, so it doesn’t distract from the game at all.

The line debuted during a September 27, 1998, game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. It was developed by a company called Sportvision Inc. and operated by six people in a 48-foot semi-truck parked outside the stadium.

ESPN was the only network that immediately agreed to pay the steep price of $25,000 per game. Before long, other companies began offering the yellow line to the other networks, and now you won’t see a football game without it.

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How Jogging Was Once A Thing For Weirdos (Video)

One of the great short vids of recent times. Watch this clip, please… If only to hear why/how the late pro-segregation Congressman Strom Thurman was once himself followed by the cops at the end. This will give you a new perspective on one of the first recognized aerobic exercises that regular folks would come to regularly do…nowadays.

Today, it seems like everybody’s a runner. But it wasn’t always that way. Vox’s Phil Edwards looked into running’s history.

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Education: Ronald Nelson Chose To Attend The University Of Alabama… Over EVERY Ivy League School (Video)

This hits, and hits ME, hard!

I was once a high school senior with eyes on an Ivy League acceptance prize. I was this close…THIIIISSS (like three out of seven admission board votes) close to getting in, too. However, I fell way below Merit-Based financial aid thresholds; and with out-of-state fees, had I been accepted to Cornell University, I might have been even further in college debt than I am now.

(Spoiler Alert: I’m DEEP in that debt sh!t, yo. So deep that my poor Tuskegee, Alabama accent just went BK NY. Even though I’m 4-6 ’til the deep-six… son! And before you ask, homie, hometown Tuskegee University’s fees got higher than folks on the best Cali Bud just when I was ready to apply there. I definitely would’ve got gaffled with that debt, homie… Oh no, my accent just went ’90s West Coast Hip-Hop… poorly. Haaaaaa!)

But I did not get accepted to the one Ivy League college I pursued, unlike Ronald Nelson – an incoming Freshman to The Capstone (aka The University Of Alabama). Ronald, wise beyond his years, has made a bold decision to turn down offers (and aid) from EVERY Ivy League school that accepted him (ALL of them), and several other colleges, to attend UA.

Ronald did the math, and he kept the faith about his post-graduate future which will be rife with so many options.

After some thought and consideration of all the schools’ offers, Nelson decided it wouldn’t be worth the financial strain to use this money for his undergraduate education. He plans on going to medical school after college and knows he’ll be faced with more tuition costs.

“With people being in debt for years and years, it wasn’t a burden that Ronald wanted to take on and it wasn’t a burden that we wanted to deal with for a number of years after undergraduate,” Ronald Sr. said. “We can put that money away and spend it on his medical school, or any other graduate school.”

Plus, though I do not know Ronald’s overall ‘tude at his current age, I would have been SUCH an Ivy League azz-jack. I believe I am a better person for going Crimson Tide (UA) instead of Big Red (Cornell). An Ivy League a-hole in the hole financially. And noooo, going Ivy League does not make folks ‘holes (ex: our hella cool U.S. President went to Harvard)… I am just talking about me.

And to Ronald, who I praise for exhibiting such wisdom at such an early age: Bravo, sir… and ROLL TIDE!



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