— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 21, 2017
Two Kevins. Two all-stars. Two Beantown Ballers. Two warriors of the hardcourt… Now off the hardcourt, Boston Celtics legend ‘Stuntman’ Kevin McHale talks with the Celtics’ ‘Big Ticket’ Kevin Garnett about getting into basketball, what he is doing nowadays now that he is out of basketball, the hardest game he ever played, and so much more!
(Start above, and check out much more after the jump.)
Catching up to Jay Electronica wherever is a rare and cool occasion; more so at All-Star Weekend. He gave us camera time, mic time, and now for the Q&A session… Well, there is only one question on every Hip-Hop head’s (including Jay Z’s, apparently) mind: WHEN IS THAT ALBUM COMING OUT, SON?!
(Click play for Jay Elect’s answer.)
Yup yup. Mack Wilds doing the media rounds, with his show “The Breaks” returning to VH1 for a season. A Power 105 promo stop-through was must for the menu. Something dope about a new school artist doing a Hip-Hop TV series set in the time of his childhood… and showing up on modern radio to talk about it. Watch above.
Mack Wilds talks his role in ‘The Breaks,’ working with Sanna Lathan in ‘Shots Fired,’ new music & more.
Wilds is wary of how WILD Ms. Yee is getting with that riding crop though. Hahaa! And he is very savvy about maneuvering around some of the ‘it’ girls of the world (Sanaa Lathan, Adele, Beyonce). We see ya young playa!
I felt such a rush, and a potent mix, of emotions once Love Ultra Radio green-lit this interview event. This will be something of a fireside chat with Dr. Bernard LaFayette – a living legend, civil rights warrior, and Kingian scholar (who even today teaches the history and methods of activism and nonviolent protest made known in the States by those aligned with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). And shout out and respect to the bredren Jah Prince and super-producer Iman Lexington for throwing open the doors and welcoming Dr. Lafayette warmly.
Oh… and that hey-I-know-that-name feeling you are getting… that is because I recently mentioned his name in the opinion piece I posted a few weeks back about the Talledega College marching band playing President Trump’s inauguration (link that here).
Want to know what is so awesome, inspiring, and awe-inspiring? I did not really get to know Dr. LaFayette as the man who boldly walked with MLK Jr. and Jesus Christ since his youth. Nah, I got to know him as my high school principal back in Tuskegee, Alabama. I got to know him as the guy that cheered us on our sideline win, lose or lose badly. And as husband to my late Grandma’s longtime friend and across-the-street neighbor, Mrs. Kate (Bulls) LaFayette, who with my Aunt Tammie (Cottrell), helped me get this all set up for tonight.
Yep, and I got to know Dr. LaFayette as the Reverend who eulogized my beloved Grandma (another Tuskegee Legend) and presided over her home-going a couple of years back. Yeah. Doc took time from the never-ending work of uplifting and educating the people of the world, of ensuring that more and more of us learn to love and respect each other, to even fight for each other… without raising fists or firearms to do so… That man, came to sit with the family; share some memories and food; and wipe away a few tears.
Long enough story made only a bit longer: I am honored to know the man honored with the 2016 Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace; and to know that he is NEVER to busy to talk to us… like he will tonight. I hope you will tune in to Love Ultra Radio tonight at 10pm EST to get to know him better, too. See the flyer above for details on the interview. And check out the linked article below for more info on the Doc.
Think about your all-around fav emcees. Would they still be if you found out they did not pen those rhymes that have you holding them in such high regard? Welcome to the conversation.
Good breakdown by Justin Hunte on the whole ghostwriting thing. I’ve definitely got thoughts on it. Even put ’em in the Twitterverse from time to time. Not fully accepting or deeply butt hurt by those cats. I am a proponent of calling out folks on their sh!t… even the self-procalaimed ‘god emcees.’
DJ Khaled’s “Shinin” featuring Beyonce and Jay Z seems to include another subliminal aimed at Drake. But what would an outward battle between Hov and Drizzy actually look like, considering the two MCs each come from eras with differing tolerance for ghostwriting? Tyrese let the cat out of the bag during his interview with The Breakfast Club this week. He’s planning to release the ghostwriters and reference tracks to all ghostwritten rhymes included on his next album under his rap alias, Black Ty. But how is lyrical greatness defined when crews are enlisted to craft classics? Stones Throw Records MC Homeboy Sandman, as well as Rude Jude from the All Out Show on Shade45 share their perspective on rap’s dirtiest secret.
People forget abt that Kanye reference verse & flow for Jay Z. Young Chris whisper style getting jacked by Jay Z too https://t.co/8RVmF9Zg6x
— Jay Force (@Jayforce) February 18, 2017
How about the best news coming out of the Super Bowl… the true highlight… Seahawks’ standout defensive end Michael Bennett switching helmet for the interviewer’s mic (or… um… smartphone). Pretty good. Pretty fun! Start above with dude interviewing Mark Wahlberg, Erin Andrews, and Alex Rodriguez; the and hit the jump for more media hijinx.
(Oh, you thought the Pats comeback was the ‘highlight’ though? NO! We’re in ATL baby. Falcons RISE UP… second to the Raiders though.
Russ Speaks On Fake Indie Artists, How He Got On, & How Signed Artists Are ‘Putting Fans On’ (Video)
Russ declares that he knew NO ONE when he was struggling: no plug, no connect, no one to put him down with the ATL scene… and yet he made it as an Indie artist. A true Indie artist… not like the artists that he puts on blast for ‘acting Indie’ when they are already signed.
Yeah, guess it is the thing to be nowadays. You know, it’s kind of like when real po’ folks had baggy or ripped jeans; and fakers made it ghetto chic fashion. Then we see stonewashed jeans and ‘distressed’ denims in retail stores; and artists playing it tough life ‘buying’ them.
(Or maybe today like labels buying their artists song hits and video views… uh oooohhhh. Stay real!)
Hahaa! You know, a touchless orgasm sounds like a great idea… until you get C Tha God hopping chairs to lay prone on the floor like ol’ gal was about to saddle up right there on The Breakfast Club morning show. Watch the shenanigans as the Power 105 morning crew welcomes The Punany Poets.
Senator Warren defends her decision to read Coretta Scott King’s letter on Jeff Sessions, saying that the facts may hurt but it’s her responsibility as a Senator to not gloss over them.
Disclaimer that is not really a disclaimer: Senator Jeff Sessions represents my home state, Alabama. He is President Trump’s appointee for U.S. Attorney General, the nation’s most powerful law enforcement office.
So, Sen. Sessions is up to be The USAG. To ascend to such a rank, you expect to be vetted, right? Things that were private may come up. Things that were public WILL come up. Those who oppose you will DEFINITELY bring it all up. Put on your big politician pants.
Now, I have not heard about anything from Senator Sessions or his people on this matter, but we have heard enough from the Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate. They LITERALLY told her to ‘take her seat’ when she read from a letter by Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s late widow) on Jeff Sessions when she opposed his efforts to prosecute Black civil rights advocates back in the day. She read a letter, and they tried to shut her the f*ck up!
Sorry Republicans, America does not work that way. Other Democrats, including Senator Bernie Sanders (FEEL the Bern STILL) stepped up and read the letter. That, plus Warren on Facebook Live… You cannot silence us all. You will not keep us all in the dark, especially if the press does its duty of keeping us (the electorate) informed! Watch discussion above, with more after the jump.
(Wait. Senator Mitch McConnell brought the opposition? An actual MITCH did this ‘mitch’ sh!t? Yep.)
The man Gary Vee! On with The Breakfast Club… Kinda threw Bernie under the bus at the beginning, but we don’t have to agree on everything. You know, because America.
Wise words well spoken by Charlemagne’s favorite ‘corporate thug motivator’ on the effect of the recent election on entrepreneurship, the lonely life of entrepreneurs, realistic ideas to make money, his dream to buy the NY Jets, his admiration of rappers’ grind and more.
T.I. has always been a good interview; more so more recently. Frank talk with the right touches of swag… plus a word of the week! Learn something from listening to Tip talking about the possibilites for continuing ‘The Family Hustle’ (and NOT about the goings on with him and his wife Tiny), his socio-political activities and album, and more.
Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar is a VladTV regular. Usually comes through provacative & entertaining interviews. Some have that crazy-enough-to-make-scary-sense feel, though, like this one. He touches on Donald Trump’s tendency to Tweet off cuff, while in his feelings… thoughts on Black celebs like Jim Brown and Kanye West meeting with Trump.
Hmmm… Kanye gets dissed as a ‘jackass’ when President Obama was in the White House AND Jay Z and Beyonce were always welcome. Yeezy might be thinking about ‘hitting back’ with visits and while The Trumps run the place?
Interesting viewpoint, Lord Jamar. Interesting…
(Talk about The ‘West’ Wing… Yeezus H. Kanye!)
Maaan. Denzel Washington gone have pull with the ladies until they pull the casket closed, put it in the hole, bury and top it with daisies. And even after that! The lady was hollering, “You can give it to ME,” at Denzel on stage. That’s why we can’t go nowhere nice right there, momma. Come on, we’re leaving. BWAAHAHAAA!
Watch this clip with Mr. Washington and the lovely Viola Davis talking a bit more about their work/play/love on “Fences.”
(Vin Diesel came through, too, though?)
Billionaire ‘Shark Tank’ Investor Mark Cuban Takes A Hard Look At President Trump’s First Days (Video)
I will admit: It will be hard for me to balance the passion and political savvy it takes to show love for my country. You have to be involved with something, passionately involved, to really show that you are in LOVE with it, right? Okay, then. I love this country. I show it with passion, warts and all. I did so at the ballot box last year, and things did not go my way. I felt the Bern and got burnt. Pulled for Hillary, but got Trumped.
Bitter, sure. Beaten, no. I’m an American. Even when we take an L we don’t take defeat. So, where are we now? In the first weeks of Donald Trump’s Presidency. Lots of folks are speaking up. Passionately. And we have to talk. It just can’t all be hate and futility. That is, in part, why I had to ‘re-title’ the YouTube video above. In it, Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban says WAY more than ‘Trump set the bar low.’ There is actually some thought mixed into the rant. Take a listen.
We will not agree on everything, on that we can agree. But here is something on which we must agree: I will listen to you, and you to me. Most of all, to you who did NOT vote…I am listening.
(If we are really honest, that might be what got us to this point in history. So, let’s listen. Starting with this fiery Cuban commentary.)
Salaam Remi, Amy Winehouse’s Main Producer, Speaks On Her Artistic Influence, Dying At 27 And More (Video)
Ohhhh! Amy Winehouse’s main producer was Salaam Remi? That’s one of Nas’ go-to producers. Wonder if that is what put them in contact (e.g. both working with and trusting Remi), allowing them to grow their friendship. Or was it that those two were friends… and one introduced the other to Salaam Remi.
Salaam Remi is one of the producers who worked heavily with the late Amy Winehouse. The producer discusses meeting Amy, and how they would come together to produce jazz music. He goes on to speak about her issues with love, her sense of humor and how that affected her music. Despite producing a majority of Amy’s work, Salaam reveals he did not get a Grammy alongside the songstress. Salaam talks, Amy’s legacy after the troubled singer died at just 27 years old.
“In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished – a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.”
“One of the best movies you are likely to see this year.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
In theaters February 3rd
The day after Ava DuVernay’s new film, 13TH, opened the 54th New York Film Festival, subjects interviewed in the film came together for an extended conversation exploring the many issues explored in this powerful documentary about race and criminal justice.
From the portrayal of black men in popular culture, dating back to D. W. Griffith’s 1915 Birth of a Nation, to the progression from slavery to mass incarceration and the persistent demonization and killing of black men by police in our cities today, the discussion will consider how the past connects with our present reality. Participants will include Ashley Clark (BFI), Jelani Cobb (The New Yorker, The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress), Malkia Cyril (Center for Media Justice), Kevin Gannon (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), and Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Harvard Kennedy School; former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). 13TH is a Netflix original documentary.
If you have been tuned into the Beatz & Lyrics Show on a weekly basis then you have heard the track Ski Mask Way by Rah Digga & Lyric Jones. The Beatz & Lyrics show that airs every Monday night 8pm Est 5pm PST on the Native Ryhmes Channel on Dash Radio. Okay shameless plug out of the way now lets get to this exclusive interview we had with these two Titans on the microphone. ArtbyOdell was at 529 in East Atlanta for the kickoff date of the Ski Mask Way tour. Lyric Jones & Rah Digga discuss how their collaboration came about and what new music they have in store. There is even a brief discussion on 2nd amendment gun rights as well. Let me apologize in advance for the abrupt end to the video, some technical difficulties but plenty of gems in this video, enjoy!
(Photo Credit: PictureMane )
Get right to it: Who is Nas feeling among the newer school artists of now. Cole & Kendrick, certainly. But Weezy though? Interesting, but much too short from Nas, clip from Revolt’s “Music Talks” Series.
Think the kids have lost their way in Hip-Hop when they can say ‘Tupac? Who is that?’ while we have debates about Pac’s place in your all-time Top 5 list. Watch, as the kids get familiar with some work from the late, great rapper/actor.
Before you click play, how do you think the millennials in the video will react? Might surprise you.