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Opinion: Should Artists Ever ‘Retire’… How Long Is Too Long? (Video)

Our good friends over at Dead End Hip Hop, but here’s my belief…..Never Never Never should artist announce they are retiring. They should pop in & out of the scene and quietly fade away. No announcements because no one likes a burnout.

Should artists retire on top or continue until they fall off? DJBooth’s Yoh (@yoh31) wrote an article a few weeks back discussing this topic. While in Los Angeles, we hooked up with Justin Hunte “The Company Man” (Ambrosia for Heads) and Justin Styles (All Def Music) to lend their thoughts on the topic.
– Dead End Hip Hop

Good talk. But since they asked: What are your thoughts?

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Comedy: The SquADD Debates To Decide The “Best Horror Movie Villain” (Video)

Okay, you have seen enough of these All Def Digital panels by now on here to know… NOTHING ever gets ‘decided.’ The panelists take turns making points and scoring verbal jabs on each other. Makes for hilarious watching though.

(My vote out of these though… Michael Myers.)

@ojones1

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50 Cent Tells The “The View” What He Would Do If He Became An ‘Accidental President’ Like Trump (Video)

Hey yo Fif! Hit ’em with the Fiddy essence, maaan. The ladies on “The View” will swooooon, player. Hahaaa! The time will fly on this clip. Good talk with several relevant topics covered.

50 Cent weighs in on kneeling protests, ‘Power,’ fatherhood.
– The View

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The SquADD Debates The ‘Best Chocolate Bar’ Ever (Video)

The struggle is SO real in this All Def Digital clip… the struggle not to laugh until you cry! Every candy bar in this “discussion” is someone’s favorite, so that’s not up for debate. But just like any food review panel the squADD convenes, the joning/cracking/bagging/janking is EPIC. They just cannot resist going in on each other, can they?

Look. Make up your mind about which candy you like early, then enjoy the hilarity of the panelists giving each other the business! Bwaaahahaa!

@ojones1

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Sports/Politics: Nick Wright’s Question For People Angered By The #TakeAKnee Movement: What Are You Actually Mad At? (Video)

I’m not gonna engage on the absurdity that we just ran a clip where a player quotes the President Of The United States, and we felt we needed to bleep it.
Nick Wright

Yeah. And this isn’t the first time the words of the POTUS have been ‘bleeped’… But let’s not engage in the folly for now.

Instead, let’s follow Nick’s lead. Let’s follow the line of reasoning, avoiding all the crazy and staying on that line… bypassing the false equivocations… walking past the baseless arguments of the Trumpeters and stepping over their misunderstandings, barreling through that wall protecting those who want to make ‘Murica great again, make football in ‘Murica great again, until we arrive at the heart of what those against the PEACEFUL #TakeAKnee movement are really against…

Because once we get to the end of that line of unreasonable, where folks in their feelings have nowhere to go and have to answer honestly about why they detest #TakeAKnee …”What Are You Actually Mad At?”

And before someone says it… we’re NOT going to ‘just stick to sports’ this time. I just want them to say the words.

@ojones1

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Prophets Of Rage Speak On The New Album And On Trump Not Being The Sole Reason For The Group’s Being (Video)

Bahaaa! Timmy C. with the ex-girlfriend level of intensity in getting controversial documentarian (and fan of Rage Against The Machine, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy) Michael Moore to do the Prophets Of Rage music video… pays off.

Prophets Of Rage (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord) came together during 2016’s tumultuous election to combat the coming storm. Fresh off the road and riled up following last summer’s highly successful “Make America Rage Again” tour, the group knew it could evolve from protest performance art with a tactical mission, to a stand-alone entity with creative ideas all its own. At its core, Prophets Of Rage functions not only on a love of music, but a deep belief in its power as a tool, and a weapon. The group stopped by the BUILD Studio to discuss their new self-titled album.
– BUILD Series

Egos put aside for the music and the mission and the creative process. Hear the supergroup talk about it all above. Shout out to ATL’s own DJ Lord in there, too.

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The Joe Budden Podcast Squad Struggles To Pick For Its ‘Best Rappers Of All-Time’ List (Video)

Joe, Rory, Mal and Parks talk about the ranks of the best rappers of all-time. And dude is gonna start with some potential sideways talk about Eminem… with Slaughterhouse Joe sitting right there?? Ohhh kaaay, let’s see how the rest of this convo goes.

A good amount of time spent on Cam’s (Cam’ron) placement in the rankings. Hmmm… Plus, interesting comments on the NY-South-everywhere else thing by Budden. Actually, a little bite to the words.

Remember: We’re out here in the ATL, Joe.

@ojones1

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African History: Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan Tell It “Like It Is” (Video)

African History is WORLD History! Africa MADE history, not just as the Motherland for all humanity; but for all kinds of advances. Evidence of an astronomical observatory, calendars, advanced husbandry and metal works… way in advance of when man supposedly first ‘discovered’ them… Yeah, this is vintage footage of Black scholars telling us – and offering strong arguments to support – that Africa had all that on lock.

The scholars even speak of the cultural character of ancient African civilizations. When Africans invade, they do not wipe out others’ civilizations. But when others invade…

Well, just watch. Wonder. Learn. SHARE!

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70 Year Olds Try Smoking Weed For The First Time (Video)

Bwaaahahaaa! THIS is why, though I am not a consumer, I am cool with having the doobie-doers around. No personal politics in this video one way or the other. Just some dudes who have gone all their lives without taking even one hit off a joint, now deciding to fire up and fuse up. The result is informative and incredibly funny (looking at you, Graham)!

Plus… there are snacks!

@ojones1

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Food/Comedy: “The Best Pizza Chain” According To The SquADD (Video)

Just can’t do Papa Johns… unless it’s free… I’ll eat FREE pizza from almost anywhere. Of course, given my ‘druthers (e.g. things I’d rather have), I want the best pizza. And for the record, I have loved Dominos every since its ‘new & improved taste’ roll-out.

Everybody loves pizza. With all the pizza chains in American, which one is the best? Watch as the SquADD shares their favorite place to get a slice of pizza.
– All Def Digital

Plus the SquADD got JOKES! Bwaaaahahaa!

@ojones1

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Food/Comedy: The All Def Digital Panel Convenes To Choose The Best Fried Chicken (Video)

Hey. Truth be told. Church’s might have to add that ‘amazing savior of the hood’ title to the sign though. Hahaaaa! So much joking about chicken choices in this All Def Digital culinary review on fried chicken. They got jokes for one another, too. Hilarious!

@ojones1

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Mike Vick Says Colin Kaepernick Should Cut His Hair, And Shannon Sharpe Says… (Video)

Mike Vick let us down but Shannon Sharpe set it straight.

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N.O.R.E. x DJ EFN: Drinking To Prodigy Of Mobb Deep And Deep Discussion (Video)

It ain’t the only thing they talk about by a long shot, but the Drink Champs get into saluting and discussing the late great emcee. R.I.P. Prodigy over sips of champagne and other libations.

N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN are the Drink Champs. In this episode, the guys drink it up and celebrate Prodigy’s life and legacy.
– Who’s Crazy

Still can’t believe Prodigy is gone. Watch the full video above.

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Dr. Umar Johnson Responds To His Critics And Doubters (Video)

Trust. Umar Johnson has been Umar Johnson since before he was Dr. Umar Johnson. Consistency and frankness are his hallmarks. ‘People pleasing’ not as much (ha). In this video, he offers an answer to every question/challenge. Whether you or we or anyone likes it or agrees or not… dude is what he is and speaks on it. And while that might be his ‘problem’ to lots of folks, it seems alright to him.

Black Twitter unleashed on activist and philosopher Umar Johnson after his appearance on The Breakfast Club. On Monday, Dr. Umar Johnson sat down for a one-on-one interview with Roland Martin to discuss his controversial Breakfast Club interview, educational credentials, the school he said he was starting and more.
Roland Martin

An engaging clip to watch. Dr. Johnson knows how to stir up a room, right? Wowww.

And after the jump, we hear from a guy who says neither Dr. Johnson nor Mr. Martin really likes him – Dr. Boyce Watkins. Some real talk there. Among other things, Dr. Watkins is down for causes, actions, and views with which he agrees… Not wholly for or against anyone as a person. Respect. His words are strong below, too. Full disclosure.

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Sports: Floyd Mayweather And Conor McGregor Will Fight August 26th (Video)

The fans wanted to see this fight… and it will be the biggest fight ever in the history of two people punching each other.
– UFC President Dana White

Respect for the sweet science or claims of cage fighting’s supremacy aside, Dana’s probably right. This fight has plenty of haters, each of its combatants have plenty of haters, and both boxing and UFC have haters. With that much hateration – and even more folks who follow either or both Mayweather and McGregor in the nation – this is another event to net Floyd triple figures easy!

And some pretty juicy scraps for everyone else involved.

Like it or love it (and Stephen A. will tell you which L he’s taking above, hahaa)… the fight is on! Hitting pay-per-view screens in August… It’s Showtime!

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Shaq And Charles ‘Beef’ Over Chicken Wings On Set (Video)

Alright, by now we know Charles Barkley is a Hall Of Famer… at chicken wings AND at chastizing co-color commentator Shaquille O’Neal. Oh, and at basketball. Haaa! Barkley has NO chill going at The Diesel! But Shaq pulls NO punches either in this [sort of uncomfortable] on-set ‘disagreement.’

This Inside The NBA segment goes off the rails when Shaq and Charles Barkley threaten to punch and throw chicken wings at each other while trading barbs.
– NBA On TNT

Okay, okay. They both pull ‘punches’ (meaning nobody got punched). But it got tense. Watch.

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Pharrell Williams Talks Praises Kaytranada’s Signature Sound And More (Video)

Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener in the OTHERtone studio with Kaytranada. Appreciation from your peers, even as a producer, is one thing. But props from Pharrell… commendable, noteworthy, epic!

At first, Pharrell had trouble describing Kaytranada’s music and its consistent effect on the listener; then he settled on ‘signature sound’ as a descriptor. Nice.

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Pharrell And Others Talk Virginia, Influences, Memories And More (Video)

Beats 1 and OTHERtone studio was loaded down with the Down South: Pusha T, D.R.A.M. and Fam-Lay. And, hey, Pharrell Williams. It doesn’t get much more VA than that player.

Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener in the OTHERtone studio with Pusha T, D.R.A.M. and Fam-Lay. Tune in on Beats 1 every other Sunday at 12PM PT / 3PM ET.

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Study Shows That People Think Black Men Are Scary (Video)

This is crazy. But then you realize that SOMETHING has been serving to ‘justify’ the frequent escalation to violence and murder against Black men (by radical racists, out of control cops, even Black assailants). Maybe research studies, leading to thoughtful discussion, can start us down the path to treating Black Lives like the really Matter.

A study found that both White and Black people often view Black men as older, bigger, and stronger than they actually are. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Jordan Chariton, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you why.

MORE: PEOPLE PERCEIVE BLACK PEOPLE AS BIGGER, SCARIER (VOCATIV)

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The Rap Music Generation Gap Debate (Teaser Trailer)

Interesting convo here… Maybe enough room for everyone to get their views appreciated and get mad during the course of it. Great look to have Scarface in there as a student of the game AND an O.G.

Rappers from 90’s go head to head with new rappers to talk about the state of music. The panel discusses whether current artists should be students of “the game” and study the older generation and respect what came before them. They also talk about how to stay financially-secure because not all artists stay “hot” their whole career. Find out their thoughts on the state of Hip-Hop.
– Complex

Haaaa! Pete Rock snapped a bit, but Vince Staples got right back. And this is just a teaser. See the whole episode on go90 here

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