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Nas – “One Mic” feat. Jack White (Live Performance) [Video]

Remember that American Epic piece for PBS featuring Nas that we posted on a while back (linked here)? Well, on that same old-to-the-new tribute vibe, here is the G.O.D.M.C. doing his instant classic off the “Stillmatic” LP – “One Mic” – live with Jack White (formerly of The White Stripes).

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CyHi The Prynce – “Genius Freestyle” (Video)

A capella for all the fans and haters (who hate that they are secretly fans). CyHi The Prynce blessed Genius with a little something. Monster barz!!


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Girls Gone Viral: Black Beach Weekend 2017 (Biloxi, Mississippi, USA) [Video]

Wowzerrrrs ma’ams and sirs! By now you know, or ought to know, that I am from Alabama. Begs the question of me: WHERE did all them thick Alabama molasses asses in this vid come from, and WHY did they all flood Mississippi like this and not tell me???

Oh, Black Beach Weekend. They still do it like that? Apparently so. And I’ain’even know must be getting old *sigh*

Now, it might just be me, but I must warn y’all that there is a HIGH degree of ratchet roaming about. Not mad at that. Folks getting ratchet provide the best batches (drink, smoke, photos, videos, and all kinds of ASStonishing things). The music you’ll hear is the perfect soundtrack for all that hood hectic (fair warning). Young Black folks going WILD for sure. But I saw some hustlers handling biz, too. Every archetype from the trickster/gambler, to the curbside fry cook, to a weed edibles salesman. Then you see folks walking and flashing the fly liquors and folks riding in the big body vehicles with even bigger rims. All that kind of stuff I remember from back in the day for the most part.

But THEN you get new school star power. Sure, rumpshakers alone will get views. But how about folks who are already viral stars out there? Coming to the stage NOLA’s own PATTIWHACK and Dancing DanRue (around the 7 minute mark) getting live baaaaby with the ‘Peter Piper pick a pan… Yeeeeaaaah!’

Hahaaa! I’m not mad at y’all overall Biloxi (but some YouTube commenters are apparently… chill will’ya… sheezus). Do you! But at least send home some of them juicy ‘Bama yum-yums though.


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Conway x Benny x Westside Gunn | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #060 (Video)

Everybody can’t come up here… Flex speaks truth regarding most of his recent featured Freestyles. This one especially. To hammer home the point, VERY few can come through like Conway, Benny, and Westside Gunn did in this ep.

The whole entire came through with them, didn’t they? Haa!


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Samuel L. Jackson Acts Out His Film Career With James Corden (Video)

When has Corden not been funny? Now, add Jackson to the comedy mix and you get comedic GOLD! Great trip back through some awesome cinema (lots of ‘gunshots’ in there LOL).

Samuel L. Jackson and James Corden act out snippets from Samuel’s legendary film career, covering everything from “Pulp Fiction” to “Jurassic Park.”
– The Late Late Show with James Corden

Okay this is HILARIOUS but actually pretty good, too (esp. the remembering and delivering all those lines like that)!


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Snoop Dogg – “Trash Bags” (Live Performance)

These guys know how to mix fun and serious business. Jimmy Kimmel and Snoop Dogg doing the damn thing on the tube again; not ‘roasting’ on Comedy Central, rather with Snoop performing “Trash Bags” on Jimmel Kimmel Live.

And the re-THICK-ulous dancing girls on stage made it an extra ‘special’ night on stage. But for something really special, hit the jump (more footage of Snoop’s time with Kimmel).

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ESPN President John Skipper Speaks At The Tuskegee University Commencement And…

…it was a CELEBRATION! Strike up the band… the best band in the land, the Tuskegee University Golden Virtuosos!!

Wow. I have a LOT of family and friends who are Tuskegee Institute and Tuskegee University alumni. I may well have attended myself, but The University Of Alabama ended up being the best option (financially, mainly) for continuing my education post-high school. However, anyone who grew up in ‘Skegee can tell you that TU and the town that surrounds it are bound in many ways; especially on Football Saturdays (Homecoming Weekend = Off The Meter!) and special commemorations. So, I may not be a TU alum, but I am a true Tuskegeean (46!)… and trust me, that is way past close enough for me join in celebrating this.

See more footage and some of what students and Presidents Skipper and Johnson had to say on this occasion after the jump.

(Wonder if any of this made SportsCenter over the weekend? Best bet for worthy coverage is ESPN’s ‘The Six’ with Jemele Hill and Michael Smith.)

#ESPNSportsCenterTheme #TUBallandParlay #MCP #TUCommencement2017#CelebratingTUBestandBrightest


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Charlie Musselwhite & Nas Speak On The Music Of The 1920s And Of Today (Teaser Trailer)

They were rapping about street life and gangsta life…
Nas, Speaking On “On the Road Again” By Memphis Jug Band

A great look for PBS, this episode of “American Epic Sessions” features Charlie Musselwhite (of Memphis Jug Band) and Nas. That line from Greg Nice comes to mind: This is how we take the old to the new. Hear Nas speak on the timelessness and relevance of Musselwhite’s music. And see a bit of the performance of Nas’ cover of “On the Road Again”

(Hip-Hop flavor from the 1920s. Cool!)

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Nick Grant – “Funky Enough Freestyle” (Video)


South Carolina stand up! Nick Grant spit fire for LA Leakers in this clip. This freestyle damn sure is “Funky Enough” (flowing over The D.O.C. classic beat)!

(YOOOOO! Dude said he’s going NUTS… George Carver n*gga!)

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‘5 Minutes Of Funk’ With DJ Diamond (Video)

DJ Diamond did the damn thang on this ep. of #5MinutesOfFunk though yo. Nothing not to love about it when Funkmaster Flex goes back to the elements. The emcees doing the Freestyles… and now, Turntable Tuesday.

Know that saying, “Time flies” right? Well, it is especially true when a DJ is having fun blacking out on the wheels… like how 5 Minutes becomes 12 Minutes Of Funk. Haaaa! Good stuff!

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Hasan Minhaj (Of The Daily Show) Gives An Roast Epic Speech At The White House Correspondents’ Dinner (Video)

Ohhhhhh shhhheeeeeeeiiiit! I wanted to categorize this as comedy, but this is more. This is even more biting than mere satire; plenty of BITE. Don Rickles (RIP) level roasting of an entire room AND of The President… you know, at the WHITE HOUSE Correspondents’ event that they have EVERY year.

Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj took full advantage of Donald Trump’s absence by taking aim at The President and his administration during his monologue at the White House Correspondents’ dinner.
Global News

I’m sure it was on his calendar. But hell, I cannot blame him. Some of this sh!t BURNED, but it seems like everyone took it in stride. And I do mean everyone, because ‘The Daily Show’ Correspondent Hasan Minhaj gave a taste to EVERYONE: Not just the POTUS, but key officials in his Administration, with shots for Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, even C-SPAN (who broadcasts the event annually)!

You HAVE to watch, but strap up and sack up. Hasan is hella funny, but his speech hits hella HARD! Whew.


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Nas x The Soul Rebels – “Hate Me Now” (Live Performance) [Video]

So… you don’t have to travel all the way to the Down Under for that special underground feel. But doesn’t it sound like that’s where some crazy dopeness should jump off all the time? Well, agree or agree to disagree, it did a week or so ago. Nas did “Hate Me Now” on stage (classic, that good gas)… with The Soul Rebels backing him (that high-performance premium unleaded)! Check the footage from Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia.

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Rodney King (Netflix Trailer)

Spike Lee with another Joint. Can you believe it has been 25 years since the uprising over the “Rodney King” verdict (that exonerated the LAPD cops that beat the F**K out of him)? Given recent events, you likely think: ‘Damn. It has been 25 years since we thought the police beatdowns should have been over… and they STILL aren’t over.’ Watch this trailer and get ready for another hot-blooded summer, courtesy of Netflix and Spike Lee.

His story shook the world and lit LA on fire. Now it comes to life in a powerful one-man show.

Compelling presentation & performance by Roger Guenveur Smith.

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Dave Chappelle And John Mayer’s On-Stage Tribute To Charlie Murphy (RIP) [Video]

Wow. Dave Chappelle surprises the crowd at a John Mayer concert and this happens. Yep, the ‘White People Dancing’ tag team from Chappelle Show, Season 2, Episode 3, reunites one more time… and do a tribute for Charlie Murphy (say it like Dave doing ‘Rick James’ b!tch in your head), who the world recently lost after his prolonged battle with lukemia.

Yeah, Dave Chappelle and John Mayer chat, share a couple of chuckles and make a memory for Murphy that they share with the crowd.


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Kxng Crooked – “Come Clean Freestyle” (Video)

While Joey Bada$$ spoke from the heart on Hip-Hop’s old guard holding back the new-new (here), let’s keep it true… Real Hip-Hop cann’t get much more to the core than this! KXNG Crooked doing damage on Jeru The Damaja’s classic instrumental. Barz!!

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The Chainsmokers – “Paris” (Live Performance) [Video]

That most recent SNL was pretty good all the way ’round. Found out about a new school cool band, The Chainsmokers. Really liking this song, “Paris.”

Knowing now that they are a DJ duo, I also note something very ‘Hip-Hop adjacent’ about their style… not hollering “appropriation” or anything, just calling it out.

(Plus, did you see how HOT the Honey singing background on the left is. INSANELY gorgeous! Wish someone would tell me who she is. Because WOW!)


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Comedy: Louis C.K. Hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Stand-Up Monologue) [Video]

Yes. That’s right. That’s right. That’s appropriate.

You know how every now and then you will see a Louis C.K. post on here? Think that is an accident?

Okay, that was rhetorical. Hell naw it ain’t no accident! Louis C.K. is one of the funniest comedians out today. Point. Blank. Period. FACTS!

I have been watching and laughing for years. Louis is SURGICAL at touching nerves that should be touched while extracting laughter. And his shows are loaded with line-stepping; a feat he performs without fear, and in ways very few comedians can equal.

Exhibit A… THIS! Louis C.K. was the guest on SNL giving the audience the business! Going right in with a chicken, a Black guy, and racism…

Wait what!!!

You gah-damn right you’re gonna watch now… and thoroughly enjoy! Keep in mind, this is just the opening monologue.


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Joey Bada$$ – “Land Of The Free” (Live Performance) [Video]

One of the things that could have been a casualty of Stephen Colbert’s move from Comedy Central to big network TV would have been the kinds of artists he booked. Fortunately, we are still getting to see the likes of Joey Bada$$ do their thing on The Late Show on CBS. Dope!

Rapper Joey Bada$$ makes his Late Show debut with a track from his upcoming album ‘All-Amerikkkan Bada$$.’


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Comedy: Who Wins When Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync Battles Shaquille O’Neal? (Video)

We all win!

Okay, so you read the title and you think: Shaq used to rap and he was always clowning during NBA All-Star Weekend game intros and hamming it up for the crowds… AND Fallon has done tons of musical fun stuff on his show. Ought to be pretty entertaining. And you’d be absolutely RIGHT!

Jimmy faces off with Shaquille O’Neal, with a surprise appearance by Pitbull, in a hilarious lip sync-off to songs like Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative,” Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” and House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”

So, surprise: Pitbull! But what most of us probably perpetually underestimate is just how far and fast Jimmy will ‘go there’ to get laughs and wows from the audience. Case in point, this clip. Hahaaaa!

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Your Old Droog – “Showoff Radio Freestyle” (Video)

My rhymes ain’t rhymes. They’re life sentences.

wuuuuuuWHAAAT! Barz dammit! Watching Your Old Droog doing this freestyle on Showoff Radio… could have easily re-titled this ‘Why We Fux With Droog: The Video.’ Hell, we just might! Salute Statik Selekt! Wreck ws caught on Shade 45 that night fa’sho.

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