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Swizz Beatz x French Montana | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #110 (Video)

Definitely a ‘zone’ and a ‘feeling’ for this Funk Flex freestyle. Has there ever been hooka on the set for one of these? Okay, French, let’s go! Live overdubs provided by Swizzy… until he had to jump the track and beat the beat with some barz himself!

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Comedy: When ‘Cosby’ Is Your Cellmate (Video)

Hey, you don’t come in this cell with all the filth and foul. Understand that, and share your Jello with your new cellmate, newbie. This is actually hilarious if you can set aside the real-life challenges of Bill Cosby’s incarceration.

(For the record, that fight is not over… because APPEALS process… just saying.)

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Steve Harvey’s Response To An Audience With A Stuttering Problem Is Literally Therapeutic (Video)

Respek on Steve Harvey’s name for this. All this. The sista is beautiful. It was just that her situation was ugly. But it looks like that is about to look up for her.

When an audience member asks about dating with a stutter, Steve opens up about his own personal struggle. This may be the most powerful moment yet.
Steve Harvey TV

I sooo wanted to start this post with just how fine the sista in this is… But I wanted her to be taken seriously (just as she desires, per the clip). Of course, I did slide her into the Noon spot (because she is definitely some Eye Candy).

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Big Boi (Video)

Big Boi comes down from The Planet Of Stankonia to do a Tiny Desk Concert… ON IT!

The energy in the room was buoyant and vibrant from the moment they walked in the door. OutKast star Big Boi, Sleepy Brown of the prolific Atlanta production collective Organized Noize, and their eight-member backing band have been working together for 20-plus years, and their chemistry is instantaneous and undeniable.
– NPR Music

This the loudest I have ever heard a Tiny Desk Concert be. Dope!

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Trevor Noah Speaks On GOP Voter Suppression & The Mid-Term Elections In Georgia (Video)

Yeah, Trevor. Good point: Funny how EVERY time we catch ‘them’ in a move to pass a law to restrict voting, it ALWAYS affects people of color DISPROPORTIONATELY! And by ‘funny’ I don’t mean… well, I am NOT laughing.

Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, has made efforts to hold up 53,000 voter registrations, 70% of which belong to Black voters, all while maintaining his job as Georgia Secretary of State, a role in which he oversees the very election he’s running in. This is some Africa-level s**t.
– The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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Mike Tyson Speaks On His Comedy Show, Mental Health, And Tupac (Video)

Crazy to think that if history would have worked out differently, Tupac would likely telling stories about how he was there at the Tyson fights. Instead, we get Iron Mike talking about ‘Pac and the night he was shot. Understandably, this saddens The Champ; as it does us all.

Good interview. You can even fire one up and smoke out while you watch… That way you can truly be like Mike. Haha!

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Have You Seen ‘The Booth’ Freestyles At The 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards? (Video)

Well, well. I think I am ready to say it… Even with Preemo and Bella Badu on the 1’s and 2’s, I liked the overall energy of ‘The Booth’ over the Cyphers this year. Not saying there were not some hella fire freestyles in the Cyphers, but this looked fun!

Got bars? T.I., Shiggy, Safaree, Nick Grant, Christian Combs and more proved they did in The Booth at the Hip-Hop Awards. Hosted by Big Tigger.
– BETNetworks

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Did You Watch The 2018 BET Cyphers? Do It Now, And Again, Right Here (Video)

A good look for BET: posting these to YouTube without that forced auto-play turned on. Now you can watch them in turn… enjoy, critique, hate on… whatever you do when you watch. Pretty dope overall. Wasn’t hyped in the weeks building up to them this year. Might be a good thing. The heads will check for the Cyphers. The rest who have to be ‘marketed’ to; we don’t need ’em.
#JustSaying #HipHopForTheReal #RealHipHop

(Hit the jump for more and more!)

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Erika Alexander Speaks On Her Road In Life And Her Career So Far And Her Future Outlook For Entertainment And Her People (Video)

That title is a mouthful, and I swear it STILL does not begin to address the ground this interview covers. So full DJ Envy couldn’t even stay for the whole thing. Had Erika so ‘full’ talking about it she teared up at one point. And wow, Erika is still so gatdam beautiful… and insightful. Watch and digest. May need to rewind at a couple of points.

Erika Alexander On Reviving Good Black Characters, Working With Bill Cosby, Her Parents + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

And Charlemagne (we DO control the ‘cool’) had a great line & hashtag near the end; speaking on the POWER of Black people and our influence on life and culture worldwide.

#WeControlTheCool
#RepresentationMatters

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Tuxedo (Video)

A Tuxedo Tiny Desk Concert? Best ticket you didn’t even have to purchase. Check it out!

When Tuxedo arrived at NPR and Mayer Hawthorne spied a small ‘Ho!’ button sitting on Bob Boilen’s desk, he immediately beamed. “We use a big ‘Ho!’ button on tour,” he said. They didn’t bring a drummer, opting for a boombox — yes, a real boombox playing a real cassette tape, kids — and it was nostalgic delight from the start of the cassette’s hiss. The band was tight as ever, while their ace in the hole, Gavin Turek provided dance moves and the sweetest harmonies. Tuxedo set things off with a fan favorite from their first album, along with two [more] before closing it out with a red light special. It’s one thing to go against the grain for the sake of it — and another completely make it good. In this Tiny Desk concert, Tuxedo accomplished both.
– NPR Music

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Watch Nitty Scott “Rate The Bars” (Video)

Mm mm mm! Still sexy af. Still hard af on the BARZ, too! Gentlemen. Ladies. Respek on the name of today’s evaluator, Nitty Scott MC!

(Heh, Childish Gambino, flattery will get you everywhere with Nitty.)

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Politics: Dave Chappelle Speaks On Kanye West And President Trump (Video)

I’m not mad at Kanye. That’s my brother. I love him… I don’t have to agree with everything he says…
Dave Chappelle

The REALEST talk while still keeping some of the funny in there. We’ve come to expect that from Dave Chappelle. Gotta imagine he has some empathy for an artist who the world has called ‘crazy’ (since he has been there himself).

Comedian Dave Chappelle and Maryland democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous discuss the political divide in the US since President Trump was elected president with CNN’s Van Jones.
– CNN

Great interview clip! Very thoughtful conversation.

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Styles P Is Dave East’s Favorite Rapper, Styles P Deems Dave East Torch Worthy, And Their Album Will Be ‘Beloved’ (Video)

Wowwww… Sway’s interview intros are always fire! Though they’d never admit it, Styles P and Dave East (and Heather B) had to be GASSED with the setup to start this interview. Talk about the greatest rappers, their collabo project and recording process and more.

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Watch Curren$y “Rate The Bars” (Video)

Ohhhh! Shout to BET for throwing the Na’Tee verse from her Cypher at dude for the review. Respek on Curren$y’s name for his evaluation of these barz!

Curren$y came into Rate the Bars of some great rappers. Giving huge props to B.G., Tyga, Wiz, and the late Mac Miller who he collab’d with.
– BETNetworks

(Realizing how old AND how much of a Sci-Fi GEEK I am, getting that ‘C3PO’ reference from the Mac Miller (RIP) verse right off… not even thinking it all the way through like Curren$y did. Hahaaa!)

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Comedy: ‘Kanye West’ Has Some Words… The Best Words… For ‘President Trump’ (Video)

Bwaaaaahahaaaa! Got eeem!

Kanye had to know that that public, very public, White House sit-down with President Trump was going to land him smack dab in the middle of a bunch of memes, spoofs, and other forms of Tom Foolery at his expense. And SNL got it IN on him!

Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) meets with Kanye West (Chris Redd) and Jim Brown (Kenan Thompson) in the Oval Office.
– Saturday Night Live

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Pio Tastes Ainsworth’s Gold Wings (Video)

Aha! Looks like #ExcessWithPio is like “Most Expensivist” from a kid’s perspective. That, plus chicken wings coated with a gold dust. Okay, I’m in!

Pio La Ditingancia discovers a whole new level of 24k magic. 💸 Let’s see what these gold wings from The Ainsworth are all about. #ExcessWithPio
– The Game on BET

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Politics: Conservatives Love Kanye West’s Repping ‘Make America Great Again’ While Wanting Taylor Swift To ‘Shush’ Again (Video)


(Click here to watch on Facebook.)

Nope. Not gonna let Taylor finish… again.

How interesting… and predictable. Talking heads on the right want famous folks to ‘shut up’ and dribble, sing or whatever… unless they dribble the rhetoric they want to hear.

How dare Kanye West say President George W. Bush does care about Black people back in the day. Oh, wait. He’s spitting some of that ‘free thinking’ Make America Great Again (MAGA)? Ahhh, he’s a refreshing right-wing converted icon now.

(Hmmm… remember wifey Kim Kardashian West was just up at the White House months ago. Let’s see how all this plays out. Gotta find five years of reality TV footage for that “Who’s House? Trump’s House!” show premiering after the 2020 elections. Ha!)

And Taylor Swift. She is out of line with the right. Speaking out of turn, so according to the right-wing pundits, it is time for her to go back to singing and stay out of politics like a good girl.

Here’s The Breakdown.

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Watch Onyx “Rate The Bars” (Video)

Ha! That’s why they evaluate these bars without being told who spit them. Honest appraisals of the lyricals. And these Onyx cats are HARD on the bars!

Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr from Onyx came in to rate some bars. They also rated themselves a much deserved 5.
– BETNetworks

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Comedy: Tom Hanks Plays ‘Black Jeopardy’ Hoping To “Make Doug Money And Win” (Video)

Juuuust in case you thought Black Jeopardy was only for guest contestants like T’Challa… Here’s DOUG!

Contestants Keeley (Sasheer Zamata), Shanice (Leslie Jones) and Doug (Tom Hanks) compete on Black Jeopardy, hosted by Darnell Hayes (Kenan Thompson).
– Saturday Night Live

(Wow. Just realizing this is a throwback to BEFORE Chadwick Boseman’s guest sketch. Both hilarious! This one is well worth the watching and the ‘late pass.’)

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Young Devyn – “Bars On I-95 Freestyle” (Video)

When Young Devyn did the Friday Freestyle for Sway, he told her to go on every show and wreck! And best believe the mid-teen phenom emcee is doing just that! Watch her work on this ep of ‘Freestyles On Bars On I-95.’

#MumbleRapIsQuiet

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