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No Words Are Necessary When Robert De Niro Is Your Guest. But He’ll Say A Few… (Video)

Standing O for De Niro! Not one butt in a seat when he came out. Respect due and paid in full by the audience. They wanted to see and hear from him. I wanted to see what he would say about President Trump. I mean, De Niro did say he wanted to ‘punch Trump in the mouth’ during the campaign… so expect him to be real and raw in this clip above.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Tribeca Film Festival founder Robert De Niro.
– The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Oh. Oh, that part with the ice cream. That was BRILLIANT! Awesome clip.

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Kenny Beats Welcomes Freddie Gibbs To ‘The Cave’ (Video)

Kenny always has the good dope, and Freddie just fell through to smoke some of that. Buuuut, since there’s a camera, a hot mic, AND good smoke. This happened.

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Presenting Jungle, One Of The Architects of “Illmatic” (Video)

He was like Frank Sinatra… a modern-day Frank Sinatra… I was in awe the whole time.

Up next, we hear from another of The Architects of IllmaticJungle. We’ve heard Nas actually shout his brother Jungle out on a record or two. Very interesting to hear what he has to say regarding the 25th birthday of the classic “Illmatic” LP.

Nas lost a backpack full of Illmatic rhymes in the midst of the recording process on the way to DJ Premier’s studio. His biological brother and collaborator, Jungle, remembers the bizarre sequence of events that followed—and much more…
Mass Appeal

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Cory Booker Speaks On Running For President, Getting Things Done For His Constituents & His Feelings For Rosario Dawson (Video)

Why should we consider Cory Booker as a serious contender for the U.S. Presidency? Well, she ‘convinced’ Rosario Dawson to join his team… on the campaign trail AND as his lady friend. Yep, took her right from Bernie Sanders’ campaign (she was really on the #FeelTheBern team) AND from Luke Cage (haha)!

In one of his best interviews yet after announcing his intentions to run for President, Senator Cory Booker sat down with Ebro In The Morning to discuss some of the issues he plans to tackle, plus confronts Rosenberg on questions about being too close to corporate entities, and Wall Street.

He also discusses his relationship with Rosario Dawson, why he made some decisions as mayor of Newark, impeaching Trump, reparations, plans to give every American $1000 every month, and he defends the narrative of “what Democrats have done for me?

– HOT 97

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Presenting Faith Newman, One Of The Architects of “Illmatic” (Video)

We certainly felt that this was a classic in the making…

Wow. An actual A&R. You see kids ‘A&R’ stands for ‘Artist & Repertoire’… a term from a bygone era of the music business when there were folks (called A&R) whose jobs were to find talent, make them commercially viable (e.g. transform raw talent into something that makes cash registers ring), and act as liaison between the label and the artist all the while. Make no mistake, A&Rs work for the music label. So, while Faith was likely enamored with Nas’ talent from the jump, she had to see DOLLAR SIGNS when she thought of his potential back in the day. She had to BELIEVE in Nas as someone who the Hip-Hop world would willing to spend money – for labels to develop as an artist and marketable ‘product’ AND for fans to buy music and tickets.

How much did she believe in Nas, even BEFORE “Illmatic” was made? Well, she went to Queensbridge to get him back in the day. And… um… you can bet she ‘stood out’ when she did. Moreover, she put herself out there and took on high risk based on her belief in the future G.O.D.M.C.

And here she is, 25 years later, talking about how glad she was that she did.

Faith Newman signed Nas to Columbia Records in the fall of 1991, but even she couldn’t predict the heights he’d be taken to after the release of “Illmatic.” Heights that “probably none of us could imagine.”
Mass Appeal

Indeed. But the streets knew, especially the bootleggers. Turns out Faith has spoken on that before… at length (see link here).

EARLIER POST: THE MASSIVE BOOTLEGGING OF NAS’ CLASSIC “ILLMATIC” ALBUM

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Tee Grizzley – “Fire In The Booth” (Video)

Well. will you look at this: Tee Grizzley hopped the pond to hit up Charlie Sloth’s studio and bless the booth with bars! First timer alert! Even though Tee is known for doing his thing in the States, this is his first freestyle for Sloth.

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3D Na’Tee | Middle Child T.Mix | Monday Morning Exercise #031 (Video)

Na’Tee snapped on another one! This time it’s over a popular J. Cole track. I don’t wild out on commentary about how sexy Na’Tee is nowadays, not because she is any less beautiful, but because the flow is so choice!

But let’s be clear: 3D Na’Tee is sexy AF!!!!

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Erick Sermon Is Always About Business! Watch Him Speak On His Latest (Video)

Good stuff, Sway. Erick [and Parrish] Making Dollars since way back. But how? And how is business today? Somehow, you know it’s gotta be good for Erick Onasis (remember that name?).

Erick Sermon Talks Business: His New Streaming Company, Sampling Company & New Album
Sway’s Universe

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Michael Franzese Speaks On Everything From Joining The Mafia To Michael Jordan’s Gambling (Video)

Talk it, rap about it… gangsters and mafiosos… Well, here’s Vlad getting one to open up, on camera, in real life! And what he speaks on (and sort of ‘pleads the 5th’ on) is craaaazy! And we have ALL the interview clips released thus far. Start with Part 1 above and keep going after the jump. And keep an eye out for more on the ‘Tube: Vlad keeps dishing out these plates because he knows we’ll keep eating them up!

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Presenting Pete Rock, One Of The Architects of “Illmatic” (Video)

We all prayed that this would do well for him… We didn’t know… until it just hit people.

Pete Rock HAD to be part of “Illmatic” (because Hip-Hop history could NOT have unfolded any other way)! And fascinating to learn that Nas had to PUSH Pete to get vocals out of him for the project. Whose world is this? OURS! A Wonderfule Wide World Of Hip-Hop.

…paying homage to “The Architects of Illmatic” with exclusive interviews featuring photographers, producers, writers and members of Nas’ inner circle, including Pete Rock, the subject of today’s clip and the producer of one of the LP’s “signature” songs, “The World Is Yours.” The legendary producer remembers back to when he first heard the lyrics of the classic record. “Your heart just… you just feel it for him. This guy is ahead of his time.” Welcome to #IllmaticXXV Week.
Mass Appeal

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Charlton Palmer Speaks On Being “CP The Artist” & Not Being Put In A Box On Odell’s Roundtable (Video)

Knowledge and confidence in self. VERY important! Watch as CP draws a parallel between his lane in the art world and the rap game. Dude has been ‘Kanye-ing the game’ for some time now. Another dope interview from the homie Odell.

Charlton Palmer aka CP The Artist is a self-taught artist who refuses to be locked down by a particular style or medium. A native of NJ who has made Atlanta his home now knows firsthand what it’s like to try and get your name out in a new city. He talks about how he balances working his craft while also having to be his own publicist and anything else it calls for to run his business. It’s a great discussion on staying creative and also what he has coming up in the near future. So check his work out at cptheartist.com and let he and I know what you got from the discussion!
ArtByOdell

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When They See “When They See Us” People Will Really Understand The ‘Central Park Five’ Story (Trailer)

“When They See Us” was conceptualized and co-written by Ava DuVernay for Netflix and it is coming to take hearts and minds and twist them… to make us feel everything the falsely accused (and eventually exonerated) Central Park Five.

Just LOOK at who is attached. The exec producers (Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro) all the through to casting (Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood)… they will draw MILLIONS of viewers! We must learn. ALL of us.

Based on a true story that gripped the country, “When They See Us” will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four-part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

“When They See Us” premieres May 31 only on Netflix.

– Netflix

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These ‘Adidas Originals’ Featuring Donald Glover & Mo’Nique Are Hilarious (Video)

Yeah, and Mo’Nique is taking shots on Donald all through these! Check out the entire series of shorts strung together in one clip, all of them, with ‘Avocado’ on top, embedded above.

(Donald’s probably right though: The viscosity on a good plate of grits is amazing. HA!)

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Eboni K. Williams Speaks On Stepping Away From Fox News Without A Firm Notion Of What She Was Stepping Toward Next (Video)

I really like this. Watch through to the end. The genuine sweetness Eboni doles out to the Breakfast Club trio is Black love AND a celebration of Black excellence. Nah, she could NOT stay at Fox News and stay Black like that.

(Oh, and she addresses why she was there on that channel for as long as she was; and why she feels there should always be one of us on there.)

Eboni K. Williams, who used to be a co-host on Fox News, explains her experiences working at the conservative news network. Williams also talked about her times as a lawyer in the courtroom and how it relates to working in media now.
Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Presenting Large Professor, One Of The Architects of “Illmatic” (Video)

Yes, Large Professor is right: “Illmatic” has stood the test of time AND Nas is that god on the mic. Nas is nice!

“We’re rocking off the same energy, and it stood the test of time.”
Large Professor reflects on God’s Son’s transformation from rugged youth to internationally renowned writer… and how the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
– Mass Appeal

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DL Hughley Will Not Apologize For His Statements Regarding Terry Crews’ Abuse (Video)

[I] will not defer my vantage point, my viewpoint, to anybody… I believe what I believe. I’ll say what I say… It ain’t the first time a big dude wanted to beat the sh!t out of me ’cause I said something…

Okay then.

DL Hughley is on with Vlad again. But this time, Vlad brought the camera over to DL’s show set for the interview. Thoughtful rebuttal, especially given the time DL has had to mull things over. His stated views have not shifted, whether that wins him any new or returning fans; or Terry Crews favor.

In this clip, DL Hughley speaks on his previous VladTV interview going viral due to his statements on Terry Crews, were he laughed and made humor out of the actor getting fondled by his Hollywood agent. He says that he stands by his previous viewpoints and the right to his own opinion, while reaffirming that he would never let somebody violate him in the way Crews was allegedly abused. From there, he speaks to how he views the #MeToo movement as somewhat disingenuous, questioning why they care so much when a Black man gets fondled but not at all when he gets shot. With that said, Hughley makes it clear that he apologizes to nobody, though he’s open to more conversation even if he doesn’t have to agree.
DJ Vlad

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Dame Dash Evaluates Some Of The Hottest New Female Rappers Out Now (Video)

I will admit. This is not entirely what I would have expected from Dame on this topic, but there’s nothing out of line with what the boss says. You don’t have to entirely agree. I don’t. But I do entirely respect this piece. And all the Eye Candy… I mean… It is noon (c’mon son)!

Dame Dash made a name for himself as a co-founder of the iconic Hip-Hop label, Roc-A-Fella, so he knows a thing or two about emerging artists. For this episode of ‘The Cosign,’ we recruited the self-proclaimed “boss” to review videos from up and coming women in rap.

From Megan Thee Stallion’s “Big Ole Freak” to Bhad Bhabie’s “Babyface Savage” to Melii’s “See Me,” Dash shared his thoughts on some of Hip-Hop’s newest acts.

– Genius

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Melchisedek Shabazz Allah Speaks On Dr. Sebi, His Healing Programs, And His ‘Blockers’ (Video)

Do you know about Dr. Sebi; the man whose knowledge Nipsey Hussle was set to bring out on that next level (some folks thinking that Nip was killed to prevent such enlightenment)?

The Late Dr. Sebi had revolutionary ideas on health & diet. Here’s Brother Melchisedek Shabazz Allah speaking on Dr. Sebi and his legacy.

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Presenting DJ Premier, One Of The Architects of “Illmatic” (Video)

Wow. “Illmatic” turns 25 years old on April 19th. When I realized that, at first, I was like, “Damn. I’m old.” But that seminal Nas project is a classic. Therefore, I’m not old… I’m a classic! Now I can enjoy watching Preemo speak on Nas’ classic LP as one of its architects.

(Don’t come for me. That’s just how it’s gonna be. End of beef. The tips are cooked!)

“Not the one that’s on the album. The one on the album is a remix.” During the making of Illmatic, DJ Premier made one version of “Represent,” then he heard what L.E.S. and Q-Tip did on “Life’s a B*tch” and “One Love” respectively. It sent him right back into the lab.
– Mass Appeal

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Gary Owen Speaks On Loving Black People, Joking With Them, But Staying Out Of Beef (Video)

Gary Owen does look like ‘Tommy’ from “Power” though, really. Back with the Power 105 Morning Crew for another interview. Talking T.I., Kim Kardashian, Kodak Black, and more…

Comedian Gary Owen drops in to say why he loves coming on The Breakfast Club and explains the beef he has with Delta Airlines. He also chats how he learned golf from watching Tiger Woods.
Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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