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Miguel – “Crazy Enough” (Mini-Documentary)

“I’ve never loved anything more than music. I’ve never imagined or envisioned myself doing anything else… I was just crazy enough to believe deeper than the odds, I suppose.”

As humans moving through life as best we can, we often wish could go back and [at least] talk to our past selves. Had to strike a chord within us to see this piece that blends throwback footage a hopeful up-and-coming Miguel blended with commentary from the seasoned mega-talent we have come to know over the years since. SO much insight on the artist, and the man, in a short clip. Watch.

[B]ack in 2008, we shot a young hopeful in San Pedro. He took us by his house, told us about his family. He was stuck, then, in a contract with a label that wanted him to be somebody different. He was busy holding the line, a little flustered, but not shook. He believed. When we went back to him this summer, we found the same person.
– Yours Truly


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Drake Speaks The Truth In His ‘Obey Your Thirst’ Documentary (Video)

I agree with Drake in many of the points he made in this new Fader mini-documentary. I’ve given advice to artists all the time about similar things as to what’s said in this interview. Most don’t listen which is probably why they aren’t as successful as they’d like to be on their OWN terms. Stay focused.

“Coming up in Toronto, people told Drake to move to New York if he was serious about making it. Instead, he stayed where he was and made history by proving that if you’re a truly multi-layered artist, you can make it from anywhere. “Do it the way I did it,” he says in the above Obey Your Thirst documentary. “Do it from where you’re at. If you have the music, that’s all it takes.”

Now, at the top of his game, Drake says he competes not with established legends or other top-sellers, but with the countless kids itching to take his spot.  Now that hip-hop’s playing field is more open than ever before, Drake knows
there are countless kids itching to take his spot. Those up-and-comers are now his competition, not any established rapper. “That’s how I try to keep pushing this forward,” he says. “Just to let that kid know that I’m not done yet.”

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R&B: Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream Experience Vol. 1 (Video)

Without a doubt Miguel’s Grammy awarding winning album “Kaleidoscope Dream” was one of the best projects to come out in the last year fueled largely in part by his mega hit single “Adorn”. Now as Miguel begins his tour for the album he wants his fans to experience the ride with him in these new videos he’ll be releasing as he goes from city to city. Dope to see he started things out here in Atlanta at the historic Fox Theater. Check out vol. 1 of the mini-documentary above….
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VICE: Israel’s Radical Left (Documentary)

VICE travels to Israel to meet young members of the growing radical left, in the lead up to the one-year anniversary of the biggest protest in Israel’s history. Last summer, while the world was busy following the Arab Spring, nearly half a million Israelis took to the streets demanding social justice and an end to the rule of the tycoons. Still, the government didn’t listen. The protest movement was nicknamed J14, short for July 14, marking the date a girl named Daphni Leef pitched the first tent in central Tel Aviv, in protest against high rents and living costs. Fed up with threats of imminent wars with their Arab neighbors, the hostile ways of land grabbing religious nutters in silly hats, and the fact that almost two million Israelis are living in poverty, young people are choosing the path of dissent.

We follow Ronnie Barkan, an Israeli Jew who fights for Palestinian rights, to a protest in the West Bank. We also meet Daphni Leef and Stav Shaffir, the most famous faces of the protest movement, who inspire people all over Israel to get involved. We visit creatives who have unique ways of dealing with the government’s fear mongering: Ronny Edry and Michal Tamir, who started the Facebook campaign Israel Loves Iran; Artist Guy Briller, who drives around with a missile on his car to ease the tension and make people laugh; and Yuda Braun, a former IDF soldier turned artist, who patrols the streets of conflict ridden areas as the White Soldier.

Finally, we get a gruesome reminder of the depths of desperation felt by many Israelis, when, during the massive one-year anniversary demo, we witness a man set fire to himself in protest against Israel’s dysfunctional welfare system. It’s an insight into everyday life in Israel that goes beyond the hackneyed media coverage of Gaza rockets and death tolls. This film is about young Israelis starting a revolution for social justice.” – VICE
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NFL WR Calvin “Megatron” Johnson Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’ Program (Video)

Calvin “Megatron” Johnson is arguably the most dominant wide receiver in the NFL today & ESPN’s E:60 program did a feature on him that I had watched live when it aired. Despite being nicknamed “Megatron” by his teammates & doing well in the league, Calvin Johnson appears to be a very grounded, non-diva attitude wearing wide receiver in the NFL. This mini-documentary hosted by ESPN’s Lisa Salters does provide some insight as to who Megatron really is when he transforms off the field into Calvin Johnson.
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Rakim: The Definition Of A Classic (Video)

“On June 12, 2012, Rakim brought his signature realness to Joe’s Pub in NYC as part of the Reebok Classics hip-hop legends concert series. We took the opportunity to cast back over the MC’s game-changing career in a new Complex documentary.” – 2dopeboyz
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Actor Isiah Washington Finds His Roots In ‘Passport To Sierra Leone’ (Video)

“The Africa Channel follows the talented actor as he connects with his roots in Sierra Leone!!” – Africa Channel

Nipsey Hussle – Europe 2012 (Documentary)

Director Matt Alonzo provides up close & an in-depth look of Nipsey Hussle’s experiences while on his TMC tour in Europe. They dig in behind the music while he hits cities like Paris, London, Cannes, & more.


Danny Brown – “Detroit State Of Mind” (Mini-Documentary)

Danny Brown gives the Pitchfork crew a taste of the ‘real Detroit’ as they meet with his family, sit in while he’s recording new music, performing at Dilla Day and much more. The Whitney Houston moment at the end was quite an amazing moment in time captured by the documentary team….

VH1 Presents “Uprising: Hip Hop & The L.A. Riots” (Documentary)

We watched this documentary on VH1 last night & I personally found it to be a very well put together & honest account of what took place during the L.A. Riots 20 years ago & how hip hop & it’s artists were not only early forecasters of things to come, but at times participants in one way or another.

Slaughterhouse – “Welcome To: Ourhouse” Tour Episode Five (Video)

As the Slaughterhouse machine rolls throughout the United States on their ‘Welcome To: Ourhouse’ tour, Joe Budden is the narrator as the cameras continue to roll for episode five of this mini-web series following Joel Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9, Crooked I, & the kid from Jersey ‘Jumpoff Joe Beezy’.


Big K.R.I.T. – “Road Less Traveled” [Episode One]

The Res Documentary (Trailer)

Spotted this trailer for the upcoming documentary on the feminine 1/2 of the group Idle Warship with Talib Kweli over at OKP. Res’s solo album “How I Do still gets many spins from me on a personal level in the itunes, but what I’m surprised to see there was already a documentary being made with her as the focal point. Filmmaker Steve Zegans has been following Res (of Idle Warship fame and, well, Res fame) since the fall of 2010 as the rarely-idle musical road warrior “recorded new music, toured the country and hustled to get her music and name back out there.” The result is a documentary film on the struggles of an independent artist balancing business with creativity and the ups and downs of life and fate. And now we have the trailer for the doc, getting our first glimpse into Res’ daily grind, including performance footage and extensive interview with Talib Kweli. Watch above and we’ll keep you updated as more info about the film and its release comes our way.

VH1 Behind The Music: Game (Video)

I found the preview VH1 released on their Behind The Music segment with Game to be very interesting as they covered him growing up in a dysfunctional family, trying to be a good husband to his wife, a good father to his kids that he never had & more but the VH1 producers were smart in not giving fans too much too soon. Now you can watch the full VH1 Behind The Music segment on Game right here. I found it to be a very interesting story from his life, being influenced by Ice Cube & Nas, his beef with 50 Cent, having fatal thoughts of suicide & a whole lot more….

Behind The Scenes: M.I.A. – “Bad Girls” Shoot (Video)

M.I.A’s video for “Bad Girls” is definitely is one of my favorite videos to have come out this year. I’m a person who may not like a song, but if the video is really dope I’ll find myself dissecting it in my head by watching over & over again. I do dig the M.I.A song but the video directed by Romain Gavras is what really drew me in. Check out some behind the scenes footage of the making of M.I.A’s “Bad Girls” video above….


New Balance Excellence Makers: Jay Electronica (Video)

Don’t know what the hell is going on but I’m one of the thousands of people anxiously waiting for Jay Electronica to drop his new album. Trying not to be impatient but I’m sure hoping it’s worth the wait. For now we have to deal with these little mini commercials slash documentaries from companies who like Sprite who have holla’d at Jay Elect. This time around New Balance brings the New Orleans emcee on as a part of their Excellence Makers series as they follow him in London where he’s reportedly working on his new album….


Black & Latino In The U.S. (Video)

My homie & dope visual artist Dubelyoo brought this interview to my attention with entertainers who happen to be both Black & Latino. It’s funny how some people I know are ignorant how you can be both, but I blame that on their inability to travel. What some people fail to realize is that being “Latino” is more centered on “culture” more so than “race”. Check out this interesting interview of the experiences from entertainers such as Laz Alonso (“Avatar”, “Jumping the Broom”), Tatyana Ali (“Fresh Prince of Bel Air”), Gina Torres (“Suits, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Judy Reyes (“Scrubs”), musicians Christina Milian (“Dip it Low”) and Kat DeLuna (“Whine Up”), and journalist Soledad O’Brien