April 29th marked the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots. Sad to say even though I was one years old at the time I am not caught up on my history. I spent that week wondering why many different television networks were covering the Rodney King beating and subsequent riots. Rodney King did extensive interviews on HLN with Dr. Drew and on CNN with Piers Morgan. In both interviews, King talked about the Trayvon Martin tragedy and discussed his new book, “The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.” Although it was not an interview, one surprising documentary featuring King aired on VH1 entitled : “Uprising: Hip-Hop and the L.A. Riots.” It was very informative and I enjoyed the way they blended telling the story of Rodney King and the riots while still inserting hip hop culture. As far as I know, this has never been done before and they did an excellent job.
If you can, please check that out. In the meantime, here’s a video to a full CNN documentary on the Rodney King beatings, 21 years later.
Since May 2nd, “Maybach O” has been the top TT on Twitter. If you still haven’t caught up on the Twitter game yet, Maybach O refers to Omarion’s signing to MMG. This has been making headlines in the Hip Hop community since Rick Ross made the introduction on 106 & Park. In an interview XXL Magazine, Omarion exposed the fact that he already has music “recorded” and “in the stash” with MMG and he has plans to release them in “an EP just for the fans.” So it’s no surprise, that Omarion and Rick Ross are already putting out this BTS video. Take a peek below.
Video courtesy of ThatGrapejuice.Net
When the Roots’ ?uestlove and Black Thought made the decision in 2008 to become the house band for ‘Late Night’ with Jimmy Fallon, they were met with stark criticism. However, fast forward 4 years later and this happens to be the best decision made by both parties. The Roots are making great money with out having to tour and ‘Late Night’ is seeing great TV ratings, especially among the younger crowd as compared to other late night talk shows. Why, you ask??
It’s their ability to bring in great musical talent and provide quality live entertainment from beginning to end. Back in 2008, OC Weekly attributed this to:
“[The Roots’] thick Rolodex, after all, is what ensures they get such quality acts with such consistency.”
A recent article by HipHopDX‘s blogger, Omar Burgess claims that:
“[Fallon] has two very clear advantages. Aside from The Roots, he also employs former Billboard editor Jonathan Cohen as the show’s music booker.”
Whether its a combination of both, ‘Late Night’ has brought in great hip-hop & R’nB acts ranging from Big K.R.I.T., Santigold, Future, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Wale, J. Cole, Miguel, Common, Robin Thicke, Gym Class Heroes, Odd Future, Lauryn Hill and the list goes on and on and on…..
Check out this video of Jimmy Fallon “slow jamming” the news with President Obama and the help of the Roots
Barack Obama once again proves that although he isn’t the funniest, he certainly knows how to have a good time at last night’s Correspondent’s Dinner.
Many celebrities were in attendance at the gala including a slew of hip-hop and R&B stars. The artists in attendance included Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, and Swizz Beatz as well as actresses Viola Davis of The Help and Kerry Washington of Scandal.
I’m not exactly sure if this will be her new single but I stumbled upon this new Brandy song featuring Chris Brown. At first, I’m “iffy” about. Its very simple and bordering on childish as far as melody goes. However, a few more listens and I know I’ll be singing this song like I loved it from the first listen. Click the album cover to take a listen.
Well, my first first ever concert was in Worcester, Ma. I went to see the christian group, The Katinas. It was a family affair. I was really young and I don’t remember much except they signed a copy of their third album, Destiny. I also remember them playing 3LW “Players Gonna Play” in the stadium just before the concert, and wondering why that was even possible just before a contemporary christian music performance.
My first concert experience that I wholly remember was the first time I went to see Wiz Khalifa in concert. I was a freshman at Umass-Amherst and he was performing at the Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, MA. At the time I thought everyone new who Wiz Khalifa was. I asked all my friends to come see him with me (back then it was only $15 dollars to see him… I remember when it used to cost that much to see Drake). But none of them knew who he was and I couldn’t get them to come with me. That didn’t deter me however. On my way taking the B43, I noticed my floormates were on the bus as well. The butterflies in my stomach started fluttering as I began to anticipate the night. We walked into the nightclub and made our way to the center of the crowd which was already packed even though Hendersin was performing. Next came Yelawolf. Even though I hadn’t heard of him up until that time, just seeing him perform on stage, I’m now a die hard Yela fan. It took forever for Wiz to come on stage. The DJ played one of those tricks where she tells you (the crowd) your not live enough yet, knowing full well you are, just because Wiz isn’t ready yet. I kept thinking maybe he needs to finish his doobie. When Wiz finally came on stage, the whole crowd came alive. I was part of that. I didn’t want Wiz’s performance to ever end. I told myself before I left, I had to see him in concert the next time. And I did.
Honey Cocaine vs. Lola Monroe
I do not support Femcee against Femcee, there’s so few out their I find it absolutely purposeless to beef. However, I do want to say that I listened to some of Honey Cocaine’s freestyles for the first time on Youtube (check her out!) and I feel bad for Wiz for rolling on the L. Monroe bandwagon. And thats why I say congrats Tyga. The new Last Kings princess has a great flow and I actually feel like she’s rapping about something unlike Lola Monroe and others I could mention. It is kind of weird that she just came on the map and she’s already been thrown into Tyga’s arms. But I’m pretty sure it will work out for Honey, Tyga, and the rest of the YMCMB team.
Let me know what you guys think about this Hip Hop Heads… do you see anything wrong with this picture. I love Taylor Gang but how awkward is it when I have to acknowledge that Juicy J, once part of legendary grammy winning crew Three 6 Mafia, is now a part of the younger up & coming Taylor Gang sound. I don’t want to sound too “pessimistic” but what is the world coming to when artists make business ventures like these just to survive in the game.
Not too much to say about the music video to Beyonce’s “Love On Top” except that I love the direction it took and I adore the song as well. Enjoy.
People magazine just released their annual World’s Most Beautiful issue. And new mom Beyonce Knowles has been crowned the Most Beautiful Woman In The World. The “Countdown” singer and superstar dishes on why mommyhood makes her feel more beautiful than ever, and even addresses a few of those foolish rumors…
The 26-time Grammy Award winner is showing no signs of slowing down. She’s quickly getting back to her pre-baby weight (even though “curvy Bey” is just as fabulous) and planning her big return with rumors of another world tour, her big A Star Is Born remake, and rumors of another album. And she’s looking happier than ever these days taking her baby girl Blue Ivy to & from work.
It’s her ninth time making the list, but Beyonce told the mag in her first official post-baby interview that there’s no bigger accomplishment than her baby girl:
“I feel more…
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