Little Simz Announces Tracklisting For GREY Area Album

Little Simz announces the tracklisting to her GREY Area album today. The album has features from Little Dragon, Michael Kiwanuka, Cleo Sol and Chronixx. GREY Area comes out March 1st and Little More »

Ryan Coogler Will Produce Film About Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton

Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King’s Marco production company are set to produce a new film about late Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton. The Black Panther director and Marco, which got More »

Fantastic Negrito Delivers Video For A Boy Named Andrew

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Throwback: Ice-T-Colors

Ice-T recorded “Colors” for the soundtrack of the Dennis Hopper film of the same name in 1988. Ice-T was enjoying the success of his debut album, Rhyme Pays which had the definitive More »

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Little Simz Announces Tracklisting For GREY Area Album

Little Simz announces the tracklisting to her GREY Area album today. The album has features from Little Dragon, Michael Kiwanuka, Cleo Sol and Chronixx. GREY Area comes out March 1st and Little Simz will go on a U.S. tour in April starting with shows at Coachella. The British rapper’s sophomore album is available for pre-order and tickets are on sale now. 

 

                                               GREY Area Tracklisting  

1. Offence
2. Boss
3. Selfish (ft. Cleo Sol)
4. Wounds (ft. Chronixx)
5. Venom
6. 101 FM
7. Pressure (ft. Little Dragon)
8. Therapy
9. Sherbert Sunset
10. Flowers (ft. Michael Kiwanuka)

 

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Ryan Coogler Will Produce Film About Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton

Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King’s Marco production company are set to produce a new film about late Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton. The Black Panther director and Marco, which got behind Mudbound, Fences and Roman J. Israel, Esq., will produce Jesus Was My Homeboy for Warner Brothers. Daniel Kuluuya is being considered for the role of Hampton and Lakeith Stanfield is in talks to play William O’Neal, the man who betrayed Hampton to the Chicago Police Department and FBI. The young leader was 21-years old when he was fatally shot by the authorities for his work with the party. Shaka King is the director and he co-wrote the script with Will Berson.

The story will be told from the viewpoint of O’Neal, his motive for infiltrating the Black Panther Party and how the FBI helped him. Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Poppy Hanks and Macro’s Kim Roth will executive produce Jesus Was My Homeboy.  Shaka King, The Lucas Bros. and Will Berson wrote the screenplay. 

The Black Panther Party came under the scrutiny of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover who did not want an effective Black Power Movement in the United States. Hampton’s charisma and ability to organize people from diverse backgrounds were seen as a threat to the establishment. Hampton and BPP member Mark Clark were killed in 1969 during an arms raid conducted by a tactical unit of the Cook County’s State Attorney’s Office with the Chicago Police and the FBI. Their families filed a civil suit and received a $1.85 million dollar settlement in 1982 from the City of Chicago, Cook County and the federal government. William O’Neal confessed to his involvement in the conspiracy and committed suicide in 1990. 

The first film about the late leader was the 1971 documentary The Murder Of Fred Hampton which used footage of his apartment recorded by a videographer the night he was killed. 

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Fantastic Negrito Delivers Video For A Boy Named Andrew

Fantastic Negrito starts 2019 with a video for “A Boy Named Andrew.” Freddy Macdonald directs the clip that features Fantastic Negrito’s life on the road. The concept is fitting because Fantastic Negrito’s consistent touring has made him one of the best current live acts. His tireless commitment to bringing his all to the audience is how he won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2015. Please Don’t Be Dead has proven to be just as satisfying as his Grammy-winning debut The Last Days Of Oakland

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Throwback: Ice-T-Colors

Ice-T recorded “Colors” for the soundtrack of the Dennis Hopper film of the same name in 1988. Ice-T was enjoying the success of his debut album, Rhyme Pays which had the definitive gangsta rap track “6 in the Mornin'” when he recorded “Colors.” The album was also the second one ever to have a label for explicit content. He wrote and produced the song about the Los Angeles gang crisis with Afrika Islam who he worked with on his first four albums. His status as a street rapper gave his voice authority when he started rapping about Crips and Bloods.  “Colors” helped the soundtrack make Gold status within months of its release and is one of the things most remembered about the movie. Hopper’s film and Ice-T’s song were one of the earliest mainstream critiques of west coast gang culture. “Colors” influenced Ice-T to go deeper into his critique of American society and his sophomore album Power continued his attack on what he saw as the problems in the culture. It was during this time period when Ice-T established himself as one of the most salient voices in hip-hop. The rapper and actor has released eight albums as Ice-T and six albums with his rock band Body Count. His 35-year acting career appearing in numerous films and television shows includes an almost 20-year stint on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

 

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Media Questions Of The Week

Did the Recording Academy deliberately cut off Drake’s acceptance speech for Best Rap Song Of The Year after he told his peers that Grammys were not the real win in their careers? 

Did Disney fail in its creation of Will Smith as Genie for the remake of Aladdin?

Did Jennifer Lopez deserve all the criticism about her performance for the 60th Anniversary Motown tribute at the Grammys?

 

 

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