Billboard interviews Q-Tip and he talks about his upcoming Last Zulu album which may have appearances from Beck and Fiona Apple, as well as his feelings about Twitter and the current situation in Charleston. Read the interview here.
Big K.R.I.T. hosted Complex in his Meridian, Mississippi hometown and shared the path he took to become a successful hip-hop artist. His parents, local colleagues and manager talk about Big K.R.I.T.’s struggles living in the harshest ghetto in Meridian but avoiding trouble to stay focused on his music career. K.R.I.T. recalls the way he became a self-taught producer and his breakthrough mixtape, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. He also gives details on the “Praying Man” collaboration with B.B.King from his 2012 Live From The Underground album.
Bilal’s “Money Over Love” has a feature from Kendrick Lamar and the Hans Elder-directed video describes the hard existence of one woman who put money first and how her boyfriend couldn’t handle her value system.
California producer Markis Precise is releasing his debut album The Feeling Of Flying and Brother Ali is the rapper on the title track which is about turning pain into motivation. The album has appearances from Oddisee, Rass Kass, The Grouch, Zion I, Elzhi, Fashawn, SOL and Strong Arm Steady. The Feeling Of Flying is slated for release on July 28th.
Robert Glasper performs an instrumental version of “I Don’t Care” minus Jean Grae and Macy Gray from his Black Radio 2 album with his trio at Capitol Studios.
Grace Jones committed to writing her memoirs when, as she says, “I wrote a song called “Art Groupie.” First line said “I’ll never write my memoirs” – that was a long time ago. Since then, I thought, if I don’t do it, somebody else will. The name of the book is I’ll Never Write My Memoirs and it’s published by Gallery Books with a release date of September 29th. Grace Jones will appear at this year’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn.
Kyemah McEntrye, who made a splash on the internet a few weeks ago for her Afrocentric prom dress, designed Naturi Naughton’s outfit for this year’s BET Awards. Naughton, who is an actress on the TV show Power, reached out to McEntyre after seeing her prom outfit because she wanted a dress to honor her African roots and to support a young person from her East Orange, New Jersey home town. McEntyre’s prom gown was the first dress she ever designed but it didn’t deter Naughton from seeking her services. Judging from responses on the internet Naughton’s dress was considered one of the highlight’s of BET’s red carpet. McEntyre has plans to attend the Parsons School Of Design and with these two dresses to her credit she is already primed to take on the work of a successful designer.
Kyemah McEntyre’s Prom Dress
Miguel’s WILDHEART Chapter 1: Find What You Love And Let It Kill You is a double video for “coffee” and “NWA.” You can stream Wildheart on Spotify.