Shabazz Palaces: Quazarz On 23rd Official Video

 Shabazz Palaces’ released the video for “Quazarz On 23rd” today. The spiritual storyline is written and directed by Nep Sidhu who also provided the artwork. The short film is a poetic adventure More »

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Taps YBN Cordae as Youth Leader to Raise Voter Awareness

On Friday, September 14th, representative Maxine Waters celebrated hip-hop culture at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th annual Legislative Conference and welcomed YBN Cordae to join Common and others on the Young, More »

Trinidad Cardona Releases Two Videos For All Alone

Underground R&B star Trinidad Cardona releases two videos for his single “All Alone.” Both clips were filmed after dark on the streets and subway in New York City. One version is a More »

Throwback: Otis Redding-(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

Otis Redding and Steve Cropper wrote, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” in reference to Redding’s experience of living on a houseboat in 1967 not long after his famed Monterrey Pop Festival performance. Redding sang about leaving his home More »

Media Questions Of The Week

What other company will use Colin Kaepernick to endorse their product now that Nike’s stock has gone up after his commercial for them?  Are rap fans taking Eminem’s lyrics in the Machine More »

Little Simz Has Lyric Video For Offence

Little Simz returns after the release of her Stillness In Wonderland debut two years ago with a lyric video for new single “Offence.” Her words are all over the frame against a black and white photo she took of four young people. She is excited to share her new music and to let her fans know how happy she is to be living out her dream. The U.K. rapper discussed “Offence” in an interview with Zane Lowe.  

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Shabazz Palaces: Quazarz On 23rd Official Video

 Shabazz Palaces’ released the video for “Quazarz On 23rd” today. The spiritual storyline is written and directed by Nep Sidhu who also provided the artwork. The short film is a poetic adventure highlighting ritual, colors, textures and community. Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star and Quarzarz vs. The Jealous Machines were released in 2017. Shabazz Palaces is currently on tour and they have some dates with Lauryn Hill. 

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Taps YBN Cordae as Youth Leader to Raise Voter Awareness

On Friday, September 14th, representative Maxine Waters celebrated hip-hop culture at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th annual Legislative Conference and welcomed YBN Cordae to join Common and others on the Young, Gifted And Black panel. The panel was put together to raise voter awareness, particularly young people and Waters chose to be a community leader to speak about the importance of voting in November’s election. 

YBN talked about his talents and did a freestyle about people dealing with economic pressure and praise for Maxine Waters. 

YBN most recently appeared on YBN: The Mixtape with fellow crew members YBN Nahmir and YBN Almighty Jay. 

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Trinidad Cardona Releases Two Videos For All Alone

Underground R&B star Trinidad Cardona releases two videos for his single “All Alone.” Both clips were filmed after dark on the streets and subway in New York City. One version is a straight-ahead R&B song and the second one has a rap. Cardona wants fans to let him know which one they like best on his social with the hashtags #AllAlonePart1 and #AllAlonePart2. The Arizona native, who became internet famous with his single “Jennifer” last year, just released his Humble Beginnings album. 

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Throwback: Otis Redding-(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

Otis Redding and Steve Cropper wrote, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” in reference to Redding’s experience of living on a houseboat in 1967 not long after his famed Monterrey Pop Festival performance. Redding sang about leaving his home in Georgia to perform in San Francisco. He noted the ships he saw coming and going as well as the seagulls in the sky. His performance at the festival and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” were turning points in his career taking him from a mostly Black audience into the white mainstream. Redding was inspired by The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and told his wife that he wanted to try a different sound. Some of his colleagues feared that the song would ruin Stax Records’ reputation as a soul label and alienate Redding’s Black fans. The November recording sessions would be his last because he died in a plane crash December 10th.”(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” became the first song to hit the number one spot posthumously in the history of the charts. It was also Redding’s only song to take the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Otis Redding is one of the few artists referred to as the King of Soul along with James Brown. His influence went beyond his peers and his legacy is alive in the powerful emotion embedded in every relevant soul and R&B artist to emerge since his passing. Redding’s music is still talked about and he has been honored with a memorial statue in his hometown of Macon, Georgia, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a bridge, a library, Billboard’s Otis Redding Excellence Award and placement into Hollywood’s Rockwalk. The Otis Redding Foundation was created in 2007 by his widow, Zelma Redding, and its mission is to empower youth through music education. 

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