*In response to prevalent societal ills within the African American community, rapper KRS-One has decided to revive his Stop the Violence movement with a new slate of participants and an updated vision.
The Bronx-born artist launched the movement nearly 20 years ago with the release of “Self Destruction,” a single featuring prominent rappers of the day delivering verses about the effects of violence within the black community. Click here
‘Country music didn’t buy that one,” Bobby Brown jokes, after you admire a diamond ring he’s wearing. ”Country music gonna buy the next two.”
Actually, he may not be kidding.
Brown is one of the seven artists competing on CMT’s new reality show, Gone Country, (Fridays at 8 p.m., starting Jan. 25). For two weeks last October, he — along with Carnie Wilson, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, American Idol’s Diana DeGarmo, Sisqó, Julio Iglesias Jr., and The Brady Bunch’s Maureen McCormick — lived together in the 28,000-square-foot log cabin outside of Nashville known as the Plowboy Mansion. Click here
Meshell Ndegeocello – The World Has Made Me The Man of My Dreams
It started on Peace Beyond Passion when she declared all she ever wanted was a “Niggaman” over a static humming bass lick. The failure of this man to appear prompts the bassplayer poet to take his place. Moody and drawing from funk, indian scales, punk, and occasional blazing guitar. The critiques of media whores, self, fatherhood and her standard celebrations of the sensual proves again why she is the contemporary funk goddess.
Will.I.Am-Songs About Girls
Pop music from Black Eyed Peas founder and frontman about the nooks and crannies of a long-term relationsip that ended. The textures of the music go from galaxian (You’re A Star”) to gutter (“Donque Song.”) A reminder of a time when pop music was fun and not a playground for niche snobs.
More from Brooklyn’s most favored backpack rapper who plays host to UGK, Jean Grae, Norah Jones, KRS-1 and a wrongheaded attempt at mainstream entry with Justin Timberlake. Kweli’s syllables cuts through the blather of lesser emcees especially when he identifies the poetry of everyday life.
The 3-man producer team release their first full-length project. Trips through the sonic backyards of Funkadelic, J.Dilla, Brooklyn, R&B, Prince a la Vanity Six and west coast rap give the album a leftfield kind of feeling. But that is what makes Sa Ra interesting and so much more than their hazy underground hit “Glorious.”
Rahsaan Patterson – Wine And Spirits
One of soul music’s most underrated released his second independent album with the swagger of Raphael Saadiq’s Gospeldelic vibe. Patterson samples soul eras from the ’60′s up to the present by tapping into Muscle Shoals’ rhythm, playing with P-Funk and singing his straight-ahead ballads like “Stop Breaking My Heart.” The only thing different is the
dark Biblical rock tune “Pitch Black.”
Superfly’s kids play with mpcs, rhythm and rhyme, and a loose narrative of old adapted to a hip-hop generation. The cinematically aural follow-up to first album Spirit In Stone that suprised anyone who read their bio because good hip-hop and Portland were never before connected. Curtis Mayfield’s spirit overshadows the funk jazz Daisy-Age enchantment of Vursatyl, Jumbo and Rev Shines.
Musiq Soulchild- Luv And Musiq
The Philly favorite always balances his projects with an even amount of melody, rhythm and blues which gratifies soul-loving karoake participants and picky purists. His Stevie Wonder-styled earthiness and vulnerability endear him to women and men. Another follower of the hip-hop soul
method he can sing over a cherished sample (Taana Gardner’s “Heartbeat”) or croon organically new material with Raphael Saadiq (“Betterman”) without distorting the masculinity question.
(www.lukeentertainmentgroup.com) announced the launch of Uncle Luke TV (www.uncleluke.tv). Created by hip hop legend Luther Campbell, the site will serve as an interactive entertainment & social networking portal that offers consumers an extensive library of unique video content to watch, post, and download. Luke Entertainment Group will enter an agreement to carry musical content from Video Mix TV, an independent 24 hour music television network. Click here
*Will Smith says nothing is set in stone yet, but he has been contacted by director Steven Spielberg to star in his upcoming film “Chicago 7,” which will chronicle the 1969-70 trial of seven radicals accused of conspiring to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
According to he Brazillian Web site Omelete, Will Smith has confirmed his association with the project and said that Spielberg asked him to leave some free space in his schedule for the shoot. Click here
Legendary hip hop producer Pete Rock is preparing for the release of his new album, NY’s Finest, on February 26 via Nature Sounds records.
The album is his first in four years, and was produced almost entirely by Pete Rock, with one track contributed by producer Green Lantern.
“I called it [NY's Finest] because I feel like that’s me. I’m one of New York ‘s finest producers,” Pete Rock explains.
In fact, not only is Pete Rock one of New York ‘s finest producers, but the album itself is one of Pete Rock’s finest creations. He even pays homage to the classic James Brown double-disc, Hell, with the cover art. Click here
During Bill Clinton’s first run for President, I appeared on a New York radio panel with some of his black supporters, including Paul Robeson, Jr., son of the actor and singer. I said that Clinton had character problems. They dismissed my comments and said that I didn’t know anything about politics and should stick to writing novels. (Clarence Page, who has monopoly on the few column inches and airtime made available to black columnists by the corporate media, said the same thing about me. I should stick to creative writing and leave politics alone.) Click here
2007 was a big year for Brooklyn-bred MC Talib Kweli. On New Year’s Eve, he released the critically acclaimed “Liberation,” his collaboration with über-producer Madlib, free on the Internet and followed that up with “Eardrum,” a summer release that debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The masterful “Eardrum” beautifully bangs between mainstream sensibilities and underground edge and is Kweli’s first album on his own label, Blacksmith Records (with distribution through Warner Bros). As 2008 begins, Kweli is on top of his game and pushing his two artists: female flow queen Jean Grae and West Coast group Strong Arm Steady. Fans, meanwhile, hope the 10-year anniversary of his breakout classic, “Black Star” (with Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek), may bring the three back together on wax or live. Kweli recently rapped with the Free Press. Click here
Brooklyn, NY (January 15, 2008) Successful and independent emcee, producer, and business man, One Be Lo will be releasing his second solo album, The R.E.B.I.R.T.H. via his own Subterraneous Records and Integral Music Group on February 19th, 2008. The R.E.B.I.R.T.H., (Real Emcees Bring Intelligent Rhymes to Hip-Hop) is the end product of growth and the obstacles he’s overcome since the release of his last album, S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M., which sold over 22,000 units in 2005.