Monthly Archives: March 2010

News/MP3: Little Brother Launches New Website + “Star”

For all the fans of Little Brother, there’s now something new to check on everyday besides personal Facebook accounts, MySpace pages, and Twitter handles. A website for Little Brother fans is now up and running, for everyone to post their own Little Brother tidbits, share their stories, and interact both with the group and fans of the group worldwide. “The site is a thank you. Come and be a part of the Little Brother experience by posting your stories, pictures, favorite songs, homemade videos put to Little Brother songs, and more. Interact with other fans of Little Brother from across the globe,” says Big Pooh. A Little Brother shopping trip is also available as the site includes new, official LeftBack shirts, GetBack shirts, CDs, and all kinds of Little Brother items. It’s a one-stop shop, or rather one-stop site, for all things Little Brother.

Rhymesayers Announces Soundset Festival 2010 Lineup

Date: Sunday, May 30, 2010 – Gates at 11:00AM CST
Location: Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN

General On Sale is Friday, April 2, 2010 at 11:00AM local time

Rhymesayers Entertainment and Rose Presents bring you the third annual Soundset Festival: the official Midwest kick-off of the summer with nine hours of the best independent Hip Hop music in one day. It all goes down at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN (rain or shine).

Confirmed artists for Soundset 2010 include: Atmosphere, Method Man & Redman, Brother Ali, Hieroglyphics featuring Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Casual and Pep Love, P.O.S, Murs, Freeway & Jake One, Eyedea & Abilities, Wiz Khalifa, Cage, DJ Rob Swift, Grieves & Budo, 45 King, People Under The Stairs, BK One, DJ Revolution, Dessa, Yelawolf, Fashawn, Themselves, Busdriver, Toki Wright, Solillaquists of Sound, Prof & Rhazwell, Cecil Otter, Dark Time Sunshine, Ernest Rhodes, A.R.M (M.anifest & Krukid), Mike Dreams, I.B.E, Ice Rod, Plain Ole Bill, Mike 2600, Kid Cut Up, DJ Pratt and DJ Anton. Hosted by Peter Parker, Kevin Beacham and DJ Snuggles.

Panel Discussion About Hip-Hop At UCLA With Melyssa Ford, Nipsey Hussle, Tony Touch And More

Another panel discussion on the pitfalls of hip-hop’s co optation by companies that always seek the lowest common denominator to promote.

Iowa Celebrates The 20th Anniversary of Public Enemy’s Fear Of A Black Planet

On April 1st, 2010, founding members of Public Enemy will spend the day in Iowa City to celebrate the group’s Fear of a Black Planet, which turns twenty this spring. The big event, “Fear of a Black Planet, 20 Years Later,” will take place on April 1 from 7-8:30pm at the Englert Theater (221 E. Washington St.) in downtown Iowa City, Iowa. It is free and open to the public.

Erykah Badu “20 Feet Tall” -Live In NYC At Good Units

Badu did a secret show in NYC this past Saturday (March 27th). She is really promoting New Amerykah Part II that comes out tomorrow.


Kelis is having fun in this video for the euro-dance inspired “Acapella.”

Erykah Badu-Window Seat

Badu makes her statement about the objectification of the Black female body.

Throwback: GQ-Disco Nights

GQ was a quartet from the Bronx, New York started in 1968 with the name Sabu & The Survivors. In the 1970’s they changed their name to The Rhythm Makers and released one album Soul On Your Side in 1976. “Zone” was a popular dance single from that project recorded for the De-Lite Recorded Sound Corporation mostly known for signing Kool and The Gang. They became GQ (Good Quality) in 1978 at the behest of their manager and got a new record deal with Arista. “Disco Nights (Rock Freak)” from their first 1979 Arista LP charted at number one for the R&B category and became a timeless party record. “I Do Love You” was a quietstorm standard originally sung by ’60’s R&B singer Billy Stewart and their cover firmly placed GQ into classic status. “Sitting In The Park” and “Standing Ovation” were the singles from the 1980 album Two and they gratified their R&B audience with tracklisting of all original music. Face to Face in 1981 would be their last album and their exit was graceful. The dancefloor blissfulness of “Shake” and the heavyhearted ballad “Sad Girl” were the goodbye singles that officially ended their recording career. Lead singer Emanuel Rahiem LeBlanc released a tribute to Marvin Gaye and Stewart.

Jill Scott On Jimmy Fallon

Jill Scott just had a TV gig on ‘Law & Order: SUV.” Why Did I Get Married Too’ is coming out April 2nd.

Media Questions Of The Week

1. Why does India.Arie care about Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s “Telephone” video?

2. Is it mandatory for media outlets to say that Beyonce is pregnant once a year even if they have no proof?

3. Will Tyler Perry do justice to “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf?”