Daily Archives: May 28, 2014

Da Mafia 6ix-Been Had Hard

Southern rap icons Da Mafia 6ix deliver the video for “Been Had Hard” filmed on their current tour but Gangsta Boo is nowhere in sight.

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Lee Fields-Just Can’t Win

Lee Fields is a cool observer of a boxing match between women in his video for “Just Can’t Win.” The Emma Jean album is out now.

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Madlib-Real (Freddie Gibbs Instrumental)

Madlib is releasing the instrumental version of his Pinata album with Freddie Gibbs on June 3rd.”Real” is one of the songs from the project that also has a June 17th vinyl release date.

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R.I.P. Maya Angelou

Poet, author, civil rights activist and professor Maya Angelou passed today at her home in North Carolina. Angelou became famous after the 1969 publication of her first autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. She would write a total of 7 memoirs, 3 books of essays and several books of poetry. In the ’60’s she worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the Northern Coordinator of SCLC and she also helped Malcolm X with his Organization of Afro-American Unity briefly before he was murdered. Angelou, who received several honorary doctorates, taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she held the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. In 1993 she read “On The Pulse Of Morning” which was commissioned President Bill Clinton at his inauguration. Before she became an author with the help of her friend James Baldwin, she was a dancer and nightclub singer. Angelou’s observations on race, America and humanity were respected by her peers and successive generations. Her high profile friendship with Oprah Winfrey gave her a bit of celebrity and kept in the mainstream most recently with Winfrey’s Master Class series. Dr. Angelou was just as cognizant of hip-hop as she was the blues and several rappers and entertainers from the hip-hop generation respected her and flocked to her home in North Carolina. At different points in her long career as a wordsmith she also worked as a film producer, television producer, playwright and film director.

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