Monthly Archives: August 2014

Kanye West’s Made In America Festival Set

Kanye West closed out the Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia last night. And his performance was considered to be the highlight of an otherwise dull festival.

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Throwback: Mother’s Finest-Love Changes

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Mother’s Finest soulful rock sound coming from a mostly Black band made them an anomaly in the commercial rock world. Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy, Glenn “Doc” Murdock, Gary “Moses Mo” Moore and bassist Jerry “Wyzard” Seay formed the original 1970 lineup. “Love Changes” was their highest charting song and most popular straight ahead R&B tune which came from their fourth album, Mother Factor. The song endeared them to Black audiences who had no idea they also played rock. As a live act they were impressive and well-received by audiences when they opened for mainstream bands like AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Who and Aerosmith. But their numerous albums didn’t sell well and their singles, “Baby Love,” “Don’t Wanna Come Back” and “Fire” missed industry expectations. They summed up their feelings about being a Black rock band with the 1976 song, “Niggizz Can’t Sang Rock’n’Roll.” Criticism of the segregated rock industry was only one half of their perspective as they titled their 1993 album, Black Radio Won’t Play This Record. Joyce Kennedy released a solo album in 1984 on A&M records titled, Lookin’ For Trouble and it has the R&B hit, “The Last Time I Made Love” with Jeffrey Osborne. Mother’s Finest started recording again in the 2000’s and released Meta-Funk’n Physical. Kennedy also toured with the Daughters Of Soul throughout Europe. The band still tours and completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 for their next untitled project.

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Nas: Time Is Illmatic (Trailer)

This is the official trailer for Nas: Time Is Illmatic. The One9 directed film explores the moment in hip-hop when Nas’s Illmatic debuted and bridged the gap between the days of Big Daddy Kane and the new guard of which Nas was a leader. The film will be available in theaters, on iTunes and video on Demand October 1st and the 3rd.

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Media Questions Of The Week

What kind of social commentary is Snoop Dogg making by donning whiteface and referring to himself as a “White guy named Todd?”

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Will Mike Epps and Lee Daniels be able to bring the complexity of Richard Pryor’s life to the silver screen?

Even though Prince is releasing Plectrumelectrum and Art Official Age next month, why hasn’t he done an official set of events to mark the 30-year anniversary of Purple Rain?

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Mayer Hawthorne-Robot Love

Mayer Hawthorne’s “Robot Love” video is a cartoon with a boy meets female robot storyline. And the adventure takes place around a variety of Americana pop culture items like Spam, Volkswagon Beetles and Schlitz beer.

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