Kendrick Lamar opened the BET Awards show tonight with “Alright” against a set of American flags, dancers dressed as neighborhood residents and police cars.
Daily Archives: June 28, 2015
Kanye West’s performance at Glastonbury triumphed over all the naysayers who signed a petition to have him taken off the bill. His 30-song set proved again why he is one of the most relevant artists today. All of his colorful media appearances have a tendency to distract people from his artistry but he made the Glastonbury crowd very happy. He surprised them with a performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rapsody” which social media took him to task for because he forget some of the words.
Roy Ayers and his band go through a version of “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” at Glastonbury that slides into a reggae beat before going back to original form.
George Clinton took his P-Funk collective, The Mothership Returns to Glastonbury and this is their performance of “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker).)”
Da Bush Babees were a three-man (Mr. Man, Lee Majors and Y-Tee) group from Brooklyn via Jamaica and Trinidad with affiliation to the Native Tongue collective. Ali Shaheed Muhammad produced “We Run Things (It’s Like Dat)” which was from their debut album, Ambushed. The influence of their Caribbean backgrounds, jazzy horns and their promise to make hip-hop instead of rap made the song a representative moment of The Golden Era. Jermaine Dupri and Salaam Remi also produced songs for Ambushed which had a second single to get radio play with “Remember We.” Gravity followed Ambushed and “The Love Song” featuring Mos Def was a high point of the album that had production from The Ummah, Posdnous and Rahzel. Mos Def made appearances on three songs and it was one of his first introductions to the public. Q-Tip was also a guest rapper on Gravity and lent his skills to “3 MC’s.” Da Bush Babees’s contract with Warner Brothers ended, they disbanded and Mr. Man became Mr. Khaliyl. In 2012 they started performing under the Dub Rock All-Stars and Mr. Khaliyl has produced for Fabolous and was also behind “Ice King” for Res.