Daily Archives: March 31, 2017

Leela James Releases Did It For Love (Interview)

Leela James just chronicled the ending of one chapter in her life and beginning of another with the release of her sixth studio album, Did It For Love. Her seasoned vocals have been one place to find some of the style and feelings associated with prime soul of the past five decades in a post-hip-hop world. She has represented that spectrum by lendng her voice to projects featuring  Ray Charles and Pete Rock. And like many soul legends, she is known for eye-catching hair as well as her singular voice. Did It For Love is her latest dedication to the most obsessed over emotion in the world. James shares the backstory to the album and why the popularity of her hair took her by surprise.

“It’s about the things that we do for love”


Is Did It For Love about one particular relationship or a series of relationships?

Actually, it’s about one relationship that led to another relationship.

What kinds of things were you going through when you made this album?

I wasn’t relly going through anything. I was pregnant and very much in tune to the emotions that was happening, a pregnancy for me is like a new beginning.  I was able to tap into a lot of the feelings I had from a previous relationship as well as a current relationship. Not just my situation and my relationship I also had the indirect experiences of the people close to me people that I know are going through certain things and sometimes certain subject matters. You’re in the studio and you’re vibing, emotions are on high certain songs just come out. I write like that, I write in the spirit of the moment I don’t stay at home and think of ideas, I just go in the studio and create whatever is true and authentic in my spirit at that time. 


A Tribe Called Quest & Busta Rhymes Perform Dis Generation On An Endless Street In Video

A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes are in a night time world on an endless street as they perform “Dis Generation.” The black and white video ends with a stage scene and a huge audience surrounded by many lights.


Joey Bada$$ & ScHoolboy Q Collaborate On Rockabye Baby

Joey Bada$$ and ScHoolboy Q trade verses on “Rockabye Baby” which is a song from Bada$$’s upcoming All-Amerikkkhan Bada$$. The Brooklyn rapper is using this album to make a political statement including his striking video for “Land Of The Free” and the artwork which has been banned by certain retailers.The album is available for pre-order before its release on April 7th.

All-Amerikkkhan Bada$$ Tracklisting

1. Good Morning Amerikkka
2. For My People
3. Temptation
4. Land of the Free
5. Devastated
6. Y U Dont Love Me? (Miss Amerikkka)
7. Rockabye Baby (featuring ScHoolboy Q)
8. Ring the Alarm (featuring Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution and Meechy Darko)
9. Super Predator (featuring Styles P)
10. Babylon (featuring Chronixx)
11. Legendary (featuring J. Cole)
12. Amerikkkan Idol


Muhammad Ali Documentary Coming From Ken Burns

Muhammad Ali is the subject of an upcoming four-hour documentary to be directed by Ken Burns. The filmmaker, his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband David McMahon began work on the project last year. They all worked together previously on the Jackie Robinson film from 2016 and 2013’s The Central Park Five.  Burns explained in an official statement the importance of making the documentary:

“Muhammad Ali may be the most iconic figure of the 20th century, he arrived at exactly the right moment, amidst the tumult and upheaval of the 1960s, and he shaped his times with his powerful voice, mesmerizing presence, and achievements in the ring. But beyond the astonishing athletic gifts and mountain of charisma, there’s a very complex, dynamic man whose life story has yet to receive the comprehensive treatment it deserves.”

Ali died last year after decades of suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The two-part documentary is scheduled to air on PBS in 2021.