Daily Archives: December 4, 2017

Kendrick Lamar To Release Collector’s Edition Of DAMN

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN will have collector’s edition according to a listing on the Microsoft online music store that has been taken down. There is a new artwork and the tracklisting is backwards which plays into what the rapper told MTV News about fans being able to play the album in reverse. The now-gone listing had the release titled as DAMN The Collector’s Edition.  An official release date for the album has not been announced.

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Prince’s Last Year Looked At In Documentary

 

The last year of Prince’s life is the subject of a new documentary from Lincoln Square Productions. Prince’s Last Year is a look at the most important events during the last 12 months of his life including his secret show at the White House and the Piano & A Microphone tour. Channel 4 in Great Britain gave the job to the production company for the film that has interviews with CeeLo Green, Al Sharpton, Van Jones, George Clinton and singer Eryn Allen Kane.  Prince’s activism, politics and his secret addiction to painkillers are all addressed in the piece. So far the one-hour film does not have an international distributor limiting its ability to be seen outside the U.K.

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Sail On! Official Video

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings shared a new video from Soul Of A Woman today for “Sail On!.” The video is footage of Jones and the band working at the Daptone studios in Brooklyn. It is a look at their process and the hard work that happens before the public hears the music and sees the show. Jones is missed after her passing last year but Soul Of A Woman is proof that her voice will live forever.

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LL Cool J Is Youngest And First Rapper To Receive Kennedy Center Honors

 

LL Cool J was among the Kennedy Center Honors 2017 class in Washington D.C last night.  He was celebrated alongside pop star Gloria Estefan, dancer Carmen de Lavallade, television legend Norman Lear and singer-songwriter Lionel Ritchie. At 49, LL Cool J is the youngest person and first hip-hop artist to receive the distinction.  Q-Tip became the center’s first artistic director of hip-hop last year. LL Cool J gave thanks to “Those who came before me and who followed me” on an Instagram post Saturday. President Trump did not attend and Norman Lear had threatened to boycott the event if he did. When LL was asked about Trump he said:

“I think in this environment, right now, the political climate can be a bit distracting and tonight it’s about the arts, and so that’s what we’re focused on. I’m not looking to use this as a soapbox to take shots or try to be divisive. I don’t want to go there. I think it’s about the love, the culture. I want hip-hop to be remembered as a unifying force. We’re coming in here and it’s going to be unity and music and love and art and dance and TV.”

The ceremony will air on CBS December 26th at 9PM ET. WTOP News did an interview with LL Cool J on the red carpet. Watch it below.

 

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