Psalm One and her Rapper Chick colleague, Angelenah have a night out in the city and it becomes the setting for their “Impatient (Just U and Us)” video. The trap-style flip of Bill Withers’ “Just The Two Of Us” fills the night air as they spend equal parts of time partying in the club and outside performing the song. Psalm One just gave an interview to Minneapolis’s City Pages about her frustration with Rhymesayers Entertainment and her omission from their 20th Anniversary show on Dec. 4th after becoming the only woman rapper on their roster. Read it here and listen to her current album P.O.L.Y.here.
DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ are releasing a deluxe version of the album they released last year under the PRhyme project. The new version will have features from Joey Badas$$ and Black Thought among others. “Highs and Lows” featuring MF Doom and Phonte is the first leak from the album that has a December 11th release date.
Cynthia Robinson, who was a co-founder of Sly and the Family Stone passed yesterday at the age of 69 after a brief battle with cancer. Robinson was also the band’s trumpet player and famously known for yelling “All The Squares Go Home” on the song “Dance To The Music.” She continued to work with Sly Stone after the group broke-up in 1975 and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with the band in 2006. Sylvyette Phunne Stone is the daughter she had with Sly Stone, and she’s currently a member of the Daughters Of Soul.
Nate Dogg is the subject of the latest episode of Unsung and it is an overview of his days as the pioneering vocalist of G-Funk R&B. Unsung follows Nate Dogg from his beginnings as a child in Mississippi singing with his family in church, to his California relocation and his fated meeting with Snoop Dogg. They met in high school and it was the start of their lifetime friendship and professional relationship. His passing in 2011 makes the Unsung episode even more important because he was never truly recognized for his contributions to the West Coast and his powerful hooks that added another dimension of soul to any song he sang. An artist like The Weeknd owes much to Nate Dogg for using the sensuousness and smoothness of R&B to make rugged pimp lyrics palatable. Watch the whole episode above.
Kamasi Washington has provided the score for the short film Color Guard, which is about the life-changing bedtime story an uncle tells his neice. Listen to the theme song above and watch the film here.
Bishop Nehru and Que Hampton trade bars from their “Manssin” collaboration in the video that was shot outdoors. “Manssin” from Nehruvia:The Nehruvian EP released last Spring and offered as a download from his website.
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are celebrating the biggest holiday of the year with their It’s A Holiday Soul Partyalbum. They have recorded and made a video for one of the most soulful versions of “White Christmas.” Jones and the band are back on tour in December after she had a setback in September with the return of her cancer.
Erykah Badu sat in with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed “Phone Down” from her upcoming mixtape and “Master Teacher” from New Amerkyah. “Phone Down” starts at 5:30 and “Master Teacher” begins at 15:30. Her new mixtape, ButYou Caint Use My Phone will be available via the internet on Jimi Hendrix’s birthday (November 27th) this coming Friday after Thanksgiving.
Here is a look at Mary J. Blige in costume as the Wicked Witch of The West in The Wiz Live! You can also see Common as the Bouncer of Emerald City and Queen Latifah dressed as The Wizard. The Wiz Live! is a remake of the 1978 film that starred Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The Wiz Live! will air December 3rd on NBC.