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Media Questions Of The Week

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1. Is it really surprising that GQ magazine published a cover story about Kendrick Lamar full of gangsta rap racial stereotypes?

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2. Will Nick Cannon’s reboot of “Soul Train” be a success?

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3. What will Ice-T’s new Body Count album, Manslaughter sound like?

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Media Questions Of The Week

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1. Will LL Cool J, The Meters or NWA get into the Rock Hall Of Fame this year?

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2. Are the Clinton Hill community board members right about not naming a street after Biggie Smalls?

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3. Will A Tribe Called Quest really perform their last shows on the New York leg of the Kanye West Yeezus tour?

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Movie Review: Something From Nothing The Art Of Rap

Ice-T’s Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap is an attempt to establish rap’s reputation as an art form. In his quest for rap’s respect he interviews a number of his peers to find out why rap is still seen as lucrative but inferior noise. Critics always label rap as un-creative derivative drivel hi-jacked from the work of others. Grandmaster Caz addresses this assertion at the start of the film when he says, “Rap did not invent anything but reinvented everything.” Other rap legends offer their perspectives on the problem unapologetically with humor and candid confessions. Juice crew luminary Marley Marl blames divisive attitudes within the culture and compares it to the unity of other genres like blues, rock and jazz. DJ Premier believes that one must speak the language of hip-hop to comprehend its values. He uses his 80-year old mother anecdotally to make a point about the way a person in her age group could never understand the concept of ‘Fresh.’ And Nas points to the pervasiveness of racism that forever casts rap as outsider music that continues to rattle white America. Rap’s artistic credibility starts to unveil itself in discussions about the actual craft. Rakim explains his usage of 16 dots to arrange the words in his raps. The mathematical methodology he uses is on par with the way any kind of pop music composer fits notes into ordered time signatures. Despite this general similarity with other song structures rap does not need comparisons to anything else outside of it because hip-hop’s Mesmer-like appeal largely comes from its demand to be understood on its own terms. Rapping is also about the emotional purging embedded in the creative process that defines the work of a solid 16 bars. Joe Budden’s verses about inner-city struggle are a grown-man exhalation that feels like he needed to spew it out or implode. Immortal Technique’s freestyle about Americana conspiracies was one of the best in the film and had the urgency of trying to stop Jeffrey Amherst’s blankets from getting to the Native Americans. The Art Of Rap only disappoints when it comes to representing female rappers. Ice-T blamed his shortlist of women (Salt and MC Lyte) to him only knowing a small group and their lack of availability. However, it’s almost criminal to not have Roxanne Shante, Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim, Rah Digga and Queen Latifah offer the real complexity of female rappers onscreen that keeps getting obscured by one-dimensional marketing plans. Ice-T has already admitted to the film’s weakness in this area and concedes to recommending an entire film be dedicated to the subject. By showing the actual toil of the emcee, The Art Of Rap de-mystifies the music and brings forth a substantial documentary that will educate the most obstinate naysayers.

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Media Questions Of The Week

1. Is Lauryn Hill’s non-payment of taxes the ultimate bohemian statement?

2. Is the petition against Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta really worth it?

3. Why aren’t rap fans going to see Ice-T’s Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap?

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Ice-T talks about materialistic rappers, New Jack City and what he did with the house he had on MTV Cribs in this clip for The LIFE.Files. Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap comes out June 15th.

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Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap (Trailer)

Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap is Ice-T’s documentary on rap’s origins and it is his first time working as a director. The movie will be in theaters in June 8th.

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Dr. Cornel West, Ice T and KRS-One Deliver OCCUPY Relevant Social Commentary in DVD Release of “Ghetto Physics”

Los Angeles – When filmmakers E. Raymond Brown and Williams Arntz first released the independent movie “Ghetto Physics” in late 2010, they knew the film was an early battle cry, a wakeup call to America and beyond. The cutting edge hybrid documentary explored the dynamics of the ‘powers that be’ in laymen terms that the ‘man on the street’ could easily relate to. Inflation, foreclosure, unemployment, healthcare issues, pollution, crime, recession and depression: one percent was benefiting – pimping; and somebody, the other 99 percent, were being played for the ho!

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Cut chase to the present, and the DVD release of “Ghetto Physics,” accompanied by the manual, “GhettoPhysics: Redefining the Game” finds itself smack dab in the middle of an OCCUPY movement which could have easily been a scene in the original film!

Explosive, controversial, insightful and comedic, “Ghetto Physics” is the movie of the movement. It leaps from the screen with input from personalities and celebrities that include author, social activist and Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West; MC and producer KRS-One; rapper/actor Ice T; economist, author and social activist John Perkins; Emmy Award-winning television producer and social activist Norman Lear; former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney; and Brother Ishmael Tetteh, Founder and Spiritual Director of the Etherean Mission in Ghana, West Africa, a trans-denominational metaphysical organization. A colorful contingent of ‘real life’ pimps also flavor the cast including street legends “The West Coast Godfather of the Game” Fillmore Slim, Hook da Crook, Mac Breed and Lo Da Show.

“Ghetto Physics” a term which merges street science with the dynamics of metaphysics, deconstructs the nature, structure and “politricks” of power as they are played out in every corner of our society, and in every society around the world. According to Arntz, the brain behind box office success “What the BLEEP Do We Know!?,” “We see these power dynamics expressing in government, in business, in the military, in academia … in our families … everywhere. It’s a nonpartisan political film that exposes the root of all of the world’s dysfunctions – an imbalance in the dynamics of power.”

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N.Y.OIL Sounds Off On Ice-T/Soulja Boy Beef

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Ice T And Soulja Boy Go Back And Forth

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