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Media Questions Of The Week

Wu-TangClanOnceUponATimeInShaolinWhat will happen to the Wu-Tang Clan’s  Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album, now that former pharmaceutical executive, Martin Shkreli, who purchased it, is in FBI custody for securities fraud?

 Was it appropriate for R.Kelly to walk off the set of his interview with HuffPost Live?


Will when it be publicly confirmed if F. Gary Gray made a deal with Berry Gordy and  Suzanne dePasse to direct Marvin Gaye’s life story on the silver screen?



Media Questions Of The Week

Marvin Gaye Performs In Rotterdam

How will the “Blurred Lines” verdict that found Pharrell and Robin Thicke guilty of plaigirizing Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” affect the music business in the long run?

Did hacker group Anonymous really make a video to threaten to teach Kanye West a lesson in humility?


Will Jay-Z’s Tidalhifi music streaming service change the music streaming business?

Media Questions Of The Week

Childish Gambino

Will Donald Glover stop using his Childish Gambino rap name?

Will Halle Berry achieve her dream of playing Angela Davis?

Will the judge rule in favor of Marvin Gaye’s family in their countersuit against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. regarding the alleged theft of Gaye’s music used in Thicke’s “Blurred Lines?”

Throwback: Trouble Man


Trouble Man has gone down in history for its soundtrack written by Marvin Gaye. A series of blaxploitation films in the ’70’s including Shaft scored by Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly were more valuable because of their soundtracks. Ivan Dixon, who played the lead in Nothing But A Man, directed the Robert Hooks-starring Trouble Man. Hooks’s character T, was an alpha male fixer in a scandalous world of ghetto kingpins and his type was welcomed by Black audiences tired of seeing subservient roles. Trouble Man was inevitably compared to Shaft that came out a year earlier in ’71 and featured Richard Roundtree in a similar role as a private detective in the middle of a street war. Dixon’s film didn’t have the same pulse as Shaft and Superfly but really became known as a nice vehicle for Gaye’s music.

Media Questions Of The Week


Didn’t Beyonce have the best celebrity Halloween costume as a Rhythm Nation-era Janet Jackson?


Does VH-1 receive the same amount of criticism as BET for shows like the Love & Hip-Hop franchise because it promotes low-brow Black culture?


Now that Robin Thicke and Pharrell have lost the first round of litigation in battle with Marvin Gaye’s estate regarding plaigairism claims over the song “Blurred Lines” will they lose in the next court sessions over licensing as well?

Yasiin Gaye-The Return (Side Two)


Amerigo Gazaway’s second installment in his Yasiin Gaye project, The Return (Side Two) is now available for download. Gazaway used Gaye’s early sampling in his production work as inspiration. His liner notes break down the anatomy of each song with corresponding anecdotes. The Brooklyn meets Motown vibe gets injected by a humorous cartoon drawn by Drew Dernavich which pokes fun at the RIAA’s stance on copyrights.

Yasiin Gaye-The Return Side Two (Official Teaser)

The teaser video for Yasiin Gaye’s “The Return Side Two” starts with Yasiin Gaye walking and rapping through the streets of Tokyo. But the video gets eerie with footage of Marvin Gaye boxing, his funeral and his father appearing in court for murdering him.

Yasiin Gaye-Ms.Fat Booty

The video for Yasiin Gaye’s “Ms. Fat Booty” is a mix of images from Marvin Gaye’s early Motown days and his Sexual Healing days combined with footage from Mos Def’s “Ms. Fat Booty” video. Mos Def’s “Ms. Fat Booty” rap is essentially layered on top of Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar.”

Yasiin Gaye-I Want You ‘Til The Summertime (Soul Mates 7″ Remix)


“I Want You Til The Summertime” (Soul Mates “7 remix) is the second single from Amerigo Gazaway’s highly anticipated Yasiin Gaye project of which Side One The Departure came out today. You acquire the first side of the album from his Bandcamp page. Side 2: (The Return) will follow soon.

Yasiin Gaye-Inner City Travellin’ Man (Soul Mates Remix)

Nashville producer Amerigo Gazaway is prepping for the release of Yasiin Gaye with the leak of “Inner City Travellin’ Man.” Gazaway’s Fela Soul and Bizarre:Tribe projects in 2011 and 2012 were musical mash-ups that quickly identified him as a tasteful remixer of hip-hop and Afrobeat. Yasiin Gaye is the first release in Gazaway’s new Soul Mates collaboration series and it puts together the music of Yasiin Bey and Marvin Gaye.

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