Media Questions Of The Week

Did Kendrick Lamar steal the Super Bowl Halftime show?

Jennifer Hudson Respect

Why didn’t Jennifer Hudson receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her  portrayal of Aretha Franklin in Respect?

 

 




Throwback: Dr. Dre-Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang

Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” introduced his G-funk prototype and was the next phase of his work with Snoop Dogg. He was clearly Snoop Dogg’s mentor when they first worked together on the Deep Cover soundtrack. By the time of The Chronic, they sounded more like collaborators as Snoop’s voice was just as essential as Dre’s on the album but towered over all the other contributors. The D.O.C. and Snoop Dogg wrote “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” which sampled Leon Haywood’s “I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You.”  The knobbly bass, feline-pitched synthesizers and live instruments set a new standard of production for hip-hop. Dr. Dre’s first solo album after leaving N.W.A. pioneered the celebration of California cannabis culture and has maintained its influence on the genre and pop music as a whole.

This rebirth of funk was not without its criticism because of all its sexist tropes which made the rise of G-funk a bittersweet moment. The stylistic and commercial success of The Chronic established Death Row Records, redefined West Coast rap and was a landmark of its era. The Library of Congress recognized the cultural importance of The Chronic in 2020. Dr. Dre released his third solo album Compton in 2015 as the soundtrack to the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. The long-anticipated Detox still does not have a release date.

Snoop Dogg became the owner of Death Row Records in 2022 and he released his 19th studio album BODR. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will be the first hip-hop artists to perform at the Super Bowl when they take the stage for 2022 LVI halftime show. Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and some surprise guests will join them for the performance. 

 




Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre & Eminem To Play 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show

The lineup for the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show was announced today. Jay-Z revealed that Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Eminem will be the performers for the event.  The rap mogul’s Roc Nation partnered with the NFL in 2019 for social and racial justice initiaves and to select the entertainment for big events. He described the show as, “…history in the making.”  The Super Bowl LVI  will take place February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Englewood, California.

 




Media Questions Of The Week

 Who will be cast as Marvin Gaye in the Allen Hughes-directed biopic that will be produced by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre? 

Macy Gray

Is Macy Gray correct in her opinion that the United States needs a new flag that more accurately represents its people?