Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Harry Belafonte Wants To End The Beef With Jay-Z - Video

Renowned social activist Harry Belafonte is hoping to resolve his issues with JAY Z and Beyoncé by inviting the superstar couple for a one-on-one sit down, in which they can perhaps address their differences and reach some common ground.
The icon recently rubbed Mr Carter up the wrong way with a remark reportedly claiming that the rapper and his wife have turned their back on social responsibility and could be utilising their celebrity status more effectively. Jay then responded via his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, and also went into more depth about why Harry’s comment had offended him during a #FactsOnly interview with Elliott Wilson last week.
“Belafonte went about the wrong way. The way he did it within the media and then he bigged-up Bruce Springsteen. It was like woo, you just sent the wrong message like all around…” Jay told Elliott.
Now, Belafonte – who is currently protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case – has attempted to clear the air by explaining what he really meant by his controversial remark.
When asked on MSNBC about whether Jay should continue touring with Justin Timberlake, Harry responded:
“I would be hard pressed to tell Mr. JAY Z what to do with this time and his fortune. All I can be critical is of what he is not doing. This conflict that is emerging was not from me as a direct attack on Jay-Z or Beyonce. I was at a press conference in Switzerland. Questions were raised by the international press. They asked about the artists and the social engagement of the past based on a film we were watching…and how artists responded earlier in my life and how they responded today.
“And I made the observation that the highly powerful voice that our community has – Black America has – there is so much celebrity power that it was sad to see that the collective of the celebrity power had not been applied to bring consciousness to the inequities that we face,” Belafonte said. “Artist that heard that responded in a very strong way. You’ll find that Jamie Foxx, you’ll find Chuck D [of Public Enemy]…you find that any number of highly profiled people have taken that critique and called for [a meeting]. We’ve sat. We’ve talked. And I will tell you now that these people that I’ve just mentioned are officially behind Dream Defenders. They are prepared to come down. They are prepared to perform. I would hope that Jay-Z would not take personally what was said because it was not said about him personally.”
He then extended an invitation to Jay and Bey, with hopes that the trio can sit down privately and talk things through.
“Having said that, I would like to say to Jay-Z, to Beyonce: My heart is wide open and filled with nothing but hope and the promise that we can sit and have a one-on-one. And lets understand each other rather than try to answer these questions and these nuances in a public place.”
Watch the full interview below and skip to the 11 minute mark to watch the section JAY Z and Beyonce.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Homeboy Sandman - "Easy Does It" (Ft.YC The Cynic & I Am Many) Audio

New music from Homeboy Sandman feat. YC The Cynic I Am Many, off his upcoming 7 track EP entitled “All I Hold Dear” droppin’ August 6th.

Courtesy Of OutDaBox

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Bilal Single "Little One" Gets The GEEmix Treatment - Audio

Georgia Anne Muldrow gives the homie Bilal the funky GEEmix treatment for his emotional Grammy nominated single “Little One”, originally off Bilal’s “Airtight Revenge” album. Also scroll below to check out a dope freestyle funk jam that Georgiaput out entitled ONE SUM 79 SHH.

Courtesy Of OutDaBox

Friday, July 26, 2013

J.Cole Talks To Soul Culture's "#OKNotToBeOK" From Depression To Happiness - Video

 In the latest segment of SoulCulture’s mental health campaign, #OKNotToBeOK, Roc Nation’s North Carolina Emcee J. Cole discusses experiencing depression whilst crafting his anticipated sophomore album, Born Sinner.
“When you listen to the album you’ll notice how it flows from darkness to light, from hell to heaven, depression to happiness,” Cole says of the upcoming LP’s emotive theme. “It literally was a way out… I’m writing my way out of a negative place, a darker place.”
“When I say darker place, there’s no suicidal thoughts,” he adds. “You’re talking to a person who’s mind was strong. I had nothing but positive thoughts – and you’ve got to have the balls to move from Fayetteville to New York, not knowing nobody, just because you feel like you’re gonna make it in the music business. And then for that to actually happen… And then you get signed…
“There’s a mentality that I had that was never shaken, it was quiet, it wasn’t outspoken, it was all in [my head]. The minute that changes and now I’m dealing with a mindstate I’ve never had to deal with before – which is fighting all these negative thoughts – that’s the dark place I’m talking about.
“My self-confidence kind of shattered, you know what I mean? Trying to fight against that, writing my way out of it. This whole album is writing my way out of that place. Because I had never had to deal with that before. I was a happy kid, I wasn’t a down kid. I observed life and I saw it for its positives and negatives, but I wasn’t a depressed child. So when I had to deal with that type of mindstate I wasn’t speaking on it…
“You know, I was fucked up for this whole album,” he reveals. “I was doubting myself this whole time… It was real to me. Pressure is real.”
Watch below as Cole explores stress, pressure and depression.

Courtesy Of SoulCulture

Thursday, July 25, 2013

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Starring Idris Elba - Official Movie Trailer

To mark the 95th birthday (July 18th) of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the iconic South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, freedom fighter and former president, the first explosive official trailer for the autobiographical big screen movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom which stars Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela, was premiered in full. Watch the full trailer below.
Synopsis: MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba (PROMETHEUS) stars as Nelson Mandela with Justin Chadwick (THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL) directing.

Courtesy Of SoulCulture

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Keiph Ali - "Future" ( Rozart) - Official Video

  Keiph Ali is a Emcee/Producer out of Chicago, IL, representing the AGE (AllGoodEverything) crew.  He just released his collaboration project called Keep Dope Alive, another Chicago producer name Rozart. The project was released over a month ago with visuals already being released for the track "Back For More" along with a short documentary style video, which dropped in February. "Future" was shot by Nick Beauregard, I love when great artist pull together and produce awesome work.  I'm so disappointed this barely has 400 views.  Listen people we can't complain about the "Garbage" they play on the radio when we don't support The REal Artist.  Turn off the radio and go to the internet where the Real artist are.  This is another Chicago artist who should have been signed twice.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tamba Tongu - "iRobot" - Official Video

Tamba Tongu (stage name Tamba Tongue) is an aspiring
HipHop artist/actor living in Bronx, NY.  He just released a new music
video with a brand new sound called "iRobot" directed by Victor Emerson. I watched this video a few times to take in the lyrics and I liked what the young dude was saying.  There is nothing like REal HipHop with REal Emcees talking about REal S#@! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Metafore Manson - "Jodeci Freestyle" - Official Video

This is a nice freestyle from 18 year old NJ native Metafore Manson.  He spits over the Drake's  "Jodeci Freestyle" Instrumental. The Video Was Shot By Rosx (@Visualsbyrosx) He's Working Hard On Putting Out Many More Visuals, New Projects And New Songs So Expect A Lot More From The Manson Kid! "MANSON EP" Coming Soon! In the mean time check out the video below, young dude got bars.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Suicide Kings - “So Proper” (Ft.Saigon) - Audio Download

Suicide Kings consists of emcee Joey Knuckles and DJ/Producer King Cole and since there conception in 2011, the group has been steadily moving forward; opening for such acts as Mobb Deep, Demigodz (Apathy & Celph Titled), Tech N9ne, Obie Trice & Heavy Metal Kings (Ill Bill, Vinnie Paz) among others.

In the winter of 2012, Suicide Kings released their first independent album "Reign Supreme" which was quickly followed by a supporting slot on the Demigodz tour. Since then, the Kings have been hard at work spending the remainder of 2012 in the studio preparing their sophomore release, “Crown Of Thorns,” which will be released in August 2013.

Today, Suicide Kings present a new single, “So Proper,” featuring Saigon which will appear on "Crown of Thorns," which also features appearances from Demigodz & M.O.P.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Rapsody - "Dark Knights" (Ft.Wale) - New Audio Release

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The #SummerOfJamla music series winds to an end with the release of Rapsody‘s Wale-assisted “Dark Knights,” from her upcoming DJ Drama-hosted mixtape, She Got Game.
Rapsody, dubbing herself “lyrically Bruce Wayne” (playing on the title inspired by The Dark Knight films), raps over a chilling E. Jones-production. Caution, the sample might haunt your memory or simple get stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Like any other lyrically strong single, the track finishes out with a star guest verse from MMG’s poet, Wale.
As for the upcoming mixtape, Rapsody’s She Got Game will feature appearances from Common, Raekwon, Mac Miller, Chance The Rapper and Ab-Soul (just to name a few). August 20th is the official release date. Throw it on your calendar and check back with us but in the meantime, stream and download “Dark Knights” below.

Courtesy Of SoulCulture

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Poet Dean Atta pays tribute to Trayvon Martin with “Black Britain & Black America”

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Whilst many are still reeling over the verdict in the George ZimmermanTrayvon Martin trial, a number of media figures have quickly come out to express their views of the decision to acquit the Neighborhood Watchman over the death of 17 year old teen. UK poet Dean Atta delivers a timely and poignant poem entitled “Black Britain & Black America #TrayvonMartin,” paying tribute to the slain adolescent in addition to expressing the varied similarities and discriminatory issues plaguing both the UK and US.
The case has been steeped in controversy due to the racial tension building around it, with many taking to the streets in America to protest against the decision. Atta’s piece focuses on the sorrow and grief which both nations face due to discrimination and struggles within minorities, giving a level-headed performance rather than a fiery chastisement of last Saturday’s verdict.
Check out “Black Britain & Black America” now by pressing play below and feel free to leave your comments on the Trayvon Martin case within the C section.

Black Britain and Black America

These so-called chips on our shoulder
Are the building-blocks of equality
I do not need permission to recall my history
Black Britain and America are not the same
But we see you
And we feel your pain
I Am Trayvon Martin
For our races and birthplaces
We are not to blame
I stare into this shattered mirror
A society that reflects our own
Black America, you are not alone
Our paths are not parallel
But our struggles need not be separate
If we teach our children to never forget
That before any wars on terror
There were wars on our humanity
Labelling us less than we were born to be
Though most days it feels we are guilty
Until proven innocent
Failures until we achieve something excellent
But it’s also our right not to excel
To live normal decent lives
And not fear bullets and jail
Not have to justify our existence or presence
In countries built on our backs with no thanks or penance
It’s not just the taxis and black cabs not stopping for us
It’s the police and civilians targeting us
It’s losing out to the white candidate
Despite the same qualifications
Or getting the job
And people calling it positive discrimination
Yes, I’ve got a big black chip on my shoulder
And this pink one too
LGBT and feminist, I will stand by you
America, I have only stood on your soil once
And I don’t understand all of your laws
But yours is a struggle I cannot ignore
There are many more struggles that need to unite too
Native Americans and Australians, I see you
In this black mirror made of more than glass
But they say, “It’s not about race now
It’s only about class.” 

Courtesy Of SoulCulture

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 Sits Down With Ludacris - Video

 Ludacris stops by The Breakfast Club and gives one of the most interesting interviews I've every heard in awhile.  Ludacris is one of the smartest Emcees/Businessmen out in the game he is so underrated.  I'm glad to see him still doing his thing.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

#LAAB on Location: Seattle - Grayskul - "Maggot" - Video
 On the heels of last weeks Season 2 release. The crew at Lights and a Backdrop (#LAAB) are back at it again this week with a mini-season shot on location in Seattle. Featuring videos from Grayskul, Sadistik , The Mc Type, Kublakai, Captain Midnite, Xperience, and The Let Go. This season is very high energy and very much in the Seattle style which has become popular lately.  Featured below is Grayskul's "Maggot".

Monday, July 15, 2013

Raheem Devaughn - "A Place Called Love Land" LP - Audio

 Raheem Devaughn’s new LPA Place Called Love Land” is set to be released on August 20th.  Finally real R&B music is coming back, he's one of the few soulful singers left in the game today.  Make sure you go out and support a true artist, just listen to the sample below.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) Volunteered To Be Forced Fed Which Is A Standard Procedure Used At Guantánamo Bay

As Ramadan begins, more than 100 hunger-strikers in Guantánamo Bay continue their protest. More than 40 of them are being force-fed. A leaked document sets out the military instructions, or standard operating procedure, for force-feeding detainees. In this four-minute film made by Human Rights organisation Reprieve and Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia, US actor and rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), experiences the procedure.

Warning: some viewers may find these images distressing.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Blame One & J57 - "They Don't Know" (Ft. Akie Bermiss) - Official Video

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Blame One & J57 ft: Akie Bermiss - They Don't Know produced by J57 off the "Walk In The Sun". LP out August 27th, 2013. Pre-Order now available on itunes. 


SRNC MGMT GROUP and producer The Analyst, team up for an EP Contest, in which they aim to help an up and coming or established artist. We are looking to release a project with an artist who we feel has the potential and drive to become someone great.

The rules are simple; download the Zip file with the beats produced by Analyst, create an EP with all 5 beats, and submit it to us by the deadline, which is August 5th 2013.
The Analyst will pick a winner by August 12th 2013. We are looking for the best of the best.

The winner will receive:
1. PR from SRNC MGMT GROUP for the entire project. Email blasts, social networking, possible interviews & more.
2. 1 single released via iTunes, Spotify, etc.
3. *1 Free Music Video by George Sol of Sol Films.
4. Artwork For Single and Album Release

This is our way of giving back to all of the artists out there following their dream and looking for that extra push. We are here to help however we can. – SRNC MGMT GROUP

*Artist must live in or travel to Chicago on their own in order to win the Free Video from George Sol of Sol Films.

Deadline is 8/5/12 – Late submissions will not be accepted.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kidd Prodigee Releases His Debut LP "Abstract Visions" -(Audio)

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 Kidd Prodigee is a 16 year old rapper from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He was inspired to rap by artists such as Childish Gambino, Chance The Rapper, and Tyler The Creator.  If Kidd had a larger budget this would be a definite contender on the Billboard.  But Real HipHop heads would be able to hear the talent within this kid he just needs the right producer.  Check him out below.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

KA.lil - "Inhale" - Official Video

KA.lil aka Khingz recently held his album release party for Between Saturday night & Sunday morning at Barboza in Seattle.  Below is latest video he shot for the song "Inhale".  

Sunday, July 7, 2013

RevoltTV Sits Down WithTimbaland For A Exclusive Interview About His Beef With Jay-Z - (Video)

Diddy‘s new channel RevoltTV has been pulling in major star power. A day before Jay Z dropped a million copies of his brand new album on America’s Independence day the 4th of July to Samsung phone users worldwide, super producer Timbaland sat down with Revolt for an interview ‘unlocking’ Jay Z’s 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
After major success with Justin Timberlake on the 20/20 Experience the producer also discusses some of the lows he went through during his career, and reveals that he had a falling out with Jay Z and how they reconciled to come together for the making of MCHG.
Opening up about how he used to be and the man he is in now, this time around Timbaland wasn't reluctant when it came to working with other producers for Jay Z’s biggest album yet; collaborating with the likes of Pharell,The Dream and Mike Will.
Timbaland also drops some gems on current marketing strategies, going into depth about how Jay Z marketed his album and how he plans to market his own future projects after he is released from his current record deal with Interscope. The producer goes on to dub Roc Nation’s brightest star J.Cole as the “next one in line,” commending him on the decisions he made on the making of his second album Born Sinner.
Watch the insightful interview below.
Courtesy of SoulCulture

Actor, Athlete, & Martial Artist Jim Kelly Dies At Age 67 Of Cancer

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The actor, athlete and martial artist Jim Kelly has died at the age of 67.  Widely regarded as the first Black martial arts film star, Kelly was best known for his role opposite Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, playing Williams, a nonchalant yet egotistical combatant that competes alongside Lee.
Chosen for the part after making a name for himself with a number of karate tournament wins, Kelly’s role as Williams came at the height of Blaxploitation prominence in the early 1970s. His handsome looks coupled with his large afro and sideburns catapulted him into the spotlight, turning him into a cult figure quickly. Despite his acting career never really taking off, Kelly was able to enjoy a fair amount of success in the years that followed.
Speaking with Salon back in 2010, Kelly said working on the Enter the Dragon was one of the best experiences of his life; “”Bruce was just incredible, absolutely fantastic. I learned so much from working with him. I probably enjoyed working with Bruce more than anyone else I’d ever worked with in movies because we were both martial artists. And he was a great, great martial artist.”
Kelly, who had been suffering from cancer according to his ex-wife Marilyn Dishman, passed away on Saturday at his home in San Diego.
 R.I.P. Jim Kelly (May 5, 1946 – June 29, 2013)
Courtesy Of SoulCulture

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Jack Thriller Speaks With Faizon Love About Hit Role Has "Big Worm" From The Movie "Friday"

Thisis50's Young Jack Thriller recently spoke with Faizon Love in part 1 of this exclusive interview, Faizon Love talks about how fans get caught up in his role of playing "Big Worm" off the movie Friday, doing stand up ever since he was 15, doing movies, beef with Funk Flex, tells an untold Tupac story & much more!  This video is pretty funny.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

SYG - "Never Enough (Interlude)" - New LP Release

SYG just dropped his third release "Never Enough (interlude)" to his highly anticipated upcoming mixtape, Peace Pipe Circle, was dropped on the 1st.  Check it out and tell us what you think. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

AWKWORD - #AaronSwartz Suicide 'PSA' Song" (ft. L*A*W) Set To Drop July 1st - (Audio)

As we have seen with the passing of Capital Steez and Freddy E this past year alone, we have a mental health and suicide issue in HipHop.  This represents of a larger trend in America, with a suicide occurring every 15 minutes. Then consider all the young (and older) people still alive and suffering.
Aaron Swartz, the founder of Reddit, was systematically targeted, arrested, prosecuted and harassed by the federal government, essentially for being down with the likes of Wikileaks and seeking freedom of information. He was 26 when he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, having hanged himself. The young man who invented RSS at 14…
Awkword's new song “#AaronSwartz”, produced by Steel Tipped Dove and featuring the guitar and singing talents of seven-time Grammy nominee LAW.
This rap Suicide ‘PSA’ is sponsored by Grassroots Suicide Prevention and will appear on AWKWORD’s DJBooth-sponsored 100% for-charity global HipHop project ‘World View’, as well as Steel Tipped Dove’s ‘& a whole bunch of dope Emcees on this mixtape, dropping Monday, July 1.  

Drew32 - "I'm On" (Ft.B-Smooth) - Official Video

Now I'm not going to lie this young kid Drew32 almost didn't make the UnsungHipHop cut but I must admit he has skills.  Another dope Emcee from Detroit making his mark in HipHop, checkout the video to "I'm On' featuring B-Smooth below and tell us what you think.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sivu - "Bodies" - Audio Download

The clip sees the 24-year-old reunite with director and ex-flat-mate Adam Powell, after the pair’s last collaboration – ‘Better Man Than He’, filmed live within an MRI scanner – picked up over half a million hits, and showed viewers precisely what goes inside a musician’s head.

A darker and more potent follow-up, ‘Bodies’ is accompanied by a short film shot across various locations in Powell’s new home of Los Angeles. The mysterious clip – “is this Hell? Who is driving the car, and where to?” – is set against field recordings the pair made whilst interviewing strangers across the city. The result is a stark accompaniment to the lyrical, Noah’s Ark imagery of ‘Bodies’.

The ‘BodiesEP follows Sivu’s sell-out show at London’s Waiting Room, radio support across the likes of Radio 1, 6Music and XFM, as well as live dates at Bushstock Festival and in support of Laura Mvula. Sivu plays a host of festivals this summer, whilst continuing work on his debut album.