It's The Life sat down with Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter for a live chat at Inside The Studio in Philadelphia. Posted in 2 parts, you'll never hear Riq like this again. Open, funny, vulnerable and informative. Enjoy the very first guest we had at Inside The Studio, Tariq Black Thought Trotter from a few years back...
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We went for Nas, we'll go for Kendrick!
Kendrick Lamar will soon be bringing more of To Pimp A Butterfly to life–on one of the world’s grandest stages. The Compton MC will perform cuts from his instant-classic LP with the support of the National Symphony Orchestra during a one-night-only run at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Tickets go on sale September 30, 2015.
Source : Daily News | Written by Chuck Darrow
AS RAPPER Dice Raw sees it, the for-profit incarceration industry is as much an enemy of the African-American community as poverty, drugs and lack of educational opportunities.
Inspired by author Michelle Alexander's 2012 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Raw (real name: Karl Jenkins) in 2013 released a CD, "Jimmy's Back," his own take on the issue.
"I'm not a stranger to mass incarceration. So many of my friends growing up were in the judicial system," offered Raw, who is best-known as the primary writer and producer for Philly's band-of-all-seasons, the Roots. "But the way the book outlines it and presents the statistics, as well as the stories and different events that happened . . . [Alexander] presents a very compelling argument that even right-wing Republicans can't argue with, to a certain degree. I was definitely floored by the book. That's why I created the album."
The CD could have been Raw's last word on the subject, but others had different ideas. Last October, a stage version of the album premiered at North Philadelphia's New Freedom Theatre. Next week, an upgraded iteration of the piece is being mounted at the Prince Music Theater.
"My partner [Phillip S. Brown, who wrote the script] is from the theater world," said Raw. "When he heard the album, he said, 'It already sounds like a musical.' So he thought [that staging it theatrically] would make the most sense for a live performance. He wanted to develop it with me."
Logan native Raw, who also stars in "The Last Jimmy," acknowledged that he never had any theatrical aspirations for the album, "But, I . . . wanted to do something a little bit different than walking back and forth on the stage rapping about something that is very important. I wanted this to stand out, and I think it stands out more than me just rapping at [South Street's] TLA.
"I just want to educate people, and educate myself to try to prevent what's going on in privatized prisons. My main goal is to make privatized prisons illegal. I think it should be illegal for people to profit off of other peoples' mistakes in a mass form. I don't think that's cool."
Raw emphasized that his piece - whose title is a play on the phrase "Jim Crow" - is not just a protest against the mass-incarceration business. It also addresses what he described as cultural issues that conceivably help contribute to high rates of crime and incarceration among young black men.
Raw said that the show, which is choreographed by Rennie Harris, of Pure Movement Dance Company fame, "speaks to the disconnect between black males and black fathers, to black males who have a son who may feel any kind of disconnect emotionally or even physically - black males really don't hug . . . or kiss each other because [they're afraid] of being viewed as gay or effeminate. That's a huge disconnect between [black] fathers and sons."
On a more personal level, Raw has found his theatrical experience fraught with challenges unfamiliar to someone from the freewheeling world of hip-hop.
"It's hard," he admitted. "[As a rapper], I walk on stage and I have a CD playing [backing tracks]. Now, I have a whole band, there's dancers, it's crazy.
"When I mess up onstage by myself, no big woof. But now when I mess up, it has a ripple effect. You have to really be on point, no smoking weed, no drinking. It's very focused."
Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., 8 p.m. Wednesday through March 21, $35 (in advance), $45 (at the door) and $60 (VIP), 877-987-6487, ticketfly.com.
I've been producing events for 18 years now.... I've had many, many amazing nights....... But Saturday night.............. Man. 3 years ago I went to a Dilla tribute event. And to make it short, it sucked. I mentioned it to George and asked if he'd like to jump in on what was my event at the time - We Love, not yet Philly Loves...... When we partnered is when the name changed. The first year we had Mike Nyce, Rich Medina and Questlove. Amazing... The second year we had Mike Nyce, Statik, Waajeed and Prince Paul with special guest Ma Dukes. Amazing again... This year......... How do top what had already been done? Which Dj's are there to give a really special tribute set? Dj Jazzy Jeff was always on our wish list for this event but as you know, scheduling can get tricky..... So, I sent another one of my please come spin with us texts, lol. And this time - he said "I'm in"! No - let me check, no - I'll let you know, no - I can't...... I'M IN! I screen shot it and sent it to George with a bunch of expletives, lol! I've booked Jeff many, many times at Tastytreats from Filo's to Fluid in it's 13 year run. But this was something different. Dilla was his friend. This was special. Tastytreats was special but not this kind of special. We knew we were about to have a legendary night........
Fast forward to the night of...... Show up to Johnny Brenda's. First off, let me just say how much I love Johnny Brenda's. Like, LOVE. The room, the amenities, the staff and the management. You guys are the shit and I will continue to bring dope events there as long as you'll have me!!! 10:30pm, sold out. Not a bad way to kick the night off, right?!? This is when we really knew - it was ON! Dj Mike Nyce opened the night and HELD.IT.DOWN as always. Spinning all the cuts you know and want to hear! He really does hold it down for Philly Loves each and every time! Then off to the side, there was Ameerah K. Art, our official Philly Loves artist. This year though, she really impressed me when she decided to not paint another Dilla piece but to paint Ma Dukes holding a photo of Dilla. Beautiful touch, Ameerah! Stage is set, Dj, Live Art and Dilla visuals on the video screen. We're rocking' and rollin'. Then - The Magnificent Dj Jazzy Jeff takes the stage along with his host, Dayne Jordan. This was a super rare set that had layers and layers of meaning to, that will now be the one the beat, lol. Dilla beats never heard before, favorite hits and Dilla inspired tracks. It was so very dope. So, so dope. If you were in that room and you were paying attention, you know just how special and incredibly rare that was to witness. You may never witness that again. A legend and friend, tributing a legend and friend. Man........................................... Thank you.
Ma Dukes. You are a gem. We thank you for sharing your son with us and thank you for working so hard to continue his legacy. Until last year, I only knew you as Ma Dukes through photos, stories and friends. I now can say that you, Maureen are a beautiful woman and I'm happy to know you and so appreciate you being involved with our event year after year [See you in PR!, lol]. To The J Dilla Foundation [Toney, Diana and Steve] - love you all. Your presence is necessary and we are thankful to have you all there with us representing Dilla's brand. And THANK YOU to you all for all of the swag you gave the crew. We will wear it with pride!
And last but certainly not least - thanks to all of you who came out for the event. Like, really. You supporting events like this is everything. Whether the artist is with us or have passed on.... It's important to showcase the legacy and work of these amazing individuals. Special shout out to all of the industry folks in the building, too! Y'all came out!!!!! Lol. Ivan Barris, Gary O, Kelo Saunders, Chuck Creemur, Dyana Williams, Grouchy Greg, Rich Medina, Malik B, Jazz from Dru Hill and so many more.......... Thank you all for coming out.
I have lots of video, photos and stuff to post from the night. Stay tuned... It will be up within the next few days. Check in with me on my website www.flygirrl.com or find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as : Flygirrl in the meantime...........
See you at the next Philly Loves..........
Make sure to join us for another session of Get Lifted on Friday February 27th on the 2nd floor or Trilogy!
Enjoy last month's mix!
When it comes to long-awaited, it doesn’t get much more long-awaited than new music from Michael D'Angelo Archer, better known as D’Angelo. Think Chinese Democracy level long-awaited. Detox level long-awaited, even. So, without further ado: here’s the full, official studio version of ‘Sugah Daddy’, a song that soul music’s ever-elusive prodigal son and his new band, The Vanguard, first played live on their celebrated 2012 tour. Welcome back, D.
Watch D’Angelo’s lecture at Red Bull Music Academy’s 2014 festival in New York: www.redbullmusicacademy.com/events/nyc-…th-d-angelo
The track is 14/20 of the Red Bull 20 Before 15 series - 20 days, 20 exclusive tracks to take you into 2015. For more tracks and free download head to:
Sourse : D'Angelo's Soundcloud Page
Rest in Peace and Paradise, fellas. We've lost some great ones this year. Love each other and make sure the ones you care about know it! Our moments here are not forever. In addition to these great men, I've lost my stepmother and my Aunt this year. 2014 has been a rough one but also full of lessons.
Written by Talib Kweli.
It’s finally time to stop letting folks from outside of our community tell us how to feel about Lauryn Hill.
Yasiin Bey and I make beautiful music together. We are yin and yang, our styles complement each other very nicely. While it’s always a treat for us to perform together as Black Star, the style and pace of our solo performances are different. Yasiin and I have very different philosophies when it comes to stage performing. While I like to do songs back-to-back at a non-stop pace, make sure I do my hits and have my DJ hype up the crowd and do my ad libs, Yasiin prefers to take his time and does not like too much talking from his DJ.
Yasiin once explained to me that when people pay to see him, they are paying to see what he feels like expressing. So it doesn’t matter whether he does his “hits” or not. That was a great lesson for me.
Read on at Medium........
Rest In Peace Oronde | Live recording | Rich Medina, Mike Nyce, Mr. Sonny James, Lee Jones, Ultraviolet & Lady Alma.
Ha! Looks like it got taken down. It was some epic footage. Thankfully, I downloaded the footage right after I posted it :)
Such a great night for our 2nd Annual #PhillyLovesMj night! Thanks to Mike, Rich and Dave for really taking us everywhere MJ. And thanks to Ameerah for the dope live art as usual and JB's for always being such a great place to work with.... Stay tuned for our next session in September... And booooooy, is it a good one!! Don't forget to use the hashtag #PhillyLovesMJ when reposting the pics!
So very dope.
Reposted from Okayplayer :
The Roots come through with their new video for “When The People Cheer” (the first track leaked off their forthcoming album ...and then you shoot your cousin) and Okayplayer is extremely proud to host the world premiere of this unsettling and visually brilliant animated short directed by Joe Baughman. &TYSYC is a longplayer maybe best described with the words ‘ghetto-existentialist opus’ and “When The People Cheer” is in many ways the lyrical centerpiece of the record, applying bizarro-world logic to the usual rap rules and offering MCs Black Thought and Greg Porn the rare opportunity for self-awareness as they do “consequential dirt” on their existential grind.
The visuals from the supremely talented Baughman (who also created our official OKP 15th Anniversary animation as a little birthday gift) do extremely consequential dirt, as well, creating a fully realized microverse for the lyrics and ideas of the song to inhabit. The short introduces us to a bespectacled (be-Cazaled?) everyman molded in brown clay as he navigates a treacherous workshop/world full of pitfalls and heavy machinery, drowning his microcosmic sorrows in lapdances and bleeding Apple Jacks when pricked. The use of text also unpacks the complex worldplay that may get lost on your initial 5 listens to the song, for instance Porn’s couplet:
Am I a douchebag or just another doo rag / tryina get ahead on some brand new wave shit…money is the language / So every time I speak I’m tryin’ to make another payment.
Though the short is true to the song’s rather dark worldview (everybody acts / like God is all that / but I got the feelin’ he ain’t never coming back…) in the final analysis the worldviewer is left with the feeling that even if Art (represented here both in intricate wordplay and phototropic skeins of red paint which grow like vines through the video’s sterile white walls) is our only real answer to the void…it’s still a pretty good answer. Watch below:
Philly Loves Def Jam w/ Dj's Scratch, Mike Nyce + Mr. Sonny James with host Chill Moody and live artist Ameerah K Art!
Photos taken by Ryan Farber.
We love this series more and more after each and every one! Stay tuned for our next one in June.... Can you guess who it is??