Thursday, July 24, 2014
Outside of being the drummer of the Roots, Questlove is an astute hip-hop historian. In an in-depth interview with Time magazine, the Philadelphia native weighs in on Iggy Azalea and the controversy surrounding her newfound success on the charts. When asked if he was “Pro- or anti-Iggy Azalea?,” Quest responds, “I’m caught in between. And I defend it. I see false Instagram posts like, ‘She said the N-word! She said the N-word!’ I’ll call people out — ‘Yo, don’t troll.’ I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism. You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture.” Azalea has received much criticism after ‘Problem,’ her song with Ariana Grande, and ‘Fancy’ hit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the Billboard 100 chart. Not to mention Nicki Minaj threw shade at Azalea during her acceptance speech at the 2014 BET Awards. Questlove goes on further to defend the Aussie rapper’s hit song ‘Fancy.’ “I will say that ‘Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings,” he says. “I’m not going to lie to you, I’m torn between the opinions on the Internet, but I’ma let Iggy be Iggy. It’s not even politically correct dribble,” he continues. “The song is effective. I’m in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation, I’ll say. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, ‘Fancy’ is the song of the summer.” Elsewhere in the interview, Questlove talks about his new VH1 show ‘Soundclash.’ The series invites superstar acts to perform classic jams, current hits, and on-the-spot, unrehearsed collaborations. “It’s sort of like Jamaican sound clashing,” Quest says. “You do different rounds. Round one is the artist doing their song, round two could be a stripped down version of their song or a cover song. Maybe round three, you put Chris Martin with someone like Odd Future. And you take Earl Sweatshirt, what happens if he goes with Imagine Dragons? That was the mission. As we get further on into the episodes, I would like to go more extreme, have people come out of their comfort zones and do crazy collaborations.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Eric Garner May Have Survived If He Had Proper Medical Care According To Famous Pathologist: Dr. Cyril Wecht
Some expert insight on the recent tragic death Eric Garner—the Staten Island man who died Thursday after an officer put him in an illegal chokehold may have survived if he was giving proper medical attention, said famed pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht in a statement to the Daily News. Wecht, who has had multiple experiences consulting several “high-profile cases”, said Eric Garner, should have been immediately placed upright. “You want to position him in such a way to facilitate breathing,” He went on to state that Garner’s death was probably due to the dangerous combination of a chokehold and being pinned down. According to the Daily News, an autopsy showed no signs of asphyxiation or a crushed windpipe.
Reports NBC Chicago:
Violence continued to strike the Chicago area this weekend with at least 18 people shot in a little more than 12 hours overnight, bringing the number of people shot since Friday to 40. Four people, including an 11-year-old girl at a sleepover with friends, have been killed, police said. Family members said the young girl was at a sleepover and was preparing to make s’mores with her friends when she was shot. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and was listed in critical condition. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the girl had died. At least 11 others were wounded in shootings Saturday night and Sunday morning. Editor’s Note: NBC Chicago includes shootings that took place between 6 p.m. Friday and 12 a.m. Monday in the weekend violence report.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
We know Jay-Z provided one of his best verses in a while on Young Jeezy‘s “Seen It All,” the title track from his upcoming album, but is this the best collaboration these two have ever had? Jeezy is putting his money down on it. During his interview with MTV, Jizzle reveals a few fun facts about how the song came about. First thing’s first, the single was supposed to be for Hov’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, but was put on hold for Snowman’s Seen It All album. Most interesting, Jeezy claims Jay told him he teared up while writing his verse because he was keeping it so real in the lyrics. He puts it on the Bible he was being 100% authentic too. The track struck Hov so much he recorded it and sent it back in 30-40 minutes tops. Go spin that verse back again and pay your respect to Shawn Carter.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Nobi and A.Dash drop their first video off of their soon to come mix tape "Eclectic". They remixed Fab's original Cuffin Season with a twist stating that the "Season" is over. The warm weather has arrived and all bets are off in those relationship cuffed temporarily. DIr by: A.DASH IG and Twitter @AtotheDash @Nobi_gl
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