A little late on this, as I seen it was released in 2010. Caught a couple of trailers back before it came out but never followed up on the release. It turned out to be a pretty cool documentary.
The film features the participation of the late Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, DJ Premier, Nas, Mos Def, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, Adbusters Foundation’s Kalle Lasn, Talib Kweli, STS9, Tucker Carlson and experts on media, pop culture, and education.
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Q-Tip is one of hip hop’s greatest MCs and producers. As a member of A Tribe Called Quest, he helped to shape the sound of hip hop throughout the ’90s. The group’s exceptional run of full-lengths became a blueprint for MCs looking to balance the literate and the absurd, as well as producers searching for the perfect (and unexpected) break—Tribe’s influence is pretty much unmatched in hip hop circles. Since Tribe’s split in 1998, Q-Tip has kept busy with a solo career that has included four albums as well as countless productions and guest appearances in places both expected (Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, and Jay-Z) and improbable (Chemical Brothers, R.E.M.). He has also honed his DJ chops, spinning regularly in New York City and beyond.
Hip hop’s golden age began in 1986, the day Rakim stepped to a microphone to record “Eric B Is President.” Only 18 years old (though he sounded considerably more worldly), Rakim (real name William Griffin) had a smooth, effortless flow that brought a cool melodicism and high intelligence to the MC game—he gave both fire and ice, set within the wiry frame of his serious features. Even those who didn’t get the Five Percenter reference wouldn’t have bridled at his nickname, God. His partnership with his DJ, Eric B, yielded four great albums and numerous classic singles before Rakim split for a solo career. Despite initial success with 1997’s The 18th Letter, he endured several frustratingly fruitless years signed to Dr Dre’s Aftermath, working on an album that never came. Now Rakim back in his native New York, the city where his immense influence is most clearly audible, notably in other NYC wordsmiths such as Nas. As recently as 2012, The Source named him the greatest MC of all time.
In this exclusive interview, artist and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson talks to the Wall Street Journal’s Lee Hawkins about his evolution as an artist and a businessman throughout the years and how he has dealt with the wealth, the fame and the challenges that have accompanied his success. He also speaks about Eminem, promoting Yuriokis Gamboa, Floyd Mayweather, Gamboa, the UFC, Manny Pacquiao, artist management, his boxing promotions business, his new album, and his philanthropic efforts to feed a billion children across the world.
Check out my dude Curly Castro’s new album “Fidel”. The Flatbush, Brooklyn up-and-comer puts out A 13-track set which finds the artist exploring racial issues as he chronicles his growth from adolescence to adulthood, the LP comes on the heels of reader-approved lead single “Coal” and video single “They Call Me Castro.” Joining Castro on the guest tip throughout FIDEL are Ari Lourdes, Has-Lo, Yung Yorrisey (of BLKHRTS) and Zilla Rocca. Production comes courtesy of Blueprint, Blurry Drones, DJ Xclusive, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Has-Lo, Nex Milen, Small Professor and Zilla Rocca.