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NEW VIDEO: Missy Elliott “WTF” ft. Pharrell Williams

Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott

It’s been awhile since Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott was on the scene. She exploded into our ear drums in 1996 with her debut album “Supa Dupa Fly” and cemented her place in the legacy of hip-hop. A talented singer, rapper, songwriter and producer, you couldn’t turn on the radio in the 90s and early 2000s without hearing a Missy Elliott- produced track. At one point she was being called “Puff Mama”.

However, Missy stepped out of the limelight to take care of her health, as she revealed she had been dealing with Graves’ Disease. But Missy is back. She had been making her way around the media circuit not only to give people an update on her health and status of her new album, but she has also been performing at festivals and popping up at the Super Bowl.

Today, Missy dropped the visuals for “WTF” ft. Pharrell Williams and I. LOVE. IT. The track stays true to Missy’s signature style, which could be been seen as street eccentric. Full of fresh dances moves and a cameo from the ultra talented Les Twins, this videos reminds us of why Missy is the amazing artist she is and why she will continue to be an important piece of Hip Hop history.

Turn the volume up. Push Play. Dance.

Erykah Badu Drops New Music

Phone Down
Phone Down

I don’t know what you all were doing last night, but while I was participating in MYCC‘s #blkcreatives Twitter chat, E. Badu dropped her latest single from her upcoming mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone. I don’t know about you all, but new Badu music always makes me happy.

Check it out:

Albumversary: A Tribe Called Quest “Midnight Marauders”

Midnight Marauders
Midnight Marauders

Even though most of us are gearing up for the release of the 25th Anniversary re-issue of People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm next week, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today in 1993, ATCQ released their classic Midnight Marauders album. Debate over whether this album or The Low End Theory is their best album will continue for the rest of time, however today we celebrate the former.

Check out my favorite Tribe track for the 1993 release:

VIDEO: Spike Lee address Chi-Raq trailer controversy

Spike Lee Responds
Spike Lee Responds

Yesterday, Spike Lee released the trailer to his upcoming film Chi-Raq. As soon as the trailer hit, the internet was a blaze with praise and criticism. Some people praised his choice to use an adaptation of the Greek play Lysistrata. Others criticized it and said it was making light of the situation in Chicago. Well, Spike heard you and responded not only with an explanation, but a whole new trailer.

Check it out:

New BADU video TODAY!!!

Analog Girl in a Digital World
Analog Girl in a Digital World

We all know Ms. Badu is never on to follow the rules. Never one to disappoint, Queen Badu dropped the tweet ever so discreetly this morning:

Say what?
Say what?!?

Well I definitely will be looking out for this today via twitter and Periscope. According to Ms. Badu will be recording her video LIVE at 4pm PST today. This video will be for her 2nd single from her forthcoming mix tape But You Caint Use My Phone. Make sure you’re tuning in!

New CHI-RAQ Trailer Released


Yesterday, the trailer for Spike Lee’s latest cinematic project CHI-RAQ was released to the world. The buzz for the latest Spike Lee urban adaptation of the Greek play Lysistrata began some time before the start of production in 2015. It safe to say that some people were concerned about what this movie would be about given the current climate of Chicago and whether or not the movie is making light of the situation in Chi-Town right now. While I understand the apprehensiveness to the film, I can’t really say whether or not Spike is taking advantage for the situation in order to complete a film. Judging from the trailer, I don’t think that’s the case. I look forward to seeing the movie.

Check out the trailer below:

Happy 15 year Albumversary OutKast!!


October marked 15 years since OutKast released their masterpiece Stankonia. This 2000 release further solidified their place in the legacy of Hip Hop. OutKast is one of if not thee pioneering group that introduced the rest of the world to the heavy-hitting, low riding bass sounds of the South. Often times we mark moments in our lives based on the music we were listening to at the time. I was a senior in high school when this album dropped. I vividly remember playing B.O.B. on the computer in the class room with classmates and listening to So Fresh, So Clean while proudly embracing my senioritis.

So here’s to OutKast. To being one of the dopest groups in Hip Hop and including their genius in the soundtrack of my teenage high school years.

Review: Keith Murray vs Fredo Star Battle

Keith Murray vs Fredro Starr
Keith Murray vs Fredro Starr

*Late Pass. I know. Bacdaf*up (c)Onyx*

About a year or so ago, the battle world was a buzz with the news of an impending battle between various rappers and emcees including Bone Crusher vs Mike Jones, Ness Less vs Syah Boy, and the most notable, Fredro Starr vs Keith Murray. Well, due to lack of funds, none of the battles happened. Fast forward a year later and the Fredro Star/Keith Murray battle was back on. Not only was it back on, Fredro had a whole list of emcees he’d like to battle and let the world know in preparation and promotion for his upcoming battle with Keith Murray:

The Fredro Starr/Keith Murray battle happened in October 4th in Brooklyn, New York and hit YouTube a few days later. I was expecting Keith come out on top. Boy was I disappointed. *sigh*  Let’s roll through this one real quick.

  • I was happy to hear beats. I tend to be alone in this mindset, but in the age of beatless battles, which although gives the emcees a chance to not only enunciate their punchlines, but also gives the audience a chance to take it in, process and instigate said punchline, I feel that silence can also be used as a crutch for those battling, as the beat forces you (if you’re going off the dome) to craft jabs and responses on the fly. However considering so many battles are pre-written, I don’t think that matters anymore.
  • I don’t know if Keith Murray had a few drinks or what, but he seemed a little out of it and it seemed as if he was there more for the performance as opposed to Fredro, who was there do work. You can clearly see it in the 1st round where Keith, who elected to go first, seemed to be slightly more interested in getting the crowd hype, but was quickly brought back to the stage when Fredro grabbed the mic.
  • Who ARE all these people on stage?

WINNER: I have to give it to Fredro. Clearly he came more prepared to battle and seemed to have a thirst for lyrical blood that Keith either wasn’t prepared for or wasn’t expecting. Even though Keith proclaimed “I’ve been a battle rapper since muthaf****n 1985. All my muthaf****n records are battle raps” at the beginning of the battle (which is true), he clearly failed to produced the ammunition needed to defeat his opponent. As a result, this gave Fredro more to feed off of, making his jabs and punchlines much more afflictive than they may have really been. Case in point, Fredro murked Keith.

HOWEVER, if Fredo really plans on battling the Mighty Mos Def, Elzhi the Syllable Sensei, and the meticulous Masta Ace as he said above, he’s gonna have to tighten it up just a little bit. Keith may have been a quick win, but Keith was out of character that night and the forementioned emcees are full fledged lyrical beasts who aren’t going to go down so easy.

Watch the battle below and Keith Murray’s explanation for his loss:

Drake and his Hotline Bling on the Dance Floor

Hotline Bling
Hotline Bling

Last night, Drake released the visuals for his new single “Hotline Bling.” I didn’t pay too much attention to it at the time because something more important was happening, but come Tuesday morning my Twitter timeline was full of the video and the subsequent memes, which is
truthfully what we all were waiting for but I didn’t say it.

Let’s analyze this, shall we?

The song itself has nestled itself at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and I wouldn’t be surprised if this Director X guided video pushes the single to the coveted #1 spot. Released exclusively on Apple Music the video has been getting its fair share of…well…shares. I admit, I didn’t think there was going to be a video for the track. I just thought it was his version of D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha” and he’d continue focusing on promoting his newly-released mixtape with Future. But, I was wrong. Boy was I wrong.

Aesthetically, the video is actually really nice. I like how the pastel colors compliment the lightness on the beat. The boxes with Drake inside I believe symbolize him being lonely, knowing that he serves only one purpose in the said young lady’s life (which for some reason he can’t EVER seem to get over on ANY album, but I digress). And of course there is the customary troop of women that is included in any rap video nowadays.

That’s pretty much it. The video is quite simple, which is refreshing as it forces you to pay attention to the lyrics. But then……he starts dancing.

Now…..I don’t know if Drake was being silly or serious with his moves, but they completely take me out of the video and instead of paying attention to the lyrics, now I’m waiting for the next Diddy/Kanye inspired step. I will say the scene of him dancing with the young lady was nice. It fit. Why he decided to lay his head on her gyrating behind, I don’t know, but it’s dancing Drake. There’s nothing more to know.

And the memes. Forget the video,  just play these on repeat for 4 minutes and 45 seconds.

Nevertheless, the video will now live in infamy thanks to Drake’s cool dance grooves.

Check it out for yourself:

NEW Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Force is STRONG with me right now. The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here. I’m pretty sure Monday Night Football’s viewership dropped after the trailer aired, because that all we were waiting for.

Here it is:

Shout out to all the fans who crashed Fandango trying to get pre-sale tickets.

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