HOOD DIEZEL’s 5th musical mixtape, “I Am The No”, is dense with the notion that he’s in a league of his own with well-documented lyrics about the reality of growing up in Pompano while maneuvering a way to blast off in the industry. Diezel is a rap-avenger delivering dope gritty music with no gimmicks and while this record is sure to please longtime fans, it also works as a compelling case that Diezel and producer, Cash Marley, is South Florida’s new dynamic duo as Marley produced the majority of the tape allowing Diezel to capitalize off the natural progression of his solid rap career.
Fader: Atlanta rap duo Rae Sremmurd have released the video for their Gucci Mane featuring “Black Beatles.” The song comes from the group’s superb sophomore record SremmLife 2. The dudes don electric guitars and seriously rock out on stage performing the track, with Gucci coming out clad in red leather to spit his verse. The video weaves in and out of the live performance showing the guys backstage and running away from screaming fans, a la those other Bealtes. They even do an Abbey Road-esque crossing of the street.
Vibe: Marvel is back with its second installment of its Hip-hop Variant Posters, and this time, the action hero brand is recruiting albums, new and old to join its collection.
The new series features Nova recreating Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book album, Luke Cage stepping in as LL Cool J on Bigger and Deffer, and Jessica Jones replacing Kevin Gates on his Islah cover. The Hulk, Spider-man, and more also sub in on Wu-Tang’s Iron Flag cover.
20 years ago we lost a special soul, Rapper, Actor, Poet, Revolutionary, ICON, TUPAC SHAKUR. 2Pac is the reason why I even have this blog as his influence on me has given me courage to follow my dreams. Writer Kevin Powell says Tupac is more than a rapper. “When we think about Tupac Shakur … not just in hip-hop but popular culture, in America and globally, you have to think about Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Bob Marley,” Powell says. “It’s that significant. He is one of the most important figures that we’ve seen in the last 25 years or so.”
Powell interviewed Tupac a number of times for Vibe magazine, including while the rapper was serving time in jail for a sexual abuse conviction. When I was very young, I had the opportunity to interview PAC after he performed at a nightclub in Nashville, Tennessee. My biggest takeaway from the interview was Tupac didn’t see himself as this huge influential figure like the rest of us did. He felt that his life was controlled by the media and the entertainment business. But what he left behind was a body of work that has touched generations of people.
San Francisco 49ers football star, COLIN KAEPERNICK, is my new Hero for having the balls to use his platform to stand up against oppression of African-Americans. Hopefully his stance will bring about some change, some legislative solution that will hold the police officers who abuse their power accountable. In the meantime, Kaepernick is taking the National Anthem protest one step further by pledging to donate $1 million to community organizations Thursday. In the midst of a public uproar, Kaepernick stands more bravely than ever.