Last night (April 15th), Kendrick Lamar answered Hip Hop fans' questions on Twitter. He picked a handful of questions that he deemed were most important to us, and gave us a little insight about himself and his creative process on 'To Pimp A Butterfly'.
SNOOP's video for "So Many Pros" plays more like an epic blaxploitation film from the 70's. West Coast rap artistry is known for it's 70's funk roots, and with "So Many Pro" (produced by Pharrell), off of Snoop's BUSH album, that pimp era is brought back into light. What you're about to see is probably one of the most creative music videos in Hip Hop, produced by French director Francois Rousselet — who previously worked with Kanye West, Madonna, and others. The female 'Snoop' from 'The Wire' also makes a cameo appearance. Dopeness~
Raise your hand if you're surprised that another unarmed black man was murdered by police. And without this video, the police officer would have gotten away with it this time. The raw footage shot by a bystander shows North Charleston, SC Police Officer Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott multiple times in the back as he runs away to death. The officer initially stated that he feared for his life, but clearly that wasn't the case. From what I see, this is cold-blooded murder and Officer Slager has been charged in Scott's death.
The summertime is the season for horror movies (the only kind I truly like to watch. ;) I'm excited about SINISTER 2, mainly because the original writers are back...which means this cult sleeper hit horror flick will probably be as good as the first one. A lot of people like to compare 'the Sinister series to 'Children of the Corn', which is fair in my opinion. But SINISTER 2 takes the concept to a another level of fear and trepidity. Check out the trailer...
QUEEN LATIFAH plays the Empress of Blues, Bessie Smith, in an upcoming HBO biopic which also features the likes of Mike Epps, Monique, and Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire). The film puts you in the Jazz Age during the Roaring 20's and gives you a large glimpse of Bessie's life as she climbed her way to the top in the Blues arena. Queen Latifah lends her own voice recreating Bessie's music in an astonishing way. 'Bessie' airs Saturday, May 16 at 8PM HBO. I smell an Emmy.
After viewing the trailer I sort of kind of agree with what this one Youtuber wrote: "The original had a beer runner on a bicycle vs. remote control cars, a hilarious remote control war between neighbors, an oldest daughter holding her own against construction workers, a great pot smoking scene in the bedroom showing the chemistry between our two lead characters, a touching scene of the dad showing his kids how to count between lightning and thunder, a sweet but funny scene where the mother and youngest daughter bury their dead pet bird in the same box that mom and dad kept their pot in (Tweety doesn't like that smell.), dad tying his tie around the phone cord, and dad showing no sign of being impressed by the story of a matchbox car rolling on the floor in time lapse recording as he opens the door to the the floating pandemonium happening in their kids' bedroom. We also had Beatrice Straight doing a wonderful scene where she talks to the young boy about the wonders of the afterlife, and laughing with the mother and at herself at how excited and terrified she is. Not to mention Tangina's powerful monologue before they rescue Carol Anne. There was so much humor and chemistry and warmth and emotional buildup throughout that movie that you didn't find yourself just waiting for the next scary part to be entertained. I'm telling you right now that in this remake, they're not going to bother themselves with any of that. They'll just be in a hurry to move you from one jump scare to the next." Also...The original involved Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall. The new POLTERGEIST has Sam Raimi.
The world-famous ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 Miami - is one where I was supposed to be working...taking photos, conducting interviews etc etc, but at one point I had to sit a camera down and simply party my ass off!!! It was just too much excitement bottled up and just one small weekend and I, plus the hundreds of thousands of EDM music lovers, couldn't contain ourselves. Next year, we need ULTRA all week long. This festival motivated me and makes me never want to move out of Miami. Over the 3-day weekend, ULTRA brought a massive force of energy to the city that will carry us over until Ultra 2016. Check out the highlights from the third and final day!
Yesterday, millions upon millions of music lovers from around the world tuned into twitch.tv/ultra to witness an exciting moment in history - the 2015 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, featuring top EDM superstar DJ's on multiple stages. The saga continues today at Bayfront Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. The weather is beautiful. The energy is crazy! EVERYONE needs to experience ULTRA at least once in my lifetime!
Yes this is a Hip Hop blog but I can't deny the wickedness and undeniable presence of EDM. Not to mention the VERY BEST concert in worldwide music history - the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL - that takes place in Miami every Spring. Tonight, Ultra will be streamed live again and you'll enjoy the spectacular show from start to finish! The light and laser show alone goes beyond your imagination and the ambiance of the weekend-long extravaganza is an out-of-body experience. Check out the best moments from Ultra Day 1.
LUDACRIS states, "I'm an Actor, musician, entertainer, and entreprenegro. My new album "Ludaversal" drops next week on Tuesday March 31st, but you can pre-order on iTunes and get 4 free songs now! I work with the Ludacris Foundation to help kids help themselves, helping underprivileged children. Hell yeah! And my new movie, Furious 7, opens next Friday April 3rd in theaters everywhere....and if you thought that this franchise couldn't get any bigger or better you're in for a helluva surprise!"