Apparently, R. Kelly hooked up a "green" screen and grabbed a digital camera for his new video "Echo," one of the best songs featured on his last album Untitled. The song deserves a way better video than this. I'm very, very disappointed.
15 years ago today (March 26, 1995), we lost a real "G" in the rap game -- Eric "Eazy-E" Wright. The godfather of gangsta rap died from AIDS at the young age of 31. His death shocked the hip-hop community and helped put a spotlight on the issue of HIV/AIDS in the black and Latino communities. No longer was AIDS considered just a "gay" disease, young hip-hoppers realized that HIV/AIDS was real and it could affect anyone.
Musically, Eazy-E left behind a discography that will forever cement him as the "Svengali" of West Coast gangsta rap. Without Eazy, there would have been no N.W.A., Bone-Thugs N' Harmony, the D.O.C. , Atban Clan (bka the Black Eyed Peas) or Blood of Abraham. Well, scratch out Blood of Abraham (no, I'm just kidding. #noshots).
There are a whole bunch of Eazy-E tributes on the web. Here are a few that caught my eye:
What Happened After N.W.A. and the Posse?
Journalist Martin Cizmar writes a "Where Are They Now"-type series called "The Posse Project," in which he tracked down every person who appeared on the N.W.A. and the Posse album cover, including such notable artists as Arabian Prince, Candyman and Sir Jinx.
Hip-hop producer Ayatollah is probably one of the most underrated producers in the rap game. Primarily recognized for producing Mos Def's classic summertime jam "Ms. Fat Booty," the Queens, N.Y.-bred beatsmith's production credits includes joints for such rappers as Cormega, Ghostface Killah, Guru, Inspectah Deck, M.O.P., Rakim and many others.
But Ayatollah's most noteworthy projects are his instrumental albums, including Listen, Now Playing, Louder and Drum Machine.
Next up for Ayatollah is his upcoming digital-only instrumental release, The Quixotic via Nature Sounds. The title alone is a head scratcher, but Quixotic means "exceedingly idealistic, unrealistic and impractical." According to 'Tollah, the word best describes who he is as a person. But the digital album will be far from unrealistic. The 27-track collection, which hits online stores on April 27, boasts cameo appearances from Sadat X and the usual creative, head-nodding beats from Ayatollah. "By far, this is my most personal record to date," he says. "The sounds I chose really describe what’s going on at this point in my life."