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Okayafrica x Roots x Talib x World Cup Finals


Okayafrica x World Cup Finals Party in New York | July 11 | 4PM

Performing live: The Roots, Talib Kweli, Blitz the Ambassador and more!

The Roots are set to headline the OkayAfrica World Cup 2010 Finals party to celebrate the first time in its 80-year history that tournament will take place on African soil. The FREE concert will take place July 11 at Brooklyn's Prospect Park at 4 p.m. ET. The event also boasts an eclectic line-up of hip-hop notables including Talib Kweli and Blitz the Ambassador who is a Ghana native. Interestingly, Ghana will make its second appearance at the World Cup and is among the various African teams expected to reach the finals. Actor Sahr Ngaujah, the star of the hit Broadway musical Fela!, will also make an appearance.

For more information about the event, click HERE

The Roots -- "Game Theory"

"I'll make it hotter than when Shaft in Africa / Jump outta a black Porshe huffin a fat cigar / Night ridin on 'em like my last name was Hasselhoff . . ."


Statik Selektah - "Life Is Short" (F/ Consequence)

Not Too 'Short': Consequence

Statik Selektah -- "Life Is Short" (featuring Consequence) [Video]

This a funny video by director Derek Pike of Three21Media.

The song is called "Life Is Short" and it can be found on producer Statik Selektah's latest disc 100 proof: The Hangover. In the clip, we follow an inebriated Consequence from the club to his house. Along the way, anything and everything happens to the Cons, including getting jacked for his ride.  I'm quite sure many of you have experienced an unsuccessful night at the club while in a state of drunkenness. I know I have.

I like the song with vocals, but I really prefer the instrumental . . .

Statik Selektah -- "Life Is Short" (Instrumental)


New Music: Nas - "Hey Young World"

"World" Is Yours: Rapper Nas The Ruler: Slick Rick

Nas -- "Hey Young World" (Slick Rick Cover)

You can download the MP3 right HERE.

Levi's has teamed up with 12 music acts from the rap, rock, R&B and pop community to help them launch their "Levi's Pioneer Sessions: The Revival Recordings" campaign. Undoubtedly, Levi Strauss & Co. are the pioneers of the classic denim jean, which they first created in 1920.

For the lead kick-off, Nas does a great reworking of Slick Rick's classic youth anthem, "Hey Young World." Nas flips Slick Rick's verses just a tad, urging today's youth to become pioneers themselves. One might also recall Nas' 2003 sing-a-long anthem "I Can," which is one of his best songs in his stellar discography. 

Props to DJ Green Lantern who produced the updated "Hey Young World" track. Also, check out Nah Right's video of the "Hey Young World" in-studio session below:

Mega Props: Nah Right


Slick Rick -- "Hey Young World"


BET on Bieber

Yeesss! I'm Going To The BET Awards!

Justin Bieber's recent BET nomination for Best New Artist has left everyone, including myself, dazed and confused.

Forget about his race, I simply want to know which Justin Bieber video was getting airplay on BET's popular video show 106 & Park? Has the Bieber ever appeared on any BET program? And how come none of Bieber's videos received a nomination? I mean, if he's being recognized as a "Best New Artist" he should have gotten a nod for one of his songs, right?

I'm not hating on the Bieber. In fact, I like some of his music. He makes fun, innocent pop music.

While Bieber's nod may be raising some eyebrows, rap mogul Diddy -- who has destroyed managed the careers of white artists on Bad Boy Records -- believes Justin deserves the recognition:

"The beauty of BET is, if Justin Bieber's hot, then he deserves to be on that stage," says Diddy. "Sometimes, at other award shows, the color of your skin or the type of music you make takes away from getting the accolade you deserve."

Don't be shock if you see a Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj duet on that BET stage in the near future. But I digress.

Rather than offer a commentary on the Justin Bieber BET nomination uproar, funnyman Jimmy Kimmel decided to hit the streets of L.A.'s South Central to see what the people think. The results?Mixed. But watch some of these hilarious reactions.


New Music: The Roots - "Dear God 2.0"

Running To The Light: The Roots LP

The Roots -- Dear God 2.0"

Download the song HERE

Just in time for the summer season, The Roots will drop their 11th LP How I Got Over via Def Jam on June 22. The 11-track collection boasts guest appearances Phonte Coleman (of Little Brother), Blu, John Legend, Dice Raw and others.

The set's first single is "Dear God 2.0," a reinterpretation of Monsters of Folk's spiritual track, "Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)" from their 2009 self-titled album.

Some folks (me, included) were a little concern about the paltry list of songs. I mean, 11 tunes from the "Greatest Hip-Hop Band" is a little disappointing, I was expecting more tracks.

But Aqua from Slang Rap Democracy blog was able to chat with ?uestlove and he assured him that 11 songs was enough for the band to get their point across to their fans. He also cited such albums as Purple Rain (by Prince) and Illmatic (by Nas), which had 9 and 10 tracks, respectively, and no one complained about the brevity of those classic recordings.

And ?uestlove is correct in his assessment.

I loved Maxwell's BLACKsummers'night LP and it only had 10 songs.

And let's not forget that the BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR in 2010 -- So Far -- is Sade's Soldier of Love and it only has 10 songs, as well.

Track listings aside, I am eagerly awaiting to cop the Roots' How I Got Over. According to a few folks who attended the How I Got Over  Listening Session, they say that the album is full of "brilliant gems." 

I wouldn't expect nothing less from Philadelphia's most dynamic hip-hop band.


Monsters of Folk -- Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)"