What better way to celebrate Black Friday than to have two hot joints from the celebrated rap tandem Black Star. The duo -- Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Talib Kweli -- released "Fix Up" earlier today and this soulful joint called "You Already Know."
The track was produced by Oh No who is the younger brother of producer extrodinaire Madlib. It will appear on Black Star's upcoming mixtape, Black Star Aretha, their tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
Check out this stop-action video for Statik Selektah's latest single "Play the Game." Directed by Todd Angkasuwa, the clip also features fellow rappers Big K.R.I.T. and Freddie Gibbs representing the south and midwest, respectively. Selektah's new album Population Control is in stores now.
The life and career of Dwight "Heavy D" Myers was remembered at his private funeral in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 18. Hip-hop luminaries Diddy, Andre Herrell, Queen Latifah, Jay-Z, Q-Tip, Ed Lover, Pete Rock and others attended the 2 1/2 hour service at Grace Baptist Church.
According to the Journal News, a letter from President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama was also read at the service. "We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers," read the message as quoted by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Andre Harrell, who launch his Uptown Records label with Heavy D as his flagship artist, shared comical stories about his friendship with Heav.
Xea Myers, Heavy D's 11-year-old daughter, also spoke at the service, offering words of encouragement to the mourners."He was just amazing,” she said. "That's why we're all here today. To celebrate his love and passion."
Diddy also paid tribute to Heav, thanking his parents, Clifford and Eulahlee Myers, for raising such an influential human being. He also reflected on his brotherhood with the late rapper-actor. "He became my brother, and I'm not talking about friend-brother like we cavalierly use the word, I'm talking about a real friend, a real brother," he said. "Somebody I shared my dreams and my secrets with, somebody that's been there for me at my lowest point, my darkest hour when nobody wanted to be beside me."
Heavy D's silver casket was placed in front of the church surrounded by white calla lilies and a portrait of him to the right of the altar. After the funeral, Heavy D’s body was carried out by six pall bearers including Eddie "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell and cousin Pete Rock, and driven towards Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y., where his remains were buried.
A fund has been set up to financially aid Heavy D's daughter. For more information, go to RememberHeavyD.com.
Nitty Scott, MC can't live without her radio. In her new video for "Tell Somebody" the Brooklyn, New York-based emcee grabs her TDK Boombox and spits rhymes for the public at Washington Square Park. The track is from her new mix tape Doobies x Popsicle Sticks. The clip was directed by Conor Shillen.
I know I sound like a broken record, but we need more estrogen in hip-hop. It's always good to see Nitty, L.A, Nina B, Jean Grae, Rapsody and other female rappers on their grind and creating honest rap music. Check out the video below:
In my opinion, this is the coolest video of the day. Some slab music from Alabama rapper Jackie Chain, who you may remember from his 2008 hy-dro song 'Rollin.' The clip features nice cars and the legendary O.G. Bun B. I'm still scratching my head as to why Big K.R.I.T doesn't spit a rhyme on the song.
Check out the video, which was directed by the Motion Family. Jackie Chain makes some cool car-cruisin' music.