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If people constantly look to our creative minds in the public eye to speak up against social injustice, look no further. After a short run as the lead in the Tupac inspired Broadway play, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Saul returns to creating music. This time it’s in reaction to all of the murders at the hands of local police. The disruptive production and composition of the song
To accompany the song, Saul
penned an essay extended an annotated middle finger that explains the inspiration behind his feelings. It goes in detail on the journey of slave from Africa to the New World and how it has affected the world we live in today. These are the type of artists the world needs and fears at the same time.
Read our exclusive interview with Saul Williams. Saul Williams is set to release an album, Martyr Loser King, this Spring through Fader’s label
Bryan Hahn hopes the right people listen to this song the right way. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).
If you were to capture a perfect day in South Central L.A., Cozz’s new video is the closest thing to what that would look like. Homies, ladies, drink, and pitbulls. All in slow motion. The Dreamville artist releases the picture perfect video from his last album, Cozz & Effect. Once that second verse kicks in over the organs, it’s game over for most casual Hip-Hop fans. And for those afraid to jump on a track with Cozz, buckle up because he’s not going anywhere for a while.
Bryan Hahn wants to see a Dreamville x TDE project though. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).
The South has something to say and J.I.D is not afraid to say it. While the Spillage Village artist may have a higher pitched voice than you’re used to and his flows may catch you off guard, the differences between him and other rappers don’t end there. His confidence is casual and his sense of humor is offensive to the sensitive. All of these build up to an artist the youth can support wholeheartedly. He is joined by Earthgang, Two-9, OG Maco, as well as Childish Major, DJ Fu of EarDrummers, and more.
J.I.D plans on dropping at least two more projects this year so you should start getting familiar with him real quick.
This Dicaprio EP was only a flex of skills. Less writing, more creativity; a memory based project if you will.
Bryan Hahn wonders how Rihanna feels about the name of this EP. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).
We wonder which songs they will sing?
Current 57th Grammy nominees The Band Perry, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and John Legend have been added to the list of performers for ”Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute.” They join previously announced performers Janelle Monáe, Ed Sheeran, andUsher. The primetime special, presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS, will pay homage to Wonder’s iconic career with superstar performances celebrating his incomparable songbook. The live concert takes place at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Tuesday, Feb. 10. A 25-time GRAMMY winner, Wonder is the only artist to have received Album Of The Year honors for three out of four consecutive years with “Innervisions” (1973), “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” (1974) and “Songs In The Key Of Life” (1976). LL Cool J will host this very special tribute, which will air on CBS Feb. 16, 2015.
The “2015 MTV Movie Awards” will air live on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.MTV today announced that Amy Schumer will host the 24th annual “2015 MTV Movie Awards” live. Schumer became the first person to invade all of MTV’s social media accounts and personally make the announcement with her provocative sense of humor to MTV’s footprint of more than 210 million fans. The takeover included an hour of funny and cryptic Tweets, Instagrams, Facebook posts, Vines, Tumblr posts and Snapchats before the big reveal.
“I am honored to be hosting the awards,” said Amy Schumer. “I will carry the audience with me like a teen mom #breaktheinternet #breakmywater.” Known for her blend of honesty and unapologetic sense of humor, Schumer is the creator, star, writer and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series, “Inside Amy Schumer” on Comedy Central. Official sponsors of the “2015 MTV Movie Awards” include FIAT brand, Geico, Taco Bell and T-Mobile.
Check out the hilarious first promo with special guest Anna Kendrick:
The former head honcho at the infamous Death Row Records is allegedly planning to turn himself in to authorities
According to several reports, Marion “Suge” Knight got into a physical altercation on a movie set in Compton this afternoon, which resulted in a death and Knight has yet to be arrested.
Eyewitnesses say that Dr. Dre and Ice Cube were in Compton filming when Suge pulled up on the set. He was asked to leave by security and a fight between Dre’s former boss and two men ensued. It is still unclear whether or not these two men were a part of the security detail on set.
Knight reportedly got in his vehicle, put it in reverse and ran over one of the men, killing him.
The victim’s name is Terry Carter, who is said to be a personal associate of Knight.
Another victim who wasn’t fatally injured, but was hit by the car is Cle “Bone” Sloan, who appeared in the Academy Award nominated blockbuster Training Day.
Suge’s attorney is allegedly arranging for Suge to surrender to authorities. According to sources, the charges that Knight face are still not certain.
-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)
Because this doesn’t sound disastrous or anything.
Texas state Representative Dan Flynn (R) has a brilliant new idea: allowing teachers to use deadly force against students in their classrooms. Teachers in Texas are already allowed to have firearms in their classroom, but Flynn’s brainchild, H.B. 868, dubbed the Teacher Protection Act, would authorize the use of “force or deadly force on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event in defense of the educator’s person or in defense of students of the school that employs the educator.” It would further allow deadly force “in defense of property of the school that employs the educator.”
Even more disturbing is that it grant would civil immunity, meaning there would be no liability for the injury or death of a student.
Much like statistics applying to police brutality, a coalition of civil rights organizations found that black and Latino students face much higher rates of disciplinary action in school; now they may become targets of deadly force used by educators, who, like police, may also strike with impunity.
Schools are supposed to be institutions of education–and by allowing this, what, exactly, are we teaching our children?
Back with a new upbeat tempo, Vic Mensa and Kaytranada grace us with another hit.
After the success of “Wimme Nah,” Vic Mensa and Kaytranada have teamed up once again to bring us this track via Soundcloud. Stream the single or head over to iTunes where you can purchase the track and show the duo some love. This is the second single off of Kaytranada’s upcoming LP through XL Recordings. Hopefully there’s more on the way from the Canadian producer and Chicago rap artist, but until then check out the track below:
The terrible two are back for round two this June, check out the trailer and get excited for even more cursing, violence and friendship.
The sequel to Ted, also written, directed and produced by Seth McFarlane, stars Mark Whalberg, Amanda Seyfried and Morgan Freeman, with McFarlane returning as the voice of Ted. Don’t miss the sequel to the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild also return as the writers alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, John Jacobs and Jason Clark for this live action/CG-animated comedy. Check out the trailer below:
In other Amanda Seyfriend news, today Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced that the actress will make her off-Broadway debut in the upcoming world premiere production of Neil Labute’s drama, “The Way We Get By.” Directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman, the production will begin previews on April 28, 2015 and officially open on May 20, 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street.
We finally know who’ll be gracing the stage during the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
Live on Friday February 6th, TV ONE presents the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards at 9/8c following a red carpet special at 8/7c. The list of presenters, announced by executive producers Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, includes: Common, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Laurence Fishburne, Sharon Leal, David Oyelowo, Gina Rodriguez, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Larenz Tate, Kerry Washington, and Oprah Winfrey. Other guest appearances include Gabrielle Union, Keegan-Michael Key, Nicole Beharie, Octavia Spencer, Omar Epps, Shemar Moore, Taraji P. Henson, Tessa Thompson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Aduba, Wendy Raquel Robinson and the casts of Orange is the New Black, Belle, Black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Cards, How to Get Away with Murder and many more.
The two-hour live special is set to be hosted by Anthony Anderson following the one-hour pre-show hosted by Kevin Frazier and Shaun Robinson. In addition to this list of starts the NAACP will announce the “Entertainer of the Year, ” an honor given to a person in the entertainment industry who has garnered success in various mediums and projects. Spike Lee is being awarded the NAACP’s “President’s Award” and the Attorney General, Eric H. Holder Jr. is being given the “Chairman’s Award.” The NAACP has been celebrating the achievements and growth of people of color in the entertainment and arts industry for 46 years now. Non-televised categories will be announced February 5th during the Awards Ceremony and the remaining categories will be announced live on stage on February 6th.
- Nishat Baig
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