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There’s a revival going on and you didn’t even know it, did you? For some, Reggae never went anywhere but for others, it disappeared from the proverbial scene. For Jamaican record artist, Protoje, and his band, The Indiggnation, it’s all they know. They’ve been on a mission to bring back not only the vibes our souls didn’t even know they needed but also meaningful lyrics and stories that make you think, and most importantly, question. Protoje is about to release his third album, Ancient Future, on March 10th but we were lucky enough to talk to him about the music and what he hopes to accomplish with it beforehand.
You can pre-order Ancient Future on iTunes and if you’re in the Tri-State area, head to SOB’s on the 15th for his show with The Indiggnation. Tickets are available HERE. You should also listen to the latest single off the album, which was co-produced by Winta James, Protoje Diggy, and Paris Lamont below.
Speaking about the Reggae Revival, as someone who is bringing this genre of music back to the mainstream, why do you think it seems to have disappeared from pop culture for some years and where did it go? What do you see for its future?
I feel that Reggae music and Jamaicain music in general always pop up every now and then in the mainstream. The issue for me is that it never stays, and I think that is because in the last couple of decades it has not been a sustainable growth that it has been experiencing. I think with our generation it is being done as a collective each one helps the other and I think after a couple more years of work we can have it in that medium for a lasting time.
About “Answer To Your Name”, for those not so familiar with the 70′s in Jamaica, what made that time and place so special for music and the world?
Well, the 70′s are the golden era for a lot of music and not just reggae I think. Jamaica got its ‘independence’ so to speak in 1962 so a decade after that the place was going through a creative renaissance forming its own identity musically. There was a lot of interest from record labels after Island signed Bob Marley and The Wailers that had a global impact on the music. Ska was a real breakthrough even before that and with the Emigration of a lot of Jamaicans to England especially the music traveled with them.
You are part of a certain kind of artist raising consciousness in the world. Is that a self assigned mission? Do you have a final goal you’d like to achieve to know that you’ve done your job? Or is it more of an ongoing journey?
The whole point of this album was to pay homage to different eras of the Jamaican music that I loved so it has samples all over it. I am a huge Ini Kamoze fan so his music always has some influence over my sound, especially the Sly & Robbie produced sounds. I sampled Prince Buster for ‘Answer To Your Name’, Zap Pow for ‘Bubblin’ and many more, they are in the album credits.
What was it like to work with Winta to craft the specific sound that you wanted on this project? Was it tough or easy?
Working with Winta is one of the best things that has happened to my music. He really understands where I am coming from with my music, and allows me the freedom to speak my thoughts into being. He really studied my style and figured out the strengths and weaknesses and we really went in and try to improve on certain aspects of my music. I feel totally reenergized working with him and we on to the next one.
You mentioned that this album granted you a level of freedom. Is that freedom different from what you felt with your previous projects? How did that impact the writing and recording of this one?
It is really an ongoing journey for me because your mind, goals and focus continues to evolve. At different times I feel motivated to do different things. For me it’s mostly about empathy for each other that I want to spread for my music. A general understanding and appreciation that we all have different beliefs and we should be able to live together regardless.
As I said, yes, it was different recording this project than my two previous. There are a lot of factors in that. For one I mean this project is also on my label so I have way more creative control. Overall though we really worked as a team on this one. Winta would help with writing. I would help with production. It was a totally a joint project. The respect he has for me as a lyricist also allows him to just let me talk what I want to talk about.
Do you truly see music being a major player in helping to remedy the larger social issues that your music addresses? Or is it a part of many other elements in the solution?
It is part of the solution: there is never any one way to fix a problem. Music is one aspect of life but it definitely has a great impact on society. Music has always been there shaping the culture. I realize the type of music that is being pushed to the masses is mostly about fluff and not substance but so is the way of the world.
A lot of people don’t realize that a lot of the founders of Hip-Hop like Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, and Grandmaster Flash had Jamaican and Reggae roots, which helped influence their start in Hip-Hop. Why do you think that Hip-Hop and Reggae have since gone such different paths in history? Do you see them ever converging again like Distant Relatives (Nas/Damian Marley)?
I mean it has not really gone in such different paths I think. It’s just a matter of the geography of the situation. Americans are going to gravitate to their own music more. We are a third world country with a population of 3 million, so it is very hard to sustain our own industry. I think the link between Hip Hop and Reggae is still there. Joey Bada$$ and I link every now and then and speak about linking up musically (he and Chronixx just did a song). We see artists like Drake really enamored with Jamaican culture. I would say just give it some more time and see what happens. It’s all a Cycle.
Photo Credit: CHE KOTHARI
Bryan Hahn wants to feel like this music sounds all the time. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).
Method Man isn’t really for the unique release of the new Wu-Tang album
The Wu-Tang Clan kinda already released their comeback album. A Better Tomorrow, which dropped in December, sold an underwhelming 25,000 copies in its first week on the shelves, was billed as the Wu’s reunion, but there was a small caveat. There was another album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, that would be sold in a rather unique way. Only 1 copy exists, and it comes with an 88-year copyright so the eventual proprietary can’t share the project. Naturally, people are putting up serious bank for this album, and the last reported bid was something in the ballpark of $5 million.
Recently, Method Man talked to XXL about the album, and he had some pretty strong comments to make.
F*ck that album. I’m tired of this shit and I know everybody else is tired of it, too. F*ck that album, if that’s what they are doing. I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, f*ck that album. Straight up. I’m just keeping it 100. When music can’t be music and y’all turning it into something else, f*ck that. Give it to the people. If they want to hear the sh*t, let them have it. Give it away free. I don’t give a f*ck; that ain’t making nobody rich or poor. Give the f*cking music out. Stop playing with the public, man.
There will clearly be no easy way to do this. Early in the process, Raekwon didn’t appear to be on board, and now Method Man doesn’t sound like he likes what’s going on. As usual, we’ll wait for RZA to confirm or deny what’s really happening.
Right after announcing his Pilot Talk 3 tour, Curren$y releases another potent sequel in, “Audio Dope 5“. Sit back relax and vibe to this smooth track and the visual story it portray, the movement of dope both lyrical and physical. Make sure you grab Pilot Talk 3 April 4! #JetLife.
- Def Soul (@DefSoulNJ)
Beckham showed us he can catch, he can dunk, and now we’re hearing he can play soccer…what can’t this kid do?
The young talent the New York Giants landed in Odell Beckham Jr. has been constantly been taking the world by storm. With acrobatic catches week after week, the former LSU great was able to put up monstrous numbers while running away with the NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Award. During the off season with the help of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, he was able to set a new Guinness World Record with the most one hand catches in 1 minute. Next, he was able to show his hops by pulling off an impressive Lebron-like one hand dunk. Now, the Louisiana native told reporters that he was a talented soccer player in which his coach wanted him to play for the national team. Recently, Odell made a appearance on the Sky Sports’ Soccer AM show. Odell believes that if he was to stick with soccer, he would’ve been as big as international soccer superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar. Beckham told the host that his desire of pursuing football was to avoid leaving home. The 22-year old standout continued by saying this:
My coach was pushing and trying to get me on the national team, but at that age, you’re 13 or 14 years old, you know to make it big in soccer, you’re probably going to have to go overseas. Obviously, that would be the goal, that would be the dream. At that age it was just hard for me to get up and leave my family and just go.
Check out the live footage of the interview below as this young prodigy is starting to make a believer out of fans one day at a time.
When Omari is not lighting it up from 3 point land at your local gym, he is on twitter joking, talking about sports, music and life. Go follow him (@SmooveGuyO) and check his timeline out.
Before some of your favorite music artists blew up to stardom, a few of them were actual some very talented athletes. For instance, there’s ATL rapper 2 Chainz. Before he blew up as Tity Boi of the ATL based group entitled Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz was a standout basketball player at North Clayton High School. Combining a witty personality, incredible athletic built and determination, young Tauheed Epps earned a athletic scholarship to play for Alabama State University. Another individual you can add onto the list is one of the influential musicians of all time. Recently, there has been some vintage archives of Prince being talked about as a talented hooper on the Bryant Junior High School basketball team.
From the Strib archives: Chappelle was right. pic.twitter.com/icXBFGWkij
— Libor Jany (@StribJany) March 3, 2015
Another Prince-related clip from the Strib archives, looking back at his hooping days at Bryant Junior High. pic.twitter.com/LrIQZ3LhSg
— Libor Jany (@StribJany) March 3, 2015
The Minneapolis Tribune did some researching and found some old newspaper clips of Prince’s junior high school coach praising the 5’2 athlete. In addition, they was able to locate Prince sporting his junior high school basketball uniform along with his fellow teammates. But the real geniuses who introduced this discovery to America goes to none other than comedian Dave Chappelle. On the Comedy Central show known as The Chappelle Show, Chappelle and comedian Charlie Murphy performed a hilarious skit telling the story about the time Murphy and his friends hooped against Prince and his crew. With the latest paper trail that were released to the public, I think it is safe to say that Dave wasn’t lying at all. Will the world get the chance to see the pop icon suit up in a celebrity basketball game? Only time will tell. Until then, control your thirst and purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetoka.
When Omari is not lighting it up from 3 point land at a local gym near you, he is on Twitter talking about sports, music and life. Go follow him (@SmooveGuyO) and check his timeline out.
The running back known as “Slim Shady” and the former Patriot quarterback savior are taking their talents to Buffalo
Even though football season is over, some major deals and signings in the NFL has the sports world in a frenzy. Amongst those organizations who’ve been making the power moves are the Buffalo Bills. After another disappointing season, the New York Jets have decided to let go of head coach Rex Ryan. This dismissal has caused the Bills to take the major risk and sign the energetic, boisterous head coach to lead them to victory starting September of 2015. The Bills followed up with making two more power deals, all of which occurred Wednesday. Needing a veteran leader to come in and school talented rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, Buffalo was able to make a deal with the Minnesota Vikings, giving up two undisclosed draft picks for quarterback Matt Cassel. Cassel is no stranger to success, as he played a huge role in the success of leading the Patriots to 10 wins in 2008. In addition, he was the Kansas City Chiefs starter for four years before he backed up Christian Ponder for the Minnesota Vikings. Falling victim to the injury bug, Cassel lost his starting quarterback position to rookie Teddy Bridgewater. But with a new season and a new team, Matt will be the person Buffalo will look at under center.
Other than acquiring Cassel, Buffalo hit the jackpot and was able to have running back sensation LeSean McCoy, as he was traded from Philly to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. This deal has the entire football world extremely shock as to why the Eagles will just unexpectedly let go of one of the NFL’s top running backs. Since the Eagles drafted the Pennsylvania native, McCoy has the 3rd-most highest rushing yards (6,792) and fourth-most touchdowns (44) in the league. When word got out that Slim Shady has gotten traded, sources told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he was not pleased at all.
He’s a Pennsylvania kid. He’s never played football outside of Pennsylvania — high school, college, pro. So of course he’s not happy.
Fans, former NFL and current players were definitely shocked to hear about the controversial deal, as they took to twitter to express how they felt. Players such as running back Darren Sproles, linebacker London Fletcher and defensive back Patrick Peterson were the main individuals expressing the shocking news while offering McCoy some support.
Nothing surprises me in this business anymore! In total shock!
— Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) March 4, 2015
— NFL_IRONMAN (@LFletcher59) March 4, 2015
Wow Shady to Buffalo huh? Crazy!
— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) March 3, 2015
With this unexpected move along with the releasing two other players, the Eagles were able to free up some salary cap in which sources believe would help them land a big time player. For the Bills, these power moves can play a huge role in dethroning the defending AFC East division and Super Bowl champs New England Patriots. With Rex Ryan stepping in, expect a newly adopted run-first offense as they will have plenty of options to turn to with McCoy, Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller, if he decides to return to the team as he will be a unrestricted free agent. Even though football season will not be back until August, the Bills are off to a impressive start in improving overall team performance. The NFL fanatics will be paying close attention to what new tricks Rex has enstored for his AFC East foes.
When Omari is not lighting it up from 3 point land at your local gym, he is on twitter joking around or talking about sports, music and life. Go follow him (@SmooveGuyO) and check his timeline out.
This edition of Hood Health 101 delves into determining your purpose and the journey to fulfill it
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have you had that conversation with yourself about your purpose and the journey to actualizing that purpose? Are you resolute about your purpose and how to live it? With living your purpose in mind, have you adhered to the path of your purpose filled journey? Have you unknowingly veered off of your path? Have you unknowingly deviated from your path and veered onto someone else’s path? These are just some of the questions that can be asked on the journey to discovering and living your purpose. Finding the purpose of your life is something that we all need to do. There’s a difference between being a seed blowing in the wind and a firmly rooted plant being blown by the wind. Listed below are some tips to assist you with that process.
Discover Your Purpose:
Every person does not know their purpose initially and may have to do some introspection to help determine what that purpose may be.
▪ Determine what you love to do.
▪ Identify the actions that bring you joy and satisfaction
▪ Take notice of what you have a natural talent for
▪ Meditate/Prey for guidance on your purpose
Develop An Action Plan:
Gaining the information needed to properly live in your purpose is vital to you being able to successfully create a path to your purpose.
▪ Research information related to your purpose
▪ Seek opportunities to become involved with activities related to your purpose
▪ Perform activities that are in line with your purpose regularly (If you do any activities for free, then chuck it up to marketable experience)
▪ Find a mentor who purpose may be similar to yours and learn from them
People say, nothing beats a failure but a try. Ultimately, the key to being successful in anything is persistence.
▪ Do not become discouraged when things do not unfold rapidly
▪ Planning, Persistence, and Patience are your best friends (3 P’s)
▪ Surround yourself with visual inspiration
▪ Always remember that success belongs to the one who continues after everyone quits.
Your Path Is Your Own:
We are all unique and our purpose is also unique to us. So once you understand what your purpose is, hold fast to it because it is your own.
▪ Protect your purpose and your journey from those who do not have your best interest in mind
▪ Never allow your purpose or your journey to be convoluted by anyone
▪ Embrace those who inspire and challenge you to greatness on your journey to the fulfillment of your life’s purpose
▪ Be patient and embrace every aspect of your path and your process. Every pit fall and failure has a lesson and a blessing
▪ Planning increases your effectiveness and productivity
▪ Strategic action increases your productivity
▪ Productively executing your tasks and goals WILL have you living your purpose faster
Determining your purpose will not always be an easy task. Often times you may change your mind about what your purpose is or even find that you have more than one purpose. Your purpose is not something that anyone can tell you instead, it’s something that you have to come to know and understand for yourself. Needless to say, spend some time with yourself because it will always benefit you in the long run. Remember to drop by and show me love on Twitter @NakeashaJ and Instagram @Melanated_Beauty.
-Nakeasha Johnson (@NakeashaJ)
Free agent for hire Ray Allen announced on Wednesday that he would sit out the 2014-15 NBA season.
Allen, a 10-time NBA All Star has not logged a minute on the floor since the 2014 NBA Finals in June while a member of the Miami Heat.
In a statement released by his agent, Allen said:
Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me. I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season. I’m going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming off-season, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season.
Allen did not rule out a return, but also did not indicate that he was leaning toward retirement. The Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks sought out the sharpshooters services.
Having won two championships with the Miami Heat, it was widely speculated that Allen would join the Cleveland Cavaliers and team up with his friend and former teammate, LeBron James.
Cavaliers head coach David Blatt weighed in on Allen’s decision before Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors. “We were concerned with the task at hand and Ray was going through his own process of deciding what he wanted to do,” said Blatt.
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“And I sort of never really tried to look at it at something that was a definitive option. Because it really wasn’t ever clear if he was going to play at all. So no (it’s not disappointing), but I certainly respect the man’s right to make the kind of decision that’s best for him and his family when and if he makes it.”
Allen, 39, was selected fifth by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1996 NBA Draft. He’s atop the all-time list in made three-pointers at 2,973 and holds career averages of 18.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG and 3.4 APG.
MTV revealed the nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, setting the stage for an epic battle at the only awards show where Guardians of the Galaxy will go head-to-head with an American Sniper and fierce females, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson will face off for the coveted golden popcorn.
THE NOMINEES FOR THE 2015 MTV MOVIE AWARDS ARE:
MOVIE OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY GEICO
o Director: Clint Eastwood
o Producers: Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Andrew Lazar, Robert Lorenz, Peter Morgan
o Director: Francis Lawrence
o Producers: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik
o Director: James Gunn
o Producers: Kevin Feige
o Director: David Fincher
o Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Joshua Donen, Arnon Milchan, Reese Witherspoon
o Director: Josh Boone
o Producers: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey
o Director: Richard Linklater
o Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland
o Director: Damien Chazelle
o Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak
o Director: Ava DuVernay
o Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE
BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE
BEST WTF MOMENT
BEST MUSICAL MOMENT
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION
Hosted by none other than Amy Schumer, the telecast will air LIVE on Sunday, April 12 at 8:00 PM ET/PT from Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles, California. Fans can cast their votes for their favorites at www.MovieAwards.MTV.com through Saturday, April 11. Voting for “Movie of the Year” will continue throughout the live broadcast of the show.
Bay Area emcee drops the new visual from his ’88 Hooligan’ project
YOGY releases his fifth single from his project 88′ Hooligan. As always, his new record entitled “On A Roll” brings a dope visual in the scenic area of Death Valley where he is depicted being car jacked and left in the middle of the desert with a surprise twist in the end.
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