The Department of Music & Entertainment is the Music/Entertainment division of the BlackState. This department features news and interest stories relating to Music and Entertainment as it relates to the black world. Issues featured include exclusives on Hip-Hop, Carrribbean music, Brazilian, Latin and African Music and Entertainment.
The Grammy nomination of a song derived from a Saturday Night Live sketch is an insult to hip hop music and artist but to the Grammy organization itself. This year's Grammy Nominees in the category of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration are Ego Beyoncï¿½ & Kanye West Knock You Down Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo Run This Town Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West, Dead And Gone T.I. & Justin Timberlake and finally I'm On A Boat The Lonely Island & T-Pain
Whitney Houston I Look To You Always by Mon Ion
The long awaited comeback of Whitney Houston is finally here. It is not easy for an artist to put it all together and make a comeback, but she has. We all have been waiting for her and rooting for her.
She has this unique cross over appeal enjoyed by artists such as Michael Jackson and was one of the first black female artists to find success on MTV. Her successes in the mid eighties paved the way for other female artists to have a shot at fame.
The death of entertainment and music icon Michael Jackson has shocked the world. The 50 year old entertainer father of three was
preparing for sold out summer concerts in London when he experienced what has been deemed a massive cardiac arrest.
Though the circumstances of his death remain unclear his extraordinary life in the public spotlight from a young boy
to an aging man is what will be remembered. The Billie Jean moonwalk from Motown's 25th Anniversary show.
How his music forced MTV to show black artist, who previously only showed music from white entertainers.
He transcended race and generations. He made Thriller and Thriller changed everything. Thriller was the top selling album of all time. His music video premieres were shown on prime time TV. He was an icon the likes of which in an era of instant communication, may never be seen again.
An interesting aspect of the Chris Brown Rihanna case is the degree to which the national tabloids and entertainment celebrity television and blogs have covered their ongoing events. African American entertainers and stars especially young stars have not in the past gotten much national press in these tabloids they are not usually the targets of paparazzi flashes. Although one wishes the two stars would be getting more attention for something positive than coverage of
what is possibly an abusive relationship and the bigger issue of why women stay with men that hit them.
Hip hop can be like professional wrestling. Although there are no official hip hop champions, occasionally in hip hop there is a “franchise champion” a Hulk Hogan, a Rock, a Stone Cold Steve Austin to carry the brand, carry the label. In hip hop it has been arguably, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Hammer, NWA, Biggie, Tupac, Dre, Snoop, Jay Z, Eminem ,50 Cent, Kanye, and now Lil Wayne to carry the hip hop brand, and puts it on his back. Some of these artist have been transitional champions. ie.. a champion in between eras, for instance, Jay Z inherited what was left of the east coast /west coast bullshit and became a mogul. Which artist are or were transitional champions and which endure and “carry the brand” can usually be seen with hindsight. Whatever the case maybe Lil Wayne now sits on top of the hip hop game.
The hype leading up to Lil Wayne's most recent album “Tha Carter III” has not been seen in the music industry in some time. The New Orleans born rapper illustrates how the so-called dying music industry and hip hop along with it how to survive, make money, and thrive
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Would Sojourner Truth Want To 'Lick The Rapper?' by Zekita
One morning while riding in my car I decided to venture away from my regular News programming on the radio and turned
to one of our local Hip Hop and R&B stations. It wasn’t long before the commercial for some debt creating pay-day loan
went off and my ears, mind, and soul was being violated by rapper lil’ Wayne’s song ‘Lollipop.’ As I listened in disgust to the monotony of his lyrics (similar to many I had heard in some contemporary rap songs today) about how some women wanted to ‘lick the rapper’ amongst other things, my eyes began to tear up from those degrading and humiliating lyrics. Keeping in mind that I am in no way picking on any one rapper, I began to think about all of the African American women who fall subject to those words and gobble them up as a ‘way to behave.’ Pardon the pun. And then I thought back to the glorious African American women like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Nzingha, Yaa Asante, and Mary McLeod Bethune. I turned my thoughts to these women and I wonder. I wonder if our fore-mentioned female ancestors are watching us from the other side in utter disgust and humiliation.
I wonder if they cry for us. I wonder if their spirits cringe and fall to their knees in agony as they watch their descendants fall into a deeper pit of sexual promiscuity, self imposed inferiority and hatred, and total mis-education.
On Rock The Bells by DJ Josh G.
I attended the Rock the Bells "world-class hip hop platform" at the outdoor Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen in San Bernardino, California, and I thought I'd write a little review
while it's still somewhat fresh in my mind. My friends and I got there around a quarter to one, just too late to catch EPMD and probably The Coup which was on another stage and might have conflicted with EPMD anyway.
We were trying to find our place in the world while Talib Kweli went on followed by Mos Def with a brief appearance by Nas.
Next came the meat of the order. We got in just in time for Public Enemy which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, because I don't have enough reminders of my age. They had a live band and a DJ who was not Terminator X. Professor Griff and the S1Ws were doing their thing and Scott Ian from Anthrax came in for a while to help out on "Bring the Noise" and Flavor Flav closed the set with a drum solo. The highlight for me was when the band played the tune of "Come Together" by the Beatles to part of one of the songs. I can't remember which one it was but I'm thinking it was "By the Time I Get to Arizona" just based on the pace. If anybody out there knows what I'm talking about, please refresh my memory. They also wrapped up their version of "Fight the Power" with the Isley Brothers' song of the same name. That was cool!
Hip Hop Resurrection Movement by Truth Minista Paul Scott
"I don't really care if it’s over your head Cuz the job of resurrectors is to wake up the dead”
Jazz- A Tribe Called Quest
Another Black History Month has come and gone. So what have you done? Did you listen to the "I Have a Dream Speech" for the 100th time. Or maybe you are one of the thousands of Black folks who celebrated by watching BET's tribute to the accomplishments of African Americans, "The 25 Events that Mis-Shaped Black America." (Shouldn't BET have been #1 ?) This year, I have a suggestion, instead of celebrating Black History, let's make Black History by snatching "Black" Hop Hop/Black Culture once and for all...It's such a crazy idea that it just might work...
The Evloution of OutKast by Matthew Lynch
Over the last 13 years, we have witnessed the evolution of Hip Hops most successful duo, OutKast. They went from virtual unknowns to Hip Hop Gods, they have navigated the morass of greedy
executives and biased music critics with equanimity. Big Boi and André went from rival rappers, to faithful collaborators. After hooking up with Organized Noize Productions, they signed
a deal with Laface Records in 1992 and dropped their first single, “Players Ball” in 1993. Big Boi, obliviously employed as a street pharmacist raps, “I'm wide open on the freeway my pager broke my vibe/cause a junkie is a junkie three-sixty-five.”
When I originally heard the song, immediately I became mesmerized by their accurate depiction of the harsh realities of growing up in a southern ghetto. I related to their lyrics and since I was born
and raised in Mississippi, they were “preaching to the choir.” Their first full length debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was released in 1994 and featured the title track and the consciously charged “Git Up, Git Out,” featuring the Goodie Mob. OutKast received numerous accolades for their work and the album, became an instant classic for many. With Nas’s release of “Illamatic” the same year, I found myself pondering; can it get any better than this?
Divorcing Hip Hop by Matthew Lynch
Can you remember the first time that you heard a Hip Hop track? Do you remember hearing the treble and bass resonating in your ear drum, creating an auditory intoxication that left you in a euphoric state of mind? I remember when I first met Hip Hop. It was an unseasonably cool day in September. My mother and father had just recently purchased me an A. M. /F.M. Cassette Radio. They allowed me to listen to it regularly, as long as it was played at a reasonable tone. The first cassette that I purchased was Eric B. and Rakim’s, "Paid in Full.” I remember listening to “Clap to This,” and being enraptured by his complex rhyme schemes and his ability to balance both style and substance without comprising.
Hip Hop and I dated for a few years and finally when I heard Nas’s classic LP “Illmatic,” I decided that it was time for me to marry her. The year was 1994, and I was a 16 year old bride groom without enough money to adequately commandeer the necessities of life. But, back then she didn’t care how much bling I had, or the type of car I drove, she only wanted my heart. We had an open relationship, and although I became jealous when I saw her out with other fellows, and enraged when wack emcee’s would defile her name by creating Dr. Seuss rhymes, that can only be described as unimaginative. They were unauthentic, misogynistic, soulless cretins who invariably wanted my wife for selfish reasons. Even though I knew that she was a polygamist, I didn’t care because I loved her.
Nowadays, in order to get next to her, all you need is a gimmick or street credibility. It has gotten to the point were her suitors no longer care about sounding coherent or even rhyming when they talk to her and with the hooks that I have been hearing lately, it is easy to ascertain why hip hop is in a state of decay. Although, Hip Hop purists like Saul, Nas, Talib Kweli, have been bold enough to call a spade a spade and address this issue in their perspective mediums, what have the Hip Hop heads done to combat the poisoning of our bride? Iconoclastic emcee’s like Nas, Mos Def, Common, etc have been forced to play the back for a number of years, being tormented with the decision to stay authentic or crossover into the mainstream. A number of these emcees have resisted this temptation and have become multi-platinum artists on their sheer talent alone. The zeitgeist of the hip hop arena has been marked by fads, bi-coastal rivalries, etc. Hopefully she has learned from her mistakes, and matured now that she is in her early 30’s.
Lil Kim's In Jail But Not The Bush Administration
(Warning Satire Ahead)
Lil Kim was convicted of perjury for lying to a grand jury over a shootout
involving some people in her crew and was sentenced to a year in the slammer.
The Bush administration or the Bush Gangstas lied to the American people about
weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, lied about the grave and gathering threat
Iraq posed to the security of the United States, and lied about the connection
between Iraq and 9/11, yet Bush and his crew walk the streets freely. Another
perversion of American justice.
Although the Bush Gangstas, W, Dick, Rums, Rove, and Condi, are suffering in the polls partly due to faltering American support for the war in Iraq, they face no impending legal challenge for the false claims in the run up to the war in Iraq. Charges of impeachment by the Bush controlled republican congress, is simply unlikely absent throwing the republican congressmen out of office. Dick and Rove are being closely watched by 5-0 for leaking the name of a CIA agent to the press to get back at a rival crew who said that Iraq had no weapons but only an assistant to Dick has been indicted.
How To Legally Download Movies on The Internet by Neal Brown
With more and more people using broadband we are seeing and increase in options for content from the internet. One of these is movies. Due to the large file size of video content, it was not practical for this type of content for dial up users. This is all changing as broadband becomes the standard method to use the internet.
Early adopters of this new approach have gone so far as to cancel their cable TV subscriptions but not all content can be downloaded on the internet at this point. Still, this trend will likely continue as more content becomes available. Let's look at some of the top five latest sources for online movies.
Your're Not a Pimp, She's Not a Ho
Once a political force on wax, depicting the dreams aspirations and despair in the black community hip hop culture in the music form of rap is nothing more than commercialized pop music. If you can agree that hip hop music is the most popular form of music in the United States then you must cede that it is indeed pop. All the MC’s who criticized MC’s for going commercial because they feared the degradation and authenticity in the music must now be given credit for being right!
If today’s hip-hop music had a storefront it would be a Starbucks, Gap and
Wal-mart. The same wherever you go. How did this happen?
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Department of Music/Entertainment: Great Music
by Josh Gold
When people list the greatest rap albums of all time, there are a few that
are certain to come up: Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back,
Eric B. & Rakim's Paid In Full, Run DMC's Raising Hell. But there are some
albums that, for no apparent reason, are left off of nearly everyone's list.
Well I'm going to make sure you don't continue to make this mistake.
In this space, I will periodically remind you of a different rap album
that you may have forgotten about, or just forgotten how good it was.
Maybe you won't put every one of them on your Top 10 list but I hope you'll
at least gain an appreciation for them.
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