The University Of Virginia’s football team made a video showcasing their prep for the new season set to 50 Cent’s “New Day.” That’s the alma mater. Word.
[Propers to ThisIs50]
Rick Santorum owes Duck Down down a check. Just saying.
Also, Santorum, get all the way the f*ck outta here you lying crackpot.
The DC Hip Hop Project, thanks to the good FWMJ and Rappers I Know, drops their first podcast which features an interview with Asheru and Blue Black of the Unspoken Heard. The two MCs talk about how they met, the origins of their names, 7 Heads Entertainment and all sorts of other factoids longtime fans will surely appreciate.
I was fortunate enough to meet and get to know both of these brothers, and spin their records (thanks Wes), while I was at the University of Virginia and their rhyme talents are only matched by their genuineness as people. Asheru provides the theme music for The Boondocks, by the way.
Below, the video for “Truly Unique/Elevator Music” from their Soon Come album, which is a gem. UVA, stand up.
Jigga, along with Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and a couple of others, gets another Man of the Year nod from GQ Magazine (his first was in 2006). Interview by Alex Pappademas is up. And, of course, he and Beyonce’s child will be listening to Reasonable Doubt:
“There will be a lot of that,” he says. “And a lot of other records, all pivotal, important records. There’ll be Ready to Die, there’ll be Illmatic.”
Last GQ cover below, still on the low like a Caesar (see: The Blueprint 2: The Curse, #12).
Roc Marci spittin’ that smack ya face just for living rap over chunky drums and strings (courtesy of Arch Druids) on this new joint called “Emeralds.” Off that Marcberg: Reloaded, dropping sooner than later.
DOWNLOAD: “Emeralds” [Mediafire]
Pac Div manages to snag cameos from NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Derrick Williams and Eric Gordon in the So-Me directed video for “Still Flexin’.” It’s actually a commercial for Phiten Athletics, makers of wellness promoting necklaces and jewelry, or something like that. Hence, the clips “History of Bling” angle.
Still not enthused by Pac Div’s Asher Roth collab, though. Nevertheless, looking forward to The Div, set to drop November 8.
Ghostface Killah was on hand for the opening of the new Supreme store in London. Not much actual performance footage but worth checking Tony Starks spit the opening bars to “Nutmeg” with the same vintage mic seen on the cover of Supreme Clientele. If you have not, I suggest you listen to said album. [Spotted at Hypebeast]
Finally found this commercial starring ?uestlove of the Roots that was as part of a Latrell Sprewell ad campaign. Spree was rolling with And 1 at the time and this predated his choking out Coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Roots’ drummer and defacto spokesman runs through the different looks he uses when performing, including one that channels the 6′ 5″, former NBA star guard.
I tell anyone who will listen that Spree’s two handed dunks were things of beauty. Any ballplayer will appreciate the athleticism necessary to go full speed toward the hoop, take off of one leg and cock the ball all the way back before throwing it down with authority. Damn shame the Milwaukee native basically negotiated his way out of the NBA.
Also, peep the vid, not one but TWO afro picks.
Track list dropped this a.m., now the Roots’ lead single from their forthcoming new album undun—“Make My,” featuring BIG K.R.I.T. and produced Khari Mateen—
leaks premieres. It’s a good Monday.
undun is in stores December 6.
The 13th album (at this point I’ve given up trying to fact check this) from the legendary Roots crew will be a concept project called undun, and the track list (below) has been revealed. ?uestlove previously told MTV News that it will be a “movie without visuals.”
That sounds a bit too DJ Khaled’esque, but the Philly crew has earned the benefit of a doubt. The album’s first single, “Make My,” is due November 1 on iTunes and features their Def Jam labelmate Big K.R.I.T. I need to hear this STAT.
UPDATE: Listen to ‘Make My’
The former B.R.O.ther ?uestion said the following via press release:
“At this point in our career we’d like for our work to have a unifying theme, and an experiential quality. We’ve been intentionally making our albums shorter in length so that they can be experienced as a continuous work. The music is band-oriented with an eye on the moody cinematic. As a DJ, I am the King of playlists, but I don’t want our albums to feel like a playlist or a mixtape for that matter. We want to tell stories that work within the album format and we want the stories to be nuanced and useful to people. undun is the story of this kid who becomes criminal, but he wasn’t born criminal. He’s not the nouveau exotic primitive bug-eyed gunrunner like Tupac’s character Bishop in “Juice”… he’s actually thoughtful and is neither victim nor hero. Just some kid who begins to order his world in a way that makes the most sense to him at a given moment… At the end of the day… isn’t that what we all do?”
The video above is a song the Roots created in one take while shooting those John Varvatos Fall/Winter 2011 collection ads you’ve been seeing in mags like GQ and Esquire. Respect the swag.
2) Make My
3) One Time
4) Kool On
5) The Jump
8 ) I Remember
9) Tip The Scale