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VIDEO: Nas – TDK Chronicles

Nas and TDK teamed up to create a short film about his childhood experience. In the preview clip above, God’s Son details the not so easy task of taping different radio stations back in the day. Nas’ film is directed by Jonathan Mannion and will debut on January 19. No word about whether that story about the tech on the dresser made the cut.

And this is as good excuse as any to post the criminally underrated “Thief’s Theme.”

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Films, Freshness, Harlem, Music, News | , , , , | 2 Comments

Bill O’Reilly’s Hip-Hop Feuds

Bill O’Reilly is a donkey. That said, just about anyone going on The O’Reilly Factor is facing a losing battle. Mediaite looked back at eight of O’Reilly’s Hip-Hop targets from the past decade including Snoop Dogg and Ludacris.

The winners, as far as audacity, are by far Dame “You’re Not an Objective Mediator” Dash (who holds his own for the most part) and Cam’Ron “You mad?!?!” Giles (who brings all new levels of obnoxious comedy). Also, Salome Thomas-El lost me when he said “conversating,” which isn’t a word I’ve seen in any dictionary. Just saying.

Hip-Hop is very influential, even to the detriment of highly impressionable kids. But even the most unrighteous Hip-Hop doesn’t have anything on sound parenting. Below, Nas’ “Sly Fox” clip.

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Beef, Harlem, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Black Dynamite Official Movie Trailer + Music

Equal parts Black Belt Jones, Shaft, Superfly and Black Caesar, Black Dynamite looks like it’s going to be kinda entertaining. The flick stars Michael Jai White (last seen catching an L thanks to The Joker in The Dark Knight) as well as funny men like Arsenio Hall and Tommy Lee Davidson. Black Dynamite hits theaters October 16.

If just about any and every horror flick can get remixed and reimagined, why not Blaxploitation flicks? As for my fav movie of the genre—note that I said favorite, not necessarily best—Willie Dynamite. Just watch the clip at the end of this post to see why and yes, that is Gordon from Sesame Street.

A soundtrack and score via the heads at Wax Poetics should be keepers too.

“Shot Me in The Heart” (streaming below) is from the Adrian Younge composed score, while…

…9th Wonder flips the groove f0r Buckshot & Sean Price’s “The Feeling,” from the soundtrack.

http://www.archive.org/download/TheFeeling/buckshot_sean_price__the_feeling.mp3″ (download via Nah Right)

RELATED:

The 50 Best Blaxploitation Movies of All Time [Complex] – Good list but I feel a ways that Let’s Do It Again wasn’t included.

A Soulful Tribute to the Genre… [Blaxploitation.com]

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October 4, 2009 Posted by | Films, Freshness, Harlem, Hip-Hop, News | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

VIDEO: Pac Div “Pac Div”

A new video from the Church League Champs. Dig it.

RELATED:

Pac Div + DJ Khalil = DOOM

Pac Div on It’s On with Alexa Chung [Nah Right]

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Harlem, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Ghostface + Raekwon X “Criminology” X The Deal

So Raekwon and Ghostface came through Harlem to tape a couple of episodes of The Deal. We convinced RAGU to drop a couple of gems from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… and Ironman for the camera. Here’s some of “Criminology.”

Our soundman Chris came through with the Flip, and I just had to upload this on the fly. Catch the full wop, along with “Daytona 500,” next week on The Deal. No comment on the 3AM time slot, I know.

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II drops September 8, Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry drops September 29.

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Harlem, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Donny Goines X Certified Fresh

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Donny Goines is one of the hardest working MC’s out there. And the brother has genuine talent. So I gladly produced this Certified Fresh look at the Harlem resident for The Deal.

RELATED:

Donny Goines’ Fave Five [The Smoking Section]

Donny Goines – Dream Awake [Nah Right]

Donny Goines Shows & Proves in XXL

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Harlem, Hip-Hop, Music, T.V. | , , , | 2 Comments

G.I. Joe Complete Collector’s Set

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Truth be told, I still feel a ways that Roadblock, one of the few African-American “Joes,” spoke in rhyme. However, G.I. Joe was still a after-school staple during my formative years. Besides Transformers and Thundercats, and Video Music Box, of course.

Therefore this G.I. Joe Complete Collector’s set will be at the top of many an 80’s baby’s wish lists. Besides every episode of the G.I. Joe cartoon spread out over 17 DVDs, the set includes the PSA’s [“And knowing is half the battle.”], a 1GB flash drive/dog-tag, a pair of comics and other goodies. All kept neatly in an Army green foot locker.

Hopefully being old enough to remember watching the cartoon on the television means you grew up and got a job. The set costs $145. [Spotted at Uncrate]

RELATED

G.I Joe Resolute [Note: this is like G.I. Joe for adults; freshness.] [Hasbro]

10 Best & Worst Dressed G.I. Joe Action Figures [Street Level]

The First Real Look at G.I. Joe’s Metal Bad Boy [io9]

G.I. Joe Snake Eyes X New Era 59Fifty [The Smoking Section]

August 5, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Harlem, Music, T.V. | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Harlem World in the 80’s

I moved to Harlem in 2001 and my how my block has changed. My little corridor of “Upper Manhattan” (near 145th & Bradhurst–which going East is after Edgecombe but before Frederick Douglass Blvd, everyone asks) used to be pretty barren. When I first told people the locale of my new digs (the 2 bedroom rental I had was then $900, hate me) many a times the response I received was something along the lines of, “Oh word? I used to cop weed from around there…”

Flash forward to 2009 and gentrification is in full swing. A Starbucks on 145th & Bradhurst pretty much sealed the deal. But really, the big difference for me is the parking. When I first moved in, no matter what time of the day or night, I would ALWAYS find a spot. But thanks to new developments like The Sutton, The Hamilton and The Langston, parking has become a true beeyotch; unless you’re fortunate enough, or able to afford, your own parking space in a garage.

Watching the above clip only highlights how quickly (20 years is nothing in the grand scheme of things) a community can change. The morale of the story; if you live in the ‘hood and can manage to  buy your home, do it. There is no greater investment. [Spotted at Uptown Flavor]

Below Cam’Ron and Mase run around Uptown…

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Harlem, Hip-Hop, News | , , , , , | 3 Comments