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THE ROOTS’ BLACK THOUGHT DROPS DEBUT EP STREAMS OF THOUGHT, VOL. 1 PRODUCED BY 9TH WONDER & THE SOUL COUNCIL TODAYRELEASE MARKS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF UPCOMING RELEASES COVER ART DESIGNED BY RASHID JOHNSON FEATURING HIS PIECE UNTITLED ANXIOUS AUDIENCE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NPR Renowned lead singer and legendary MC for GRAMMY® Award-winning platinum-certified hip-hop luminaries The Roots, Black Thought unveils his debut side project, Streams of Thought, Vol. 1, at all digital retailers today. Exclusively produced by 9th Wonder [JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige] and The Soul Council, it ignites a series of upcoming releases from the Philadelphia rapper and actor. The five-song set thrives on his signature nimble lyricism, artful storytelling, and provocative eloquence. Funk guitars underscore the airtight bars of opener “Two Fifteen,” while “9th vs. Thought” pits 9th Wonder’s production against Black Thought’s instantly quotable lines such as, “I’m not a typical arrogant American on prescribed medicine. I’m sick as I ever been.” Rapsody lends her slick cadence to “Dostoyevsky” as “Making a Murderer” unites New York courtesy of Styles P and Philly. Everything culminates on the soulful swing of “Thank You” [feat. KIRBY] where Black Thought recounts his come-up in cinematic fashion. In order to introduce the EP, he spoke to NPR in-depth during an exclusive interview. Check it out HERE. Black Thought is working with different Black American visual artists for each cover of his Streams of Thought releases. Vol. 1’s cover art, by Rashid Johnson, features his previously created piece Untitled Anxious Audience. He explores similar themes and concepts that are found in Black Thought’s new music – memory, family, the collective yet individual black experience. The artwork itself is a visual representation of the music. Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 merely represents the beginning. Both Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 are set to arrive very soon. Black Thought—born Tariq Trotter—co-founded legendary Philadelphia hip-hop collective The Roots alongside Amir “Questlove” Thompson. Since their formation in 1987, the group has achieved three GRAMMY® Awards, sold millions of records, and indelibly impacted the mainstream by way of its longstanding position as the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and successful festival Roots Picnic. An accomplished actor, he emerged as an unforgettable presence on screen in the critically acclaimed Get On Up, HBO’s The Deuce, and more. He has also made countless cameo appearances for everyone from Linkin Park, Damian Marley, and Fall Out Boy to Common, Ghostface Killah, Logic, and more. 2017 saw him set the internet ablaze with a widely touted viral 10-minute free-style on Mobb Deep’s “Burn” instrumental, which quickly generated millions of views. Now, Black Thought kicks off a new chapter on Streams of Thought.
[caption id="attachment_194000" align="alignnone" width="600"] Image used by Kanye West for Pusha T's new album[/caption] I'm not so sure about this one. Kanye using the altered (water damage in strategic areas) gruesome bathroom pic of the late Whitney Houston's bathroom as the cover for Pusha T's new Album. The image was taken by someone who Houston trusted but they obviously betrayed her and they are now making money, $85,000 to license the image, from the betrayal. While I tried to be optimistic about some of Kanye's previous antics I can't help but think Whitney would have been mortified that this image was being used to promote someone's music. The images originally appeared in the National Enquirer when Hoston was still living and the person who took them pic made money from the images then as well.
United Talent Agency Signs Artist, Dave EastUnited Talent Agency (UTA) is proud to announce it now represents the Harlem-based MC and rapper Dave East in all areas. The leading global talent and entertainment company, UTA, will represent the rising artist worldwide. Most notably recognized for his 2014 mixtape “Black Rose,” Dave East has quickly made a name for himself with major players in the rap space. His debut mixtape released in 2011, and the next year brought on four more. His last album from 2012 “GEMINI” caught the attention of Nas, who signed him to his label, Mass Appeal Records, in 2013. Recently, East joined the major label Def Jam. Ahead of the signing, he garnered the coveted position of having two projects debuting at number one across all genres on iTunes. These tracks, “Paranoia: A True Story” and “Paranoia 2” hit the charts after his “Perfect” single with Chris Brown. Additionally, his record “Wrote My Way Out” with Lin Manuel Miranda and Nas went Gold last month. His latest collaboration titled, “NYCHA,” also features Nas and is part of the soundtrack for the new Netflix documentary, Rapture.
RAP’S “GREATEST STORYTELLER” INDUCTED INTO BRONX WALK OF FAME Hip-Hop Icon Collects Honor Alongside #MeToo Founder Tawana Burke and Actress Maggie Siff, As His The Great Adventures of Slick Rick Approaches 30th Anniversary Milestone NEW YORK – MAY 15, 2018 – On Sunday May 20th, Slick Rick will be added to the illustrious Bronx Walk of Fame, the highest honor bestowed on a resident or former resident of the Bronx, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz has announced. With the 30th anniversary of his debut classic The Great Adventures of Slick Rick looming, the Grammy-nominated rapper was inducted during a ceremony kicking off the 47th annual Bronx Week, running through May 20 this year. Rounding out the list of newest Walk of Fame inductees are #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and actress Maggie Siff, who portrays Wendy Rhoades in the Showtime series Billions. The Bronx natives will share the distinction of being permanently recognized on street signs along Grand Concourse. “We’re proud to welcome back the sons and daughters of The Bronx to celebrate their accomplishments and induct them to the Bronx Walk of Fame,” said Diaz. Olga Luz Tirado, executive director of The Bronx Tourism Council added, “It’s exciting to celebrate our Bronx heroes and sheroes during this celebration of the best of the borough.” Released November 1, 1988, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick has remained one of hip-hop’s most enduring and influential albums of all time. At the time of its release, during rap’s “golden era,” the recording earned a rare five-mic score from The Source magazine. It remained at the top of Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart for ten weeks, producing the hit singles "Mona Lisa", “Children’s Story,” “The Ruler’s Back,” “Hey Young World” and “Teenage Love.” Three more acclaimed albums followed on the iconic Def Jam Records, and Rick collaborated with dozens of fellow artists within and outside of his genre. He even made an appearance in his fair share of movies and videos. In 2018, Rick remained the most sampled hip-hop artist of all times. His compositions have been chopped, interpolated and incorporated well over 650 times. The rapper’s passions have also led to him devoting much time to mentoring youth and raising awareness of issues affecting underserved communities. Bronx Hall of Fame inductees consist of singers, actors, writers, athletes, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, and notable public figures, including Stanley Kubrick, Tony Orlando, Diahann Carroll, Red Buttons, and U.S. military general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.